Boracay Island is a truly magical place, with some of the most breath-taking sights that your camera roll will ever see. If you only have a weekend to spare, be sure to visit the highlights. Our tried-and-tested tips will ensure you capture the very best of what the island has to offer – after all, if it isn’t on social media it never happened, right?
Boracay boasts one of the world’s finest beaches, White Beach. This is a broad, 3.5-kilometre stretch of sun-drenched sand running the length of the western side of the island. Splashed by gorgeous turquoise waters, White Beach is Instagram heaven on earth. In the daytime, it makes for the perfect relaxation and swimming spot, and as the evening draws in, why not take a romantic boat ride across the bay? If you only visit one beach in Boracay, White Beach should be it.
Ahlan! IG Tip: Get there super early, before the crowds of sunbathers join the fun. Photos of you lying on the deserted white sands with just the sea and sky behind you will be the envy of your followers.
The recently opened Mövenpick Resort & Spa Boracay (movenpick.com/boracay) is a five-star beachfront stay. The 312-room, low-rise, luxury resort lies on powdery white sand bordering the crystal waters of Punta Bunga Cove. There are seven restaurants and bars serving world-class local and global cuisine and the Sol Marina Beach Club hosts international DJs and live performances. There is even a “happy hour chocolate hour” (which is a little dangerous for those without willpower), and the whole resort is picturesque.
Ahlan! IG Tip: Nothing says luxury vacation better than breakfast in bed wearing your bathrobe. Order in your fruit platter, croissants and coffee, open the patio doors and start snapping those envy-inducing selfies.
Get some rays at this divine rooftop pool. The Lind (thelindhotels.com) is a luxury boutique hotel on the most exclusive part of White Beach’s Station One. The infinity pool is one of the best we’ve ever dipped our toes in – order an iced beverage and kick back beside the palm trees.
Ahlan! IG Tip: Selfies won’t do this pool justice so have someone snap a landscape shot of you from a distance, capturing the stretch of the pool. Deepen saturation and warmth for an ultra-gorgeous blue glow.
The main beaches are dotted with water sports outlets, renting out quality equipment and offering expert tuition at reasonable prices. Get up close and personal with Boracay’s stunning marine life with a scuba diving experience from New Wave Divers (newwavedivers.com).
They have a full range of PADI scuba programmes and courses for divers of all experience levels. And the team guarantees small groups on every dive, with a fully personalised service.
Ahlan! IG Tip: It’s definitely worth shelling out for the photo package, as a photographer with an underwater camera will join you on the dive, capturing your journey and delivering it to you IG ready afterwards. All you need to worry about is having fun and posing fabulously.
A Very Happy Hour
Hit the town in style at Prisma (prisma.ph), a tropical bar that offers up delicious mixed drinks at a gorgeous poolside bar and Jacuzzi. Tropical house music gently breezes through and manager/mixologist Andrei Campian brings Dubai glitz ‘n’ glamour to the island.
Ahlan IG Tip: Relax, unwind and get into the holiday spirit with one of Prisma’s mixed drinks, but don’t forget that all-important photo before you take your first sip!
We have to give it up to The Lind one more time for their striking seafood platter at all-day dining joint Tartine (thelindhotels.com/cuisine). Here you’ll find chic choices of international dishes featuring your choice of meat, seafood and salad. The restaurant is also popular for breakfast, with some amazing smoothie options such as the Lychee Ginger.
Ahlan! IG Tip: The seafood platter solo shot is all you need to #lunchgoals. It is huge.