Recently, Derick and I visited Bohol together with my mother-in-law as our vacation treat to her. Here’s how our 4 days and 3 nights stay at The Bellevue Resort Panglao Island, Bohol unfolded.
We booked Bellevue Resort because of its impressive reviews and fellow blogger’s recommendations. You read it right, we did research first prior to booking our accommodation. Although Derick and I had a preferred accommodation in mind (a luxury boutique resort where we stayed few years back) we also wanted to experience other resorts as well. I must admit that by just looking at Bellevue’s pictures on Instagram made me more excited to see it in person. Plus if you book directly from their website for a minimum of 2 nights, you can automatically avail of their free resort round-trip transfers.
Checking In/ Lobby and Reception
We arrived at the Bohol Seaport at around one o’clock in the afternoon (on time as our scheduled arrival). The transfer driver was already waiting for us and he immediately assisted us with our luggage. Our transfer was smooth and we reached at the resort an hour earlier than check-in time.
As soon as we reached the resort, Lloyd of the concierge promptly took our luggage from the car and set it aside for safekeeping as we don’t have our rooms ready yet.
The beautiful garden, the colorful umbrella decors and the captivating view of the beach greeted us as soon as we entered the resort lobby. At that moment we knew that we are going to love our stay at Bellevue. Yes, the WOW factor was real!
Although the check-in process was a breeze, we did not get to settle in our room right away for two reasons. First, we were an hour earlier for resort’s standard check-in time and second they upgraded us to a room with a sea view.
The free upgrade was a steal and we truly appreciate the kind gesture. However it would be nice if the receptionists would show a little bit of enthusiasm and give extra smiles to the guests. Also she did not inform us that if we choose to avail of the complimentary daily activities, we need to book it in advance to secure our slots. Although we cannot totally blame her because we also failed to read the instruction on ‘how to join‘ in the large pamphlet she gave us. But at least she could have given us some heads up about it.
Deluxe Sea View Room
View from our balcony
We had the King size bed and Mommy had a single extra bed placed along side with ours. Frankly, the room was perfect for 2 adults only. Unfortunately with an extra bed, the room becomes a little bit crowded. But still it was manageable for the 3 of us sharing the room because most of the time we were outside anyway. So no big deal for us.
In-room basic amenities were all provided. I can’t think of anything that was lacking during our stay. One time complimentary snacks were also given. The pillow menu was very helpful since Mommy required a specific pillow and thankfully they have orthopedic pillows available.
The only issue we had with our room was the dusty corners and the sand that were not totally wiped off from the floor. We noticed it as soon as we settled into our room on the first day. Perhaps paying attention to details can help improve room cleanliness.
Infinity Pool and Beach Area
These views made me speechless, so I will let the photos speak for itself. I’m sure all of you will agree that this place is a paradise.
Food and Dining
The resort has 2 restaurants, the Lamian restaurant where the daily breakfast buffet is served and the Marea Al Fresco Dining that offers ala carte food. Both restaurants serves not only a variety of dishes from several cuisines but also delightful meals that everyone will certainly enjoy.
Marea Al Fresco Dining
The breakfast spread was outstanding. It has a wide array of hot meals and also fresh selections to choose from. I’m happy that the hot dishes were changed daily since I don’t like to repeat food everyday. The freshly baked pastries and delicious native delicacies were quite impressive too.
The best halo-halo I ever had…
During our entire stay, we had our meals at the Marea restuarant. I can’t enumerate the food that we had, but I think we tasted more or less 60% of the food in the menu. Everything was well prepared, perfectly cooked and very delicious. The portions were big and the prices are very reasonable.
The best thing about our experience in both restaurant was that every time we dine, all the staff were very accommodating and happy to serve us. Hazel the restaurant supervisor was there all the time to assist us and made sure that we were well taken cared of. When we requested something not available in the menu she did her best to provide what we wanted. I really appreciated her effort and her willingness to go extra mile just to make us happy. She is truly a gem that the Bellevue Resort should be proud of.
Fitness Center and Spa
Both fitness center and spa can be found at the basement of Marea restaurant. The gym is very small and there are only few exercise equipment (as shown on the picture above). Anyway, who would stay in the gym when you are in paradise.
Of course our vacation is not complete without indulging on a body massage. For us, it is a must. After our tiring Bohol countryside tour, we enjoyed a 90-minute Swedish whole body massage to calm our tired muscles. The therapist assigned to us were all good and they were able to deliver the service accordingly with regards to our health concerns.
There’s no such thing as perfect resort but I believe the tiny issues I mentioned above can be improved right away. Overall, the kind gesture of upgrading our room and the exceptional service we received from the restaurant staff were all that matters to us during our stay. We will never forget the warm hospitality extended to us by the management as well.
So if you will ask me, what are the things that I will surely miss about Bellevue resort? These would be my answers: (1) impressive beach views (2) delicious food (not to mention the halo-halo) and (3) exceptional service (especially Hazel).
I hope we will get another opportunity to visit Bohol again and when that happens we will again choose The Bellevue Resort.