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Wake Up to a Glorious View of the Beach at This Five-Star Resort in Panglao

Rates for their signature suite start at P14,500.

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Bohol, an island province in Central Visayas, is known for many things. For one, there's Chocolate Hills, which are mounds of brown-colored limestone formations scattered all over the municipality of Carmen at the center of the island. The province also boasts white-sand beaches, a sanctuary for tarsiers, a rich underwater world, and other ecotourism and adventure sites. It's an island that keeps you coming back for more; and where better to do it than from a place to stay that has you covered, whether booking a tour for you or pampering you with a massage treatment: The Bellevue Resort on Panglao Island.

 

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Here's what you need to know about this Bohol resort:

 

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But the star of the show is the Bellevue Suite's outdoor jetted tub, which is placed on a wooden platform on the fifth-floor balcony with a view of the beach. Fill it with warm water, grab a bottle of wine, and take a relaxing dip while soaking in the seascape.

As an ASEAN Green Hotel, The Bellevue Resort practices eco-friendly measures, including the minimal use of plastic, the distribution of glass bottles, and the placement of soap dispensers in every room.

 

What to Do

 

If you only have three days for your Bellevue Resort getaway, don't fret as you have more than enough time to both enjoy the resort's amenities and check out what Bohol has to offer. You can book a massage treatment, which ranges from P600 to P2,500, at Azurea Spa; play a round of table tennis or air hockey in their game room; take a dip in the infinity pool; practice your freediving techniques in the deep pool; or lounge around their 250-meter white-sand beachfront.

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Tours are also available through the front desk. You can go island-hopping on a speedboat, which is a very convenient way to check out Virgin Island and Balicasag Island if you only have half a day to spare. Balicasag is surrounded by a well-preserved marine sanctuary that's teeming with hard and soft corals, schools of fish, and sea turtles.

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For the rest of the day, you can check out Bohol's countryside. A lazy lunch break is best spent cruising down Loboc River while aboard a floating restaurant. From there, you can take pit stops at the Baclayon Church, Bilar Manmade Forest, and the Blood Compact Shrine.

Bohol is also home to the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary, where the small nocturnal primates live in a protected wilderness area. Make sure that you don't create too much noise so as not to disturb these creatures. Since they're very territorial, they stay in the same spot while they sleep and move only at night. These spots are protected with barriers so you don't go too near. Don't worry about your photos though, as staff members are there to take pictures using your phone.

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Where to Eat

 

The Bellevue Resort's Marea is an al-fresco dining space, which is open to both overnight and walk-in guests.

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It features your usual Filipino menu; plus local bestsellers, such as the Boholano Pinakbet (P375) and Halang-Halang na Manok (P695). You can also request their special curry with quail.

 

How to Get There

 

Cebu Pacific currently flies to Bohol from Manila 39 times a week, and from Davao four times a week. For more information, visit Cebu Pacific's website.

The Bellevue Resort is in Barangay Doljo, Panglao, Bohol. Rates for the Bellevue Suite start at P14,500. For more information, visit The Bellevue Resort's website.

 

This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Realliving.com.ph editors.

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