• Astoria adds new property in world-class Boracay

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    AFTER opening its doors at Astoria Plaza in Ortigas Center back in 2001, the Astoria Hotels and Resorts (AHR) brand made its mark in Boracay in 2010 with Astoria Boracay in Station 1 of the world-famous Philippine island 315 kilometers south of Manila. This year, the homegrown local hotel chain starts its second foray in Boracay with its eighth property called Astoria Current at Station 3 of one of the best beaches in the world.

    “Fresh, vibrant, and hot,” is how the resort’s management describes its newest luxury retreat offering in Boracay, which is renowned for its uniquely eclectic atmosphere, with a diverse assortment of restaurants and retail outlets.

    Although designed to keep up with the trending style and travel preference of millennials, Astoria Current also aims to appeal to all generations with its striking architecture and fun, playfully sexy interiors.

    To achieve this effect, AHR partnered with Gallego Architects and IT interior designers Ivy and Cynthia Almario.

    The 7,000-plus-square-meter beachfront resort is located at Station 3, the action side of the island. The location gives guests easy access to the many water sports offerings, adrenaline pumping activities, and the exhilarating nightlife Boracay has to offer.

    The resort has 186 individually styled rooms awash with colorful avant-garde décor and distinct furniture. The studio and deluxe rooms have floor areas of 30 square meters. The one-bedroom suites measure 49 square meters, and the two-Bedroom suites, 86 square meters.

    One of the resort’s main attractions is the luxurious pool area, featuring a 25-meter lap pool with two sides of clear acrylic panels, sexy immersed sun loungers, and eight built-in aqua seats with jet-massage nozzles. There is also a 50-square-meter children’s pool, a fully equipped gym, and a spa for fitness buffs and wellness seekers.

    The resort’s food and beverage outlets showcase Current’s hip and fun culinary offerings. The main restaurant, Parasol, offers mouth-watering meals on the ground floor, directly accessible from the beach. Guests are afforded breathtaking views of the ocean while enjoying drinks and finger food at Stratos, a bar-lounge on the third-floor roof deck. Within the central part of the resort lies the garden lounge Onyx, which offers a spot for peace and quiet with five sofa areas.

    Meanwhile, Astoria Current’s sister resort, Astoria Boracay, has a modern, sexy, and hip vibe, with 71 well-appointed suites boasting colorful wall designs in a vibrant tableau of three colors—bright aqua, striking lime green, and sophisticated gray. At the White Café and Bar Restaurant, custom designed Philippine furniture serves as theater seats beneath 244 pieces of stylized angelfish hanging on the ceiling.

    At the center of Astoria Boracay is a 20-meter lap pool that features a side deck, where guests can choose to lie on half-submerged sun loungers or on the creatively shaped crescent loungers. With its distinct blend of tropical, yet modern design, guests can also enjoy the terrace facing a lush tropical garden.

    Just like the island’s sunset views, Astoria Boracay aims to fascinate guests and passersby with its constantly changing ambiance through the playful blend of light, form, and space.

    Also under the AHR brand are Astoria Bohol in Tagbilaran, Astoria Palawan in Puerto Princesa, and Astoria Greenbelt in Makati. Asian Grand Legacy manages AHR. Information on Astoria properties is available at www.astoriahotelsandresorts.com.

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