Thursday, February 4, 2016

Henann Resort Alona Beach: A Class of Its Own

Another one of those trips that took us the last minute to decide whether to go or forego. So when I got the green light to proceed, I immediately booked a room at Panglao's newest beach resort along the famed Alona Beach called Henann Resort. From Tagbilaran Airport, we were met by my ever reliable tour operator in Bohol (Kuya Tatksy +639157945556 or +639291976766) who drove us to the resort for Php500 one way. The trip from the airport took about an hour but just in time for check-in. After verifying our reservations, the staff informed us that we got upgraded from superior to a deluxe room. Hooray! Not only did we got good deals with their soft opening promo but we also got upgraded to a bigger room. What a great way to start a vacation!

Check-in was fast as all counters were open to attend to the guests of the resort. We were also given a stub for complimentary drinks that can be claimed in the mini cafe just beside the reception. After handing the key card, the staff led us to our room at the far end of the building.

One of 400 spacious rooms in Henann, our home for 3 days was a 40sqm deluxe room facing the street. The tastefully designed Filipino-themed room had a double and a queen size beds, private balcony, air-conditioning unit, cable TV, safety deposit box, personal refrigerator and a mini bar and a luxurious marbled-bathroom with complete set of toiletries. If not for the hotel's luxurious amenities, we would have just stayed indoors and relax in the comforts of our equally fancy room.

Henann Resort Alona Beach, the biggest resort in Panglao Island, proudly sits on a 6.5-hectare beachfront property. Seriously, the entire resort is so charmingly beautiful and serene that I kept recommending it to my friends who are planning to take a vacation within the country soon.

Late lunch on our first day was served at Coral Cafe in the main building, just above the lobby. Service was a bit slow, which was understandable as they just finished packing up and probably having lunch too. Menu was mostly Asian cuisine with a twist -- delicious and totally affordable.

Complimentary garlic bread

Fish and Vegetables

Chicken Inasal

We opted to have breakfast the following day at Coral Cafe since its nearer to our room. Breakfast was laid buffet style with an egg and pancake live cooking stations. Other offerings include an assortment of breads, salad, noodles, soup, Filipino breakfast favorites like tocino, tapa, corned beef and champorado with danggit and dilis, and loads of fresh fruits for dessert.

It was gloomy and wet the entire day but we got lucky later that afternoon as the rain stopped and gave us a chance to swim at the beach with calmer waves. It also allowed us to explore the stretch of Alona Beach which confirmed the resort's claim that it is indeed Panglao's newest gem. The sand may not be as powdery white as Boracay's but the serenity the place brings and the bewitching class of Henann gives us enough reason to plan another trip soon. I can't wait!

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