Above: Perfect Perch Native handicrafts complement the sea views in a Tree House villa at the Shangri-La Boracay.
Boracay Bliss far from the madding crowds of White Beach—Boracay’s epically beautiful but hopelessly overdeveloped strand—the Shangri-La Boracay Resort & Spa (63-36/288-4988; shangri-la.com; doubles from US$402) brings to the Philippine holiday isle its first international luxury brand-name lodgings. Perched hillside above a private cove at the northern tip of Boracay, the new resort features 218 rooms and suites, among them duplex Tree House villas with outdoor Jacuzzis, plunge pools, and wraparound patios overlooking the Sulu Sea. Other diversions include a marine center and dive shop, seven restaurants and bars, and a 6,000-square-meter spa complex—the perfect place to recuperate after a round of golf at the neighboring Fairways & Bluewater championship course. –david tse
Originally appeared in the June/July 2009 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“What’s New Around The Asia-Pacific Region”)