Philippines Travel & Food 2017
A few things to watch for when traveling in the Philippines:
- Always try to get a metered taxi when available. Nothing against the other guys out there hustling, but the metered taxis are monitored by the city most of the time, so there is less chance to get over charged.
- Always keep an eye on your personal belongings. This goes for anywhere you are traveling, of course.
- Always verify prices before accepting any type of service, whether it be a taxi, or any other kind of service. If you are a foreigner, you automatically have money. This is not the case for all people, but many think this way, so you’re likely to be overcharged if you are not careful.
- Be friendly. Don’t be rude or impolite. This is not your country, remember that!
First stop, The Bellevue Resort – Bohol, Philippines
We were welcomed by the friendly staff, given some cool Bellevue necklaces and directed to the check-in desk. The property is beautiful, the food is excellent, and the pool is fantastic. We were able to do some kayaking right from the beach and see some cool underwater life as we paddled. Our room was very spacious, bathroom and waterfall shower were also huge. In the evenings, the dinner buffet was accompanied by various musical entertainment, featuring cover songs mostly. The spectacular lighting and inviting infinity pool added a nice ambiance to the entire property.
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One hard part of traveling, and I am sure you can relate, is working out. This time, however, I was prepared! I got this awesome travel gym kit from Amazon before we left and it was a life saver. Pick one up, you won’t regret it.
The weather, of course, was hot. It’s the Philippines after all! The large infinity pool helped keep us cool during the hot days, as did the nicely air conditioned room. Each day we enjoyed a nice buffet breakfast featuring a wide variety of delicious foods, and lunch was spent at The Bellevue or at one of our favorites spots on Alona Beach, The Buzz Cafe, a cafe with a great menu and ingredients grown nearby at the local bee farm. After 3 wonderful days, we grabbed the ferry back to Cebu where we stayed in the Sebastian Hotel a night before flying to Butuan City. The Sebastian is a newer, clean hotel, with very friendly staff and basic rooms. There is a great restaurant/cafe directly next door which serves great tasting and inexpensive food, this is also where your included breakfast comes from. This makes for some easy access and Mactan Newtown is a very short walk, and offers many more food options as well.
*** A side note: Every place we stayed we used Agoda to find the best deals. They had the lowest prices and “buy now, pay later” options, which helps a lot. Click the links for great deals and discounts.
Next Stop, Almont Inland Resort – Butuan City (Mindanao)
This was our 2nd time staying at the Inland Resort. The prices are fair and they have a very nice pool and kiddie pool with a slide and waterfall. The rooms are clean and basic, but are sufficient for a relaxing stay. Almont Inland Resort also has a great breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet, as well as menu and room service items. (Thanks to the gentlemen who delivered our food in the rain!) Their breakfast rotates between some familiar Filipino dishes and includes some good coffee, hot chocolate, and juice.
We did use one of these awesome cell phone water proof cases on our trip like the one found here. They are definitely a life saver! Our phones are “water resistant” but I don’t want to chance it. Last year’s trip we were able to swim and take some funny underwater shots all without fear of our phones getting wet.
A Quick Note on Mindanao
First, many folks are intimidated or perhaps scared or traveling to Mindanao due to the ongoing terrorist activity in the Southern portions of the island. While this is a real and dangerous threat, using your head and having some common sense should keep you safe, if there is such a thing these days. Second, the police security level is very high in Butuan City and chances of being kidnapped or harmed are extremely low. Filipinos are very welcoming, and most are very friendly.
Stay tuned for the next post with more action.