Boracay, one of the Philippines’ premier islands, receives constant publicity through word of mouth from travellers, and recognitions from travel authorities throughout the world.
One recent distinction came from Travel + Leisure magazine, whose February 2013 issue hailed Boracay as the fifth most romantic island in the world. This proves that the island, despite its response to modernisation, still is a perfect place as it can be for tourists looking for a destination for Valentine’s Day.
Boracay for the month of love
Beach-fringed Boracay may have the finest and softest coastal sand in the world—this is one of the qualities Travel + Leisure attributed to the famous island destination. Lovers only have to take a 45-minute flight from Manila to Panay Island, then a boat ride to Boracay, before they can reignite their passion with its romantic environment, couple activities, and several tranquil areas.
February is a high-season month in Boracay island. Hotels even report a sizable increase in couples, who would request special dinners at their designated spots. In the morning, there are several water sports to nurture closeness; late in the afternoon, sailing while waiting for sunset cannot get any sweeter with the chance to take silhouetted photographs against the vermillion dusk horizon.
Many high-end resorts and hotels satisfy travellers to Boracay who are seeking luxury. Boracay Resort and Spa, Monaco Suites de Boracay, Regency Lagoon Resort, Discovery Shores, and Boracay Beach Club are top on the list when it comes to star-quality accommodation and services. But the one Travel + Leisure featured for its unique offerings is not even in this list. Mandala Spa & Villas a modern accommodation in White Beach’s Station 3, attracts with its yoga classes, massage services, and healthy food choices on top of a coveted cliff-side location.
Activities to spark the love
Getting wet by the turquoise waters is rated on another level with the numerous water activities on the island of Boracay. Couples can scuba dive, kitesurf, windsurf, snorkel, parasail, waterski, and skimboard at Station 2, the area in White Beach famous for these instructed activities. Those on a double date can ride a glass-bottomed boat and tour the small islands nearby, stopping by notable spots like Puka Beach and Bulabog Beach.
Inland far from the water also offers several exciting experiences. Mount Luho, whose peak provides a panoramic view of the island, is famous among tourists for its viewing tower. Highly adventurous love birds can visit the Bat Caves in Yapak, the Butterfly Farm in Bulabog Beach, the coral beds on White Beach’s southern end, and the oft-photographed Willy’s Rock in White Beach’s Station 1.
Budgeted lovers can also enjoy the island, for even walking hand in hand on the powdery sand can create tingles of romantic joy. Sitting on the shore of the less populated Station 3 or Puka Beach also gives lovers ample time to reconnect and relive memories, to create sweet moments where Boracay serves as an opportune paradisiacal setting.