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Donatela Resort and Sanctuary

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KM16 Hoyohoy, Tawala, Panglao 6340 Philippines
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 09/30/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 09/30/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#3 of 11 hotels in Tawala
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Looking for a place to stay in Tawala? Then look no further than Donatela Resort and Sanctuary, a luxury hotel that brings the best of Tawala to your doorstep. Donatela Resort is a luxury villa resort offering a minibar, a refrigerator, and air conditioning in the rooms, and it is easy to stay connected during your stay as free wifi is offered to guests. The hotel features room service and a concierge. Plus, guests can enjoy a pool and breakfast, which have made this a popular choice among travelers visiting Tawala. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available. During your visit, be sure to check out a popular Tawala burritos restaurant such as Sunset Grill Authentic Mexican Food, which is a short distance from Donatela Resort and Sanctuary. We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Donatela Resort as you experience everything Tawala has to offer.
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LIFE WITH KRICH wrote a review Mar 2021
Cebu City, Philippines26 contributions1 helpful vote
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We spent 4 days in their beautiful pool villa with a canopy roof. Definitely one of its kind not just in Bohol but in the Philippines! It’s hard not to notice how rich the villa is with different cultures from Filipino to Balinese, African and Chinese interior designs. It’s like taking you to places without having to leave. Situated in the midst of lush botanical gardens, staying in the villa all day is such a treat. You wake up in the morning listening to nature’s music around you – birds chirping, leaves dancing in the air and pool waters calming your soul. Tranquility at its finest! One of the many things that we look forward to everyday is having breakfast at Tarsier Paprika. Three breakfasts at the resort and we were able to try everything that’s on their menu, including their famous croissant and Danish bread which are freshly baked in their oven every morning. According to the resort manager, Sir Alan Dimayuga, how their croissants are made are with the same quality of those you can find in Paris. Well, we haven’t been to Paris but at Donatela, we had a taste of Paris without even leaving. Amazing! ✨ Did I mention the breakfast view, too? Simply breathtaking! You can even opt to dine inside the air-conditioned sea view rooms or al fresco at the veranda. The view at the restaurant is so relaxing and breathtaking. You shouldn’t miss Donatela’s Signature Tomahawk Steak. We had it during our romantic dinner and it was amazing! We are such a huge fans of steaks and we were able to finish their large tomahawk steak with just the two of us. We had our first basic horseback riding lessons in Donatela and to say that it was fun is an understatement. We had zero knowledge but in just an hour, we were able to handle the horses on our own around the arena, then around the resort. Their signature massage is a must-try, too! One of the best massages that we had. Their spa village is so picturesque as well. SAFETY PROTOCOLS The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the way we travel but Donatela made sure that they follow the new normal protocols to keep their guests safe. The resort is huge enough and even if they take full capacity, guests wouldn’t encounter each other closely. They have hygienic kits in the villa complete with masks, tissue, alcohol, sanitizer and off lotion for insect bites. The staff are wearing masks and face shields, keeping their safe distance. The restaurant is regularly sanitized, too, and washing area is strategically placed to be more accessible to everyone. Thank you so much for the hospitability and warm welcome, sir Alan Dimayuga. He’s one of the most accommodating resort managers that we’ve met. Thank you for taking care of us and looking after our needs throughout our stay. We had a great time at Donatela and we’ll be back soon. 😊💖 You can read about our full review of Donatela on our blog (Life with Krich) and watch our staycation vlog on Youtube (Life with Krich)
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Response from Alan Dimayuga, General Manager at Donatela Resort and Sanctuary
Responded Mar 10, 2021
Dear Life with Krich, Thank you so much for giving us a 5 star review and that your overall stay and experience was positive and were able. enjoy the wholeness of the resort, from the villa design and it's interiors, the serviced comfort, the food and the view at our popular Paprika Restaurant, your spa experience, and learning to ride the horses. Again, management and the entire team of Donatela Resort and Sanctuary was pleased to be of service, and we look forward in welcoming you back, soon? All the best Alan
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Steve & Amy G wrote a review Jan 2020
United States91 contributions45 helpful votes
We booked the family villa for our group and it was perfect! We enjoyed the privacy and the first class amenities the resort offered. You hardly saw other guests except at the restaurant and sometimes at the pool. The overall ambiance was peaceful and relaxing. For much of our 4-night stay we felt like we were the only guests and it was great! Service was fantastic -- from the moment we checked in to the time we left. I accidentally left my phone as we were checking out and the hotel sent a van to return my phone before we boarded our flight -- that's extra service! We interacted a lot with the GM who was very accommodating and friendly. The restaurant staff were very responsive but like in most restaurants in the area, they move on "island time" -- so just be patient. My one suggestions is for the staff to get trained to be more proactive and attentive to the guests (to refill water, etc) rather than waiting to be asked The views from the restaurant are fantastic and not to be missed.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from Alan D, General Manager at Donatela Resort and Sanctuary
Responded Jan 10, 2020
Dear Steve and Amy, Thank you so much for sharing a review on Trip Advisor and giving us a 5! The entire team greatly appreciated your rating. We are glad to learn that you enjoyed your stay and that everyone had a good time. Your suggestion was well taken and we will pay attention to it. In the meantime, we hope to welcome you back or see you again soon. You have my card, and do not hesitate to call or email if there is anything I can do for you. Our best wishes for 2020! Alan
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JJPanglao wrote a review Dec 2019
Panglao Island, Philippines4 contributions3 helpful votes
Been coming to the restaurant for 8 years. So disappointed today. Service ordinary, F & B manager shouting at staff. Food 1/2 portions and prices increased by 30%. Hope u get the tourists ...we wont be back.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Alan D, General Manager at Donatela Resort and Sanctuary
Responded Dec 16, 2019
Thank you for sharing a review on Trip Advisor, and its thru guest comments where and how we can do better and improve the quality of service we provide our valued guests like your good self. Our manager might have been heard loud, due to the serenity of the place, but rest assured everyone had been reminded to be more discreet not to catch any attention of our dining customers. This our sincerest apology. Rest assured the portions has not been reduced, and prices had been adjusted due to cost considerations. We hope this does not mar your overall impression of the place, and please allow us to serve you again. You may call me up directly and wish to welcome you back personally at Donatela Hotel. My warmest regards.
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Bert Del Rosario wrote a review Dec 2019
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An amazing hotel with accommodating staff, Donatella Resort in Panglao provides breathtaking views of the Bohol Sea, We were picked up by Donatella's Luxury van at Panglao International Airport, 10 minutes aways from the hotel, As soon as we got to the lobby we were greeted with a warm welcome by the attentive front desk staff and manager. The hotel is filled with world-class Villas to include a private pool with crystal-clear waters, SPA village, stables with a mini zoo and Botanical Garden.The villas, influenced by traditional Ifugao tribal houses, are surrounded by orchards, perfect for romantic escape, The food at Paprika, a restaurant with a view of Bohol sea was nothing short of delicious. Try their mixed-green salad with kingfish carpaccio, the seafood bisque, and the main course-grilled Tomahawk steak with roasted potatoes and green pepper sauce on the side.Chef Steve grilled our steak to perfection, and the food & wine was served by Liza and her Team. After dinner, my wife and I had a room-service massage, which I can highly recommended. We would like to thanks Mr Ala D. and his incredible staff for an amazing experience . This hotel defined the meaning of a Five Star, Five Diamond Hotel. We will definitely be going back for our next anniversary.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Michelle Del Rosario wrote a review Oct 2019
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One of the best vacations I’ve taken yet. The villas are absolutely beautiful and the staff were always so warm & welcoming. Highlights for me were the views by the ocean, the hilot massage, and the convenience of booking any of the excursions. The hotel also provides a shuttle to Alona beach which is great to go for the nightlife. I would highly recommend this place!
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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PRICE RANGE
$288 - $639 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Tarsier Botanika Resort
LOCATION
PhilippinesVisayasBohol ProvincePanglao IslandPanglaoTawala
NUMBER OF ROOMS
14
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Frequently Asked Questions about Donatela Resort and Sanctuary
Which popular attractions are close to Donatela Resort and Sanctuary?
Nearby attractions include Tarsier Botanika (0.7 miles), Alona Beach (0.7 miles), and Aluna Beach Lounge (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Donatela Resort and Sanctuary?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Donatela Resort and Sanctuary?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Donatela Resort and Sanctuary?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Donatela Resort and Sanctuary?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Donatela Resort and Sanctuary?
Conveniently located restaurants include Shaka Bohol, Paprika, and Saffron.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Donatela Resort and Sanctuary?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Does Donatela Resort and Sanctuary have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Donatela Resort and Sanctuary offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Donatela Resort and Sanctuary?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Donatela Resort and Sanctuary offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Donatela Resort and Sanctuary?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Balay Kabilin (8.2 miles).