I’ll pick up where I left off – Following our rather picturesque 9 seater plane ride (with air Juan, a tiny new airline who were fab) we landed on the island next to Boracay (It is too small for it’s own airport). We had booked a couple of days of all out luxury at Shangri La. They picked us up at the airport, whisked us around the corner to the port, put us in a lounge with the most delicious smelling cold towels I’ve ever had the pleasure of slapping on my face, and finally led us into an all white speedboat to take us down to our new home.
And what a new home it was.
Unfortunately I appear to have some sort of phobia of taking photos of hotel rooms. But let’s our room was bigger than my 2 bed flat, and the shower itself was bigger than my entire bathroom.
And we had a hot tub on our balcony which they insisted on filling with rose petals like it was our honeymoon!
The welcome drinks introduced me to Calamansi, which soon became a week long obsession. Calamansi are like a cross between a lemon and a lime, and squeezed into soda water with sugar they make one of the most deliciously refreshing concoctions ever.
Of course we went straight to happy hour on the beach.
Which was followed by more beachside cocktails and a fire show.
The next morning we were stupidly excited for the breakfast buffet. It was almost as if we hadn’t stuffed our faces with crab and prawns the night before. Hmmm.
It was also a great opportunity to have a little snoop around the grounds.
After rolling ourselves away from the buffet, which I am fairly sure consisted of at least 4 courses for each of us each day, we headed down to the multitude of pools.
How do they get the grass in these places so darn squishy?
Where we lounged away a full two days.
Waiting for a golf buggy to take us to dinner. They wouldn’t let us walk the 50metres…
And on our final Shangri La night, courtesy of some shmancy private event, we had our very own departing fireworks ceremony from our balcony.
I’ll admit now, no other hotel will ever compare. I now constantly stalk the amazing Shangri La hotels all over the world. A girl can dream.
But in all honesty, this was a very affordable experience for a couple of days and we expected the food and drink prices to be a whole lot higher. It was a great surprise to us that you could get a cocktail for less than in London. We decided to do the hostel in Coron and balance it out with a couple of days of luxury here, which was a great decision.
P.S if you ever go here, get the four handed massage. Most relaxing hour of my life.
Next time, we move up the road and into the rest of Boracay…
Again all underwater shots taken on Fran’s GoPro Hero Session, and other shots on my Canon 6D, with a 50mm 1.4 lens.