My only regret about my time at Island View is that I didn't stay longer.
Kelvin and Glenda bend over backwards to make sure their guests' holidays are trouble-free and completely relaxing. From the minute their driver Danny picked me up from the pier (free of charge) to when my hosts dropped me back there (again free) the entire holiday went without a hitch.
The villas are adorable, with polished wooden floors, large HD TV, small kitchen (with fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle and basic cooking utensils), strong air conditioning and a compact bathroom. The villa's little balcony looks out through coconut trees and palms to the sea and catches afternoon breezes, but there are other bigger communal bar and garden areas that guests are free to use. The communal pool is just a few steps away and surrounded by colourful bouganvillea. The villas are a short walk from Libaong Beach (which is itself a short drive from the more touristy Alona Beach). I loved the fact that there mainly just locals enjoying Libaong and just a handful of resort restaurants. I had dinner at Dumaluan Resort each night and the food was superb (seafood bbq) and very reasonably priced. The restaurant is beachfront and they have really good singers performing in the evenings between 7.30pm and 10.30pm.
For those who prefer to cook, Kelvin and Glenda will arrange shopping expeditions to the supermarket at Tagbiliran and are very helpful with advice. They also helped me book a firefly cruise and a day tour of Bohol Island, both of which were very competitively priced. My main reason for visiting Panglao was to dive and their lovely driver Danny dropped me off at the dive shop in Alona Beach each morning (a 10 minute trip) and I would get a tricycle back when I was done (the tricycles are a motorbike with a canopied side cart, cost is just 150 pesos).
The day before I arrived Glenda texted me to ask if I would like to join the family on a snorkelling trip to Pamilican Island. How kind is that? By the end of the trip I actually felt like part of the family. One week was simply not enough. I cannot wait to get back.