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Butch

Bohol Beach Club Resort in Panglao Island

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Hi,

Right, to start off this is NOT a cheap destination, well, the destination is cheap but the resort is not. This is a TR from 2015, but it gives you an idea of what is available in the RP, because a bit of searching on the same Island can get you a similar or equivalent break. This was actually an anniversary gift to me from Mrs Butch, we stayed there 2 days and again, it's pictorial.

In order to get to Panglao you first need to fly there, Cebu pacific do the cheapest flights for around the 1200-3000 php mark depending upon time of travel and level of service you want. Panglao now has a new international airport, which, considering the shithole of the one we landed in before is a massive improvement.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohol–Panglao_International_Airport

The last one was literally a concrete strip in the jungle (or so it seemed).

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Coming out of the airport there are numerous Taxis around unless you have pre booked, they'll run you into town for the usual rip off fee of php150, or pre book one to the BBC for php 300.

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The drive is eerily peaceful and roads are quiet, a far different and welcome change from Manila

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The pace of provincial philippine life is much more sedate and relaxing. just as well because I was pretty shagged from 6 months in Manila.

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Believe it or not these houses are very old, and are actually Earthquake proof. I love these old style dwellings, but wouldn't want to live in one, I prefer air con and wifi with my LED TV and ice cold beers, cheers.

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Again there are more modern houses, all need to be Earthquake proof as bohol lies on a massive fault line, and they had had an Earthquake just before we arrived, it looked like the Luftwaffe had been doing practice runs on the town.

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fucking total and utter gridlock.

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All things considered, infrastructure is pretty good.

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Takes about 40 mins depending upon traffic and it's a great drive

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The club itself is very modern with great facilities and an awesome beach, as good as anything LOS has to offer I think, but at a higher price. Rooms are spacious with good water pressure, great A/C and all the usual free stuff.

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Pool area was scrupulously clean.

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Mrs Butch off to stuff her piehole with rice as usual. This is the restaurant area, be warned though when we were there the food chioce was minimal and one would expect decent seafood, but apparently because the BBC was just recently renovated or taken over (can't remember which) they hadn't established reliable suppliers of seafood, to which I said there must be hundreds of bloody fishermen, just get a daily catch and adjust the menu accordingly, hence the name "Catch of the Day" - but my advice was kind of lost...

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In front of the pool area is the private (as in, no public and armed guards to ensure the peasants like me don't pinch your ipod while you swim) beach, which again is scrupulously clean.

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Yes, they employ people to pick up seaweed so it is clean and tidy,

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The BBC is an expensive resort, even more so these days but the level of service is incredible. In 2014/15 when we were there it was just recently taken over and had sold some of the land at the back, making it more exclusive. normally I'd baulk at paying the prices but it was a one off trip for us to celebrate 10 years of unhappy and tortuous marriage.

So, in summary, if you want a high end resort experience with a picture perfect beach and experience, the go to the BBC, if you want to save some money and get nearly the same kind of experience, then do a search on the island and book a cheaper resort, you will enjoy it.

I also have pics of the town itself, but there on another HDD, it was a wreck when we visited having been hit hard by the quake, there were buildings destroyed and no attempt in some cases to even corden them off, if I find it I'll put another TR up.

 

 

 

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That looks real nice.Shows Pattaya's beach and sea for the dump it is.

Never been to the Phillipines myself,but have mates that used to go there a lot in the past.Just got into the the Thailand routine,stick to what you know attitude.

Top post mate.

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Thanks, like going to places that have nice green/blue water like that, I find it very relaxing for some reason....

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9 hours ago, Horizondave said:

Thanks for posting, did you go to the bar areas, any photos....

Thanks for the replies, in answer, no, panglao and that area doesn’t have a bar scene as such, it’s mostly restaurants and small bars in the town itself, a bit of a trip away. I tend to avoid the bar scene on the whole In the RP, only ever been to Angeles once, passing thru and Manila takes an age to get anywhere so I tend not to bother . If anything I might pop into the Manila bay cafe (previously LA Cafe) but if anything I tend to grab the Cebu Pacific flight to Bkk and spend a week or so in Pattaya.

where we live in Manila there are numerous local bars, oddly enough it took me 5 years to find them, I was walking the dogs one day when I decided to take a different route, only to stumble upon a load of bars down a side street less than 15 minutes walk away from the house When I asked Mrs butch why she hadn’t mentioned them, the reply I got was “you never asked”. Needless to say I might pop in for a red horse if I’m out with the dogs and in the area , but they’re not particularly salubrious and neither are the clientele.

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3 hours ago, Butch said:

Thanks for the replies, in answer, no, panglao and that area doesn’t have a bar scene as such, it’s mostly restaurants and small bars in the town itself, a bit of a trip away. I tend to avoid the bar scene on the whole In the RP, only ever been to Angeles once, passing thru and Manila takes an age to get anywhere so I tend not to bother . If anything I might pop into the Manila bay cafe (previously LA Cafe) but if anything I tend to grab the Cebu Pacific flight to Bkk and spend a week or so in Pattaya.

where we live in Manila there are numerous local bars, oddly enough it took me 5 years to find them, I was walking the dogs one day when I decided to take a different route, only to stumble upon a load of bars down a side street less than 15 minutes walk away from the house When I asked Mrs butch why she hadn’t mentioned them, the reply I got was “you never asked”. Needless to say I might pop in for a red horse if I’m out with the dogs and in the area , but they’re not particularly salubrious and neither are the clientele.

Not the EDSA bars then which I still hear are good, maybe it was the Burgos street bars or even the few still in Ermita.  Can't say I am a lover of the MBC, difficult to have a meal or a quite drink without being hustled by a load of girls.  OK if looking for some action but tiresome if just wanting to unwind alone. I remember going for a pie and chips 2 years ago at the Southern Cross hotel and being groped by a girl offering a short time, told her I was there for the pie and chips.  She got annoyed when I told her to move away to which she replied that she could sit anywhere. I told her she was closer to my pie and chips than I was.....

Love the Philippines though, had some great years living there but never made Bohol, on my 'to do' list.

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A good venue to relax nowadays (if you like music) are the Cowboy Grills, they always have some really good bands on and it is a pretty hassle free experience, failing that, MOA has a few bars and restaurants, and just a little way along from there is Blue Wave which again is a secure area (very clean and nothing like Mabini) which is a rake of bars playing live music and offering food and drinks. It's actually a really good night out there if you are already with someone, and should you be on the hunt, then a few girls are also present but not as overt as Burgos etc.

We live near to Alabang Zapote in Bacoor, so the CG is a 10 min drunken drive away from home, MOA a bit further but at night Coastal is clear so it's just a case of negotiating the toll booth and roadworks. Ayala Alabang Centre and Filinvest itself is full of shops but only has 2 or 3 bars, none of which are ever busy for some daft reason. There are a few local bars along Alabang Zapote but nothing which really stands out.

I popped into EDSA last july early in the evening, Pitstop was the best of the lot, Firehouse tried to rip me off for drinks, and all in all it was pretty poor in comparison to Skyfall Pattaya etc etc. Again I only go there if the wife is taking an age in MOA, but it often turns out expensive and not worth the effort.

My bar crawling and fun time is mostly in Pattaya, now I'm UK based for the foreseeable future (waiting to sign a 3 year contract at the moment) the RP is just going to be a holiday / family visit destination which kind of suits me because I couldn't stick Manila for any length of time.

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4 minutes ago, Butch said:

A good venue to relax nowadays (if you like music) are the Cowboy Grills, they always have some really good bands on and it is a pretty hassle free experience, failing that, MOA has a few bars and restaurants, and just a little way along from there is Blue Wave which again is a secure area (very clean and nothing like Mabini) which is a rake of bars playing live music and offering food and drinks. It's actually a really good night out there if you are already with someone, and should you be on the hunt, then a few girls are also present but not as overt as Burgos etc.

We live near to Alabang Zapote in Bacoor, so the CG is a 10 min drunken drive away from home, MOA a bit further but at night Coastal is clear so it's just a case of negotiating the toll booth and roadworks. Ayala Alabang Centre and Filinvest itself is full of shops but only has 2 or 3 bars, none of which are ever busy for some daft reason. There are a few local bars along Alabang Zapote but nothing which really stands out.

I popped into EDSA last july early in the evening, Pitstop was the best of the lot, Firehouse tried to rip me off for drinks, and all in all it was pretty poor in comparison to Skyfall Pattaya etc etc. Again I only go there if the wife is taking an age in MOA, but it often turns out expensive and not worth the effort.

My bar crawling and fun time is mostly in Pattaya, now I'm UK based for the foreseeable future (waiting to sign a 3 year contract at the moment) the RP is just going to be a holiday / family visit destination which kind of suits me because I couldn't stick Manila for any length of time.

MOA is great for shopping and to waste a few hours, some good restaurants although I prefer the smaller Greenbelt area of Makati. Good people watching outside the Cafe Havana also in Greenbelt.....good to hear about the P.I. Lived there back in 87 for 5 years and regularly visit, have a Mastisa daughter who will be 29 this year. 

Visited Blue Wave a few years ago, had a cracking live band playing rock, good venue. I was staying at the Red Planet nearby and met up with some good friends for some eats.

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Nice photos Butch. GF and I spend half the year in the Philippines and been to Bohol a few times. We stayed at Alona beach, and walked along the beach front to BBC, had a drink there and it did look very nice. 

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