I envy my husband for having been able to see and experience Boracay back in the early 90’s with all its untouched beauty. No hotels, electricity that shuts off at 12mn, long beach shores with only a handful of tourists.
But that doesn’t mean that Boracay isn’t as breathtaking as before, because it still is! Albeit busier and more bustling compared to decades back.
Boracay (for those not familiar) is a small island in my country, the Philippines. It is located south of Manila and 2 km off the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Western Visayas region.
Boracay is home to one of the world’s best beaches and has been a favorite holiday destination for both locals and tourists alike. In fact, in 2012, Boracay was awarded by an international travel magazine, Travel + Leisure, as the best island in the world.
Just last month, my family and I decided to visit Boracay again for the 2nd time via AirAsia.
So, off to Boracay Island we went! My family, together with Tintin who has been with us for 10 years now (and is practically family as well), boarded AirAsia en route to Kalibo, Aklan.
And we meet again, Kalibo!
While waiting for your luggage, have your photo taken here for keepsake.
From Kalibo International Airport, our good friends from Southwest Tours (Boracay), Inc. facilitated our smooth “door-to-door transfer” to Boracay. I highly recommend them if you want stress-free transfers, folks!
After getting our luggage, we went straight to our bus which was waiting just outside the arrival gate. A representative from Southwest Tours (Boracay), Inc., handed Chuckie our tickets for the duration of our round trip door-to-door transfers.
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Ticket 1 is for the Bus Boarding Pass with a corresponding bus number.
Ticket 2 is for the Boat Boarding Pass and Ticket 3 is for the Cab Boarding Pass.
After an hour and a half, we finally arrived at the Caticlan Jetty Port!
Southwest Tours (Boracay), Inc. representatives were very efficient. Even if it was packed at the port, they made sure everything was a breeze for us.
We were ushered to our boat via the Express Lane Service and in 10 minutes, we were at Cagban Port Jetty.
(Actually, on our way back to Cagban Port from Boracay, the Oyster Ferry was used to shuttle us back. It was air conditioned, big and comfy.)
After all the traveling and with a little over a year of planning, we finally reached Boracay and our host hotel Boracay Tropics.
An enjoyable stay at Boracay Tropics
The staff were warm and welcoming the moment we stepped in.
Boracay Tropics is synonymous to comfort the same way its sister hotel – Hotel Celeste – is in Manila. Located in Station 2, Boracay Tropics is just a 3-minute walk to the beach.
Their well-appointed accommodations are tailor fit to each traveler’s demands.
The resort has 64 rooms: Superior, Deluxe, Dorm & Family Rooms, Junior Cabana and Premiere Suite all in Mediterranean and Asian-inspired architecture surrounded by a lush garden. Boracay Tropics’ Premiere Suite with 2 bedrooms is certainly a perfect fit for families like ours.
A master bedroom with a King-sized bed and T&B.
And the other room with 2 single beds.
As for the facilities, Boracay Tropics boasts of its bean shaped pool, Oasis Spa and a Nail Salon where we had a very relaxing foot massage. So relaxing, in fact, that we fell asleep just a few minutes into the massage.
For some good eats, TropiCafe Restaurant and Bar offers a wide selection of Asian dishes that has that home-cooked goodness guaranteed to satisfy the palate.
Even a relaxing al fresco dinner can be set-up.
Thank you Boracay Tropics for the very warm welcome!
Special mention to Boracay Tropics and Hotel Celeste’s DOSM Ms. Onelle Pacheco and Marketing Officer Cheanne Lopez and the entire Boracay Tropics team.
Check back soon for my TropiCafe post. 🙂
Special thanks to AirAsia, Boracay Tropics and Southwest Tours (Boracay) Inc. for making this trip possible.
Manila Sales & Reservations Office Address and Contact Details:
c/o Hotel Celeste,02 San Lorenzo Drive Corner A.Arnaiz Avenue, San Lorenzo Village
T: (632) 887.0581 / 887.4652
F: (632) 840.3153
E: [email protected]
Boracay Address and Contact Details:
Station 2, Bo. Manggayad, Boracay Island Malay Aklan, Philippines
T: (036) 288.4034; Telefax: (036) 288.3700
F: (036) 288.3700
E: [email protected]