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Crimson Resort and Spa Boracay elevates the island lifestyle in Station Zero

Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay is making its mark even before its opening, set to happen at the beginning of 2018.

Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay is making its mark even before its opening, set to happen at the beginning of 2018. The third Crimson property to open in the Philippines, the resort sprawls across 30,000 square-feet of tropical island. The property has been highly curated with each area showcasing what the Crimson brand stands for—bold style and undeniable passion, rich in culture and design, while keeping the value of Filipino hospitality. Claiming its space as Station Zero, where it boasts an exclusive location with an undisturbed white sand beach, Crimson Boracay offers the ultimate island resort experience from inside out.

Barefoot island living: cosmopolitan, alluring and naturally warm

Its partners WATG, the world’s leading hospitality design firm and its affiliated interior design studio, Wimberly Interiors, have created a distinct style specific to Crimson Boracay, where the combination of contemporary architecture, natural landscape and interior design compliments the local Filipino setting. Its vision was to create an immersive experience into Filipino island living. Given the world-renowned ambience of Boracay Island, the property’s interior has been carefully crafted to live up to its grandeur while staying true to Crimson—cosmopolitan, sophisticated, alluring and naturally warm. “Appealing to a variety of travelers, the hotel boasts a youthful, inviting ambience that encourages guests to explore barefoot island lifestyle,” says Christine McGinnis, Associate Vice President, Wimberly Interiors. The sea arrival injects the guest’s journey with stunning sea to land views of the hotel, providing both exclusive access and a luxurious overwater experience.

“We wanted to create something truly unique and explore elements of design we haven’t used before. We had to ensure we maximized design impact with the compact space we were given, on such an awe-inspiring site. We kept the architecture simple and clean, using the projection of the rooms and ledges to play with light and shadow to create depth and dynamism,” shares Chiara Calufetti-Lim, Associate Vice President, WATG.

THE PAVILION: The venue of dreams, elevated and enclosed in floor-to-ceiling glass walls

 Dynamic and daring design concepts

The Pavilion, a venue that is one of its kind, is built at 20 meters above sea level with its floor-to-ceiling glass doors and walls, offers a breathtaking view of the white sand beach and crystal clear waters. Its facade is matched with inspirations from traditional living and intricate geometric patterns. Walking through the entire space, one is set to see elements of nature and a neutral color palette that brings out shades of sand, stone and wood to highlight vibrant accents. This speaks both of a dynamic and daring language that upholds the Crimson standard.

One of Crimson Boracay’s pool sides, showcasing front row seats to the breathtaking views

Tridimensional approach, maximizing views

Crimson Boracay offers enviable views of the skies and the seas, taking advantage of its elevated slope setting and WATG’s use of a tridimensional approach to this feature. It is given a panoramic structure that cascades in blocks and steps down the natural landscape, maximizing the views from every angle while skillfully concealing functional spaces. The overall design creates a contemporary style that sets the resort apart and makes it a site to see.

WELCOME TO STATION ZERO: Boracay Island’s most private and exclusive destination, home to the highly anticipated Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay

The resort features one Presidential Villa, 22 Villas each with its own plunge pool, 72 One-bedroom Suites, 97 Deluxe Rooms, Saffron Café all-day dining restaurant, Mosaic Latin American Steakhouse, Pool Bar, Grand Ballroom, The Pavilion, Meeting Room, Crimzone Kids’ Club, three swimming pools, a Fitness Center and the famed Azure Beach Club and Aum Spa.

 

Spacious, elegant and absolutely inviting, THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA with its private pool and panoramic views is Crimson Boracay’s most lavish accommodation

A spectacular dining experience awaits in MOSAIC LATIN AMERICAN STEAKHOUSE with full and stunning views of the ocean

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THROWBACK THURSDAY. Our Stylish Voyage on a Boat with Loida and Richard

FOR SAIL

With hosts Loida Montesclaros and Richard Forteau, we take entertaining to the high seas.

by Shari Quimbo photography Steffen Billhardt

The sky was decidedly gloomy on the Sunday afternoon Loida Montesclaros and Richard Forteau invited a small group of us for a sail, the clouds getting darker as I make my way to Porter’s Marina, where the Blue Planet was docked.

“Richard built the boat himself in Cebu,” Loida explains, going on to share that he was the former honorary French consul in Cebu. “It was built here, and I designed the interiors.”

All that work certainly paid off—Loida and Richard would often sail the boat out to different Philippine destinations such as El Nido, Siargao, Boracay and the Gigantes Islands in Iloilo. These could mean days-long journeys that sometimes meant dealing with some rough seas. Quick day trips, much like the one we were about to embark on, were also a regular past time.

Loida gives me a quick tour of the boat then shows off her tropical spread. With its bright blue and white floral seating, the cabin’s dining area is already a pretty festive site. “I wanted to keep it simple,” she tells me, arranging her fresh fruits around on the banana leaf-covered wooden slabs she was using as serving trays. “And I wanted it to look more local, more tropical. We are on the water, after all.”

The bamboo slats of the dining table were the perfect backdrop to Loida’s spread, which featured tropical fruits alongside an entire roll of lechon belly, fresh lumpia, empanada and steamed shrimp.

The highlight of the table, though, was the chicken liver pate, a dish that Richard makes himself. “Luckily, the French love to cook,” Loida jokes conspiratorially.

Finally, it was time to take the vessel out onto the high seas, and the group makes its way above deck to enjoy the view. The cool sea breeze was a bit stronger than usual, something that had to do with the dark rain clouds looming above us—something that would have deterred any other group, but not this adventurous bunch. Armed with a glass of champagne in one hand and a biscuit smeared with pate on the other, many stand against the railing, admiring the sight of the sky turning orange above the Mactan Channel.

And then it starts to pour. No matter, though—as the rain pounds against the deck, the party finds its way down below. A bottle of wine is opened, and then another, while a second pot of pate is transferred on a plate. Our captain waits until the waves calm before he brings us back ashore.

(This story has already been published in the printed edition of Zee Lifestyle Magazine’s November 2016 issue as one of the Entertaining Features on pages 82-85.)

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Experience authentic Korean Barbeque at Da-In Restaurant

Filipinos are crazy for Korean barbecue. As such, there are a lot of places that are offering Korean barbecue. But Da-In restaurant isn’t just one of those restaurants.

Located in Salinas Drive in Lahug, Cebu, Da-in restaurant is a joint project between the Creative Cuisine Group and Da-Won restaurant. With state-of-the-art grilling stations in each table and various Korean cuisines ready to be served, Da-In would surely sate your Korean barbecue cravings without any hassle.

Visit Da-In restaurant today!

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Head Up North, Where A Relaxing Escapade is in Store at Maayo San Remigio

On your next trip out of the city, head up North to Maayo San Remigio, where a relaxing escapade awaits.

Oftentimes, when it comes to deciding the next travel destination, the Northern part
of Cebu is overlooked in favour of its Southern end. The South boasts of sunny beaches,
cascading waterfalls and the popular whale sharks who have made its waters their home.
While these are beautiful aspects that the South has to offer, the North is just as—if not
more—abundant in offerings. The North’s natural scenery is relatively untouched, and on top
of that, it’s less likely to be flocked by tourists.

This means more opportunities for a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the
city. The roads heading North are long and winding, yet the beauty that lies at the end of the
journey proves that the trip is worth it. Knowing that, where does one go in the North?

Hidden away in the northern part of Cebu, Maayo San Remigio is a haven for those
who seek peace and serenity, making it an alluring abode for a sojourn on the island.

The resort’s guest rooms are vibrant and reminiscent of the Carribean.

Approximately a 3-hour drive from the city, the resort grants access to a tropical
retreat with a captivating beachfront setting—a charming destination away from the daily
hustle. Whether on its fine white sands and blue waters or inside the cozy rooms, Maayo
San Remigio is a delight to local and foreign tourists alike.

A newly-opened resort under Maayo Hotels flagship, Maayo San Remigio is a
destination that guarantees a refreshing, laidback experience, sure to wash away the worries
you brought with you from the city.

A clean white aesthetic is made tropical with bamboo accents and greenery.

It’s equipped with a mix of luxurious relaxation and wellness, fun and entertainment,
and enticing wining and dining options. This Caribbean-inspired resort is a serene hideaway
on a lush slice of tropical paradise with emphasis on ultimate comfort and exclusivity.

The resort’s location makes it doubly precious; scattered throughout the resort
grounds are viewing areas that grant you access to the sunset. Watch the sun sink down the
horizon by the infinity pool, on the beach’s shoreline, or atop the cliffside with the waves
crashing below. When night falls, the stars come out to dance across the clear skies, making
for an unparalleled stargazing experience.

Sunsets at Maayo San Remigio are a sight to behold.

Maayo San Remigio blends authentic Cebuano hospitality with its tranquil
atmosphere and exceptional design. Its well-appointed rooms and villas ensure a relaxing staycation, while its thoughtful amenities and facilities evoke a feeling of belonging in
paradise. The resorts brings the culinary excellence that is found in the Maayo Hotels brand,
creating palate-pleasing Filipino dishes with a modern twist. Complemented by the resort’s
wide menu of drinks—from juices to cocktails to shakes—one will truly enjoy a stay here.

So on your next trip out of the city, head up North to Maayo San Remigio, where a
relaxing escapade awaits.

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