Amorita is a magical place. It is a place where everything you ever dream of having in a vacation exist.
Amorita is about 35 minutes from Tagbilaran, in an island called Panglao in a beach front called Alona. Yes, Bohol.
I came late, which is not a fault of my own. I thought that I'm going to another "resort". Every weekend, I spend them most with my family, in an affordable beach resort somewhere near Manila. And every weekend, I'm treated to the usual resort formula of water, sand, and room for the night. I told my wife that I'm looking for a place where there's no more offering of beach. I'm looking for a place where there are caves and falls, so that things would be different.
And being always sold to foreign tourists, I figured that Bohol would be no different. I have been to every single resort out there. I've been to the Northernmost point to the Southernmost. I've seen the Easternmost and Westernmost parts and I've met every offer with either delight or derision.
Panglao is different.
|Bohol is more than Chocolate Hills|
There are caves out there, carved out of limestone mountains. There are small patches of secondary growth rainforests, home to the world famous Philippine Tarsier of the genus Carlito. And there are long expanse of land, home of some of the friendliest people in the world.
|The elusive shy tarsier|
What is most different here is the fact that Boholanos are the friendliest people in this side of the earth. They greet you every, single time. They even greet you even if you're driving and they'll not flinch a bit even if you're running at 80 kilometers an hour.
|fire dance at Panglao|
In the evening, the entire stretch of beachfront again pulsates with life, with people just lazying, drinking themselves like fishes and enjoy listening to music from bands and just see or observe other people trying to hitch one another for a magical moment in their rooms.
And talking about rooms, this is one thing that I loved in the whole thing. Amorita has these tastefully done rooms that really give me delight.
It has its own small pool. The rooms are Asian and complete with modern facilities. What makes these rooms special is the service. Amorita's hotel staff are the best.
The rooms are so special. The service, great. But the best thing in all of these is the food. Yeah.
When you're in Amorita, order the chicken binakol. Sipping that heavenly brew of ginger, chicken stock with vegetables sums up the entire Bohol experience.