Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Four Days at the Other Side of Boracay...

Four days can never be enough...


...not at the other side of Boracay. But if four days is all you can spare, read on and find out the best place to stay and call home and discover some cool things to do in your short Boracay getaway...


Direct flights to Caticlan are now faster via SkyJet, bringing the jet age to the small island airport. All it takes is thirty-five minutes, and you're there. SkyJet's fleet of BAe-146 Series 100 jet aircraft, dubbed the "Whispering Jet" in the aviation industry, offers the fastest flights to your dream destinations including Boracay, Batanes, Busuanga, and Balesin, combining speed and comfort. The sleek British Aerospace 80-seater aircraft was designed with short take-off and landing capabilities, making it ideal for small airports with short runways like Caticlan. And the best part, you arrive at your destination faster in complete comfort, and your dream vacation starts without skipping a beat.


After the short and comfortable thirty-five minute flight via SkyJet, a channel crossing by speedboat and transfer by van, you've arrived at Rieseling Boracay Beach Resort (more on Rieseling Boracay Beach Resort on my post on my other food blog, The Other Side of Boracay's Newest Resort). Located along Bulabog Beach, Rieseling Boracay Beach Resort is far from the hordes of tourists, with the famed powdery white sand beaches just a few steps away from your room. The pristine white structures give it a modern and contemporary look, while the thatched roofs give it that distinct tropical island vibe. A self-contained sanctuary with everything you need, Rieseling Boracay Beach Resort is ideal for families and groups, even corporate functions. There's a perfect balance of secluded privacy while being so near the beach and the action at Boracay.


The accommodations at Rieseling Boracay Beach Resort are well-appointed with all the modern conveniences for a memorable stay, including a mini-bar, coffee and tea-making facilities, an LCD TV with cable, and complimentary wi-fi so you can choose to stay connected. Or not.


The Oceanview Suite at Rieseling Boracay Beach Resort has its own balcony overlooking the pool and the white sand beach, an impressive view that greets you every morning.


Take a few laps at the resort pool to shake off any remnants from the urban stress to start your Boracay experience on the right track...


...or take a short walk along the pristine white sand beach. Or do nothing at all.


As the distant horizon presents infinite possibilities...


And since we've arrived early (thanks to SkyJet's fast thirty-five minute flight), there's more than enough time to catch the breakfast buffet at Rieseling Boracay Beach Resort with a light tipple. Champagne or a refreshing Mimosa? So many options...


Later in the day, a glass of JD on the rocks gets you in the island groove in no time...


Or how about an ice-cold bottle of craft beer from Pedro Brewcrafters and their signature line of brews (more on Pedro Brewcrafters on a post on my other food blog, The Other Side of Boracay Meets Pedro), with the crisp and refreshing Endless Summer Wheat Ale, the hoppy notes of Procrastination Pale Ale, or my favorite, the Elementary English Ale with its deep and rounded full-bodied flavors.


After a few more rounds, it's time for a cruise along the coast, but not just any cruise. When in Boracay, it's got to be the Boracay SunCruiser (more on Boracay's ultimate pleasure party boat on my post on my other food blog, The Boracay SunCruiser). The cool 65-footer outrigger fiberglass boat can comfortably accommodate up to eighty partygoers, and the only one in Boracay fitted with the Super Slide. An on-board DJ, a full service bar, a spacious Upper Deck Sun Lounge, a full range of speakers and sub-woofers, the Boracay SunCruiser is a floating superclub. And just in case you're up for it, you can take a leap of faith at the Boracay Suncruiser's Jump-Off Pad located beside the Super Slide.


One more shot of the Boracay SunCruiser's Deep Blue Sea and you're ready for the Super Slide. Or the Jump-Off Pad. Or the Upper Deck Sun Lounge in case you need another shot of courage. But trust me on the Super Slide and go for it...


A late dinner at Dos Mestizos, known for their Spanish heritage cuisine with their signature tapas and paella, should recharge you for another round of drinks...


...at Epic Boracay, one of the hottest superclubs in the island and good vibes all around.


Partying all night can take its toll, and a visit to Mandala Spa & Resort Villas should straighten you up in no time. Lush gardens surround the expansive property, providing a veil of privacy and seclusion, and after a soothing cup of their Ginger Tea, the staff leads you to your private villa for one of their therapeutic treatments. Mandala Spa & resort Villas offers a wide range of treatments, including their award-winning Hilot Trilogy based on the local and traditional healing system to the Ayurvedic Shodhana Karma treatment.


The Mandala Signature Massage, with its soothing long strokes and gentle stretches rejuvenates and energizes you for another day at the other side of Boracay (more on my spa experience at my other food blog, Recharged at Mandala Spa).


Recharged, it's time to hit the beach. Take a stroll along Diniwid Beach, where fine powdery white sand meets the vibrant turquoise waters of Boracay. But unlike the more popular and crowded White Beach, Diniwid Beach has a more relaxed and laid-back vibe, the way Boracay used to be.   


At Diniwid Beach, time seems to stop...


...reminding you why you loved Boracay the first time you experienced her charm.


At the far end of Diniwid Beach is Mama's Fish House, known for its comforting international cuisine, like the Prawn Curry, Prawn and Cheese Croquette, Pepper Lemon Mahi-Mahi, and the crispy Pork Belly Bagnet (more on Diniwid Beach and Mama's Fish House on a post on my other blog, Finding Clarity at Diniwid Beach). After a satisfying lunch, take a swim in the cool waters of Diniwid Beach, or catch some sun while laying on the lounge chairs with a drink. Another drink, and you can stay on the beach all day... 


And if they tell you mermaids don't exist, well, they're right. But, you can learn to be one...


...just let Anna of Philippine Mermaids Swimming Academy, or PMSA, guide you through the basics with some cool pool classes back at Rieseling Boracay Beach Resort (Rieseling Boracay Beach Resort can arrange classes with the PMSA for you).


A hearty breakfast and a refreshing Mimosa at Rieseling Boracay Beach Resort, and you're ready for another day...


Rent a boat and go island hopping, with a stop at Crocodile Island for snorkeling, and maybe find Nemo or even Dory. Then go further along the coast to Baling Hai Beach Resort for lunch at a secluded beach. Located at the northern end of the island, many say Baling Hai preserved the best of what Boracay used to be, tranquil and serene, without the hordes of tourists.


Down at the beach, lunch is served, with Baling Hai's signature seafood dishes including Prawns cooked in crab fat, Grilled Tanigue, Inihaw na Liempo, and Grilled Stuffed Squid (more on Baling Hai Beach Resort's signature dishes on a post on my other food blog, A Seafood feast at a Secluded Beach). After lunch, you pretty much have the beach all to yourself.


High above overlooking Punta Bunga Beach, one last time to catch the sunset at the other side of Boracay...


And just when you're finally feeling the island vibe flowing through your system, it's time to go back home to reality. At Caticlan Airport, the SkyJet BAe-146 was ready for boarding...


...and thirty-five minutes later, you're back in the city. Hard to believe that paradise is just thirty-five minutes away, and it really is, with SkyJet.


Days after the trip, it was great to reconnect with old friends from Pedro Brewcrafters, Jaime and Nadine Fanlo, and connecting with new friends, like Rieseling Boracay Beach Resort's Carrie Piit Rabat, Sandy Piit Velhagen, and Gigi Piit, and Boracay SunCruiser's Freida Dario Santiago...


...as thoughts of the other side of Boracay continue to linger. But no worries. Boracay is now just a mere thirty-five minute flight away. And you're there.



Rieseling Boracay Beach Resort is located at Bulabog Beach, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan or call +63-36-288-2505, +63-919-994-4992 or email at info@rieselingboracay.com for inquiries. For more information on Rieseling Boracay Beach Resort, visit their website at http://www.rieselingboracay.com/

For more on SkyJet Airlines, visit their website at http://www.flyskyjetair.com/



For more information on the Boracay SunCruiser, check out their website at http://boracaysuncruiser.com/ and follow on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtags #boracaysuncruiser, #sunsetcruise, #boatparty, and #BoracaysUltimatePleasurePartyBoat for more updates.

Epic Boracay is located at Aklan D'Mall Boracay, Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan.

Mandala Spa and Resort Villas is located at Station 3, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, or call +63-36-288-5857 or +63-917-634-8430 for more information. You can also check out their website at http://www.mandalaspaandresortvillas.com/


Mama's Fish House is located at Microtel Suites Resort at Diniwid Beach, Boracay. Visit their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/Mamasfishhouseboracay/ for more information.

For more information on the Philippine Mermaids Swimming Academy, check out their website here at http://www.philippinemermaidswimmingacademy.com/

Baling Hai Beach Resort is located at Hagdan, Baling Hai Road, Boracay, Aklan or call +036-288-3646 for inquiries and more information.  


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