Bohol's accommodations are a bit tricky for me. For one, I still haven't found the perfect resort even after being here for more than 8 times already. I get to check out most hotels as part of my work in events, and the last event that we had in Bohol was set in probably the best looking resort in Bohol. This is the Amorita Resort.
Just a disclaimer before I begin. I have never been to Eskaya and the Peacock Garden, both branded as the most luxurious resorts in Bohol. Peacock Garden has a European design and is not a beachfront property. Eskaya, on the other hand, faces the sea directly and is very Filipino in design. After looking at the pictures of both resorts, I just wasn't compelled spend a lot for these resorts. The only other luxury resort with a notable design is Amorita.
Amorita is located on a cliff at one end of Alona Beach in Panglao Island. This location gives the resort a high plus for being accessible to Bohol's chill out action in Alona Beach. All other resorts like the Bohol Beach Club are located in other areas.
Amorita also has the best view of Alona Beach. This is Bohol's answer to Asya Premier Suites. The resort provides its guests with a great view of the famed white sand beach. The wooden deck near the beach entrance is perhaps the best place for relishing this view with a cocktail on hand.
The infinity pool is definitely the center of attraction of this resort, as it looks very elegant. It's not just inviting to swim in though for some reason. I guess, it just looks too pretty to swim in.
We got to try the dishes in their open air restaurant, Saffron. I particularly loved their grilled seafood dishes and pizzas. I also found the banana turon quite flavorful and delectable at the same time.
The resort has both villas and deluxe rooms in 3 story buildings. The villas all have private gardens and pools, but they are not as impressive. The room amenities are sufficient, and the modern furnishings are tasteful.
However, I didn't end anything special with the villas. I would easily say that the villas are your deluxe rooms with private verandas and small plunge pools. The villas had outdoor baths though, which gave it an edge. And they weren't as private as I expected them to be, since the back portion of the villas open up a common garden. They are also not close to the edge of the cliff.
All in all, Amorita Resort meets my expectations, and given their relatively affordable prices (compared to Eskaya and Peacock Garden). The service is also quite notable, as the staff make you feel that you are really welcome in their resort. They talk to you and address your needs without even asking. Now that's a mark of a true luxury resort. I also noticed that they were quite proud to be working for this place.
Amorita offers tours around Bohol and island hopping activities, so just ask their front desk for details. The resort also doesn't have a beachfront, but it shares with Alona Tropical's stretch below. Sometimes, they set up sun lounges on the beach for their guests.
Amorita is definitely the luxury accommodation of choice in Alona Beach, but I still think the best value is Alona Tropical. I guess, Amorita wins because of their location, and this fabulous view of Alona Beach. Amorita gives you that exclusive feel in already crowded Alona Beach.
1 Ester A. Lim Drive, Barangay Tawala, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines
+63 38 502 9001
+63 38 502 9003