Boracay Island, more popularly referred to as Boracay, is a small island in the central Philippines off the coast of Aklan. Boracay is known worldwide for its gorgeous 2km white sand beach that stretches almost the entire length of the island. In addition to gorgeous beaches, Boracay has gained a reputation as a party destination among Filipinos looking to leave the confines of Manila and international tourists looking to unwind in paradise.

Boracay, on the white sand side, is divided into 3 stations, with station 1 being the quieter end of the island most of the action centered around station 2 and D'Mall. Literally hundreds of small resorts, villas, bahay kubos, hotels and other accommodations are located on the 3 stations, which directly face the ocean and the white sand beach. However, as the available land around the 3 stations has dwindled, developers have begun building resorts on other parts of the island, away from the main beach.

While Boracay offers a variety of accomodations, ranging from a basic straw hut with no air-conditioning, to private villas, those looking for a complete luxury resort experience in Boracay should consider the following resorts:

Shangri-La Boracay Beach Resort and Spa

Without a doubt, the Shangri-La Boracay Beach Resort and Spa has added a true touch of luxury to Boracay with its arrival in 2009. The Shangri-La Boracay Beach Resort brings the world-class service of the Shangri-La to Boracay and couples it with a stunningly beautiful design with a variety of different accommodations to suit the first or fifth-time traveler to Boracay. Teak woods, the finest granites, and the latest electronics are found throughout the resort. Within the Shangri-La Boracay is the Chi Spa, with its own spa pool and pavilion separated from the rest of the resort. A fantastic hotel gym is available for travelers as well as spa, sauna, steam and Jacuzzi. The Shangri-La is not located on white beach so please keep that in mind as you will need transportation (tricycle, hotel car) to the other side of the island. However, the Shangri-La does have its own private beach, perfect for those who want to get away from the Boracay scene. Per night rates start at about $440 and up depending on the type of accommodation.

Discovery Shores Boracay

One of the first luxury beach resorts in Boracay, Discover Shores Boracay brings a level of service, standard and refinement never typically found in other foreign destinations. The Discovery Shores has built a reputation for unparalleled customer service and the staff really go out of their way to make you feel at home in their resort. The rooms as expected are large, modern, and comfortable. Each evening, there is a nightly dessert delivery, usually something small and fresh made in the kitchen. A nice touch for any guest. Like the Shangri-La Boracay, the Discovery Shores Boracay also boasts its own private beach that is raked and groomed every morning (unlike the rest of white beach which has been known to get cluttered with garbage, glass, and plastic bags). If you're looking to party, the Boracay Discovery Shores may not be your best bet. However, if you're looking for a quiet place to stay and relax, then the Boracay Discovery Shores is where you want to be. Room rates start at $500 and up depending on accommodation.

Fridays Boracay

Consistently rated one of the best beach resorts in Boracay, Fridays is a AAA accredited resort with self-contained 40 native-style cottages on the grounds of its resort. Boasting a freshwater swimming pool, a popular beachfront bar and what is considered to be the best restaurant in Boracay, Fridays is the original purveyor of luxury in Boracay. Located at the far end of Station 1 on white beach, Fridays Boracay gives you the privacy to have a peaceful, relaxation vacation in luxury while also being close to the famous white sand beach of Boracay. Of the 3 resorts above, Fridays Boracay truly gives you that island feeling and will keep you coming back again and again. Room rates start at $250 and up depending on accommodation.