There’s no question about it. There are days that you just have to stop, go somewhere to relax and have yourself pampered. And for the weary soul, Bohol beckons. Bluewater Panglao Beach Resort is one of several resorts in Panglao Island for relaxing and cocooning, that concept of just staying at the hotel doing nothing is where it is best of. But it’s also a good enough base to explore the province. Either you’re alone, with your partner or with your family, the resort has something for everyone.
In my case, it was my base for four days while working in Panglao and during off days, was there to catch up with online tasks or just relax and eat. And swim. And enjoy what the resort had to offer. Four things that I love about Bluewater Panglao:
1 The well designed and cozy rooms
Be it at the individual rooms or villas, the rooms at the resort are designed for comfort, privacy and relaxation. It’s spacious, and I love the minimalist approach to the white washed rooms. It’s modern yet with touches of the Filipino soul. It has beautiful woven fabrics as accents, furniture showcasing indigenous materials and Filipino craftsmanship and those “hoverbeds,” cantilevered beds that seem to float in the air!
2 Local and international cuisine that will have you craving for more
Of course, food is one of the reasons you travel. Or stay. Bluewater Panglao, thru its trusted chefs offers delectable selections of Boholano and Filipino dishes as well as international. I was amazed at learning about the importance of ube kinampay a purple yam variant that is abundant in Bohol and how it is one of the most sought after kinds of ube because of its taste and aroma. And they have a dessert to showcase it.
The puto maya with sikwate, sticky rice with its of sweet and ripe mangoes paired with native hot chocolate is one of the best I’ve tried so far. And you should never leave the resort without tasting and bringing boxes of their ube ensaymada which are heavenly!
3 Beach? Snorkel? Or pool?
Okay. Here’s a bit of a downside. The resort doesn’t really have a beautiful beach compared to its sister resort in Sumilon Island. Of course you can still swim and have fun at the shore. But what it lacks in a good beach, it makes up for a very good snorkel. The sea off its property is rich in marine life. There is a good bed of seagrass and corals and with it interesting marine life. I’ve snorkeled there and was really excited at seeing all those colorful corals and starfishes. The different kinds of fishes and mollusks!
If you rather would just want to have a no fuss swim, there are two big swimming pools that you can enjoy or if you’re staying at one of the few villas, a dip pool is all yours. But what I like about the big pool at the main accommodation area is how the place just glows at dusk and night. You will just be entranced and in awe!
READ MORE: Bluewater Panglao main building at dusk
4 Interesting resort architecture
I love architecture and in the case of Bluewater Panglao, they have meticulously built structures at the resort that are a showcase of native indigenous materials and Filipino architecture. From the contemporary Filipino Moderne in the case of the villas and rooms, I was in awe of how they designed and constructed Aplaya Restaurant.
But there’s a simple yet exhilarating structure that totally blew me away. As simple as it is, their open air convention area is beautiful work. Mainly done in bamboo and nipa, it has minimal nail work and is a showcase of a Filipino vernacular architecture. I revel in its construction and its seeming fragility is sublime.
Thanx so much to Bluewater Panglao Beach Resort for the 4 day stay!