I don’t like beaches. I don’t like the sun beating down on me. My idea of an ideal summer vacation is strolling down the streets of Japan during the cool sakura (cherry blossom) season. Thus when I was invited by Sony Philippines to the Sony Bravia and Digital Imaging launch in Boracay, I was quite stricken.
That’s me up there at Shangrila Boracay’s private dock. The hotel rooms are located in those buildings behind me. This is where their private speedboat drops you off with your luggage after picking you up from their hotel-esque lounge in Caticlan. But I’m getting ahead of myself…
When I asked what station Shangrila Boracay was located in, I was told it wasn’t on any of the stations — it had its own island. That was good news, since quite frankly I hate traversing through stations 1, 2, and 3. After we got off the speedboat, we rode a golf cart to the lobby where I was awed by the beautiful sight which greeted me. The corridors were surrounded by pristine waters. I knew right off I was going to like it at Shangrila Boracay.
After checking in with my roommate fellow blogger Noemi, we went to our room. It was grand. The bed can easily fit three people, or maybe two adults and two kids.
There was a study area with a LAN cable for free unlimited broadband access and a sofa that could be converted into a bed. Our room was also equipped with a rather large sized Samsung LCD TV and all the amenities you need — a hair dryer, toiletries, toothbrush sets, detergent, slippers complimentary bottled water, coffee, and tea. They even deliver a free fruit basket to your room after check-in.
Best of all, Shangrila Boracay has its own private beach area which is very clean. You don’t have to share it with all the stations. There are no telltale cigarette butts and wrappers in the sands. This is what I call relaxing by the beach.
Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island
Malay, Aklan 5608, Philippines