Best Island in the World Gets Better With New Aqua Boracay by yoo Resort Residences

Ta-ta, Tahiti. Bite me, Bora Bora. See ya later, Santorini. The best island in the world is Boracay in the Philippines. There’s no point in arguing this fact. The well-traveled editors of Travel & Leisure magazine officially named Boracay the bomb last year, so you need to get there as fast as you can. And once you’re there, you’ll need a place to sleep. Someplace as lovely as the island itself. Lucky for you, that’s all sorted as well, as Aqua Boracay by yoo will soon its doors on the island, welcoming travelers to an environment of luxury, leisure, and probably some really fancy coffee. It’s the stuff of Monday morning daydreams, so check out some of its more screensaver-worthy features and start making plans.

First of all, the resort is nestled in one of the most beautiful parts of the island, with endless turquoise water on one side and a lush rain forest on the other. The four-story development features 134 apartments designed by yoo, a firm launched by property developer John Hitchcox and renowned designer Philippe Starck. Yes, that Starck, the designer responsible for everything from the late Francois Mitterand’s Paris apartment to my the $300 million yacht "A" to the Delano Hotel in Miami Beach. So clear your mind of visions of tacky beachfront condos with sand-colored carpets, malfunctioning ice machines, and sliding glass doors that always get stuck. This is the resort as work of art.

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Its location on Bulabog Beach means you can roll out of your bed (with zillion-threadcount sheets) and wake up with a dip in the ocean before breakfast. Every unit has top notch appliances, of course, as well as open-plan kitchens and living rooms. That means you can sashay (it’s the kind of place you sashay a lot) from your lounge chair on the balcony into the kitchen to refill your glass of  rosé, stopping by the living room to check out the news headlines from the rest of the world (the sucky parts) before resuming your study of the sunset.

Active types, or people who plan to be active one of these days, will appreciate a host of on-site watersports like windsurfing, kiteboarding, scuba, and snorkeling. There’s a clubhouse with swimming pools and a fancy restaurant. And there’s every kind of housekeeping and concierge service you could ever want. You know, the kinds of things that free up your time, and your mind, for thinking up the big ideas that got you there in the first place.

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So the deal with Aqua Boracay by yoo is that you can buy these nice residences–which start, amazingly enough, at about $270,000–and visit whenever you like, then rent it out as a hotel room the rest of the time. The hotel will be managed by yoo collection (apparently they don’t like capital letters, or maybe the shift key was busted), so you can expect a healthy stream of rental income wherever you happen to be. Units are on sale now, and the resort is slated to be up and running in 2014. 

So peruse the website, drool over the photos in the gallery, take a virtual tour (it’s like, whoah) and start planning your visit to the best island in the world. For more information, email info@yoo.com or call 44-20-7009-0100. See you on the beach.

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