This is a huge resort located on a hillside tumbling down to the sea. The part of the resort near the pool and restaurant is nicely landscaped and has steps leading down to the beach. The beach itself is a small quiet strip with signs designating swimming areas. It is a clean beach free of hawkers and has lounge chairs for guest use. Apart from the pool/restaurant/beach area, the rest of the resort is poorly laid out, a pain to navigate involving long hikes to get to the pool/beach area or to access public transportation to get to other parts of the island including the beach town of Alona. Although there were only three sets of guests when we were there, yet the restaurant was out of most of the items listed on their menu. If you like pancakes, garlic fried rice and fried fish, you'd be ok.
Originally we were booked in a standard room which is truly far from the pool/beach area. As an active senior, I found the long uphill/downhill walk exhausting. We then ask to move to a superior room near the pool/beach area, paid the additional cost and were happier. Our room had a partial seaview thru oddly placed utility facilities. The air conditioning is adequate but cannot be left on unless the room key is stuck in the power switch. The decor is pleasant dark wood (think Hampton Inn), the beds were comfy but there was no tub or hot water. Our room had a small attached patio with plastic furniture which we did not use because it had no seaview. We had all our meals at the resort restaurant because it was too much trouble and expense to leave the resort. The resort had a monopoly on shuttles anywhere and charged accordingly. There is wifi at the lobby area only and a laptop is available for about $3 an hour.
To be sure due to the resort being largely deserted and their roped off beach area, we did have a quiet beach holiday. The facilities are decent and clean. But I thought the $120 per night that we paid for our room was not a good value.
We went to Panglao Island during what should be a cooler time (Nov.), the weather remained stifling hot during daytime. So it's only in the early morning or early evening that swimming is comfortable. Although it is a small island, getting around, if one stayed at Flushing Meadow or neighboring property Bohol Bee Farm, is not easy. Alona beach town is crowded, noisy, dusty and lined with cheap bars, restaurants and souvenir stalls. Our multi day package included an island tour which I cannot recommend and airport pick up and drop off which I can recommend. As a beach holiday person, Panglao Island in general and Flushing Meadows in particular are not good value destinations. It maybe so for the backpacking or partying crowd but not for adults seeking a quiet, pleasant beach holiday. I thought I'd be finding a Boracay of 20 years ago or a Phuket or a Nusa Dua but it wasn't like any of those.
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