Boracay's white-sand Christmas: A festive guide

Celebrate the merriest month of the year in Boracay, and end 2015 on a high note with these December fêtes and feasts!

by Freida Dario-Santiago

The countdown to Christmas has begun. This year, why not ditch the city for a white-sand Christmas in Boracay and party hop along the beach strip with no traffic worries? From a full moon party to a Noche Buena Christmas feast, New Year fireworks display and an Epic New Year's Eve Ball, we've got the holidays all wrapped up, Boracay-style! 

AREA 51 Top Secret Party Facility

What’s on?

December 11: Black Moon Party

December 25: 88th Full Moon Christmas Party featuring DJs Clyde Harris, Alinep, The Blindside, A DJ Called Er and Jack Bates

December 31: New Year’s Eve Party – If you intend to salute the first sunrise of 2016, this is where to do it – nuff said!

Why go? Situated away from the party strip, AREA 51 “Top Secret Facility” reinvents what it means to party in Boracay, with an underground island vibe where free spirits are allowed to soar in a relaxed and unpretentious party atmosphere, reminiscent of the old Boracay. It opens its doors twice a month for its legendary Black Moon and Full Moon parties, with incredible music by resident DJs – A DJ Called Er, (Erwin Edralin), The Blindside (Reo Mendoza) and Jungle Boy Jack Bates.

From 11pm to sunrise. Door charge is P200 (US$4) per person, inclusive of one cocktail. Area 51, Lugutan Beach, South of Bulabog Beach, Tel +6336 288 2353, Area 51 on Facebook

EPIC Boracay

December 24: EPIC Christmas Eve Party featuring resident DJs ADN and Alfred Maligaya. Tickets at P300, VIP tables at P8,000 consumable. Cocktail tables at P5,000 consumable.

December 26: EPIC’s 5th Year Anniversary White Party featuring guest DJ Martin Pulgar with resident DJs ADN and Alfred Maligaya. Tickets at P500, table price from P15,000 consumable for VIP couch, cocktail tables at P5,000 consumable. Get five cocktail shots for P50.

December 31: New Year's Eve Ball featuring guest international DJ Bram Tierie with resident DJs ADN and Alfred Maligaya. Expect the traditional New Year’s Eve countdown and a great view  of the fireworks show! Tickets at P800, table price from P25,000 for VIP couch including three bottles, cocktail tables at P10,000 consumable.

Why go? It’s called EPIC for a reason. Undisputedly Boracay’s epicenter for world-class partying, Epic Boracay hosts the biggest holiday parties this month. 

Starts from 10pm onwards. EPIC Boracay, D’Mall beachfront, Station 2, mobile +63917 809 8149, tel +6336/ 288 1477, email [email protected]

Boracay Suncruiser

Party in the middle of the sea! Photo by Jack Jarilla

SunStoked Floating Bar Party. P1,000 per person, inclusive of round trip boat shuttle service, welcome cocktail plus iced tea and ice-cold beer. 

Rock The Boat Bikini Cruise Party. P1,500 per person, inclusive of round trip boat shuttle service, welcome cocktail plus two local cocktails, and onboard snacks. 

Why go? A chance to navigate the waters of Boracay on a 65-footer outrigger with full bar service as well as a waterslide and jump-off pad.

From 2pm to sunset for the Sunstoked party, 3pm to sunset for Rock the Boat. Subject to change or cancellation depending on weather and tide forecasts. Dates are to be finalized so please check the Boracay SunCruiser Facebook Page for updates. Boracay SunCruiser office, Willy’s Beach Hotel along main road, Station 1, registration and pickup area at Boat Station 1, White Beach, mobile +63917/ 555 8282, email [email protected],

Pat's Creek Bar

December 18: Reggae Party by the Bay 

Why go? Centrally located along White Beach’s famous coastline, the breezy beachfront hotspot offers great music featuring live band music for an infectious jammin’ & grooving local vibe, with servers in dreadlocks serving their potent concoction called Pat’s Power.

From 8pm to 3am. PATS Creek Bar, beachfront pathway, Station 2, tel +6336 288 5668, email  [email protected]

Dos Mestizos

December 24: Noche Buena buffet

Why go? The annual Noche Buena buffet at Dos Mestizos has always been a Boracay tradition on Christmas Eve, simply because it feels just like home! chef and owner Binggoy Remedios and his nephew chef and manager Andrew Malarky will be preparing a sumptuous feast of Spanish-Filipino Christmas table staples such as glazed ham, baked macaroni, ensalada russa (potato salad), roast pork belly, cold dressed salmon, pollo relleno (stuffed chicken), pastel de lengua (ox tongue pie), ensalada verdes (green salad), assorted puffs, paella Valenciana, and a traditional cocido (chickpea stew). The lavish dessert table features these Christmas specialties: canonigo (baked meringue), bread pudding, leche flan (caramel custard), and Brazo de Mercedes (meringue and custard cake). 

From 7 pm onwards. P1,250+ per head. Dos Mestizos, Calle Remedios, Boracay Island, tel +6336/ 288 5786, mobile +63998/ 993 4634  , email [email protected],

Subo Boracay

December 24: Paskong Pinoy Christmas Eve Noche Buena dinner buffet. P1,500 per person

December 31: New Year’s eve dinner buffet. P2,500 per person

Why go? Only six months old, Subo Boracay is the newest culinary landmark in Boracay. Subo’s vibrant menu is reminiscent of grandmother’s secret recipes and the picturesque 1900s setting is homey and the perfect place for a family reunion. All servings are for sharing, family-style. The Christmas Eve buffet also includes a cultural show, while the New Year’s eve dinner includes Champagne poppers and a fireworks display at the beachfront!

Subo Boracay, Calle Remedios (right across from Dos Mestizos), Station 3, tel +6336/ 288 2849, mobile +63917/ 867 9121 or +6332 788 1181, email [email protected],

Ti Braz Creperie and Damiana's

December 24: Christmas eve Luau Dinner Buffet. P999 per person, with complimentary mojitos and pina coladas

December 31: New Year’s eve Best Sellers Dinner Buffet. P1,500 per person, with a complimentary glass of wine

Why go? Damiana’s Spanish-inspired Filipino cuisine and Ti Braz's authentic French crepes cater to groups with diverse tastes but with an appreciation for good food prepared “home-cook” style. And Ti Braz's dessert crepes are to die for.

The Christmas Eve buffet starts at 8pm, while the New Year’s Eve buffet starts at 9pm.TiBraz and Damiana’s, White Beach Station 1, next to Aplaya, tel +6336/ 288 1667, mobile +63917/ 842 7290, Tibraz on Facebook, Damiana's on Facebook

Discovery Shores

December 24: A World of Flavors international dinner buffet. P1250++ per person

December 25: A Homegrown Feast, Filipino cooking at its best. P1250++ per person

December 30: Rizal day Pan-Asian buffet. P995++ per person

December 31: A Celestial Celebration gala dinner, featuring a countdown party, fireworks show, and music by The Smooth Band, DJ Badkiss, and DJ Javi Vargas. P5995++ per person, P3,000++ for kids aged 7 below. 

Why go? A favorite family getaway and known for their lavish events, Discovery Shores takes Christmas very seriously and pulls out all the stops to offer something truly special and unforgettable. 

From 7 pm onwards. Discovery Shores, White Beach Station 1, beachfront, tel +632/ 720 8888, +6336/ 288 4500, email [email protected],

Shangri-la's Boracay Resort and Spa

Shangri-la's private Punta Bunga beach. Photo courtesy of Shangri-la Boracay

December 11: Ceremonial Christmas tree lighting ceremony with saxophonist Alvin Cornista playing well-loved yuletide melodies. 

December 10 to 25: Christmas craft-a-thon for the kids with “parol” or lantern making, candy cane hunting, snowman face painting, and reindeer cupcake making; Christmas bingo and family Olympics with beach snowman contests and sandman making, gift giving, outdoor movie showing and Filipino Christmas caroling.

December 31: New Year’s Countdown Party, with champagne, gourmet nibbles, live music and fireworks.

Why go? Shangri-la Boracay’s private beachfront lets you enjoy the festivities far from the Boracay crowds.

Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & Spa, Barangay Yapak, tel +6336/ 288 4988, email [email protected], 

Mandala Spa Resort & Villas

Month-long: The spa is offering "Bundles of Joy: Twelve SPActacular Ways to Share Good Tidings this Christmas", a limited collection of the multi-awarded spa resort's spa & wellness, and fitness & lifestyle experiences. Also available are gift packages for treatments at The Cocoon Nail Spa, and fitness lessons at The Vessel Community Events Center. Gift certificates are also available with no expiration.

Why go? For the island's best spa treatment yet. And this festive season you get great savings. When you buy any of the spa promo bundles, you are also helping to save disadvantaged children from all over the Philippines, including Boracay Island. Some 15 percent of all profits will be given to this year’s chosen charity, The Children’s Joy Foundation.

Mandala Spa & Resort Villas, Station 3, Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, tel +6336/ 288 5857 / 58, mobile +63917/ 634 8430, email [email protected],

Published December 2015