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“Perfect Fit”
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Amarela Resort
Ranked #5 of 48 Hotels in Panglao Island
Certificate of Excellence
Fresno, California
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215 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Perfect Fit”
Reviewed 16 September 2013

We stayed here June 25-28 2013 for a family of 4. I was confused at the way the third party described it so i emailed Amarela. They responded promptly and was able to accomodate my request without a hassle.The resort had well appointed decor and somehow perfect for the environment. A place that reminded me of my early years. Very nostalgic and very homey. You can see the vast horizon. The staff is very cordial. Kim who picked us up from the pier was very polite and helpful. The only thing that was off was the seaweed after the rain the day that we got it but other than that we had a very wonderful stay. The woodworks were amazing. Our kids love this place especially considering this is their first time in the country. There was a nurse that was able to help us when one of our kids was under the weather. They attend to you once you hit the beach and notice you just settled in then offer you drinks, they attend to your every need. This place is pristine.the beach was what I expected: clean , clear, perfect blue and no danger. It has a big sand bar at low tide. Ahhhh! We relive our stay there over and over. There is wifi even at the beach! This place has a very good vibe. " it feels like you are in a home" says my daughter. We got to see local life when we strolled the beach at dusk beyond the resort premises. It's perfect.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

We stayed for 6 nights in Amarela, and enjoyed the hotel very much.

It is not in Alona beach, but 10 minutes away by taxi. However, their private beach is a lot nicer than Alona and we were always the only two persons there. Definitely recommend it to relax in a quiet and secluded place.

We rented a motorbike at Alona the first day and kept it for the whole stay, as it was very helpful to move around.

Their restaurant has very good food, and they have a HUGE collection of DVDs for guests use.

To improve:
- include juice and yogurt in breakfast.
- offer bicycles to go to Alona for the guests, or at least another reasonable option (taxi and motorbike hired at the frontdesk are 250% or more higher than the market rate)
- broaden the options for breakfast. There's only 3 options, but one is Filipino (did not look good) and the other is bread&butter, so I always ended up having the third choice

  • Stayed September 2013
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2013 via mobile

I've read a lot of great reviews about Amarela, but I assure you, it definitely lives up to expectations. In fact, it has exceeded mine! First of all, the resort if absolutely gorgeous. Everything is just well thought of, and such a prideful display of Boholano culture and arts. The resort is well maintained and the staff very helpful and polite. Rooms are exquisite and I adore the wooden furniture. Thy have a variety of food to choose from and quite reasonably priced. Then there's the lovely infinity pool and who can forget the breath taking white beach. If you're looking for beach party life, then this is not the resort for you. However if you really want to relax and have a chill out vacation, you can never go wrong with Amarela. We'll definitely come back soon!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Marikina, Philippines
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2013

We really enjoyed every moment of our stay at Amarela.


Excellent and friendly staff, delightful food, magnificent rooms, splendid view, organized country tour.....everything perfect!



Until our next Bohol adventure!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Carla E
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Budapest, Hungary
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2013

My family has lived in the Philippines for over a year now and the Amarela has been our favorite hotel so far. The attention to details was such a nice surprise from the very quick and courteous responses over email to allowing us to check out before we fully vacated our room was awesome! The grounds and buildings are immaculate! The decor of the hotel and the attention to detail made our stay extra special. The pool was also beautiful with a shallow wading portion which was perfect for our two-year old daughter. The beach front had an inviting white sand beach which also accommodated our toddler well because it was pretty shallow. Amerla offered free kayak usage and also free snorkeling gear to use. They also offer free wi-fi which was an added bonus. The food was very good and the wait staff were friendly and attentive. The room was a tad small (superior room) but very well kept and clean. The shower was very nice. Amarela also offered free shuttle service to and from the airport. I would highly recommend staying here if you are looking to book a Bohol vacation.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

The place is very good, very clean rooms and the view is magnificent!

The staff are friendly. Especially in the food service they are very accommodating and thoughtful they see to it that we are taking care of. Brian is the best he always make sure my husband has a good meal experience. My husband had no complain at all if Brian is our waiter.

We are very grateful to Sir Jake, his staff and amarela management for the amazing surprise...the thought and worked you put into on my husband's birthday. We love the lighted birthday greetings and the cake, that was very cool and very sweet of you guys!

Though in our 21 night- stay we encountered a problem the management took care of it nicely.

By the way I enjoyed every breakfast I had Jen and the guys are very nice they always accommodate my requests :).

Thanks a lot guys!



  • Stayed July 2013
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1 Thank smurfette_bohol
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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2013

The place is so nice . Staff are all lovely Brian has been very helpful to us. The tour they offer is also very good mang gerry showed us around . They serve very good food. We are so glad we stayed here when we went to see the other beach area it is crowded and busy .

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank rosievil
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Property: Amarela Resort
Address: Barangay Libaong, 6340, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Visayas > Bohol Province > Panglao Island
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Panglao Island
#4 Luxury Hotel in Panglao Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Amarela Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amarela is a cozy yet elegant boutique resort atop a gentle slope with a stunning panoramic view of Bohol Sea and neighboring islands. Natural sandstone pathways run through native landscape, leading to the long stretch of white beach. The resort showcases local art and culture in meticulous detail - highlighting antique & traditional furniture, artifacts & handicrafts, old hardwood doors & floors, as well as an outstanding collection of sculpture & paintings. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Amarela Hotel Panglao Island
Amarela Resort Bohol Province/Panglao Island
Amarela Hotel Bohol

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