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Boracay Island in the Philippines has developed quite rapidly since its discovery by backpackers in the 70s – today it’s a busy party island with a good selection of budget and mid-range beach resorts all across its length, not just on the famous White Beach but on its other less-known beaches and coves as well! This list represents a range of prices and locations, all of them offering significant access to the magic of Boracay.
Prices are subject to change without notice.
Fat Jimmy's is a centrally-located budget inn, set up at the periphery of Boracay’s D' Mall. The beach is about three minutes’ walk due west. The accommodations at Fat Jimmy’s come in many types, all the better to suit tighter budgets: cheaper fan cooled rooms that can fit 3 people, Standard rooms with aircon that can fit a maximum of 5 people, and Superior rooms that can fit a maximum of 6 people. Every type has a private toilet with a hot shower. Guests can also take advantage of Fat Jimmy’s laundry & pressing service, cooking service, and free WI-FI.
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.
Turtle Inn Resort is a family-run resort located on Boracay’s Station 3, White Beach. The location is hardly beachfront – a two-minute walk away from the shoreline, and a five-minute walk away from the D’Mall retail and dining/drinking scene.
The three-storey buildings have a total of 15 guestrooms, many of them provided with large balconies to give great views of the island. Of the three suites on the premises, two can be joined to create a double family suite for large groups of up to eight people. Rooms come with queen-size beds, hot showers, air-conditioning, cable TV, and minibar.
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.
Microtel Inn and Suites Boracay
Microtel Inn and Suites is a Mediterranean-inspired beachfront hotel on Diniwid Beach, a quiet cove north of White Beach and Boat Station 1. The Inn’s 51 rooms feature a good many double rooms suitable for families and large groups. Its location on Diniwid Beach allows for a good deal of seclusion and privacy almost unheard of on White Beach, although this might be undesirable for guests who want convenient access to Boracay’s social scene.
Hotel-level comfort and amenities include chiropractic-approved beds, air-conditioning, swimming pool, high-speed internet access, restaurant, and watersports activities.
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.
Le Soleil de Boracay Hotel
Le Soleil de Boracay is a beachfront resort at a prime location in White Beach’s Station 2. D’Mall is less than three minutes’ walk away, although the central location might turn off guests who want a bit of peace and quiet.
The Soleil’s 50 rooms are spread across three floors; guests are provided with internet access and laundry service (for a fee). Le Soleil de Boracay's rooms are inspired by the Mediterranean, with soft-toned interiors and décor that are meant to put you in a relaxing mood. The private pool is an excellent perk – its pool side bar dispenses some of the best fruit shakes in Boracay.
The Nami is a clifftop resort located near Diniwid Beach, offering an imposing view of the surrounds. As it is located far from the main tourist stretch, the Nami offers privacy at the expense of easy access to Boracay’s nightlife. Guests in search of a romantic getaway or some family privacy will appreciate the Nami’s location, however.
The Nami’s décor is decidedly modern, with contemporary décor and fixtures that bear a touch of luxury – including parquet floors and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. All rooms come with balconies fitted with Jacuzzis. Guests also enjoy the use of the Nami’s butler services.