Spacious Rooms Indeed!
Tierra Azul Beach Houses is a fairly nice accomodation along the southern end of Alona Beach. Slightly hidden from the beach front, the guesthouse's entrance marker is just a few steps to the left of the more popular Bohol Divers' Resort. Tierra Azul boasts of its spacious rooms and has friendly, helpful staff.
Aircon (ground level) and non-aircon (upper level) rooms with breakfast go for P1500 and P800, respectively. Discounts can be availed during off-peak. Though the staffs are friendly and helpful, their availability is only until 9pm. The reception closes at this time and resumes 6am in the morning. The guesthouse has a small restaurant on the upper level facing the beach. However, it only serves breakfasts for guests.
Not just for divers!!!
Bohol Divers Resort occupies a big chunk of property along the western tip of Alona beach. In terms of length, it is probably as long as Isis Bungalows, Playa Blanca and Lost Horizon combined (maybe a little shorter if not equeal ;>).
According to our tour guide, Bohol Divers is one of the first resorts in Alona together with Alona Kew. It was previously named Philippine Island Divers Lodge then Bohol Divers Lodge and now Bohol Divers Resort. Divers - always part of its name, thus, it doesn't appeal as a resort/hotel getaway for those after simple rest and relaxation. So is it only suited for divers? Definitely not!!!
The resort has several types of accommodation namely, La Residentia, Villa Suite, Chalet, Executive Room, De Luxe Room (non-aircon) and Superior Room (non-aircon). De Luxe, Chalet and Villa Suite (where we stayed) are all ultimate beachfront rooms while the rest are in a garden compound with the La Residentia (most expensive) located in an exclusive compound with its own pool. Another pool, for use of guests in the other room types, sits at the middle of the compound facing the beach and sandwiched between the Villa Suite and the restaurant. The pool has 4ft and 9ft depths and is also used for diving lessons.
The Villa Suite is perfect for families as it is spacious (same goes with its bathroom), has aircon, TV and mini ref. It probably was designed to be pretty but since its not so new, some furniture and fixtures had wornt out. Its not first class but decent and kept clean by the staff daily.
I would say the resort is well-maintained in terms of cleanliness. Its facade looks good since they have a staff assigned to keep its long beachfront clean until mid-afternoon. With this, its good to look at compared to other beachfronts.
Aside form a dive shop, 2 pools and a restaurant, it also has a volleyball court, a playground, a bar and sunbathing area between the pool and the beach. Long clean (most of the time) beachfront/facade, pool and other recreational facilities. Having a pool is a good "back-up" when the waves are not so friendly, specially if you have small children with you.
An Unexpected Budget Find
As usual we embarked on a trip without making any reservations, only the limit on how much were willing to spend on accomodations. When we reached Bohol, we visited the Tourist Booth and signed their guestbook. We hired a tricycle and we were on our way to Panglao Island. We told the driver that we dont have any resort reservation but could he please help us find a reasonable but secure one. After trying 3 resorts, all beyond our set budget, the last resort recommended Bohol Divers and said that there are garden rooms. We rushed to the said resort and got a room. It was a twin sharing fan room, its compact but clean. Catch: no television and we have to share the toilet and bath with other guests. The toilet and bath was situated outside but was kept clean by the resort staff. A plus: a swimming pool, if you are not a fan of the beach you have an alternative. The restaurant overlooks the beach and the pool. The food is great, staff so helpful and the serving--catered for foreigners. So you just have to order an extra serving of rice and share the meal with your friend! Dont get me wrong, the food are reasonably priced, I just cant eat all that serving. They also have an internet cafe and of course, a dive shop.
Bohol Divers -- Highly Recommended!
Beach front of Bohol Divers Resort
Bohol Divers Resort
I found on the net that there's a tennis court at Bohol Divers Resort. Is this true? And can non-residents use it? We're planning to stay at Alona Palm, but they don't have a tennis court there. How far is Bohol Divers Resort from Alona Palm?
Thanks a lot and cheers.
Re: Bohol Divers Resort
I'm not sure about the tennis court at Bohol Divers Resort. But the two resorts are about 10-15 min walk from each other.
Another resort I found with tennis court is Bohol Tropics -- this one is in Tagbilaran City. A 30-minute ride from Alona Palm.