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Amarela Resort 4.0

Panglao Island, Bohol Province, Visayas

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Pros

  • Set on pretty, lush grounds with views of the sea
  • Two-minute walk to the beach
  • Inviting interiors full of plants, art, and lovely woodwork
  • Pleasant rooms have flat-screen TVs, DVD players, minibars, tea/coffee facilities, and private balconies
  • Colorful bathrooms feature soaking tubs and separate rainfall showers
  • Lovely outdoor pool and sun deck with loungers and umbrellas 
  • Restaurant serves Filipino fare, with ingredients culled from on-site kitchen garden and free breakfast
  • Charming library with books, DVDs, and board games, plus an art gallery
  • Small boutique sells souvenirs and local craftwork
  • Meeting and event space
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout 

Cons

  • Some complaints about slow in-room Wi-Fi signal
  • No fitness center or spa facilities
  • Not many dining options in the area

Bottom Line

The charming Amarela Resort is a four-pearl boutique set on pretty grounds blanketed with lush greenery and offering views of the sea, which is just a two-minute walk away. Full of local art, wooden antiques, and plenty of plants, the property is rich in character and offers a dose of local culture via an on-site art gallery and a boutique selling craftwork. The sunny library is a particularly inviting space, while the hotel's restaurant serves local fare with ingredients culled from its kitchen garden. There's also a lovely outdoor pool. Guest rooms offer a solid set of amenities, plus they have private balconies and both soaking tubs and rainfall showers in large bathrooms. For something with a spa and fitness facilities, check out The Bellevue Resort Bohol.

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Charming boutique resort set on lush grounds overlooking the sea

This charming boutique resort is wreathed in lush greenery; its sloped grounds rife with trees, palms, flowering bushes, and bougainvillea hanging from balconies and draping corners of the building's turmeric-hued facade. The greenery makes its way indoors as well, with plenty of potted plants dotted about the inviting spaces where white walls are a crisp, clean backdrop to lots of woodwork -- from slatted ceilings to rustic doors to carved wall details and elegant furniture. Interiors are infused with local culture via details like art and antique furnishings. Large windows and partially open-air architecture soak the spaces in natural light -- plus the property's hilltop location affords it lovely views over the green surroundings and sea beyond. The lovely library is a particular pleasure, a beautiful sunlit space with cozy wooden floors, bookshelves lining the walls, and eye-catching paintings, all overlooking the lobby below. There's even an art gallery on-site that guests can peruse. Overall, this resort is a charmed spot that's full of character and suited for a relaxing, laid-back, and quiet holiday, while the dose of culture it provides, coupled with the admirable eco-forward practices it implements, sets it apart from others in the area.

Location

Set on lovely garden grounds, a two-minute walk from the beach

The hotel is located on the southern shores of Panglao Island, which is southwest of the main island of Bohol. The boutique is located on a hill and surrounded by lush grounds, a scenic location that offers views of the sea. The beach is just a two-minute walk away. There are a couple of other hotels and resorts in the immediate area, but not many dining options, and it's a quiet and relaxed location. Popular area attractions include the Hinagdanan Cave, which can be reached in about 15 minutes by car. Tagbilaran Airport and the port, situated on neighboring Bohol Island, are around a half-hour drive from the hotel. 

Rooms

Inviting, homey rooms offers private balconies and large bathrooms with soaking tubs and separate rainfall showers

Rooms carry on with the same style seen throughout the hotel, utilizing lots of wood in the floors, handsome furnishings including antique pieces with intricate carvings, and details like frames around paintings -- contrasted by cream-colored walls and white bedding. Colorful artwork adorns the walls and adds visual interest to the pleasant spaces. Thoughtful touches include books lining shelves and magazines on the nightstands. All rooms also have small, but lovely, balconies overlooking the greenery outside -- some with views of the sea beyond.

Standard amenities include flat-screen TVs with DVD players, minibars, tea/coffee-making facilities, electronic safes, free bottled water, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi -- though guests have complained of a poor signal. 

Bathrooms feature cheery colorful walls and have both soaking tubs and separate rainfall showers. Hairdryers, bathrobes, slippers, and toiletries are supplied.

There's also a private villa available with its own pool. The sunlit house has a terrace and outdoor seating space, including a charming garden surrounding the pool, set with loungers and a hammock. 

Features

Lovely outdoor pool, restaurant serving local fare with ingredients from kitchen garden, and cultural features 

Features at the hotel provide almost anything guests need while on vacation. The lush grounds include a lovely outdoor pool that's surrounded by greenery and umbrella-shaded padded loungers. Guests also have access to a pretty stretch of beach where loungers and umbrellas are supplied, and there are some hammocks strung between palm trees. Snorkeling gear and other water sports equipment are available.

The hotel has a restaurant that serves Filipino fare in a breezy setting overlooking the grounds and sea beyond. The restaurant uses ingredients culled from it's own kitchen garden, and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast is included in the room rates. 

There's an inviting library with comfy seating and a collection of books, DVDs, and board games that guests are free to borrow. There's even a lovely art gallery filled with paintings and craftwork. Other amenities include a small boutique that sells local crafts and souvenirs, meeting and event space (including a charming wooden pavilion), and free Wi-Fi throughout.

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Address

Barangay Libaong, Bohol Province 6340, Philippines

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