Thursday, June 11, 2020

The Auhana is the Retreat You Deserve in Boracay

Boracay is one of my favorite places to go to in the Philippines. Say what you will about it, but I love everything about the island. I love how you can find a place to chill, a place to party, good places to eat, and good company all in one place. The best part is that it's so near and convenient to get to (or it was before COVID-19, anyway), you can actually go there for just 48 hours and still feel like you got the vacation that you deserved.

What I didn't know until earlier this year, though, was that Boracay actually also has a place you can retreat to when you want peace and quiet on the otherwise pretty busy island. Sure, it costs more; but if you have the money to splurge and you really want to experience a place you can call your own, I'd highly recommend The Auhana.

I honestly didn't know what to expect from The Auhana when I was first told about it. All I knew was that my girl and I had booked a flight to Boracay during a seat sale and we still didn't have any accommodations two weeks before the trip. When I got an offer to stay at The Auhana, I immediately jumped at it out of sheer panic that we wouldn't have a place to stay when we got there. :p

When I got home and checked out their website, though, my mind was blown! But we'll get to that later. I'd like to share the entire experience since I haven't written a travel blog in a while.

So... our first 2020 trip to Boracay happened in early February. It was supposed to be a first of many... but then the pandemic happened. But anyway, the minute we landed in Boracay, I already knew that The Auhana would be providing 5-star treatment all the way.

 They had a special and very spacious lounge for us to wait in, where they even let me charge my phone.

They had a shuttle at the ready to take us where we needed to go.

And then we got to enjoy this quick and fun speedboat ride.

We were literally the only two on board.

After that, we were brought to The Auhana Boracay, where I literally marveled at everything that I saw. From the lobby to the walk to our room to the swimming pool to the bar at the swimming pool; all I could think was, "I wish I could live here forever."

The Auhana covers seven hectares of the more tranquil stretch of Station 3, so you have a lot of space to relax in peace.

The perfect place to take a walk and get lost in your own thoughts.

Even if there are people at the pool, it's easy to find a secluded spot for yourself.

For alcohol lovers, you can drink while sitting in the pool itself. How awesome is that?

Pick your alak.

Before anything else, we were treated to a delicious lunch of Asian food at their restaurant 'Asian Eats'.

 They actually have three different restaurants on the property, but this one was the closest one to our rooms.

If you're craving for Filipino food, this is the place to go.

As for the rooms... well, my goodness. Aside from being luxurious, the rooms are HUMONGOUS with a bed, a bathroom, super cold air-conditioning, a TV, a balcony, and a dresser/desk that proved to be the most comfortable and convenient workspace for me during our stay.

Although Gizelle and I shared a bed, there was clearly still enough space on it for two more of us. And man, was it comfy! It was so comfy that it took forever to wake up Gizelle every morning. :p

The bathtub is roomy and ultra comfy, too. Gizelle actually fell asleep in it once. :p ...maybe she just likes to sleep. Lol.

And this is the gorgeous view from our balcony.

We spent one of our nights drinking here until the sun came up, and I spent a lot of time on the phone just staring at this view while talking to a certain someone (and also a few clients coz work goes on, no matter where I am haha). Make sure to order a fruit shake or some iced coffee in your room, too. It'll make things so much better.

In the morning, they have a delicious breakfast spread.

They had all of my breakfast favorites, which I was able to enjoy al fresco and in peace (the latter is very important because I am super cranky before I have any coffee lol).

Of course, breakfast always depends on a person's preferences, but I guarantee they have something for everyone. They also have smoking areas nearby should you want to smoke or vape after your meal (or during... with coffee in hand - not saying that's me, but yeah).

They also have this cool golf cart to bring you around in case you're feeling too lazy to walk.

And if you decide to leave the premises to explore the rest of Boracay, they've got shuttles ready every half hour or so to take you to the island proper. You can get picked up there, too, but we always decided to just take a tricycle back.

The Auhana also happens to have its own private beach, so you can really bask in the silence and tranquility.

You just need to brave all of these stairs going down, but come on: exercise is good for you! :p

You won't have to worry about finding a spot to take photos in at The Auhana's private beach since there is hardly anyone there to block your view. There was literally just one other person at the beach when we went and he was sunbathing so he didn't mind us at all. You won't feel embarrassed taking millions of shots here, either, since hardly anyone will be around to judge. :p Will be sharing our own shots here soon!

After taking the stairs back up, you can get some merienda or an early dinner by their smaller pool at The Porch.

Clearly, iced coffee is life for me. :p

Gizelle chose our food for the day. Take note that the servings are pretty big, so don't over-order like we did!

I heard their special Malunggay Pizza is to die for with ingredients harvested locally at the resort's vegetable garden.

I find it so hard to believe that our stay at The Auhana was only four months ago. It feels like a lifetime ago after being stuck in quarantine for so long. I have already told myself that I would go back when the country is finally safer, though; because if there's one place I would consider a haven of solitude right now, it would be The Auhana.

Check out the official website of The Auhana here to truly appreciate its beauty. Obviously, they are closed at the moment; but there's nothing wrong with browsing and dreaming of better days at the beach, right?

Where's your favorite place to stay in Boracay?