Bee Farm’s honeyed Halo-halo special
Whenever I go to an establishment, place or ate foods that I really like. I try to promote and share it here as much as possible. And there’s one such bed and breakfast place we stumbled upon in Panglao Island in Bohol. It is somewhat on the same league as Cavite’s Sonya’s Garden Bed and Breakfast but with an added sea side view. Enter the land of honey in Bohol’s Bee Farm.
Welcome to the Bohol Bee Farm
If you are coming from Tagbilaran, Bohol Bee Farm can be accessed via the main road heading to the Alona Beach in Panglao, you just have to watch out for their sign on the left side and enter a dirt road an a bit of a drive passing by a field of coconuts. Upon arriving, Vicky Cy, the nurse turned entrepreneur and owner of the farm warmly greeted us and assigned one of her staff to take us around the place. At first I thought it’s just one of those Sonya’s Garden inspired place, or so I thought
Follow the garden path
Our guide showed us to a path leading to a well manicured garden. Indeed the furnishing along the garden is very artistic. But what surprised me most is the view of the sea! It seems the place is situated over a cliff.
At the dining area the tables are set with colorful place mats stitched with nice details like flowers and leaves. There are hammocks around the area if you just want to laze around. Sala sets to just lounge while reading some books or magazines or even play a game of sungka. The place would really beckon you to just relax.
Let’s play Sungka!
There are also accommodation in the area. Very nice houses which we learned is around 5000 pesos a night. But there are also cheaper ones that go as low as 3000 pesos. I think the price is just right for this private place. If you are looking for a nice alternative to a beach, this is a good place since you also have access to the sea and more to snorkel since there are no beach.
Open air massage area
Just a little pass the dining area is the massage area facing the sea. Massage cost around 400 pesos an hour which I think is cheap. If only we had more time I would have tried their massage. Beds look very comfortable.
Relax with sea view at the cliff deck area
And just near the massage area are stairs leading down to a cliff side deck where you have a better view of the sea and access tot he ocean. There are tables, benches and comfortable inclined bed there. I heard the view of sunset there is fantastic.
Honeyed Putomaya and hot tsokolate
Of course we wouldn’t leave without sampling the food. I would have wanted to try their main dishes but we just had breakfast before we went here so I just ordered a Honeyed Halo-halo Special which cost Php 140 and a combo of Putomaya and tsokolate for Php 80. Their Halo-halo is one of the best I’ve tasted halo-halo. Their topped ice cream is home made and tasty and not too sweet. But I guess as a catalyst, the sahog have some honey which made the halo-halo sweeter. They did not use the usual ingredients of beans, kaong but all of it are bits of fruits from apple to mango and watermelon. So it’s more like a fruit salad to me but it taste good. Their putomaya is a kakanin with strips of mango on top. But what taste different from the other kakanin or biko I have tasted it that it has some added taste of ginger to it. Their Tsokolate isn’t the best I’ve tasted. The cocoa from Cafe Leona in Vigan is much better.
From their store I also bought some honey products from them, like Honeyed Ginger Tea, Honey Spread, honeyed peanut sticks and cookies. All of them taste great.
If ever I go back to Bohol, I’ll go back to this place again and sample their other dishes. I know this post seems like a promotion but I’m not related to them or have been paid to post this (but it would sure be nice if they would. Hehe), it’s just that I like this place. If you’d like to visit them as well check out their website at www.boholbeefarm.com for more details.
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.