After arriving at Tagbilaran City pier in Bohol the complimentary shuttle bus was waiting for us. I have added a photo of it so you know what to look for! They have their own parking space near enough straight ahead from walking down the pier.
We had booked an Ambassador suite expecting something a “little special” as it boasted that it had a garden. In reality it was a small porch with table and chairs. Although the chalet’s are nice would have preferred not to have gotten my hopes up.
So although the accommodation wasn’t as good as we hoped we were looking forward to relaxing after the 2 hour ferry ride which is when we also discovered that we didn’t have a double bed it was twins.
Ok shove the beds together and make do the room was basic but then again we hadn’t planned in spending too much time in it. So we ordered some room service food and I headed to use the bath tub as its one of the reasons I was looking forward to the “Ambassador”. Fantastic nice warm bath with a good soak of the old bones. To discover the bath was also broke and didn’t drain leaving us to use the shower for the rest of our stay.
So the food turned up and to be honest was pleased to see the portions were fairly large but that was pretty much where we stopped. It was all cold and not just off heat actually felt like it had come out of a fridge or left on the side for hours. Not happy! Adding to that a coleslaw salad was soaked in Carnation milk and topped with pineapple and a cherry. What was going on there ? All I could taste is the carnation milk. It wasn’t a salad it was a dessert!
Ok your probably thinking I am just complaining and got out of bed on the wrong side that morning but this is supposed to be a good resort! Rooms are costing around P2,800 a night and if you look at the photo above that length of the kettle is it! It doesn’t reach the socket, no thought has gone into even how you would make a cup of coffee!!
We managed to get the kettle to balance on the edge of a table to reach the socket. But not the safest of ways to boil water especially if you over filled the kettle. But still in a good mood I decide to relax and check my emails on the free Wi-Fi as advertised on the website. Can you guess what else didn’t work?
So was offline most of the weekend as well thanks to no Wi-Fi on the resort something that I do need daily. But we got round the issue by heading to Bo’s coffee which is around a 5 minute ride by tricycle. Also ate there as well as it was better than the stuff we had eaten at Bohol tropics.
OK I admit been a bit negative on the review so far as the resort didn’t meet the expectations I had hoped for but I will move on to the good stuff. We were here for a wedding and although the weather had been terrible most of the time we were on Bohol we could see the place would be nice to visit again. There is a child area which we would probably book near if on Bohol again as the kids could play near the room. Also had a child’s pool next to it which is also a bonus.
So if the rooms weren’t great, food terrible and it rained all the time why would we go again?
First thing is we would book a different room as the kids would be with us, which also means that we would be near the kid area for them to be entertained.
Secondly if the kids are entertained then it means we can relax!
Third point being the restaurant from what I hear is better than the room service. But we are just as likely to venture out next time as we would have more time to try food in other places. All in all the resorts had a bit of a harsh review but its a bit like being out of season in the UK the place wasn’t running in full mode. So hoping (yes hoping!) the next trip will be able to show that they can do things right and make the visit worth while.
The shuttle service and getting vehicles by arranging with staff was very efficient. As well as the staff all being friendly but can you get better elsewhere I don’t know as a lot of places I have stayed in the Philippines seem to lack the “love of the job”.