A holiday paradise

Kristelle Jenine Campos Ortega, USJ- R Masscom (The Freeman) - December 28, 2014 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines – Bohol is known for its Chocolate Hills, underground caves and pristine white sand beaches. But the thing that keeps all these natural attractions intact is little known, if at all. The Boholanos have their ways of preserving natural landscapes and conserving their rich natural resources. This is evident even in their ways of providing leisure, to locals and tourists alike.

Despite the disaster that damaged many of Bohol’s historical landmarks last year, the spirit of the people is intact.  Quickly, restoration work has been put in place. The island’s tourism is now back in shape, new vacation sites have even been mapped.

In Panglao is a new haven – a half-mile fine white sand beachline, a patch of paradise, a perfect holiday escapade. South Palms Resort is a new pride to Bohol. It’s definitely a piece of the island’s natural beauty, complemented by apt architectural design and the famous Boholano hospitality.

The resort is about an hour of land trip from Tagbilaran seaport and airport.  It may seem like a long trip – but the calm and serenity that await at the end of it is all worth the eager anticipation. The sight of palm trees and the sweet scent of the sea breeze are a refreshing welcome like no other.

Tranquility permeates the place. The warm hospitality that characterizes the various resort services all the more incites happy hormones. The wide space for recreational activities and casual walks by the beach is liberating.

The line of umbrella lounges on the beach beckons anyone in need of relaxation. With the sunset in the background, a cocktail at hand, and toes thrust in the fine sand, the blues are nowhere nearby.

There are facilities and various services for relaxation: a fitness gym, courts for ballgames and spa homes. And the beach is not the only water to dip into – there are also several pools around. Swinging hammock beds and fiber sways under the palm trees offer good rest, with the lulling blows of the sea wind. Activities such as dolphin watching, snorkeling and scuba diving trips and day tours are offered, too.

South Palms Resort is perfect as well for special occasions. Well-equipped function rooms and charming setups allow for any gatherings, from meetings to celebrations.  And to bring the weekends and special occasions to the next level, local performers serenade guests, their cool music making the sumptuous dinner of local and international fares and fresh seafood dishes – at the resort’s Oceanica restaurant – all the more delectable. A mini bar also caters to anyone wishing to loosen up a bit.

Guest rooms are available at private villas, with pool view and by the beachfront, single or twin occupancy. Each room cloaks in pacific interiors and comforting amenities. With back porches giving a perfect view of the horizon, the early morning sea reflects the sunrise in its full grandeur.

A dream holiday in paradise, indeed. Good for bonding with family, for group excursions, or for an intimate time with a dearly beloved. For those left behind, Bohol delicacies and souvenirs are available at the resort’s gift shop.

The South Palms Resort website is at www.southpalmsresort.com; email address is info.southpalmsresort.com.

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