Famously the home of the beautiful Chocolate Hills and the world’s smallest primate – the tiny Tarsier – Bohol makes a wonderful destination for a luxury retreat. This evocative place and its string of offshore islands inspire and thrill in equal measure.
Coral churches, fertile forests and an underwater paradise.
Things to do
Around your luxury boutique hotel dip into scuba diving and snorkelling, kayak trips or dolphin and whale watching. Or, why not take a river cruise or guided canoe trip along the mangrove-lined Daet River. Stop at Cambuhat Village to learn about the people who live on the river and sample the fresh oysters, harvested by families.
Indulge in a range of Filipino and Asian spa treatments in the peaceful surroundings of your boutique hotel. These ancient treatments incorporate sound, touch and colour therapy to deliver some serious pampering.
No luxury escape to Bohol would be complete without the UNESCO World Heritage Chocolate Hills. These softly contoured, cone-like hills stretch out across the landscape. To get a flavour of Spanish colonial times, visit one of the fine old buildings such as Baclayon Church. The ancient towns around Carmen make for a fascinating place to wander.
To experience unspoilt Bohol molave forest and magical caves, explore Rajah Sikatuna National Park.
Top tip from SLH