I recently had plans to go to Panglao in Bohol and decided to randomly search for a place where I could stay overnight. As I searched, I came across L'Elephant Bleu and thought it provided the signs for me to book there, seeing as how my girlfriend is enamored with elephants and my favorite color is blue... yeah, I took those as my signs... It turns out that my decision to book at this place was very providential, as it was a very nice place to stay.
A mere 5 minute walk (really, it's just 5 minutes) from Alona Beach, L'Elephant Bleu provides you with the luxury of the beach while not having to spend a luxury's worth of money. Mercy and Nila, the two very able and courteous attendants of the place, are very much accommodating, providing us with the information that we needed to have a pleasant stay. The rooms are spacious enough, the shower was great, and the air-conditioning was sufficient. My only criticism is probably a personal thing - the pillows were too flat. Other than that, the room was just right. So much so that once you hit the bed, you just want to doze off and forget about everything else.
The food is also great - for dinner we had a Margherita pizza as well as a Beefy pizza. They came with softdrinks. Expecting a circular, saucer-sized pizza, I was pleasantly surprised when the actual one came out. It was made out of ciabatta bread (I suspect) that was more likely than not baked fresh by the establishment and was something that was good for two persons of MY appetite. For breakfast the next morning, I got the hotdog-sunny side up-rice-juice combo. It served its purpose well. And what was even better was that they allowed my girlfriend to add something additional since the bill of her complimentary breakfast ran up to only Php85. When these were served, I was okay with how it looked. It taste like many other breakfast meals and didn't really bare any difference. They also serve affordable wines by the glass! 80++ pesos for a glass of wine?!? Really? Really!
Also, at the first floor of the establishment is located a Kids Activity Centre named Friendly Waters, and it was being run by two friends from where I worked before. I also ran into another alumnus from the University where I worked for who also turns out to have been the roommate of my older brother. The center provides things that young children can do in order to progress in their schooling. "Learning by Doing" is the concept behind it and it seems to be pretty successful, based on the documentation shown along the walls.
So, if you're looking for an affordable place that is very near the beach (come on, some walking will do you good), then this resort is for you.
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