As what I mentioned on my FitFlop sweet escape post, Amorita Resort along Alona Beach in Panglao Bohol deserves a spotlight of its own. Alona beach is a 1.5 kilometre stretch of white sand and clear blue waters. Alona beach was originally named Tawala seaside. Back in 1980, a Filipina film actress named Alona Alegre shot some scenes along the beach. Since then, locals started calling Tawala, Alona. A few decades after and the name Alona stuck through.
Amorita (means “little darling”) is a secluded resort atop limestone cliff in Panglao, Bohol. It’s a seaside retreat that offers world-class service with a touch of Filipino hospitality. The luxury resort overlooks the azure-colorer Bohol sea and the vibrant tropical landscape along Alona Beach.
The luxury of privacy and the architecture of Amorita is something that I truly appreciate. The use of natural elements and the fusion of modernity with nature makes it appealing for people like me, who want to escape to paradise yet want the comfort of modern living.
When I was led to my room, I was expecting a comfy deluxe room that’s perfect for a cozy snuggle at night. I figured we’ll be out and about exploring the resort, the beach and Bohol most of the time during our stay. So a comfy bed is just all I need right?
My room is at the far right side of the new phase of Amorita Resort.
As I said, I was expecting a cozy room since I was all by myself (don’t wanna be!). When I opened the door, this greeted me.
A receiving area with a view of the beach. As I look to my right I see a spacious living room and dining area.
Aaah how sleek and lovely is my suite?! This is our house peg. Clean, minimalist and modern. I love the bare walls and floor.
Corner sofa that’s big enough for a person to sleep on.
A 6-seater round dining table.
A tea and coffee making facility.
And when I checked the room, I was a bit breathless. The best expression I can come up with “Simple pero rock!”
It feels as cozy and comfy as it looks! Sweet sleep, yes I had.
The bathroom is as huge as the room! It has a his and hers sink.
Separate toilet and shower area.
An open closet with in-room safety deposit box.
As if these weren’t enough, as I was tinkering the curtain in my room I found a door that leads to this.
My very own private balcony with a bath tub to boot!
And my view is just beautiful. Aaaah I was completely torn whether or not I would just hibernate in my room or go and explore the beauty of Amorita and Alona. Since it was my first time in Bohol, I decided to do the latter.
If you’re in a place as relaxing as this, there’s really nothing you can do but lounge and take it all in.
The Amorita Villas each has their own plunge pool. I was so tempted to take a peek inside just to take a photo but figured there are photos of the villas on their website. I just had to take a photo of the paddle that serves as a call to action for the staff.
The Saffron Restaurant of Amorita sits in the middle of the resort. It is inspired by the seasons and specialties in Bohol. The all-day menu was developed by Chef Raphael Ongchiong which emphasizes freshness and local availability.
Saffron Restaurant offers Boholano heritage cuisine alongside wide range Continental and Asian food favourites.
I love Turon (deep fried banana rolls) and was surprised that Saffron’s version tastes like Halo-halo.
Sisig Cup. I think I had about 5 cups because it’s that good.
The pathway that leads to the deluxe rooms & suites.
The blue waters of Alona from the limestone cliff where Amorita sits.
White powder sand & crystal blue waters is what Alona Beach is known for. It’s at par with Boracay but I like that it’s less commercialized and less crowded too.
Making it a-okay to take tons of selfies or just bask under the sun!
The usual beach activities are also available at Alona Beach, as well as beach front massages. Amorita has in fact an in-house dive centre managed by PADI-certified Sea Explorer Philippines.
We spotted The Buzz Cafe of Bohol Bee Farm along the shores of Alona Beach. The cafe is on the second floor and the first floor houses different products like their freshly baked breads, toiletries, native crafts among other pasalubong goodies.
I realized I didn’t have any money with me when we strolled down Alona Beach. So I took these photos first then Donna Cuna Pita & JR Isaac suggested we go back so I can get my wallet since the shop also offers credit card payment. I was super ready to hoard but unfortunately, we weren’t able to come back because it started raining and we had to go to the airport already.
I would’ve love to try Bohol Bee Farm’s Neem & Gugo Bark Shampoo & Conditioner.
As well as this Honeycomb Soap.
While I was busy taking photos, the others ordered ice cream. One of Bohol Bee Farm’s specialities, their malunggay ice cream is at P40 per scoop.
Here’s Donna Cuna Pita so picturesque standing outside The Buzz Cafe.
After our moments at Alona Beach, we prepared to explore Bohol.
When in Bohol, you must visit the Tarsiers and the Chocolate Hills. So off we rode the big bus going to these two tourist spots.
Aaaah what a cutie pie!!! Before, they allow the tourists to get up close and even hold the tarsiers. But now, we can only take photos from a far. According to the tour guide, tarsiers tend to be sensitive to noise and light. They are prone to suicide especially if you remove them from their territory. They bang their heads on a hard surface such as a rock or they just stop breathing. Medyo may pagka-emo pala sila. Emoterang cutie pies!
Floral power! Mandatory touristy shot with Camille Co.
Nature really has an eye for design and beauty. It’s such a sight to see the Chocolate Hills.
Group shot with the Chocolate Hills!
During the last day of our Bohol sweet escape, I took my time to work. Blog, answer emails and got in touch with my family. With a view like this, I don’t really mind working all day, everyday!
Taking in all the beauty that is Amorita, Alona and Bohol. Thank you Camille Co for the photo! Bohol is more beautiful than I expected and I have fallen in love with her. If you’re looking into experiencing tranquility and paradise, go ahead and visit Alona Beach. If you’re looking for a luxurious place to stay, go for Amorita Resort. Panglao Island is such a beautiful island that doesn’t get much recognition as it should. It’s the perfect island to go with your loved ones. Whether you have small children or you plan to go as a couple or with your friends, it’s one of the most relaxing & cleanest islands you must visit. I made a promise that I’ll come back and when I do, I’ll be bringing my family along with me.
1 Ester Lim Drive, Barangay Tawala, Alona Beach Panglao Island, Bohol
Telephone +63 38 502 9002
Mobile +63 917 726-4526
Ann Cagalingan says
Nice cool beach…i want to visitin Bohol someday!
Jackie Go says
Hi Ann! It is a beautiful beach. You should visit Bohol! Excited to go back with my family 🙂
This blog is great! There’s plenty of pictures and you’ve described and provided information well enough. No wonder your readers would be enticed to visit Bohol esp. Amorita resort after reading this because that’s what I felt too. I’ve been in Bohol once but not in Amorita Resort. I must say Bohol has one of the most wonderful beaches in the Philippines. To add up the adventure and fun, I’d like to suggest tourists and even locals to try out renting a motorbike or scooter and traveling on your own or with your friends. It’s much fun to do that.