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Bohol Beach Club: a taste of paradise on Panglao Island

February 10, 2013 - Mike Aquino

The Bohol Beach Club occupies 65 hectares of beachfront property on the diving and watersports haven of Panglao Island. Its size, accommodations, and the range of its facilities ensure that couples, families and beach enthusiasts who pay a visit will have plenty to do with their time on the island.

Pic: Bohol Beach Club.

Having first opened in 1984, Bohol Beach Club was one of the first resorts to open on Panglao, and the place shows its age in some areas, particularly in the older Habagat section. (The more recently-constructed Amihan section contains some of the newer cottages.)

Whatever section you choose to stay in, the cottages and other accommodations on the premises are large and come with easy access to the sea.

What makes it special?
The Bohol Beach Club is in the perfect position to take advantage of tourists’ interest in Panglao’s watersports and diving: the property occupies a 1.5 km stretch of white-sand beach in Barrio Bolod, allowing guests instant access to the area’s dive spots. This section of beach is recognized by many as the widest, whitest stretch in Panglao.

Alona Beach at sunset. Pic: yeowatzup, Creative Commons.

Even if you never get into the water, the white sand beach is perfect: you can play volleyball with friends, walk with a loved one down the beach during sunset, or take to one of the many lounge chairs lining the coast and just enjoy the sun and the sea.

There’s more to Panglao and neighboring Bohol than just diving – you can arrange a tour with the front desk, allowing you to venture beyond Panglao to see Bohol’s Chocolate Hills, Loboc River, and proliferation of Spanish-era churches.

What to expect?
The Bohol Beach Club has 168 guestrooms up for grabs, of which most offer expansive views of the sea. Accommodations vary – the easternmost units (located in the resort’s Habagat section) count among the older units, and have a rustic feel.

The more recently-refurbished suites in the Amihan section, on the other hand, meet international standards of luxury, and the view of the sea from their verandahs is worth the price you pay for them.

Three restaurants occupy prime spots along the length of the resort. Close to the Habagat section, the Kalubihan Restaurant serves Filipino and Western-style a la carte, along with an extensive breakfast buffet. On the Amihan side of the resort, the Taclobo Restaurant and the Agotata Restaurant serve a la carte and buffet meals.

The family suite. Pic: Bohol Beach Club.

What’s there to do?
The resort’s watersports activities include scuba diving, snorkeling and glass-bottom boat tours, all of which are provided by Club AquaSports Inc. from a desk near the beach on the Habagat side of the resort.

Three large swimming pools are located within the property – the easternmost pool has a maximum depth of seven feet, permitting its use for diving lessons; the westernmost pool is half the size of an Olympic-size pool.

For more sedentary guests, the resort’s game room includes a billiard table, a ping-pong table, a mahjong table, and an air-conditioned karaoke room.

San Agustin Church, Panglao. Pic: Nataniel Luperte, Creative Commons.

What’s the damage?
Rates depend on the season; expect to pay between $111 to $141 for a Standard room, with peak rates during the high season between December and March. With the large rooms, unrivaled access to the beach, and all the amenities available on the premises, even the peak rates are a steal.

To find out more or contact the owner click here.

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