Boracay, the Philippines.
Of all the Philippines’s 7000-plus islands, Boracay is the most popular – its beaches regularly voted the most breathtaking. The palm-fringed White Beach stretches almost the length of the island and is lined with hotels and bars. Divided into three “stations”, this is a place where 100m makes all the difference. Station One is the most pristine and home to luxurious resorts (plus a private swimming spot if you follow the p path cut into the cliff), Station Two attracts the happy hedonists and Station Three is home to backpackers. Add these to your Boracay bucket list. Anna Mcclelland
Sip ip mojitos from a cliff-top cabana at SOLANA, the alfresco bar at the Shangri-la, and soak up one of Boracay’s famed sunsets; shangri-la.com/ boracay. Take the hawkers up on their offer of a cruise on one of the outriggers that line WHITE BEACH. It’s the best way to explore Boracay’s hidden coves.
Brave D’mall, White Beach’s open-air shopping centre, to nab a table at buzzing LEMONI –a cafe owned by an Aussie expat serving up fresh and healthy eats; lemonicafeboracay.com.
Head to the picturesque bay of Banyugan, where the secluded SHANGRI-LA’S BORACAY RESORT & SPA is built into the hills above; shangri-la.com/boracay.
Experience Hilot, a healing Filipino massage technique, in TERRA WELLNESS SPA at Discovery Shores; discovery shoresboracay.com.