18 Jul 2013
‘Eco yacht club resort’ planned for Philippines
The Philippines could have its first fully integrated superyacht marina and yacht club, if plans for an ‘eco yacht club resort’ now on the table at a leisure development company get the go ahead.
New Washington Yacht Club Resort by ADS Group, itself based in the Phillpines and led by a local team of directors, is planned for the virgin area in the town of New Washington, in the province of Aklan.
President and CEO of New Washington Yacht Club Resort at ADS Group, Butch Dioso Arradaza told SuperyachtNews.com they will be bringing a “21st century dream” to the little discovered Philippine islands. “I believe this is time for the world to see what Philippines has to offer in comparison with rest of our neighbouring Asian countries.”
The resort would be situated in a protected cove of 440 hectares of land development, surrounded by 4400 hectares of mangroves, coconut and mango trees and other lush vegetation. ADS has secured the 440 hectares and is in the process of submitting plans and finalising designs with architect, Felino 'Jun' Palafox, a prominent Filipino architect, urban planner and environmentalist. It is backed by venture capitalist, Statecraft Asia Ventures.
Arradaza wants the yacht club and marina to be sophisticated and appealing enough to attract the yachts, rather than merely for its aesthetic function:
“The main focus of our Yacht Club is about service, service and service,” he said. The Club would have ‘state of the art’ amenities, including restaurant, gym, night club, 50 guest rooms for crew and VIPs. It would be built alongside an 18 hole golf course, one of the several ‘land based leisure’ activities planned for the development.
The marina could berth 50 superyachts of a maximum LOA of 60m in addition to other sailing yachts. “The key to a project of such magnitude is also security and safety of the entire sectors of the development. We will provide tailored services to each size range of yacht,” said Arradaza.
Charter interest in the South East Asia and Pacifc region has reported an upturn, sufficient to spur organisers of the Singapore Boat show to plan a charter focused show for the region in 2014 in Phuket.
But whilst Myanmar, Indonesia and Singapore might be getting some increase in traffic, the Philippines and its some 7107 islands remain relatively below radar. ADS has taken this challenge to make the project about a sense of discovery: “Found by many experienced sailors but as yet to be discovered for the bountiful nature it offers, the ‘gateway to the hidden sea,’” says a soothing promotional video.
Arradaza himself is passionate about the region and its prospects.
“Philippines archipelago is in the heart of both the South China sea and Pacific Ocean. Neighboring countries have not come up with such a magical location that New Washington Yacht Club has to offer.”
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