We booked South Palms and moved to it from another one along the beach all within 15 minutes following a disagreement with our previous hotel! Great decision! It is fantastic! It is a new hotel set up on part of what used to be Bohol Beach Club or BBC as the locals call it and has only been open since Dec 2013. They have renovated and built many more rooms and done a really good job. Although this is obviously aimed at the higher end market, due to its recent opening we were able to get it at a lower rate through Agoda and it was worth every peso!
Staff were frankly amazing, so helpful, attentive, friendly and polite. They were particularly helpful when a small medical issue occurred and we needed to visit the local hospital which they arranged for us. We were driven there by Orlando, in the hotel van and accompanied by the Hotel Nurse, Joseph who could not have done more to smooth the progress with the local doctor and the collecting of the prescription. On our return they provided a hot compress – just what the doctor ordered! The staff literally fell over themselves to be amenable and helpful – eg standing holding a torch to guide us to dinner, running to provide us with umbrellas as we walked through reception and it started to rain and even pulling up an extra chair at the table to place my handbag on! We felt thoroughly spoilt!
We had a lovely room, very modern, nice bathroom, fridge, kettle and tea and coffee provided. There was also a safe and umbrellas provided. We also had wifi in our room but am not sure if that was whether we were close to reception or whether it is generally available in all rooms but it was much appreciated anyway! There are two lovely pools on site and the one at the west end is an infinity pool set between the restaurant and the beach bar. There are comfortable loungers all along the massive beach frontage already set out with umbrellas and towels. There are also some cabanas along the beach and the spa is actually run from 4 beachfront cabanas. When I went for a massage there were groundsmen sweeping and raking the sand all around me as I was dressing and undressing and would have appreciated a little more privacy! I thought the massages were also a reasonable price for a luxury hotel (650 pesos)! There is also a shop in which the prices seemed quite good.
All restaurant staff were really good, always trying their very best to assist and seemingly very interested in chatting to us. We had breakfast included in the price which was very nice, although as there were not enough people to justify a buffet they still provided a good choice a la carte. We also ate evening meals there (it would be a fair walk along the beach to go anywhere else!) and they too were good and well presented - bit more pricy than other hotels but to be expected for the type of resort. We also ate at the pool bar and that too was very pleasant.
Whilst the hotel is still in a developmental stage and decidedly quiet at the time of our visit, there is massive potential and it should do very well as it is on a gorgeous white sandy beach and has a wide range of high standard accommodation. They really look after the beach and the grounds and there is a whole army of people sweeping, raking and tidying all day long. The beach is much nicer and quieter than nearby Alona Beach. You can snorkel right in front of the hotel but compared to other places there was not an awful lot to see.
All in all a fantastic hotel and we would love to go back one day!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The longest stretch there is in the entire island- South Palms Resort Panglao stands out with its unique blend of spectacular seascape, cool private villas and warm Boholano hospitality. Discover architecture that highlights local craftsmanship and Boholano heritage. Just a few steps from the beach, each of our tropical-styled rooms frames a panoramic glimpse of the sea. And just beyond our sandy shores, marine sanctuaries teeming with aquatic life awaits you. First-class amenities cater to a wide range of activities including sports, business and recreation. Fresh produce and live catch from our farms are delivered daily straight to our kitchens for fabulous meals everyday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- South Palms Resort Bohol Province/Panglao Island