Sunday, November 13, 2016

Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay



Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay is a premier pioneering luxury beachfront resort located at station two of White Beach, the main holiday destination of Boracay Island, Philippines. It is the flagship property of Filipino-owned hospitality giant Henann Group of Resorts which owns and operates three resorts in Boracay and one in Alona Beach, Panglao Island, with two more high end properties set to open at Boracay's station one.

Henann Regency Aircraft Livery | Kalibo International Airport

Kalibo International Airport is the main gateway to Boracay with daily flights arriving from Manila, Cebu, Seoul-Incheon, Busan, Beijing, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. If you are flying via Cebu Pacific Air, you might board the recently launched Henann Regency Aircraft Livery. Transfers from Kalibo Airport to Boracay Island can be arranged directly with the resort. For maximum comfort, I suggest that you book the resort's private speedboat transfers.

Main Lobby | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Once you arrive in Boracay, you will be dropped off directly at the Henann Regency's lobby. The front office has several check-in counters to accommodate multiple guests at the same time. There's also a spacious seating area where guests can comfortably wait at the lobby. Standard check-in includes filling-out of guest registration form and payment of incidental deposit of P2,000.00 per room per night. The whole check-in process should not take more than 10 minutes. Please note that standard check-in time is at 3:00pm.



The Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay's expansive property is divided into three wings (Main Wing, North Wing and East Wing) housing a total of 302 well appointed guestrooms and suites. The resort has a total of 11 room categories with the Superior Room as the lead-in room category and the Presidential Suite as the highest room category.


Premier Room | North Wing, Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Premier Room | North Wing, Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

During my most recent visit to Boracay, I stayed in a Premier Room at the North Wing of Henann Regency. With a total floor area of 42 sqm, the Premier Room is the largest among the non-suite room categories of Henann Regency.

Welcome Amenities | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Aside from the welcome drinks which I enjoyed at the lobby, other items in my welcome amenities include a welcome lei, a platter of fresh fruits in season, and selected chocolate pralines. These small touches are what I look forward to whenever I stay in a luxury resort.

Premier Room with a King Bed | North Wing, Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

The Premier Room is available in two bed configurations: the King Bed configuration and the Queen & Single Beds configuration. Since I was staying alone in my room, I requested a King Bed which gave me extra space to move around the room.

Premier Room with King Bed | North Wing, Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

The room's interior is dominated with earth tone colors of dark brown, tan and beige with decors made with local materials such as abaca and capiz shells. Accent colors of cyan, azure, cerulean are incorporated into the interior design with the aim of bringing the colors of the sea into the room.

Premier Room with King Bed | North Wing, Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

The Premier Room is also furnished with two bedside tables, a couch with ottoman, a coffee table with chair, a writing table with chair, a luggage rack and a closet.

Premier Room with King Bed | North With, Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

The room is equipped with an individually-controlled air conditioning unit, a 40-inch LCD television with local and international cable channels, a personal refrigerator, a coffee & tea making facility, an in-room electronic safe. Complimentary WiFi internet access is also available inside the room.

Premier Room with King Bed | North Wing, Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Highlight of the room is definitely the bed. The mattress has the perfect firmness that supports the body in a flat position, coupled with a mattress topper which provides cushioning that adjusts to the contours of the body, while high threadcount linens are silky smooth and very gentle to the skin, all of which add to the excellent sleep experience. This is something the Henann Group is consistently very good at.

Bathroom, Premier Room | North Wing, Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

The Premier Room has an equally spacious bathroom. The floor and the walls are clad in marbles while wood and capiz shells act as frames and accents to the mirror. The bathroom has a separate bathtub and walk-in shower. Hot and cold water are available, and water pressure was excellent throughout the day. The toilet is equipped with a bidet spray.

Bathroom, Premier Room | North Wing, Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

There's a single basin with a spacious countertop where guests can place their personal toiletries. Henann-branded shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion, as well as hand soap, shaving kit, vanity kit, and dental kits are provided.

Body and Bath Amenities, Premier Room | North Wing, Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

The housekeeping team cleans the room and the bathroom and makes up the bed daily so that the room stays fresh and clean during my stay. The bed always looked like how it was when I first checked-in at the resort.

Daily Housekeeping | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Daily turndown service is also available wherein the maintenance team turns down the bed's linen during dinner time, preparing the bed for use every night. Midnight snacks such as chocolate pralines or cookies are also left in the room during turndown service.

Veranda, Premier Room | North Wing, Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Swimming Pools | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Another highlight of the Premier Room is the veranda which provides an overlooking view of the resort's swimming pools. Talking about swimming pools, Henann Regency has three swimming pools located at each of the resort's wings.

Swimming Pool | North Wing, Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Here is the swimming pool at the North Wing as seen from the veranda of my room. It is a freeform pool with an attached mini-pool for kids and a dipping pool. It is surrounded by tropical trees and palm trees with loungers available for guests who wish to relax under the sun. Five Premier Rooms at the North Wing has direct access to the pool while all guests staying at the North Wing also enjoy easy access to the beach.

East Wing Complex | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Located next to the resort's main lobby is the East Wing Complex. It comprises of a U-shaped building which houses guestrooms and suites with a view of the the swimming pools or the lush garden.

Garden Pool at the East Wing | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

The garden has its own dipping pool which is perfect for small groups of friends or family. The main swimming pool of the East Wing is much bigger. It has an attached pool bar and a jacuzzi standing in the middle of the pool. Premier Rooms located at the ground floor of the East Wing have direct access to the swimming pool.

Main Pool at the East Wing | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

The Main Wing also has its own swimming pool. Premier Rooms at the ground floor of the Main Wing also have direct pool access, and just like at the North Wing, guests staying at the Main Wing enjoy easy access to the beach. The Main Wing is directly connected to Sea Breeze, the resort's all day buffet and a la carte dining restaurant.





Boracay's White Beach | Boracay Island, Philippines

A visit to Boracay is definitely not complete without experiencing the beast white sand beach in the world. As I have already mentioned, staying at the North Wing and the Main Wing will give you easy access to the beach.

North Wing Access to the Beach | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

If you wish to enjoy Boracay's white beach, you should schedule your visit between September and February when the climate is milder and the beach is super clear, and the waves are calmer.

Boracay's White Beach | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

You should avoid the months of March to August when the heat of the sun is much more intense which is the perfect condition for algae to bloom along the beach. It is also during the tropical storm months of July and August when the westerly wind is at its strongest which causes stronger waves along the beach.

Clear and Calm Waters of November | White Beach, Boracay Island, Philippines

Aside from swimming and sun bathing, there are plenty of activities which you can enjoy at White Beach. The most popular are Paraw sailing, banana boat riding, parasailing, and paddle-boarding.

Paraw Sailing at White Beach | Boracay Island, Philippines

Paraw sailing is an experience unique to Boracay. Paraw is a native boat which has two sails and two outriggers. Paraw sailing is most popular in the afternoon. You can arrange your activities directly with the resort. Just approach the resort's front office and ask for the list of available activities.

Willy's Rock at White Beach | Boracay Island, Philippines

The whole stretch of White Beach spans four kilometers. From the resort, you can walk to the northern part of the beach where one of the famous landmarks of Boracay is found. Willy's Rock is a rock formation that is accessible from the beach especially during low tide.

Boracay Sunset | White Beach, Boracay Island, Philippines

One of the highlights of your Boracay trip is witnessing the spectacular sunset from White Beach. Tourists from different resorts will start to line the beachfront by 5:00pm and would watch the sun set into the horizon, such a magical time when the sky can turn to yellow, orange, red, pink, magenta or indigo. A picture perfect moment that your should really capture.


Fine Dining at Christina's | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Christina's | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

After a day of activities, it's time to fill your tummy with a delightful array of premium dishes at Christina's, the resort's fine dining restaurant. Christina's serves Western cuisine, with focus on steaks and fresh seafood.

Private Dinner at Christina's | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

You can order from their a la carte menu, or have a private dinner set up for your group. During our recent visit at Henann Regency, our group had an exclusive buffet dinner at Christina's. A long table was set up in a section of the restaurant.

Private Dinner Set-up at Christina's | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Such set-ups are ideal for family celebrations, small wedding receptions, or even company functions. Bigger groups of up to 50 persons can also book the whole restaurant for a private function.

Dinner at Christina's | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

The overall ambiance was perfect for intimate or even romantic dinner. The lighting was warm while the mellow music added to the relaxing dining experience. Customer service has been really good. The staff was very attentive and very engaging to our needs. Here are some of the dishes served during our private dinner at Christina's.

Watercress Salad with Tomatoes and Feta Cheese

Fresh Tomatoes Topped with Bacon, Feta Cheese and Pesto

Oyster Rockefeller

Grilled Prawns with Garlic Butter

Babyback Ribs & Buttered Vegetables

Lamb Chops

Cauliflower and Olives Salad with Pine Nuts 

Brownies

Mango Cheesecake

Pandan Boat Tart

Premier Room at Night | North Wing, Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

After a day of fun and adventure, I always look forward to retiring to my room. A warm shower or soak in the bathtub always worked to bring the body to slumber mode. I didn't even get to channel surf because as soon as I get under the sheets, I would instantly fall into sleep. With a bed this comfortable, it wasn't difficult to get uninterrupted sleep.


Breakfast Buffet at Sea Breeze Cafe, Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Sea Breeze Cafe | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

I am not a morning person, but whenever I stay in a hotel or resort, I always make sure that I wake up in the morning to enjoy the breakfast. An overnights stay at Henann Regency comes with complimentary breakfast buffet at Sea Breeze Cafe, the resort's all-day dining restaurant serving local and international cuisine.

Buffet Spread at Sea Breeze Cafe | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

The restaurant is part of the Main Wing complex and guests staying at the Main Wing will enjoy easy access to the restaurant. The buffet spread stands right at the middle of the dining area with two other food stations located at either end of the buffet.

Beach-side Dining Area at Sea Breeze Cafe | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

The restaurant is divided into three dining areas. Guests seated at the Beach-side dining area can enjoy dining with a view of the beach. Dining tables are well arranged so that there is enough space for guests to move around. Ceiling fans also help cool down the area during the summer months.

Pool-side Dining Area at Sea Breeze Cafe | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Located next to the Main Wing's swimming pool is the restaurant's pool-side dining area. This spot is much quieter compared to the busy beach-side dining area. I also find the area brighter because of the natural light that comes in from the ceiling.

Main Dining Area at Sea Breeze Cafe | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

For the serious foodies, the best spot has got to be the main dining area. Strategically located near the buffet spread, the guests seated here enjoy a front-seat view of all the buffet action. With the convenient seating location, you should also expect a lot of foot traffic here. Here are what you can expect from Sea Breeze Cafe's breakfast buffet spread.

Breads & Pastries Station, Sea Breeze Cafe | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay 

Salad Station, Sea Breeze Cafe | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Fruit Station, Sea Breeze Cafe | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Congee, Sea Breeze Cafe | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Cereals & Champorado, Sea Breeze Cafe | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Beef Tapa, Sea Breeze Cafe | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Chicken Afritada, Sea Breeze Cafe | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Chicken Sausage, Sea Breeze Cafe | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Chicken Tocino, Sea Breeze Cafe | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Daing na Bangus, Sea Breeze Cafe | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce, Sea Breeze Cafe | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Buttered Vegetables, Sea Breeze Cafe | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Steamed Potatoes, Sea Breeze Cafe | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Bacon, Sea Breeze Cafe | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Omelette, Sea Breeze Cafe | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Scrambled Eggs, Sea Breeze Cafe | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Sunny-side Fried Eggs, Sea Breeze Cafe | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Eggs Benedict, Sea Breeze Cafe | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Local Rice Cakes (Kakanin), Sea Breeze Cafe | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Whenever I go to breakfast buffet, I usually start my meal with a plate of salad, omelette, cold cuts and cheeses. I would immediately follow it with either congee or champorado or any soup for that matter. Then it's time to order coffee while I read news from my social media feeds or my youtube subscription.

Salad, Omelette, Cheeses & Cold Cuts

Congee topped with Salted Egg, Chicken, Garlic and Danggit

I would then resume with my plate of rice and a mix of main dishes. Finally, I would have a plate of fresh fruits and pair it with fresh fruit juice.

Fried Rice with Danggit, Bacon, Chicken Afritada, Chicken Tocino, Chicken Sausage, Beef Tapa

Apples, Pineapples, Yellow and Red Watermelon

Upscale Breakfast at Christina's | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Guests staying in a suite also enjoy complimentary breakfast for two persons. They have the option to have their breakfast at Sea Breeze Cafe or at Christina's. While Sea Breeze Cafe offers a lively and energetic vibe during breakfast time, Christina's provide a more relaxed and laid back dining ambiance.

Christina's | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

The exclusivity of dining at Christinas's for breakfast also adds to the luxurious experience. The restaurant is also open to walk-in guests who wish to experience a more upscale breakfast dining experience.

Christina's | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Christina's | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Breakfast at Christina's consist of breads and pastries, cheeses and cold cuts, congee, cereals, fresh fruits, and a selection of warm dishes, all served in a buffet table. There's also free-flowing chilled juices, freshly brewed coffee and tea.

Breakfast Buffet Spread, Christina's | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

In addition to the premium buffet spread, guests also get to choose one serving of a plated breakfast meal with options of Filipino, Asian, American and European dishes.

Breakfast at Christina's | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

During my recent visit at Henann Regency, I was given an opportunity to try this exclusive privilege of having breakfast at Christina's. I started my morning with an assortment of viennoiserie and freshly brewed Americano. The croissant was buttery and flaky while the danish had a balanced sweetness and buttery taste.

Viennoiserie, Christina's | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Congee, Christina's | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

I then got a bowl of congee and topped it with eggs, chicken and toasted garlic. For my main dish, I chose the American breakfast which consisted of bacon, sausages, scrambled egg, hush brown, chili con carne, and toasted bread.

American Breakfast, Christina's | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Filipino Lunch at MESA | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

For Filipino guests who are in search of the comforting taste of Filipino dishes, or foreign guests who wish to explore the intriguing flavors of the local cuisine, there is the MESA Restaurant located at the beachfront of Henann Regency. MESA serves both classic and modern versions of popular Filipino dishes. Here are some of the signature dishes that you must try:

MUST TRY! Sisig in a Pouch | MESA at Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Baked Scallops with Garlic Butter | MESA at Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Pasta Adobo | MESA at Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

MUST TRY! Crispy Boneless Pata | MESA at Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Ultimate Relaxation at Kai Spa | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Whenever I travel, I always set aside time to pamper myself with a relaxing massage. During my trip, I indulged with the 90-minute Kai Signature Massage, a combination of different massage techniques especially designed by Kai Spa.

Kai Spa | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

I recommend that you book your spa treatment in advance as the Spa is always in high demand especially in the afternoon and evening. Kai Spa's receptionist will be very happy to assist you in choosing the right treatment that you require.

Kai Spa | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Kai Spa also has a variety of wellness products including massage oils, scented oils and burner sets, tea sets, and other body and bath products. If you enjoyed your treatment a Kai Spa, you can bring home some of their products so can relive the experience at home.

Kai Spa Products | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

I booked my treatment at 4:00pm but I was told to be at the spa by 3:30pm so that I can avail of the free spa amenities that comes with the treatment package. I had a quick shower at the men's bathroom.

Men's Bathroom at Kai Spa | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

I also tried our the jacuzzi where the bubbles and the jet of water already offers relief to the stressed muscles of the back and the legs. I also used the sauna for ten minutes. Sauna is said to soften the skin and helps to remove toxins from the skin.

Jacuzzi at Kai Spa | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

I took another quick shower and wore a silk robe. I was then assisted by the spa attendant to the lounge and was offered a refreshing drink of iced tea.

Waiting Lounge at Kai Spa | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

In a matter of few minutes, I was fetched by my therapist and was led through the spa's Japanese inspired corridors and into the treatment room.

Japanese-inspired Corridors at Kai Spa | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

The treatment room assigned to me was their Filipiniana style room which has beige walls with wooden accents, and a high ceiling supported by ornate beams. Warm lighting ad Filipino interior design elements such as capiz shell windows add an old-world Filipino feel to the ambiance.

Filipiniana-inspired Treatment Room at Kai Spa | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

My Kai Signature Massage started with a ceremonial washing of my feet using in a basin of warm water with sea salt, foot scrub and flower petals. I could really feel my feet softening, feeling cleansed and relaxed. I was then led to my treatment bed with a ringing of a Tibetan bowl to signal the start of the treatment.

Filipiniana-inspired Treatment Room at Kai Spa | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Prior to the actually treatment, I was asked to mark on a diagram the areas of my body on which I wish the therapist to focus on. I marked the middle and lower sections of my back, my hands, my legs, and my feet. The therapist started to apply pressure on my back and I instantly felt relief, and in no time, I quickly fell into deep sleep.

Private Bathroom inside the Treatment Room at Kai Spa | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay 

The next thing I remember was the therapist waking me up to ask me to turn my body up so she can start treating my arms and my hands. She then work on my leg and foot massage which was very relaxing and relieving. I again fell asleep and I was probably snoring the whole time because I was occasionally getting awaken by my own snore and would quickly fall asleep again. For me, that was a sign that the therapist was really good.



After the massage, the therapist woke me up and I was assisted to the the rooms seating area. There, I was offered by the therapist with ginger tea. I enjoyed every sip of my tea as much as I enjoyed the rejuvenating feeling after my massage.

Kai Spa | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Walking back towards the men's bathroom, my therapist also gave me a glimpse into the other treatment rooms of Kai Spa. I was impressed to learned that no two treatment rooms are alike. Some treatment rooms are even designed specifically for the type of treatment that a guest would choose.

Kai Spa | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

One treatment room for example is designed for treatments with body scrub. The room also has its own bathtub for the guest to enjoy after the massage. Another treatment room has a Thai-inspired interior and is designed for bigger groups of guests.

Kai Spa | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

Lunch at Christina's | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

On my last day in Boracay, I just enjoyed the rest of the morning relaxing in my room. Our flight was scheduled in the afternoon so there was no reason to rush that morning. Before checking-out, we had lunch at Christina's. This time, we ordered from the restaurant's a la carte menu.

Christina's | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

I ordered the Surf & Turf which is a dish consisting of a beef tenderloin steak on a bed of mashed potato, plus two pieces of grilled tiger prawns served with buttered vegetables. Of all the restaurants that we tried at Henann Regency, it was Christina's that created a significant impression on me because of the premium quality of the dishes served, the outstanding customer service, and the exclusive feel of the restaurant which set the overall luxury resort experience a notch higher.

Suft & Turf at Christina's | Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

If you have been following this blog for sometime now, you would have already known that I am not a big fan of Boracay's White Beach, that is in the aspect of accommodation. I find the area too crowded, and most accommodation offer mediocre customer service and amenities. The best ones are either too expensive or ridiculously expensive.

Private Speedboat of Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay

But all of those notions of mine have changed after I experienced Henann Regency Resort & Spa. Domestic tourists in Boracay have no reason to be intimidated by this luxury resort. Henann Regency is in fact one of the most accessible luxury beachfront resorts in Boracay where you really get more value out of your money.

PS: Right after I got back to Manila, my sister checked out the hundreds of photos I took during my stay at Henann Regency. She was immediately convinced to book her first trip to Boracay with her husband (who was also celebrating his birthday that time) and decided to stay at Henann Regency. Thank you Henann for making their first Boracay experience a very memorable one!



Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Boracay
Beachfront, Station 2, Boracay Island, Philippines
Contact: +63 (036) 288-6111 to 17
Email: reservations.hrb@henann.com
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