Beach Massage, Boracay Island
So you want a massage but don't want to have it on the beach? You can ask the masseuse to do the service in your resort/hotel BUT there is additional fee, depending on your resort's policy.
I discovered that for the same price as the beach massage, you can pamper yourself with a massage in the comforts of a more private venue, an airconditioned massage parlor. The masseuse can do a combination of shiatsu or swedish with trasional massage ("hilot").
Since it is right beside a beauty salon, you can also have a hair spa for your sun-exposed hair, and/or foot spa with pedicure.
After a tiring day, you can try having a whole body massage at the beach area for only P350 (or less if you know how to haggle), and a foot massage for less.
You'll find the the massage area under the coconut trees by the beach, and there are signs posted. Lined up are sun loungers with clean, leather upholstered mattresses, small pillows and towel. I noticed a bedsheet was hang to "block" the draft from the sea, but there is no blanket to cover you from the sight of passersby. Don't worry; people won't bother to ogle at your body as everybody is busy thinking of what else to do in Boracay.
For sanitation purposes, I suggest you cover the mattress with your own beach towel so you'll feel more secure that you don't catch skin disease. (You're not sure if the person who previously used the mattress is free from skin disease.) And for your cover, bring another towel. If you're finicky with anything unbranded or strange oil/lotion applied on you, let the "masseuse" use your own lotion or oil.
The best massage to be had outside of a spa is with Abe (pronounced Abby), a blind guy who works on the beach outside Cocoloco bar in Angol (a couple of minutes walk south of boat station 3). He specialises in Swedish massage, shiatsu, accupressure etc, and charges P300 per hour. He has a bed for you to lie on, unlike some of the other masseurs working along the beach, and will tailor the massage to suit you - don't be afraid to ask for a harder or softer massage. Go in the evening, as watching the sunset while getting a massage is an absolute must! Room service is also available.
Nothing beats a good massage on the beach with the sound of the waves lulling you to sleep. This is highly recommended in Bora. The good thing with the local government unit is that they have regulated the leisure and recreational services on the island, which actually benefits all. Regular prices surveyed, june 2008:
Beach massage - P350 to P400
Room service massage - P400 - P500
This excludes specialty spa services in exclusive spas like the Mandala, etc ...
At the airport, you can still catch up on some massage. Partial body massage starts P150 (head/neck, back/shoulders, arms/hands) for 15 minutes.
Enjoy massage offered mostly at the beach area. They are all liscenced women who give a whole or partly body massage with a beach atmosphere. Be sure to see their official badge. They are giving hotel service too at different rates. I had both. Talk and deal with them.
The prices range from 150 to 1500 PHP.
You will see them roaming the island in purple uniform. They have their own unscented oil but you can have them use your own. Cost less than $10/hr. Dont worry, they do know what they are doing so you don't need a massage after the gruelling massage. Sponsored by the local government, they were trained on what to do. You can choose to have the massage done beachside or in your hotel room.
one thing every person who goes to boracay must do aside from hitting the beach is to get a massage on the beach. this is a must especially after a day of swimming, snorkeling, shopping, etc. nothing beats lying on the sand and having a nice, relaxing, soothing, massage. you can find a masseuse anywhere along the beach and they have the oils and sarongs so you can lay down on the sand. price would be around P250-P300 depending on the season.
A Boracay Vacation will never be complete without trying the Relaxing Massage offered by the local masseurs along the beach. You can choose from Swedish, shiatsu, accupressure, etc. for only P300 per hour. You can choose to have the massage along the beach while enjoying the view and your shake or have it in your room where you can have complete privacy and the comfort of your bed.
Don't forget to pamper yourself with a body massage from the manangs at the beach. They are quite good. Do this after your fun-filled day at the beach to relieve those aching muscles. Warning though. Bring your own blanket or beach towel where you can lie on during the massage. The makeshift beds have been used by several others already. I got insect bites after my session! Ugggh!
Ladies in green/lavender usually walk along white beach offering massage. Rate goes at around 300. There are places near Station 2 where they have their own area for massage. But I'd still prefer having my massage right outside my hotel :)
What can be better than a relaxing massage on the beach? Let the native women work their magic hands on your body, and your body will thank you for it. You can opt to have your massage in the privacy of your room, or right on the beach.
I strongly recommend the massages from the blind masseuse over the beach lady massages... I think it costs around 300 pesos for about an hour, but you are actually on massage beds under an open air tent... no greasy oils with sand sticking to you! Not to mention, you are supporting these guys. The guy who massaged me told me he is from Manila, but has been living and working on Boracay for about 18 years. That is a lot of massages...
Near sunset is massage time on White Beach. There are hordes of masseuses of different shapes, sizes, and abilities. Unless you have a "suki" or a regular masseuse already, you'll have to do a Forrest Gump quality wise - take your massage like life. As in "Life is like a box of chocolates..." :o)
Ever had 4 sets of hands working on you? This guy thought it would be a totally different experience...and it was although it must have been quite confusing rather than relaxing.
An hour under any of these women's expert fingers with the soothing sound of the waves in your ear is a blissful experience all for a whopping $4.
After doing all those activities, a massage is a perfect way to end you day or your vacation. Having a massage under the blanket of coconut trees is a another common sight in the island.