The 8 Best Boracay Island, Philippines Hotels of 2019

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01 of 08

Best Overall: Discovery Shores Boracay

Discovery Shores Boracay

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The first luxury resort built on the island, Discovery Shores Boracay exudes a Miami-meets-Asia aesthetic. There are just 99 accommodations at this beachfront resort, and they’re all classified as suites, though the Junior Suites are more akin to a standard, albeit large room. The top-tier category is the Signature Suite — there are 11 of them located in their own wing, and each comes with a large private plunge pool.

As for public spaces, there are three restaurants, including its signature Indigo restaurant serving coastal cuisine, the Sandbar outdoor lounge, a large spa, and a fitness center. For the younger crowd, there's a kid’s club called the Sandbox, which offers gaming equipment, toys, and activities like scavenger hunts and cooking classes. The pool is the hub of the hotel, and it’s perfect for the whole family — adults can sip cocktails at the poolside bar while kids can play with the inflatable toys provided by staff. 

02 of 08

Best Budget: Dave’s Straw Hat Inn

Dave’s Straw Hat Inn

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Not every hotel in Boracay is a super-modern, budget-busting spot — the affordable Dave’s Straw Hat Inn strips things down to the basics, but does it with warm and welcoming service and perfectly comfortable accommodations. Plus, it’s a two-minute walk from White Beach near Station 3, right in the heart of Boracay.

The lowest-price accommodation is the walk-in-only Fan Hut, which doesn’t have air conditioning or hot water but for a few more dollars, you can pre-book a fan-cooled room that does have hot water. If you splurge more for a Deluxe Room or a Standard Cottage, both of which are still quite cheap, you’ll get air conditioning and cable TV. While there’s no formal restaurant here, guests have access to an outdoor BBQ area, where they can grill up dinner and socialize with other guests. There’s also a small library at the inn, as well as free Wi-Fi.

Read more reviews of the best budget and mid-range Boracay Hotels and Resorts available online.

03 of 08

Best Boutique: COAST Boracay

COAST Boracay

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Rated as the number one hotel in Boracay on TripAdvisor, COAST Boracay is a sleek, boutique property that’s a contemporary oasis. Throughout the hotel, the decor takes a primarily white palette — in the 71 guest rooms, colors are limited to neon hues on runners and throw pillows, along with the occasional warm wood accent wall. Design is a focus in the rooms, so you’ll find key pieces like Bertoia Diamond Chairs and Saarinen tables.

There’s only one restaurant on the property, and it’s the fun Cha Cha’s Beach Café, which serves fresh, beachy bites and cold cocktails. As a pro tip, get two-for-one drinks during happy hour, which runs from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Amenity-wise, there’s three pools, massage rooms for special treatments, a fitness center, a boutique that sells handmade products by local artisans, and a free popcorn and ice cream stand. Guests also get free boat transfers from Caticlan airport.

04 of 08

Best for Luxury: Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa

Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa

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Get away from the crowds with a stay at Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, a secluded property set on 31 beachfront acres on the north end of the island. Of the 219 accommodations, 36 are villas and suites. For the most luxurious stay, pick a villa — they come with private plunge pools, butler service, and 800-thread-count sheets, among other opulent amenities. But even the entry-level rooms impress, with nearly 700 square feet of space, private verandahs, marble baths, and sophisticated decor.

As the hotel is somewhat remote, there are four on-site restaurants, including the Rima Mediterranean Treetop Dining restaurant, a superb spot for a romantic meal. There’s also plenty else to do at Shangri-La— the hotel offers two beaches, three pools (one is adults-only), a yoga studio, a hair salon, a spa, tennis courts, a fitness center, and a kids’ club. While there’s no need to leave the resort, guests can take a complimentary shuttle to the shops and entertainment of Station 2 that runs hourly.

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05 of 08

Best for Families: Hennan Lagoon Resort

Hennan Lagoon Resort

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If your kids like pools, Hennan Lagoon Resort is the place to stay in Boracay. As the hotel’s name implies, it has a massive, 13,000 square feet lagoon-style pool right in the middle of the property. While the kids are splashing around, parents can enjoy the dozens of loungers lining the pool or the swim-up bar that serves drinks and bites. Even more, a number of the hotel’s 222 rooms have swim-up pool access, too. While larger families might need to get adjoining rooms to fit everyone in, there are family suites available that accommodate up to five guests.

The hotel has a contemporary style that features dark woods and Asian-style floral patterns, which adds to the relaxing, upscale resort atmosphere that’s not too stuffy. Amenities include a spa with saunas and steam rooms, an all-day café, and a free shuttle to the hotel’s sister property Hennan Regency Resort & Spa, which has free loungers on the beach for all guests to use. Note that the Hennan Lagoon isn’t on a beach, though it’s just a five-minute walk from White Beach.

06 of 08

Best for Romance: Asya Premier Suites

Asya Premier Suites

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Located way outside the tourist hub on the southern end of Boracay, Asya Premier Suites is all about seclusion, which is perfect for travelers seeking a romantic getaway. There are just 20 suites with private verandahs, four villas with private pools, and one presidential suite that has both a private verandah and a private pool, which is most romantic of all the accommodations. All suites are decorated in a tropical style that’s anything but tacky — staying here feels as if you’re in a tastefully designed private home rather than a hotel room.

It’s no surprise that this hotel is very popular for weddings and honeymoons, though families will occasionally book the villas. Meals are served at the beachfront Palay Restaurant, and drinks are served at the outdoor Adlaw Bar that offers beautiful sunset views. There’s also a small fitness room and a beautiful infinity pool, but there’s no formal spa. Instead, treatments are done in the rooms.

07 of 08

Best for Golf: Fairways & Bluewater Boracay

Fairways & Bluewater Boracay

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Sure, most people come to Boracay for the beach — and Fairways & Bluewater has that, too — but it also has an 18-hole championship golf course, the only one on the island. So if you’re a fan of hitting the green when you’re on vacation, this hotel is the place to go. Luckily, if not everyone in your party is a golfer, there’s a whole slew of activities offered here. The sprawling 250-acre, 500-room resort is an all-in-one kind of destination, with horseback riding, Segway tours, zip lining, six swimming pools (some with swim-up bars), watersports on the beach, a market, two spas, a game room, a kids’ club, and a fitness center.

While the two-bedroom suites have full kitchens for you to cook up your own meals, there’s also a choice of 20 different restaurants and bars across the property. And if that weren’t enough, there’s also a free breakfast buffet included in the rate.

Planning a getaway to this Philippines island? Check out our guide to some awesome activities in Boracay.

08 of 08

Best Hostel: Frendz Resort & Hostel

Frendz Resort & Hostel

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Many young travelers often choose hostels for their affordable rooms and social atmosphere, and you’ll get just that at Frendz Resort & Hostel. There are 10 bungalows on the property, both shared and private. The dorm-style rooms are quite basic in amenities — they lack air conditioning, and only some have en-suite bathrooms. If you’re looking for an upgrade, you can book one of the private rooms that do have air conditioning, a private bathroom, and even TVs. No matter what accommodation you choose, there’s free Wi-Fi for all.

The majority of guests don’t spend much time in their rooms anyway, as there’s an open-air pavilion that houses a pool table and a restaurant and bar where you can always find people socializing. Frendz also hosts weekly communal dinners for guests, which are very popular. The hostel is located in Station 2, just a 10-minute walk from the shopping and entertainment hub and only a three-minute walk from White Beach.

For more ideas, take a look at our guide to Boracay Island, Philippines.

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