Flying Solo in Boracay Island

(Are you ready to see the Instagrammable spots in Boracay? But first, read this!)

Boracay Island was hailed as one of the world’s most beautiful islands, and I could attest that every corner of the island is indeed Instagram-worthy. In fact, the Philippine government closed down the island for around 6 months to be rehabilitated, and it was indeed a good decision since the island turned out to be so much better. Boracay Island could give you the serenity that you need with its beautiful beach areas.

Boracay used to be a popular beach party destination (read: #Laboracay), but when it was reopened to tourists, activities like beach parties were already banned in the entire island. Some locals would say it’s now less lively and they’re a little frustrated with the change, but hey, who knows it might be for the better.

I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in the island for my birthday (in my case, I always plan excursions like these on my birthday week). While during the time I went there Boracay literally just opened up again, I am assuming there are already more spots to see by now. Despite that, I still enjoyed my stay in the island. With that, please allow me to share a couple of Instagrammable spots in Boracay Island that I was able to visit:

Lanterna Hotel

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Lanterna Hotel Mural Boracay
INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: The Boracay Mural at Lanterna Hotel

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Roy’s Rendezvous

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Hammocks at Roy's Rendezvous Boracay
INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: The comfortable Hammocks at Roy’s Rendezvous Boracay

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Jejsellends Garden Cottages

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Room at Jejsellends Garden Cottages Boracay
My colorful room at Jejsellends Garden Cottages Boracay

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Agos Boracay Rooms and Beds

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Welcome Kit at Agos Boracay Rooms and Beds
INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: The Welcome Kit at Agos Boracay Rooms and Beds Lobby

Bolabog Beach

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Shot at Bolabog Beach Boracay Philippines
INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Bolabog Beach is still as blue as ever even immediately after the rain.

White Beach

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: White Beach Boracay Philippines
INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Mornings are a perfect time to snap that vibrant photo at White Beach in Boracay, Philippines
INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: White Beach Boracay Philippines
INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: On the other hand, sunset times are also a relatively good timing to snap that beautiful photo at the White Beach in Boracay, Philippines!

Puka Shell Beach

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Puka Shell Beach Boracay Philippines
INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Afternoon relaxing at Puka Shell Beach Boracay
INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Puka Shell Beach Boracay Sunset
INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Breathtaking sunset at Puka Shell Beach, Boracay, Philippines

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Real Coffee & Tea Cafe Boracay

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Real Coffee and Tea Cafe Boracay Philippines
Had some afternoon coffee at Real Coffee and Tea Cafe Boracay and the cafe’s tropical interior makes an aesthetic backdrop

Check out Real Coffee and Tea Cafe’s Facebook page here.

Cafe Maruja Boracay

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Cafe Maruja Boracay
Cafe Maruja Boracay is the best place for Nutella lovers and the place is just so minnimalist!

Check out Cafe Maruja’s Facebook page here.

Station X Boracay

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Station X Boracay
INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: The colorful dining area of Station X Boracay

Motag Living Museum

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Motag Living Museum Aklan
Tried out planting rice at Motag Living Museum Aklan

Nabaoy River

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BORACAY: Nabaoy River Aklan
The peaceful and beautiful riverside of Nabaoy River in Aklan

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Late Lunch at Lola Cafe S Maison

(This is a non-sponsored honest review of Lola Cafe S Maison completely based on my paid dining in experience.)

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Whenever I don’t travel, I am always on the hunt for restaurants that I can try in Manila. As someone who always wants to improve parts of herself and her personality, I take myself out on a date. I’ve been doing this inside and outside the Philippines for quite a while now. It eases my social anxiety, made me more confident and more ‘street smart’.

I’ve been wanting to explore the restaurants at S Maison. Upon checking online, several restaurants, including Lola Cafe, just opened. Honestly and ironically, I am not a fan of Filipino food and Filipino restaurants. However I wanna check if this is worth giving a try. I’m interested about the twist that they provide with the usual Filipino food.

Lola Cafe S Maison Location

Lola Cafe S Maison is located at the 2nd Floor (Level 2) of the mall. I did not have a hard time looking for Lola Cafe. Not only that S Maison is a small mall, Lola Cafe is just right on the spot where you can walk to going to the escalators and the bathroom.

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The Staff and The Service

I scanned the menu at the entrance but there is no staff at the podium area attending to customers. I had no idea what to do so I decided to just go straight in.

The staff greeted me good afternoon and I noticed the restaurants was a bit packed. I am close to assuming that there is a private event going on or something. There were people coming back and forth (mostly senior citizens and families with noisy kids—I’m just not a fan of kids hehe). I asked if there are vacant seats for one. They pointed me to the outdoor seats by the corridor and the seat near the entrance. I just chose the very isolated seat by the entrance.

Lola Cafe S Maison
Lola Cafe S Maison

The seat I chose was isolated and awkward. They started getting my orders and since I already checked the menu online prior to going there, my order was a little quick. I ordered a Pork Belly Bagoong, Green Tea Lychee, and Kesong Puti Cheesecake. I think they have a good selection of coffee, but I am on a coffee break, so I’m gonna have to pass.

After a few minutes, a staff approached me and explained that instead of chicharong baboy, they will put kropek on my meal instead because they ran out of chicharon. Not everyone would accept this compromise, but I had no problems with it, so I said yes.

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The Food

The orders did not take a lot of time, considering that they are (I assume) catering to a private event. The rice bowl meal tasted good at first, but I have an issue with the pork. I am not sure if it’s just me, but the pork smelled a little odd, and you could smell it when slicing it. Because of that, I just finished my meal for the sake of finishing it. I can’t taste the bagoong part in the rice either.

Pork Belly Bagoong and Green Tea Lychee Lola Cafe S Maison
Pork Belly Bagoong and Green Tea Lychee Lola Cafe S Maison

The green tea lychee, on the other hand, was good! It was a little expensive though, but it tastes like a non-alcoholic mojito.

Kesong Puti Cheesecake Lola Cafe S Maison
Kesong Puti Cheesecake Lola Cafe S Maison

I asked the cheesecake to be served, and before serving, they gave me a small plate and small spoon. On my mind, I was like “It was just a slice, right? I don’t need to transfer it on another plate.” But when the cheesecake came, It was bigger than I’m expecting, which is worth the price, I believe. The cheesecake lover in me was happy, but this particular cheesecake was made of kesong puti, which makes the cheesecake a little saltier than usual.

No problem with me, I like it, actually! It has a bukayo on top, and at first I have no problems with it, but as I eat more of it, I’m starting to think it tasted weird. But I appreciate the effort of putting a Filipino twist to a cheesecake. Overall, I still like it.

Lola Cafe S Maison Take Out
Lola Cafe S Maison Take Out

Of course, I was only able to consume a part of the cheesecake. I asked for the bill and the remaining cheesecake to be taken away, and it was a smooth and fast transaction. They charge 5% for service fee which for me is reasonable enough.

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The Verdict

My overall food and service experience at La Lola S Maison was not perfect, but I want to give them a chance since they are still on their soft opening stage and they have a lot to improve. I haven’t dined in on the other two branches of La Lola (in Tomas Morato and Podium Mall) so I can’t really compare them. Next time perhaps I would try other items on their menu and their cocktails as well.

Lola Cafe Conrad Contact Information

Lola Cafe
Level 2, S Maison, Conrad Manila
Seaside Boulevard corner Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
+63 9171083370; 02 88057649
https://www.facebook.com/lolacafe.ph
https://www.instagram.com/lolacafe

Accommodation Near Lola Cafe S Maison: Conrad Manila

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