Discovering a treasure trove called BoholBy Theresa S. Samaniego
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Its pristine powdery-white sand beaches, the Chocolate Hills and centuries-old churches might just be some of the reasons Bohol’s most famous inhabitant, the tarsier, has its enormously big eyes almost always wide open—to fully take pleasure in the sites.
To say that Bohol is Asia’s “Next Bali” may be an understatement as the province offers not only unsullied beaches but also various historical treasures and rich cultural heritage waiting to be unfolded, alongside a series of treats that travelers can indulge in.
Incidentally, May might just be the perfect time to experience Bohol, as it is the month of fiestas and various festivities that make the province more alive and vibrant.
To make one’s trip to the country’s 10th largest island more interesting, fascinating and pleasurable, one might want to consider staying at Amorita Resort in Panglao Island.
Quiant boutique resort
Nestled atop a seaside cliff overlooking the famed Alona Beach, Amorita is a quaint boutique resort that provides visitors what is arguably the most captivating view of Bohol Sea.
“We consider Amorita as one of Bohol’s best-kept secrets,” noted Amorita Resort general manager Nikki Cauton.
“Amorita has a prominent location in the island that makes it a cut above the rest. Only in Amorita can guests take in the glorious Bohol sunset from the top of a cliff or dine under the star-studded sky while enjoying a view of the Alona Beach,” Cauton explained.
And while most getaway destinations claim to either be an adventure-packed destination or a tranquil, relaxing hub, Amorita Resort is a combination of both, thus making it truly perfect for all types of travelers.
“Amorita combines these two with ease. It is more than just a haven for relaxation, we also offer a myriad of activities for the daring at heart— snorkeling, island hopping, diving and an eco-adventure trip in Catigbian,” Cauton added.
Currently, Amorita Resort has an existing partnership with the Philippine Bohol Arts Foundation for special tours that would further showcase and highlight the other unexplored attractions of Bohol.
The said tour is meant to allow tourists and resort guests to experience authentic Boholano life, art, culture and history.
“The requisite Bohol visit would include a stopover at the Chocolate Hills and a visit to the tarsiers, but really Bohol has so much more to offer in terms of cuisine, arts and culture. And these are experiences that we want to surface through our exclusive tours,” Cauton further shared.
Beyond the usual
Armed with a passion to make their guests see a Bohol that’s beyond the usual, Amorita conceptualized the “Beyond Bohol Series” tour, which would introduce tourists, as well as locals, to a Bohol with shamans who tell of mystic tales; unheard of artisans who learned their craft at the foot of their grandfathers; centuries-old homes that whisper secrets of pasts; and specialty cooks who safeguard recipes refined throughout generations.
But guests who prefer a more relaxing stay can meanwhile enjoy Amorita Resorts’ secluded location.
Definitely, Amorita Resort takes privacy seriously as each of the resort’s six Ocean View Villa has an expansive pocket garden, a private plunge pool and a sun deck. Its Garden View Villas, Sky Suites and Deluxe Rooms, on the other hand, offer the same easy comfort and convenience, Cauton explained.
“Amorita is an ideal travel destination that’s found the perfect balance between modern-world living and island seclusion,” he stressed.
Further, the resort’s infinity pool and leisure area would allow guests to enjoy an array of activities without having to leave the comfort of the resort. Guests can even enjoy a selection of books, board games and table tennis.
Vacationers can also treat their palates with delicately prepared local and international cuisine at the resorts different dining outlets. The resort’s Saffron Restaurant and The Deck offers a great selection of critically acclaimed dishes, including genuine Boholano food while Luy-a Degustation serves ginger-based dishes.
“I have been blessed to have been welcomed to Bohol with open arms and letting people get to know, taste, feel and experience a Bohol that goes beyond the usual is something I hope I can offer and let people experience inside of Amorita,” Cauton concluded.
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