- Reviews: 5
Pearl Farm: Private resort in Samal Island
We initially booked 3 nights through directrooms and saved almost 30-40% off if we booked directly at their site. You have to pay additional for the boat transfer though. We stayed at the Samal House - built on stilt waters. We decided to extend 1 more night but there are no more available Samal House so we transfered to the Balay House - located on the hillside. It's cheaper but larger! Basic room accommodation for both but clean enough.
They have a number of pools, 3 I think, and 2 beach area. Hop on their speedboat and you can go across the island where their expensive villas are located. You can swim there for free. They have a game room as well.
We love just hanging around the balcony in our Samal House and enjoying the sea breeze.
Cons: the resort offer day trips to others (9am-4pm) so it can be too crowded during the day.
- Reviews: 194
Chema's by the Sea-IGACOS: Away from the madding crowd
I was looking for a private resort in the Island Garden of Samal (IGACOS) for our Davao trip. While surfing I came across this secure and exclusive resort owned by a Davao resident, Quincho. Having read a couple of negative feedback about the owner, I still tried to contact him because the resort was very beautiful and I dont necessarily believe feedback written by people who ask a resort how much a cup of rice is. Good thing I did that because Quincho was very accommodating and a no-fuss owner. No deposits, no advance email...just a SMS to confirm was all it took to finalize our agreement.
Service: They only accommodate a select group equivalent to the number of cottages so you wont see swarms. We booked the biggest cottage good for at least 8 when we were just 6. I like it roomy, that's why. You'll be provided with your own private butler during the duration of your stay when you book a cottage so all you need to do is ring the brass bell and presto! butler service. :) Don't worry about your butler going on day off while you're there because he/she will stay until after you check out. You'll be welcomed with a buco drink, ripe mango shake or ice tea while waiting to be escorted to your cottage.
Facilities: Check the pictures and see how roomy, clean, and updated the rooms are. You'll see 2 queen beds, 4 single beds upstairs, 1 bay window lounge, and 1 divan in the veranda. 2 aircons and a cable TV for those wishing to watch TV instead of enjoying the sun. There's lots of greenery, towering trees, and brass/wood lounge chair sets. The infinity pool is deep but a bit small. Their beachfront is combed meticulously while the beach sets are roofed with nipa fronds. How rustic!
Amenities: Swing lounge, wooden/brass beach sets, complimentary WIFI, private boat/dock/pier in Davao city (via Davao's Waterfront hotel).
1. The neighboring resort occasionally plays blaring local music.
2. You can bring in munchies like Oreos/chips/nuts but food can be ordered thru their outlet. I liked their Pinakbet (just a touch of salted shrimps), BBQ chicken, Sotanghon soup and Halo-halo.
I'll definitely recommend this resort for families travelling with small children, couples looking for some R&R, group of friends who can afford higher than average rates (but well worth it).
But if you're the type who lugs pots/pans loaded with food then this resort it not for you.
By the way, I paid around P14685(U$1=P44) for the overnight cottage and food (L/D/B/L).
Easy planning thru SMS.
Well maintained surroundings.
Butler service (Can also arrange for an island tour thru the multicabs).
Illy coffee while in IGACOS.
and credit card acceptance.
Not sure though if they accept CC's issued outside of the Philippines.
Soon, Quincho said he's building a spa near the cottages. :)
- Reviews: 8
Ponce Suites: Davao's Unconventional Accommodation
Rooms have hot and cold shower and is a WiFi hitspot. Place is best recommended for artist and budget travelers.
From the front door up to the suites penthouse, in every nook and cranny is Artist Kublai Millan's showroom of his arts.
- Reviews: 141
St. Camilus Dormtel: Cheap Accomodation in Davao
The place is clean, safe and the receptionist is very accomodating with all your queeries. Only 180/night/pax AC room, clean common bathroom. Good place to stay for a budget traveller.
- Reviews: 141
Pearl FArm Beach Resort: Overnight Stay AT Samal Island
I didnt stay overnight but I intend to do it the next time I go back to Davao. They offer Overnight Stay with full board meals and use of all amenities. Its a bit pricy but its worth it
- Reviews: 1360
Iron Inn: Nearest to Overland Transport Terminal
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- Reviews: 1360
Francess Inn: Nearest to Overland Transport Terminal 02
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- Reviews: 1360
CourtView Inn: Nearest to Overland Transport Terminal 03
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- Reviews: 35
Drifter's Apartel and British Pub: Convenient budget hotel for Samal Island
Drifter's was recommended to me as convenient for travelling to Samal Island. It is a small, clean and friendly hotel with all the facilities that you need (including tea and coffee and kettle in the room, which you are used to in the UK, but don't always find in the Philippines).
There is a clean pool, well-stocked bar and a good varied menu of English, Philippino, and pasta/pizza dishes.
Drifter's is out of the city, but we took a taxi there easily for less than 150-200P (about £2-3). Very handy for the ferry to Samal Island.
Bert, the English owner and his family were very friendly and on hand to give advice on where to visit.
Good sized rooms with clean towels and beds made up each day. Sky TV, Air Con, en-suite bathroom, fridge (beers, water soft drinks) and 24 hour security.
If you email Drifter's, they will book rooms for you and pay when you arrive. You don't often find this trusting attitude now. Very good prices: 1400pesos per night.
- Reviews: 346
Gand Men Seng
Not as grand as its name implies but it is clean and located in downtown Davao within walking distance to most major structures in the city. Nothing special.
The sushi bar features fresh seafood but not too much variety.
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