Boracay is easy on the eyes. It has the eternal allure of the soothing and sensational. As soft as borac (in the Ati's dialect) or cotton for which the sand quality is compared to by the island's early inhabitants, its name evokes timeless admiration. The carefree meandering of activities along the white powdery sand can be had at daytime. With warm water at dusk, the beach becomes a backdrop for indulgence in blissful experiences till the wee hours. And a fitting spot where this is celebrated can be represented by the letter D. Station 2 patrons know this to be The District Boracay.
Touted as the most vibrant enclave or strip of paradise at White Beach, the distinction of being at Station 2 appeals to a lot of tourists. It's only reasonable that the 48-room The District Boracay emerged as the scene's exceptional retreat. For my last stopover in my 3-day pursuit of tropical luxury, I treated it as my crib, a home away from home where power naps meant a restful break between a dip at its five-foot deep lap pool and a lusty meal.
Best Brunch Buffet
I was able to experience the hotel-resort's famous Best Brunch Buffet via its F&B facility called Star Lounge. Found at the 2nd floor of the hotel, the bar and restaurant serves the gustatory spectacle from 10:30am to 1:00pm as response to the prevailing sense of timelessness in the island. My brunch was a panoply of international and Filipino breakfast favorites with hot and cold selections and various live action stations. My companion opted for a few a la carte dishes for lunch. Being a beachfront resort, the District Boracay allowed me to enjoy my dining experience with a spectacular view of the beach from the restaurant veranda.
With still enough time to spend before our Caticlan transfer in the afternoon, we took to the gorgeous lap pool and extended an hour more getting our bronze on at its adjoining jacuzzi. The scenery within the premises of the resort restored my energy after hours of grunt work shooting various activities like trekking and riding the Segway Personal Transporter a day before.
Palatial and Opulent
Past the grand high-ceiling lobby, the surroundings at the resort looked palatial. It's easy to devote a whole week checked-in with views of framed beadwork that adorn the corridors and rooms of the resort. The neutral color scheme also worked for me to refine my appreciation of being in a lovely place as Boracay as it did not steal thunder from the latter. If anything, the contemporary-styled exterior and luxurious interior complemented the vibe of the property.
Premier Suite With Loft
Our booked Premier Suite was a precious last hurrah for us at the island. I felt relaxed at its spacious and two-storey space that featured a loft. The king-sized bed was just right for my power nap before heading back to Manila. I adored that there were a couple of verandas (one on each floor) for a splendid view of the lap pool below. Natural light from the room's floor-to-ceiling glass windows reminded me that I was still on a tropical vacation. There were also two LED flat screen TVs (one on each floor).
My revisit of Boracay unfolded like a jigsaw puzzle for me with the last piece being The District of Boracay. With the reality of a deadline shoved in my face, I almost thought that I was going to experience a vacation hangover in advance. Thankfully, I saw the resort's front desk officers do their hand-to-heart gesture on my way for check-out. It turned out that it was a show of their hospitality to mean that I should not regret leaving the island. It's a reminder that I can take home a piece of it with me -- a fabulous memory.
Photography by Josua Chan and Karl Ace
The District Boracay
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Address: Station 2, Barangay Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines 5608
Phone: (63 2) 986-.1075 | (63 36) 288-2324 to 27 | (63 36) 288-1448 | 0915-995-8268
Manila Office: Unit 2208 Orient Square Building, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines 1600
Phone: (63 2)994.2707 | (63 2)234.9058
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