Deep in the heart of Loboc River lies a secluded haven unlike the touristy resorts on the other side of Bohol. Facing the placid green waters of Bohol’s most famous river is where you will find your piece of serenity amidst the lush green surroundings. Loboc River Resort’s offer of tranquility will surely entice you into staying here when you visit Bohol, Philippines.
Loboc River Resort: Booking and Check-in
We booked around a month before our stay and found that it was almost full except for the Forest View Villa. Understandable because the dates we chose were around Christmas time. We really wanted to experience the resort so we booked it anyway.
We opted not to arrange for airport transfer and instead chose to hire a taxi/private car to take us to the resort. Loboc River Resort is around 25 km (approx. 40 mins) away from Tagbilaran airport.
Only when you arrive at the resort would you truly understand how secluded it is. Surrounded by tropical greenery with farm animals freely walking around.
The reception was welcoming, providing us with welcome drinks and cold towels upon check-in. From the reception, you’ll see the souvenir shop (just beside it), the restaurant (Venia’s Kitchen), the villas, and lots of trees.
Loboc River Resort: Forest View Villa
Because we were so tired from the overnight bus trip from Baguio to the airport, we went straight to our Forest View Villa. The wooden cottages are on stilts and connected by wooden walkways. Already, I was loving the rustic ambiance.
Our villa also has its own veranda and was pleased to see that our room is quite spacious. It was simple and understated, using a lot of wood and natural materials. The toilet and bathroom are quite roomy as well especially the shower area.
There’s also plenty of space for clothes in the dresser and a long desk is also provided. TV with cable, complimentary water, toiletries, hair dryer, and a guide book about the property and Bohol is also available.
After a long nap, we walked around the property and checked out the River View Villas. It definitely had the advantage over the other rooms in this property. I would have loved to stay there and sit facing the river.
The resort offers a free walking tour of the property and monkey-feeding activity. The guide led us beyond the pool area and to a hut beside this small body of water.
We were all wondering where the monkeys are when one of the resort staff crossed to the other side using a small boat and whistled. For a few seconds, nothing was happening. Until we saw the monkeys jumping from tree to tree. The staff then put the bananas and bread on the pedestals before the monkeys arrived. All too soon, they were fighting each other who’ll get the most food.
Check out this video for a quick glimpse of Loboc River Resort as well as the macaque monkeys on the property. 🙂
Loboc River Resort: Venia’s Kitchen
We decided to have an early dinner in the resort’s restaurant and bar called Venia’s Kitchen. It provided an amazing view of the river and the neighborhood at the other side.
Our grilled squid was good enough, and was reasonably priced. We also selected our choice of breakfast for the following morning before calling it a night.
Complimentary breakfast had a good serving size, served with fresh fruits and fried sweet potatoes.
We didn’t get to try the other menu items in Venia’s Kitchen because we opted to try the restaurants in Panglao and Tagbilaran.
Loboc River Resort: Other Amenities and Features
We also tried their in-room massage and found the service to be really enjoyable and relaxing. The masseuse used the traditional hilot style.
The staff also kindly arranged for us to get a scooter. But too bad they gave me a helmet with a broken strap. And they said they can’t replace it with another one.
If you don’t want to do a packaged tour and rent your own van to go around Bohol, I recommend that you rent your own scooter or motorbike to go around. It has proven really useful for us.
Too bad we didn’t get a chance to try the outdoor swimming pool. All the time we were there I’ve never seen it empty except once. There was always a few guests swimming or lounging around.
Another recommended activity that we also didn’t get to try was the Firefly Watching. You can book from the reception as this activity starts at a specific time.
Other water activities include boat rental, kayaking, and Stand Up water paddling.
I really enjoyed our 2 nights stay at Loboc River Resort. The staff was friendly and quite helpful with our needs. Indeed, staying here feels like you’re on jungle retreat or on a farm in the province. Definitely my cup of tea for rest and relaxation away from the tourists and the city. I recommend this remote and rustic eco-resort for nature lovers and for those who wants a peaceful and relaxing stay amidst tropical greenery for their vacation.
Proximity to other Bohol attractions:
Chocolate Hills Adventure Park – 31 km
Chocolate Hills – 33 km
Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary – 16 km
Man-made Forest – 13 km
Loboc River Cruise – 2.6 km
Panglao Island – 30 km