I have So Much to Say. Read on.
I'll make this as simple and detailed. I'll list down some criteria which I think will be helpful when one is making a decision whether to stay at a certain place or not. Here goes:
-- We got there by ferry from Cebu. It was a 30 minute drive from Tagbilaran.
-- You can easily request a pick up from either the pier or the airport. You would have to pay for it.
-- The hotel is located in Panglao Island, in Alona Beach, easily one of the most beautiful beaches in Bohol.
-- Near it are different places where you can eat, buy some basic items, an internet shop, and even some banks with ATM machines.
Room and Facilities:
-- They have their in-house restaurant, I recommend trying them. They serve warm, hearty, delicious food. If you decide to include breakfast in your package, you won't regret it, they serve huge amounts of food, not to mention lots of variety. You get a choice of French toast, American breakfast, Filipino silog, Intercontinental breakfast, etc. They serve breakfast by the pool (lovely sight) from 6 am up until 10 am.
-- The room I stayed in big and clean.
-- Each room has a terrace with a table and 2 chairs. Ahh, yes, you are living the life.
-- Very big bed (2 metres wide), very soft mattress and pillows. I slept so, so good.
-- You get a tv with cable (lots of channels), a full sized mirror, a full sized cabinet with hangers and umbrella, you also get a safe, you get a long stool and AC. You also have a sink with mirror, a toilet and a shower area. No bidet, no pail or dipper. They have heater but I doubt you'd need it because on its own the water is at a comfortable temperature.
-- Wifi is fast and stable. They have so many wifi routers. Trust me, it's fast.
-- Room service is topnotch. Nothing like coming home from a tiring tour and seeing the room clean, bed made and room set to a very nice 22-23 degrees. Ah, the memories make me smile. Truly, we were taken care of.
-- Jacuzzi and pool were such a nice sight to come home to and wake up to. I took a few dips during my stay there and it was a great additional exercise. The pool goes from 3 to 5 ft. There are tables and chairs and benches to stay on in case you just want to hang by the pool.
-- Very, very, very nice and helpful. Very accommodating and sweet.
-- There will be a guard 24/7.
-- Hotel reception will be there in case of late check-in, just be nice enough to let them know what time you will be arriving.
Value for Money:
-- Extremely worth it.
-- Will I be staying there again? Yes, definitely.
-- Were there foreigners staying in the hotel? Yes. Lots.
-- The drinks inside the fridge, are they complimentary? No, you will have to pay for them. Remember, you only get one complimentary bottle of water per day, as well as coffee and the like.
-- Things that can be improved on? Either invest in longer shower curtains or have a drainage installed outside the shower area.
-- The hotel is an ANNEX of the MAIN hotel. You have to take a good 3 minute walk to the main hotel. From there, you will have access to the beach and restaurant and other places. I did not like this walk because the road is rocky and wet, a little flooded when it rains. But hey, you are off to an adventure, don't let this discourage you. It's a short walk. Just do it.
-- I do not think I've seen taxis, Uber or Grab in the area, so if you must go to tourist spots, the hotel has an in-house guy who has a boat and a car- Mang Boyet. I trusted him more than the guys who approached me in the beach and streets offering tours, simply because the hotel staff knew him and he was a familiar face in the hotel, also, no hidden costs. The price is a done deal from the get go. Nonetheless, Boholanos are very nice people.
Family - Jul 2, 2017