Recently named as the World’s Best Island Getaway by Travel + Leisure Magazine, Boracay is one of the most sought-after destinations in the Philippines. Every beach lover dreams of walking on its cool powder-fine sands and imbibing in the bohemian vibe the island exudes. Boracay’s beauty rivals that of more popular destinations in the world, including Bali in Indonesia, Santorini in Greece, and the Caribbean Islands.
Over the past decades, establishments have mushroomed along the shores of the island, giving way to more tourist activity. Every kind of Boracay hotel accommodation is available, from high-class resorts and hotels to backpacker hostels and bed spaces rented out by locals. It’s never too hard to find a place to stay in Boracay, except perhaps during peak season.
Just like any other popular tourist destination, there are seasons in Boracay. Holy Week, Chinese New Year, Christmas and New Year the peak seasons in the island. This is when tourists (both local and foreign) come in droves to the island resulting to crowded shores, long lines to attractions and of course, fully booked hotels. This is also when some resorts/hotels place a 10-25% premium on their rates. Be sure to book in advance to avoid inconvenience.
High Season is when Amihan (northeast monsoon) blows into the east side of the island, leaving White Beach with calm waters ideal for swimming, snorkeling, diving and other pursuits. Published rates are applicable for hotels in the island but it is still better to book in advance since there will be plenty of tourists clamoring for accommodations. High season begins in October and extends until April or early May.
Low Season starts when Habagat (southwest monsoon) brings in strong winds into White Beach. It starts to rain during this season and there are fewer tourists. If you’re looking for the best time to enjoy the beach without the crowds, low season is your best bet. Accommodation rates and prices for everything are generally lower during this season so this is also a great time for the budget-conscious traveler. It is not necessary to book your Boracay hotel accommodations in advance during low season; in fact, rates can be negotiable on the spot in some hotels.
For seasoned Boracay visitors, accommodations on White Beach can be classified by the Boat Station they are located. Before the Cagban Jetty Port was operational, boats from Caticlan dock in three portions on White Beach, thus the boat stations. As a general rule, accommodations get more expensive as you approach Boat Station 1 from Station 3. Keep in mind as well that there is also a wide selection of hotels in other parts of the island. Most hotels are located along White Beach but there are also some excellent ones on Boracay Island’s other beaches.
One Crescent Place Hotel
Located in Boat Station 1, guests at the four-star One Crescent Place Hotel are assured of the peaceful yet enjoyable holiday in the sun. The hotel has easy access to the beautiful white sand beaches of the islands as well as to the many shops, restaurants and activities on offer. One crescent place hotel has an on-site restaurant, a spa and wellness center comfortably-appointed rooms for their valued guests.
Discovery Shores Boracay
The five-star property has been recently named as the best hotel spa in Asia by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Guests at the resort enjoy easy access to White Beach as well as other attractions on the island. Rooms are equipped with modern amenities including LDC televisions, iPod docks, WiFi Internet access and DVD players. There is an outdoor swimming pool with a waterfall, a hot tub, a restaurant and bar, and a spa on site.
7 Stones Boracay Suites
This five-star resort is located close to Bulabog Beach, often referred to as “back beach” which is the site for many popular activities like kite surfing and windsurfing. The resort features an outdoor lagoon perfect for swimming and relaxing. An outdoor Jacuzzi is also available as well as in-room massages upon request. For dining convenience, 7 Stones Boracay Suites has an on-site restaurant serving delectable dishes of different cuisines.
Best Western Boracay Tropics Resort
True to the Best Western world standard for quality, their Boracay Tropics Resort provides excellent Boracay hotel accommodations fit for even the most discerning of travelers. This 3-star property features a beautiful tropical setting with an outdoor pool and well-manicured gardens. Boracay Tropics offers villas, cabanas and guestrooms for different group sizes, all well-appointed and geared for maximum comfort and satisfaction.
Crown Regency Prince Resort
Located at the heart of Boracay Island, Crown Regency Prince Resort offers easy access to everything in the island: the beaches, shops, restaurants, bars and activities. They offer comfortable and affordable Boracay hotel accommodations for guests looking for value for their money. Crown Regency Prince Resort features a convenience store in the premises for guests’ convenience. White Beach and Willy’s Rock are a short walk away from the hotel.
Tanawin Luxury Apartments
Overlooking the island from its perch on Mt. Luho, Tanawin Luxury Apartments provides the perfect spot for holidaymakers looking for a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Tanawin Luxury Apartments boasts of a perfectly peaceful atmosphere, with fresh sea breeze and a commanding view of the sea. All 14 guestrooms at this four-star property are well-designed and equipped excellent amenities as a full kitchen, work desk, entertainment appliances and wired/wireless Internet access.
The Palms of Boracay
This hotel is located in the center of all that is happening on Boracay Island. D’Mall, the outdoor strip mall of the island is just a few steps from your front door if you stay at The Palms of Boracay. Guests also have very convenient access to the many and varied activities offered along the shores of White Beach. The property features 30 well-appointed guestrooms, an outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, a wellness spa and an on-site restaurant.
Boracay Regency Beach Resort & Convention Center
With 195 guestrooms available for guests, this five-star property is one of the best resorts in the island. Aside from its ideal location in the middle of White Beach, the resort also offers convenience through airport transfers, room service and a wide array of amenities including an a wellness center/spa, an on-site restaurant and conference facilities. Guests at the resort enjoy state-of-the-art in-room facilities, premium beds and sheets and a wide outdoor swimming pool.
Fairways & Bluewater Newcoast Boracay Hotel
Located in the less-populated but equally stunning Newcoast area of Boracay Island, Fairways & Bluewater Newcoast Boracay Hotel provides the perfect escape for vacationers looking for a private time in the beach without having to deal with crowds and activity vendors. This five-star property sits along the shores of Diniwid beach, a secluded pocket beach which wonderful views stretching out into the horizon. Fairways & Bluewater Newcoast Boracay Hotel features 119 guestrooms all equipped to satisfy even the most discriminating traveler.
Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa
The name Shangri-La always invokes luxury and opulence among visitors of the most popular destinations in the Philippines. Shangri-La provides excellent Boracay hotel accommodations for those looking for the perfect vacation in paradise. Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa features villas spread across a wide property looking out into a private beach. Aside from the secluded beach, this five-star resort boasts of a stunning outdoor pool, a couple of on-site restaurants, a full-service spa, and recreational centers, among others.
Boracay is home to a great number of rooms you can call home during your holiday in the island. All of them offer what they deem is best for their guests and all of them ensure that you have a wonderful stay. Such is the brand of hospitality that the Filipinos is known for and Boracay is one of the places where you can best experience it.