Everytime I'm in the Philippines during December to Feb, I try to go to the beach. Im dodging the polar vortex in New York.. So this year, I decided to visit Bohol. I stayed in Henann Resort Bohol. It's a new locally owned hotel and I am pretty impressed. It's heaven amidst the chaos.
Traveling locally is difficult in the Philippines but don't be intimidated with the chaos, in the airport, you'll be fine. Just tell yourself it will be over. The Philippines Airline Terminal (Terminal 2) in Manila is decent but the airport in Bohol is tiny. It is how you imagined third world airports would be. luggage carousel is tiny(like two cars big) and the airport is microcospic. Do not get the hotel pick up service, its 250 head ($5). There are decent rental vans with driver that would cost only P800 (16 dollars/per van) . Just make sure that you get people wearing IdS ussued by the board of tourism.
Travel time from the airport is around 30 mins without traffic. But it was a nice ride for me, caught a lot of Pokemons- Mankeys specifically
We arrived in Henann late already. My sister arrived earlier around 11am. Since the hotel is always packed, they only got to settle in at around 3pm. The hotel has a strict check in and check out times. You may try request for an early or late check, but they are pretty strict about it. Its is packed because the hotel has the biggest conference center in Bohol.
The food was good, I liked it, but my dad has "a more refined" palette so he didn't like it. The cuisines were mostly Chinese, with some Korean, and German. They had dimsum, peking duck, rib eye, grilled seafood, and some sort of ramen buffet. The hotel had hungarian sausages served in buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I like that they served unlimited pefectly cooked over-easy eggs for breakfast. My only comment was that their chicken gyro is a bit dry.
There are cheaper and probably more fresh food options nearby. We have a fish market aka "turo-turo" which literally means point-point in English.
You can pick out the fresh seafood you want. They will cook it on the spot. I opted for fresh lobster.
Regarding the rooms, they might have the best rooms I've ever stayed in in the Philippines. This just might be my favorite resort at the moment. I made a booking mistake that resulted to us moving to other rooms mid-vacation. So we tried the family room, the Pool Access Room, and the Presidential Villa.
The Family room is best for families of 5, there are 4 beds, two rooms and one bathroom. I love the complimentary blue umbrellas. The bathrooms were pretty big, and the toilet and the shower had their personal space- best for families.
We also stayed in a pool-access room, in which, your balcony has a privated staircase to one of the Giant pools in the Resort. At night I would normally see guests drinking in their balcony by the pool, and engaging in sexy swimming activities. The bathroom can be seen thru the wall but there are blinds if you need privacy.
The desk area of the pool-access room.
My favorite room of all is the presidential villa. Seriously, it's in a super exclusive little village with a 24/7 security guard/s. It is where my parents stayed, I was just a a plebeian who would visit the Capitol in Panem. Aside from being ultra exclusive, its very luxurious. You have your own pool that can turn into a jacuzzi, your own tub/jacuzzi in the bathroom and your own patio. Wi-fi was still very strong. I can't stress how important wi-fi is to me. I liked the villa because they were extra attentive to my parents needs-which is A LOT. They have bad knees, back and etc. Every time they needed to go to any place in the resort, they would send a golf car instantly, the driver refuses to be tipped too. The place was a geriatric person's dream.
All in all, I had fun in Alona Beach in Bohol. I do highly suggest to bring mosquito repellants. And It's best that you stay in Bohol for four to five days. There are tons to explore in Bohol.