Boracay’s White Beach is known for its scenic sunsets.

Choosing a hotel in one of the world’s best islands can be difficult. There are too many options, different appeals and price range, hostels and homestays, midrange resorts, and luxury accommodations. But when I knew I only wanted an elegant space at the beachfront, the option was narrowed down to one: Boracay SandCastles The Apartments.

Boracay SandCastles is located in Station 2, only a few steps to the White Beach where all the action happens. The beach beds in front of the apartments are best spots to pass the day and watch Boracay’s great sunsets. Close by are shops, bars, restaurants, and other establishments for a memorable and fun vacation, all within walking distance.

During our visit in May 2017, we stayed at the Kankanay Room at the second floor. It’s a spacious one-bedroom apartment with a fully-furnished kitchen, a sitting area, a stylish toilet and bath, and a balcony overlooking the White Beach.

First impression? Underrated. From outside, it’s easy to think there’s nothing special about the place. But when you walk into the rooms, that’s where the surprise kicks in. First, it’s big—57 square meters of living space that would make you want to stay indoors as much as you’d love to party at the beach. Second, it’s got nice interiors. It’s minimalist, with some tribal-inspired artwork on the walls, and pieces of local furniture that complement modern lifestyle. Much thinking was spent in designing the space, even the choice of colors is not boring.

I especially loved the bedroom and the bathroom. The queen bed has fine quality linen for a comfy and relaxing stay, and the bathroom is an intimate space with a glass walls, an overhead shower, and smooth pebbles on the floor. From the bedroom, sliding glass doors lead to the balcony where guests can get fresh air and have a view of the beach and Boracay’s sunsets.

Guests who want thrilling activities can also get the services of Tribal Adventures. They have an in-house desk at the SandCastles to arrange your trips. They offer a Panay Adventures package that includes kayaking, fish spa, and “kawa” hot bath.

Boracay SandCastles The Apartments

Station 2, White Beach, Boracay Island
Malay, Aklan, 5608, Philippines
Telephone:  +63-36-288-3207
Mobile: +63-998-579-7412/+63-917-308-7188
Website: Boracay SandCastles
Facebook: Boracay SandCastles The Apartments

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