Ultra-luxury resort represents the brand’s first Philippines property
October 17, 2018
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® has been appointed by AquaTerra Hotels and Resorts Development Corporation to manage Rosewood Hermana Mayor, which will open in 2023 as the brand’s first property in the Philippines. The ultra-luxury resort, located on pristine and private Hermana Mayor island situated off the western coast of the main island of Luzon, will be an exciting addition to Rosewood’s expanding Asia Pacific portfolio and collection of exclusive resort destinations worldwide.
With a private airstrip, Rosewood Hermana Mayor will be 40 minutes by plane from Manila and one hour and 40 minutes from Hong Kong. The island will also be easily accessible by boat. The stunning 500-hectare uninhabited island is home to several distinct microenvironments and has become a natural sanctuary for the area’s distinct flora and fauna. With more than seven kilometers of immaculate white sand beach, the family-owned island has been used exclusively as a private vacation getaway over the last 60 years, hosting family members, friends, prominent guests, royalty and heads of state.
Rosewood Hermana Mayor will be composed of 128 spacious, thoughtfully appointed villas and pavilion-style guestrooms in addition to Rosewood Residences for private ownership. All accommodations will be designed to blend seamlessly into the island’s lush tropical setting and offer expansive sea views.
The resort will offer distinct dining venues featuring Asian and international cuisines. Additional amenities will include an inspired selection of event venues, making use of Rosewood’s distinctive approach to designing celebration and meeting spaces; they will feature a variety of outdoor areas that all showcase the island’s breathtaking natural landscape. The property will also include Asaya, Rosewood’s award-winning integrative and holistic wellness experience, in addition to a state-of-the-art gym, a full yoga and Pilates studio, and spectacular swimming pools.
Guests may explore pristine sandy beaches and nature trails throughout the island as well as a beach club, nine-hole golf course, tennis courts and a variety of land and water activities. Stewarding and appreciating the natural beauty of Hermana Mayor will be an integral part of the resort experience. This will include a coral academy to educate guests about the preservation of the island’s reefs and botanical gardens will cultivate the island’s florae. Programs, including the Rosewood Explorers kids’ club, will help guests to discover and support the indigenous cultures of the region.
Rosewood Hermana Mayor is being developed with a complete commitment to protect the environment and minimize its carbon footprint. Resort facilities will be powered by solar energy and a state-of-the-art battery storage system, transportation will be provided by electric vehicles, farm-to-table produce will be sourced from organic and hydroponic gardens and water will be will be collected for reuse.
“With its spectacular scenery and unique setting, Rosewood Hermana Mayor is the perfect destination to bring to life Rosewood’s A Sense of Place philosophy,” says Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group. “Combined with the resort’s focus on sustainability and preserving the local culture, Hermana Mayor will be the ideal locale for our ‘affluential explorer’ guests to discover wonderful landscapes, Philippines culture and simply unwind.”
“We are proud and excited to partner with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts to offer the first new ultra-luxury resort destination in the Philippines to open in over 25 years.” says Jose Maria Zabaleta, chief executive officer of AquaTerra. “We look forward to redefining what the Philippines can offer resort travelers, much in the same way that Rosewood’s Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort reimagined what Mexico could offer to the world’s luxury traveler when it opened.”
Rosewood Hermana Mayor will join the distinctive Southeast Asian collection within Rosewood’s global portfolio, which includes ultra-luxury properties in in Phuket, Luang Prabang and Phnom Penh. The upcoming opening of Rosewood Hermana Mayor caps a year of dynamic growth for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts with additional properties set to open in Winter 2018 including Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito, California; Rosewood Hong Kong; Rosewood Bangkok and Rosewood Yangon.
About Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® manages 24 one-of-a-kind luxury properties in 15 countries, with 20 new hotels under development. Each Rosewood hotel embraces the brand’s A Sense of Place®philosophy to reflect the individual location’s history, culture and sensibilities. The Rosewood collection includes some of the world’s most legendary hotels and resorts, including The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel in New York, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas and Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel in Paris, as well as new classics such as Rosewood Beijing.
AquaTerra Hotels and Resorts Development Corporation was founded to make five-star luxury properties more widely available in the Philippines to attract the growing luxury travel market. With a particular focus on greenfield development, sustainable infrastructure, and high-end hospitality, AquaTerra expands on the successes of its parent, Bronzeoak, in the areas of land development and clean energy. The Bronzeoak Group has nearly USD1 billion in completed project developments.