Life’s hustle and bustle can get the best of us. When that happens, we long for a getaway that lets us put stress aside and just focus on ourselves. We look to spend our ‘me time’ at a sanctuary like Donatela Hotel—some place where we can recharge our mind, body, and soul.
Situated in the heart of Panglao, Bohol, the 7.5-hectare property handled by Enderun Hospitality Management is light on guests but heavy on the beauty of nature. “You can hear the birds chirping around in the morning and I think that’s something rare,” observes general manager Herve Martin. Wondering how you can make the most out of your much-needed escape? Read on!
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Relax in your own villa. We all need our private area that could feel like home even when we’re far from the big city. How about living in a lodge that has a botanical garden? Each space at the hotel was modelled after the traditional Philippine Ifugao house concept with convenience in mind. “It’s a totally different idea. If you live in the city, you have a lot of people around you. Not everyone wants that,” says Herve, stressing the importance of space and privacy. “The first month I was here, I asked a colleague to come over. I tried to figure out what our strengths were, and she overslept. But she told me how refreshing that was because she couldn’t sleep for a long time. Sometimes, you just need to get away. You just need to rest.”
Break a sweat! Hack into your endorphins by going to the gym or taking a walk. The release of happy hormones can do wonders not only to your physical health but also your mental health!
Go for a swim! Taking a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool and having a delicious drink at the pool bar sounds good, too.
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Interact with animals. Bond with charming creatures such as monkeys, peacocks, parrots, and more in its private zoo!
Saddle up and ride a horse. Feel the breeze and enjoy the outdoors with a four-legged companion at an equestrian stable!
Have the ultimate dining experience! Paprika Restaurant welcomes the resort’s guests with good food and a good view of the Bohol Sea.
De-stress at a spa. Treat yourself to various kinds of massages and treatments that are perfect for those who are searching for peace and tranquility. Herve explains, “We do certain kinds of massages and it’s based on Hawaiian strokes. We also have a local hilot massage which is kind of interesting. It’s the first time we’ve had it in the Philippines.”
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Photographs courtesy of Donatela Hotel