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Exploring the New Boracay with Cocoloco

Have to be honest, we all have mixed feelings with Boracay’s recent closure and rehabilitation – some of us ecstatic, some of us not. The Boracay we all got accustomed to is far different from the Boracay it is now. Join me as I explore the new Boracay – some side of it – with Cocoloco Boracay Beach Resort.



A small island on the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Western Visayas region, Boracay is well known for its white beaches, also famous for being one of the world’s top tourist destination for quality rest and relaxation. Boracay was awarded ‘best island in the world’ in 2012 by the international travel magazine Travel + Leisure and ‘best island in the world’ in 2014 by Conde Nast Traveler. In 2016, Boracay topped the magazine’s ‘top 10 destinations to watch’.

The island is comprised of three barangays, namely: Manoc Manoc, Balabag, and Yapak in the municipality of Malay in Aklan Province. It is administered by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority in the provincial government of Aklan. In April 2018, however, the Philippine Government decreed a six month closure for major renovation in terms of sewage system, and to address the island’s need for environmental rehabilitation. It was considered as the darkest time for local business owners as all operations were stopped. On the other hand, the island reopened in October 2018 and this time, it has a new set of rules for strict compliance. It also led to the creation of the Boracay Inter Agency Task Force – Executive Order No 53 dated May 2018.

Amidst all the issues, Boracay was returned to its former glory days.

Boracay is well known for its white beaches, also famous for being one of the world’s top tourist destination for quality rest and relaxation. It was awarded as ‘best island in the world’ in 2012 by the international travel magazine Travel + Leisure and ‘best island in the world’ in 2014 by Conde Nast Traveler. In 2016, Boracay topped the magazine’s ‘top 10 destinations to watch’.

I also had a chance to explore the rehabilitated Boracay. As of date, the island is still recovering and with more construction underway. I could write more about Boracay but have to say I was enchanted by our accommodation I had to write about it. Cocoloco Boracay Beach Resort is one of the best resorts I have been too. It is an eight minute drive from Cagban Port; approximately two hour drive from the Kalibo International Airport.

Cocoloco, prior becoming a resort, started as a bar in 1979. It then expanded into a restaurant. And then into a resort. Cocoloco, as of date, is considered as an ‘eco-friendly hotel’. To be labelled as such, the hotel must use less plastic, must recycle, and be, in general, environmentally responsible. Cocoloco is known for its use of ‘driftwood’ – recycling it into chairs, tables, and decorative pieces that accentuate the hotel’s island vibe.

Cocoloco offers six different room types – Standard Room (balcony garden wiew), Deluxe Room (balcony garden view), Superior Room (balcony garden view), Junior Suite Room (balcony garden view), Superior (balcony garden view), Superior (balcony seaview), and Superior (partial seaview). The rooms vary in floor space but all are assured of the soothing atmosphere. Room features include air conditioning, seating area, flat screen television with satellite/cable channels, attached bathroom with hot and cold shower, towels, toiletries, and free WiFi connection at the reception, lounge, and bar and restaurant.

The rooms vary in floor space but all are assured of the soothing atmosphere. Room features include air conditioning, seating area, flat screen television with satellite/cable channels, attached bathroom with hot and cold shower, towels, toiletries, and free WiFi connection at the reception, lounge, and bar and restaurant.

My favorite breakfast choice at Cocoloco Bar and Restaurant

All I can say is, I had a great time at Boracay. Cocoloco Boracay Beach Resort is located at Station 3 – Angol, Manoc Manoc, Boracay Island. For more information, visit www.cocolocoboracay.com or call (036) 272 4260 or email cocoloco@cocolocoboracay.com. Get amazing discount when you book online.




In addition, Boracay will be celebrating its ‘Sustainability Week’ this coming April 27 to 30, 2019. The Sustainability Week is spearheaded by the Department of Envrironment and Natural Resources, DENR, Taskforce Boracay. Included in their roster of activities is the ‘Boracay Island Drone Film Festival, a gathering of drone enthusiasts. For more information about this activity, visit www.facebook.com/boracayislanddroneacademy.

 



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