The holidays are a wonderful time for Filipinos, filled with food, family, friends, and gifts. With so many things to be thankful for and celebrate, possibilities are endless as to how we can put a twist on this season’s festivities. And sometimes, a change of scenery, a peaceful and relaxing time to reminisce is all one needs.
Why not fly off far from the hustle and bustle of the metro to fully enjoy the season? Located in Bohol, the Peacock Garden awaits guests with its signature mix of old world ambience and Filipino hospitality. The luxury hotel is home to the island’s finest dining experience, natural spa treatments, and captivating views—an ideal getaway from the Christmas flurry in the city.
A six-time winner of TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Award, the hotel follows an East-meets-West design philosophy as seen in its halls, rooms, and amenities. On display as you enter the lobby is Dr. Jose Rizal’s living room furniture during his time in an 1886 study stint in Heidelberg. Complementing this is a wall of picture postcards from the early 1900s, a private collection taking guests to a visual trip to the past. Its nostalgic decor and contemporary exteriors exude a unique charm that captures the hearts of travelers.
At the hotel’s Laya Restaurant, guests use antique chairs from the late 1800s collected from castles and mansions around Europe while enjoying a mix of Continental and Filipino fare. Homey signature beverages abound: sangria made with Philippine coconut wine, gumamela (local hibiscus) iced tea, and third-wave espresso made with local organic coffee beans.
Each of Peacock Garden’s 33 guest rooms is adorned with Cebu-crafted coconut palm and seashell-inspired furniture. Its Fontana Aurelia Spa combines local hilot and Swedish massage techniques, giving a unique and relaxing experience. The hotel also offers a private music and dance club, and an infinity pool with a gorgeous view of Bohol Sea.
In time for the holiday season, the Peacock Garden offers the Blissful Bohol Package, a selection of well-loved experiences. The package includes deluxe accommodation for two, daily breakfast, a three-course dinner at Laya Restaurant, and a tasting platter of their signature homemade ice cream.
Guests also enjoy an exclusive 60-minute head, shoulder, and back massage at Fontana, the only Filipino establishment in the 2012 list of Condé Nast Johansens Recommended Luxury Spas. Also included are a round of signature cocktails best enjoyed with the sunset view, roundtrip airport/seaport transfers, and complimentary wi-fi.
“We’ve always believed in delivering a relaxing, memorable, and world-class experience to show our guests the best qualities of Filipino hospitality, especially during this busy holiday season” says Managing Director Frederick Christian Schoof.