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Amarela Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Barangay Libaong, 6340, Philippines   |  
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Ranked #1 of 42 Hotels in Panglao Island
Toronto, Ontario
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great resort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We stayed at Amarela from March 13 to 16, 2013. The resort is even more beautiful in person than in photos. There are flowers everywhere and the grounds are immaculately maintained. The room was very clean and a decent size, with a nice washroom. We could even access the free wifi from our room because it was in the main building. They have tons of DVDs that you can borrow to watch in your room. There is even an observation deck on the roof, from where you can see the stars at night. The art exhibit room was really cool too - it was nice to look at the paintings and learn about the history of the area.

One small issue with our room was that they had just stuck two twin beds together and only provided two twin size duvets. I guess we could have asked for a queen size duvet but it never really came to mind...!

The restaurant is reasonably priced for very good food and big portions. The free breakfast was fantastic, I really liked their crumpets!

Very nice private beach area, which is very well maintained, and they have kayaks for the guests to use. Snorkeling is possible of the beach, but it is easier to get out at high tide. Low tide exposes a few rocks and sea grasses, in which spiky sea urchins live so you have to watch your step. We snorkeled off the kayak and saw a few fish, urchins and starfish.

The staff was very friendly and arranged a Bohol tour and dolphin watching / snorkeling tour for us. Both tours were private and reasonably priced. The dolphin watching was awesome, after the rush was done (we were the last boat out there so all the dolphins were around us at the end). There must have been about 30 boats gathered to look at the dolphins, which is a bit crazy. The snorkeling at Balicasag island was a bit of a disaster, but still ok. They force you to snorkel in their "sanctuary" (and pay 150 pesos each for a "guide" who is completely useless except for paddling you out there), which is packed with people who step on the corals so it is a bit ruined. The coral cliff off the shelf looks nice but you would need scuba gear to check it out.

The resort was really great though. Everything worked properly. Airport transfers were on time and efficient.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Manila, Philippines
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

Very wholesome for family accommodations. The service was great from on-line inquiry to airport pickup services to front desk officers and waiters.

A boutique hotel/resort that is small and personal. The staffs are very accommodating and will go the extra mile just to please... however, all dinning are in-house ala-carte. Sorry, no breakfast buffet. Cooking time takes 30 minutes approx. So please make sure you order ahead of time.

What I love about it is:
This resort is rich with Bohol's culture - featuring paintings from local artists, sculptures, crafts, etc... were displayed and featured in the entrance, lobby, hallways and rooms. Each with it's little story to tell. The lush greenery and flowers gave the place a warm, homey garden feeling.

Overall, I'm happy we chose Amarela!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manila, Philippines
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7 hotel reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

This hotel is the best place to relax and be far from crowded overated Alona Beach. It showcases local craftmanships with there furnitures and interior designs. I love the bed, pool and beach area. Food is good but too pricey.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Our stay at Amarela, February 24-27 2013, was a balm to the spirit. We were celebrating our birthdays, but also mourning the recent death of my father in Manila. Amarela was the perfect place: peaceful yet inspiring, homey yet intriguing, with just the right details to make our fourth trip to Bohol a welcome break. Even though the resort was a distance from the buzz of Alona beach, it provided us with native color in the expanse of beach fronting the hotel, excellent service and delicious food at their restaurant, and extremely comfortable accommodations. Most commendable are the hospitality we received from the owner and the ever-joyful Boholanos who served us with warmth and grace.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cebu Island, Philippines
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

I can't say anything bad about this Resort. When I read or heard the word Amarela Resort, all I can think of is WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE. The place is fantastic, books and DVD's were packed. Native paintings and sculptures are on display. I love the way they arrange their furniture and decorations. If you're bookworm, movie fanatic, nature and history lover this place is for you!

Everything I need were there. Service is excellent and Staffs were polite with good customer service. I will definitely recommend this place to anyone! It won't be fair if I'm the only one who experienced this wonderful place and service. God bless you all!

p.s.
we stayed there last January of 2012

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Middle River, Maryland, United States
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

The resort is clean and peaceful. We stayed for 3 days and 2 nights and my boyfriend and I enjoyed every single moment we stayed on the resort. People are very accommodating and are willing to help with whatever you need. The room is very clean. They have a mini bar, coffee inside the room. You won't find any single trash anywhere you go in the resort. Their beach is great. The two of us walked on the long stretch of white sands and took a lot of pictures from sunrise to sunset. I'll definitely recommend this resort to my friends. And if in case I'll be back in Bohol, this will be my number one choice to stay to. Thanks for the very warm welcome you've given us during our unforgettable stay!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Quezon City, Quezon City, Philippines
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Amarela is the perfect place to unwind when you're in Panglao. The resort has a very relaxed atmosphere that forces you to just chill out. From the art exhibit to the extensive library, you will find yourself immersed in culture. As for the staff, they were all very warm and hospitable. The food was both good and reasonable.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Amarela Resort

Address: Barangay Libaong, 6340, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Bohol Province > Panglao Island
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Panglao Island
#1 Luxury Hotel in Panglao Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Amarela Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 25
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

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