Why Boracay is still a top holiday destination

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By Glenda Villena
For Yahoo! Southeast Asia

Some people say Boracay is already overrated. But why do people still flock to the island during the holidays?

Here's why:

1. The beaches. Boracay still has the bragging rights of having the finest, white, powder-like sand and cool blue ocean waters.

According to Henry Chusuey—owner of Boracay Garden Resort, a subsidiary of Henann Hotels and Resorts which operates Boracay Regency Beach Resort and Spa, Regency Lagoon and Henann Resort at Alona Beach, Bohol—that the Boracay Foundation (where he serves as chairman) ensures that the island is protected against abusive practices despite ongoing infrastructure developments.

2. The food. Boracay offers a gastronomical feast. There are a host of restaurants and eateries that offer a variety of dishes—from simple grilled island fare to fusion dishes.  Bottom line: Your taste buds won't get "marooned" on this island.

3. The people. Filipino hospitality is widely practiced in Boracay. From the courteous hotel staff to locals you meet while walking from station to station, the smile you see is as warm and beautiful as the island paradise.

Tips on how to get the best holiday deals in Boracay

1. Look for special Christmas/holiday packages. Rates during the holidays in Boracay can get pretty steep but you can get the best value for your money without compromising luxury. Boracay Garden Resort for example, offers Christmas package for as low as P7,924 inclusive of four days accommodation , daily buffet breakfast and dinner plus roundtrip transfers via Caticlan.

2. Book your tickets early. Air travel is still the fastest and most convenient way to get to Boracay. Airlines are usually fully-booked during the holidays so it's best to have your seat secured as early as possible.

3. Travel in groups. Hotels and group activity rates in Boracay are much cheaper for group packages. As they say "The more the merrier!"