The luxurious Amorita Resort lands on our list of Bohol’s best attractions
There are a number of ways to enjoy Bohol — the usual traveler’s checklist includes a trip to the Chocolate Hills, lunch and a cruise down the Loboc River aboard a floating restaurant, a date with the tarsier (contrary to a long-standing belief, it’s not the world’s smallest primate). Then there’s a clutch of luxury resorts that understand the art of soaking up the rejuvenating sea breeze and chilled island vibe to the bones, until it becomes impossible to get up from the lounge chair.
The lovely Amorita Resort, perched on a limestone elevation on one end of Alona Beach in Panglao Island, feels perfectly primed for this kind of stay-in-do-nothing getaway, and the entire property exudes the general feel of an inviting couch, pillows fluffed up and ready for you. To start with, there’s the magnificent vista of the Mindanao Sea and Alona Beach, an impressive backdrop to the infinity pool. And if you do manage to peel yourself away from the sun chair, the beach is such a few steps away and gets busier — with restaurants and markets — the further up the strip you go, especially after sunset.
A sense of privacy pervades the 96-room resort, where a sprawl of serene villas, each with their own plunge pools, stand under a canopy of towering trees. Accommodations — in relaxing and muted earth colors and natural wood finish — from deluxe garden rooms, suites, and standalone villas thick with greenery.
The seaside retreat does its best to showcase the beauty and heritage of its host island — for example, at the resort’s main restaurant, Saffron, chef Raphael Ongchiong uses locally sourced ingredients and offers Boholano specialties such as kinilaw using fresh tuna and tanguigue and binakol, chicken cooked with ginger and coconut. Its inhouse wellness center, Sea Tree Spa, offers traditional massage therapies and beauty treatments using homegrown essential oils. But more than anything, the resort is a gorgeous and comfortable spot for the glorious activity of stretching out, staring at the calm sea and the horizon, and doing absolutely nothing.
Amrita Resort, 1 Ester A. Lim Dr, Brgy Tawala, Alona Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol; +63 38 502 9002; amoritaresort.com
This article originally appeared in the July 2016 issue of Smile magazine.