Bluewater Panglao Beach Resort

Having a great time at Bluewater Panglao Beach Resort

Main pool and accommodation area at dusk. Lovely isn’t it?

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:

Inside the Family Villa is a luxurious and spacious private room

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!

READ MORE: Cocooning at Panglao Bluewater Resort’s rooms

Clockwise from top right: buffet spread, band performing during Saturday night, buffet table and native dances by a local college dance troupe

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 best pasalubong in this part of Bohol are these soft ensaymada buns baked everyday by the resort. It's really good!

The best pasalubong in this part of Bohol are these soft ensaymada buns baked everyday by the resort. It’s really good!

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!

READ MORE: A good food experience at Bluewater Panglao’s Aplaya

White sand, sea and shore

White sand, sea and shore

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!

One of two major pools of Bluewater Panglao, this one located beside Aplaya Restaurant and just near the beach

One of two major pools of Bluewater Panglao, this one located beside Aplaya Restaurant and just near the beach

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

Ah, relaxing stay at Bluewater Panglao. Should you swim here? Or at the beach? Its your call.

Ah, relaxing stay at Bluewater Panglao. Should you swim here? Or at the beach? Its your call.

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.

READ MORE: An interesting hut in Bluewater Panglao Resort

Beautiful bamboo lined gravel pathway. When we were here, we often opted to just walk although you can also ride the golf cart

Beautiful bamboo lined gravel pathway. When we were here, we often opted to just walk although you can also ride the golf cart

Well kept garden that you pass by between the main accommodation area and the beach and restaurant

Well kept garden that you pass by between the main accommodation area and the beach and restaurant

Relax and have a massage

Relax and have a massage

How about popping that proposal under the mango tree?

How about popping that proposal under the mango tree?

Beautiful shaded pathway to the beach at low tide

Beautiful shaded pathway to the beach at low tide

Thanx so much to Bluewater Panglao Beach Resort for the 4 day stay!

Bluewater Panglao Beach Resort
Danao, Panglao Island
Bohol, Philippines 6340
+63 38 416 0695, +63 38 416 0696
+63 38 416 0697
[email protected]
www.bluewater.com.ph


Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

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  1. Estan Cabigas (@EstanCabigas)
    January 10, 2016 @ 17:27

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