It’s hard to miss Ocean Suites Bohol Boutique Hotel as it is the only accommodation that is adjacent to one of Bohol’s most famous landmarks, the Blood Compact Shrine.
Created by National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva who hails from Bohol, the bronze sculpture depicts the first treaty of friendship between Spanish Captain Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and local chieftain Datu Sikatuna in 1565. As such, a steady stream of tourists drop by the shrine every day where enterprising locals entice them to buy handy souvenir items.
From the roadside, the view of the hotel is unremarkable.
The moment you step inside however, you are mesmerized by the captivating view of the ocean, blue skies and a panoramic portion of Panglao Island on the horizon.
Situated on a cliffside property, the architecture is strikingly modern. The ocean view is exploited with the use of floor to ceiling glass walls and sliding doors in all oceanside rooms. A split-level staircase connects all floors and makes for a dramatic backdrop for pictorials.
An infinity pool at the main lounge and dining area is the focal point. Here, guests can take a dip or order food and refreshments, or entertain friends and visitors.
In the evenings, the pool illuminates the area with its underwater lighting, taking on the blueness of ocean and skies.
A new, larger pool has been constructed one level down since my last visit in 2014.
According to Ocean Suite’s Operations Manager Mark Tiago who recently assumed his post in January, the Ocean Café and Azure Restaurant, their main food & beverage services, are set to upgrade their menu in time to meet this summer’s deluge of tourist arrivals.
While a majority of their guests are foreigners, Ocean Suites has consistently been host to a number of guests from media and the local government in support of Bohol’s current thrust to promote eco-tourism.
Mark was quick to point out a mangrove area further downhill from Ocean Suites where the construction of an amphitheater could be seen progressing.
One of Mayor John Geesnell Yap’s priority projects for the City of Tagbilaran is the Bohol Friendship Park.
According to Mark, the Blood Compact Shrine is going to be relocated downhill. Aside from the amphitheater, shops on stilts, a restaurant on a Spanish Galleon by the bay, as well as ample parking space are bound to rise adjacent to Ocean Suites in a couple more of years.
A sign of more good things to come.
Ocean Suites Bohol Boutique Hotel
Blood Compact Shrine,
East Tagbilaran Road,
Brgy. Bool, Tagbilaran City
+63 38 4111031
+ 63 917 6547217