BE Grand Resort: Inside Bohol’s most luxurious waterfront resort

BE Grand Resort is one of the most luxurious yet relaxing waterfront resort on the balmy Panglao Island in Bohol. Owned and managed by property developer Enrison Land Inc. (ELI), BE Grand is the sister resort of BE Mactan, a boutique resort located in Mactan Island, Cebu. The resort is just 40 minutes away from the Tagbilaran Airport, and 35 minutes from the city’s shopping and commercial district.

Spanning 2.9 hectares of sun-soaked land, BE Grand Resort is uniquely envisioned to encompass the beauty of its independent locality and environment. It combines chic contemporary design with laid-back elements for a fanciful but comfortable ambiance—making BE Grand Resort the perfect home away from home.

At BE Grand Resort, guests can enjoy the diverse dining options, take a refreshing dip in the pool, unwind in its various amenities and facilities, or go on a cultural adventure. There’s no shortage of activities to do in this resort, and anyone who stays here is sure to have a holistic experience they can relive long after the golden summer season is over.

Pleasing To The Eye
There’s always something to look at in BE Grand Resort. The lobby that welcomes guests upon entering is adorned with furniture designed by Kenneth Cobonpue, best known for integrating locally sourced materials with innovative handmade production processes.

Aside from Cobonpue’s signature pieces that include The Croissant Collection—an eye-catching lobby seating and ornamentation—the resort also boasts of artworks made by Johnny Alcazaren, a CCP Thirteen Artists Awardee. His works at BE Grand include two five-story murals in the atrium and a smaller piece on the wall of the Bridge’s wet bar, all of them showcasing the natural wonders of Panglao and Bohol. These murals are intended to be visual catalysts to help etch the Bohol experience in the guests’ minds.

BE Grand Resort has a picturesque setting made even better by its gardens, which are the focal point of the resort. They include a menagerie of palm trees, accent shrubs and water plants for a wonderful flora and foliage view. This greenery enhances The Villas’ gardens act as green walls for privacy and ornamental displays to capture the essence of a garden paradise.

Relaxing Accommodations
BE Grand Resort is a sophisticated waterfront hideaway perfect for an indulgent and idyllic summer escapade. The atmosphere is pleasantly relaxed, with wonderful staff, and accommodations that will make guests feel right at home.

More than half of its rooms and suites afford a stunning view of the sea and the free-form pool while the rest offers the refreshing forest greens with a silhouette of Balicasag Island and neighboring provinces of Siquijor and Negros Oriental. Each room is furnished in dark wood with coral accents for an aesthetically-pleasing design.

For a better BE Grand Resort experience, rooms are provided with modern conveniences like a large flat screen TV with cable, Wi-Fi accessibility, mini-bar chiller, wooden sliding louvers leading to a private balcony, and bathrooms equipped with hot and cold rain shower rain shower enclosure and bathtub.

There are 19 private villas for guests who prefer privacy and languid relaxation—all of them equipped with a wide range of deluxe amenities that include a TV with 24-hour cable news network, operator-assisted telephone with bathroom extension, fully-stocked bar and snacks, flat screen TV with premium cable channels, hairdryer, bathrobe, slippers, tea and coffee making facilities, in-room electronic locker, and villa host services.

Dining At Its Finest
BE Grand Resort boasts of varied dining options that will undoubtedly satisfy and suit every palate. Guests also have the option of dining privately by the waterfront—under a starlit sky, with the sand beneath their feet—if they are in the mood for a romantic dinner with their special someone.

There are five restaurants and bars guests can choose from: The Food Hall, the all-day dining, Asian Bistro serving traditional and contemporary Chinese and Filipino cuisine; Bridge Bar, an alfresco poolside restaurant offering an irresistible array of sandwiches, salads, soups, pizza, and pasta alongside a selection of beer, liquor, wine, spirits and its signature cocktails; Monkeybar, a bar featuring al fresco dining offering cool refreshments beneath a pergola or under the shade of ancient mangrove trees; Lune, an alfresco rooftop lounge provides panoramic views of the sea, with Balicasag Island in the distance, offering tapas, cocktails, and an extensive beverage list; and The Boathouse, two-storey restaurant featuring an alfresco deck area and an air-conditioned section, with an inviting view of the pool. It’s exclusive to The Villas’ residents and requires an advanced reservation for non-Villa residents.

Endless Fun
Boredom is out of the question at BE Grand—there’s something for everyone whether you prefer peace and solace, or exhilarating adventure.

Guests can enjoy the leisure and wellness facilities that BE Grand readily offers—the swimming pool, gameroom, gym, and tour desk for sightseeing. Thrill-seekers can quench their love for adventure by playing water sports activities or signing up for diving lessons. There’s a custom-built dive pool aptly called The Dive Pool conceptualized by reputable diving operator Scotty’s Action Sports Network for those who want to learn.

BE Grand also has a superb spa offering carefully thought services provided by highly trained therapists. The Spa by Asmara Spa has nine treatment rooms each with its own shower and toilet. They are all fully-equipped for massage services, body scrubs, and foot spa. Some rooms are designed for couples and one over-sized room can accommodate families, groups, and spa parties.

Ideal Wedding Destination
BE Grand is a 208-room resort featuring a one-stop service offering guests all the facilities and supports that any special occasion needs. A choice of a pillarless ballroom seats up to 170 for a banquet and 350 for a cocktail set-up. The outdoor Event Garden offers a unique tropical setting and can accommodate up to 200 for a banquet; while the Waterfront Garden offers a more romantic setting and can seat up to 600 banquet-style.

With its waterfront setting, scenic landscape, state-of-the-art facilities, and attentive, professional service, BE Grand Resort is truly the ideal location for events and special occasions—weddings, being among them.

For couples who dream of an intimate ceremony overlooking the stunning seascape, or a vibrant reception in of the resort’s Villas, BE Grand will certainly meet expectations and turn dreams into reality. Couples have three options for their dream wedding location: the rooftop (Lune), waterfront, and the grand ballroom.

BE Grand can also design a unique experience for guests during their time in the resort, from arranging transportation to planning activities such as yoga lessons, spa treatments, and explore the numerous dive sites that abound Panglao Island and much more.

Socially And Ecologically Responsible
Environmental enthusiasts will be glad to know that the management of BE Grand Resort strongly believes in taking the initiative in the conservation and protection of its vicinity.

BE Grand is the steward of the Danao Marine Sanctuary, a sanctuary located 95 meters away from the resort’s waterfront and extends to the next property. It is a joint project between the resort and the local barangay to help protect the marine resources within this area. As a Marine Protected Area, fishing and collection of marine life is strictly prohibited—this includes the gathering of shells and corals washed up on the sand.

Conserving the environment is vital to BE Grand, which is why one of their priorities is to reduce water consumption and minimize water pollution through water recycling. One of these efforts is by wastewater treatment. The resort’s wastewater goes through an in-house treatment plant wherein it is processed for reuse. After treatment, treated water is used for gardening and flushing system in each water closet. BE THE SPARK is the official flagship of all conservation programs by BE Resorts.

With summer on full blast, the thirst to go on an adventure is higher than ever. Whether you’re craving for a peaceful and relaxing vacation, or a fun and indelible experience, BE Grand Resort is here to cater to all your needs and meet your expectations. To learn more about BE Grand Resort, visit

Ritchel Mendiola

Ritchel Mendiola is a feature writer based in the Philippines. In addition to writing for Balikbayan Magazine, she is a news correspondent for Asian Journal News-Manila.

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