Pure Shores Villa, Pure Bliss
Perched on the cliff overlooking the Bohol Sea, Pure Shores Villa is just the pure depiction of bliss. The villa is located in a secluded area of Guindulman, accessible within a two-hour drive via a scenic coastal route from Tagbilaran airport.
Pure View: We were fortunate with the weather in mid-October. Blue sky with soft clouds said hello in the morning, and breathtaking sunsets prompted timely for our wine o'clock. The marine life around the villa is stunning. It is easily accessible through the stairway down from the estate: the crystal clear water houses beautiful corals, sea turtles, and colourful fish.
Pure Hospitality: From the moment we walked in until we bid farewell, the staff always greeted us with excellent service and beautiful smiles. The kitchen staff remembered the unique coffee style that one would have before and after the meal and the individual preferred water temperature. The sliding doors around the house were always opened every morning to welcome the sunrise and fresh air. The same doors and curtains were closed, and the lights were turned on to prompt our rest time. The towels around the pool were always fresh.
Pure Delicious: Fabulous meals with the freshest ingredients were cooked to order. Our most challenging job during our one-week stay was to decide what we wanted to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner because we wanted them all.
Must-try dishes: Kinilaw (like Ceviche), Pork Humba (tender pork, salted black beans, and an assortment of spices), Tap/Bangsilok (beef/milkfish, garlic rice, egg), Sinigang (tamarind soup with the protein of your choice), Kalamansi Crumble, Mango Float, Buko Salad (gentle warning; it is a fruit cocktail made from shredded coconut with condensed milk suitable more for desert instead of your usual salad). Obviously, you should not leave the place before trying the Boodle Fight. It is a culinary experience where dishes are served on top of banana leaves and communally eaten. Cutlery required is your clean fingers. Don't worry; the food was so generously prepared that no one had to fight to get their beautifully grilled fish, squid filled with mango salsa, roasted pork, noodle, rice and, of course, the grilled aubergine - the star of the fight show. Stop it. We are drooling.
Pure Fun: Dean organised excellent excursions. We explored the village life around the Loboc River. We did a stand-up paddleboard and watched fireflies on the Loboc River. The second excursion was all about the size. First, we snorkelled around the gentle giants; Whale Sharks! Amazing! Then, we encountered one of the smallest primates; Tarsiers. We closed the day by climbing the viewpoint at the Chocolate Hills and holding on to our lives whilst riding on rough, stony, muddy and extremely wet terrain around the hills in our ATVs.
Pure Haven: The villa is visually stunning both inside and out. We love the gorgeous stairs leading to our bedroom on the second floor. We adore all the reading nooks. At one point, we set an hourly timer to ensure we kept moving from one reading spot to another. We spent a lot of time in its infinity pool and jacuzzi whilst gazing at the ocean, well-manicured garden and the stars. Last, we took pleasure in their yoga shala. What a marvellous experience to practice our yoga whilst looking at the stunning ocean.
Namaste, Dean, Marcelle, Finn and all the Pure Shores Villa staff. We had a magnificent time. We will certainly return and highly recommend this exquisite estate for true bliss.