Hotels in Boracay

Barefoot elegance is the prevailing vibe on this tiny island, where the 2 ½-mile stretch known as White Beach is often singled out for having the softest sand in the world.

Many of the 30 rooms overlook the sea.

A longtime backpacker haven 200 miles south of Manila, Boracay finally has a luxury property worthy of its white-sand coastline. Situated in a sheltered cove alongside two private beaches, the 219 rooms and villas are decorated with indigenous touches (woven abaca rugs; capiz shells).

Since its days as a rustic backpackers’ haven—where power was supplied by generators and ice was ferried in—Boracay Island, 200 miles south of Manila, has grown into a stylish tropical retreat. Now resorts attract a global mix of travelers to these powdery shores.