There are over 360 resorts dotted along the 3 main beach stations (Stations 1, 2 and 3) on the tiny dog-bone shaped island of Boracay in the Philippines. From my experience, two of the BEST places to stay at for families with kids, couples on a honeymoon or those who want to while away their holiday quietly and in stunning surroundings are the Shangri-La Hotel Resort at Beach Station 1 or Sundown Studios Boracay at Angol Beach Front. I stayed for 5 nights at the latter, which was designed and is managed by German national and long-term Boracay resident Jurgen Schatzle, a former engineer who spent his life building tunnels around China and India. His vision and immaculate attention to detail has produced a remarkable building with only 4 sophisticated and spacious luxurious suites - 40 solar panels providing its power when the island's electricity fails. This resort was highly recommended to me by my friend, James Nixon, who is an Airbus A380 Captain for a major international 5-star airline.
Each of the 4 neat and clean rooms come complete with air-conditioning, an electric fan, high-speed Wi-Fi internet, plenty of power points, Western style toilet, spacious shower, Espresso coffee machine, luxurious bath amenities from Amber Spa, daily room-cleaning service and most importantly, are located in a QUIET location so you don't hear any noise at night (the surroundings at Angol Point are quite anyways- perfect for families). You won't hear any of the noise from the manic bars at Beach Station 2. There is also a private bar, restaurant and a dive centre. The staff are very professional and provide a truly 5-star customer service taking you more personally.
Jurgen runs the business from his bar. His business partner, Peter, is an Austrian who runs the bar. He enjoyed a very successful lifelong career as an F&B manager on cruise ships before locating here.
Sundown Studios Resort is slightly expensive, but you get what you pay for- peace, quietness, and luxury, the creature comforts of good food and drinks and privacy. From my experience, I found the people here very nice. Whether you are with your family and kids, or if you are on a honeymoon, or even if you are a writer who wants to relax in tranquil surroundings and enjoy ultimate luxury, then this is THE place to stay at.
Unless you are into the manic noise and crowds, then I would personally avoid staying at any of the resorts at Beach Station 2 and even Station 1 (except the Shangri-La, which has its own quite private resort- you cannot even get in to the hotel if you are not staying there). Station 1 and Station 3 has some good-quality restaurants. Station 2 has some nice restaurants too, but it is all rather noisy cheap, tacky and perhaps even unclean in places.
Sundown Studios Boracay is the ultimate getaway resort.
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