Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes


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Tropical Oriental Design in Boracay

An ‘East meets West’ interior aesthetic is on showcase at its finest at the luxury Shangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa in the idyllic Boracay in the Philippines.

A resort with no neighbours, the hotel is surrounded by hills of immaculate lush tropical garden with seemingly endless crystal clear pools. With these landscapes who would want to be indoors – but let me tell you, these luxury interiors just might entice you to linger inside a little longer. From reception to the suites, you’ll notice how seamlessly the resort fits in with the natural surroundings; think pitched thatched roofs, exposed beams, textured facades and an abundance of natural light.

The masterminds behind this gem are the world-renowned architect firm Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, and illustrious interior design firm LTW Design Works. Together they ensured the resort pays respect not only to Filipino architecture, but also to the impeccable art and textiles available in the archipelago, which frankly, doesn’t get as much credit as it deserves.

Timber, beautiful hand-woven textiles, woven abaca rugs, and gorgeous local capiz shell sconces are showcased within the 219 rooms, suites, and villas. Rattan furniture, rich timbers and crisp white linens enhance the tropical oriental aesthetic with luxurious flair. Earthy tones, clean lines, and floor-to-ceiling windows marry the indoors with the lush surroundings, creating a tropical design with modern sensibilities.

If a private speedboat, impeccable design, and delicious food and cocktails are what you look for in a getaway, then look no further than the Shangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa – it’s truly everything you could want in a holiday haven, and more.

Max Sparrow

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