14 March 2011
Travel: Davao Pearl Farm Beach Resort
Pearl Farm Beach Resort is located in a secluded Samal Island off the coast of Davao City. It is aptly called the Pearl Farm, as this world-class private resort was once a place where white, pink, and gold pearls are cultured from a special breed of oysters.
The beautiful seculded resort is 45 minutes off Davao City, and is easily accessible via the Pearl Farm boat. The boat leaves the Pearl Farm Marina Hotel in Davao City at 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 4:30 PM.
Guests get to see several small islands on the the way to the resort. One of the islands along the way has a slide leading straight to the water.
After 45 minutes, guests get to see the infamous Pearl Farm Beach Resort Parola bar and the nearby Samal Houses perched above water and patterned after the stilt houses of the sea-faring Samal tribes. The welcome drinks were served at the first floor of the Parola bar. Room keys were then distributed after the resort orientation.
The Samal Suite rooms are two-storey Muslim inspired cottages. Each suite houses a minimum of 6 guest each. A master’s bedroom is located at the 2nd level while smaller bedrooms and sofa beds are in the first floor. The suite rooms are perfect for families and barkadas.
The resort boasts of the infinity pool located in front of the Maranao restaurant and the Ylang Ylang Spa. We’ve spent our first hour by the pool, then opted to go up the Parola bar as soon as Happy Hour started.
Other facilities also include Butik, a souvenir shop which offers a variety of local handicrafts, native outfits, limited basic toiletries, and chips and snacks.
Watch Mandaya tribeswomen as they skillfully weave their traditionally exotic and colorful cloths made into handbags, mats, clothing and scarves at the Weaving Center.
From 4 PM to 6 PM, guests can avail of 50% discount on drinks at the Parola Bar. Happy Hours indeed!
Meet Charlie, Pearl Farm Resort’s mascot. Each order of Clearwater, a cocktail inclusive of vodka, clear soda, and lime is eligible to have a free Charlie stuffed toy. Note that clearwater is not part of the happy hour discount.
Staying at Pearl Farm Beach Resort was an incredible experience. The resort has excellent customer service, superb amenities, and has left some of the island’s natural beauty untouched. We were already missing Pearl Farm Beach Resort as soon as we got back to Manila.
Looking forward to staying at Pearl Farm Beach Resort again next year. =)
Travel Spot: Davao Pearl Farm Beach Resort
Address: Samal Island, Davao, Philippines
Telephone Number: +126.96.36.19970, +188.8.131.5279
Budget: Room rates vary from PHP 6500 to PHP 30000, dependent on room size.
Others: Call the reservations office before heading to the resort to ensure availability of rooms.
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