The island of Panglao in Bohol has always appealed to us for its rare otherworldly charm. We wanted to experience it as exclusively as possible, even if it meant staying away from the famous areas. Recently, we stayed at the BE Grand Resort Bohol. We found this Panglao resort different in many ways from other resorts in the vicinity.
BE Grand Resort Bohol takes comfort to an incredibly high standard with five restaurants, over 200 accommodations, several pools and locally crafted interior designs. Entering the property was like accessing a modern-day paradise. Familiar works of Kenneth Cobonpue and Johnny Alcazaren, to name a few, surrounded us in every corner.
The resort is rich in palm trees and coral shrubs, bringing bracing sights as we strolled around in our summer clothes. Our villa also had a one-in-a-million view of the waterfront and the Bohol Sea. But what made our stay extra special was the fact that we were subtly joining in the green efforts of the resort. They even share with a marine protected area teeming with vibrant marine life, which we later got to see with our own eyes.
Sitting away from crowded spots, BE Grand Resort Bohol is peaceful, clean and safe for all kinds of guests. We couldn’t be happier with our time with them! Read our full BE Grand Resort Bohol review to know more about this stunning resort in Panglao, Bohol.
Bohol’s dense forests are a sight to behold on their own. Guests staying in the 38 sqm Deluxe rooms will be treated to a view of these wonders of nature. Get cosy in your king or queen beds and take advantage of the warm colour themes of the room for your social media captures.
Complete with entertainment, basic sustenance supplies and bathroom comforts, Deluxe Aqua offers a space for the comfort-conscious. With king and queen bed options, it can house up to three people. A private terrace also gives a view of the free-form pool outside.
Admire the beauty of Bohol Sea for as long as you want from your Deluxe Oceana room. The smaller of the two resort room categories with sea views, it has a balcony where you can get that extra space for a versatile stay. Two queen beds are given along with a flat-screen TV, in-room safe, and coffee and tea making facility. There's also a separate rain shower enclosure and bathtub.
At 78 sqm, an Oceana Suite offers double the fun and comfort of the first three room options. Perfect for three guests, it also features a private lanai with a sea view and spacious living room. The cosy ambience exuded throughout the suite encourages guests to enjoy a quiet time with loved ones. Amenities like a mini-bar chiller, internet access and flat-screen TV will keep you amused even in a reserved space.
All eight Dream Villas offer ample space for a romantic time with your partner. Enjoy customised services day and night through a friendly villa host. When not taking a break on your stylish four-poster king bed, you can take the chance to capture share-worthy pictures from your private balcony with views of the sea or lagoon. There’s also a fully stocked mini-bar chiller and en-suite bathroom with a rain shower, bathtub and Shanghai Tang toiletries.
Whether in a small group or with more of your friends, the two-level Grand Villas have the amenities you need for a laid-back or lively get-together. Each villa features two bedrooms, one of which offers direct access to a private balcony. Here, you can view the semi-private meandering lagoon pool. As a villa guest, you’ll also enjoy free access to an elite restaurant and a 'round-the-clock service. You'll also find a flat-screen TV with cable networks, a fully-stocked mini-bar chiller and bathroom supplied with designer toiletries.
There are five dining venues in the resort each serving menus for different occasions. The Food Hall offers all-day traditional and contemporary Chinese and Filipino cuisines. Diners can choose to sit in an air-conditioned section, al fresco or with your feet immersed in water while enjoying views of the gardens, pool or sea.
At the waterfront, you’ll find Monkeybar, a seasonal venue where you can get grilled food, sandwiches, refreshments and light bites. You can consume them under a gazebo or shaded mangrove trees. If you want to have the resort pools as your view, go to the Bridge Bar which features a swim-up section for an “immersive” experience. Order your choice of sandwiches, salads, soups, pizza and pasta. You can enjoy them with a wide selection of beer, liquor, wine, spirits and signature cocktails.
The Lune lounge at the rooftop of the main resort offers an amazing view of the sunset. You can dine here and get your dose of cocktails and other beverages while watching the sun go down or the sky full of stars at night. The Lounge currently offers 25% discount on all beverages between 5pm and 1am daily. Finally, Villa guests can enjoy their exclusive access to The Boathouse. Ingredients here are sourced locally which means you get fresh food any time of the day. Like The Food Hall, there’s an option for al fresco or air-conditioned dining. Non-Villa guests are required to reserve seats ahead.
BE Grand Resort Bohol’s dreamy setting is not just ideal for sojourns. In fact, the resort has dedicated areas with state-of-the-art facilities for big events. These can range from business meetings and incentive trips to holiday parties and weddings. For meetings and celebrations, the resort’s Sales and Culinary Teams will assist you in planning, designing the venue, and choosing menus and modes of entertainment. They’ll even help you manage your guest list and book appropriate speakers! Amenities include IT and audio-visual equipment, wireless internet and secretarial, facsimile, photocopying, equipment rental and courier services.
The resort also offers wedding bundles that can cover select or all parts of the nuptial process. You have the option to exchange vows in a pillarless ballroom or outdoors at the Event Garden or Waterfront Garden. Post event, you and your guests can enjoy a Western, Asian and Filipino buffet. Also, the staff at the resort will not only make sure you get your dream wedding, they'll even offer added experiences for your guests throughout their stay.
With the many dive sites around Panglao, you might as well take a diving lesson at the Dive Pool. This is a training centre planned by famed diving operator, Scotty’s Action Sports Network. At four metres deep, the pool simulates a realistic dive setting for learners. Family and friends can also watch you in action through the several viewing portals around the pool. After being certified, you can choose from a number of sites around the island to dive.
With the resort's relaxed ambience, it’s the perfect place to let your mind and body heal through a great massage. Visit The Spa by Asmara Spa, a 500-metre venue equipped with nine modern Asian-inspired treatment rooms. Services include a 60-minute Swedish or Combination Massage and a 90-minute body scrub and body massage. A private toilet and shower can be found in each of the rooms. Some of them are even designed even for couples and big party groups!
You can also go on a leisurely swim in one of the massive pools in the resort. Or, invite your kids to have some water fun on their own at the Kid’s Pool. Nearby, you’ll find a large gym for your daily workouts. Finally, a game room will help you exercise your creativity and competitiveness through air hockey and billiards. Or, go a little more low key with board games. There’s also a karaoke room and a few table games inside. With all these and more, you already know where to stay in Bohol for next family or couple getaway.
Located in front of the resort is a 15-hectare marine protected area, the biggest in Panglao Island. Along with the local government unit, BE Grand Resort Bohol assists in the rehabilitation of the coral reefs and other marine life in the area as part of their conservation efforts. The resort also uses green tactics with its Be The Spark program by recycling water using their own treatment plant. Likewise, they allow their guests to do their part by using a keycard to activate their rooms. You can also decide when linens and towels in your room need cleaning. What's more, the resort retained some of the original trees and the cliff found at the waterfront. This was to preserve the natural structure of the area.
BE Grand Resort Bohol values Filipino talent better than others by tapping local artists and products in its designs. Cebuano designer Kenneth Cobonpue is responsible for the furniture pieces found in the lobby. Meanwhile, the two five-story murals at the atrium are the works of Manila artist Johnny Alcazaren. Down the hallways, you’ll see artist-photographer Ruel Rosello's Filipino-themed paintings. Lastly, the raffia decorations inside guest rooms are hand-made in the town of Inabanga. Bohol's famous islands, Balicasag, Cabilao and Pamilacan also inspired the names of the resort's function rooms.
You’d think that the lobby only serves as the main gateway to the rest of the resort. Looking around the area, you’ll find a trio of spun chairs that look like typical designer pieces for decor. In fact, you can actually use these chairs should you want a random spinning time while looking up the skyline. It’s a great way to welcome guests to the kind of fun they'll have during their stay. Instagram buffs will also enjoy the mere habit of strolling around the resort as there are countless photo spots around. Some of the guest favourites include the villa lagoon and the portholes at the dive pool!
BE Grand Resort Bohol is located in Barangay Danao in Panglao, Bohol. Guests may get to the resort by flying non-stop to Tagbilaran Airport from Manila, Clark, Cebu and Davao. There’s also a sea travel option via fast crafts from Cebu. From the airport or seaport, you can hire a taxi to take you to the resort, or arrange a pickup service in advance. The land journey will take about one hour. Getting around Panglao Island is quite simple as there are plenty of habal-habal (motorcycle) or multi-cabs around. They can take you to Panglao's tourist attractions, including the famous Alona Beach.
The resort is mostly tucked away from the crowded areas of Panglao Island. Still, you can access some of the more common spots like Alona Beach with ease by taking the resort's shuttle service. Sometimes called “Little Boracay”, this strip is teeming with bars, restaurants and souvenir shops.
Panglao is also famous for its outlying islands such as Balicasag, Cabilao and Pamilacan, which can be visited through island hopping tours. All three offer ideal sites for snorkelling and diving. Guests can take these tours from the resort’s own jetty so you can skip going to town to book them. Also worth seeing is the Isola de Francesco, which can be reached via free shuttle services from Panglao Church. You can take photos with the giant statues of Jesus Christ, His apostles and Saint Pio of Pietrelcina.
Finally, you can’t leave Bohol without taking day tours to noted historical, natural and cultural points of interest in Bohol. These include the Blood Compact Site, Baclayon Church, Loboc River and Chocolate Hills.