New Levels of Luxury
The master plan has been developed in collaboration with the regions leading architects, designers and consultants to ensure that the Monte Cristo Integrated Resort will bring new levels of luxury, affordability and sustainability to Camotes Island.
Camotes Island is naturally blessed with white sand beaches, mangroves, waterfalls, caves and a pristine environment you will not find elsewhere in the Philippines. Within this tropical paradise Monte Cristo blends unique architectural influences with the natural beauty of the island and the deep clear waters. The master plan capitalizes upon the stunning views at every opportunity. The 20 hectare development has open spaces, lagoons and private white sand beach.
The plan includes both private residential condos and the Monte Cristo Resort Casino & Spa.
The 100 single-storey residential condos will be built on prime coastal land providing oceanfront and ocean view homes. The condos will benefit from full access to all the Monte Cristo Resort facilities within walking distance yet secluded from the resort to retain utmost privacy. The residential development has tropical landscaping, open but private outdoor living space and onsite management with prices starting at $75,000 USD.
Monte Cristo Resort Casino & Spa
Monte Cristo brings a new level of customer satisfaction to the island with the Monte Cristo Resort Casino & Spa. The resort sitting beside a 70 meter long white sand beach offers discreet and personalized service to rival any of the world’s most elite hotels. The resort offers 25 standard and 5 suite rooms, e-games casino, conference center, a lavish spa and fitness center, exciting restaurant and bar, entertainment, shops, art gallery, swimming pools, playground, free parking, private security and concierge services.
With a white-glove and fun approach to hospitality, an anytime check-in policy, free WIFI, events, tours and all the amenities this resort is sure to be an award winner.
Conveniently located and attracting diverse visitors from around the world Monte Cristo will be your private paradise along the Camotes Sea.
A comprehensive and integrated approach which recognizes that all development sectors and supporting facilities are interrelated with each other and the natural environment has been the cornerstone of the development.
In the case of tourism development, it is obvious that an integrated approach can augment the environmental, economic and social benefits of tourism and enable the identification and resolution of conflicts over resource use.
Monte Cristo Integrated Resort will have a design mix to include residential, recreational and commercial facilities all as part of a sustainable development plan. The project is a fully integrated master planned community with innovative architecture and landscaping. It is located 15 minutes from the Poro port and 20 minutes from the San Fran Airport.
A medical and physical therapy clinic, additional shopping and commercial facilities are planned.
The goal is to provide all owners and guests with a resort living experience unmatched in the Philippines. Monte Cristo is truly “your own private paradise”.
Sustainable development is a pattern of growth in which resource use aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present but for generations to come. Towards this end we have researched and implemented a variety of sustainable development practices in the project.
Our plan involves multiple areas including development of human capital, critical infrastructure, regional competitiveness, environmental sustainability and community involvement.
Camotes Island has seen development over the past several years yet most have been done by private developers with little or no understanding of sustainable development.
In our analysis we identified 3 key areas that can be addressed within our project and part of our overall master plan.
1) Economic Development
Infrastructure Improvements: We have seen significant infrastructure improvement over the past 5 years with new projects like the airport and the islands first mall in progress. There still remain areas that need addressing to include new concreting of roads. Our project will undertake to work with the LGU (local government unit) for the road improvements that relate directly to our project to include maintaining all roads adjacent to the property.
Island Competitiveness (as tourism destination): Tourism is a growing especially throughout Asia and Camotes Island has been promoted by national, regional and local governments as an “iconic tourism destination”. There has not been though any significant private effort to promote Camotes Island. In August 2011 we began the launch of our efforts with the use of social media. We are active in online forums and using online marketing to position our project as the best of Camotes. We have included media outreach for the project that will enhance the island exposure.
Employment & Training (as an employee and island ambassador): The amount of new jobs is not adequate to meet the growing number of people entering the workplace each year on the island. The project will create initial construction jobs and is expected to create over 50 full time positions once in operation.
The training of these new employees is critical to the overall success of the project. We have created a training program that will be given to all new associates and is consistent with global workplace standards and providing excellent service that is reflective of Monte Cristo and our island home.
2) Environmental Protection
All development projects need to have a plan for environmental protection. We will be using a system based on LEED-ND by the USGBC and BERDE by the PHILGBC. This consists of a suite of systems for the design, construction and operations of buildings and neighborhoods. Our plan includes major initiatives for environmental protection to include the use of a waste water treatment system.
3) Community Involvement:
The positive involvement of the community is important to the overall success of the project. Our approach from the beginning is to partner with and get impute from the local community. In this we have several key areas/incentives for participation.
a) A training program and outlines for local vendors. This will include how farmers, fishermen, contractors, suppliers and others can bid on work and interact with the project development. This includes local made items sold at the resort shops.
b) We will work with the high school to set up an internship program for 4th year students that can transform into employment upon graduation.
c) We will build and manage an island art gallery that will feature exhibits about the history of the island and promote local artists.
d) As part of the local promotion of the resort we will offer a free one-night honeymoon package for anyone who gets married on Poro.
e) We will provide classes to local schools on environmental protection.
f) We will be involved in a variety of other outreach and support events that strengthens ties to the community.
Our project will create a sustainable development that sets a high standard for others to follow.
Environmental Planning concerns itself with managing relationships that exist within and between natural systems and human systems. Environmental Planning endeavors to manage these processes in an effective, orderly, transparent and equitable manner for the benefit of all in the present and for the future.
The development created its environmental plan based on guidelines from LEED-ND (Lead in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development) by the USGBC and BERDE (Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence) by the PHILGBC. It also involved a variety of recommendations from various Green organizations to create an overall holistic design and environment for living, playing and working.
Environmental Impact: A review was made of the environmental impact which was used in the development of the landscape design and green space. This includes protection of and management of the beach. This also included a hazards avoidance review to include any flood plains.
Storm Water Management: We will create a storm water management system to reduce pollution and hydrologic instability from storm water and improve water quality by emulating natural hydrologic conditions.
Waste Water Management: We will install a waste water treatment facility that can process the water for non-consumable use.
Solid Waste Management: We will promote the proper disposal of waste and encourage recycling as part of our daily business and personal lives.
Pollution Prevention: All efforts will be made and continue to be managed to prevent the pollution of air, land and other nature resources.
Energy Efficiency: We will create, design and construct energy-efficient buildings that reduce air, water, and land pollution and adverse environmental effects from energy production and consumption.
Renewable Energy: We have incorporated renewable energy like solar lighting within the project.
Walkable Streets: The streets are designed to promote walking by providing safe, appealing, and comfortable environments that support public health by reducing pedestrian injuries and encouraging daily physical activity. This includes a jogging trail.
Reduced Parking Footprint: The parking design is to increase the pedestrian orientation of project and minimize the adverse environmental effects.
Public Spaces: To improve physical and mental health and social capital we have provided a variety of open spaces close to work and home to facilitate social networking, civic engagement, physical activity, and time spent outdoors.
Community Outreach: We have meet with adjacent property owners, residents, business owners, local planning and community development officials to solicit their input on the proposed project prior to commencing construction. We will create ongoing means for communication between the developer and the community throughout the construction and for the post construction phase.
Landscaping: We will plant and relocate trees to create a diverse mix of local trees and horticulture.
Neighborhood Schools: We will promote community interaction and engagement of the neighborhood with local schools that will include lessons in environmental protection.
Other: The development takes a holistic approach of all areas of environmental planning which includes a collaborative effort by various parties to be a good steward of the plant.
The Development Team
Developer Architect Resort Consultant
John Davenport Paul Rundle Andrew Leong
KhanAsia Rundle Design Associates TLR Development Advisory
Cebu, Philippines Beijing, China Singapore
Investment Consultant Corporate Consultant Management Consultant
Steve Hill Brian Dudley Fumi Yamakawa
Sinclair James Sinclair James Mazu Group
Makati, Philippines Makati, Philippines Tokyo, Japan
Construction Manager Interiors Consultant Landscape Consultant
Julian Turnock Ron Meyers Ronnie Traballo
Solarcrete HK One World Manufacturing Cypress Bomanite
Hong Kong, China Philippines/China Quezon City, Philippines
The proposed timeline for the project is:
The beauty, safety and tranquil lifestyle of Camotes Island are rare to find today. It is one of those places that will enchant your mind, body and soul. The development team representing over 5 countries has more then 60 years of collective development experience. They are bringing the best to the island in a sustainable and economic development plan.
This integrated resort project will do that as similar projects are playing a vital role in spotlighting communities and creating new investment. Unique in its design and concept Monte Cristo presents an opportunity that offers exceptional value and unquestionable appreciation.
We appreciate your viewing this information and look forward to planning with you your private paradise.
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