For someone who plans to visit Bohol and will stay at Panglao island, one will immediately think of booking in Alona Beach; the most popular beach resort in the area of Panglao. I’ve been to this place and I could say that this is the quiet version of Boracay.
Alona Beach is a mixed of party and relaxation. As I have observed, there are still spots with few people swimming, free from boats and vendors. We go to Alona every night (during our stay) to eat and have some drinks since there are many restaurants and bars here. If you are after the convenience of having everything in front of you, I would suggest you stay here.
Yet, have you heard about this area in Panglao called Dumaluan Beach? To be honest, I’m not aware of this place until my friend recommends it to me. I told her that I need a place where I could be laze, calm and has a nicer beach. Her recommendation did satisfy me.
The next thing that I need to arrange was how to conveniently see different tourist spots in Bohol? Definitely, do-it-yourself will not work here. Unless I am not afraid to drive a motorcycle to tour around the island. I got other suggestions like to rent a private car or van. You can also do public transportation to check out places, but I’m telling you that would be tiring. The solution I have in mind is to get a package tour.
I checked the tours offered by different agencies and resorts, yet I find it expensive. I admit that I’m a DIY person so getting an arranged tour is not for me though in this case, it is the best thing to do. After comparing prices and offers day and night. I decided to get the Package B from Dumaluan Beach Resort.
For other packages please click Dumaluan Beach Resort Packages.
What I love more about Dumaluan Beach Resort was their service. As we arrived at the airport, the van is already available. Take note: we did not expect that we will have an exclusive service, so we have the van all by ourselves. The van looks new, clean and odorless. We already have an arranged itinerary, but we are the one who managed our time. For me, it is important that they let us stay regardless how long per tourist spots.
We arrived late afternoon in the resort and the check-in was smooth. As expected, there are few people staying here. The ambiance is definitely relaxing. Dumaluan beach resort is a wide garden resort in front of the beach. There is also a pool area for both kids and adults.
Admittedly, I don’t love our room for a reason. I’m not a fan of high ceiling room. I find it odd to see a high ceiling room with the usual things inside the bed, TV, and few other stuff. Also, another minus point for the shower which doesn’t have a heater. Aside from their complimentary wi-fi, that doesn’t give us strong connection inside the room. This is tolerable since I didn’t go on a vacation to connect myself on social media. For me as long as the bed is okay and the AC is working fine. I have nothing to complain.
Since our package comes with breakfast buffet, I lowered my standard to avoid disappointments. Only a few hotels I’ve been with serves good breakfast buffet. I could say that their food here is acceptable but limited to FEW choices. Well, the best part of our breakfast was actually not the food but eating at their Al Fresco. The view of the white sand, the calm sea, and the blue sky was breathtaking. Absolutely, an awesome way to start our day.
The food that we ordered for lunch was a different story. With all fairness, it was good but expect that it comes with a price. Well, most things in Bohol are expensive so I was not surprised. There is another resort beside Dumaluan where we buy food for snacks. I believe they are also selling cheaper food for lunch and dinner too.
The most recommended thing about this area is the tranquility it offers to everyone. I wake up every morning, walking around the beach on barefoot to feel the powdery white sand touches my skin. The view of the striking clear, clean, turquoise green water was stunning. Further, I’m in love with its beautiful skyline.
During the afternoon, before the sunset I just go beach bum. I do nothing but lay down in the beach chair while watching few people swimming. This made me wish that I have my favorite book with me. This is also the best time to see the changing skyline of Panglao; the moment when the sun is about to set.
There was a band playing that night (I’m not sure if every night or just at weekends) although, this is not a place to party. It is still ideal for people who are looking for a relaxing way to drink. I believe drinking at their Alfresco while listening to music and feeling the fresh air is a good way to end the night. I noticed that the band doesn’t usually stay late. Maybe to give a peaceful atmosphere to all the guest. That is something people who want relaxation are looking for, a good night sleep.
Choosing a place to stay will always depends on people’s preferences. Most individuals are looking for a stunning beach front resort, others are okay if not. Some are into amenities, others are eyeing for entertainment while some are for relaxation.
Whatever preferences we have in mind. I believe that the most important thing is to enjoy our vacation. It’s not just about the place where we will stay. It is more about the memories that we are creating in that place.
If you are planning to visit Panglao Island in Bohol and you are looking for a breath of fresh air. You can book a discounted room via booking with Traveloka.
For the list of all tourist spots that we visited please check Bohol: An Island full of wonder!.