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“excellent place to relax”
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Amarela Resort
Ranked #5 of 49 Hotels in Panglao Island
Certificate of Excellence
Middle River, Maryland, United States
2 reviews
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“excellent place to relax”
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
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Quezon City, Quezon City, Philippines
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Reviewed April 2, 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
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Manila
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

We were initially hesitant to travel with our 7month old infant without yaya because everybody said it was going to be difficult and that we wouldn't enjoy our trip. So before we went there i inquired with the Amarela management and they offered us their baby amenities. They provided us with a baby cot in our room, a baby tub, and bottle sterilizer. They also have high chairs in their dining area. The rooms were nice and the view was beautiful. The staff were very friendly and accommodating especially with all our "baby requests". The pool was warm which was perfect for our baby coz he was able to stay in the water with us for a longer time. The beach front had hammocks where we lounged to enjoy the scenery. The sand was white and had a powdery feel so our little one had a great time crawling on it. They also have city tour services which is available upon request. Overall we really enjoyed our stay in this hotel even without yaya.. it was a great bonding experience with our liitle one :)

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Elmhurst, Illinois
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

My husband and I stayed 4 nights at Amarela. It is a small, 25 room, boutique hotel, located in an excellent beach in Panglao, probably one of the best in the area. We enjoyed swimming, beach combing and kayaking, which was complimentary. We lounged at the hammocks located under the palm trees. Just a beautiful area.
The rooms and bathrooms are comfortable and offer all the ammenities needed. I loved their soaps!!! They also offer in room, complimentary tea/coffee making facilities. The breakfast was quite adequate, offering several choices plus beautiful fresh fruit. The staff was always smiling, helpful, and knew us by our first name. The gardens are well maintained and beautiful flowers abound. The only problem we encountered was the number of families with misbehaving children at the pool and at the restaurant, when we were trying to enjoy our dinner in a peaceful and relaxing environment. We were there during the Chinese New Year. It was obvious that the parents had no control over their children and sometimes they were louder than the children themselves. To avoid this very annoying situation, DO NOT GO during the Chinese New Year Holidays. We complained to the management, which were very understanding and accommodating about the situation.
Amarela is a very special place and could be idyllic. Bohol has lots to offer and I would highly recommend doing a day trip around this beautiful island.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Philiipines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2013

This is not an ordinary modern Hotel, but what makes this different from other hotels is that the owners have achieved to put the local arts & culture be a 'part' of the Hotel.It has shown the talents & skills of the people in Bohol & other nearby provinces, by what you will see inside this Hotel.Guests will surely appreciate what Filipinos are capable of doing !
I also loved that it is located in a quiet area.

Room Tip: choose the upper floor from 2nd floor & up for the view of the sea and for the balcony
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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31 reviews
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

We stayed at Amarela resort for 4 nights and I must say we were thoroughly impressed with every aspect of this boutique resort. From the moment we arrived, staff were very friendly, professional and knowledgeable about all aspects of our stay. The resort is located on a hill-top that cascades with tropical gardens down to the pristine white sand beach. The pool area and gardens were always immaculate and well-maintained. Our room was of good size and the balcony provided a nice place to relax with a calming panorama of the beach below and distant islands. The bathroom was modern and contained the facilities one would expect of such a resort. Being a boutique resort, there was no over-crowding which enabled us to enjoy a quiet and relaxing stay. The only downside was the prices of the food at the restaurant which was a disadvantage given there are no other places to buy food in the surrounding area. Despite this, the food was always superb and the free breakfast every morning was fantastic.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

We enjoyed our stay in Amarela, definitively a better place to stay in Panglao than the overrated Alona beach and the hotels around it. The seafront here is beautiful, almost nobody around with nice spots for snorkeling and wide areas of sandy soil to enjoy a bath without worriyng to much about rocks or sea urchins (in any case you can buy convenient shoes in the boutique). The rooms are extremely clean and there is a great library including DVDs to enjoy your stay. To be a top beach resort it misses customer attention in the seafront as well as a decent swimming pool that is actually very small, also the quality of the breakfast is below the standard you might expect considering the high prices for Philippines. However is a very nice place to relax and enjoy some days in paradise. I arranged the tours with them, I know that I paid more than I should but the rest of options that I saw in Alona beach didn't give me any trust. Actually we had a car just for us for visiting Bohol and they rented the boat of some neighbour fishermen for the dolphin watching tour. Both of the tours were excellent. Front desk is very efficient, I wish Amarela good luck developing further !

Room Tip: We were a family of four with two teenagers and we were quite comfortable in the double room with a...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Property: 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
#4 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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Amarela Hotel Panglao Island
Amarela Resort Bohol Province/Panglao Island
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