One thing I look for in any accommodation in a tropical paradise, it has to match the setting — simple, basic, unsophisticated yet comfy. Along the southern portion of Alona Beach in Panglao Island, Bohol sits a gem of a place for those who want to stick with a tight budget but don’t want to sacrifice comfort. It is called Oops Cottages. The entrance to the facility is seemingly plain and simple, no extravagant arch and façade. A beautiful garden of palms, ornamental and flowering plants, vines and shrubs, and a serene fountain on a huge earthen basin welcomes everyone to the miniature nipa hut village, a typical Filipino countryside setting.
There are a number of single-detach and duplex bungalows, which have private porch, toilet and bath. And to preserve the ambiance, there are no air conditioning units. Only fans keep the room at the right temperature.
I was personally amazed by the solitude Oops Cottages can bring. Silence can be deafening (no television set) but absolutely relaxing and rejuvenating, something you cannot have in the city.
By the shore just before the entrance to the cottages is Oops Bar. This place is awesome. Its atmosphere has raised the standard along Alona Beach. Have a sip of your favorite drink or cocktail and enjoy the rest of the evening. I personally enjoyed playing Liar dice with my friends and a French guy named Lawrence who also stayed in one of the cottages. Guests who stay at Oops Cottages can avail 10 percent off on all food and drinks in the bar.
For caffeine lovers, nothing beats Oops Beach Café’s freshly ground coffee and their wide array of delectable and luscious mini cakes. Like they say, “Oops coffee is best partnered with Oops cakes.” Just imagine sipping your fresh cup of coffee while watching the setting of the sun and the gentle sea breeze caressing your bare skin. Who can beat that?
How to Reach Oops Bar
From Tagbilaran, you can take a tricycle or rent a car to Barangay Tawala, Panglao. Upon reaching the beach, take a left towards the Alona Kew Resort and walk just a few meters more then you’ll reach Oops. You can always contact them through their cellphone number, 0920- 461-7895 if you somehow get lost though.
10 Reasons why this bar is called Oops
… Oops, I did it again!
… I fell over again!
… I missed my plane again!
… I forgot your name again!
… I farted and shit myself again!
… I made myself look pretty stupid again!
… I forget the suncream, now I’m a lobster again!
… I dropped my drink again!
… I forget where I live again!
… I just touched you with cigarette again (tomorrow it hurts)!