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Sun, sea, and a swell spa in Boracay

Relax, just do it, at SunSpa Boracay and let its therapists knead out those tight knots in your stressed out body.

For sure, many of you are all revved up for your holiday in Boracay Island this Holy Weekend.

Let me share with you a little-known secret—where to get the best bang for your buck for a great massage, that is, after making your Lenten sacrifices on the beach.

Sun Villa Resort and Spa rests on a little hill by the main road, at the back of the D'Talipapa. This secluded haven for weekend warriors is less than 15 minutes from the Cagban jetty port. Photo by Stella Arnaldo for

SunSpa Boracay may not have the stylish and modern structure of the other spas, but it more than makes up for its cleanliness and well-trained massage therapists.

SunSpa Boracay offers a wide array of rejuvenating spa treatments (ranging from Php750 for single treatments to Php2,000 for two-hour full pampering packages) that will help you meditate and reflect on your ahem, wicked ways, and yet be in a most relaxed state while you’re at it.

I recently had the chance to get an invigorating Shiatsu-Swedish massage (Php650 for an hour) at its outlet in my personal favorite Sun Villa Resort, which is located up a hill along the main beach road, right behind D’Talipapa.

With the gentle yet stimulating kneading of my therapist Arnery, I was soon snoring away (eeww!). Seriously, many swear that the only way to tell that your massage therapist is any good is when her hands work their way around your body that slowly eases you into dreamland.

Bond with your loved one at SunSpa Boracay.

Well I can tell you that Arnery was just superb as her wonderful hands rubbed out the cold spots and stiff muscles on my shoulders, lower back, and legs. And with soothing spa music playing softly in the background, it was just an hour-and-a-half of peace, which helped me unwind from a month’s worth of personal and work-related stress.

I particularly like this branch at Sun Villa because the latter is one of my most preferred getaway resorts. Because of its secluded location, it is really a haven of calm and tranquility. Sleep all day, dine on lovingly-prepared home-cooked meals upon waking, then just laze about in the pool area with the iPod playing away as I leaf through a book or magazine.

Want to get away from it all yet get the rest you deserve? Take a swim or just laze about by the pool and read a good book at Sun Villa. Photo by Stella Arnaldo for

Yes, though I am in Boracay, which is known for its white beach, a good swim in Sun Villa’s pool or a bask under the sun surrounded by the resort’s lush foliage are enough to make me feel refreshed.

Meanwhile, SunSpa is a no-nonsense establishment. What it may lack in space and high-end amenities usually offered by the larger, more well-known spas in the island, it makes up for cleanliness, privacy, and dedicated well-trained staff. All it offers is a simple place for clients to put away their worldly cares and surrender to the expert and mindful kneading of its therapists.

There are no mind-blowing, revolutionary, long-winded wordy treatment names here to confuse the client. All SunSpa offers are basic therapies to pamper the body such as the Boracay Body Massage, the Foot Spa (Scrub and Massage), Foot Massage Reflexology, Ventosa (cupping and massage), and a host of sun treatments using natural ingredients.

Wash away your cares with a body scrub and massage.

There are also straightforward body scrub and waxing services to give clients healthy and great-looking skin that’s perfect for the beach, as well as manicure and pedicure services.

The client’s relaxed state continues even as you pay the bill because its services are super friendly, unlike the other major high-end spas where stress levels rise once more as you receive your invoice. At SunSpa, you don’t have to hock the family jewels just to treat your tired sexy body to the pampering it deserves.

Other SunSpa Boracay branches are located at the White Beach in Station 1 (near Starbucks) and at Sun Village Central at Station 2 (near D’Mall, D’Boracay).  Spas are open from 10 a.m. until 12 midnight daily.

For reservations, call tel. nos. (036) 288-5541, (036) 288-4410, or (036) 288-1306. For more details, check out its web page at Seair takes you to Boracay with 13 flights a day to Caticlan. Call tel. nos. 849-0100/849-0239, or click for bookings.)