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Palmerston Hotels & Resorts to Create Luxury Resort Destination in Boracay

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Palmerston Hotels & Resorts, a company which specialises in turn-key development and the management of luxury boutique hotels and integrated resorts, is planning to open a luxury resort and residential development on the idyllic Boracay island of the Philippines.

Known as the Palmerston Boracay Resort, the first phase of the five-star development will be the Palmerston Beach Club which benefits from its own private beach and access to Fairways and Bluewater, a world class 18 hole golf course designed by Graham Marsh, and will comprise a luxury hotel together with leisure facilities.

Palmerston Place, the second phase of the development and the heart of the resort, will offer an additional 187 standard bedrooms and suites as well as conference, dining and spa facilities. Thereafter, the jewel in the crown – the Royal Palmerston Hotel – will be developed as a deluxe boutique hotel with 59 luxurious suites and 18 villas.

Construction on the Palmerston Boracay Resort will commence in early 2011 with an anticipated three year building programme managed by Palmerston Hotels & Resorts who will also operate the development and manage the community upon completion.

 “Boracay is the quintessential Pacific island paradise and as the number one tourist spot in the Philippines is becoming increasingly popular with visitors from Europe and Asia. As a result there is a strong demand for five-star resort hotels and premium residential properties,” said Dieter Klostermann, Chairman of Palmerston Hotels & Resorts. “We are mindful however of the huge increase in development on the island and are committed to a policy of geo-tourism. We plan to build a resort that is in harmony with its environment, employ local people, invest in their culture and commit to responsible tourism in the creation of what we hope will become a world class resort that is at the leading edge of luxury tourism, setting new standards in service, accommodation and amenities in the Philippines.”

Boracay is one of the most popular travel destinations in the Philippines attracting thousands of foreign travellers every year. It is located in the Aklan province, approximately 345 kms south of Manila. The island is 7kms long and 1 km mile wide at its narrowest point. Hilly elevations and lush tropical jungles juxtaposed with wide sandy beaches (frequently voted the best in the world) and turquoise sea characterise the island.

Transfers from Manila Airport to Boracay are by a short flight via Caticlan followed by a 15-minute ferry ride to the Palmerston Boracay Resort’s private pier.

Alberto Lim, the Philippine Secretary of Tourism said, “We recognise that international tourism and resort development are the drivers of economic development that will steer our country towards dynamic growth. Innovative projects like the Palmerston Boracay Resort that embrace our people and our culture and stimulate the local economy will undoubtedly invigorate tourism in the Philippines.”

Palmerston Hotels & Resorts, headquartered in Hong Kong with regional offices in London and Europe, Palmerston has operations in the UK, Cyprus and Sicily and is currently developing properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including in Zurich and Geneva, Switzerland; Sardinia and Tuscany in Italy; Paris, France; Boracay in the Philippines and Hangzhou, China.

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