Finding that slice of heaven in heaven

18 08 2013

The Shangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa

[Boracay Island Escapade]

Sitting seemingly at the edge of where Earth and Heaven seem to merge, Boracay also plays host to some amazing resorts which will certainly remove any doubts that you are indeed in paradise.

Breathtaking oracay is seemingly on the edge between heaven and earth.

Breathtaking oracay is seemingly on the edge between heaven and earth.

One resort which would surely take anyone over that edge, if it does exist in Boracay, has to be the Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa. Opened in 2009, the resort is set in a vast 12 hectare very exclusive site rising on the hill slopes of the quiet but breathtaking northwest corner of the island, just around the corner from Puka Beach. With two stretches of exclusive beaches measuring a total of 350 metres in length at Punta Bunga and Banyugan, it offers wonderfully spectacular views of the sea – that does take a lot more than one’s breath away, from some of its hill top villas set in lush tropical gardens.

The lobby.

The lobby.

The resort is one which I did get the opportunity to drool over with my new found blogger friends and does have me dreaming of what is a dream places to stay at in a dream destination. Offering some 219 rooms and villas – it is the villas that I did see that did leave a huge impression on me – and from the reactions of the others, on my companions too.

The poolside.

The poolside.

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While we did not get to see the resorts much sought after Treehouse Villas which at right at the summit of the resort’s heights, a very private and perhaps ideal spot to have that romantic getaway, we did get to see the Loft Villas which are perched on what the brochure describes as “the forested hillside and thriving foliage in the aptly named Tanawin (vista) area of the Resort”. The brochure also describes the Loft Villas as “providing a homey atmosphere that measure 216 square meters, with the master’s bedroom on one level and a living room with a pantry on the other. A lap pool beckons guests for a relaxing dip, and those who opt to stay-in can dine al fresco at their very own gazebo”.

The view from the Loft Villa.

The view from the Loft Villa.

What the Loft Villa does have to offer, has to be its stand-out view to wake up to, its bedroom on the upper floor opening up to a view to-die-for. If that isn’t enough – the pool with an infinity edge on the lower level overlooks that same heavenly view – certainly one I won’t ever be able to get enough of.

The infinity edge of the pool and the view beyond it.

The infinity edge of the pool and the view beyond it.

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Besides the Loft Villa, we did also get to see a one bedroom Pool Villa and a two bedroom Villa Balani, both of which are set in a private garden and equipped with private lap pool, a pergola for outdoor dining, an outdoor shower, and a daybed for relaxation – said to be ideal for a family vacation.

The one bedroom Pool Villa

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The two bedroom Villa Balani

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The villas would probably have the effect on anyone of not wanting to leave the resort – not that there is ever a need to with the resort offering a host of activities to interest all age groups, plus the fantastic dining options available with its eight bars and restaurants, one of which we had the pleasure of having a late lunch on a eventful last full day on the island at – the Cielo poolside restaurant. Its offerings – especially of its pizzas and pastas, are ones which were very well appreciated, especially the steak pizza and lobster pizza ! Certainly fare which does complete any experience in a slice of Heaven in Heaven.

Offerings at Cielo

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About the Shangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa

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Location

Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa is a lush natural sanctuary located on a hillside overlooking the ocean at the northern tip of Boracay Island. The secluded resort features 350 metres of immaculate beachfront and 12 hectares of abundant gardens. From Manila, it is just a short 45-minute flight to the island’s Caticlan Airport and a further 15-minute combined sea and land transfer.

Accommodation

Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa comprises 219 elegant and spacious guestrooms and villas, each characterised by a fusion of contemporary and indigenous designs. All rooms feature private balconies with impressive views that can be enjoyed from cosy daybeds. The resort’s unique tree houses have outdoor Jacuzzis and every villa provides a private pool, butler service and a luxurious 108 square metres of space.

For more information, do visit Shangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa’s website.


The trip to Boracay was made possible by Tigerair Philippines and the Philippine Department of Tourism. Tigerair now flies direct to Kalibo Airport – for more information on flights to Kalibo, do visit http://www.Tigerair.com/ph/en/.

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This is a repost of my post on Boracay Island Escapade.


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