Accor to launch world’s largest Pullman in Cebu

Accor has bagged the deal to manage and plant its upmarket Pullman brand in a 200-key hotel and 900 residences units to be built starting next year in a beachfront area in Mactan, Cebu.

When completed in three to five years, Pullman Mactan Cebu Hotel and Residences will have three tower residences – including one for long-stay guests – and like the hotel, each will have separate full-service facilities including a penthouse, restaurants, contemporary lounges, leisure zones, and corporate spaces.

From left: Accor’s Chris Cho; C9 Hotelworks’ Bill Barnett; Tytans Properties Development’s Gerard Tan; Tytans’ Daphne Lagon and Sonny Lagon; and Accor’s Andrew Langdon and Kash Salvador

Pullman Hotel and Residences is going to be part of the 11-hectare site which houses the existing Tambuli Seaside Resort & Spa consisting of six condominium buildings with a total of 1,000 units and a vast common area for F&Bs, meeting spaces, huge swimming pools and beach facilities. Together, they will be called Tambuli Mactan Estates.

Gerard Yu, chairman of Tytans Property Development which owns the site, said Tambuli (Filipino horn or trumpet) will be retained as a heritage brand in the multi-billion peso development.

He said more facilities will be developed in the Tambuli common area, including a 20,000m² commercial boardwalk which will feature parlours, health care, children’s area, sports facilities and more F&B outlets.

The plan for an enlarged Tambuli Mactan Estates is to offer a different experience. “We would like to come up with a resort that has the fullness of the rainforest, (and) the beauty of the white sandy beach,” Yu explained.

Indeed, long before sustainability and trees preservation became fashionable, Tytans retained the numerous centuries-old trees in the area when it bought Tambuli in 2012 and “we worked around the trees in an altogether new resort although it was not an easy job”, Yu recalled.

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