If you are looking for an idyllic, un-crowded, un-commercialised setting, then look no further, this really is a lovely area of the island. The resort is very pretty, and the hosts always on hand to cater to your every whim and handle any questions, they welcome you so warmly you are instantly made to feel at home.
We stayed in a bungalow, the standard and style is rustic, bathroom adequate and clean, my friend found it a bit dated,The views from our bungalow out onto the ocean made the room perfect in my view. The water pressure in our shower was an issue, the shower was just a slight drip, i never reported the issue, as I anticipated the island was likely still emerging in terms of modern faciliities. There was a power outage for a few minutes one night this added to my excitment and reinforced I was in the tropics, and in an uncommercialised, still emerging part of the world.
Food: The board basis is flexible so you can add dinner or remove it as per your needs. There is no bar or restaurant culture in this area of the island, so you need to consider you will likely stay in the resort. The resort staff ask guests to specify the day before what they want from the dinner menu, we found having to decide what to eat for dinner the day before eating a bit of a headache, who knows what we will fancy tomorrow! In terms of the cuisine standard, my holiday friend’s appetite was never satisfied and she often felt hungry. Not the case for me, but a couple of times the standard of cooking left something to be desired with a couple of meals being over cooked, very dry and not very nice. They also forgot our breakfast once and we waited over an hour, but hey ho that’s island life and part of the charm sometimes. As soon as we commented to the manager - our breakfast arrived pronto, which was great, and a little amusing too, as we guessed the kitchen staff were royally reprimanded
The resort organised a boat trip to a nearby island and nature reserve, I was allowed to climb the cave chamber by the guide, it was the best trip I’ve been on in ages, the boat staff were amazing! No child life jackets aboard though, so something they need to address for the future.
If I travelled on my own I would be a bit mindful of the tension and stark contrast of tourist wealth compared to lack of wealth amongst locals. The resort and all the neighbouring resorts are fortressed, to prevent crime, this works well, however I am an independent female traveller and like to nose around. I am not sure the Philippines are as safe as I would like for a girl travelling alone, I fear I may be a target for theft. I never felt threatened once, but can see if a tourist is not mindful, locals may be tempted to opportunistic crime and an unsuspecting tourist may fall prey. I saw no evidence of this but the contrast between tourists and locals was evident, outside the resort and this created some discomfort. I Would love to revisit both the resort and the island again, I had a fantastic holiday and can’t wait to revisit with more friends, it was perfect everything I expected. My thanks to all the staff.
I hope you find my review helpful and balanced.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just high enough above the beach and house reef to enhance the view, this ample bungalow resort set in 2.5 Hectares of landscaped gardens in the region of Anda on the island of Bohol. At 40 meters above the sea, the volcanic rocky plateau provides a breathtaking view on the open sea and promises unforgettable sunsets. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Star Dive Hotel Anda
- Blue Star Dive & Resort Anda, Bohol Province