Savvy Travel and Stylish Stays || 长滩岛 Style住行

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Our coffee from Boracay Regency’s Christina’s every morning, with warm milk lovingly served by the staff.

Now that we have seen all the sights and excitement that Boracay has, here’s the-not-really-the-last-post for this trip, about how you can get to Boracay in style and a few recommendations of where to stay!

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10 bloggers with 2 nannies, waiting to board our inaugural flight (Photo by William)

长滩岛好玩又好看,当然不能少好住的好介绍。

进入最后第二篇,我们回顾虎航首班新加坡直飞Kalibo航班的一些小细节,并为您介绍一些适合全家大小、情侣或朋友一同入住狂欢的旅店。

新加坡直飞卡里博(Kalibo),只要大约3个半小时,您可以在航班上预购Tiger Transfer虎航接驳服务(大约新币$15 or 500 比索pesos),抵达机场后,负责接驳的工作人员将您送达预定的饭店,车程与船程大约需要两小时左右。

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比起之前,许多想到长滩岛的旅客,必须飞往马尼拉或宿务(Cebu)转机,新的直飞航班为这旅途省了至少一个半小时的宝贵时间。开心!

Without doubt, the direct flight from Singapore to Kalibo via Tigerair is currently the fastest way to get to Kalibo airport, where you can purchase Tiger Transfer for about SGD15 or 500 pesos (on the flight or when you land, prices subjected to changes without prior notice, please check with Tigerair prior to your departure) to get you to your vacation home, which is usually a 1.5 hrs journey to Caticlan pier and approximately a 15 minutes ferry ride to the resort, depending on where your resort is.

Prior to this, most travelers have to transit via Manila or Cebu. With this arrangement, those who would like to travel to Boracay save up to 1.5hrs of precious travel time, which you can effectively use it to explore Boracay!

Visa requirement: Singaporeans do not have to apply for a visa if you are staying for less than 30 days. More visa information can be found at the official Philippines tourism website.

The interior of the plane was pretty new, and we were comfortably seated, all ready to rock Boracay!

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I was intrigued by the snack & shopping menu, which comprised of items that you do not normally see on the other budget flights! This has to be the most interesting and customized version.

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Snapped (by blogger Jerome)

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As we approached Kalibo…

The journey was a good one, and we were in Kalibo in no time! The historical moment was accompanied by welcome flowers / dances etc.

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(Just to fast forward a little, this was on our return leg, the weather was brilliant and the plane was adorable!)

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Back to the day of arrival!

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From left: Governor of Aklan, Florencio T Miraflore, Previous Governor of Aklan, Carlito S. Marquez and Tiger Airways Philippines CEO, Olive Ramos.

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As we exit the Kalibo airport, the guests of the inaugural Singapore to Kalibo flight were also warmly received by traditional dancers of the Kalibo St. Nino Ati-atihan Festival in the brightest and most colorful costumes.

FYI:
The annual Ati-Atihan Festival in January, which celebrates the Christianization of the native ati in the first Christian mass in the city. Year-round, tourists are welcome to see the Sampaguita Gardens and Martyrʼs Shrine.

And so after 6 hrs of travel, you would arrive at your choice of accommodation in Boracay, and here are a few recommendations that you can consider for the planning of your trip.

For families / large group of friends

One of the most important facilities that these resorts have is a lift (or at least very strong porters). You need to get your luggage up to that damn third floor, and you have two or more young kids that you need to carry, how does that work? So, having lift access is important!

Boracay Regency (prices starting from 5,800++ pesos)

We were generously hosted by Boracay Regency for our 4 nights in Boracay! Right in middle of Station 2 of the White Beach, and equipped with a full range of services (spa, pools, gym, business centre etc), it’s great choice for families or groups of friends who wish to have a fuss-free holiday!

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Sweet!

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Personalized.

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Service (Did I mention they sent a nurse to my room to dress my wound when i returned to the room after midnight? How awesome was that?)


Very spacious deluxe room with balcony (Picture from Boracay Regency website)

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24-hr fastfood within the compound, you will never be hungry!

Dancing chefs to entertain you while you pick your yums for your tums!

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Visit the VIP lounge for some mid-day snacks and chill-out time

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Having some silly fun

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Love the snacks!

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Interior of the VIP lounge. Cosy!

Fairways and Bluewater Resort (For reservations, please contact the team at rm.fairwaysandbluewater@gmail.com)

Away from the hustle and bustle, Fairways and Bluewater Resort has loads of activities for everyone within the compound. We left our hearts at the absolutely breath-taking private beach which is a hidden gem!

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the yummiest yam ice cream served in coconuts, you can’t be happier!

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Couldn’t resist a pic! (Photo by Dblchin)

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The infinity pool that overlooks the sea.

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Classic and comfy room in a 2BR apartment, good for 4 to 6 pax.

If you recall the list of activities such as horse riding, zipline and segway, they can all be done within Fairways and Bluewater Resorts! Alternatively, chillout at their spa or the gorgeous pool.

Discovery Shores Boracay (prices from 13,500 ++ pesos)

Awarded by Travel+Leisure as the best family hotel in Asia for two consecutive years (2012, 2013), and the number 1 hotel spa – Terra Wellness Spa (2011, 2012, 2013) is also located within this resort, your Boracay escapade to Discovery Shores will definitely be a great one!

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The bloggers wondered around a 2BR apartment.

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Cosy room~~ I was really tempted to jump onto the bed for a rest!

For couples / honeymooners / lovers (you get my point)

Shangri-la Boracay (prices from 14,700 pesos ++)

We had a fantastic lunch hosted by the team from Shangri-La.

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Bon appetit!

We visited a few rooms, but there was one particular loft villa that got all  of us drooling, Charles included.

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This is the view you wake up to if you manage to book a loft villa. Tranquil and surreal.

Luxury Boracay Villas
The Loft Villa (Photo from the Shangri-La Boracay website)

Exceptional comfort in the tropics. I love how they described this.

Shangri-La Boracay has their own speedboat, so you get picked up from the Caticlan pier directly and get sent to the resort, in style.

7Stones Boracay Suites (prices from 10,000 ++ pesos onwards)

7Stones is an all-rounder when it comes to location, comfort level and food.

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A welcoming pool

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Sumptuous lunch @ 7 Notes Cafe. Yums!

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View from one of the apartment’s balcony.

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A peek into the room (Photo from 7Stones Boracay Suites website)

For party-goers!

Boracay Mandarin (prices starting from 5400++ pesos for 2D1N promotional package, promo ends 15 October 2013.)

BM is situated in the heart of the action (Station 2) too, and has an interesting themed decor. Party-goers can chill out and party all night long at the various bars, and just pop back to the hotel for a good rest as it’s really convenient.

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Boracay Mandarin Island Hotel Grand Deluxe Poolside Room
A grand deluxe poolside room (Photo from Boracay Mandarin website)

Oh man, that was quite a long list of stylish stays for consideration.

A good night’s rest at these places will definitely give you all the energy required for an awesome day out at Boracay!

And do rem to stay tuned to the final (really final) post 🙂 Cya soon!

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This trip is generously hosted by Tigerair, Philippines Department of Tourism & omy.sg, all opinions are my own.

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