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Sweet Sojourns: Relish Valentine’s Day at these romantic staycations

By Elle Quevedo

Having a partner in life, I think, has come down to a series of moments of thinking where to eat and what to eat for dinner… on loop!

So come Valentine’s Day, we try our best to give the best thoughtful gift to one another.

A friend once told me that there are different currencies in relationships. One might be more inclined to getting sweet text messages from his or her beloved as his or her currency in love, and one might be more into getting flowers, jewelry or a special wristwatch as his or her romantic currency. I dare say that respect and loyalty are a given, but I’m sure that most couples would agree, that the ultimate currency in a relationship is quality time (or QT for short!).

Often, couples who have been together for many years tend to do things routinely, and forget the romance, or put it off for when it is convenient (especially for city folk that are simply too tired from the traffic). I’ve come to think that travel rekindles the love juju for everyone. It is the go-to solution for when a relationship seems to be feeling a bit repetitive. Romantic escapes are usually the best time to explore new things together and just be away from the busy buzz of daily routines.

A “staycation,” alternatively known as “holistay” is sometimes the more economical and practical option for couples who do not have the luxury of time.

The good news is, we have a curated list of well-prepared romantic packages for your sweet Boracay Island sojourn, lovingly designed for couples looking to destress, zone-out and tune-in to each other, in the picturesque setting of one of the beat beaches in the world.

So, pack that overnight bag and get ready to create new and exquisitely romantic memories together this Valentine’s Day!


Villa Caemilla Beach Boutique Hotel

You and your partner will be welcomed with a bottle of Martini Prosecco upon arrival, where lovely rose petals are placed inside your room. A fresh bouquet of flowers will be presented together with your chilled champagne and glasses. This set-up costs about PhP4,650.00++.

Enjoy a gastronomic six-course dinner for two while marveling at the amazing sunset that Boracay Island is known for. A glass of champagne is served with the dinner for PhP7,950.00+, but if you want to upgrade to a bottle of Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial champagne, the price is PhP3,500++.

Please note that accommodations are not included in the above setups. The resort is located directly on White Beach. It is an absolute ideal location.


Shangri-la’s Boracay Resort & Spa

Title: Romantic Getaway (Honeymoon Package)

On a remote area of the island, this resort is hidden away surrounded by beautiful tropical fauna and flora. In this package, you will be whisked away from the Caticlan jetty port to the resort’s property via speedboat. Enjoy a delightful daily buffet breakfast at Vintana Asian Café during your stay. No need to think of where to eat for dinner because a romantic dinner for two at their Rima Mediterranean Treetop Dining is the best choice offering the perfect ambiance. Included in this package, savor an hour and a half of pampering with a Filipino Hilot Massage at their heavenly CHI, The Spa. Share your memories on Instagram if you wish, with in-room wired internet and wi-fi access.


Discovery Shores Boracay

Title: Intimate Dinner at Indigo

Why not treat yourselves to a beachfront location along world-famous White Beach, known for their signature “Service that’s all heart” mantra, at Discovery Shores Boracay? A most romantic dinner awaits at their Indigo Restaurant, twice listed in the Philippine Tatler’s Best Restaurants List, and shortlisted for the 2010/2011 MIELE Guide to Asia’s Best Restaurants for their delectable coastal cuisine, elegantly served with the best beachfront views. The intimate set-up comes with your own personal butler to attend to the special touches that spell perfection.

With an additional charge, you can heighten the romance by ordering a bouquet of flowers. Do you have a message for your partner? Put an inscription on a cake. Top it off with a bottle of Moët & Chandon. To further enhance the mood for love, you may even request for an acoustic solo singer to serenade you for an hour and a half. And when you’re ready to relish your luxurious suite, set the mood with 50 pieces of luminaries and scattered petals sprinkled around your room like magic dust.


Mandala Spa and Resort Villas

Title: Romantic Mandala Spa Journey

Promo Period: Until February 29th, 2020

Rate: PhP9,200++

The best way to treat each other is definitely by sharing moments designed to deepen your soulful connection while indulging the senses in truly rejuvenating spa therapies designed for couples. Mandala Spa & Resort Villas, the country’s quintessential holistic wellness provider and institution, offers exactly that, with romantic and rejuvenating resort packages and spa therapies designed for couples.

The multi-awarded brand is regarded as a true Philippine treasure for the distinctive Mandala soulful connection, quality of touch, and legendary service.

Embark on a magical journey by booking their “Romantic Mandala Spa Journey” which will immerse you in a two-hour spa escape that starts off with a Royal footbath, followed by their therapeutic Asian Signature massage and the most luxurious Cleopatra healing milk bath. To cap the experience, you will be treated to Prana Restaurant’s delectable spiced pineapple, cherry and walnut bonbons. A perfect ending to your journey of bliss, toast to your love with a glass of wine (or a fruit shake!). This sweet journey promises to cradle you both into a blissful oblivion.


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