Mi KAZA es su Casa

I promised to post a full feature of KAZA Siargao which I missed out on in the vacation that didn’t happen. So here it is, the boutique hotel as designed by interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo of Urban Abode (that’s her in the photo above, contemplating the Siargao surf).

The clean-lined facade inspired Kristine to pursue a simple, not-too-rustic design for the interiors. (All photos here are courtesy of Urban Abode)

Unlike the usual thatched-hut resorts in the surfing island of Siargao, KAZA is a hotel with a white, modern, clean-lined exterior that Kristine took direction from when designing her interiors.

Twiggy lamps in the common hallways. Numbers painted on oars (just seen) identify the rooms.

“I came in when the main building structure was around 80% complete, and it was so massive, I had to go for the industrial aspect of it, and they didn’t want to do cabana-style [interiors],” Kristine explains.

One of the bigger rooms at KAZA. Mismatched wooden planks mix with bare concrete walls, reed blinds, and traditional banig mats.

“I wanted to mix [that industrial style] with a tropical feel, and also showcase Philippine-made materials and pieces to soften the look,” the designer explains. “Since Siargao is known as the surfing capital of the Philippines, it had to have a laidback feel that both local and foreign surfers could relate to.”

You’d notice that most of Kaza’s walls have a mix of bamboo, wood paneling, wooden inlays, or painted murals.

It does have that laidback surfer feel, but there is a lot of detailed elegance as well, as seen in the Hacienda Crafts lamps, the themed bathrooms, and the hotel-quality sheets mixed with inabel blankets. There are also a lot of wood-paneled feature walls, as the majority of wood were made of upcycled pieces from one of the hotel owners.

Classic wicker Peacock headboards (from Urban Abode) in a double room.

Kristine also commissioned artists to paint murals along the bedroom hallways and in the bathrooms, and asked them to “distress” the murals to make them look weathered, adding to the hotel’s nostalgic, organic feel.

Almost all of the bathrooms in KAZA have different themes, from all-white subway tiles, to colorful machuka, to handpainted murals.

Once this pandemic is over and the hotel has reopened, do visit KAZA in the future. For more about Kristine Neri-Magturo’s works and Urban Abode, visit them here.

Published by medinarach

I am an interior designer, writer, and content editor for print and web. Join me on my adventure as I look for design inspiration, art, and culture in everyday life.

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