An Enchanting Beach Resort Experience
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May 26th, 2009 – by: Genedg
After having bookmarked a lot of Bohol and travel-related sites I started calling some of my "candidates" to check for available accommodations. I was already mind set to get a resort in the Bolod Beach area after hearing that it had the best shoreline in Panglao island. Unfortunately the two resorts, Bohol Beach Club and Dumaluan (the only ones I was able to dig up in the area) were both fully booked in my preferred travel dates. With my flight already booked it seemed that I had to settle for the resorts along Alona Beach .
Fortunately, I had bought a Bohol map and saw that there was one more resort close to the Bolod beach ... Amarela.
I made a list of questions then proceeded to call the resort to make my inquiries. Luckily, they still had available rooms for our group of 14 and I was delighted to hear that this resort was walking distance to Bohol Beach Club and Dumaluan. Without any hesitation, I made my reservation.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS CONFIRMED
The moment we were picked up at the Tagbilaran Airport by Amarela's staff I immediately felt that I had seemed to make the right choice with my booking. Their Van was clean and well maintained, and their staff (one driver and a helper) who both were very well-dressed in their uniforms, were very polite and accommodating.
After a short 20-minute travel from the airport, we arrived at the resort complex. And the moment I step foot into the lobby, I was in awe with the beauty and the detail of the place. Even the good pictures and reviews couldn't do justice to what I had seen.
Just past the lobby is the resort's dining hall. A majestic view of the sea is one of the first things you will notice from there, then when you shift your view a little lower you can see the beautifully landscaped garden and their infinity pool (which has lukewarm water).
The rooms are located in another wing just beside the dining hall; To get there, you'll cross a short "bridge" again beautifully detailed with hanging plants.
The food served in this resort is okay. Serving portions are just right and the kitchen does its job well to make sure that all the dishes are served quick. Although their menu presents a variety that covers all bases (meat, veggies and seafood), a large group that eats all their meals there for 4 days could easily wipe out the entire menu selection and would have to go for repeats at some point (which we really didn't mind since we already knew what we wanted to have again). But the resort's dining staff was sensitive enough to notice that we were taking more time to pick a meal that we haven't tried yet; so they offered to prepare dishes that weren't found on their menu! How's that for good service?
SO WHAT ABOUT THE BEACH?
Bohol is reputed by so many to have beautiful white-sand beaches that can rival, or to some, even beat the beaches of Boracay.
So when I took the downward pathway to the beach (again, beautifully landscaped) and reached the end of the stairway, I was given a little preview of Bohol's shoreline and its waters which were shining light green.
Let's clear the second doubt first : yes, Amarela is walking distance to Bohol Beach Club ... a 15-minute leisurely walk along the shoreline. Regarding my first doubt, I'll share my opinions by making a comparison on the beach areas of Amarela (Libaong) and BBC (Bolod).
The Bolod Beach area has wide seagrass-free waters, and this is their big plus compared to the other beach areas but based on my experience, I liked the beach area in Libaong better than Bolod (BBC's and Dumaluan's area).
So, In a Nutshell?
If any of you fancy a quiet, romantic place to unwind, I'd highly recommend Amarela. The resort is really beautiful, (I took over 700 pics in our Bohol trip and used around over 300 shots in the Amarela complex just taking pics around the resort.
For the benefit of those still picking accommodations and beach areas:
Alona Beach - approximately 800+ meters shoreline, not too fine sand, with some stones ... but still nice. If you're into the boracay-like atmosphere and like resorts that are clustered close to each other with most of them having dining setups and grilling/barbecue areas along the shoreline ... this is the area for you. Most cheaper resorts are found in here or at least in close proximity to the Alona beach area.
Bolod & Libaong Beach - approximately 3.
The Libaong area has more seagrass, but if you'll walk toward Amarela, and a little past it, you'll find a portion of the beach that is wide without any seagrass ... with really fine sand and clean, clear water.
In my opinion, the Bolod & Libaong beach stretch is better than Alona's. Plus, there is no congestion of boats in your swimming area.
Why do I need to mention this? It's because Panglao Island is really huge ... you'd have to take transportation (by boat or land) to visit it's different beaches and there are around 6 major ones (if I remember right).
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