When you think of Bohol, the first things that will probably pop in your mind are its picturesque Chocolate Hills, immaculate white-sand shores, and clear-blue waters. These natural wonders, like most of Mother Earth's creations, have the power to leave people in awe through their effortless grandeur and beauty—and that's just the effect Donatela Hotel gives its visitors. In fact, this new garden resort in Panglao was made with nature in mind.
Formerly Tarsier Botanika, Donatela Hotel is an eight-hectare botanical sanctuary. Once you get past their inviting reception hut, you'll immediately get the feeling you're in a secret Balinese village deep within a tropical forest. Greeting you are fresh-water fish ponds left and right, stone-paved paths, striking Buddha sculptures, and, of course, the resort's lush flora.
Donatela Hotel's pool villa boasts a spacious living room
Donatela Hotel houses 12 villas that could pass as ultra-luxurious nipa huts; each having its own garden and balcony where guests can just relax and chill with nature. One of the noteworthy details about the resort is it's actually an eco-friendly respite as it tries to minimize carbon footprint. Look closer and you'll notice the use of solar-powered LED lights and sustainable mahogany wood in all rooms.
King-sized bed, a built-in Bluetooth sound system, and unli-WiFi; What more can you ask for?
The Honeymoon Villa's bathroom flaunts gorgeous tropical-themed interiors
Besides those, the air-conditioned Pool Villa and Honeymoon Villa are every staycationer's haven: extra-spacious bathrooms, high ceilings, mini-bars, unlimited WiFi and flawless Bluetooth sound systems, and, yes, private pools.
With all these amenities, not to mention excellent service from their well-trained staff, leaving your room can be quite a challenge. Perhaps the only thing that could make you plop out of your villa's cozy king-sized bed is the pristine seaside view of the South Bohol Sea. And the only way to witness this breathtaking sight is through Paprika, the resort's fine-dining, ocean-front restaurant, which is peacefully perched on a cliff.
Don't leave without ordering any of their signature dishes, like the 1.7-kilogram Tomahawk Steak, which is grilled to smoky perfection and served with a chock-full of sides including roasted tomatoes and potatoes. If you prefer something lighter, the Italian Fritto Misto is a tasty must that gives you assorted seafood, deep-fried in a lip-smacking batter. Their wide array of handcrafted desserts and oven-fresh breads and pastries are also something to look forward to.
Once you've had a filling lunch, resist the temptation to lounge in your villa as there's still a lot more to see here. Apart from Donatela Hotel's stunning infinity pool, guests can also have a stroll inside the resort's very own animal sanctuary where they keep over 20 kinds of rescued and adopted animals.
The Equestria, on the other hand, is Donatela Hotel's equestrian area, which has over 15 horses for beginner to advanced classical dressage lessons. If horseback riding isn't up your alley, yoga classes within the resort, and scuba diving and snorkeling at nearby Balicasag Island are your next activity options.
Meanwhile, you can arrange for a day trip around Bohol, too: explore the province's worthwhile eats, visit the tarsier sanctuary, go firefly watching at night, or even see the world-famous Chocolate Hills. Donatela Hotel is also conveniently located just 30 minutes away from Tagbilaran Airport.
Rates start at P16,000. Donatela Hotel, located at Km. 16 Hoyohoy Tawala, Panglao, Bohol, is managed by Enderun Hospitality Management. For inquiries and reservations, visit Donatela Hotel's website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.