10 Boracay Hotels for Different Kinds of Travelers

In a destination literally exploding with hotels, it can be quite overwhelming to choose where to stay, especially if you’re a first-timer. Option paralysis can easily creep in when you jump into your computer, search for a hotel, and be offered a truckload of choices. I’ve been there, and even though I have been to Boracay many times, I still feel that.

The good news is that among the cookie-cutter collection of accommodations in Boracay, a few stand out because of their unique branding, character, and offerings. Where should you stay in an island full of typical and identical choices? Where can you find the best pool? The best beachfront bar? The best breakfast buffet? Which one should you book if you want to meet travelers? Which should you pick if you’re all for the good vibes? If you are someone who asks any of these questions, read on.

(Note: most of these hotels are in the White Beach area.)


Where to find it: Station 2 Beachfront
Perfect for: couples, families, solo travelers, group of friends
Stay here if: you seek fun and youthful summer vibes as well as great service
Why you should stay here: it’s a beachfront property; it has awesome food; it offers great value for money
Don’t stay here if: you’re looking for the vibe of big-brand 5-star hotel chains


If anyone asks me advice on where to stay in Boracay and I don’t have any idea yet about his hotel preferences, my default answer is definitely “COAST”. This resort’s spunky branding may be its primary bait, but the truth is that there is more to it than Instagram-perfect interiors. The rooms are well-appointed and comfortable, the food selections are amazing, and the staff is well-trained—all polite and genuinely warm. And don’t get started on the extras you get when you book, such as hassle-free transfers, complimentary wine and cheese, nighttime treats, free ice cream and popcorn every afternoon, and COAST-branded products perfect for any beach trip. Let’s just say they’re not #1 on Trip Advisor for nothing.


2 | Henann Lagoon Resort

Where to find it: Station 2 Highway
Perfect for: couples, families
Stay here if: you want a luxurious accommodation without the exorbitant price tag
Why you should stay here: it has great amenities and skillful staff
Don’t stay here if: you don’t like staying in the same hotel with big families

While I love the Henann Resorts group’s flagship beachfront property, the Henann Regency, its younger sister named Henann Lagoon is a much desirable choice for me. For one, it has newer rooms. Secondly, their lagoon swimming pool is the best (I believe one of the biggest in Boracay), complete with a sunken bar where you’ll find yourself spending time in, whether you love to drink or not. Third, it feels more secluded because of the location, which is along the main highway, a short walk away from Regency. The downside is that you have to walk a few minutes if you want to go to White Beach, but then again, they offer free shuttle service, so you don’t have to, really. 


3 | Zuzuni Boutique Hotel

Where to find it: Station 2 Beachfront
Perfect for: couples, solo travelers 
Stay here if: you love boutique hotels and minimalist interior designs
Why you should stay here: it is reasonably priced; it offers great food; it has beautiful rooms with beach views
Don’t stay here if: you prefer rooms with huge walking spaces

You can be in a big-brand 5-star hotel with a hundred other tourists—or you can be in a small 14-room hotel and enjoy a sumptuous breakfast in your own balcony, while enjoying a striking view of White Beach. If the latter appeals more to you, then stay at Zuzuni, a Mediterranean-inspired and minimalist beachfront boutique hotel which offers an experience I would like to call as “understated luxury”—yes, it sounds like an oxymoron but, whatever. For a humble price, you get personalized service, sea views, and excellent food—as well as compact yet comfortable and well-designed rooms. The overall vibe is incredibly laid-back and cozy—of course, it’s beachfront!


4 | Villa Caemilla Beach Boutique Hotel

Where to find it: Station 3 Beachfront
Perfect for: couples, families, solo travelers 
Stay here if: you want to experience the quiet side of White Beach
Why you should stay here: it’s away from all the chaotic island activity
Don’t stay here if: you don’t want to walk to Stations 1 and 2, where everything happens

A good 15-minute walk away from the center of island activity is Villa Caemilla, a stylish boutique hotel with 39 rooms and suites. It has calming vibes, complete with spa-like scents in the rooms, great amenities, and a cheery restaurant downstairs. What I love most about this hotel is its peaceful beachfront area. Here, you can sit back with a fruit shake or a beer without having someone interrupt your reverie and try to sell you a selfie stick or something. The restaurant’s food choices are good, with a few healthy selections thrown in for the conscious traveler. Lastly, if you’re middle-aged and relatively fit, the stroll going to Station 2 isn’t that bad.


5 | Frendz Resort and Hostel Boracay

Where to find it: Station 2, alleyway
Perfect for: solo travelers, backpackers, group of friends 
Stay here if: you want to meet fellow travelers, you love the hostel culture, and you’re looking for cheap accommodation
Why you should stay here: it’s cheap but comfortable, with good vibes and good food
Don’t stay here if: you don’t like the backpacker/hostel vibe

People who haven’t stayed in hostels often think that they are noisy and uncomfortable, but hostels actually seem to be getting better and better. Some actually invest in premium beds and take time conceptualizing to give guests a memorable experience. And while Frendz in Boracay lacks the quality of amenities you can find in other hostels, you would go here for the vibe—to meet travelers, party with them, make friends with them, and eventually, travel with them. Frendz offers both dorm type and private rooms—the latter with their own bathrooms and front porches. The hostel has a pool, a common area, and a bar, perfect for mingling with like-minded people.


5 More Hotels to Check Out:

6 | Ultimate Luxury Escape in Boracay – Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & Spa | Barangay Yapak

Perfect for: couples, families

7 | Beachfront Luxury with a Lavish Spa – Henann Regency Resort & Spa | Station 2 Beachfront

Perfect for: couples, families

8 | Industrial-Style Minimalist Boutique – Urban Boutique Hotel | Bulabog

Perfect for: couples, group of friends, solo travelers

9 | Modern Hotel with a Rooftop Pool – Lime Hotel | Station 2 Highway

Perfect for: group of friends

10 | Greek-Inspired Boutique – Lugar Bonito | Station 1 Highway

Perfect for: couples, solo travelers

Special thanks to @iameleimath for the cover photo used in this article.

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