I have to do something I never thought I would do and that is recommend a resort to you and confirm that I have, in fact, changed my mind re: Boracay.
So let’s discuss the resort first. Fairways and Bluewater, Newcoast, Boracay got it right (www.fairewaysandbluewater.com). If you take all the things one might like about a resort from the people, the service, the pools, the private beach, the rooms, transfers/transportation, cost, activities, etc., toss it into a pot and stir and you will be serving Fairways and Bluewater for dinner and people will be coming back for seconds and thirds. I’ve stayed at more resorts, hotels, hostels, Airbnbs throughout the world than probably anyone and I can say Fairwaters nailed it. Imagine it if you can (Americans and Europeans probably can’t and won’t believe this) paying $68/night with taxes, service fees, etc. and staying in a huge premium suite with a rain shower, a huge balcony overlooking a golf course or a pool or the sea with a king size bed that is so comfortable you never want to leave. Imagine having a beautiful 18 hole championship golf course, a spa, salon, four separate pools one of which will blow your mind, door to door transfer service in the complex or even into town with a 24 hour security guard named Lester to call you that transfer, restaurants galore with all kinds of delicious variety and even a cake shop (just as examples) at your disposal. The cost: $68/night. Imagine having any activity at your disposal you can think of from horseback riding on the beach to kayaking, sailing, zip lining, golf, segways that work on the sand …I mean anything right there on the property. The cost for the room is $68/night. Imagine seamlessly transferring to and from the airport on the resort’s own boat so you miss the nightmare traffic at the port. The cost for the room is $68/night. Imagine a grocery store on site, peace and quiet at one pool and an absolute jammin’ DJ at the other where you can’t help but dance. The cost for the room is $68/night. Imagine being serviced by the nicest, most genuine race of people on the planet. The cost for the room is $68/night.
Yes there are other fees associated with some of these activities such as $20USD for an hour long massage or next to nothing for most of us for 18 holes of golf with your own cart and a pretty Filippino caddy recommending what club to use; however, these fees are nominal for most people taking a resort style vacation. And I keep saying the price for the third story ginormous loft of a room I stayed in because I don’t think it is possible to get this kind of place for that price anywhere else in the world. And it’s in Boracay where beauty transcends which leads me to the next point of this post.
I’ve changed my mind (I’m a woman. I’m entitled). When I first arrived in Boracay I hated it. I thought it was the perfect example of how tourism strangles the life out of a beautiful place. And that’s still true about Boracay – at least that strip referred to as Station 1 in Balabag. Boracay is Thailand on crack however there is no infrastructure in place even remotely capable of handling the people, the trash, the internet usage, the traffic, the new construction, etc. But after spending time here, lunching at the famous Spider House, walking the whitest sand beaches (surpassed only by Thailand maybe and the Maldives), sunset sailing the coast, I think Boracay is lovely. Just plant yourself away from Station 1 in Balabag. Stay at Fairways and Bluewater and explore from there. Definitely try to get to the other side of the island for kite surfing! I’m told the wind is perfect for kite surfing there. I was sick so I had to cancel that adventure but will definitely remedy that next chance I get. (Left photo from nileguide.com and the right photo from boracay-pictures.com).
That’s all for now rested and smiling again from Boracay.