Station 1 on Boracay Island, Philippines can be found on the northwestern end of White Beach. Boracay tourists enjoy Station 1 for its more laid-back atmosphere compared to party central Station 2. Many high-end resorts also call Station 1 home, although this parcel of Boracay real estate also has a fair share of budget and moderately-priced resorts at your disposal. The resorts listed here are arranged by rates in ascending order - rates are subject to change without further notice.
La Bella Casa
La Bella Casa’s location near Cocomangas Bar (of “15 shots and still standing” fame) puts it at a prime location for heavy imbibers, but its location off of the beachfront may give beachgoers pause. Other landmarks close by include the Balabag Catholic Church and Willys, a sister beachfront resort that allows Bella Casa guests to use their beach lounge chairs.
The resort’s air-conditioned rooms come furnished with cable TV, mini-fridge, and private shower and bathtub. WiFi is available at all levels, with routers on every floor.
Crown Regency Prince Resort Boracay
Set at a distance from Station 1, the Crown Regency Prince Resort makes up for this by providing almost complete hotel conveniences. The Crown Regency Prince Resort offers 36 guestrooms inspired by Balinese art, and provides a choice of views - the manicured gardens around the resort, the swimming pool, or the golf course. Rooms have the essential conveniences covered - cable TV, hot and cold shower, air conditioning, and coffee and tea maker (no slippers, though). The lobby offers foreign exchange services, laundry services, wi-fi, 24-hour room service and an in-house 24-hour convenience store. The Crown Regency Prince Resort is not to be confused with the Crown Regency Resort on Station 3.
- Rates: from $56
- Site: www.crownregency.com
Boracay Sandcastles is a beachfront property that offers a series of rustic resort villas and rooms, furnished with native décor that take their cue from some of the Philippines’ best-known tribal groups. Sandcastles’ accommodations come with cable TV, air-conditioning, internet access, and hot showers. Its location near Station 1 allows guests easy access to Boracay’s nightlife.
One Crescent Place Hotel
One Crescent Place Hotel is a boutique hotel located near Station 1 on White Beach. The place is not beachfront property – guests must walk a few meters to Boracay’s powdery white sands.
Standard room features include a deck, dining area, kitchenette, microwave oven, refrigerator, private toilet and shower, mini-bar, safe, and Internet access. Room facilities range from the basic to the superior room’s two double-size beds and DVD player with 5-channel surround sound home theater system.
- Rates: from $64
- Site: www.onecrescentplace.com
Residencia Boracay is a compact little beachfront resort on Station 1. The resort makes the most out of its laid-back surroundings, offering no-frills accommodation at a good price considering the location.
Accommodations range from the “superior” rooms (air-conditioned rooms with a queen-size bed and a standard bed, cable television, bathroom en suite, and no view) to the super-deluxe rooms’ 2 queen-size beds, balconies overlooking the beach, and LCD TVs. Breakfast is included. Free Wi-Fi is available, but only in the lobby area.
Jony's Beach Resort
Jony’s Beach Resort has been around since the Eighties - the owners may have upgraded the place, but Jony’s remains self-consciously rustic, a throwback to the old days when Boracay was definitely off the beaten track. The rooms are off the beachfront - the resort’s restaurant overlooks the beach directly, with the residential areas behind it - but the size of the rooms and the amenities included make up for the distance.
- Rates: from $88
- Site: www.jonysbeachresortboracay.com
Gran Prix Boracay Hideaway
The Gran Prix is a homey bed-and-breakfast type beachfront accommodation on Boracay’s Station 1. Its 11 rooms and suites come with cable TV, free Wi-Fi internet, balcony, and mini-refrigerator. Décor is relatively Spartan, but the beach and the nightlife are the main draws anyway, so this might not matter. Other features include a smart-card entry system, a (relatively compact) private toilet and hot shower, dimmer lights, writing desk and chair, and luggage rack.
- Rates: from $88
- Site: granprixhotels.com/Boracay
Boracay Beach Club
Boracay Beach Club is a family-owned resort near Station 1. Access to the beach from the resort is good, but not perfect - the location is not beachfront, although quite close to it.
The Boracay Beach Club has 30 guestrooms featuring modern amenities like flat-screen TVs, walk-in showers, spacious in-room safes, and free wireless internet. Guests enjoy access to a swimming pool, a lounge overlooking a beach view, and the popular Ariel’s House restaurant onsite. The Boracay Beach Club was recently featured in Travel + Leisure magazine as one of its “Top 25 Secret Seaside Getaways.”
- Rates: from $100
- Site: boracaybeachclub.com
Boracay Grand Vista Resort & Spa
Boracay Grand Vista Resort and Spa is situated at some remove from Station 1 on White Beach – a Moroccan-inspired retreat that boasts of having the largest pool on the island.
The Resort’s accommodations are hard to beat: 33 Honeymoon Suites, two Vista Suites, two Grand Pool Suites, and four Grand View Suites. Each suite has a private pool, wide-screen flat TV with cable access, private balcony, NDD/IDD phone service, mini-bar, spacious bathrooms en suite, and safes. The views are enhanced by the suites’ immense picture windows.
Discovery Shores Boracay
Discovery Shores Boracay is a beachfront luxury resort located near Station 1 of White Beach. The distance from Boracay’s social and shopping scene is ameliorated somewhat by their shuttle and transfer services; the distance does add to the peace and quiet which is getting harder to find in Boracay.
Outside rooms come with LCD TVs, DVD players, iPod docking stations, and in-room safes. Guests have free run of beach bar, restaurant, world-class Mandala Spa services, fitness facilities, and an outdoor infinity pool with a waterfall and pool bar. Wi-Fi is available for a fee.
- Rates: from $375
- Site: discoveryshoresboracay.com