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Reggae Guesthouse
Ranked #10 of 101 Panglao Island B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 8 October 2012

If you're looking for an affordable stay with a very relaxing environment not too far away from Alona Beach, the Reggae Guesthouse is ideal. The bungalows are quite spacey, with a front porch and bathroom included. What is most beautiful about this place is the garden and abundance of herbs and flowers all around the property. The owners are very helpful in providing information regarding tours and local attractions. The only downside to this place (as well as most of Bohol) is that they do not accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay for everything in cash.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 July 2012 via mobile

Hosts are fabulous, so friendly and accommodating. About a 8 min walk to the beach which was fine for us. If you're looking for a nice place to stay on a budget, this is the place to be!!

  • Stayed: July 2012
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3  Thank Lauramc19
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

The place was really good. The decorations were cool and the owners (Bilbo and Chatti) were great and chilled out people who were very helpful. Bungalows were not equipped with air-con but at night, the fan in there was more than enough. The bar lounge was a perfect place to meet other guests and to chill. The drinks were very reasonably priced and reggae music was always playing in the background. Don't forget to ask Bilbo and Chatti for advice on places to visit and they can actually arrange trips for you, saving up the hassle comparing prices from different hawkers on the beach. Not exactly located next to the beach but it was only a max 10 min walk to the famed Alona Beach.
Among the guesthouses I have stayed in so far in a few southeast asian countries, this is the best so far, and I would definitely recommend it to my friends.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

Stayed at the Reggae Guesthouse for 3 nights and I have to say, this place takes the Reggae part quite seriously. Everything is decorated in red, yellow and green colors, and posters of Bob Marley are everywhere!

The place is very basic - we got a bungalow for two with a queen sized bed (the bed was a bit too soft, though), and its own bathroom. The place was clean and the sheets smelled nice and fresh. All the bungalows are fan rooms so no air-conditioning here. Glad we didn't have a problem with the heat since we were always out during the day and the nights were not so bad.

Our bungalow looked out into a nice courtyard, which had a comfortable looking hammock under a tree on one side, beside the pingpong table. Right across from it was the bar/lounge area.

The room rate doesn't include breakfast but they do offer a good breakfast spread with great coffee. The only set back is, they don't offer any other food during the day. But since you're about a 5 minute walk away from the beach which has a lot of restaurants, this isn't too much of a problem.

What sets this place apart are the people who run the place - Bilbo and Chhati, who are just very friendly. Bilbo has a boat (Bilboat!) that you can use to see Balicasag and Virgin Island (highly recommended trip!) for snorkeling. Bilbo and Chhati also know a guy who can take care of the Bohol island tour (tarsiers, chocolate hills, cave, etc.) at a very decent price.

Plus, at night, it's fun to hang out by the bar to meet all sorts of people (although some of them can be sleazy but anyway...) from everywhere in the world! I had a great time meeting people from Europe, Africa, and North America. Since it is the Reggae Guesthouse, they play a lot of reggae, which gives the place a very relaxed vibe - perfect background music for conversing with other people. And I can't forget the French wine that we had at the bar - for P60 (around $1) per glass!!!! Bilbo and Chhati were nice enough to give us a taste of this great local cheese that came all the way from the Basque region.

I also have to add that they have some really great books on offer by the lounge area. I was able to read halfway through Just Kids by Patti Smith. Too bad I didn't bring any book that I could exchange it for.

If you're not really into luxury travel but you're interested in meeting a lot of different people from diverse backgrounds, this is the best place to stay.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 June 2012

My partner and I stayed at The Reggae Guesthouse for two weeks in April/May this year so can give an up-to-date review about this place. As I have travelled for many years to lots of different countries I can truly say that The Reggae Guest House is up there with the best within the budget/midrange Price range. The rooms and bathroom are immacute so don't have any concerns with cleanliness. As for the owners, Bilbo and Chhati, well they are the perfect hosts, always there if you need any advice on the surrounding area, boat trips and tourist attractions but they don't pressure you in anyway to go on any trips which is quite refreshing though they do have a boat, Bilboat, which is great as you don't have to barter with the island hopping hawkers. Bilbo offers a very very reasonable day trip on his boat, island hopping, snorkelling sunbating and relaxing and this trip was one the highlight of our trip to Panglao. The evenings are fantastic at The Reggae Guest House, you can sit and relax in the lounge area listening to very mellow reggae or if you're feeling energetic then I know for sure Bilbo will be up for a game of table tennis. As for the lounge/dining area well this is a great place to sit and relax and share travelling experiences with other travellers. The location is a very short 5 minute walk from Alona Beach and all the resturants and bars though far enough away from any noise though Alona, unlike Boracay, is quiet most evenings. So to any fellow travellers considering going to Alona Beach a stay at The Reggae Guest house is well worth while and gets a massive thumbs up from both my partner and I. :-)

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank HonestFuz
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Reviewed 14 June 2012

Lovely time! Lovely resort, great chilled out owners... I just felt at home!
The service was good, the rooms were very clean and comfy!
I loves the massages under that huge tree in a secluded area of the garden...
And it was very affordable compared to the other crazy places...
If you want a nice retreat out of the city chaos but near everything, this is your spot!

I miss you guys!! x lola

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 June 2012 via mobile

This is a very nice and private place a few minutes of walk away from Alona beach. The Frence couple who owns the place are very helpful and accomodating. Service is very personalized.

This place would have been perfect if they have airconditioning so I could sleep soundly even during the hot afternoon.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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1  Thank lexbonife
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Address: Alona Beach, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Visayas > Bohol Province > Panglao Island
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Ranked #10 of 101 B&Bs / Inns in Panglao Island
Price Range: £15 - £17 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Reggae Guesthouse 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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