The distinctive, 150-room Seda Lio will make the world-famous attractions of El Nido more accessible to both foreign and local travelers.
MANILA, Philippines - Ayala Land has launched its newest hotel-resort project in El Nido, Palawan.
AyalaLand Hotels and Resorts Corp. (AHRC) recently broke ground for Seda hotel's flagship resort in the 325-hectare Lio Tourism Estate in Palawan.
"We launched Seda Lio to make the world-famous attractions of El Nido more accessible to both foreign and local travellers," Junie Jalandoni, group head of AyalaLand Hotels and Resorts and Ayala Malls, said.
The 150-room Seda Lio beachfront resort is expected to be completed in 2017.
The Seda Lio would provide more options for tourists to El Nido, where there are mostly luxury resorts and bed-and-breakfast types.
AHRC’s Chief Operating Officer Al Legaspi said Seda Lio wants to attract families, corporate clients needing meeting and event facilities and couples who want to have destination weddings.
"We have more than 500 square meters of function space with the largest room able to accommodate 150 guests. This is expandable to over 300 guests with our spacious landscaped decks. At the same time, we understand the need of families for kid-friendly activities such as swimming and board and video games," he said.
Seda Lio will also have a dedicated children’s game room and expansive outdoor play area, and a 1,500 sqm swimming pool and deck.
The hotel-resort covers a four-hectare property that opens out to the Lio Tourism Estate’s main centerpiece, a four-kilometer stretch of beach with fine sand.
Ayala Land is also developing Ayala Mall’s Shops at Lio, just a short stroll from Seda Lio. The low-rise development, which will have shops and restaurants fronting the beach, is expected to be completed towards the end of 2015.
Jalandoni said Seda Lio will serve as a model for sustainable construction and management to other future locators of the Lio township.
Seda Lio will only have three floors, a deliberate move to make sure it does not to jut above the coconut treeline. It will also maintain over 75 percent of the site as open area that will be landscaped with Palawan’s endemic plants.
Seda Lio is fully owned and managed by AyalaLand Hotels and Resorts Corp., which owns the four islands collectively known as El Nido Resorts; and Lio, a tourism estate of 325 hectares in El Nido.