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August 11, 2014

Edsa Shangri-La, Manila Redefines City Resort Living

By Neharika Padala

Edsa Shangri-La, Manila continuous to lay claim as Manila’s premiere city resort destination by revamping its key guest areas to new levels of luxury. Being physically linked to the Shangri-La Plaza Mall, whose posh East Wing now boasts of such iconic brands as Herve Leger, Jimmy Choo and Givenchy, reinforces the property’s strength as a preferred leisure, shopping and dining destination.

The hotel recently completed a full-scale renovation of its Tower Wing guest rooms and suites, including its iconic Lobby Lounge and lagoon-shaped swimming pool, which is surrounded by lush landscaped gardens.

Edsa Shangri-La, Manila, the first Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts property to open in the Philippines, began renovations of the Tower Wing in the 2nd quarter of 2012. Leese Robertson Freeman (LRF) Designers Limited, Hong Kong, infused contemporary Filipino touches in the hotel’s overall design. LRF Designers Limited, Hong Kong is the same firm responsible for the interior design of other Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts properties all around the world.

“We at Edsa Shangri-La, Manila are strongly committed to providing our guests with not only the brand of genuine and heartfelt hospitality that we’ve successfully been known for the last 20 years, but also to provide the best in guest rooms, amenities and facilities,” shared Patrick Schaub, hotel general manager.

For the Tower Wing guest rooms and suites, a mixture of distinct local textures such as woven fibers and smooth wooden panels are evident in its furnishings and fixtures. This includes the anahaw leaf pattern by the flat screen television panels and mother of pearl appliqué on desks, cabinets and hardware. Lighter, yet vivid hues were used to achieve a soothing and elegant Oriental ambience.

Edsa Shangri-La, Manila’s Lobby Lounge design, as with the hotel’s guest rooms and suites, was inspired by nature. The color scheme of the grand hall includes golden yellows, reds and blues, complimenting the lush greenery of the garden area, visible through the lounge’s massive floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

A major design highlight of the Lobby Lounge is the stunning trio of opulent sampaguita crystal chandeliers. The sampaguita is known as the Philippines’ national flower and is a symbol for purity, devotion and strength. Each chandelier is composed of 400 strands that hold 3,600 sampaguita crystals. The custom-made carpeting reflects the sampaguita pattern, as well as other Filipino design elements.

(Source: Edsa Shangri-La, Manila) 

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