The small island of Boracay, in the Western Visayas in the Philippines, is loved by sunseekers for its beaches, and by divers for its protected coral reefs – it’s even been named the best island in the world several times. And for somewhere to rest your head? Take your pick from family-friendly resorts and fashionable boutiques – these hotels are some of the best places to stay in Boracay.
One of the most centrally located hotels on Boracay Island is the Red Coconut Beach Hotel. The main, four-storey structure contains rooms that are decked out with furniture featuring subtle, locally inspired design touches, lots of natural light and balconies. There’s a beachfront pool, a popular restaurant with an international menu and a bar, and you’re only a few steps from the sea.
Located on the quiet, remote northern shore of Boracay Island is Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa. The 12ha (30-acre) resort has 219 spacious, luxurious rooms including 36 villas and suites. Guests have access to comprehensive leisure facilities that include an infinity pool and an award-winning spa and two private beaches, not to mention a jungle-like garden. Both the resort’s multiple dining outlets and its service-minded staff have garnered lots of praise.
Claiming to be the first luxury resort on the island, Discovery Shores is undoubtedly one of the best places to stay in Boracay. The sprawling beachfront property includes 99 all-suite guestrooms, which come equipped with stylish, contemporary-feeling furniture, balconies and no small amount of flair. The grounds include a vast pool, a lauded spa and multiple dining outlets, as well as kid-friendly facilities. But its location on Boracay’s west coast, right on the beach, means you may spend most of your time outdoors.
COAST Boracay has 71 rooms on the island’s west coast. As established in the striking lobby, tones of white and aqua set the vibe here, culminating in accommodation that feels bright and vibrant, young and inviting. There’s a pool, and the hotel is steps from a white-sand beach, but you may spend much of your time on site, as COAST has a distinct emphasis on wining and dining, with unique dishes and drinks.
The Tides Hotel on Boracay Island provides accommodation with a minimalist vibe. Rooms are subtle and spacious, decked out with comfortable, functional furnishings in calming tones of cream and tan. There’s a popular rooftop pool, and the inland location means you have easy access to a huge array of dining, drinking, shopping and entertainment options. And, best of all, it’s an easy walk to Boracay’s white-sand beaches.
Boasting an almost apartment-like feel is the District Boracay. The 48 rooms and suites are classy and comfortable, with furniture in grounded earth tones and balconies that let in lots of natural light. The beachfront complex also includes a Filipino restaurant, a bar, a lap pool, a conference room, a gym and a spa.
Towering over Boracay’s west coast is the Boracay Mandarin Island Hotel. The three-storey complex takes its cues from colonial-era architecture and brings together 52 rooms and suites equipped with comfortable, casual furniture in shades of white, tan and blue. There’s a central pool, a lauded spa, and the in-house Italian restaurant has been named one of the best restaurants in the Philippines. And, best of all, you’re just seconds from what is arguably one of the best beaches on the island, White Beach.
The Zuzuni Boutique Hotel is another one of the best places to stay in Boracay. It has just 14 rooms, all of which feel cosy and stylish, with quirky design elements, balconies and lots of natural light. The in-house restaurant serves Spanish cuisine. Zuzuni’s location on Boracay’s west coast means you have easy access to the beach, and there are lots of options for dining, drinking, water sports and shopping at D’Mall – not to mention views of the sunset.
Dominating a relatively quiet stretch of beach on Boracay’s west coast is the Lind Boracay. The 119 rooms and suites are subtly stylish, with lots of space to move and balconies that offer views of either the hotel gardens or one of the most famous sunsets in Southeast Asia. The compound also includes dining and entertainment options, as well as a spa and wellness facilities. Pools – rooftop, private and central – are the focus here; alternatively, you’re very close to the beach.
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