I find that when I travel I don’t often relax. I like to go out and explore cities and meet people. On my recent trip to Bohol, I was able to have the best of both worlds. My first impression when traveling to this island was “why am I NOT staying by the beach and instead staying up in the hills?” That would seem a bit strange for a trip to a tropical paradise .. but from the moment I walked into the Peacock Garden, the question had answered itself. I found myself in a secluded paradise overlooking the ocean. It was then I knew that my stay was going to be relaxing and nothing short of perfect.
About the hotel:
You will notice from the second you arrive that the hotel and grounds resemble areas of Europe, almost like you arrived in Europe and not the Philippines – but you are in fact in the Philippines. The architecture, the decor and even the food has European influences and it doesn’t disappoint.
The hotel is a boutique luxury property with all the trimmings of a high end resort, just on a smaller scale. The service is spectacular and the staff is there and ready to assist before you even know you need something.
One thing you won’t be able to miss is the amazing sunsets!
During my stay I stayed in a Premier Infinity Sea View Room. Fit with a modern marble bathroom, dual sink, luxurious bath amenities, spacious bedroom, king bed, 46″ flat screen TV, mini bar, coffee area, desk, a balcony, and incredible views of both the infinity pool, garden and Bohol Sea.
I fell in love with the food here. My first introduction to UBE was here and then I couldn’t stop eating it. UBE is a purple yam that is on the sweeter side and the Filipino culture loves it. They have created such amazing dishes out of it from jam, to gelato, cakes, and so on.
Each morning I was welcomed to a wonderful buffet with fresh fruit, breads, pastries, jams, cereals, fresh juices, local dishes, and could even order main dishes from the menu to accompany. My favorite breakfast dish included an egg, bacon, corned beef hash, and chicken nuggets. I ate this every morning because it was so good.
For dinner I ate the schnitzel twice! I know what you are thinking, “schnitzel in the Philippines?” Trust me – this schnitzel was better than the one I had in Germany.
Treat yourself! Everyday! The spa, Fontana Aurelia, graces you with its stunning architecture and even better service. I received two massages while I was here and it was the ultimate way to relax. The spa staff work with you on the right amount of pressure to suit your needs and they are very professional. I do believe I fell asleep during both massages because they were amazing!
Exploring the grounds at the hotel I found to be one of the most relaxing activities. The architecture is beautiful, you’ll find a Koi pond, a wine cellar, ivy leaves, and beautiful views in every direction.
The hotel has an incredible infinity pool. I spent a lot of time laying by and swimming in it. The pool is the focal point of the hotel and should be used. You can order drinks and snacks by the pool and take in the surroundings.
Definitely explore Bohol when you get the urge to leave the hotel. I did a day tour and was able to experience so much that Bohol has to offer.
Overall I really loved my stay here at the Peacock Garden. Amanda, the general manager is the sweetest and most hospitable person I think I have ever met. If you visit, ask for her – she will tell you about the property and loves having guests.
- You can fly into Bohol through Manila (~1.5 hours) and other islands.
- Distance to hotel: about 15 minutes without traffic from the airport
- Free WiFi
- Air Conditioning is excellent
- Beds are plush
- You can smoke on property and there is a cigar room
Disclaimer: I was hosted during my stay but as always, opinions are m own.