The oldest province in the Philippines, Aklan is an area rich with heritage and tradition. Every January the country’s largest festival, the incredible Ati-Atihan Festival, takes place in the province’s capital Kalibo. But, what Aklan is perhaps best-known for is one of the world’s finest beaches at Boracay Island. Book a hotel here and you will discover a spectacular two and a half mile stretch of golden sand and glittering waters lined with exquisite restaurants, welcoming bars and cool dive shops.
Where to Stay in Aklan
Boracay Island — Widely considered to equal the finest beach destinations in the Caribbean, South Pacific, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, Boracay offers the perfect mix of glorious beaches, extensive water sports, including sailing, windsurfing, snorkelling, diving and jet skiing, and vibrant nightlife with bars and restaurants serving food, drink and fun until the sun comes up.
Buruanga — Buruanga's delightful mangroves and evocative rock formations make it a real lesser-known gem of a destination. There is an abundance of scenic spots scattered throughout the area, including places such as Hinugtan White Beach, Batason (Ariel’s) Point, Tigis Beach and Pagatpat Mangrove Park. Here you will discover a treasure trove of caves, waterfalls, beaches, hills, and mountain parks.
Ibajay — This is where you’ll find the Paeantawan, an intriguing three-peaked circular mountain with a deep hollow in the middle. Visitors to the Paeantawan can enjoy uninterrupted views across the archipelago from each peak, with each one offering its own distinct vista.
Nabas — A real favourite with eco-tourists, Nabas is home to one of the world’s last remaining low-level rainforests It boasts an almost unique ecosystem of plants and wildlife. With a number of picturesque waterfalls and pools to bathe in, Nabas provides an opportunity to connect with nature that can’t be replicated anywhere else.
How to Make the Most of Your Hotel in Aklan
A great base camp for nature lovers, Aklan offers lots of opportunities to get out into the wild and see some of the world’s most beautiful tropical sights. The Bakhawan Eco-Park provides the perfect getaway from the city, and offers 120 hectares of reforested mangrove to explore and wildlife to discover. If, however, you’d like to learn a little more about Aklan’s past, then the Museo It Akean, housed in a pleasantly restored school building, will give you a real feel for the area’s history, culture and traditions.
Aklan is primarily all about hitting the beach, particularly at Boracay Island - and whether that means lots of watersports, or simply basking in the sun, is entirely up to you. There are plentiful mangroves and jungles to be explored as well, and some decent partying to be had in Kalibo, where you will find nightly live music. If you happen to be here in January, you’ll find yourself swept along in the fantastic Ati-Atihan Festival, the nation’s biggest and best mardi gras.