Monday, April 15, 2013

Weekend at Eskaya in Bohol, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels (SLH) group


I spent last weekend in Bohol, at the lovely Eskaya Resort on Panglao Island.

It was pretty much a spur-of-the-moment decision, as I was originally supposed to be in Kuala Lumpur this weekend.

When my KL meeting got canceled, I decided to take advantage of my suddenly free weekend to go and see a bit of the Philippines for a change.

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I'M A FAN...

Being a creature of habit, one of the things I did was go to the website of the Small Luxury Hotels (SLH) group. I use SLH hotels a lot when I travel privately as I find most of the member hotels are luxurious enough, low-key and relatively reasonably priced.

Make no mistake, though. SLH hotels are not cheap. But when I compare SLH hotels to other luxury hotels, I find they're pretty good value in the grand scheme of things.



So I looked at the SLH website and I found Eskaya on the list for the Philippines. Then I checked flights to Bohol online, and the prices weren't too bad for a last-minute jaunt -- so we decided to take a holiday after a holiday.

Of course, I've heard of Eskaya, as it's supposed to be one of the best resorts in the Philippines.

But I had never really had an opportunity to think about staying there until this weekend, as I'm always busy and on a never-endingly eventful Travelife.

Eskaya's very private white sand beach


This weekend was just wide open for the simple reason that it had been booked in advance for a business meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

A BEAUTIFUL VILLA RIGHT NEXT TO THE SEA

We took the equivalent of the presidential suite, which has its own infinity pool looking out onto the ocean, as well as it's own dining and lounging deck several staircases below the infinity pool and right by the sea.

Yes, I'm one of these people who needs lots of space and privacy on a holiday.

I completely enjoyed my stay here.



It was great for R&R, after so much active travel recently.

THE BEST MOMENTS IN A TRAVELIFE

In fact, my best moments at Eskaya were probably at sunset, sitting on the private deck of the presidential suite with my computer and super-fast WiFi, with a bottle of champagne and complete peace and quiet.

This was how I finished part one of my India stories.

I did this on two consecutive evenings, just before we went to dinner.

It certainly gave me some great thinking moments to plan the next great trips in a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.








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