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Brad Pitt Style by the Beach – Ananyana Boutique Hotel, Philippines


Bohol is one of the Philippines’ top tourist islands with the Chocolate Hills as one of the main attractions. Panglao is a small island just South-West of Bohol where numerous hotels offer stylish living by the beach. Think Ananyana if you’re looking for a relaxed boutique style stay…

A bridge offers easy access to Panglao from Bohol. Alona Beach is Panglao’s bar and party district. If you are into night life you should check out this beach.

Anda on Panglao’s South-East cost boasts the whitest beaches possible and nice diving. More and more hotels are building up their presence here.

If you care for a more tranquil stay and you are looking for a stylish boutique hotel consider The Ananyana Beach Resort & Spa.

Hammocks at Ananyana's beach

Hammocks at Ananyana’s beach

Ananyana Boutique Hotel

Ananyara staff will pick you up from Tagbilaran airport and give you an easy 20 minutes drive to their hotel.

Especially at night you’ll enjoy the elegant and relaxed atmosphere. The lounge, if you can even call the outdoor area that way, is right next to the beach.

Open hotel lounge by the beach

Open hotel lounge by the beach

Hotel Restaurant

The restaurant is situated in yet another open space next to lounge and pool.

Pool lounger and restaurant

Pool lounger and restaurant

Here’s where you will want to taste chef Richard’s creations. The soup and tuna tatar were delicious starters, but the prawns for the main course were simply fabulous!

Prawns for mains

Prawns for mains

Thanks, Richard, you’re a good man :-)

Chef Richard

Chef Richard in the open kitchen

Now Richard obviously is not on his own, the whole staff was super friendly and attentive, well done!

And when time for dessert came, they let their pyromaniacs lead the way ;-)



Hotel Rooms and Suites

The rooms feature sleek boutique style living at its best, e.g. they have no TVs. You’re supposed to relax properly here…

But if you want to really take it to the next level, you may want to ask for the ‘owner’s suite‘ next to the pool.

Pool and Owner's Suite

Pool and Owner’s Suite

The suite is an amazing open space with curtains dividing it into different zones. The bedroom boasts a huge rattan bed. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are said to have the exact same model. Anyone in the knows about that?

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's canopy bed

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s “canopy bed”

The “bathroom” is another zone simply divided by curtains. This space concept makes for a huge shower, see the background…

Owner's suite bathtub and shower

Owner’s suite bathtub and shower

Atmospheric Spa Design

The spa comes in strong Asian colors and authentic decor. Very enticing ;-)

Spa room

Spa treatment room

Asian styled spa decor

Asian styled spa decor

Please find more information on Ananyana’s website.

Robinson Crusoe Feeling in Palawan

Another commendable Philippine destination is Palawan. It boasts the most spectacular island and Robinson Crusoe setup with top beaches and dive sites. Top hotels are by Anan and the likes… Will have to check those out the next time around…

This visit was made possible by Stephan Roemer from Swiss tour operator tourasia and Nina Eberth from Singapore Airlines. Thanks for taking me to the Philippines!

Tour guide Gerry of local incoming agency Blue Horizons

Tour guide Gerry of local incoming agency Blue Horizons, thanks for having us!


About Author

Walter Schaerer’s extensive background in the travel industry, passionate enthusiasm for photography and a firm belief that luxury destinations can also be affordable; were some of the main factors that motivated him to create the travel blog In his day job Walter is an online marketing manager based out of Zurich, Switzerland.


  1. Hi Walter,

    Thank you so much for this wonderful post…
    Take care always and looking forward to serving you again at our little paradise The Ananyana!

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