Flashpack Trip day 7 was a day of pure rest and relaxation! We spent almost 7 hours lying on the pristine white sand, swimming in the clear blue waters of Panglao Island and just watched the day go by. Panglao Island in Bohol have wonderful beaches that are pretty much as beautiful as Boracay, minus the huge crowd. There is a public beach in the island, but since we wanted to spoil ourselves and experience a tiny bit of luxury that Panglao can offer, we looked for a resort that can accommodate day trippers. Bohol Beach Club was our top choice. Sadly, BBC was closed for renovation, so we headed to Alona Tropical Beach Resort instead. With the words "tropical" and "beach" on its name, Alona Tropical Beach resort sounded like PARADISE!
We arrived at 10:00 am, happily hopped off the van and approached the reception desk of Alona Tropical Beach Resort. We were greeted by a staff and surprisingly heard a you-are-not-welcome-here speech! He blabbed about the negative side of day tripping in the resort. His speech goes like: "You can't use the pool. There are no washrooms for day trippers. There are no cottages. You can go the public beach instead! I can arrange a van service for you."
What we heard was way too far from the warm Filipino hospitality that our country boasts! But no, we didn't made a U-turn! We all just stared at him and said "We are staying!" Why? Because Alona Tropical Beach Resort is perfect!!! We wouldn't let anyone deprive us from enjoying a beautiful sunny day in paradise!
On our way to the beach, we passed by a lovely nature trail. There is a souvenir shop across the reception area, a swimming pool that we were not allowed to use and a little zoo.
The beach!!! Oh, the beach looked so divine; fine white sand, blue waters and palm trees along the shore! There are no cottages, yet there are sunbeds! Most sunbeds were not taken when we arrived, so we were able to reserve three for the family.
We walked along the shore, spent some quiet quality time, basked under the sun and enjoyed the beach. Seven hours of rest and relaxation in Alona Tropical Beach Resort was rejuvenating!
When lunch time came, we went to the resort's restaurant. Baybayon Restaurant is located along the shores of Alona Beach. The restaurant is rustic! There are antique decors, wooden furniture and rattan chairs. We dined al fresco and savored the balmy summer breeze while feasting on seafood.
What we had at Baybayon Restaurant:
|Calamares Curry: sliced squid in light curry sauce|
|Fish Sweet and Sour: fried Tanguige in sweet and sour sauce|
|Camaron Rebosado: deep fried battered shrimps served with chili garlic sauce|
|Strawberry Ice Cream|
We had an awesome day trip at Alona Tropical Beach Resort. The resort is so beautiful. I could give a 10/10 rating if only we didn't had that incident at the reception area! Day trip has a very reasonable rate is of Php 300/person. The Php 300 fee is consumable and was just enough for our seafood lunch and coffee break.
Alona Tropical Beach Resort
Barangay Talawa, Panglao Island
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