Island tourism drives hotel boom
Testament to the Philippines’ growing allure as an attractive tourist destination is the swathe of hotels & resorts that are set to open over the next 12 months. The focus for development has primarily been on the idyllic tropical islands the country possesses in abundance.
The Dream Hotel Group has recently made its first foray into the Philippines by approving the development of the 220-room Dream Carabao Island hotel. Located on the white sandy beaches of Carabao Island, the new property is slated to open in 2020. The most striking features likely to entice travellers are set to include more than 100 ocean view villas, a raft of dining and nightlife venues onsite, and a 1672m2 wellness spa and fitness centre.
The 192-room Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay will officially open its doors this Dec and is offering prospective tourists an ultra-luxury experience in a secluded beach hideaway, Station Zero. The area is so tucked away that it can only be accessed via a 20-minute boat ride from the Caticlan Jetty.
Dusit Cebu, Mactan Island Cebu will be available for business and leisure travellers from the fourth quarter of 2018 and is set to feature 271 guest rooms, a range of restaurants, luxury spas and more than 1,200m2 of meeting space. The resort will aim to embody a Thai-inspired aesthetic and will capitalise on a major upturn in tourist numbers to Mactan, which has seen arrivals to the island grow by 12% in 2017 in comparison to the previous year.