Rainy Season Risks
The Philippines consists of two major weather seasons: dry season and rainy season.
Dry season brings out the crowds to the beaches for endlessly sunny, blue-sky days. A beach trip during rainy season is like gambling against the cloudy days and dark, looming rain clouds.
In the Philippines, the beaches are breathtakingly gorgeous and worth the gamble, even just for a few hours of sunshine on the soft sands.
Revisiting Shangri-La Boracay
If you are seeking a luxury resort on Boracay, look no further than Shangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa. The resort has private exclusive beaches, world-class facilities, and the details of five-star hospitality.
Read about my introduction to the resort which recaps footage from my previous two stays: http://foodicles.com/shangrila-boracay/
The rainy season draws in the clouds and higher tides on to the beaches. As a result, the resort and its facilities are not as crowded making it a more exclusive stay with fewer guests around.
And despite the season, the weather is warm and hot all year round, the skies are mostly blue, and the water remains amazingly aqua.
The rainy weather occurred during the evenings which was perfect to enjoy the whole day out in the pool and beach. Thus, the weather was not a drawback.
Nitpicking on details, the maintenance of the Premier Family Rooms has deteriorated over the years. While it is understandable that these rooms are more difficult to preserve because of the families and children occupying this room category, the bathroom corners and crevices can have a more thorough cleaning each day.
That being said, the upkeep of the suites and villas are more to the clean luxury standard because of the lesser volume of guests in this category.
Another detail is the checkout process. In each of my three stays at Shangri-la Boracay, the staff rushes and pushes me out of the resort well before the standard checkout time. If you are inclined to arrive extra early to the airport, this will be a non-issue.
I am the type of traveler who prefers to arrive at the airport one hour before the scheduled departure time (and if there are delay announcements, I adjust my schedule accordingly).
Why do I push it to the last moments for checking in at the airport? I hate waiting when I could be comfortable in my hotel room.
In my experience with domestic and international travel, the check-in lines are longer 1 or 2 hours earlier when everyone else arrives. When I arrive an hour before the departure, the lines have mostly dissipated. Then, after the check-in and security process, you will end up waiting uselessly at the gate with people who sit so close to you despite open seats all around. With every second that ticks by, I think about how I could be snuggled up in my hotel bed instead. I hate waiting at airports.
The lesson learned here is to insist to the staff that you understand the risk of transportation delays to the airport and the airport procedures. You are the paying guest at a luxury hotel. Your input and preferences should be acknowledged.
Despite the drawbacks, I am eagerly looking forward to another visit to the resort.
Why? The exclusivity of the beach, the pools, and the facilities keep bringing me back for more. The facilities are world class and as good or even better than other beach resorts around the world.
Plus, the buffet breakfast spread is possibly the biggest appeal. Ice cream for breakfast? Yes, please.
Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Philippines
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