Review: Amorita Resort, Panglao Island, Bohol

Review:Amorita Resort , Panglao Island, Bohol Come away with me, little darling 

Amorita, whose name translates as ‘little darling’ in Filipino, is located on a cliff that overlooks stunning Alona beach

Beach holidays are my absolute favorite kind of holidays; so when my husband told me a couple of months ago, that we were going to attend his friend’s wedding, to be held on a beach resort in the Philippines, I was eagerly looking forward to it.

We made our bookings at the chosen Amorita Resort on Alona Beach, Panglao Island in Bohol. The island of Bohol is one of the more than 7,000 stunning islands that make up the Republic of the Philippines. Bohol along with its neighbors like Cebu, Panay, is part of the Visayas island group, a prominent geographical division of the Philippines. Most visitors to the island tend to fly in to the island’s tiny, rustic airport at Tagbilaran City, though the island is also accessible by ferry, from neighboring island destinations like Cebu, Dumaguete and Siquijor.

Review:Amorita Resort , Panglao Island, BoholReview:Amorita Resort , Panglao Island, BoholOn arriving in Tagbilaran City, we were met by representatives of the Amorita Resort, as we had pre-arranged our transfer with the hotel. The resort is situated on Panglao Island which is  connected to Bohol Island via a long bridge and the Amorita Resort is usually accessed via a 40 minute drive, through the lush Bohol countryside from Tagbilaran City.

Amorita, whose name translates as ‘little darling’ in Filipino, is located on a cliff that overlooks stunning Alona beach. The resort offers deluxe rooms as well as luxurious ocean and garden view villas, by way of accommodation choices. We had booked a deluxe room for our stay and as soon as we checked-in, we were shown to our large, deluxe room by a member of the resort’s congenial staff.

The well-appointed deluxe rooms at Amorita have a distinct eco-friendly feel; as they are outfitted with soft furnishings that are largely sourced from Bohol itself. Each deluxe room at the resort is equipped with two large twin beds, a balcony and an ensuite modern bathroom. Other amenities on offer are a minibar, coffee and tea making facilities, an in-room safe, a LCD television with a whole host of premium channels, good quality bedding and the all-important complimentary Wi-Fi access; in fact Wi-Fi access is available all over the resort.

All these various amenities are also available in the resort’s garden and ocean view villa accommodations which are additionally equipped with private plunge pools and private lounges. All guests at the Amorita Resort are welcomed with a complimentary bowl of delicious cookies; though we, as members of the wedding party, received an additional bowl of scrumptious dark chocolate brownies. The resort further offers a variety of in-room therapeutic spa services include a wide array of 60 and 90 massages, including extremely well-priced aromatherapy massages.

Review:Amorita Resort , Panglao Island, BoholReview:Amorita Resort , Panglao Island, BoholAll meals (including complimentary breakfast) are served at Amorita Resort’s open plan Saffron restaurant. The à la carte menu at the Saffron restaurant is quite varied, and offers a good mix of international, Asian and local fare like steaks, pastas, Thai curries along with local favorites like beef bistek, chicken adobo and sinangag (garlic rice). The resort’s breakfast offering similarly includes dishes, like pancakes, French toast, eggs a la mode, fresh fruit and juices, cold cuts, breads and pastries, along with various local delights like Filipino sausage, dried Danggit (smoked and dried rabbit fish), Bangus (deboned milkfish), congee and more.

The Amorita Resort is set amongst acres of lush, landscaped gardens and exudes a distinct laid-back vibe. Most of us enjoyed lounging in the resort’s gorgeous infinity pool while the more energetic amongst our group, played Ping-Pong in the resort’s magazine-strewn lounge and yet others took advantage of the bicycles on offer, to explore the resort’s verdant environs.

The Amorita offers a wide range of activities for its guests including scuba diving training and the resort is in fact equipped with a separate pool for this purpose. Further, the resort also has its own fleet of vans for transportation and it offers sight-seeing tours (conducted by its English speaking staff) to many of Bohol’s famous landmarks like the Chocolate Hills, the Tarsier Sanctuary (the Tarsier which is native to Bohol, is the world’s smallest primate), the Bohol Bee Farm and the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon, considered to be one of the oldest churches in the Philippines.

Review:Amorita Resort , Panglao Island, BoholReview:Amorita Resort , Panglao Island, BoholAdditionally, the resort’s convenient location on Alona Beach affords easy access to the area’s many beach restaurants and bars and guests can also easily book dolphin watching, diving and island-hopping tours with the many tour operators, who are stationed at the beautiful, shell-strewn, white sand, Alona beach.

All in all, the Amorita Resort offers a fabulous Philippine beach resort experience for guests of all ages.

Photos by Amorita Resort and Anjeeta Nayer