10 Resorts to Check Out in the "New" Boracay
They're all DOT-accredited!
(SPOT.ph) After six months of rehabilitation and cleanups, Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan is finally reopening to tourists on October 26. This time, the Department of Tourism wants to make things right by being stricter with environmental compliance before accrediting establishments on the island. We wouldn't want resorts extending their property all the way to the white-sand shores again, do we?
We round up some of the best places to stay in Boracay—particularly those that are already approved by the tourism office (as of writing). The Department of Tourism (DOT) warned that business-owners who would still open their doors to guests without securing a DOT accreditation "shall be dealt with the full force of the law."
Discovery Shores Boracay
Station 1, Barangay Balabag, Malay, Aklan
Contact: (02) 720-8888
Discovery Shores Boracay has a total of 88 rooms that range from a 40-square-meter luxurious Junior Suite to a 120-square-meter Two-Bedroom Suite Premiere. The latter has all kinds of pampering amenities: A spacious private deck, an outdoor hot tub, and a 42-inch Smart Television. All-night partying may not be allowed anymore on the island, but all-night Netflix is a definite yes.
Current by Astoria
Station 3, Barangay Manoc-Manoc, Malay, Aklan
Contact: (02) 687-1111
In case you're tired of wading in Boracay's white-sand beach (but why would you, it's supposed to be clean now), Current by Astoria has a 25-meter lap pool where you can perfect your freestyle stroke. There are also sunken loungers and built-in aqua seats for when you just want to take a break.
Azalea Hotels and Residences
Station 2, Barangay Balabag, Malay, Aklan
Contact: (02) 484-0081
This four-star hotel and serviced residence has colorful suites that can fit as many as eight adults. It's perfect for a mini-reunion with your friends or the whole family. Azalea has two rooftop swimming pools—one for adults and one for kids.
The Lazy Dog Bed and Breakfast
Bulabog Beach, Barangay Balabag, Malay, Aklan
The Lazy Dog along Bulabog Beach is one of Boracay's best-kept secrets because of its location away from the crowd in White Beach. Just going by its name, you'd know it's the perfect place to lie back, enjoy being away from the Metro, and play with the resident dog. It's LGBT-friendly, too! Just look at the huge rainbow flag that serves as the dining area's roof.
The Strand Boutique Resort
Sitio Sinagpa, Barangay Balabag, Malay, Aklan
Contact: (36) 288-6900
Nestled by the hillside and tucked behind towering coconut trees, The Strand Boutique Resort promises a quiet and relaxing stay. Each suite (there are only 13 of them) has a designated butler at your beck and call—be it for a wakeup alarm or ordering food outside the resort.