Just when I thought I’d seen everything there is to see in Boracay, I discovered something special. When my friend, Che suggested that we visit Shangri-la’s Boracay Resort & Spa for brunch, I needed no further convincing. Of course, I wanted to see one of the most expensive resorts on the island. If I couldn’t afford to stay there, I could at least eat there and take some photos right?
I know it’s weird that I’m writing about a resort that I only visited for a day, but I can’t help it, it’s so beautiful I must share it with you.
Most luxury resorts on the island, such as Shangri-la, The Lind, and Discovery Shores can be found along Boracay Highway Central. These resorts have private beaches, and their room rates go around Php 7,000 to 50,000 a night.
Around 10 in the morning, we walked toward the main road and hired an e-tricycle to get us to Shangri-la. The driver asked us to pay 200 pesos for a 17-min drive to the resort. He dropped us off at the pick-up point at Shangri-la Boracay where we had to register our names and get our temperature checked. We were then fetched by their service van that took us to the resort.
The moment we alighted from the van, we immediately felt that the vibe here was different. The staff is very attentive and welcoming, and they didn’t make us feel like we were any different from their guests. It reminded me of the time I had a staycation at Shangri-la The Fort, which I remember most for their top-notch customer service. [Check room rates here]
Everything about this resort is stunning, from the beautiful water fountains along the entrance’s corridors, the swimming pools surrounded by coconut trees, the lush garden, the restaurant atop the hill, to their own pristine beach. I have stayed in a few expensive accommodation in my life but nothing comes close to this. Yes, I’m quite impressed and I’m not even a guest. Imagine how this review would sound if I had actually stayed there.
There are four restaurants inside the resort but we were only given two options to choose from, Vintana or Cielo. Vintana is an Asian cafe located on the second level. We checked it out quickly and found that it offers buffet dining. Cielo, on the other hand, offers casual dining; it’s a poolside bar and resto facing Banyungan beach. We chose Cielo because eating brunch in front of the lovely beach cannot be beaten.
My friend and I ordered a salad, a pasta dish, and deep-fried veggie spring rolls. I wasn’t too happy with the salad but I loved the seafood pasta and the spring rolls. Their brewed coffee was very strong and bitter, I couldn’t drink it without sugar. Food and drinks here are pricey, as can be expected; our bill’s total went to about 2,000 pesos just for these.
After eating, we went for a little stroll to take in the picturesque view. Everything just looks magnificent especially when we went to the docking station. The water is so blue and clear it’s surreal.
My friend, Che was very impressed, which says a lot considering she’s working in the hotel industry and has stayed in many high-end resorts and hotels. She said that this is the most beautiful Shangri-la hotel that she has ever seen, even better than the Shangri-las abroad.
I, on the other hand, felt like I was walking in a dream. I imagined myself staying there for a few nights, enjoying a drink or two in the bar, swimming in one of those infinity pools and the private beach, waking up in the morning to the breathtaking view of the sea, and getting that much-needed pampering in the spa. I know that staying at Shangri-la’s Boracay Resort and Spa would be expensive, but if I get all these exclusivity and luxury in exchange then I think it’s worth my hard-earned money. Hopefully, when I return to this resort, I’ll be a guest.
Author’s note: Shangri-la’s Boracay Resort and Spa is an exclusive resort. We were only fortunate that during our trip, the resort was open for dining to non-guests. I recommend calling the resort before visiting to confirm if they still allow visitors.