As much as I love hiking and being surrounded by mountains, my heart still belongs to the ocean. I’m a sucker for white sand beaches, palm trees and crystal blue waters. I mean who wouldn’t be? On my recent trip to the Philippines, I may have found the perfect place to enjoy these. Located in Panglao Island, Bohol Beach Club is the first luxury resort built there. When James and I were looking for accommodations in Bohol, we knew right away this is where we wanted to stay.
Transportation and Arrival
Bohol Beach Club is roughly 30 minutes away from the Tagbilaran pier and airport. You can either arrange your own transportation or better yet, have them pick you up to avoid the hassle. Just make sure you contact them beforehand and inform them the time and date of your arrival. If you’re not familiar with public transportation in the Philippines, then this is your best bet. Upon arrival, we were greeted by friendly faces and yummy pandan flavored iced teas. Check in was super quick and easy – none of those “I’m sorry your room is not ready”. As we were escorted to our room, I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful and well kept the grounds are.
Bohol Beach Club underwent a major renovation in 2013. Included in the revamping are the 88 rooms – 80 deluxe rooms and 8 beach view suites, all have unique views of the pool and the beach. On our first night at the resort, we stayed at one of the deluxe rooms. The room was well lit, spacious and clean. I love how they kept a relaxed feel throughout the room despite the modern touches. Furnished with a queen and single bed, the room is fully equipped with anything you might need – flat screen tv, safety vault, mini bar, hairdryer, toiletries, complimentary wi-fi and bottled water. It also has an outdoor porch where you can enjoy your coffee in the morning.
During our first night, we had a minor problem with the A/C. Within a matter of minutes, the staff addressed the issue and was quickly resolved. The next day, we received a note from Mr. Allan Santos, manager of Bohol Beach Club. He apologized and offered a room change just in case the A/C acts up again. Much to our surprise, we got upgraded to the beach view suite!
The beach view suite was super amazing! The layout was nice and the space was more than enough for the two of us. Adorned with wooden furnishings, the room is bright and airy. My favorite part of the room? The sliding doors that open right out into a private veranda that boasts impressive beach views. Waking up and having that view in front of me was priceless!
The resort has one in-house restaurant called Agotata. They serve International food as well as local favorites. A few of the items we ordered throughout our stay were: Kare kare, Sinigang, Lechon Kawali, Bulalo & Beef Caldereta. Portions could be better for the price but the flavors were pretty good! If you’re craving for something other than Filipino food, they also have Gourmet Sandwiches, Pizza and Asian noodles. As for Desserts, you guys have to try the Fried Mango Ice Cream. So yummy! Oh, and they also have a nice breakfast buffet, complete with an omelet station that we both enjoyed.
The restaurant had nightly entertainment. On our first night, we were serenaded under the stars by a local band. The next night, they had a cultural show where performers danced Tinikling, the traditional bamboo dance of the Philippines (see video).
Aside from the restaurant, they also have a video and sports bar called Taclobo, that’s open from 4 pm – 12 midnight. They serve bar favorites and cocktail drinks. After dinner, James and I came here to play ping pong & pool. It’s definitely a nice place to unwind after a long day. I don’t think the guests are aware of this place though because we came here twice and the place was completely empty. I think they should look into adding a sign outside to make it more inviting for guests to come and check the space out.
I didn’t really spend much time in the pool area just because I preferred lounging beside the beach. But since we couldn’t swim at the beach at night, the pool came in handy. The warm water was definitely inviting!
One of the highlights of our stay was getting a full body massage right by the beach. It was so relaxing and peaceful. Hearing nothing but the sound of the waves was pure bliss! I recommend you guys to schedule a massage right after sunset. There’s fewer people by the beach, hence it’s quieter.
They have several aquasports available for guests to enjoy. There’s a glass bottom boat tour available for hotel guests (free for 20 minutes). Aside from the fun rides and rentable kayaks, you can also rent gear if you want to go snorkeling. Before we left, James and I went on a Delta Wing ride. It was quite the experience! They also have dolphin watching tours that I wish we had the time to do before we left.
Bohol Beach Club has the best beach front in Panglao Island. They have the clearest waters I’ve ever seen! Snorkeling here was amazing. I couldn’t get enough of it. I enjoyed it so much that I was still snorkeling 2 hours before we checked out! 😀
If you’re planning on visiting Bohol and are looking for accommodations, then you have to check out Bohol Beach Club. Aside from having the best beach front in Bohol (white sand beach, crystal blue waters, perfectly lined palm trees), their service is impeccable! Every staff we encountered during our stay were very kind and friendly. Special thanks to Mr. Allan Santos for our accommodations and Ms. Belle Logroño for assisting and giving us a tour of the property.
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Bo. Bolod, Island of Panglao
Bohol, Philippines 6340
Thank you Bohol Beach Club for hosting our stay. We can’t wait to visit again!
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