This Atelier Almario-Designed Resort in Boracay Has a Fresh Design Inspired by the Sea and Island Vibe
Nothing says Boracay more than paraws sailing against an orange sunset. For all island visitors, this is the lasting image of Boracay, one they take back with them when their holiday is over—a fiery sunset and the wind-powered boats gliding gracefully on the blue sea as another day in paradise ends.
These boats and other water sports take off from the edge of Station 1, in front of Astoria Boracay, making it convenient for the resort’s guests to take part in water activities during their stay. It’s also a great location for those wanting a taste of White Beach’s top restaurants, bars and coffee shops, and yet quiet enough inside for a romantic and relaxing stay for couples, solo travelers, guests working remotely, friends and families.
Built in 2010 with the interiors designed by the dynamic duo of Ivy Almario and Cynthia Almario of Atelier Almario, the vibe of the rooms is fresh, energetic and fun—much like vibe of the island. The 71 well-appointed rooms are contemporary, luxurious, and infused with élan that the designing sisters are known for.
Atelier Almario is also responsible for the interior design of Astoria Boracay’s sister property on the island, Astoria Current, located on White Beach’s Station 3; Astoria Palawan Resort in Puerto Princesa; and the city hotel Astoria Plaza in Ortigas Center. Each property has its own character—and all of them are situated in prime locations, and boasting the Astoria brand of service and hospitality.
A few years ago, the resort was renovated, extending the swimming pool and refurbishing the rooms, again tapping architect Ed Gallego of Cebu and Atelier Almario. Today, you will see different shades of blue in the resort’s public spaces and rooms, starting with the all-day dining restaurant’s furniture.
With the intention of mimicking the colors of Boracay’s waters (the furniture pieces were previously in a darker shade of rattan), the restaurant directly faces and frames the sea, affording diners an unparalleled view while enjoying their meal.
Astoria’s color palette extends to the bedrooms where bold geometric patterns dominate. The design intention was to provide an idyllic space for vacationers who want to relax while the location makes it convenient for guests to be more active during their stay.
“With Astoria Boracay, we wanted a design that was fun and bold, and interiors that would be loved and appreciated by all guests of the resort,” Ivy Almario told me in a previous interview.
Indeed, the rooms are fresh and cool to the eyes while the suites for couples have a more toned-down color scheme for that romantic atmosphere fit for honeymooners, which the resort gets a lot of. The suites feature a four-poster bed with gauze curtains, a Jacuzzi in the large bathroom, and a veranda.
The resort is designed with the pool as the central view, so you get a feeling of being in the outdoors even when you’re inside your room. Astoria’s lounge beds by the pool have become the signature of the brand. Apart from single beds, there are small cocoons just for you and your partner to spend hours lounging on afternoons when you want a break from the saltwater.
Astoria Boracay’s quiet kind of luxury keeps guests coming back, even those on a modest budget. With its location in Station 1 (yet a short walk to Station 2), design, price point and amenities, it’ll make you return to Boracay sooner than you thought you would.