Amarela was our second choice for our Bohol getaway this year. The first choice was somewhere in Alona Beach. But I AM SO GLAD that we chose this quaint resort - i knew we made the right choice. Here are my reviews for the following points based on our experience:
1. Airport Transfer Service - very prompt. Our plane was supposed to arrive at 6:55am in Tagbilaran. But during that time, there was a terrible storm in Manila so i advised our travel agency that our flight might be delayed. Nevertheless, the driver was there on time, ready to pick us up.
2. Resort and location - clean, quaint, quiet, a bit secluded (but if you want total relaxation, then this is the place for you), homey. Reminds me of Sonya's Garden - only with a beachfront. It is in Libaong, around 20 minutes away from Alona. There's no night life here but the view at night (with all the fireflies and stars) is fantastic. You can stay at the infinity pool while sipping your Amarela cocktail or just stargaze and be in awe of this place. The rooms are clean, with your own balcony for viewing. The view was great from each room because its location is elevated so you see the sea and the entire resort from your room.
3. Staff and service - so far, i have never encountered such warm, friendly, genuine and accommodating services better than Amarela's. I believe it is the natural gentleness and hospitality of Boholanos that make up for it, as what is shared by Amarela's owner. The people here will go an extra mile to meet your needs, even if it means reheating your left-over food the night before.
4. Food - When i saw the menu, yes, the prices are quite higher than what you would expect. But actually, one serving is already good for 2 persons. And yes, the food takes time to cook but very well worth it (especially the herbed chicken which we waited for 45 minutes - it was so good we wanted to order a second helping and take it to manila). This applies to main course/appetizers. And also, the prices include tax and service charge already.
5. Beach - now, I havent been to Boracay nor to Alona Beach. Some say Alona Beach is the Bohol's version of Boracay. For Amarela, I do not know what their beach is called but it also has a nice stretch of beach with powdery white sand. And it's safe for kids too because the beach's depth is gradual. The only concern is the seaweeds along the shore (which is caused by nature and are being cleaned up every morning). They also have a nearby sanctuary for those who want to snorkel. And before I forgot - use of kayaks, banca, snorkel gear is free! You can just hire a guide to be with you in the sanctuary for only P150.
Other plus points are: clinic, in-house boutique, sports facility (volleyball, table tennis), art gallery, dvd library and tons and tons of books that you can borrow for free. For the money that we paid, we are so totally satisfied. In fact, we cannot wait to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amarela is a cozy yet elegant boutique resort atop a gentle slope with a stunning panoramic view of Bohol Sea and neighboring islands. Natural sandstone pathways run through native landscape, leading to the long stretch of white beach. The resort showcases local art and culture in meticulous detail - highlighting antique & traditional furniture, artifacts & handicrafts, old hardwood doors & floors, as well as an outstanding collection of sculpture & paintings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amarela Hotel Panglao Island
- Amarela Resort Bohol Province/Panglao Island
- Amarela Hotel Bohol