Christmas is indeed the most anticipated time of the year for many people. Some people prefer to have a staycation with their family and loved ones while some take this as an opportunity to go on a trip. One popular destination every Christmas is, of course, the beach. And when you say beach, Boracay’s fine, white sand is undoubtedly on top of the list. But the real question is, how is Christmas celebrated in Boracay anyway?
Luckily, the Christmas holiday this year can really be well spent with proper planning. File a leave on the 23rd, and you can have a five-day vacation spree in the island. With a holiday this long, here are some answers on how Christmas is celebrated in Boracay.
Enjoy a delicious dinner with a view of the beach and the sky.
Image: Ambassador in Paradise Resort official website
Christmas is a holiday when it’s okay to splurge a little on food. You can take this as an opportunity to catch up with family and friends over delectable food. This Christmas eve, you can enjoy a buffet dinner with a view of the White Beach at the Al Fresco restaurant of Ambassador in Paradise Resort. The resort’s restaurant is situated along the beachfront in Station 1 and their Christmas buffet dinner will be available from 6:30 PM to 11:30 PM. Their menu includes roasted turkey, lechon (roasted pig), and various types of salads and desserts. Apart from the food, you can also enjoy live entertainment. Expect performances from a saxophonist, DJs, an acoustic band, fire dancers, and a choir.
Have a Bird’s-eye view of the island while riding a parasail.
Image: Boracay Adventures Travel & Tours Inc. Facebook page
No Boracay trip is complete without spending some time in the water. And December is just the perfect time to do it as the water on the White Beach is calmer. And even if you can't swim, you can still enjoy other water activities instead. You can first conquer your fear of heights on a parasail. You will always have to do it with a pair so you will have someone to cheer you on while flying. After hanging in the air, you can also do island hopping and take an underwater afterward. Snorkeling is also safe, even for non-swimmers. If you are more confident in the water, diving should be part of your itinerary. You can book these activities with accredited water sports companies like Boracay Adventure Travel & Tours Inc.
September 2020 Update:Boracay Adventure Travel & Tours Inc. is now open.
3. Revel in the nightlife of the island.
Recommended place:Epic Boracay, D'Mall Front Beach, Barangay Balabag, Boracay
Recommended budget for two:PhP1,500
Who says you can’t party in Boracay anymore?
Image: Epic Boracay Facebook page
Wild parties along the beach may have been prohibited in Boracay, but this does not mean that the fun is completely gone as the nightlife on the island remains vibrant. It's because beachfront establishments continue to offer fun parties with booze and music inside their premises. One place you can go to is Epic Boracay strategically located just at the beachfront in D'Mall. Start chilling at sunset time and get discounts on drinks during the restaurant's happy hour. After sundown, the interiors of Epic Boracay are then transformed into a dance floor. They also have regular DJs and some imports on special occasions like Christmas.
Note:Quarantine rules might limit the operating hours and number of people in clubs. Make sure to contact the management before visiting.
With our fast-paced world and intense work schedule, slowing down can be a luxury. So after a year full of action, it’s about time to pamper yourself a little this holiday. Level up your staycation plans by staying in a private resort. At Mövenpick Resort & Spa Boracay, you can skip the crowd at the White Beach but can still get to enjoy Punta Bunga Beach with only a few people from the resort. The resort also has its own restaurant and bar to satisfy your cravings. They likewise have their spa offering signature massage services.
September 2020 Update:Mövenpick Resort & Spa Boracay plans to reopen soon. Please visit their social media pages for more timely updates
Recommended place:Dos Mestizos, Calle Remedios, Sitio Manggayad, Station 2, Boracay
Recommended budget for two:PhP3,000
Boracay has enough cuisine options to tickle any taste buds.
Image: Don Mestizos Boracay Facebook page
Since it’s a holiday, it’s hard to stop thinking about food. Aside from Christmas Eve dinners, you can also have a gastronomic adventure during your stay. Taste the Christmas traditions of various cultures by tasting different cuisines on the island. Offering a fusion of Filipino and Spanish cuisine is Dos Mestizos restaurant. They are known for serving Spanish classics, like tapas and paella. What’s special about this family-run restaurant is that they use locally sourced ingredients for most of their food. They are also offering a noche buena buffet this Christmas.
September 2020 Update:Dos Mestizos is closed for dine-in.
Christmas is indeed the most wonderful time of the year. It's a chance you can enjoy some free time all by yourself, or with family and loved ones. And with all these activities you can try, you can surely make this holiday a memorable one.
This article was originally published in Yoorekka on December 19, 2019.
About Karen Bermejo
Karen writes to earn a living, tell stories and promote her advocacies. She’s a traveler and a volunteer. Her adventurous soul makes her more comfortable to sleep on the couch of a stranger than pay bucks for accommodation. Her ultimate dream is to travel the world, master a foreign language and learn how to swim. To keep her sanity while chasing her dreams, she chases waterfalls on weekends.
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