F And B World : March-April 2010
EXCLUSIVE BOHOL Stillness. Peace. Serenity. These words come to mind as we drive along the winding path to the reception area of the Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa. We are greeted by a bevy of smiling faces a nd welcoming leis. Our group then boards a golf cart and is quietly whisked to our awaiting villa. Bohol's ultimate idyllic experience is about to begin. Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa happens to be the most luxurious spot--- a nd one of the priciest---in Bohol. Famous for its unspoiled scenery, historic sites, and friendly locals, the province used to be know n primarily as a backpacker's and diver's paradise. Vice President for Sales and Ma rketing Ralph Lim explains how Eskaya sought to cha nge this image, "Department of Tou rism statistics showed that du ring that time, there weren't enough rooms to meet the demand of tourists visiting the BOUTIQUE-STYLE LUXURY MEETS FILIPINO ARTISTRY AT BOHOLS ESKAYA BEACH RESORT & SPA. ANNE MARIE OZAETA Philippines. Even more limited were hotels and resorts that catered to the high-end ma rket." He adds, "Everyone knows that it is such a beautiful island. Eskaya's ow ners believed that a world-class isla nd deser ved world- class facilities." ALL-FILIPINO DESIGN Last year, Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa officially opened on 16 hectares of lush landscape a nd u nha mpered sea views. From the begin ning, Eskaya eschewed the sta ndard look of the moder n beach resort, a nd instead made its all-Filipino identity its defining characteristic. From the choice of na me (Eskaya is the na me of the only know n indigenous people of Bohol) to that of the architect (the great Filipino architect Francisco Mañosa), Eskaya's rooted Filipino design sensibility per vades throughout the resort. A serene escape at Eskaya s immense infinity pool A villa fit for royalty Seaside views from the main pool Grab the latest issue of F&B World now available at newsstands.