EXPERIENCING BOHOLANO HOSPITALITY AND THE NATURAL BEAUTY ON THE LONGEST FINE WHITE SAND BEACH ON THE ISLAND OF PANGLAO
Ma. Andrea C. Liamzon and John Paolo R. Rivera
Last August 2014, our team finally got the opportunity to visit the newest beach resort in Bohol, Philippines – South Palms Resort Panglao. The resort boasts the longest beachfront, a 750-meter stretch of natural white sand, in Panglao Island. Stylish rooms, beach villas, exquisite cuisine, and genuine Boholano hospitality all complement the resort's appeal. The resort's strategic position in the south of Panglao permits visitors to witness romantic sunrises and sunsets. Through its stunning features, South Palms encourages travelers not only to see Bohol but also to experience an authentic Bohol beach escapade.
After undergoing a complete redesign, South Palms Resort Panglao is now composed of deluxe rooms (beachfront, poolside, and garden view) and villas surrounded by landscaped gardens and a man-made mahogany forest. There are also two outdoor swimming pools – one of which is an infinity pool overlooking the beachfront. Indeed, South Palms Resort Panglao emerged into a new and desirable chic resort in Panglao.
When we arrived at Tagbilaran Airport, the driver, named Ronald, from the resort was already waiting for us. The resort offers round-trip airport transfers for a minimum fee, which are very convenient for guests who want to avoid the hassle of booking their own airport transfer. It took us 30 minutes to get to South Palms Resort Panglao from the airport. Ronald made it a point that we do not get bored by acting as our tour guide. He keenly pointed out all the significant sights along the way. He even pointed the site to where the Panglao International Airport will rise that will address the accessibility issues of Bohol.
Upon reaching the resort, we were led to an alfresco reception area. The architecture can be considered "green" because it uses the cool breeze from the sea instead of air conditioning. We were then given cold towels to freshen up and served a welcome drink before check-in. Their welcome drink was a fine fusion of citrus and herbs – an enjoyable unique flavor that we will forever ascribe with South Palms Resort Panglao.
We were provided beachfront rooms. As the curtains are hurled, one sees coconut palm trees framing the seascape beyond. The soothing nautical ambiance brings the sea into each of the rooms. The wall panel above the bed alludes to ocean waves, while the lamps take the shape of seashells. The soft lights were conducive to an ultimate relaxation.
Although the room was begging for us to stay indoors, it was likewise difficult to resist the beach's white sand, palm trees, and the hammock. The beanbags and rattan chairs (which reminded us of Google colors) were perfect for lounging with good company close to the sea. The hanging bed and the beach recliners were so inviting that we wanted to spend the entire day at the resort and forget all else.
We had breakfast at the Oceanica Restaurant, which overlooks the infinity pool and the bar. The menu changed every day. There is a wide array of foods to choose from – from Filipino, Asian, to various Western cuisines. It is worth mentioning that their gourmet cuisine is made from farm-fresh ingredients harvested just behind the Deluxe Garden Rooms. They produce their own poultry, pork, fish, and prawns. We were privileged enough to have been brought to the seafood nursery by Ms. Lolita Lyn Uy – Food and Beverages Operations Manager.
We were also impressed by the resort's service. Heartfelt smiles and genuine hospitality greeted us everyday. Overall, our experience in South Palms Resort Panglao is one for the books. We appreciated the fact "that they do not claim what they are not" – as emphasized by Ms. Fe Ginete, Sales and Marketing Manager. The resort may not be the most luxurious on the island, but the overall experience makes it a must-stay resort.
We would like to express our appreciation to Ms. Hope Marie R. Uy – Managing Director; Ms. Lolita Lyn Uy – Food and Beverages Operations Manager; Ms. Marietta Sarabia-Gasatan – Finance Coordinator and Real Estate Officer; and Ms. Fe Ginete – Sales and Marketing Manager for the warm welcome and accommodation at the South Palm Resort Panglao. Our stay at the resort was made possible by the Asian Institute of Management – Dr. Andrew L. Tan Center for Tourism and South Palms Resort Panglao. All opinions are of our own.
For bookings and more information, visit http://www.southpalmsresort.com/
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