Local business owners say this tiny island has only two seasons — peak and super-peak. Although we often bemoan the fact that it seems to get more crowded every year, we’ll still brave the shirtless throngs for a spot in this paradise.
The new 71-room Coast Boracay (Station 2, Brgy. Balabag; +63 917 808 2620; coastboracay.com) looks like it sprung off a Miami Beach mood board. Bright, modern and stylish, the property’s promise of an unforgettable stay is in no small part tied to its soon-to-open dining outlets. Coast Boracay is owned by the Raintree Hospitality Group, best known for concept restaurants all over Metro Manila.
The signature Piri Piri Chicken at Spicebird (Unit 108, D’Mall; +63 362 881 002; thesunnysideboracay.com/spicebird) has earned a cult following of superfans who all flocked to the restaurant’s one-night-only pop-up shop in Manila.
The calamansi muffins at Real Coffee (2/F Sea World, Station 2, +63 36 288 5340) travel surprisingly well. If you’re looking to bring a box back for the folks back home, make sure to put in an order a day before your flight out.
Mandala Spa’s (Brgy. Manoc-Manoc; +63 36 288 5858; mandalaspaandresortvillas.com) award-winning Watsu treatment might sound like a real splurge at PHP4,200 for a one-hour session, but the restorative feeling of lightness and wellbeing is well worth it.
Also read: 8 reasons to head to Boracay this summer
This article originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of Smile magazine.