Amorita HotelBohol, Philippines
Bohol is a curious place.
It's the sort of place that is low key at night and up-tempo during the day. The Loboc River winds like a snake through the island and eventually out into the ocean, and its water, emerald green on a sunny day, is a stunning location for action and adventure; think stand-up paddle-boarding, fishing, swimming and rope swinging.
Amorita is where you want to be to take it easy at the end of a massive day on this island. It's actually on an additional island called Pangalao, which is connected to Bohol by a little bridge at its southern end.
Amorita is a stunning collection of designer rooms and villas, and home to two of the most stunning swimming pools you'll come across. Putting the arms up on the ledge of the beachside pool, and staring out at the water, seeing little fishing boats bobbing up and down as the locals go about their day gives you that surreal feeling that you are elsewhere in the world. Somewhere other than, and better than, home.
The bar serves a delicious rum-based cocktail called Maybe I Should, and speaking from experience, you absolutely should, until you shouldn't, and even then, you should one more time.
There's archery and a wellness centre and all of the things you expect from a place with such an excellent reputation, but the low key, unpretentious-while-still-classy vibe that emanates through the staff and then by osmosis seems to transfer to guests is what separates this from the cold, corporate luxury resorts that exist.
Cebu Pacific have just restarted their Melbourne to Manila line, meaning you can fly direct to the Philippines from Australia once again!
From Manila it’s a scenic one hour flight to Bohol, and Cebu is the one to go with – boasting one of the wider domestic networks around.