Panglao, Bohol: Fall in Love with Amorita Resort at Alona Beach
Taking its name from the Spanish for “little darling”, there’s definitely much to love about Amorita Resort, a boutique beach resort ideally perched on a limestone cliff overlooking popular Alona Beach in Panglao, Bohol. Amorita belongs to the One-Of Collection of boutique resorts together with Momo Beach House in Panglao, Santa Monica Beach Club in Dumaguete and Funny Lion Inn in Coron. Our group stayed at the newer Phase 2 of the resort, where our spacious and stylish rooms where housed in contemporary apartment-style blocks. The deluxe rooms and private villas are set in lush tropical gardens sprawled over a promontory overlooking the Bohol Sea.
Indeed, Amorita evokes luxe and exclusivity without being pretentious or intimidating. A comforting warmth permeates throughout the resort from the genuine smiles and hospitable gestures of the staff to the balmy breeze blowing through the coconut trees to the fine comfort cuisine specially prepared for guests at the restaurant.
The resort has two swimming pools. While the new swimming pool at Phase 2 is larger, I still prefer the original infinity pool because it overlooks Alona Beach. The resort offers a range of outdoor activities in and around the resort: from kayaking and scuba diving to beach volleyball and paddleboarding. Amorita also boasts of its own in-house dive center, managed by PADI-certified Sea Explorers Philippines.
Rates start at PHP 8,500 for overnight room accommodation in a deluxe garden room for two adults, inclusive of buffet breakfast at Saffron Restaurant, roundtrip airport/seaport transfers (Tagbilaran-Amorita-Tagbilaran) and VAT and Applicable local government charges.
Meals are served at Saffron Restaurant located at Phase 2, next to the swimming pool. The all-day menu is prepared by Chef Raphael Ongchiong, a young and dynamic Filipino chef who prepares native ingredients with European cooking techniques to create dishes that are fresh, balanced and full-flavored. I’ve been introduced to his wonderful cooking while reviewing a yoga retreat at Momo Beach House, a sister resort of Amorita also located in Panglao.
The restaurant serves a select yet wide range of cuisine from Filipino favorites like prawn sinigang to Asian fare like nasi goreng to Western staples like burgers and fish and chips. For dinner, we Chef Raphael prepared a special dish of pan-roasted white marlin set on green beans, homefried baby potatoes and prawn sauce.
Saffron is open daily 7am to midnight. Reservations can be made by calling +63 38 5029002 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Walk-ins are also welcome.
How to Get There
Amorita Resort arranges free private transfers for guests from the airport or seaport in Tagbilaran City. Alona Beach, Panglao is 30 minutes’ drive from Tagbilaran City, which is an hour away from Manila by plane, or two hours by ferry from Cebu City.
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#1 Ester A. Lim Drive, Barangay Tawala, Alona Beach, Panglao, Bohol
Bohol Office: +63 38 502 9002 or +63 917 726 4526
Manila Office: +63 2 8561443 or +63 2 553 9549