Sunday, April 03, 2005


ananyana - April 3, 2005
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Ok. My entry won't be about Manila this time. I'll move my recommendation down south for this one.
Bohol has been the next big thing on the Philippine tourist map for quite a while now. But sadly and for way too long, most of us had to make do with less than stellar accomodations when visiting this picturesque isle. But not anymore. Enter Ananyana, a two year old resort that has come into its own and is now poised to become a major resort player in its own minor way. Set in the center of a three kilometer stretch of powder white sand in Doljo Beach on Panglao Island, Ananyana delivers if you're looking to literally get away from it all. It's a television-free experience that soothes you with ultra hip piped-in music, artfully wrapped soaps, and towered cuisine. For families, there are huge rooms, a tastefully designed bamboo playground, a cute town/church nearby, and cultural tours to the Chocolate hills, Baclayon, and Loboc available on call. It's definitely a cerebral alternative to the cheezy eat-all-you-can family offerings on Boracay or Laguna. But with it's fabulous food (Italian and Filipino cuisine cooked in an open kitchen) and low guest density, its also the perfect getaway for honeymooners looking to canoodle al fresco. Service is guaranteed to be personal with only ten rooms on the property. The snorkeling is impressive (starfish! whee!); scuba diving is readily available; and the chef can be sent to market to whip up things that are not on the menu. I recommend three nights at the least. It will already take two days to just get into the groove. Reserve a few months in advance at Mondial Travel for really good deals (we booked three months ahead).Telephone: 8866300; 8866361/62/64/65