Tuesday, November 9, 2010

how to feel like a richie-rich

Of course, the resort grounds were also fantastic. From Boracay's main highway, we drove on a scenic zigzag road, going down a cliff face. Driving up to the lobby entrance, we were greeted by an understated sign.

That led into the dressed-to-impress lobby. The high ceiling and open space let in lots of light and air, and it allows you a glimpse of the blindingly blue sky, puffy white clouds and the cerulean sea... unless, of course, there's a typhoon and the floor is wet.

I noticed the brass sculptures on the desks. Each one was different--whimsical, fun and at the same time, shows a bit of Filipino culture. I wonder who the artist is.

Beyond the front desk/s (I think there were three or four of them), we could see almost the entire resort, past the swimming pool, and on to their private beach. The lobby is actually on the fourth floor and offers spectacular views, not just of nature, but also the architectural marvel that is Shangri-la's Boracay Resort & Spa. We felt like we were in an eagle's nest. It is truly magnificent.

We requested a tour of the "loft villa" which is perched on the sides of a cliff. Like the Cookie Monster couple's one-bedroom villa, it has its own infinity pool, plus an unobstructed view of the open sea. It's so high up from the ground that they even ask guests to sign waivers!

At the edge of the huge communal swimming pool, there's a little patch of garden littered with hammocks and airbeds. Such a peaceful and relaxing place, and not too far from the beach.

It's right next to the hubbub of these beach umbrellas. Looks pretty inviting, but it was just too hot that day.

Of course, if you were a REAL richie-rich, you wouldn't be coming in from the Main Road of Boracay. You'd have your own private pier.

Image by Bunny Rabbit, Nikon D90 with Nikkor 18-200.
Image by Bunny Rabbit, Nikon D90 with Nikkor 18-200.

They will definitely be back. Shangri-la Boracay, you haven't seen the last of Cookie Monster and Steph (silent H).

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