Shangri-la Boracay Resort & Spa and its Banyugan Beach are in CNN Travel News

October 16, 2019

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See CNN news link below about Banyugan Beach being one of the best beaches on Boracay Island, Philippines:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/boracay-best-beaches/index.html

Design Architect was WATG and this luxury resort located on Boracay Island, Philippines was designed with James Freeman, AIA as the lead designer and acting principal.

Edward Kuok, former Chairman, Shangri-la Hotels & Resorts said "Mr. Freeman lead a committed design team...and enjoyed the process of working with Mr. Freeman and we are very happy to recommend him."

James G. Freeman, AIA, is Co-Founder and Principal of FSC Architects based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Jim says this is one of his favorite secluded and intimate beaches in the world. He says he wore out two pair of tennis shoes walking over the entire site multiple times before even a trial existed - just guides with machetes hacking a path through the jungle and at times over the sharp coral-like limestone. Jim hand picked the building site for every structure and hotel villa to preserve all the trees and create the best views. He says the greatest compliment is when hotel guest say (as told to him by the GM's) they are amazed how natural the buildings sit within the site, thinking that either large mature trees were brought on property or the resort has been there a very long time in order to create the effect. Neither as it turns out, just hard work fueled by the care and passion for the environment and a couple shredded pair of tennis shoes. Jim says he knew that if he stuck to his approach designing in harmony with nature on such a naturally beautiful site good results would follow. He says although he knew it was going to be a very good on before it was constructed, the number of awards it has won thus far is humbling.

FSC Architects is an international resort design firm focused on creating bespoke authentic guest experiences they believe are the most memorable by enriching life. They specialize in hotel architecture, resort design, resort master planning, integrated resorts, boutique resorts, mixed-use and residential projects that require their excellent place-making skills and transcendent adaptation of culture, climate, place and natural environment.

Photograph of Banyugan Beach at Shangri-la Boracay Resort & Spa taken by James Freeman. One of his favorite villas he has stayed in is perched within the trees on the bluff in background.