8 Reasons to Visit Amorita
I had just gotten back from spending 4 months around the European continent. I had been telling my friends all along that I was eager to hit the beach upon my return, especially after months of seeing mostly mountains and cities. And lo, by some stroke of luck I got my chance! I had gotten invited to an event to be held in beautiful Bohol. It was AirAsia’s launch of their newest in-flight menu, the Santan. Of course, I said “yes” to the invitation!
I remember years back I had visited Bohol with a friend from Canada. I had told her that someday, I wanted to stay at the renowned Amorita Hotel, located in Panglao Island. Imagine my delight when I found out that Amorita will be hosting the event we will be attending! The beach and Amorita — this trip is like hitting two birds with one stone.
For all my excitement, Amorita didn’t disappoint! As my trip concluded, I had been convinced that there are lots of reasons to stay at this hotel. Let me share them with you.
- A Green Hotel. Amorita is one of only 10 hotels on the Philippines to be given the Green Hotel title. This means that the hotel not only minimizes its environmental footprint, it also helps its surrounding environment thrive! Wouldn’t you want to support an establishment with an Earth-friendly mission?
- Lovely swimming pools. There are two swimming pools in Amorita. First is the infinity pool by the lobby/cliff deck, overlooking the Panglao beach. It’s not ideal for sunset watching (since the sun doesn’t set by the beach side), but it would be a perfect site for late afternoon cocktails over a great view.
The second one is close to the hotel’s Saffron restaurant. It is divided into three segments, the middle one of which is for babies and toddlers. There is also a sundeck for those who just wish to relax by the poolside. The variety of pools makes Amorita perfect for either couples or families.
- Green and big grounds. If you wish to take a nice, long walk, Amorita offers its sizeable grounds. The place is big enough to offer privacy to those who would like to enjoy some peace and quiet. There are lots of nooks and crannies where you can just sit and reflect while relaxing. https://www.instagram.com/p/BWbuzvdnmeb/?taken-by=yedylicious
- A secret beach! Yes, Amorita’s own beach may not be as big as Panglao’s. However, it’s still perfect for a good beach view! It’s also great for those times when you wish to admire the beauty of the ocean in silent wonder.
- Big rooms. While there, we stayed in the hotel’s Junior Suite Room. It’s spacious, with a minimalist design of wood, stone, and wickerwork. Perfect for a beach setting! The bed is very comfortable, and the fluffy pillows were heavenly. Just the means to shrug off the fatigue and cares of the city.
Entering the room, guests are greeted with a lounge on which stands a basket of fruits. Amorita sure knows how to express a warm welcome! The basics are all there, with a flat-screen TV, mini bar, and safety-deposit vault. The toiletries they provide are also interesting, since they’re all made from organic products (just what you’d expect from a Green Hotel). There’s a complementary WiFi access, and they even provide a native buri bag you can carry around at the beach! The rooms are also all fresh and well-maintained, as Amorita conducts twice-a-day housekeeping rounds.
Aside from the Junior Suite, we also experienced being in one of their private villas. This comes complete with a private pool! Of course, it’s great for unwinding. But as a freelancer, I kept thinking that this is my ideal place to work. We enjoyed this pool very much during our stay, and we had a lot of bonding moments. Work was tossed to the back-burner during this time, but I can imagine going back there one day both to relax and to be productive.
- Free mountain bike rentals. For the fitness and nature buffs, this is a great way to pass the time. My roommate Kara actually borrowed one and used it to bike around town! This helps the Green Hotel motif by providing a zero-carbon means of transportation. As for me, I chose to spend the time sleeping. I still felt the effects of jetlag, but had I been more awake I would have joined her.
- The food is really good! Of course, we went there primarily to taste the Santan Menu that AirAsia just launched. But that was far from the only gastronomic treat we had during our stay.
There are two dining choices for hotel guests. The first is the Tomar Tapas Bar, with a Spanish theme. It offers the traditional Spanish take on appetizers (“tapas”) as well as a lot of other tasty dishes! I fell in love with their Paella Negra, Chorizo, Calamares, and Ratatouille. If you’d like to have a drink, there’s also some great sangria from the bar.
The second one is the Saffron Restaurant, which offers native Boholano dishes as well as other Filipino food. Behind its concept is Chef Raphael Onchiong. There are also Asian and Western options to choose from. Breakfasts at Saffron consist of a buffet meal, with various dishes such as fish, meat, and vegetables. Menus change everyday, so if you’re staying at Amorita for more than a night you would be treated to a revolving door of breakfast options! The food is really good, and the portions are satisfying.
- The Sea Tree Spa. If you wish to take your relaxation to the next level, the Sea Tree spa would be your best bet. Expert therapists offer top-notch massage sessions. It’s a great way to ease off the tiredness after enjoying the various activities Panglao and the rest of Bohol has to offer. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to try this but a friend of mine who did, said it was worth it.
The entire Amorita hotel is located atop a cliff, which leads straight down to the wonderful views of Alona Beach. This is a prime location that would set it apart from most other hotels and resorts. If there’s ever the perfect home away from home when you the wonderful province of Bohol, this is it.