We had a REALLY big problem at the Panglao Villa....
We were WAAAAAAAAY too comfortable.
We were also WAAAAAAAY too happy!
We were, in addition, WAAAAAAAY too delighted!!
Finally, we were WAAAAAY WAAAAAY WAAAAAY too pleased with the way we were greeted at the airport by Jedy and at the home by her husband Rizal !!! She is a doll, and Rizal was so helpful.
We stopped by the super market in Tagbilaran on our way to the property for various groceries. That was in itself a unique experience and we were able to purchase so many items for breakfast , other meals, snacks, water, and other good stuff. Visa was accepted and this was a great convenience. We made two dinners and numerous breakfasts & lunches while we stayed at the Villa. Having a well stocked kitchen with modern appliances was huge for us. After growing up as an expat in Manila during the 70’s, I was also happy to report that we saw not a single bug…not a one in kitchen, bath, or bedrooms! The kitchen was clean, had bottled water that Rizal refilled for pennies, and all the comforts of a modern kitchen.
After we arrived at the beautiful premises, we made chicken adobo(Hawaiian style!) A rum and coke, and we all said aloha at 930 our first night. We enjoyed the comfy bedrooms, as well as the quiet, peaceful and safe surrounds… Just perfect!
You are running a really neat operation at the Villa and we were pleased beyond all expectations, Vincent. Thank you so much from all 6 of us for sharing your beautiful home, the aloha welcome of your family and friends, and for making us feel like an old friend right away.
We loved seeing the pictures of you & Sylvia, your son and your family history. This place is just wonderful. Mahalo, salamat po...thank you!
It was a delight that everything worked. Hi-speed internet, large LCD TV with DVD and lots of movies, all kitchen appliances, the beautiful Euro style freshly refurbished bathroom, the cozy living and dining areas, and the bedroom aircons. We cooled the rooms when we were home, and they worked perfectly.
For touring, we did the one day Chocolate Hills(beautiful!) Butterfly farm(one hour of loveliness) the Tarsier Preserve(sweet little critters!) and the Loboc River tour. For 75 bucks plus a health tip for our courteous and informative driver, it was a great day for the 6 of us. Back to the villa, some cold beers and another great rest.
For 50 bucks and tip we did the Panglao island tour including the caves at Hinagdanan, swimming and snorkeling at Alona beach, a very nice stop over at the not-in-your-face Bee Farm(one of the few places no fee was charged and no hassles by anyone). Great day.
WE also enjoyed the $40 boat trip to Balicasag Island for amazing snorkeling. Be advised that a Municipality Fee is charged ($1 per person as well as a boat fee to paddle you to the snorkeling site of about $5 per person) This nickel and diming is kind of a turn-off, but the snorkeling made us forget the minor hassle.
Just minutes away by walk is a wonderful massage parlor with excellent local masseuses…at about $12(tip included) for one hour of heaven. Clean, close, affordable and professional. Any of the 6 women working there were excellent. We went back 3 more times!
Lots of nearby Sari-Sari stores to buy snacks, water, sodas and such, and a 5 minute trike ride got us back to any number of nice beaches where we could enjoy all the same amenities as the people we sat next to…who were paying 200+ night! All the more we appreciated the value and comfort of the Villa. The island was uncrowded and peaceful…a far cry from Boracay. Can’t compare it to that scene, but it is really lovely in a quiet, kind, and subtle manner.
With warm aloha,
Gary Cyndie George Linda Barney and Cora
PS You almost had to call the police on us since we did want to leave! Thought of chaining ourselves to the walls! Maybe next time, because we WILL return! A++++ job.
PPS NOTE: We had the pleasure to meet Vincent for a very nice dinner the night before we left…first rate chap! Aloha!