09 Apr2014

Beach Getaway…

by Marketman

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It was time for a short getaway. I have been so busy for the past two years that I couldn’t really say or feel that I was “retired” and “dabbling in food” anymore. My previous (several) trips a year to provincial destinations, their markets and often unusual produce or recipe discoveries had all but disappeared. I had been putting off a trip to Bohol to take care of some family business, and decided that last weekend was the right time to visit for mostly business, but snuck in a bit of R&R…

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I stayed at the Bellevue Hotel in Doljo, near the tip of Panglao island, and the views from their beach and pool area in the photos above did a lot to bring calm and balance back for a period of two days. The Bellevue wasn’t really my type of hotel, and I had a crappy view from my (lowest-priced) room, and it seemed a bit contrived in its location, with poor to mediocre food at best, so I wouldn’t recommend it. But I will say that many other folks might find it a pleasant place to base themselves from — large rooms (perhaps half with sea views at a hefty price), good bathrooms, desalinated water in the big bathrooms with strong pressure, a nice beach and a decent pool.

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Morning strolls on the beach, at low tide and mostly deserted except for a few locals, were exactly the kind of non-activity I craved.

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A dip in the pool with a pretty nice view…

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…and the view while laying on a chaise by the pool — crystal clear blue skies, occasionally punctuated by swiftly moving clouds. They say you need to “stop and smell the roses” every once in a while. I would change that to “lie down and watch the clouds (or stars)” instead…

 

COMMENTS:

  1. Natie says:

    A very well-deserved getaway..good for you!

    Apr 9, 2014 | 6:59 am

     
  2. izang says:

    Time for recharging batteries…

    Apr 9, 2014 | 11:14 am

     
  3. Cheryl says:

    wow! amazing view! God is awesome!

    Apr 9, 2014 | 12:47 pm

     
  4. Zerho says:

    With super hot summer temperature nowadays this pictures are like gold!!

    Apr 9, 2014 | 12:48 pm

     
  5. David B says:

    makes me want to book myself a vacation somewhere near the sea

    Apr 9, 2014 | 1:02 pm

     
  6. Susan says:

    These getaways are sure needed more often then not. The pics are breathtaking.

    Apr 9, 2014 | 8:02 pm

     
  7. ami says:

    Wow! Is that James Bond in the 4th picture?

    I tend to stargaze when I’m outside of the metro as there is minimal or no light pollution.

    Apr 10, 2014 | 8:28 am

     
  8. Marie says:

    That’s gorgeous!

    Apr 10, 2014 | 6:31 pm

     
 

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