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Alona Vida Beach Resort
Ranked #12 of 101 Panglao Island B&B and Inns
Reviewed 7 May 2013

i stayed at this hotel for 2 nights and it was enought to see how poor this hotel is. the room was old, doors were damaged, bathroom was in a terrible shape,TV was very old and without remote, the bed was small and dirty , bed ticks hat spots on them , no internet in rooms ,breakfast was very poor and lot of foods were cold, there are many other hotels to stay with less money, for example hayahay hotel,

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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 April 2013 via mobile

When arriving at the beach of Alona, go left.

Alona Vida beach resort is one of the last spots on the bustlin strip.

During low tide, there is a lot of beach to enjoy. The sea is pretty and blue. For the best swimming, when leaving the resort turn left. Boats aren't allowed close to the beach there.

Rooms are spatious but simple. Do not stay in the rooms above the diving centre: too close to the Coco Vida Bar.

The swimming pool is small but clean. Staff are calm but friendly enough. Sadly: The German manager can be a pain, because he tends to be unfriendly to the staff and starts playing german music in the bar when he feels like it. The bar is one of the more popular outfits on the strip, lively but makes the resort less interesting for peace seekers.

Luckily the bar personnel are generous and make a decent cocktail.

Hawkers on the beach selling land tours can be trusted. They pick yiu up from the resort. Pay no more than 2000 pesos for a day long private driver. Visit the chocolate Hills/tarsiers center etc.

Wifi is reliable and free. Eating is cheaper and better at several places. Go left when leaving the resort for Genenis restaurant, which cooks mean fresh fish and Thai dishes.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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3  Thank Restlezz
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

Hotel is Beach front. No roads access. You need to walk couple of minutes to get to Alona Vida. From airport it is about 20-30 minutes ride. You can arrange for airport-hotel pickup for less than 500 pesos fee. Don't bring big bags or bags with wheels unless you have someone that will carry them for you. Check -in counter is beside the Coco Vida bar. 8 Deluxe rooms near the reception area.which tends to be noisy during the evening where there is a nightly band playing. They also got 4 newly renovated Superior rooms near the pool area which is more , quiet. Pool is not that big, Often use to train people who wish to learn how to dive. So it is between 1.5- 2.5 meter deep. No kiddie pool. Not a Kids hotel.

Check in is easy. Staffs are friendly. Rooms are clean with Free Instant coffee and Tea and 2 bottles of Mineral Water daily. Each rooms got Mini ref, Cabled TV and Hot water Kettle and Safety deposit box. Native design rooms with clean sheets. Towels provided but old and worn out with lots of loose threads. Free Wifi at Coco Vida. If you like to dive, there is a dive shop beside Coco Vida with got diving equipment rental and tours. Food is expensive. Dine at neighboring restaurant which got a lot of choices.From local to Italian or even Korean or Japanese foods. Buy your own bottled water cause some restaurants don't provide drinking water and charge you 5x more. Get your Country side tour from agents near the street cause hotel charge so high for the tours. Go for Island hopping boat tour which is a must try. There are lots of Boatman offering tours and you need to haggle for a better rate. You will see school of dolphins between 6-8am from March to May. Snake Island or Virgin Island is an experience, where you can get off and try fresh Sea Urchin (Uni) for only 20 pesos each or even have fresh coconuts. Have your lunch at Balicasag Island, with choices of fresh seafoods that they will cook it ,how you want it.

Panglao is a small version of Boracay, minus the hassle and bustle. A White sand beach but not as fine as Boracay sand. Suggest to bring swimming shoes since some parts of the beach got a lot of broken corals and shells. If you want to relax, there is a lot of masseuses that offers massage and Foot scrubs right there at the shore. Above all, before having any services done or having your food cook at the restaurant, Check the Price first coz some are really pricey. ATM machine and convenient store is near the hotel.

Room Tip: Get the Superior rooms
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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5  Thank eyy
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Reviewed 27 March 2013

We stayed at the Alona Vida Beach Resort for 5-nights in late February (P3400/$86). The airport taxi (P500) drops you at the bottom of the hill where you first see the ocean. There is a sandy walkway to the left that parallels the beach in front of the hotels and restaurants (you carry your bags for 150 m). The hotel is on a long, narrow lot that stretches back from the beach. You walk into the hotel on a concrete path that separates the bar/restaurant on the left and the dive shop on the right. The reception is behind the bar, followed by two 2-story buildings (4-rooms each), the pool and a third new building at the back.

Our second floor room was expansive, with a king bed, two marble-top bamboo end tables, a long marble-top desk with drawers for extra storage and a large clothes storage area in the entryway. The rooms have a tiny TV, AC and ceiling fan, safe and refrigerator; bottled water and shampoo are provided daily. There is a full length balcony with a large table and two chairs and a clothes drying rack (the humidity makes drying clothes difficult). Our room was near the pool and, while we could hear music from the bar at night, it was not loud or intrusive and did not keep us awake.

The pool is kidney-shaped and deep (1-2 m), but is shaded by the trees and buildings for most of the day and can be quite chilly. There are only 6-loungers for the pool and beach, inadequate for a 14-room hotel. The WiFi is not strong enough to reach the room, but is available in the bar. Bar drinks are relatively expensive, but use of the foosball table is free. The hotel restaurant is similarly expensive, so we dined elsewhere: for breakfast, try Trudie’s Place for an American breakfast at P160 (half the hotel price); the Lost Horizon is great for a mid-day snack, and is one of the few places where coconuts are less than P120; and for dinner, by far the most popular option is the Alona Secret Dream at the top of the hill, where two excellent entrees and drinks cost P600. Another option is Isis Thai Restaurant at the end of the beach, where the entrees (P200) are big enough for two.

Alona Beach is a short (>1 km), narrow stretch of white sand that extends perhaps 10 m into the water before turning to weeds. A line of floats 30-40 m offshore defines the boundary of the on-shore boat channel and the tour/dive boat mooring area beyond – not a great swimming beach (there is a definite focus on diving here). Restaurants, bars and hotels line the strip and extend up the road out of town. Most have happy hours – our favourite was a place called the Bird Watcher where the beers were cold (P35) and meat skewers were available from the grill next door.

Most services are on the hill leading out of town. There are convenience stores to restock your refrigerator (P35 beer, P110 rum, P35 water), ATM machines and currency exchanges (you get a better rate at the Manila airport) and a small office at the bottom of the hill that sells ongoing ferry tickets to Camiguin, Cebu or Siquijor and ground transport to Jagna (P1700; 1.5 hr).

We went on 3-tours arranged with vendors on the beach: Balicasag Island snorkeling (excellent wall) and dolphin watching (P600/person); a Bohol tour that included the Chocolate Hills, tarsiers, butterfly farm, bamboo bridge, church and the blood compact site (P2000/van); and a tour to Oslab on Cebu to swim with the whale sharks (P2000/person). All were worthwhile, but check around and ask questions about what is actually provided to avoid getting ripped off.

We had a very pleasant stay at a comfortable hotel. While we recommend it, it is expensive and may not deliver the best value. Shop around because there seem to be cheaper options that look just as comfortable.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank ndser
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Reviewed 13 March 2013

My wife and myself stayed there for the 3rd time, in march 2013.
Alona beach is a white sandy beach on the south of Panglao Island ( Bohol ). There is no car, just a sandy path along the beach, to go to the hotels.When you come to Alona Vida , the van will drop you 200 yards from the hotel.
The hotel has 12 rooms, with all you need, TV,fridge, aircon and safe; size is ok, even large in the 4 new rooms.
The staff is very good and will try to satisfy all your questions and needs.
ok, it can be a little bit noisy in the evenings; but this is not an issue for us.
But, clearly, the mail reason to stay there is diving. Sea Explorers dive center is very efficient and located just 5 yards from the restaurant.
Dives are very good, especially if you take the boattrip (around 30 min ) to Balicasag ( paradise of the turtles ) or Doljo, where the reefs are wonderful and healthy.

Room Tip: the 4 new superior rooms are larger and far from the noise of the bar restaurant.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank patrick v
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Reviewed 6 January 2013

We recently stayed at this small hotel and truly enjoyed our stay. The hotel is situated on the beach and each night we ate at either the hotel or one of the other local hotel restaurants. The tables are set up on the beach and we fresh seafood is available nightly (at reasonable cost). The room reminded me of Gilligans Island, simple but perfect for the setting. Bed was comfortable and room was clean and well sized. We had many enjoyable drinks on our balcony. The pool was small but perfect for a swim (if the beach does not suit). We both had beach massages, perfect before a romantic evening cocktail. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone would wants a real beach holiday.....

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Trevor G
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Reviewed 13 December 2012

Located at the beachfront this resort is only accessible by sea or beach, walking along many shops and restaurants. There is a nice, white sandy and clean beach, shallow water perfect for swimming, also for kids.
The resort has a dozen rooms and small pool in the back, only used for diving introductions and training i suppose. It has a large bar at the beachfront which can be noisy late at night, aswell as many bars nextdoor which play all different music! So make sure you ask for a room away from it if you want to sleep early.
The rooms are clean, spacious and comfortable and have a veranda with chairs and rack for drying clothes. Bathroom is small, so wet after showering...
Restaurant serves good quality of food, although the service itself is slow due to the waitresses who need some training.
The Sea Explorer diving center is the best in the neighborhood, good service, great diving due to the experienced dive guides (thanks to Alvin and Pamping and Erico) and management by Felix.
After all one of the better places at Alona beach...

Room Tip: If you want to sleep early, ask for a room in the back/upstairs, away from the beachfront.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Alona Vida Beach Resort Alona Beach | Tawala, 6340, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Visayas > Bohol Province > Panglao Island
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #12 of 101 B&Bs / Inns in Panglao Island
Price Range: £37 - £85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Alona Vida Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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