Lamian World Cuisine at The Bellevue Bohol

Lamian, the Bellevue Resort Bohol’s main in-house restaurant, serves traditional Filipino and international fare using the ingredients the region has to offer.
The moment we stepped inside, the first thing that came to mind was fine dining. But with the warm lighting, earth tones, carved wood, and sea shell-adorned partitions, guests will surely enjoy the classy but relaxed atmosphere.
 Lamian has a seating capacity of 180 and is open from 6:00 am – 10:00 pm daily.
Here’s some of the fare at the dinner buffet: Japanese station offering assorted Sashimi, Maki and Tuna; at least two soups; plain & fried rice; cold cuts and cheese; assorted fresh garden greens; pasta station (they have an Italian Chef, by the way); fry station (highly recommended!); some of the mains were Spicy Shrimp, Fish Fillet Escabeche and Chicken in Coconut Milk; carving station with lamb leg and baked pork leg; dessert station (lots of options); fresh fruits and a liquor section.
They served some offbeat appetizers and sides like the one pictured above, Pickled Vegetables, Kinilaw na Tanigue (Tanigue Salad), Seaweed Salad and Tokwa at Baboy Salad!
Spicy Shrimp
Some ‘exotic’ dishes were: Ox Tongue Estofado (pictured) and Kalderetang Kambing (Goat Meat Stew in Tomato Sauce)
Halo-Halo
Probably every Filipino’s favorite dessert…except me. :p
Local Desserts
 
Endette and I were so amused with our room and the resort’s facilities we actually forgot to have lunch.
 
So, as embarrassing as it may sound, I was so famished come dinner time I thought I had every bit of excuse to indulge and stuff myself. Bad idea! I never felt so full in my entire life I literally felt like I was going to explode.
 
Death by buffet…literally

Counterclockwise: plate of fried fish fillet, squid rings and prawns; fried rice with slice of lamb with onion sauce and Escabeche; Carbonara and dessert plate consisting of Chocolate Moist Cake, Blueberry Cheesecake, Crunchy Chocolate, Creme Brulee, and Caramel Poundcake
 
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The next morning, we decided to dip in the pool first while everyone was having breakfast.
 
My breakfast plate: Hash Brown, bacon, sausage, fish fillet, Pork Steak and Beef Tapa 
 
It was a beautiful and sunny day so we decided to dine al fresco.
 
And even though we were a bit late for breakfast, the buffet spread was well-replenished.
 
Of course there are the breakfast staples hotdogs/sausages, bacon, longganisa; an omelet station; pancake station; cereal station; hash brown; some mains like Beef Tapa, Pork Steak, Chicken with Spinach Sauce and Fish Fillet; dried squid and danggit; some dimsum; congee; fresh fruit juices; breads/rolls and assorted spreads; fresh fruits and assorted native delicacies.
 
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What I like most about Lamian is how they allowed Filipino delicacies to take center stage whilst offering a variety of international fare. This, coupled with the attentive and courteous staff ensures guests will have a pleasurable dining experience. Lamian, indeed!

Bluewater Panglao Beach Resort

For our last two days in Bohol, Bluewater Panglao became our home.
Photo credit: Endette Mendoza

Friendly staff at the front desk

 As soon as we arrived, we were immediately welcomed by the staff and the view of one of two free-form lagoon-shaped pools. We were served with cold lemongrass drinks while waiting for our room to be ready since we arrived earlier than the check-in time. We didn’t mind waiting, though, because we sat comfortably at the lounge while Bossa Nova music was playing in the background. Ain’t that relaxing?
Panorama shot

If you get the Deluxe Poolside room, well, the pool is literally just a few steps away. 😀

The pool looks more charming at night, but you can only swim at the main pool until 9:00 pm. Due to its proximity to the rooms, it’s possible the noise could disturb other guests if you have too much fun. If night swimming is your thing, you can swim at the pool beside Aplaya Restaurant.
Beautifully-lit walkway

Baroto Poolside Bar on the other end

We got a Deluxe Poolview room at the second floor.

Room furnishing is the same as our room in Maribago — albeit smaller and doesn’t look as new — with the signature ‘floating beds’ and freestanding tub. It was comfortable nonetheless.


There are a total of 54 rooms with 46 Deluxe Rooms (21 Poolside and 21 Poolview), 4 Family Lofts, 3 Honeymoon Villas and 1 Family Villa.

Family Loft: A two-storey accommodation with bedroom loft (inset). Ideal for families of 4 persons.

If you want more space and privacy, they have 3 Honeymoon Villas with its own dipping pool and a Family Pool Villa; 2 bedrooms (1 room with 1 king-sized bed and 1 room with 2 queen-sized beds), both with its own freestanding tub with TV, and a dipping pool and sundeck at the middle!

Family Pool Villa as seen from the zen garden
Master bedroom with king-sized bed and living area
Wouldn’t you love waking up to this view?

Clockwise: 2 queen-sized beds, freestanding tub with TV and private dipping pool and sun deck

The restaurant is a bit of a walk from the rooms, but the golf cart can always take you there if you’re too lazy. It’s just a 2-3 minute leisurely walk anyway. A nice way to burn off some calories after every meal. 😉

Lush foliage add to the serenity of the resort

 The Aplaya Restaurant is located near the marine sanctuary. It serves international and authentic local fare featuring exotic flavors made with fresh local products. This is where we have our buffet breakfast and a la carte dinners. I will be writing a separate post about Aplaya.

Unlike in Maribago, there’s no in-house spa, but you can have a massage at one of two cottages or request for an in-room massage.

While it’s true the resort does not have its own beach, they have a marine sanctuary where you can snorkel and/or ride the glass-bottom boat. They also have a free scheduled shuttle service that can bring/fetch you to and from Alona Beach which is just 10-15 minutes away. Additionally, you can sign up for their stand up paddle board lessons. Too bad we were not able to try these activities because of the bad weather brought about by the typhoon.

If you’ve already seen the countryside, you can also try the variety of free and paid activities the resort offers like exploring Panglao island by bicycle or go on an offroad adventure by ATV/Quad Bikes. Kids will enjoy the Arts & Crafts lessons and moms can learn new dishes through their Cook With the Chef sessions. Surely, there is always something for everyone.   

Underneath Aplaya Restaurant is a function room/meeting center

Sit back and relax at these loungers facing the sea

 If weather permits, they also hold a bonfire and movie night in this area.

 Access to the marine sanctuary at low tide

More than the facilities and activities, what we loved most was the excellent service. Everyone was very nice and friendly, and is always genuinely interested if we’re having a good time. We really felt at home here.

Bluewater Panglao
Danao, Panglao Island, Bohol
Tel. Nos: (638) 416-0695/96
Email: panglao@bluewater.com.ph
www.bluewaterpanglao.com.ph

 

The Bellevue Resort Bohol

More than seeing the Chocolate Hills or the Tarsier up close, the thing I looked forward to the most was our stay at The Bellevue Resort Bohol. I mean, come on, it is the first five-star resort hotel in Bohol opened just last November 2012.
From CebuEndette and I hopped on a ferry to Tagbilaran. As soon as we arrived at the port, we were greeted by their staff, Ivory, and welcomed us with a shell necklace and cold towel. We were soon after whisked away by a private car, and in a matter of minutes, was cruising along the rustic but beautiful scenery of Panglao. Half an hour later, Ivory pointed to the commanding watchtower-like Chairman’s suite peeking behind the coconut trees.
 This newest baby of The Bellevue Hotels & Resorts is located at Brgy. Doljo — which, in Tagalog, literally translates to dulo meaning ‘end/tip’ — at the tip of Panglao.

We were warmly welcomed by the Duty Manager, and a staff handed us drinks and cold towels while the bellhop took care of our bags.

Just walking through the spacious open-air lobby tastefully decorated with Filipino-inspired pieces, one can immediately get a sense of a relaxing and luxurious stay. 

We were also met by the Room Division Manager and got a pleasant surprise that we were upgraded to a Junior Suite! Sweet! 😀

THE SUITE
 
We were just wowed when we entered the room! We have a living room with flat screen TV, working table, coffee & tea-making facilities and well-stocked mini bar. We also have a balcony with unobstructed view of the resort grounds, infinity pool, beach and sea.
And the bedroom? It has the fluffiest bed I’ve ever seen. It was like sleeping in a bed of clouds. And yeah, there’s another flat screen TV and balcony! How can you complain?
Our bed of clouds 😉
One of two closets has a safe, the resort’s own rubber slippers, bathrobes and even a flat iron with board.

The bathroom was just divine! There’s a separate tub and glass-enclosed shower with rainshower head. The Kudos Spa toiletries were really superb, too.

The resort has a total of 156 guestrooms that can cater from single to multiple occupants depending on the room category. Most rooms face the beach and has access to a balcony on the upper floors and to the garden on the ground floor.

The Presidential Suite (222 sqm.) has two bedrooms with en suite bathroom each, huge living room, its own kitchen and bar, dining area, a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf beverage system, a Jacuzzi and loungers at the balcony. 
View from the Presidential Suite


The room interiors and overall aesthetic of the resort is modern yet still very Filipino evident in the design and materials used. I like the fact that they played not only with colors, but with textures as well.

THE INFINITY POOL
 
Undoubtedly, the most picturesque part of The Bellevue Resort is its infinity pool with dive pool.
L-R: 2 feet, 4 feet and 12 feet

The pool looks mighty inviting so it’s inevitable that it can be crowded. We found out the best time to go here is early in the morning when everyone else is having their breakfast. 

DINING
L-R: Lamian, Marea and Flujo


They have 2 restaurants and a bar. Lamian serves traditional Filipino and international fare using the ingredients the region has to offer. Indoor and al fresco dining options are provided in this welcoming yet sophisticated space. I will be writing a separate post about our dining experience at Lamian.

Marea is perched on a spectacular seaside beach front and serves a la carte creations made fresh from the market.

Lastly, Flujo is their chill-out sunken lobby bar that serves refreshing summer cocktails, mock-tails and tropical shakes. 

In-room service is also available.

SPORTS & RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

Underneath the amenity building (where Marea Restaurant is also located) are several facilities like the gym, Azurea Spa and the Kids’ Area/Game room.
Bellevue Resort also prepares daily recreational activities for kids and adults. Depending on the weather, they hold a movie night/film showing (every Sunday) at the garden or have live bands perform at Marea.

THE BEACH

The resort also boasts a 250-meter private white beach with plenty of shaded loungers. Guests can relax and frolic to their heart’s desire without worrying about privacy or battling with a crowd. During high tide, it’s nice to just lounge by the sandbar.

 
For guests who would like to visit Alona Beach, the resort also has a drop-off and pick-up service for Php100/person/way.
 


The Emerald Green Diving Center located at the beach area offers non-motorized aqua sports activities, island hopping and diving lessons.

For guests’ convenience, there is also a tour desk that can arrange for a countryside and/or Panglao tour.

Bellevue Resort at night
 
Don’t worry if you run out of money, there’s an ATM at the lobby and the souvenir shop is conveniently located so you can spend your newly-withdrawn cash. I kid!
 

Lobby Shop

With the facilities, amenities and Boholanon hospitality, it’s not hard to see why it’s quickly becoming a favorite of foreigners and locals alike. The Bellevue Resort Bohol truly is a world-class resort.

The Bellevue Resort
Brgy. Doljo, Panglao Island, Bohol
Tel. No.: (6338) 422-2222
www.thebellevue.com/bohol