Bohol is a gifted province when it comes to tourism. Known for its Chocolate Hills, the Philippine tarsier, and numerous resorts and beaches popular to divers from around the globe, indeed, Bohol is a top-notch destination if you’re on a sweet escape from the hubbub of the city.
Across the small island in Bohol is a divine secluded resort—“an epitome of heaven,” they call it—which is the Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa.
Eskaya is a sprawling luxury resort, a 16-hectare property with overlaying greenery, white sand, and pristine cerulean sea. The resort boasts traditional Filipino architecture design, sprinkled with modern convenience. Its high ceilings and local wood designs reflect an enveloping atmosphere that complements the romantic ambiance of the resort, no wonder Eskaya is popular among honeymooners.
“The original architect is Fransisco “Bobby” Mañosa,” Ralph Miguel Lim, Chief Operating Officer of Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa, told The Manila Times. “He is famous for championing Philippine architecture and design. For the new villas that are currently being built, we organized a collaboration between Mañosa and interior designer Jigs Adefuin of Adefuin Design Studio. Jigs recently completed his one-year stint at the Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, where he came away with a Masters in Interior and Living Design.”
Eskaya guarantees utmost privacy, tranquility, and exceptional personalized service. But what sets it apart from other resorts, according to Lim, is it pays homage to Filipino culture, heritage, and values through its excellent amenities and service.
“Eskaya is a boutique resort that is composed of just 15 private pool villas. Being a boutique means that it is intimate in size but has a huge personality. The resort conveys a strong sense of place, with a look that reflects the location’s heritage,” Lim said.
The fun doesn’t end inside the villas, for the whole resort has more to offer. Guests have the privilege to indulge in Handuraw spa or have a sumptuous meal at Lantawan restaurant.
Handuraw is a Visayan term, which means “to evoke sweet memories and imagination,” and that’s what the spa aims to give its guests through traditional Filipino and Asian pampering treatments.
Lantawan is also a Visayan word meaning “to view,” which is what the restaurant is for. Lantawan restaurant flaunts the view of the sea, plus the diners get to enjoy both international and local range of food with the presence of candlelight and serenaders, making the ambiance more romantic.
However, a formidable earthquake struck Bohol in 2013, and tourism, as one of the life-blood of the province, was severely affected by the disaster. But Eskaya remained standing firm. Now, expansion plans are pushing through, according to Lim.
“It was a difficult time for everyone, but we stayed true to our course: to provide guests with unforgettable memories while maintaining a standard of luxury. Even though we cut costs, management and staff made sure that guests would not feel this,” Lim said.
Tennis and basketball court have both recently been built. Nine more villas–eight Grand Villas and one Family Villa–are currently in the works. Apart from these, a fitness center will be added as well, composing a gym and yoga studio, according to Lim.
“This will bump the total number of villas to 24 by the end of the year. We saw a need to build even bigger villas because of the demand from affluent families,” Lim said.
Eskaya opened its doors in 2009 and has already received honors from different award-giving bodies, such as Certificate of Excellence 2013 from Trip Advisor, Gold Circle Awards 2015 from Agoda, nomination for Philippines’ Leading Resort in 2016 by World Travel Awards, and being recently included in the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club Yearbook, the prestigious book featuring only the best luxury hotels, resorts, and hotspots around the world.
As a result, Lim admitted he constantly feels the pressure.
“There was pressure from day one, and there is pressure now. There will still be pressure tomorrow. There will always be pressure no matter what, especially in this kind of business,” Lim said.
“The key is to get used to it and use it to motivate you even more,” he added.
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