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This is the Enchanting Hideaway You've Been Looking For

by Charlene Co
February 25, 2018

One of Bohol's best-kept secrets is about to be revealed.

With its lush gardens and breathtaking sea views, entering the Donatela Hotel (formerly Tarsier Botanika) is like stepping into your very own 7.5-hectare playground.

Tucked in the tropical island of Panglao, this sprawling cliff-side sanctuary features only 12 luxurious villas, each one promising a magical retreat in paradise.

A life-sized reclining Buddha, which was specially sourced from Indonesia, rests in the middle of one of the resort's tranquil gardens.

In Donatela, luxury is intricately entwined with nature and art. Both elements are seamlessly married into its verdant landscape. It's a treasure trove, filled with unique art pieces and rare artifacts collected from around the world by the owners!

Lush botanical gardens offer guests plenty of private space

Set camp in a cornice by the cliff-side to while away the day.

Discover pockets of peace, wander through enchanting secret gardens, and find solitude and rest as you cocoon yourself in one of the resort's villas.

Did you know that co-owner Nicholas Moussempes is a renowned architect himself? His talent and art exude in the luxurious villas that are inspired by the traditional Ifugao Tribal House.

The Garden Villa from the outside

Donatela Hotel's villas boast their own private garden, terrace, living area, and a spacious en-suite bathroom and dressing room.

Wood beams, native accents, and warm hues complement the villa's homey feel

If you're looking for a sweet escape, our 4D/3N Garden Villa for 2 offer comes with breakfast, a 90-minute massage, and shuttle service at 46% OFF. Planning a group vacation? Our 3D/2N Garden Villa for 3 offer comes with breakfast, P2,000 worth of F&B credits, and shuttle service is at 53% OFF!

The Pool Villa from the outside

Each villa is fitted with custom-made furnishings, ultra-plush beddings and thoughtful details that will beckon you to cocoon yourself throughout your stay.

The pool villa boasts of 120 sq. meters of private space

It features a large living room with commodious seating

It also boasts a balcony decked with sunbeds and seating that overlooks the pool area and lush scenery

Level up your family or barkada getaway with a 3D/2N Pool Villa Stay for 4 that comes with breakfast, P4,000 worth of F&B credits, and shuttle service at 54% OFF!

The outdoor pool is surrounded by the resort's botanical beauty

Guests can cool down with a cold drink from the Tropika Pool Cafe

While it’s tempting to stay in your own villa, Donatela Hotel has plenty for you to discover. Take a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool overlooking the tranquil gardens or book a pampering session at the The Spa Village.

The Spa Village receiving area

Private massage room

Salon room

Meet friendly animals at Donatela's in-house spacious animal sanctuary. It's a safe habitat where peacocks, parrots, monkeys, and other animals live.

Look out for this little monkey who likes to hold people's hands!

Another rare you probably won't find anywhere else in Bohol are the purebred horses you'll encounter that include Thoroughbreds, American Quarters, and Lusitanos at the Equestrian Center. Donatela Hotel offers horseback riding lessons for beginners to advanced riders.

The Equestrian Center’s Olympic-sized dressage arena

Fun fact: Co-owner Patricia Moussempes is an equestrian expert!

Equestrian Center stables

The Equestrian Center stables 15 horses of different breeds

All of its horses are shipped from various parts of the world

As far as dining goes, ask any of the locals in the area and they’ll tell you that Donatela Hotel houses one of the most popular restaurants on the island, Paprika. Savor fine cuisine of Asian and European influences paired with fine wines from their cellar as you dine cliff-side with a breathtaking backdrop of the Bohol Sea.

Be welcomed by the site of a fully stocked bar and a selection of libations

Although Donatela Hotel does not have a beachfront, its private and pristine cove very well makes up for it. Bask in the sun, swim, or snorkel in the Coral Garden marine sanctuary.

Chill by the sea with a signature concoction or two by The Vinoteka Cove Bar that they set up in the afternoons.

Donatela Hotel is a treasured gem that's waiting to be discovered. Let this enchanting paradise captivate you and experience the magic for yourself.

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This article was last edited on January 29, 2020 by the DG Traveler team.

About Charlene
Whether she’s jet-setting around the globe, wining and dining in a new restaurant, or basking in the sun at a hidden beach, Charlene Co—a PR and communications specialist and travel enthusiast— always makes the most out of each experience. She is passionate about exploring awe-inspiring destinations, discovering new cultures, and creating new friendships along the way.

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