At Home in Bluewater Panglao
|The cozy honeymoon villa|
It is so ordinary to be greeted by the resort's staff...to be welcomed with cold towels and refreshing drinks upon arrival, but it is very rare to feel instantly at home in a place that is not your own. This is why, in my own opinion, Bluewater Resorts earned a special spot in my heart.
I have been in all three Bluewater Resorts properties countless times--Maribago, Sumilon, and Panglao--and in all of my stays, one thing is consistent: the heartfelt Filipino hospitality is always at the core of their service--from arrival to check-in to dining to resort activities and everything in between. Service is never too intrusive but always on call.
In this travelogue I share my wonderful experience at Bluewater Panglao...a year after the magnitude 7.2 earthquake crashed majority of the province of Bohol.
We reached Tagbilaran airport at around 7:00 am, and by that time, Bluewater Panglao's airport representative was already waiting for us at the arrival area. Never in my entire life did I experience delays in Bluewater Panglao's airport transfers. They are always punctual! Plus, the airport representatives and the van drivers were all-smiles when they welcomed us.
The 30-minute drive from the airport was smooth and scenic. We were very comfortable with the spacious and clean van the resort had sent to pick us up. The driver was also gracious enough to bring us to a supermarket along the way as we had to buy some stuff for the duration of our stay.
The resort's resident manager, Edison Navas, welcomed us personally at the reception area. Again, just like any other resorts, we were handed our refreshing lemongrass drinks and cold towels. There's some kind of positive energy in there. All the staff have the warmest, contagious smiles on their faces. Something heartwarming and very Filipino.
|Our group with Bluewater Panglao's Edison Navas and his marketing and sales team|
While it was not yet time for standard check-in, the reception allowed us to go to our villa as soon as we completed all the data sheets they needed. We were also given a brief orientation of the resort and the many things we can do during our stay. Shiela from the front desk discussed which activities are complimentary (non-motorized water sports such as kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling) as well those that are charged on a per use basis. I believe this briefing is very important for you to plan your itinerary properly.
There is also a tours desk where you can inquire about out-of-the-resort tours and packages, a library where you can borrow books, and a boutique where you can buy souvenirs.
|Boutique and library|
The Honeymoon Villa
Unlike my previous stays in Bluewater Panglao when we would usually stay at a premiere deluxe room, we stayed at a honeymoon villa this time around. The 142 sqm villa radiates a romantic vibe, perfect for couples, and in our case, for four girl friends and a toddler.
What makes being in a villa different from being in a premiere deluxe room, you ask?
In a villa, space is not a question. You can move freely and comfortably even if you have tons of luggage with you. You are also guaranteed utmost privacy as villas are secluded with their own gates and are nestled far away from the premiere deluxe rooms. You can enjoy a dip in your own private dipping pool or cocktails in the confines of the villa's verdant lanai. Just stare at the greenery right in front of you and you are sure to get revitalized!
|Ayee enjoying the floating bed|
|The private dipping pool|
|Spacious and well-lit bathroom|
|The sun peeks through the glass roof|
|The villa looks out to a scenic lanai|
|Illy espresso machine|
|Your very own closet complete with a digital safe, a weighing scale, and beach slippers|
|The family pool villa|
|Toni enjoying an afternoon on a hammock|
Have a rejuvenating hilot massage at the Amuma Spa.
If you'll recall my previous posts way, way back, raving about how heavenly good the hilot massage at a cliffside in Bluewater Sumilon was, well, you can also have it here in Bluewater Panglao--this time, by the beach. The strokes are different from the usual Swedish massage as it incorporates traditional Filipino methods of kneading and relaxing tired muscles. They have well-trained masseuse that are on call. I suggest you do this in the afternoon while waiting for the sunset or at night after a long day out.
|A deep slumber awaits at Amuma Spa|
Those who are up for some water activities can check out the resort's dive shop where you can book fun dives around Panglao (Balicasag, Cabilao, Pamilacan, and many more), or borrow snorkeling gears, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards. The beach at Bluewater Panglao itself features scenic underwater.
|The dive shop concessionaire|
Food is never a problem in Bluewater Panglao as its lone restaurant Aplaya serves a variety of Filipino and international cuisine from breakfast to dinner. Again, the staff here are commendable for their efficient and friendly service.
|Delightful soft bread|
|My ultimate favorite adobo rice|
|Lechon Kawali a la carte|
|Carbonara for kids|
|My first plate|
|Dried seafood platter|
|Puto at sikwate (sticky rice and rich chocolate)|
Kudos to all the staff at Bluewater Panglao...you are indeed the resort's most valuable treasure. You made each stay at Bluewater Panglao worth remembering. Indeed, the resort is a home away from home, and the service--truly heartfelt and very Filipino.
|Before checking out|
|Goodbye Bluewater Panglao, 'til next time!!!|