Two months before our trip to Bohol, I was having a slight panic attack. By this time everything should have been arranged and reservations have been confirmed. But I still couldn’t find an accommodation for 10 people that was affordable and would allow us to cook our own meals. The hotel rooms that could fit this number of people ranged from Php 6,000-8,000 and we didn’t have the freedom to cook our food which would mean a larger budget tfor food. I scoured Agoda and TripAdvisor and I stumbled upon a cute-looking home in the middle of Panglao Island – Panglao Bed and Breakfast.
The rate in Agoda indicated Php 4,000 per night for 8 plus Php 350 for each extra pax (rates may change according to the month/season of your trip). I wanted to book it right away, but some sixth sense told me to contact the owners directly. And I’m so glad I did because Kuya Boy (the owner) gave me a slightly lower price than the published rates! 🙂 I paid the required down payment of Php 2,000 for our six-nights stay and they immediately confirmed my reservation.
We haven’t yet arrived in Bohol, but I knew immediately that their service was very good. A few days before I trip, they texted me to ask me what time our flight was. I didn’t reply right away so they called me to confirm. And without even my asking, Kuya Boy assured me that they had everything we would need at the house. It wasn’t a beachfront accommodation but the transfers to and from Alona Beach was free. But I felt we wouldn’t require it as much since the house had its own pool. How cool is that?
The house had three standard rooms and one family room. All 10 of us were able to fit comfortably in the house. The beds were very comfortable and the comforters kept us warm and cozy from the air conditioners during the night.
I forgot to take a picture of the family room. It is more spacious than the other rooms. It had a bed similar to those in the standard rooms and was also able to fit two more single beds. It had its own bathroom with a bathtub which I definitely used. 😀 There was another toilet near the living room and a shower room at the side of the house for rinsing before and after swimming.
We enjoyed every part of the Panglao Bed and Breakfast. We truly felt like it was our home away from home because we were free to move around the house and use its amenities.
My favorite part of the house was the kitchen and all its contents. The drawers were filled with spoons, forks, plates and glasses for everyone. The cooking utensils were all complete. We just had to rummage through the various cabinets and drawers to find what we need to cook. There was a small storage room beside the kitchen where we stored our groceries and where the water dispenser was located. Outside it was the grilling area which was quite useful on our second night.
Breakfast came free with the house. Every night, Kuya Boy would ask me the time we would be leaving the next day and he’d suggest the perfect time for breakfast. I wake up early to find the dining table already arranged and just waiting for the food to be served. The servings were generous with fruits for dessert. As I remember it, these were our viands for our five breakfasts at the house: tocino, daing na bangus, tapa, longganisa and ham. When we went island hopping, we had to leave the house at 6 AM. Kuya Boy offered to have our breakfast packed so we can eat after our dolphin-watching adventure. As we were leaving, he handed us two insulated bags where our breakfast was neatly packed in microwaveable containers. They didn’t forget the utensils, ketchup and our fruit dessert. There was even fruit juice in there.
The thing I miss most about the house would probably be the pets of Kuya Boy. He had three cute and sweet puppies that loved to play with us: Boyang, Tiny and Shade. I wished that I could take them with me 😀
The rooms at Panglao Bed and Breakfast can be rented individually or you can have the whole house if you are a party of eight or more. The rates change based on the seasons so best check with them first. They also offer tour packages that are competitively-priced. They are very good hosts and were able to grant our requests during our stay. 🙂 Their contact details can be found in the below picture.