The Peacock Garden: Europe in Bohol?
I must admit, I had low expectations of the Peacock Garden in Bohol. It bills itself as Bohol’s premier luxury boutique resort. Those many descriptions made it look very pretentious. I was also a bit off with its European design since it was located in a tropical island. It just seemed out of place. So when I entered the imposing gates of the resort and drove across a grand and manicured driveway that led to what looked like a clubhouse from afar, I still didn’t know what to expect.
As soon as we got off our car, a courteous doorman greeted us. I really felt like entering the home of a duke. We were immediately welcomed by the reception staff that wore short skirts and stockings. However, they had an enthusiasm that was very contagious and soon, I was also smiling with a glass of sweet watermelon juice on hand.
Before checking in, we were given a tour of the resort. Our guide was explaining each antique piece that was showcased in the reception lobby and the Old Heidelberg fine dining restaurant. I was surprised to know how much history was brought here as well. There was a piano that was built in the mid 1800s and memorabilia of Rizal from Europe. The guide was rambling actually, while I was observing the pieces. I felt like I was in a museum, and I was just in the lobby of the hotel.
We moved on to a cigar room named Hemingway. I loved the pub like atmosphere of this room. We were then led to The Wine Cellar that had a very interesting collection of spirits. There was also the Pim’s night club that had a lighted dance floor beside it.
Then, after passing through a grass arch, we finally saw the most exciting part of the resort, its gorgeous infinity pool.
Finally, we reached our room, a Deluxe Sea View Room that had a balcony that was also directly facing the pool. The bed that came with a memory foam topper had a very luxurious feel. The bath was not impressive, though they carried L’Occitane products.
There was also a quaint living area in one corner, where we had our delicious snacks – grilled German sausage and fried Camembert. The food was excellent by the way, very authentic in taste and unique as well, given that we were in Bohol. It was a welcome break from the usual Filipino fare offered in other resorts.
We ended our day with a treatment in their surprisingly world class Roman inspired Fontana Aurelia Spa. We were shocked to see a Jacuzzi, steam room and very luxurious treatment rooms in this part of Bohol. I would go to Peacock Garden just for its spa. Needless to say, our 90-minute massage with facial was excellently delivered.
Despite some design misfits and the lack of that grandness that one could expect from a European inspired establishment, The Peacock Garden did uphold its billing of a premier luxury boutique resort.
I was expecting very little from my experience from The Peacock Garden, but that didn’t matter in the end. I was wrong to compare it with my favorites in Bohol and even in the country. The Peacock Garden is a whole different world indeed that no other resort can compare to it – it was a destination in itself.
The Peacock Garden
Upper Laya, Baclayon
Bohol 6301 Philippines
+63 38 539 9231 (landline)
+63 917 326 9000 (mobile)
Over-all Experience: 3
IE Score: 2.91 (Fair)