October 04, 2019
Boracay Island — one of the country’s top tourist destinations and acclaimed several times as the world’s best island — has always been synonymous with words such as paradise, escape and relaxation, except maybe during the time it was shut down for a major clean up.
Almost a year later since the island welcomed guests again, Megaworld Corporation and its subsidiary Global Estate Resorts Inc. (GERI) launched a hotel to accommodate more tourists who wish to have a taste of Boracay as it returned to its former glory.
Belmont Hotel Boracay, which is just a stone’s throw away from a private beach, is the newest property that opened in Boracay Newcoast the 150-hectare township by Megaworld and GERI on the island.
The hotel promises its guests a place to seek refuge, clear their minds and unburden themselves from the usual daily struggles for a moment. From its beautiful location and offered amenities, Belmont ensures a worthwhile stay.
“Belmont Hotel is in a perfect location here in Boracay Newcoast. If you can see, we have the views of the ocean, views of the hills and the golf course,” Belmont General Manager Rolando Galano Jr. said, describing what appeared to be a picturesque scenery enveloping the property.
The nearby private beach cove is perfect for guests who seek virtual isolation from the world to hear themselves think and reflect; or simply for those who want to cool off and feel the cold seawater under the sun’s scorching heat. Trees dot the vicinity of the cove to provide shade if one just wanted to lie down and observe the surroundings.
These, along with tree-covered hills adhering to Megaworld and GERI’s vision of keeping 60 percent of its development green and untouched, can truly provide a glimpse of paradise.
Home away from home
While the beach offers tranquility, the hotel provides comfort and convenience for vacationers.
Most of the hotel rooms are built with a balcony, which is the perfect spot to welcome a new day.
The rooms, which range from 27 to 52 square meters, exude an ideal home-feel for both solo travelers and large groups or families. These are also equipped with Wi-Fi internet access, data ports for computers, multi-function telephone systems, LED TVs with cable channels, safety deposit boxes and mini-bar refrigerators, among others.
If guests wish to stay indoors, swimming in a pool built with a lounge area and Zabana Pool Bar with a depth ranging from three feet to five feet is an option for them. Other amenities which provide indoor activities as well are the hotel’s fitness center and play room.
Located on the fifth floor is the trellis garden, one of the many spots in the hotel where one can bask under the morning sun while planning the activities for the day.
“We plan to use it as an outlet [like] brasserie [in] Europe with tables and coffee,” the hotel general manager said.
Belmont is divided into three clusters: Reeds, Island and Shore with a total of 442 keys.
The Island cluster opened on September 23, but the hotel is expected to be in full swing before the year ends as demand is seen to increase in December. More than 2,000 guests are anticipated to occupy the hotel upon full operation.
Belmont is the second hotel to open in the township after Savoy Hotel Boracay. Another hotel, Chancellor Hotel Boracay, will be opening in two to three years.
Support for local growers
The Belmont Cafe takes part in supporting local growers and fisherfolk by purchasing ingredients from them.
“Most of the vegetables we get are from local farmers around the region. We also make sure that the seafood also comes from the region itself,” Belmont Cafe chef Alan Mathay said.
Chef Mathay added that the cafe was also looking for local lettuce growers in Kalibu to “support them and buy from them.”
They also offer a sour broth made from local fruit batuan, he said.
The cafe, which offers all-day buffet services and a la carte meals, has a menu comprising mostly of Mediterranean-Asian food to cater to international guests including Europeans, Japanese, Koreans and Chinese.
“When they come here, they’ll be able to have something familiar to them. What we did was we stay true to the flavors of the food items that we still make it to traditional taste,” he said.
Asked what are the cafe’s best-sellers, Mathay enumerated arancini, grilled rib-eye with steamed garlic prawns, halo-halo with the cafe’s special ice and milk mix and US Angus beef black burger, among others.
Belmont is exerting efforts in providing sustainable services for its guests to avoid what happened earlier when the island was closed for rehabilitation.
“We will not be using anymore individual amenities like shampoo, lotion,” Galano said. “We’ll be using dispenser to reduce the [use of] plastic.”
“We’ll have dispenser in every floor and partner with reliable water station company,” he added, explaining the plan to eradicate the use of plastic water bottles as well.
These schemes are parallel to the Boracay Newcoast’s overall green initiatives, Galano said.
The township, which occupies 12 percent of Boracay Island, has its own sewage treatment plant installed with detention and siltation tanks to prevent beach water discoloration and contamination.
In a bid to be energy-efficient and sustainable, solar-powered LED street lamps are lined up along the pavements. E-jeepneys also ply the vicinity to reduce carbon footprint. The township also has its own material recovery facility to recycle waste materials.
Indeed, Boracay Newcoast is a showcase of responsible area development that takes into consideration the welfare of mother nature.
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