DWELLING IN SOLITUDE
Lifestyle Asia|July 2021
In these times defined by the confining, hustle culture in the metro, escaping to the pristine islands of BOHOL and embracing stillness prove to be a sought-after experience
KATHERINE ALAMARES

Beyond the majestic Chocolate Hills and the abundance of tarsiers in lush forests, Bohol is home to marvelous destinations that make it worth visiting again and again. From the luxurious hotel resorts, diving sites, to the bars and restaurants offering dishes with creative takes on local flavors, the island of Panglao is the destination of those desiring an unforgettable escape away from the bustle of city life.

FINDING SERENITY

Alona Beach in Panglao is a crowd favorite for its white sand, stunning reefs, azure blue waters, and rocky cliffs. Home to many hotels and restaurants, the beach offers a delightful experience. It is a well-known scuba-diving and snorkeling spot but because it sits near a “house” reef, tourists can witness marine life even without diving equipment.

Starting with the largest beach resort on the island, Henann Resort spans 6.5 hectares. The sprawling property is structured with open spaces, allowing the refreshing sea breeze to be experienced throughout the resort.

Apart from its 400 luxurious rooms, spa, fitness center, and cafés, it has the largest convention center in Bohol. It can hold up to 1,000 people, making it an ideal destination for events like weddings.

Two of the three swimming pools face the beachfront while the pool villas are located in the property’s center, allowing easy access and movement to the amenities of the resort.

For those looking for a secluded place offering an elevated, tranquil experience, Amorita Resort is another best choice for guests. The luxury resort sits atop a limestone cliffsouth of Panglao Island, 10 minutes away from BoholPanglao International Airport.

With 98 room suites and villas, two infinity pools, restaurants, and an in-house Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) dive center, Amorita creates a distinct island experience.

Some of the rooms overlook the Bohol Sea and so guests can easily fall into serene moments while sipping on their favorite cocktails.

Over to the north of the island, the Bellevue Resort is a private sanctuary. They are awarded the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Green Hotel for sustainable tourism practices, particularly, with energy conservation.

They also take pride in their water activities such as diving lessons, beach football, and fish-feeding. There is an option to do island hopping as well, one of the favorite pastimes of those desiring to see more of the wonders of Bohol.

After the vigorous activities, guests can relax over at the Azurea Spa or shop for souvenirs at The Kiosk while the children can spend more time in the play area.

Moving northwest of Panglao, Modala Beach Resort takes guests into an island getaway that can be both serene for its scenic views and lively for its different activities. Be it kayak, snorkel, jet ski, sunset cruise, water aerobics, or spending time on the Sunken Lounge surrounded by a koi pond, anyone can find something to enjoy in these activities.

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