Array
Travel

6 Wonderful, Under the Radar Things to Do in Bohol

Whether you're a single traveler, on vacation with a partner or with your family, try these underrated experiences in Bohol.

Shares
Photography: Donatela Hotel Facebook page (Main Photo)

Book a villa at the Donatela Hotel


Check yourself into the secluded Donatela Hotel, where upon entry, you'll be greeted by tall thoroughbred Iberian horses running across the expansive grounds for their daily exercise.

Now run by the Enderun Hospitality Management, Donatela Hotel was once managed by a French interior designer and his wife, which explains why each of the 12 villas on the property is immaculately adorned with bespoke furniture and art pieces from the couple's travels. Eagle-eyed guests will notice the pool villas are shaped like tents. That's because the previous owner was inspired by the safari lodges that travel agency Abercrombie & Kent would arrange for kings and dignitaries of the past.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW


Only 31 guests are allowed to check-in each day, which makes the resort deliciously deserted. Each villa is appointed with its own outdoor patio and a sprawling garden that will make you feel like you're coming home to your own little patch of paradise. Inside, every single detail is well-thought-out—from the gigantic mirrors in the bathroom framed with shells plucked from the property's seashore to the slanted exterior walls of the garden villa inspired by Ifugao dwellings.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

If you're traveling with children, they can practice their riding around the resort's stables. The former owner's wife was an equestrian and trained some of her horses for dressage. Children are also bound to enjoy the mini zoo, home to rescued animals, a variety of singing birds, and a mischievous macaque that will, at times, offer you a manicure if she likes you.

16 Hoyohoy Tawala, Panglao Bohol, Philippines, 6340 Tawala, Bohol, 510.8472, donatelahotel.com


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Fuel Up at Paprika

When you do manage to leave the comforts of your villa—and trust us, it's not easy—make your way to nearby Paprika restaurant for lunch. Dining al fresco might be tempting, but design-lovers can opt for the opulent dining area enclosed in glass walls, which still gives you a great view of the sea and the neighboring island of Siquijor on a clear day.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

A server presents the catch of the day on a silver platter and nothing is stored for over three days. From there, you can take your pick of fresh lobster, shrimp, and grouper, among others. If you're dining with a big group, the massive Tomahawk steak is a crowd favorite.

Visit one of Bohol's last fine jewelry makers in Dauis

Fine jewelry might not be top of mind when you think of Bohol, but the small Visayan island is home to jewelers of a dying breed. Their craft is one that dates back to the pre-Hispanic times. One such artisan is Irma Bunachita, who has been hand-making filigree rosaries and tamburin pendants using a traditional stamping method since she was 14 years old. Some of her intricate gold pieces were inspired by the Virgin Mary. Many women travel to Dauis in Tagbilaran seeking out Bunachita and bringing their own gold and silver for her to customize.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Take home Osang's traditionally-baked ladyfingers

A few hundred meters away from Dauis church—a popular venue for weddings in Bohol—is Osang's Homemade Pastries. The family-run bakery produces "broas" or ladyfingers that've become a mainstay in Tagbilaran. The women of the family bake the pastries in an old-fashioned "pugon" oven and package them by hand. Everything is made fresh daily.

Go on a firefly-watching tour.

In the early evening, make the journey across the Abatan River mangrove forests via kayak. The century-old mangrove trees and bats should keep you company when the sun starts to set. After some time, you will notice the faint glow of fireflies twinkling until these magical dancing lights surround you. The otherworldly experience is also an eco-friendly tour that provides many of the tour guides with a sustainable income.

Time to eat again! Have dinner at Exotika and go for a nightcap at the Gun Bar.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

There may not be as many dining options in Bohol as there are in other resort towns, but this simple and homey restaurant on the famous Alona strip is one of the cityâs must-tries. The menu features a fusion of Asian and European comfort food with a diverse range of dishes from chicken tikka to pasta and pizzas. In one corner of the restaurant sits a quaint bakery that offers a variety of pastries and cakes. For chocolate-lovers, the Chocolate Hills, a large chocolate-filled cream puff, is a no-brainer.

Right next to it is the Gun Bar, named after the fact that it's centered around a retired canon now displayed underneath a glass table. At the back of the bar stands a tall treehouse where you can enjoy your tipple of choice. On some nights, you can catch a live band.

Bonus: When you get back to your hotel and you find yourself restless from the day's excitement, call for a massage in your villa. While Donatela has a gorgeous Spa Village with views overlooking tranquil gardens, its signature massage can be enjoyed just about anywhere. The therapist uses a Hawaiian technique to relax the entire body. The flowy hand movements feel similar to dance steps, kneading the body with aromatherapy oils.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

This story originally appeared on Townandcountry.ph.

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

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares
Recommended Videos

Latest Stories

5 Reasons Child-Sized Furniture Is a Worthy Investment for Your Home

For one, smaller furniture is much safer for young kids to use.

10 Cute Pots for Your Plant Babies

Give your little green friends the home they deserve!

Andi Manzano Offers a Peek at Her Line of Child-Sized Furniture (Available in October!)

The actress collaborated with a home store that specializes in furniture for babies and kids.

Where to Find Wall Stickers for Your Child's Bedroom (No Need for a New Paint Job!)

You can get wall stickers in lots of unique colors and designs.

'Walang Trabahong Pang-Forever': 5 Lessons on Investing from Dimples Romana

Dimples and her husband have been investing in real estate properties since 16 years ago when they got married.

The 5-Basket System: How to Declutter Your Home Once and for All

Get rid of all the unnecessary junk that may have accumulated in your home finally.

Experts Say Having These 5 Colors at Home Will Make You Happier!

Thinking of giving your home a makeover? Make sure you choose the colors wisely!

'Good Utang vs Bad Utang': 10 Money Lessons From the Megastar Sharon Cuneta

Having a property to call your own is still the best investment, says Sharon Cuneta

Not All Electric Fans Are Created Equal! 7 Things to Consider When Buying One

Fans are a necessity in all Pinoy homes, so make sure yours is a reliable model!

7 Ways to Brighten Dark Rooms if Your House Doesn't Get Natural Light

First tip: Update your old light bulbs!

How You Can Achieve a More Efficient Kitchen Without Remodeling!

All you need to do is organize your kitchen items and establish specific zones.

8 Ways to Store and Organize Your Pots and Pans So They Don't Get Damaged

Ever thought about using a pegboard to organize your cookware?
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!