by Anton Diaz THE LIND BORACAY is a Philippine-born 5-star coastal luxury resort in the exclusive part of White Beach in Station 1, offering great food, an elevated infinity pool experience, sea view rooms, and excellent massage services. It is equipped with 119 rooms, 3 restaurants and a bar, and a signature ballroom overlooking the sunset vista. Here is a photo essay of our awesome Lind Boracay experience and why you should stay here on your next Boracay escape… THE LIND BORACAY Station 1, Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan Telephone: +632 835-8888 local 8621, 8622 Email: email@example.com Twitter: @thelindhotels Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLindBoracay Instagram: @thelindhotels Website: http://www.thelindhotels.com/ [booking_product_helper shortname=”lindboracaymap”] We loved the authentic warm welcome we received. The hats and colorful beaded bracelets were a nice touch. The main lobby is co-located with the +36 lounge restaurant, which is designed like a sophisticated salon where you can relax and drink their unique cocktails. Trivia: The restaurant is named after Boracay’s telephone area code. It is located on the 4th floor with a stunning view of the pools below, the infinity pool and coastal vista, and an elevated vantage point for viewing the world-famous Boracay sunset. LIND SUITES: SEA ROOM WITH POOL (Room #201) We stayed in one of the two luxurious 85 sqm Sea Rooms with a receiving area, indoor day bed, and private dipping pool. (Check out the In-Room Dining Menu) The room perfectly fits our big family of 2 adults and 4 makukulit boys, with a plenty of space to play in. I like the big washroom with separate toilet and shower that allows for simultaneous use by the family. Love the complimentary signature slippers too, which are comfortable and quite sturdy. The boys enjoyed the 4-ft deep, 15-sqm pool with mini-waterfall, which was quite cold–perfect for the hot weather. We love the privacy of the corner room and the spacious 15 sqm balcony where we can watch the Boracay sunset. They also have 11 garden rooms on the beach level… …also with their own private dipping pools. Our room was in Level 2. We needed to go down 5 floors to BL to get to White Beach. TARTINE RESTAURANT (BREAKFAST) Tartine Menu: Tartine and Lind’s Favorites | Western Mains and South East Asian Mains Tartine is the all-day dining restaurant of The Lind, named after the French open-faced sandwiches with elaborate spreads. It offers continental classics down to comfort food from Southeast Asia. For walk-in guests, the breakfast buffet is priced at P1,586 nett per person (applies to children 12 years old and above as well) on both weekdays and weekends. It is available from 6:30am to 11am. We love their healthy breakfast offerings, especially their in-house smoked salmon, sardines, cheeses, chia bowls, dried mangoes, and nuts. They create their own sausages and pastrami too, and have other good breakfast meat options. You should not miss their sweet longganisa when available. After breakfast, you can take a dip and hang out with your family in the very inviting pool areas. You can also just lounge along the White Beach area and enjoy Boracay’s morning scene. For the kids, you can bring them to the dynamic Kid’s Club, which offers different Weekly Programs. My son Joshua loves the Origami class where you can do penguins, swans, and flowers, among others. Why not hit the gym for your morning exercise? CRUST RESTAURANT (LUNCH) Crust Menu: Off the Grill Menu | Starters, homemade pasta, wood-fired pizza, wood oven, sides Crust is The Lind’s beach bar and café specializing in fragrant roasted meats, seafood, and pizza, cooked using their own rustic brick oven. Antipasto. San Daniel, salami, marinated vegetables, ricotta, grissini. Our team had a set lunch, starting with Italian-inspired appetizers of preserved meats and bread. Brown Butter (P420). Pangrattato, poached egg, mushroom, Grana Padano. I like the creaminess of the brown butter pasta, which is different from your usual white cream choices. King Prawns (P985). Garlic, chili, parsley. All their pasta options are actually good, with simple ingredients that the kids would love. Bacon, mushroom, mozzarella, tomato, eggs (P880) The pizzas are highly recommended, which come in not-the-usual flavors–like this breakfast-inspired pizza. Mozzarella, parmesan, tomato, basil (P650) The kids like their pizza simple, so they loved this cheese and tomato version. Meat BBQ Selection (P2,250/ 2 persons). Baby back pork ribs, beef tenderloin, free range chicken drumstick, beef kofta. Seafood Selection (P2,250 / 2 persons). Baby calamari, prawn, catch of the day, fish ball. Crust is where The Lind Barbecue Buffet is held every Tuesday and Thursday, which features grilled seafood and meats. But you can order an a la carte selection that they will grill in front of you. On Saturdays, they hold The Lind Market Buffet, inspired by our favorite community weekend markets. Vegetables. Green bell pepper, zucchini, homemade tofu, corn on the cob, pineapple, eggplant. Condiments. Pineapple dipping sauce, peanut sauce, fermented tofu, soy calamansi, chili caramel. Sides. Wood-fired oven bread, homemade grissini, rice. The grilled meats are served with an array of sauces, vegetables, and side dishes. Eating the grilled barbecue and seafood fresh off the coals is the best way to enjoy lunch in Boracay. Organic Baby Chicken (P790). Served with cabbage slaw and romesco sauce. The baby chicken was soft and juicy and paired nicely with the romesco sauce. Baby Back Pork Ribs (P960). Served with cabbage slaw and romesco sauce. These pork ribs are the best and are good for sharing with your group. Breakfast at Tartine and lunch at Crust are one of the best resort dining experiences in Boracay! THE SPA Don’t miss getting a massage at The Spa, one of the best massage services on the island. The Spa Menu: Massage, Body Treatment | Facial/Foot Care The couple rooms are standard. I just wish they had windows for that sea view. Combination Massage (60 mins – P1,800++, 90 mins – P2,600++). The muscle-soothing flow of Swedish massage and special oil, coupled with the chi-balancing power of Shiatsu’s finger pressure. The massage is quite good–strong and relaxing, using experienced techniques. A bit expensive than normal. SUNSET SESSIONS Drinks Menu: Pinoy Taste in a Glass Selection, Classic by the Lind Cocktails | Beer, Spirit and Liqueur Fresh Fruit Juices (P280), Chilled Fruit Juices (P170), and Fruit Blends (P280) The fresh juices are done right. They’re not too sweet and you can taste the satisfying flavors of the fruit. Hang out and relax in the elevated Infinity Pool… …which offers the best vantage point for Boracay’s famous sunset! The kids though would rather play on the beach while the sun sets on the horizon. Sunset Paraw Sailing is also highly recommended for first timers in Boracay. They have a station directly in front of the resort. LIND SIGNATURE POOLSIDE DINNER At night, the ambiance shifts to romantic with a play of lights under the canopy of the night sky. Crust Menu: Starters, homemade pasta, wood-fired pizza, wood oven, sides Tartine Menu: Western Mains, Southeast Asia Mains | Tartine, Appetizer, Soup, Salad, The Lind Favorites You can have a private dinner set up for your family or special someone with food from Crust or Tartine. Drinks Menu: Pinoy Taste in a Glass Selection, Classic by the Lind Cocktails | Beer, Spirit and Liqueur Luya Tai (P430). Tanqueray, pineapple shrub, lime juice, green chili, ginger. Sili Cooler (P385). Tanqueray, lemon juice, tabasco, salt, pepper. (Note: The LIND Hour (Daily from 5pm-7pm): 50% discount on cocktails, beers, and wines by the glass) We started with cocktails after the sunset to get us in the mood for dinner. I like the Luya Tai for its strong ginger flavor and the spicy notes of the Sili Cooler. Tom Yum (P780). Hot and sour soup, king prawn, homemade fish dumpling, chili jam, lemon grass. Our dinner set menu was quite mixed, starting with a serving of Tom Yum. Tartine. French open-faced sandwich topped with elaborate spreads. Hummus (P430). Eggplant, feta, mint, grilled ciabatta. House-cured Salmon (P520). Radish, lemon mayonnaise, toasted dark rye bread. Grilled Flank Steak (540). Caramelized onion, seeded mustard, cheese, fried egg, toasted baguette. Try their Tartine sandwiches. We loved the grilled flank steak and the hummus tartine with vegetables. Mixed Satay (P880). Tartine’s scrumptious signature Satay authentically prepared. Each serving of these tender and fragrant meats comes in 9 skewers and is paired with a rich peanut sauce: Chicken fillet, US Beef 540g, Seafood (homemade fish ball, calamari, mahi-mahi fillet). Love the presentation of the mixed satay served on a grill with smoke still coming from the coals to keep them warm and yummy. Annatto Adobo (P430). Pork or chicken stew, fish sauce, vinegar, annatto oil. Seafood Curry (P890). Fish fillet, calamari, homemade fish dumpling, red curry, green tomato, pickled ginger, jasmine rice. The Adobo and Seafood Curry are quite good as well. Just a bit heavy to eat with rice at night. CONCLUSION We all agree that The Lind is the best luxury resort experience along the pristine White Beach area of Boracay. Everything from the food choices, rooms, and amenities, down to the fantastic view of the sunset and the excellent service really made it an awesome stay for us. Congratulations to THE LIND BORACAY team for a job well done. Here’s to many more years of providing the best resort experience in Boracay! THE LIND BORACAY Station 1, Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan Telephone: +632 835-8888 local 8621, 8622 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @thelindhotels Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLindBoracay Instagram: @thelindhotels Website: http://www.thelindhotels.com/ [booking_product_helper shortname=”lindboracaymap”] Live an Awesome Life,
Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com Disclosure: Our resort experience was courtesy of The Lind Boracay. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. P.S. The Lind is also the perfect venue for weddings or other banquet celebrations in Boracay. The Lind Ballroom ABC combined can accommodate 280 people with a floor area of 28 x 16 meters. P.P.S. There is a shuttle service every hour going to White Beach, but you can also call your own electric tricycle to pick you up directly at the resort.