Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa
Boracay Island, Malay, 5608 Aklan, Philippines
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Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & SpaWhen staying at Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, you’d never know you were in one of the Philippines’ most popular vacation spots. Of course, you can clearly understand why people would travel to the island—the turquoise waters, the powdered-sugar shores, the lush hills—but what you can’t see are the crowds. And therein lies the resort’s beauty, or at least some of it. Tucked into an eco-reserve with its own shimmering beach, the Shangri-La is also home to a canopy-cloaked dining aerie, sunset-surveying clifftop cabanas, and a peninsular spa on a private bay. Accommodations are impeccably appointed with local touches (think woven abaca rugs and lamps bedecked with capiz shells), with several lodgings feeling more like private vacation homes. Take the aptly named treehouse villa, for example, where the canopy-level second story commands stunning sea views (best enjoyed from the hot tub on the balcony), or the pool villas, where the lure of en suite swimming almost overpowers the sea just outside.