We landed in Tagbilaran airport on a beautiful sunny morning and after collecting our bags, we met the driver from Amun Ini Beach Resort & Spa. Passing through green fields of rice and simple wooden houses surrounded by gardens, we soon stated to feel the stresses of city life melt away. 90 minutes later, we pulled up to Amun Ini, and as we walked up the steps and checked in. The whole process was fast and easy and before we knew it we were settling into our room. By now it was 1:30 in the afternoon and we had lunch on our minds. We made our way back up to the dining area as soon as we dropped off our bags.
The restaurant overlooked the 250-square-meter infinity pool, which beckoned to us. The menu offered such dishes as flying fish gravalax, green tomato gazpacho with fresh local chevre cheese, corn and jicama salad with an option of grilled baby octopus, linguini in white wine liver sauce and red wine and bacon stewed chicken, I mentally counted how many meals I had to have to work my way down the menu. The kitchen boasted not one, but two internationally trained chefs and both turned out culinary treasures using the best local produce available.
After eating we set out to enjoy the resort’s facilities. We learned that Amun-ini is set on a three-hectare property in the town of Anda, located on the southeast corner of the island of Bohol overlooking the Bohol Sea.
A total of 16 air-conditioned rooms are built into a pair of two-story longhouses with cogon roofs. Each room is a spacious 60 square meters and their tasteful bathrooms are large enough to have a pocket garden in each. We especially loved the sliding doors that opened out into our private veranda that looked over the lush gardens and the blue waters of the sea.
All of the rooms are provided with a flat-screen TV, cable and internet. Guests have a choice between two twin-sized beds in each room or a king-sized bed.
Although the resort is well known to the international diving community with several Trip Advisor Certificates to their name, stay-cationers will not lack for things to do.
Aside from diving and snorkeling, the 300-meter-long private white sand beach also has lounge chairs and hammocks for guests to relax in.
Amun Ini Beach Resort & Spa
“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” ― Marilyn Monroe
If you are not a diver, you can sign up for one Discovery Dive or opt to take the whole course and go home as a certified diver.
The standard of the room was very good, with a spacious bedroom and a large bathroom/wardrobe area. The rooms were very nice and quiet. Wonderful amenities. But the real standout was the service.
The resort’s al fresco spa is located on a rocky outcrop with the barest minimum of walls and only strips of cloth separate the massage tables from the sea breezes coming from the ocean. The therapists are trained in native hilot techniques, making sure the energy pathways are clear and massaging out all “blockages”. They can also provide a portable table in one’s room or knead you on the beach if you so desire.
Kayaks are available for those who would like to paddle out to the rocky headlands on each tip of the cove.
The restaurant was beautiful (large and airy, fairly contemporary) and we enjoyed excellent, restaurant quality meals at every sitting. The breakfast portions were enormous so watch out. We were offered a Filipino special dinner and this was a culinary highlight.
Amun Ini Beach Resort and Spal Review
From the moment we arrived we were greeted by truly friendliest staff. As the name implies, “You are welcomed home”. Every morning, afternoon and night, we were greeted by our names and a huge smile.
The chefs, having grown up in the Philippines but having perfected their cutlery skills in San Francisco, make amazing fusion dishes, but they offer a night dedicated to just traditional Filipino dishes too, that you won’t want to miss. Get ready to eat because you will want to try every dish on the menu… twice! And you’ll enjoy these meals with a gorgeous view of the pool and ocean that sit just beneath you.
The room was exactly what we had hoped for and more: traditional Filipino décor, but modern, clean and quiet. And a gorgeous view of the ocean and trees. Although you won’t want to leave your room, it is worth spending the day in the pool or on the beach. They have amazing facilities if you are a diver, love to snorkel, kayak or paddle board. Whether you want to see the chocolate hills, the tarsiers, or just explore, Amun Ini provides all of this for you. I cannot recommend this place enough.