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The Bellevue Resort is a luxurious 5-star resort situated on the peaceful shorelines of Doljo Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol. It’s perfect for families both looking for quiet leisure time and fun-filled activities on their Bohol vacation. Our family escaped to Bellevue Resort during the Labor Day weekend, and here are the 10 things we love about our experience…
THE BELLEVUE BOHOL RESORT Barangay Doljo, Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines Website: http://www.thebellevuebohol.com/ Landline: +63 (38) 422-2222 Facebook: thebellevueresortbohol Twitter: @bellevueresort Instagram: @bellevueresort
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1. Peaceful Location Far away from the cluttered city, you’ll get a peaceful sense of privacy throughout your stay. 2. Infinity Pool and Doljo Beach Family Fun Love the design of the infinity pool with a view of Doljo beach. Kids can swim safely at the 2 feet and 4 feet areas… …while experienced swimmers can dive endlessly in the 12 feet pool. The beach has a 250-meter stretch of white sand and gradually slopes to the water, which makes it safe for the kids to play in. A closer look at the white sands of Doljo beach. It’s quite relaxing with only checked-in guests allowed on the beach front. The sandy floor beneath the water is shallow… …but also a bit rocky, with lots of seaweed at some point and the occasional jellyfish. The water is calm, which is ideal for first-time kayakers and stand up paddlers. Make sure to allot time to play water volleyball with the family. 3. Spacious Resort Rooms We stayed at the Deluxe Ocean View Room. Bellevue has the most spacious rooms compared to other resorts in Bohol. There’s a bathtub, which is a standard in every room. Complimentary Bohol peanut kisses and peanut fingers, specialities perfect for pasalubong (souvenir). 4. Awesome Sunrise Ocean View Imagine waking up to an amazing ocean view from your balcony with the sunrise greeting you an awesome morning. 5. Bellevue Suite with Jacuzzi For the best family stay, book the suite room (102 square meters) with king bed… …living area with Satellite/Cable LED Television TV, iPod Dock Speaker, and fast LAN and WiFi access… …Private toilet and bath… …relaxing Kudos Spa amenities… …and bathtub. Best of all, the balcony with an ocean view and outdoor jacuzzi! 6. Lamian Breakfast The breakfast buffet is served from 7:00am to 10:00am at the Lamian Restaurant. What we liked about the buffet is the preserved dangit, dilis, and squid paired with suka (vinegar) and garlic rice. Classic bacon, sausage, and spam. Our favorite is the eat-all-you-can Philippine dried mango and fresh pomelo fruit. Try the local pastries like torta. Preserved meat ox tongue, smoked ham, salami, and the cheese section. Order the thick hot choco made from tablea. Add sugar because it can be quite bitter. 🙂 Don’t forget to get the ensaymada to pair with the hot chocolate. 7. Bellevue Kids Playroom There’s something fun for kids of any age. It’s a clean, safe, and air-conditioned place where you can leave your kids for hours. There’s a basketball arcade… …Playstation gaming… …table tennis… …air hockey… …computer games and table football… …and giant chess. 8. Lunch at Marea Restaurant We had lunch at the Marea restaurant, which serves international and Filipino a la carte dishes in an indoor and outdoor setting. Marea Menu: Appetizers, Soup | Salad, Pizza | Pasta, Sandwiches & Wraps | Main Course, American Steaks | Rice and Noodles, Boholano Specialties | Food of the Philippines | Chinese Family Style | Kid’s Menu, Desserts The international menu includes a wide assortment of Malaysian, Indonesian, European, Chinese, and Singaporean dishes. We tried a lot of the dishes and here are our favorites… The kids love the complimentary mango butter and bread sticks. Nilarang na Pagi (P310). Stingray simmered in coconut milk and malunggay leaves. Simmered stingray and vegetables in spiced coconut cream broth. The dish is a Boholano favorite and is best enjoyed with freshly steamed rice. The creamy broth is sweet and spicy and cooked with a lot of ginger, star anise, spices, and salted black beans. The pagi or stingray is tedious to eat but is very delicious! Halang-Halang chicken (P350). Native chicken cooked with chili, ginger, turmeric, garlic, and annatto oil. One of their bestsellers is this classic Boholano dish. Halang-Halang chicken literally means mild spicy chicken. Similar to tinola, they used free-range native chicken, papaya, ginger, and green leaves but is instead cooked in coconut milk, annatto, and chili peppers. Balbacua (P430). Tender oxtail stew simmered in peanut sauce. Balbacua is the Boholano version of kare-kare, but with crushed nuts and highlighted with peanut butter. The earthy sweetness of the peanuts makes the sauce richer in flavor. Tinunuang Nukos (P425). Squid adobo in milk coconut stew. This is my wife’s favorite because of the tasty black sauce, and the squid is cooked just right. Dare to smile after eating this. 😀 Seafood Laksa (P375). Malaysian shrimp and chicken spicy noodle soup. It was surprising to find a good, comforting laksa on the beach. Try this for something different. Penang Seafood Curry (P495). Prawns, mussels, and grouper simmered in coconut curry broth, served with rice. Prawns, mussels, grouper simmered in coconut curry broth served with rice. We liked the sauces they use for both the laksa and seafood curry. Manila Fried Chicken (P750). Roasted fried marinated butterfly whole chicken, rice sticks, vegetables, and gravy. Chef Eugene San Juan’s signature Manila Fried Chicken–marinated chicken Pinoy-style with crispy noodles and mango salad on the side. Bellevue Tropical Coconut Pudding (P195). Refreshing agar-agar jellied coconut dessert for the family. For dessert, our favorite is the tropical buko pudding made from 100% buko. Quite refreshing and fun to eat with its gelatinous texture. Sweet Delight (P250) Try the red apple, fresh pineapple, celery, and carrot combination. Drinks Menu: – Healthy Drinks, Selected Wines, Shooters, Signature Cocktails – Classic Cocktails, Mocktails, Milk Shakes, Spiked Milkshakes, Smoothies, Aperitifs – Cognac, Brandy, Gin, Vodka, Rum, Tequila, Whisky, After Dinner Drinks – Beer, Imported Beer, Soft Drinks, Mineral Water, Chilled Juices, Fresh Fruit Juice, Iced Tea, Iced Coffee – Hot Tea and Hot Coffee After eating, you can hang out for more drinks or cocktails. 9. Bellevue’s Dolphin Watching and Island Hopping Day Tour One of the must-do activities in Bohol is watching the dolphins swim in their natural habitat near Pamilacan Island. It’s recommended to get the Bohol Island hopping tour from the resort you’re staying at, but you can also book a boat elsewhere depending on how big your group is. We prefer the island hopping speed boats used by Bellevue Resort, which are ideal for getting close to the dolphin action and are much faster than the bancas. Here is a photo essay of our dolphin watching and island hopping experience… Read More: BOHOL: Dolphin Watching, Balicasag and Isola di Francesco Tour Experience (Must Read!) 10. Themed Dinner Buffet Our adventure ended with a sumptuous Spanish buffet at the outdoor sitting of Lamian World Cuisine, with fresh seafood as the highlight of the night. Thursday night is Barrio Fiesta, Friday Night is Seafood, and Saturday is International Night (like our Spanish Buffet), which costs P899++ (10% service charge and 12% vat). We liked the gambas in spicy tomato sauce. Slipper lobster cooked three ways–fried, grilled, with white sauce. Creamy Victoria lobster with white sauce and buttermilk. Our favorite is the grilling section. Order the shrimp wrapped in bacon, chorizo, liempo (pork belly), lobster, and clams. Also, check out the calamari and shrimps that are fried upon order for the best texture. Enjoy the make-your-own halo-halo section to end the dinner. The sun sets on the far side of the resort, but you can still enjoy the sunset colors that reflect on the water and the sky. How to Get There (Manila-Tagbilaran) By plane, we arrived from Manila to Tagbilaran (Bohol) in one hour and 25 minutes. A one-way ticket from Manila to Tagbilaran is usually around Php 3,000. Travel tip: We booked our flights with Skiddoo, which offered us a cheap and easy way to book our flights online. That’s right. The fastest growing online travel agency out of Australia is now in the Philippines! It’s the cheapest place for you to compare and book airfare. If you find cheaper flights on another website, Skiddoo is ready to match that price. Just take a screenshot of the cheaper flight’s price, call+632 770-5380 and email the picture to email@example.com so Skiddoo can verify it. Where else can you find travel agents online who would lower their price for you? For more info, just visit their website at https://www.skiddoo.com.ph/ Tagbilaran Airport to Resort Tagbilaran Domestic Airport is a 30-minute car ride to the resort. Airport and seaport transfers are free when part of your room package. We had a warm Filipino welcome upon arrival with necklaces made from shells and welcome drinks made from local potato-tops and orange sunquick. Overall, we loved our stay at The Bellevue Resort because of: – The peaceful location – Infinity pool and Doljo Beach family fun – Spacious resort rooms – Awesome sunrise ocean view – Bellevue Suite with jacuzzi – Lamian breakfast – Bellevue Kids Playroom – Lunch at Marea Restaurant – Bellevue’s dolphin watching and island hopping day tour – Themed dinner buffet What we didn’t like during our stay: – You’re a bit confined in the resort – The beach is not swimmable – In-room dining is not delicious THE BELLEVUE BOHOL RESORT Barangay Doljo, Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines Website: http://www.thebellevuebohol.com/ Landline: +63 (38) 422-2222 Facebook: thebellevueresortbohol Twitter: @bellevueresort Instagram: @bellevueresort Check out low rates and availability from Agoda: The Bellevue Resort Live an Awesome Life,
Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com Disclosure: Our stay was courtesy of The Bellevue Resort. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here. P.S. Don’t miss to attend the 5.00 pm. Sunday English Mass at the beautiful St. Augustine Church along Hontanosas Road (5 minutes away from Bellevue Resort).