Dec 11, 2018

Back when Boracay’s white beach used to be the site of night-long parties, beachfront hotels were the top of mind accommodation for tourists. But now that the rules have changed, is it still practical?

Well, in some ways, yes. There’s no denying the charm of having the sight of the beach right outside your window. But based on our recent visit to the island when it reopened, we must admit that we’re having a change of heart.

After all, the beachfront can get pretty dark at night. And now that beach parties are banned, a lot of the nightlife has moved further into the island. That said, it’s now more ideal to get rooms at hotels that are located just between the beach and the main town.

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Boracay’s long beach, one week after its reopening

Take Canyon de Boracay, one of the first 25 establishments that opened on the island after its closure and rehabilitation. The boutique hotel by Canyon Hotels and Resorts is located at heart of Station 2. It’s a short walk away from the beach as well as the town proper, making it an ideal spot that would cater to most any tourist itineraries. To the west of the hotel lies the 4 km-long white beach, while to the east are the rest of the restaurants and shops that have sprung up on the island.

D’Mall, where a number of the most iconic Boracay restaurants can be found, is only 10 minutes away, while the famous Jonah’s Milkshakes Bar takes 15 minutes. Meanwhile, a hip new food hall, Streetmarket/Station X is just a two-minute walk from the hotel.

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Some of the beachfront establishments have returned and have resumed operations

The hotel itself has a number of amenities. It has its own infinity pool, exclusive for hotel guests; ideal for when it’s just too hot to be hanging out by the sand, but you still feel like taking a dip, or just want a cool view without heading out to the beachfront. Canyon de Boracay also has its own restaurant, Traviesa. Hotel guests are treated to a complimentary buffet breakfast here, and can also enjoy comfort food prepared on order.

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Canyon de Boracay’s infinity pool makes for a cool alternative for the beach.
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Classic fried chicken, paired with a hefty serving of mashed potatoes, make for a filling meal especially after a long stroll at the beach.
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The Mediterranean pasta mixes the flavors of the sea with the freshness of tomatoes. One serving can be shared by two to three people.

Guests can choose from three different types of rooms, from a total of 31 rooms: the deluxe room (44 sqm) comes with a bathroom, mini fridge, TV, sofa, and two double beds; the courtyard suite (56 sqm) has a bathroom, mini bar, TV, sofa, balcony, and two queen beds; while the villa suite (64 sqm), which is recommended for honeymooners, has a king-sized bed, kitchen, and private balcony along with the other basic amenities.

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Canyon de Boracay deluxe room
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Canyon de Boracay courtyard suite
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Canyon de Boracay villa suite

Soon, Canyon Hotels and Resorts will also be opening Canyon de Boracay Premiere in Station 1, the first ever air conditioned mall in the island. Aside from this, Canyon also has properties in Batangas and Tagaytay (Canyon Cove Hotel and Spa Batangas, which is another spacious resort perfect for outings and corporate team building events, and Canyon Woods Resort Club, Tagaytay), Canyon de Palawan, and Oceana in Batangas.

For more information on Canyon properties, visit their website.

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