When people hear Aklan, they usually think Boracay.
Rightly so, as Boracay is known the world over as one of the best beaches in the world, if not the very best. But, the thing is, Boracay isn’t the only reason to visit Aklan.
The province is also famous for its one and only Ati-atihan festival. This festival is held every January in honor of the Sto. Niño. This event has residents dressed up as Atis who are believed to have been the first to have settled in the island of Panay. There is also a parade that locals call “sadsad” where the residents in colorful costumes dance along the streets of Kalibo.
Tourists are also highly encouraged to participate and dance while in the parade. This Ati-atihan is considered as one of the most fun festivals in the country which is why it is widely attended.
So, what are you still waiting for? Come and experience the Ati-atihan! Come and experience Aklan.
Worried about where to stay in your visit to Aklan? Relax. We got you.
Here’s our list of the Top 5 Places to Stay in Kalibo, Aklan.
5 Hotel Metro Kalibo
For travelers seeking convenience, Hotel Metro offers comfortable accommodation just 3 kilometers away from the Kalibo Airport.
With the modern architecture of its rooms, this hotel definitely does not sacrifice style at the expense of coziness.
What is unique in this hotel, though, is the Sky Bar and Restaurant that it also houses. The Skybar and Restaurant offers its guests the chance to experience the picturesque backdrop of Kalibo while indulging in a sumptuous array of International and Mexican cuisine.
If you want to unwind and grab a few drinks after a day of exploring Aklan, go ahead and book your stay at Hotel Metro Kalibo.
4 Roz and Angelique’s Inn & Suites
Roz and Angelique’s Inn & Suites is a hotel that is also located near the Kalibo Airport.
With its fine architecture and interior design, the whole place just emanates a really cozy and truly homey vibe that will surely cure your homesickness.
If you’re the type of person to miss home a lot when traveling, then Roz and Angelique’s Inn & Suites is definitely the place for you.
3 Royal Suites Condotel
A homey and private unit condominium blessed with city view, Royal Suites Condotel was designed with a tranquilizing atmosphere.
Its interior design combines chic modern pieces and an earthy color scheme to provide a mesmerizing and calming aura that emanates from all over the place.
Not only is this hotel gorgeous, it also boasts of convenience as it is located right at the heart of Kalibo.
Not to mention that it also houses Royal Fitness Center, Royal Savers Mart, and a restaurant.
So if you’re looking for a place with easy access to all your needs, look no more because Royal Suites Condotel is the place for you.
2 Papierus Pensionne
Papierus Pensionne is a hotel that opened in December 2014.
The hotel boasts of its peaceful and relaxing ambiance which can soothe aches from hours of exploring Kalibo or from participating in the festivities of the Ati-atihan.
The biggest factor for this hotel’s inclusion in this list, though, is its affordability. The place is very highly regarded by travelers for the price of its accommodation.
So if you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, you should definitely give Papierus Pensionne a look.
1 Sampaguita Gardens
Sampaguita Gardens is a resort that is the brainchild of Samuel John Butcher, an American artist.
Butcher is the creator of Precious Moments artworks that promote messages of loving, caring and sharing. The resort is dedicated in the name of these Precious Moments artworks as the whole place is filled with monuments of these cute figurines. It’s filled with all sorts of Precious Moments memorabilia like dolls and figurines.
The place is also teeming with different kinds of attractions so guests who enjoy taking pictures are surely going to enjoy exploring the whole resort. The main attraction of the whole place is the so-called Jojo’s Christmas Cottage which is kind of like a museum and souvenir shop rolled into one.
So if you’re tired of the usual accommodations and want a one-of-a-kind experience, you should definitely check out the Sampaguita Gardens.