Imagine the sound of waves crashing on the shore and the sunlight peeking through the window waking you up on a lazy Saturday morning. You slowly open your eyes, afraid that you’re just in the middle of a dream. But you’re not. You stand up as you feel the gentle sea breeze touch your face. You go out of the porch and look at the horizon. You take your time to enjoy the beauty of the blue skies and the deep sea. Sounds like a sequence from the movie Moana, isn’t it? The only difference is that a raft won’t be waiting for you by the shore, but a yacht! As dreamy as it sounds, this “easy life of the seaside” promised by Avara Nature & Yacht Club is possible. For millennials who are already tired of the stressful hustle and bustle of city life, this change might just fit your future #goals.
Established by the Seaside Premier Development Corporation, Avara is the first of its kind nature and yacht club located at Calauag Bay in Taytay, which was Palawan’s first capital.
As millennials, it’s not always about the luxury. Of course, we had to consider if this isn’t damaging the natural resources and beauty of Palawan. For those who are asking, here’s what President and CEO Ms. Veronica C. Young shared during the launch at the Grand Hyatt Hotel last Saturday (November 17, 2018):
Coastal living redefined
Avara, which means Sunshine Island, is an eco-luxurious resort that use solar panels as a source of renewable energy, utilize a recycled water treatment system, maximize a hydroponic garden, and take advantage of other eco-materials available.
Its accommodation is inspired by the Maldivian architecture. Members can choose to stay in a one-bedroom Water Villa with jacuzzi, two-bedroom Water Villa with private infinity pool, or one- or two-bedroom Beach Casitas.
Aside from the villas and casitas, Avara members will also have an exclusive access to a two-bedroom yacht with crew for an overnight stay or for cruising around the island and nearby areas. Avara’s yacht features two cabins and a family room in the lower deck; a living room, a kitchen and dining area, and a plunge pool in the main deck; and an open dining space and a sun deck in the fly bridge.
The Avara Island has nothing but the best facilities for its members. Guests will first experience the Avara service upon their arrival at the dock or the harbor. But the ultra-luxurious resort also has a helipad for those who will be coming in by air. VIPs also have the option to skip the reception and go straight to their accommodation.
There will also be a boardwalk open for development to entrepreneurial Avara member. Meaning, Avara members can also be concessionaires to open their own business—it could be a coffee shop, a grocery store, a bakery, a souvenir stop, and similar ventures. As support to the member-concessionaires, Avara will ensure that the business will be the island’s lone supplier for the specific product.
The island can also accommodate as many as 100 guests at their main dining area and at the grill restaurant. But guests will have more dining options since Avara includes a poolside bar, a seaside bar and lounge, picnic areas, and private dining venues.
Avara is fully equipped with a gym, a water sports center, a tennis court, and a golf course to those who want to keep up with their fitness routine. The island also has a playroom and nursery, spa and massage cabanas, a bonfire area, a clinic with an in-house doctor and nurse, and a gaming area for the enjoyment of the Avara members. At any given time, Avara will host up to 300 members to ensure quality service.
As a promised paradise for those who love the beach, Avara offers a myriad of water action such as diving, snorkeling, kayaking, jet-skiing, banana boat riding, stand-up paddle boarding, wind surfing, scuba diving, island hopping, and fishing in coordination with neighbor islands. The resort also provides options for on land activities like trekking, biking, and vegetable picking.
There are also a lot of activities that Avara members can enjoy outside its vicinity. After all, Taytay, Palawan boasts of picturesque sites like the Canique Waterfalls, the Lake Manguao, the Irrawaddy Dolphins in Malampaya Sound, the Fuerza de Santa Isabel, and the Church of Santa Monica. Taytay is also hope to a paradise-like hidden valley that gives tourists a bird’s eye view of the pristine, idyllic coastal areas of the municipality.
To ensure nothing but the best of services and facilities at Avara, Seaside Premier Development Corporation tapped some of the industry’s most respected personalities for the resort.
Its board of advisors include the following:
- National Coast Watch Center Executive Director Rear Admiral Joel S. Garcia for Coastal and Marine Management
- Philippine Army’s 7CMO Battalion Commanding Officer Col. Eugene Osias for Security Affairs
- Cebu Port Authority Commissioner for the Shipping Sector Ms. Regina Barleta for Port Management and Shipping
- Incoming Manila Board of Realtors, Inc. President Ma. Teresa R. Bigornia for Marketing
- Motivational speaker John Anthony Calub for Sales
- The Manor’s Le Chef Executive Chef William “Billy” King for Culinary Arts
If this sounds interesting to you, make sure to save up because Avara Nature & Yacht Club will formally open its shores in the summer of 2020. We’ll let you know if we’re lucky enough to see this for ourselves in 2 years! For more updates, make sure to follow Manila Millennial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.