Villa Formosa
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Villa Formosa

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4.5
#3 of 41 guest houses in Panglao Island
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.4 of 5 bubbles
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Find Your Second Home... The resort has a beautiful tropical garden, a huge swimming pool and a jacuzzi. It's best described as modern/rustic with oriental Zen and Mediterranean decors as it uses both imported and local materials found in the area. This creates a natural feel for guests who are looking for a tranquil, pleasant, and delightful stay on this alluring island of the Philippines. Villa Formosa is managed by an Italian and Filipino couple who used to live in Hong Kong. The Italian Chef, Mathias has outstanding years of experience around Asia in cooking superb Italian dishes and specialties as well as managing top restaurants. His wife, Matet who has Management & Teaching experiences has an exceptional personality in giving the best service and a hassle-free stay to their guests. It is located in Bolod, Panglao Island, Bohol. Situated 14 km from the city center, guests are well located to enjoy the town's attractions and activities. Just 200 meters away (3-minute walk) from Dumaluan Beach, the most beautiful beach in Panglao. Resort's features include room service, outdoor pool, jacuzzi, garden, car park, Wi-Fi in public areas, motorbike rental, body & foot massages, and a cozy Italian restaurant that only serves great selections of fine food with authentic flavor of Italian cuisine and more. In addition, all guestrooms feature a variety of comforts such as air conditioning, spacious bathroom, shower, sizable closet, mini bar, and a large balcony. To enrich your stay, Villa Formosa also offers cooking classes, baby-sitting, diving courses as well as Yoga, body work & horseback riding found just a few minutes away from the resort. Custom-made Banquet for Events: We also provide Catering Services, Custom-made Banquet Service for all kinds of Events: Wedding, Party, Gathering, Anniversary.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Diving
Airport transportation
Massage
Baggage storage
Parking
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Car hire
Taxi service
Currency exchange
Umbrella
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Minibar
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Safe
Seating area
Bottled water
Refrigerator
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Filipino, Italian

Location

Bolod Barangay Sapa, 6340 Philippines
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 54 out of 100
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Tagbilaran Airport
Dumaguete Airport
37.7 mi
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Liz wrote a review Feb 2024
Leeds, United Kingdom354 contributions63 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Lots of pluses. Chose this area as didn't want to be in the centre of Alona .Loved the location easy to get into Alona beach but quiet and peaceful. Our room was lovely, certainly one of the best of our accommodations in the Philippines bed comfotable and large and slept very well.
Very spacious with ample hanging and drawer space. Nice decor on the walls and fitting to the surroundings. Good size terrace where you could relax. The bathroom feels like an outdoor one and is very tastefully done. The swimming pool is large and well kempt frequently saw a man cleaning it and maintaining the property. Villa Formosa only has 7 rooms so it felt a nice intimate accommodation. They have their own trike and so if you want to go into Alona it is easily sorted and costs 200php driver friendly and polite. 10 minute walk down to Dumuluan beach .Friendly staff especially Cham I think she was called.
Breakfast is slightly unusual. There is the choice of western or Fillipino with plentiful top ups of tea/coffee and an Italian desert at the end. It did feel slightly samey after a few days and I would have been happy with another option of fruit and granola /yoghurt . On leaving we took the Villa's trike to the port .
No hesitation in recommending
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Date of stay: January 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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tigerbro wrote a review Feb 2024
Taipei, Taiwan149 contributions73 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nice small place with a secluded and private vibe. Nice pool in the gardens. Comfortable to sit in restaurant and look out to the gardens/pool. Friendly staff. Good simple breakfast with some extra homemade desserts. Room was simple, but clean and spacious, with a good sized terrace for sitting out to chill on. Location is maybe a 5 minute walk to Dumaluan Beach. There's a charge of 100 pesos per person/day to access the beach. Worth it for such a beautiful beach (much better than Alona). If you want to enjoy Dumaluan beach for a few days, this place is very reasonably priced. We did experience a bit of noise from loud neighborhood karaoke singing places, and the nearby go-kart track. If you book tours through the hotel, make sure all the details are clear - we twice experienced the people who took us on tours asking for more money than the agreed rate.
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Date of stay: February 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Daniel2607 wrote a review Jan 2023
12 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very nice and well-kept place with sapcious rooms and very delicious food in a quiet location near to the beach. The owners are very friendly, helpful and caring about the well-being of their guests. We would always come here again.
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Date of stay: January 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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40+holidaybuddies wrote a review Mar 2019
Norwich, United Kingdom255 contributions77 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our last and worst accommodation during our 3 week trip. On arrival it was clear that villa formosa had been neglected for some time and probably left to locals to manage and muddle thru. No one helped us when we arrived and staff sat watching us drag our bags and first thing they asked for was the 650 pesos taxi money from the port which we hadn't booked but was waiting at the port for us. on entering our delux room we found odd cups (1 large / 1 tiny), just two towels for two people (again 1 large / 1 tiny). Rusty bathroom items, a shower curtain as a real curtain to block outside seeing in. A bin for toilet paper with no lid on it or even bin liner! (not nice or hygienic when a lady is on her period!) wardrobe doors that wouldn't open and then... A large window with a broken lock which could be accessed easily. Within ten mins we wanted to leave as felt so uncomfortable and wish we had. On reporting the window we were told it would be fixed the next day so went out to the beach but when we came back we saw nothing had been done and our room had been unsafe all day! We were so shocked and upset and had to then ask again for it to be made secure. Finally someone tied it up with metal wire whilst we were showering. Everyday for four days the American breakfast wasnt available as they were missing items and again it just showed lack of care for the western guests to which that was all we saw. It was a miserable end to our trip and i really regret booking and staying. The girls were friendly but had limited English and limited answers to questions. it was just very unprofessional and uncared for as were guests. Even our taxi to airport ended up being a pick up truck which was obviously some friend of the staff as had someones mum in it! i really would not reccomend this to anyone sadly.
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Epikureanen wrote a review Apr 2016
25 contributions48 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent almost two wonderful weeks at Villa Formosa. The staffs is extremely attentive, service minded and always make you feel exceptionally welcome. The resort is well maintained and has a high level of cleanliness.

After having tried several of the more high end Panglao restaurants I can confidently say that Villa Formosa is in the definite top. One of the managers, Mathias has extensive cooking experience from several top restaurants around the world which is clearly noticed in the cooking.
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Date of stay: March 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Matias Nicolas M wrote a review Sept 2019
139 contributions51 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Excellent villa located near the best beaches of Bohol, the villas have very large and very clean rooms, the staff is very attentive and cordial, the facilities are magnificent, the pool and green areas is amazing, the restaurant has very rich and good food Quality, the staff is very helpful, my wife got sick one day and did not hesitate to buy remedies for us without asking us anything in return, they also have motorcycle rental service at a very good price, excellent service and we will come back !!!
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Date of stay: May 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Kenneth K wrote a review Feb 2018
Frankfurt, Germany26 contributions69 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed six nights at Villa Formosa as a group of four including my elderly parents. Overall, we were very happy with the accommodation. The best part was the staff who were unfailingly attentive, friendly and helpful. They really made the place feel like a friend's country house than a hotel. So thank you for that.

Breakfast included in the stay was just OK, but it was hearty and freshly made, and coffee was very good. Italian food for lunch and dinner was delicious. By local standards it was not cheap, but we were happy to pay given the quality (and it is a great deal compared to what Italian food costs where we live).

The pool is very well maintained and of a decent size for swimming. The hotel ground is big enough to provide a feeling of seclusion.

The rooms, though, were not especially great. We stayed in two deluxe bungalows. They were very clean and spacious but dark. Expect mosquitos, which are difficult to kill because of the high ceiling and all the nooks and crannies. A mosquito net of some kind would be useful should the management consider providing them. The low-flow toilet did not always flush correctly even when there was only water in the bowl and nothing else. In one of the two bungalows water was at most lukewarm in the shower. It was not a big problem as the weather was warm, but some may care about this kind of thing.

As many other people noted, the Dumaluan beach is about 5 to 10 minutes away on foot, depending on the speed of walking. The entry costs 25 pesos per person now. The beach is beautiful, much better than the more famous Alona beach, and you can see locals having a great time, especially on the weekend. Contrary to what some people have written, the two big resorts do not allow paying to use the facilities on a daily basis, at least not these days. On the other hand, the hotel restaurants are happy to have you come for meals.

If you like easy access to lots of shops and restaurants, Villa Formosa is probably not ideal, though there are some local options along the main road 10 minutes away on foot (in the opposite direction from the beach). But if you don't like being in the middle of a tourist hub and would prefer a nice beach nearby over convenience, Villa Formosa is a great choice.
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Date of stay: February 2018
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Darktauren wrote a review May 2016
27 contributions24 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This review is very late coz we visit the place last Aug 2015 but better late than never :-)

The place is really cozy and the service is the kind that you would wish for in every accommodation you go to, either high-end or low-end. I ask them for something special since it was my wife's birthday and I was surprise with the effort they put together. The room was decorated for the occasion and there was a surprise bday cake :-) Thank you po.

The room that was assigned to us was nice but I wanted to try one of those deluxe bungalow and they did put us there with no additional cost. Unfortunately the aircon broke down and it was already 3 in the afternoon and cannot be repaired so they allowed us to spend the night in our original room then transfer to the bungalow the following day.

It was a very relaxing stay, the food are good, the place is nice and the staffs are very very accommodating. I would definitely come back to this place, the only snobbish one is their dog, doesn't want to have his picture taken maybe needs to pay talent fee lol.
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Date of stay: August 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Any of the rooms is good but try the bungalow as they have nice porch to chill in
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DavidElie wrote a review Aug 2014
Yekaterinburg, Russia157 contributions62 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Everything was perfect and hassle free from the first minute we arrived in this lovely place. We can only warmly recommend staying there as we did extend from 1 night to 4 nights! Room are close to new and really big. Minimalistic decoration.
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Date of stay: August 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kmaedegutz wrote a review Jun 2014
Marikina10 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for 2 days with my boyfriend and his family. We were amazed once we got here, as we've never thought that the actual place is better than the pictures. It was my 2nd time to visit Bohol, but my 1st to stay here. Overall this is a very nice place, quiet and the staff and owners were very accommodating and friendly. Though during the time we stayed here the hotel was almost fully booked but the place remained quiet. It is a nice place to get away from all the hustle and bustle in the city. Pool is great and the food is great. I love this place. I'll definitely stay here again. I've been recommending this place to friends and family because i know i wont be sorry :)

Keep it up villa formosa team :D
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Date of stay: March 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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PRICE RANGE
£30 - £55 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
PhilippinesVisayasBohol ProvincePanglao Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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Frequently Asked Questions about Villa Formosa
Which popular attractions are close to Villa Formosa?
Nearby attractions include Dumaluan Beach (0.3 miles), Hinagdanan Cave (4.6 miles), and Tarsier Botanika (0.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Villa Formosa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Villa Formosa?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Villa Formosa?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Villa Formosa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Villa Formosa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Luna Rossa Vegetarian Italian Restaurant, Garlic 'n lemon bistro, and Shaka Bohol.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Villa Formosa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Villa Formosa have airport transportation?
Yes, Villa Formosa offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Villa Formosa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Italian, and Filipino.
Are there any historical sites close to Villa Formosa?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Baclayon Church (8.8 miles) and Balay Kabilin (7.0 miles).
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