Breakfast Buffet at Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa


I would never deliberately pay for breakfast buffet since I always eat a simple and boring breakfast and all the choices would simply overwhelm me and tempt me beyond reason. But since buffet breakfast at Shangri-La Boracay’s Vintana restaurant was included with the room I might as well enjoy myself.

The small shots of mango lychee juice on ice welcomed diners at the entrance of Vintana restaurant.
Vintana

If I thought Discovery Shores had lots of breakfast offerings well I was simply blown away by the volume and assortment at Vintana. There was probably 2-3x more food.

Just take a look at the choices of fruit juices. From the ordinary orange and mango to the more unique honeydew and orange carrot juices. There was even iced tea!
fresh juices
fresh juices

Nice selection of tropical and western fruit.
fresh fruits
fresh fruits

I guess some people eat salad for breakfast. Not me!!!!
salad bar
salad bar

cold cuts & smoked salmon
cold cuts & smoked salmon

They had an international selection for the tourists staying in the hotel.
Japanese breakfast selections
Japanese breakfast selections

Chinese breakfast selections
Chinese breakfast selections

Korean breakfast selections
Korean breakfast selections

eggs, eggs, eggs
eggs, eggs, eggs

I understand ensaymada and pan de sal are Filipino breads but muffins?
Filipino breakfast breads
Filipino breakfast breads

Filipino breakfast selections
Filipino breakfast selections

American breakfast selections
American breakfast selections

I was quite excited when I saw the crab cakes since I seldom see those in Manila.
crab cakes
crab cakes

I liked how this corner of the buffet looked the best. It’s because of all the cast iron skillets and pots.
grilled sausage, ham, quiche & fritata
grilled sausage, ham, quiche & fritata

pasta, fried rice & veal sausage
pasta, fried rice & veal sausage

This was the first time I’ve seen panini sandwiches in a breakfast buffet. Splendid!
panini
panini

I loved the buffet area for kids which were placed on a lower table for easy reach.
kids breakfast buffet
kids breakfast buffet

The character pancakes were actually in the adult area but I’m sure kids and adults had a kick eating those cute pancakes.
pancakes, waffles & French toast
pancakes, waffles & French toast

There was no shortage of tempting bread and pastries, my no. 1 weakness.
bread & pastries
bread & pastries

If you are a regular reader of my blog you can probably guess what I ate.
muesli and dried fruits
muesli and dried fruits

Banana milk? Eh?
milk
milk

The hot chocolate was surprisingly dark and unsweetened which I really appreciated. A mug of hot chocolate with two shots of espresso was my choice of drink that morning.
hot chocolate
hot chocolate

espresso machine
espresso machine

jam assortment
jam assortment

Yes, yes I had the muesli again. It was good but not as good as my all time favorite muesli at Hong Kong Disneyland hotel. I wish they had more dried fruit choices instead of just granola and nuts. I should have cut up some fresh fruit to add to my muesli.
muesli
muesli

The cheese croissant was yummy but even better was their coconut croissant which had a sweet, sticky coconut filling that reminded me of pan de coco. Genius! The danggit (dried fish) was very disappointing. It was hard and chewy and not crispy as I liked it. It probably because of it’s huge size.

The crab cake was made with 80% mashed potato and 20% fresh crab meat. Our crab meat is so fine it won’t support the shape with just a little binder like breadcrumbs the way American crab cakes are made.
day 1 breakfast
day 1 breakfast

mango lychee juice
mango lychee juice

Unbelievable but the second day the food was all different. I couldn’t handle more choices so I stuck with my usual muesli and sausage with a bit of beef tapa. Told you my breakfast choices were boring.
day 2 breakfast
day 2 breakfast

If you can eat a lot and love breakfast then the breakfast buffet at Shangri-La Boracay is for you. Some may say just the breakfast buffet will sway them to choose this hotel over the others.

The price of our room at Shangri-La and Discovery Shores was about the same. You’ve seen the pictures of the hotel, rooms and breakfast buffet for both hotels. Where would you choose to stay in Boracay? Let me know in the comment box below. I’d love to hear your opinions.

Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa
Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, 5608, Philippines
telephone: (63 36) 288-4988 
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  • Frannywanny

    BOTH!!! ONE day lang in Shang then the rest of our stay in Discovery! :) hahahah

  • Betty

    Leslie, I always have a habit of DIY food in buffet. If dishes not up to my taste I take certain ingredients from table and mix it up. Like Thai roast beef salad or seafood alfredo with mushrooms. Breakfast I like a French omelette with potato.

  • Patty

    Hi Leslie!
    What was that pale looking sausage made of? And, was that a muffin with some kind of topping?

  • Patty

    Sorry, Leslie I was referring to your Day 1 breakfast. Thanks!

  • http://www.shootfirsteatlater.com/ Shoot First, Eat Later

    That was veal sausage and corn muffin. The muffin was so, so. A bit dry.

  • D.B.

    Although I’ve never checked in at either Shangri-la or Discovery myself, I always make it a point to visit my friends who stay there, just to see the facilities and eat! I know that some people think that Shangri-la is too isolated and hard to get to, but that’s part of its charm for me. No crowds, no vendors, and it’s just so beautiful there: dbmemoirs.blogspot.com/2011/05/i-love-my-life.html

    Discovery Shores is definitely the choice of those who want to be in the middle of the action, while Shangri-la is getting away from it all.

  • http://www.shootfirsteatlater.com/ Shoot First, Eat Later

    I agree!!!