Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa, Philippines opened its doors last week to become the first five-star international resort on Boracay Island. Opening on the same day as Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo, the two new openings bring the group’s total number of hotels to 62.
Bringing new dimensions in luxury and leisure to the tropical destination, the 219-room resort features 36 villas and suites. Located in the northern part of Boracay Island, the secluded setting includes 350 metres of pristine beachfront and 12 hectares of grounds that are home to a number of interesting and rare wildlife species.
The spacious guestrooms and villas are all finely furnished and finished with ethnic Filipino decor and native materials. Each room connects to a balcony where guests can relax and take in panoramic views of the world-famous beach. Villas include a private lap pool, outdoor shower, a pergola for outdoor dining and a day bed for relaxation or massage.
The resort features a wide range of dining facilities, including Rima, an intimate fine dining restaurant on a hilltop offering sweeping views of the ocean and forest, serving authentic northern Italian cuisine beneath the stars.
The seafood restaurant, Sirena, offers fresh favourites from a cliff top overlooking the sea while the Solana Sunset Bar becomes the hub of activity after dark, where guests can lounge in cabanas and mingle over cocktails to the hypnotic music.
Guests looking to soothe their travel-weary senses can find their sanctuary in CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, a 6,000-square-metre spa village that is due to open later this month.
The resort is situated within a peaceful nature reserve with 75 species of plants on the ravines, cliffs and seashore. Other recreational facilities include a health club, one of the country’s largest free-form swimming pools, a marine centre, a water sports pavilion and two outdoor tennis courts and an entertainment zone for adults and children alike. The resort also provides meeting and banqueting facilities including an outdoor, oceanfront wedding pavilion, which is an ideal venue for weddings and special events.
“We are forging ahead with an aggressive expansion plan and we have one single vision, which is to lift Shangri-La to a global level. The two new openings complement our 60-strong network of hotels, reinforcing our commitment to building a global luxury-hotel brand,” said Madhu Rao, managing director and chief executive officer of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Asia Pacific’s leading luxury hotel group, currently owns and/or manages 62 hotels under the deluxe Shangri-La and mid-market Traders brands, with a rooms inventory of over 28,000. The group has over 50 projects under development in Austria, Canada, mainland China, France, India, Macau, Maldives, Philippines, Qatar, Seychelles, Thailand, United Kingdom and the United States.