This Paradise is Four Miles Long and a Million Miles Away
Written By: Erik Hale Boracay Island
Powdery, white, soft sand beaches, clear blue water and amazing restaurants sounded exactly like the vacation we needed. Luckily for us, all of this and more, was waiting for us at the Shangri-La Resort in Boracay.
Boracay Island in the Philippines is a four mile long slice of heaven that will deliver on all of your luxury stay vacation dreams without breaking the budget. We landed at the closer of the two airport choices that service Boracay, Caticlan Airport. Almost everyone that lands at this airport must take one of the multiple ferries from Caticlan to Boracay—everyone except Shangri-La Resort guests. The Shangri-La is the only resort on the island that offers a private bus and boat service that takes you directly from the airplane, to a VIP lounge, to a private dock with a private boat waiting that delivers you to the resort.
Even though we spent time exploring the entire island including the renowned Puka Beach, and the tourists filled 2.5 mile long White Beach, we found the most enjoyment within the boundaries of our resort. The resort has pristine private beaches, water sports rentals and a resort pool and bar that rivals any luxury resort in the world. We left the resort twice and both times we asked for a shuttle, the staff were surprised we were leaving the resort. There really isn’t a reason to leave.
5 Things We Loved About Boracay
- The cute “e-trikes” that take you anywhere on the island for a few dollars.
- Spending the day on the private beach at the Shangri-La drinking bottles of Rosé.
- Day drinking and swimming at the overwater bar called Spider House.
- Cliff jumping from up to 40′ in the air at Ariel’s Point.
- Dinner at the clifftop restaurant Sirena at Shangri-La.
Hear This: Some of the languages you can hear on Boracay include Aklanon, Tagalog and English.
Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island
Malay Aklan, 5608 Philippines
This Resort Will Make You Never Want to Leave Boracay
Erik Hale is the visionary and publisher behind LOCALE Magazine. He launched the magazine in 2010, wanting to give the community of OC a premiere lifestyle magazine that knew all the native knowledge behind OC. “Six years ago Ashley and I sat at a table scratching the name LOCALE (among some other names) onto a sheet of paper,” says Erik, “coming up with story ideas and basically dreaming. Everything we imagined has happened and we have been blessed with so much more. I am so grateful as we start another year for my family, my two wonderful children, my health, our amazing writers, designers and photographers, our advertising partners and you.”