At Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay, it was love at first sight for us at the Azure Beach Club, with its delicious cuisine and proximity to the sea and the pool. We got one of the white outdoor cabanas with big sofas. This was the nicest place to be in Boracay. It also has the best Indian food on the island.
We ordered more tandoori than we should’ve eaten and then moved back to the lounge chairs on the beach. Like creatures of comfort never straying far from the nesting place. There was something magical about this particular stretch of baby powder sand away from the busy hub.
SWIMMING ON A BEAUTIFUL BEACH
The next day we went for an early morning swim before the sun turned full strength. At 8 AM, the island is calm. Meanwhile the waters were warm and almost still. We enjoyed observing schools of colorful fish ever so clearly while the rest of the world was just waking up.
BREAKFAST AT THE CRIMSON BORACAY
Then it was on to breakfast, which we learned is the highlight of the day as far as many Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay guests are concerned. The breakfast buffet is probably the nicest one on the island. This is a hotel put effort into making sure everyone’s day starts right.
The Saffron Cafe has a covered terrace perfect for an al fresco morning meal. It’s also popular all day for craft pizzas, barbecues, and pastries; but we loved it most for a long breakfast that often stretched into lunch.
How to make the perfect croissant
Everyone staying here ended up having breakfast favorites and mine was the taho. This Philippine delicacy, with brown sugar syrup and tapioca pearls, rarely appears in fancy places. However here it’s a popular morning staple.
The other piece de resistance here is the croissant, crisp and yet light as air. I would actually never have discovered the croissants, as the buffet spread is so vast that I don’t think I would ever have made it to that section. I would just be too full with everything else by then.
A great breakfast in Boracay
Fortunately, one of the hotel team told me on Day 1: “The general manager is from Belgium and he makes sure the croissants are perfect. You’ll think you’re in Europe.”
This was rhapsodic to my ears, so as soon as I finished my taho off I went in search of these sublime croissants. They were beautifully arranged on a tiered platter; and a French couple was actually singing praises about these when I walked up to get one.
Two croissants, a massage and a beautiful view
Inspired by their enthusiasm, I chucked my calorie count out the window and got two croissants. Then, while enjoying my sea view, I had these with charcuterie and cheese. Indeed, these were wonderful.
I had visions of a French cafe even though I was sitting in the shade of a lovely resort on one of the most beautiful islands in the world. And I had a massage coming up in 30 minutes. It was the best combination possible.
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