By Divine Montealegre-Recio
Recently opened Best Western Plus Ivywall Resort Panglao, the only internationally branded hotel in Bohol, promises to be a trendsetter in the resort community in Panglao, Bohol.
Best Western Plus Ivywall Resort Panglao is the second hotel property of Data Land Inc., a well-known construction outfit that has ventured into the booming hospitality sector.
As the first fully environmentally-focused resort in Panglao’s famed Alona Beach area, it boasts of being compliant to all of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) guidelines.
“We have seriously invested in technology, to make sure that we protect the environment such as our water treatment plant; so, rest assured that as we take care of our guests, we also take care of nature and the community,” stated Data Land president Andrea Marie Tamayo-Ulep in her speech during the opening rites.
The 80-room hotel has 5 different room categories: 21 units of Superior with 26 sqm area; 45 deluxe (35 sqm); 1 handicap room (35 sqm), 8 premiere rooms (30 sqm), and 5 family rooms (43 sqm).
The design is fresh and modern with comfort and convenience and a touch of locally designed art pieces.
Facilities include a business center, an outdoor swimming pool, a spa, fitness center, game room, ballroom and ample meeting rooms with a total capacity of 110 guests.
Three outlets comprise its F & B offerings: Alon Café, the all-day dining restaurant; Teraza view deck bar and lounge, and the Agos pool bar.
In the meantime, visitors to Best Western Plus Ivywall Panglao will enjoy the globally accepted standards including sustainability that Best Western has set for the properties that carry their brand.
“We are presently using up all the single-use plastic that we have on stock in around 6 months, and then we will start implementing full environmentally-friendly programs to further advance our sustainability efforts according to standards of Best Western,” said Best Western Plus Ivywall Resort Panglao general manager Yvonne Villacorte.
The formal opening ceremony of the resort last November 15 was graced by the owners Danilo Tamayo, Andrea Tamayo-Ulep, Dianne Tamayo of Dataland Inc., with Bohol Governor Arthur Yap, Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez, and Panglao Mayor Leonila Montero. The event program included a Christmas tree lighting and featured celebrities Shamcey Supsup as host and Matteo Guidicelli who performed some Visayan songs to the delight of the crowd while a fashion event showcased Ditta Sandico’s creations.
Data Land is eyeing future projects in the hospitality business. Expansion of its Ivywall brand will be seen in El Nido’s Lio estate, Clark, Tuguegarao, and further developments in its Puerto Princesa properties.