Staying in Panglao Island near Bohol, Philippines does not have to be an expensive proposition, access to some of the country's best natural attractions notwithstanding. The budget Panglao resorts listed here offer plenty of value despite their low prices: personal service from the owners, free access to motorized transport, and swimming pools on site, among others, help elevate the budget resort experience in Bohol from simply tolerable to quite awesome; you just have to know where to look.
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Personalized service is Natura Vista's secret weapon: the proprietors go out of their way to help guests have the best time possible at their establishment. The Lungays (a husband-and-wife team) have been known to fetch their guests from the airport themselves, and help the guests with their tour arrangements too. (For more on getting around the island, read our article on Getting Around Bohol.)
The rustic- style accommodations speak more of comfort than luxury: the 16 rooms on the property come with air conditioning and bathroom en suite. The garden area comes with a dipping pool and hammocks where you can just chill out and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the Natura Vista.
The resort is a considerable distance from Panglao's better beaches, though - the nearby San Pedro beach is a public beach that isn't exactly conducive to sunbathing or swimming.
- Star rating: ★★☆☆☆
- Address: San Pedro, Bingag, Dauis, Panglao Island, Bohol
- Phone: +63 2 218 8911
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The Coco Grove's quiet location at Circulado Street affords visitors with a measure of privacy that can hardly be found in many beachfront properties on Panglao. The rooms all come with cable TV, bathrooms en suite with hot and cold running water; the largest "family" rooms can accommodate larger groups of guests.
The resort offers concierge services for guests who need help with their transport bookings, or who want to tour Bohol. International calls services, housekeeping and laundry services are also available upon request. WiFi is available at the lobby area.
- Star rating: ★★☆☆☆
- Address: Circulado Street, Poblacion, Dauis, Panglao Island, Bohol
- Phone: +63 38 411 4904
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The Ladaga Inn is a large budget hotel with 43 rooms with double and twin options; kids 12 years old and below can stay for free. Room amenities include free internet, cable TV and bathroom en suite with hot and cold running water. (The resort provide laptops free of charge for guests who need them.) Non-smoking rooms available upon request.
The restaurant on the higher floors offers Western and local food with great views of Tagbilaran Bay; guests can shoot pool at the hotel's table, or if they need to sing to unwind, they can check out the karaoke bar and its extensive menu of mixed drinks. To sweeten the deal, the Ladaga offers free airport transfers upon request. (For more on air and sea travel to Bohol, read this article: Transportation To Bohol, Philippines.)
- Star rating: ★★☆☆☆
- Address: Totolan, Dauis, Panglao Island, Bohol
- Phone: +63 38 422 0031
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L’Elephant Bleu Cottages & Rooms
The L'Elephant Blue Cottages is located about a five-minute walk away from Alona Beach: a garden-themed resort with 16 rooms, located at a distance from Alona Beach's party atmosphere. Air-conditioned rooms come with cable TV and surprisingly capacious storage space. For a budget resort, the amenities provide excellent value for money: the showers have hot water, and the WiFi is pretty fast (and free to boot).
The Cottages' reception area is located across the street from the rooms. The new annex building contains the Café Le Rendez-vous, which stays open from 7am to 11pm and serves an interesting pastry selection on top of the usual Filipino and Western favorite comfort meals. The resort also has a kid's activity center on the first floor, making this place possibly the most kid-friendly budget resort on the island.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Hope Homes Panglao
Hope Homes makes a big deal out of their low, low prices - it's advertised right out front - and the 13 bedrooms onsite do offer really good value for backpackers. All rooms are done up with local materials - bamboo and thatch. The six Deluxe rooms have air conditioning, refrigerator, cable TV and hot shower, with free use of the resort's motorbike!
Other resort amenities include swimming pool, a bar with a pool table, free WiFi, use of the in-house computer, tour services, and airport pickup upon request. The main downside to Hope Homes is its mile-long distance from the beach.
- Star rating: ★☆☆☆☆
- Address: Daorong, Danao, Panglao Bohol
- Phone: +63 928 552 3435