There are many reasons to love Bohol Beach Club, and at the very top of the list, there is the service. Definitely a gold star. In fact, of all the places I've traveled to, in many parts of the world, Bohol Beach Club does it best.
I didn't request it, but the staff even cleaned my room twice in one day! Each time, they left personalized notes and small treats. The restaurant staff showed the same level of dedication and professionalism. Special touches like this do not go unnoticed.
Plus, just take a look at that beachfront! Another award for best beach of any of my hotel stays.
The resort feels quite different that others I've visited in the Philippines. It's situated on a wide open property covered with bermuda grass and perfectly-spaced coconut trees. I kind of felt like I was Magnum P.I. in Hawaii ( I used to watch the show as a kid:)
I loved the giant, super-comfy hammocks and swings you can relax in (You can see me in one further down the page).
Bohol Beach Club is located on Panglao Island, but a few kms away from the hustle and bustle of Alona Beach. However, I felt there really is enough to offer here on the property...unlike some other places I've stayed, I never got anxious to explore outside of the resort.
It's perfect for people with kids, but also large enough to provide space for the people who don't always appreciate them. Haha.
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If you make the effort to wake up for sunrise, you will not be disappointed! It's directly in front of the beach, and it was one of the best I've ever seen.
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This was truly a memorable experience...if you want to learn, I recommend doing a Discovery Dive with Edgar, the local divemaster. He does a great job explaining everything and helping you to feel comfortable. You will practice in the safety of the swimming pool before graduating to the beautiful, blue sea out front.
On my way to dive near Pamilacan Island, we spotted dolphins...and I don't mean just a few. There must have been hundreds out there! It's no wonder the dolphin watching tour is so popular. Unfortunately, like an idiot, I forgot to use my zoom lens to capture some nice photos.
There are also snorkeling / diving trips to Balicasag Island, which is known for incredible corals and sea turtle sightings.
If you visit the Philippines, you have to try a mango shake! The country is famous for its mangoes. In general, I'd say the food at Bohol Beach Club was a solid 8.5/10. Pizza was pretty good, but the burger and calamares were excellent!
This was another highlight of my stay, and certainly something that sets Bohol Beach Club apart from other properties. Growing up, whenever somebody would go on vacation in Hawaii, they would bring home photos and videos of the native Luau (dinner and dance presentation).
As I've explored the Philippines, I've found that there is so much wonderful native culture and heritage as well, but it receives very little attention. Therefor, it was refreshing to see these dancers wowing the audience with their gracious smiles and traditional attire. The Filipinos in the audience seemed to be beaming with pride, and that made me smile.
I commend Bohol Beach Club for putting this together!
Overall, this was probably the best proper vacation I've ever had. If I were to nitpick, my only complaint would be too much pressure coming from the shower in my room. Haha, usually people complain about not enough pressure:) The bottom line is, no, Bohol Beach Club did not disappoint.
Allan, the General Manager, is truly a class act. I watched him personally check on his guests each and every day. He was a very attentive and accommodating host, but without being intrusive in the slightest. The mark of a true professional!
I'm thankful for the opportunity to share this experience with my readers. I was impressed, but you don't have to take my word for it, read the reviews for yourself:)
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- Nathan Allen
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