(SPOT.ph) When Boracay reopened on October 26, tourists quickly fell back in love with the picturesque White Beach. But behind-the-scenes, the island is actually far from being perfect especially with the unfinished sewage system, road repairs, closed-down restaurants and hotels, and boarded-up stores. You'd think twice about going there, but Coast Boracay tries its best to lure weekend warriors into its comforting arms—and does so successfully.
Located in Station 2, the most important thing (especially now) that the resort offers is its complimentary land and boat transfers. If you've gone through Boracay Island's current entry process, you'd know how convenient it is to have someone fetch you at the temporary Boracay Airport, assist you in getting your Arrival Form and lining up for your Environmental Fee and Terminal Fee, and drive you around the island's unpaved roads. Plus the van driver is always ready with a handful of Chocnut—a jar of which you can find in your room upon arrival—to remind you what happiness tastes like. (Yes, we love Chocnut.)
Once you get to the resort, interior designer Erik R. Lopez's whimsical creation with accents of blue and white immediately transport you to a dreamy state of mind. It's all too tempting to just plop down on the comfortable bed and binge-watch your favorite Netflix series through the room's smart TV. But before you waste your day indoors, the floor-to-ceiling glass windows are there to give you a glimpse of what you'd be missing—Coast Boracay's swimming pools: A three-foot dipping pool with a pool bar, a two-foot kiddie pool, and a four-foot lap pool. The couches also make perfect spots for profile photos. The resort's other facilities include a gym (because you don't want to miss a workout!) and a massage room (for full-on relaxation).
Cha Cha’s Beach Café, situated beachfront, has everything that your hungry stomach needs. Must-try dishes include: Cha Cha's Famous Stone-Fried Pizza (from P350 to P395), Baked Garlic Cheese and Butter Scallops (P475), and Cheeseburger in Paradise (P550). During Happy Hour, which is from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., you can get free drinks for every glass of margarita or a bottle of beer.
It may take some time before Boracay is fully operational, but you don't have anything to worry about if you're booked at Coast Boracay—which, by the way, is Department of Tourism-approved.
Coast Boracay is at Station 2, Barangay Balabag, Malay, Aklan. For more information, visit Coast Boracay's website.