I tagged along when my sister flew to Tagbilaran, Bohol, to attend her friend’s wedding in Panglao Island. She mentioned that she was going to stay at Henann Resort, and I, having never heard of the place, jumped at the chance to try it out. I was hesitant when I heard that Henann Resort was on Alona Beach. I’ve been to Bohol 3x before this trip, and I know that Alona beach is where tour boats docked. It turns out that Henann was located at the far end, next to the Amorita Resort, where it is less crowded. Far enough from where the tour boats parked that their waters are perfect for swimming. I have to say, after this trip, it has become my new favorite hotel/resort in Bohol.
3 things I loved about Henann Resort on Alona Beach:
(By the way, it’s Henann Resort, not Hennan Resort!)
1. The rooms. That bed. That bathroom. The balcony. Aaaaahh!
We were upgraded to a Premier room, which looked just as luxurious as the sample photos on Henann’s website. All the basics you would expect from a 5-star hotel room are there, but if you want a breakdown of room amenities, you can check out this link. I liked how there was plenty of space for suitcases or for lounging around and if you want to step out to see the rest of Henann Resort, you could just go out to your small balcony, chill on the outdoor dinette set and watch the day go by. As for me, I preferred to stay inside the air-conditioned room wrapped in 300-thread count sheets. I stayed in there for hours until my sister dragged me out so we could eat. Literally forced me out of there.
The bathroom window has adjustable blinds by the way.
More photos of the room. Snapped a photo of umbrellas provided by the resort. How thoughtful!
2. The facilities and size of the resort
Henann Resort has three swimming pools, three pool bars, three restaurants, a mini shop, business center, and a gym and fitness center. Across the hotel was Henann’s 3-story convention center with 14 function rooms. The resort is so massive that you could spend a whole day within resort grounds and not run out of activities to do, or places to hang out in. The hotel itself was fully-booked when we were there, but the only time we felt that it was loud or crowded was when we had to line up at the elevators. There was plenty of seating and swimming space for all of us.
View from our room’s balcony
3. Its strategic location
Henann Resort is right on Alona beach in Panglao Island. If their food doesn’t excite you, you can easily take a few minutes walk and find dozens of bars and restaurants offering affordable fare. Essentially, you get the best of both worlds. Luxury in the resort, and easy access to local shops when you want it. There are convenience stores nearby where you can purchase anything from a 6 gallon jug of water to sanitary pads. The resort has the longest beachfront on Alona beach. That’s 120 meters of powdery white sand.
Their convenient location puts them ahead of the famous Bohol Beach Club, which I also love, and the higher-end version, South Palms. Both resorts offer privacy and exclusivity, with a much longer beachfront. But if you get tired of hotel food, or want to check out a local bar, you would need to take a tricycle to Alona beach.
Of course, not everything was perfect
Being a 5-star hotel, Henann Resort offers some pricey items on their menu. While the breakfast buffet is worth it, I would recommend that you step out of the resort for lunch, snacks and dinner. The hotel dishes we tried were just okay, and these chicken fingers from the pool bar were in dire need of seasoning. Wait, I think these may be fish fingers. I’d remember if I could recall what they tasted like! Still, this glitch is no deal breaker. I would come back and stay at Henann Resort again in a heartbeat.
HENANN RESORT ALONA BEACH
Alona Beach, Tawala, Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines
Resort: (63) (38) 502-9141 to 44
Manila Office: (63) (2) 230-3000 to 03