Have you ever visited somewhere that just felt like home? It might have been on the other side of the world, but the second we walked in we were part of the family.
Bohol Bee Farm was our home away from home on our travels through the Philippines. I saw a small box in my Lonely Planet guidebook noting that it makes a nice day trip, but also that it had rooms. When I looked on hotels.com and saw those rooms were only £45 a night – I was SOLD!
So we turned up for what became the most magical stay ever. And that’s with almost 3 days of heavy rain.. So read on for my review of the amazing Bohol Bee Farm and see why it stole our hearts!
To clarify, Bohol Bee Farm is an organic produce farm – a bit of a novelty it seems in the Philippines. It’s on the Panglao part of Bohol in an area called Dauis. Everything the farm does is focussed on encouraging and inspiring their farmers to practice organic farming.
The owner, a lovely woman called Vicky, has built and expanded Bohol Bee Farm with a true love of community, organic produce and sustainable techniques. Vicky and her team of local staff endeavour to support an agricultural environment that leads to healthier soils and diverse ecosystems.
Everything on the family-run farm has been built upon Vicky’s vision for an eco-friendly, sustainable farm that supports the local community. She designs the landscaping, accommodation and public areas whilst contracting local suppliers and tradesmen ensuring everything is sourced from the island.
It is the most beautiful farm I have ever seen, with gorgeous plants, inspiring art and incredible views. It is just so homey and welcoming. I truly don’t think I have been anywhere like it.
Vicky and her staff offer regular tours throughout the day to visitors and in-house guests to learn about everything the Farm has to offer.
It was beautiful. We had the most gorgeous room with dark wooden flooring, a huge comfortable soft bed with warm local furnishings and a huge bathroom and walk-in wardrobe area. Outside, we had our own terrace, rocking chair and vegetable patch. A short path led straight to a huge outdoor decking area with a series of sunken pools, loungers, hammocks and an open air spa area.
The food at Bohol Bee Farm is renowned all over the Philippines. However it is in Bohol and Cebu where you’ll spot smaller outposts of the Buzz Cafe offering favourites away from the Farm. Nothing beats eating the food at the Farm. Everything is organic and produced on-site – and is absolutely DELICIOUS! The mango and pesto dips served with all the meals is like nothing I’ve ever had before, the bread is so fresh and the salads are topped with vibrant flowers.
I loved the cassava lasagne so much, I couldn’t stop getting it. The ice cream in all its exotic flavours is fantastic – the purple yam is a particular favourite 🙂 Oh, and of course I was a fan of the crunchy cassava cones too!. They also have a gorgeous relaxed coffee lounge and bar to relax in. We really enjoyed the produce shop where we bought so many goodies (the honey is a winner) and locally made toiletries until our hearts were content. And our suitcase sufficiently weighed down!
Possibly one of my favourite afternoons ever, and I definitely wouldn’t normally say that after days of rain. Yet another drizzly afternoon led us to the spa. Yes – the boyfriend got involved too! We enjoyed manicures and pedicures, followed by a sunset couples massage with the crashing moody waves behind us – magical!
Bohol Bee Farm has a number of beautiful swimming pools and relaxing decks. While it doesn’t have its own stretch of soft sandy beach, there are some nearby. A little staircase at the back of the open air restaurant leads down to a secluded deck on the water where you’ll find a bar and the dive school. From there you can also pop straight in the water for some snorkelling – George spent many an hour swimming over the beautiful reef and brought back some impressive GoPro pics!
In a nutshell..
As I’ve written this, I truly wonder if I’ve managed to articulate just how much I loved it there. The atmosphere, the people, the beautiful setting, the room, the pools, the spa, the delicious food.. everything! Three days of rain, whilst not ideal, meant we soaked everything up that the Farm had to offer on site. I only wish we stayed longer and will certainly be returning in future!