Shangri-La to Strengthen Presence in Asia
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Asia Pacific’s leading luxury hotel group,
has announced it will open a new spa resort in Boracay, Philippines in mid
2007, to complement the group’s existing four properties in the
Philippines.The beachfront resort on Boracay island will be designed by Hawaii-based
architect firm WATG and the interior design will be headed by well-known
Singapore-based designer Dan Bube, who is designing the group’s Maldives
resort. The resort will reflect a classic yet contemporary style
combined with local cultural influences.
All the resort’s 170 large guestrooms and 50 deluxe villas, with average
floor space of 45 and 90 square metres respectively, will feature ocean
views from spacious balconies or porches. Villas will include outdoor
plunge pool, shower, whirlpool, pergola for al fresco dining and day bed
for relaxation or massage.
The resort’s dining and entertainment options will include a poolside
bar, lobby lounge, pub, all-day dining coffee shop with outdoor seating
and specialty restaurant located on a spectacular promontory offering 360
degree ocean views, with indoor and outdoor seating.
Shangri-La Resort and Spa, Boracay, will provide the largest meeting and
banqueting facilities on the island, consisting of a 600-square-metre
ballroom and 400 square metres of function rooms. An outdoor wedding
pavilion with panoramic views will accommodate 50 persons for weddings or
The resort will feature a 1,350-square-metre CHI spa, Shangri-La’s
signature spa brand, with treatments based on Chinese and Himalayan
healing concepts. Located on a rock peninsula in the ocean and
overlooking a private bay, CHI will be a separate spa village complex
designed as a sanctuary within the resort. The spa village facilities
will include deluxe villas for half or full day use, and smaller suites
for hourly treatments. A spa pool will be set within the landscaped
In addition to CHI spa, recreational facilities such as outdoor tennis
court, free form swimming pool, health club and marine centre with diving
facilities will also be available.
A one-hour flight south of Manila, Boracay is an ideal tropical vacation
destination. The picturesque island has more than 30 beaches, foremost
of which is the four-kilometre White Beach with pure white sand, which is
widely considered to be among the world’s best beaches.
“The resort’s prime location, luxurious accommodation, variety of outdoor
activities and Shangri-La’s unique hospitality, will produce extremely
memorable stays for all our guests,” said Giovanni Angelini, Shangri-La’s
chief executive officer and managing director. “This exciting new
addition will strengthen our position as the dominant luxury hotel group
in the Philippines and Asia.”
Shangri-La’s existing properties include Makati Shangri-La, Manila, Edsa
Shangri-La, Manila; Traders Hotel, Manila; and Shangri-La’s Mactan Island Resort and Spa, Cebu.