The Amorita Resort is a stunning boutique hotel set atop limestone cliffs overlooking Alona Beach on Panglao Island in Bohol, Philippines. This luxury hotel in Bohol has 82 suites and 14 villas set amongst beautifully landscaped tropical gardens.
There are two gorgeous infinity pools with stunning views out to sea and plenty of activities to keep even the most active of families busy – from kayaking and paddle boarding, to snorkeling at the marine sanctuary in front of the hotel, or enjoying a cocktail with a view while the kids play on the playground. If you are looking for a luxury family-friendly hotel in Bohol, then read on for our review of the Amorita Resort.
Bedtime at the Amorita Resort
There are 82 rooms and suites and 14 villas at the Amorita Resort, Bohol. Our home for our 3-night stay was a Junior Suite. At 40 square metres this was spacious and comfortable, with plenty of room to accommodate our King bed, and the day bed made up for my daughter to sleep in.
Decorated in neutral colours with natural furnishings, our room had all the mod-cons you would expect: flat screen TV, easily controlled air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, mini bar and complimentary drinking water. We loved the homemade cookies left for us every evening and the kids were delighted with their milk and bedtime treats, complete with a note signed by “Uncle Noel” the hotel manager. Cute!
Note if you are visiting with small children, there was no bathtub in our room, although some of the suites do have bathtubs, so check if this is important to you. The rain shower cubicle was plenty big enough for the kids to play in though – and with the amount of sand we were generally covered in at the end of the day, a shower was definitely the better option.
The bathroom and dressing areas were combined, although there was no drawer space and limited hanging area. For us with just a 3-night stay, and our obsessive use of packing cubes, this wasn’t an issue but it may bother you if you are someone who likes to unpack your suitcase as soon as you arrive in a hotel.
As we had a ground-floor suite, we had a patio overlooking the garden, with a couple of armchairs – and more importantly, a drying rack for all our wet swimming gear.
Larger families should check out the two-bedroom suites. These come with separate living and dining areas, a King bedroom, twin bedroom and two additional day beds in the living area, meaning there is plenty of sleeping space for everyone.
Playtime at the Amorita Resort
The highlight of this family friendly hotel in Bohol is its two gorgeous infinity pools. The main pool, located in front of the restaurant enjoys fabulous views out to sea from the sun loungers lining the terrace.
Ideal for families, this pool is divided into three sections – including two suitable for small children, being just 60cm and 1 meter deep respectively. This means mum and dad can watch kids playing from the comfort of a sun lounger. The walls dividing the sections also have water fountains for extra entertainment.
The second pool located at the lobby is smaller but – oh my! The views from this infinity pool over Alona Beach are incredible. Perhaps not as good a pool for the kids, but definitely a fabulous option for a sunset dip.
There is a small playground located close to the restaurant and main pool. We found this location ideal, meaning the kids could go off an play in full view of us as we enjoyed a leisurely lunch in the restaurant, or kicked back on a sun lounger by the pool with a book. There is also a table football table right next to the pool and a ping pong table close to the restaurant.
Although there is no kids club, the Amorita Resort does host kid activities at 4pm every afternoon by the pool, giving parents an hour of downtime to relax. These activities include pizza making, origami, finger painting and cookie decorating.
One of the most popular pastimes in Bohol is watersports and the Amorita Resort does not let you down here. There are kayaks and stand-up paddleboards provided on a complimentary basis. We took a couple of kayaks out and explored the marine sanctuary below the cliffs of the resort and it was just amazing – the crystal clear water allowing you to check out the coral and fish as you go. And we had the place to ourselves.
The dive center is well equipped and you can hire snorkeling equipment here, either for exploring the marine sanctuary next to the resort, or for taking on day trips to the nearby islands. The dive centre also offers PADI certification courses.
Elsewhere in the resort, there is plenty of open space for the kids to run around on the grass. There are also complimentary bikes to borrow if you want to explore further afield, as well as a fully equipped gym and the Sea Tree Spa, which specializes in Filipino massage techniques and Asian healing rituals.
Dinnertime at the Amorita Resort
There are two restaurants at the Amorita Resort. The all-day dining restaurant, Saffron, forms the epicenter of the resort and dishes up a wide selection of local and international specialties. This open and airy restaurant provides a fabulous setting for a poolside breakfast or lunch overlooking the ocean, and is where everyone congregates in the evening for dinner. There is lounge seating for pre-dinner cocktails and also poolside service if you prefer your pina colada on the comfort of your sun lounger.
Upstairs from Saffron is the indoor and air-conditioned Tomar Tapas restaurant, which serves up a selection of traditional tapas and paellas. There is a further bar in the lobby area – with a ‘Cliff Deck’ offering stunning sunset views over Alona Beach, although we wished they had done more with this area.
Just down the steps from the resort is Alona Beach, with a wide selection of bars and restaurants. We enjoyed the busy evening vibe down here and popped down a couple of evenings for sunset cocktails while the kids played on the beach.
Food in the Philippines doesn’t enjoy the best reputation, but we found the food at Amorita Reosrt to among the best in Bohol and for this reason we chose to eat most meals in the resort.
In the ‘hood
There are so many things to do in Bohol with kids. Amorita Resort is ideally located for plenty of beach and watersports fun. Many of the island hopping day trips offered on Bohol leave from Alona Beach, which is just down a set of steps from Amorita Resort.
We spent one day island hopping – looking for dolphins, snorkeling with turtles on Balicasag Island and visiting the Virgin Island sand bar. For lunch another day we took a 10-minute “tricycle” ride (the island’s equivalent of a tuk tuk) to the Bohol Bee Farm – a fun organic farm offering farm tours, lunch with a view and yummy ice cream.
Further inland you can take a countryside tour of Bohol to visit the famous Chocolate Hills, take a cruise on the Loboc River and track down the cute little tarsiers.
We loved our stay at the Amorita Resort and would definitely recommend it to those looking for a luxury family-friendly resort in Bohol. The gorgeous grounds, the laid-back vibe, the amazing swimming pools and the stunning views all made this a fabulous place to stay in Bohol with the family.
Our initial disappointment that the resort was not located directly on the beach was soon allayed, and we actually came to appreciate this fact. It not only provided us with a tranquil sanctuary away from the hubbub of Alona Beach – but also meant that we benefitted from those incredible views.
If only I could have bottled those views and taken them with me!
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Note: Mum on the Move were guests of the Amorita Resort for the purposes of writing this review. This in no way affected our review and all opinions are honest and our own.
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