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Mvenpick Signs Huma Island Resort in Palawan

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Mvenpick Hotels & Resorts is to manage Huma Island resort a private island in the heart of the stunning archipelago of Palawan Province in the Philippines.

The island is world famous among divers who visit to experience the areas exceptional corals and abundant marine life as well as to explore 12 of the most iconic shipwrecks of the mid-20th century.

Huma Island itself is also steeped in mystical magic from the tip of its rainforest-covered mountains to the bottom of its primeval caves. The endless pristine sands that ring the island were once home to Ibrahim The Sailor who was swept ashore in 1352 when his galleon Huma was shipwrecked while on its way from India to China. Ibrahim may be long gone, but his legend and his ships name live on.

Respectful of such a unique and mystical setting, the new Mvenpick Resort & Spa Huma Island is the only resort on the island and when it opens in the final quarter of 2012 it will feature 80 over-water bungalows.

Huma Island genuinely deserves its description as a dream destination, said Andreas Mattmller, chief operating officer of Mvenpick Hotels & Resorts, Middle East & Asia. This is our second resort in the Philippines after our property in Cebu and it is a magical place that I am sure will cast an unforgettable spell over anyone that visits.

The island can be reached from the mainland via seaplane and luxury speedboat.  All over-water bungalows boast a contemporary tropical design and feature a private Jacuzzi.

There will be a choice of six restaurants offering Lebanese, Italian, Asian and Seafood cuisine as well as an entertainment room, library, fitness centre and a six-treatment-room spa with glass floors so relaxing guests can enjoy the marine life below.

For those who want to explore the extraordinary geography that makes up Palawan Province, island-hopping trips will be available in traditional Philippine Bangka Boats as well as a dive centre for guests keen to discover the magic of the areas marine life.

We are looking forward to welcoming discerning guests to Mvenpick Resort & Spa Huma Island, said Dr. Hamad Al Tuwaijri, president of the resorts owning company, United International Hotels Group, Philippines. But in addition to our leisure customers I cannot imagine a better place to conduct an important business meeting or as a location for a perfect wedding or honeymoon.

Palawans natural beauty infuses a total of 1,768 islands and is internationally celebrated. Nestling between the China and Sulu Seas, the islands were declared a fish and wildlife sanctuary in 1967 and today feature more than 11,000 square kilometres of pristine coral reef and countless colourful marine species from the gentle dugong to endangered sea turtles.

Palawan Province also covers a staggering 1.5 million hectares of bright white beaches, rare rainforests, mountain ranges and underground rivers all offering endless varies of flora and fauna, more than 600 species of butterfly and 200 different types of bird.

The natural splendour of this astonishing part of the world combined with the magic of Huma Island is absolutely unforgettable, said Andreas Mattmller. Truly it is paradise found.

The Huma Island resort is one of 15 new hotels set to be opened by Mvenpick Hotels & Resorts across Asia by 2015.

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