Part of growing up involves juggling commitments that never have I thought would spare me no time for fooling around. These days have been busy. I’ve been spending some time organizing events, going to a class, volunteering at church, managing workload, meeting friends, and planning my first travel with mom abroad. Every minute seemed important that I have missed the value of rest. How difficult it is to do nothing but to recharge. The mind runs wild at things it is anxious about, like deadlines, targets, feedback, approvals, personal goals, and the list goes on.
I wasn’t fully convinced when asked to come on this trip but somehow I managed to go. I know I needed a breather. From day 1 till day 3, I found no shortage of places to lay on my head and close my eyes, to feel the earth with my bare toes, to take in the wind that smells of the sea, to hear the chirping of the birds. A close encounter with nature was much needed, and it happened thanks to Bluewater Resort Panglao.
November 8, 2019 — Home away from home is what I call Bluewaters Resort, be it in Cebu or here in Bohol. One will find their signature style at the first glimpse of their receiving area, which takes the mind away from the concrete jungle. Before I even reach my room, I was already rejuvenated by the sight that welcomed me –bamboo garden, rattan furniture, and nipa huts were far more refreshing to see than office chairs, lifeless cubicle walls, and towering buildings.
This was my second time being in Bluewater Resort Panglao. The first time was back in 2013 during an exposure trip as part of our curriculum in college. Within hours of landing foot in Bohol, I was already brought to most of my youth’s fondest memories. The place looked exactly the way it was a couple of years ago, and that, I think, is a good thing.
I am no VIP, but in here it felt like I was. Everyone including the guard, the cleaners, cooks, and staff smiled at each guest like they were friends. After I gulped on the fruit juice that served as the welcome drink, my company and I were led by the receptionist to the breakfast buffet which was set up by the poolside, also called Baroto Poolside Bar. Banana cupcakes, mini siopao buns, steamed rice cakes (puto) and grilled ham-and-cheese sandwiches filled my growling stomach. It was a good remedy after our early morning flight from Manila.
As I strolled around the resort after breakfast, I realized I never had the chance to fully explore during my previous stay. Major amenities include Aplaya Restaurant, Amuma Spa, Aquamania, event halls, and the beach. The leaves waved in the wind and the sun looked down on me. I had three days of all these.
Bluewater Resort Panglao Rooms
Bluewater Resort Panglao is among the most family-friendly resorts I’ve been. (Perhaps it is one the best in the family vacation category not only in Bohol but also in the country.) Located right in the heart of Panglao Island, the resort is in the middle of white sand beaches, pristine waters and marine sanctuaries, blending adventure with comfort. Home is a word to describe it.
The resort has 54 well-appointed rooms that cater to different kinds of guests — families, groups of friends, couples, and professionals. My company and I stayed in the Family Loft, a two-storey accommodation designed to host the needs of family or a group. The loft can accommodate 4-6 guests, with shower and bath facilities provided on both floors.
On the first floor, it has one king-sized bed, a minibar, cable television, telephone service, shower and bathtub, private veranda and coffee/tea service. Meanwhile, on the second floor, there are two queen-sized beds, minibar, cable television, shower and toilet, and a balcony.
Many times I find myself inspecting the selection during buffet meals because there is a tendency that the choices become redundant on the second day of stay and onwards. However, that’s not a concern when in Bluewater Resorts. On my last day here I was still curious about what they’ll prepare next. The chefs in Aplaya Restaurant offer both international cuisines and authentic local fare with a modern twist of Filipino and Asian flavors. Every meal is prepared using the freshest ingredients sourced from the farmers of Bohol.
While the food is outstanding, dining is even made more fantastic by the alfresco ambiance of Aplaya Restaurant. The high ceiling feat, the design focused on beautiful wood elements, and the vistas overlooking the Bohol strait complements this experience.
Teatime at the garden
The food adventure didn’t stop at Aplaya. We were also invited to a tea party in the garden where a beautiful arrangement awaited us. Presented to us were Boholano snacks which resembles so much to the traditional Pinoy merienda like guinatang bilo-bilo and pancit malabon.
Dinner under the stars
On our last night in Panglao, we were treated to a festive boodle fight dinner by the beach. If you’re unmarried like me, it’s difficult not to picture this romantic dinner set-up as a reception party after an intimate wedding ceremony held on the beach. The lit candles, the starry night sky, plus the soft music being played in the background made us all feel like we were celebrating a special occasion that evening.
More than enjoying the tourist spots from this trip, I felt more connected to the local culture in terms of its food. There is just a uniqueness to Boholanos’ respect for it. The preparation, variety, quality and presentation of the food told a story of love.
My top reason for coming back to Bluewater Resort? It’s the food. The energy and passion that was put in it affect me to the point of envisioning myself in many lovely scenarios.
This trip was sponsored by Bluewater Resort Panglao.
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