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Precious Garden Samal
Ranked #3 of 14 Samal Island B&B and Inns
Paranaque, Philippines
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35 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Pleasant stay”
Reviewed April 6, 2014

We were a party of 5 adults and 1 kid. We stayed for 3 days in their family room. The family room was so spacious that can accommodate 10 persons at a time with a bigger terrace.The resort's garden was so big...perfect for relaxation. Their staff were so attentive and accommodating...very courteous, too. The food (ala carte)...well....great! Try their sizzling squid, their shrimp sinigang, pinakbet with lechon kawali. My mom...who is a very good cook as well, was impressed.
On our final day...we went to the Vanishing Island using their speed boat for an hour and took a swim in the white sand Island...guess what....free of charge!!!.....
Overall experience from Very Good - Excellent!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed November 17, 2013

The Beer was cold , sometimes .. the food was ok ...
I received a cold and flu while staying in the room ....
funny and overweighted german gm ...
in overall ok , and nice stay

nice and funny staff and friendly and funny security

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

Went there as a side trip originally to try their pizza and coffee. Looking around, with their zen-like garden, spacious rooms and near the vanishing island, my friends and I decided to transfer accomodation from another resort. Though their beach front is really not inviting for swimming, their garden setting, food menu, spacious rooms and accomodating staff makes our stay worthwhile.

Hope in the future they make construction for a swimming pool.

  • Stayed August 2013
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binangonan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2013

weve been there last weekend with friends,,love the place and the people there especially the the staff who always greet you with a genuine smile paste on their faces,,,the facilities are well maintained ....2 thumbs up!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Nueva Vizcaya Province, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed May 13, 2013

Came here with friends. place was ok. food was ok, thanks to SMB, anything you eat tastes better.

service can be improved. they were slow. and then, they were really slow. must be the island way. I had asked them if they had a laundry service, they didnt. but they got the neighbors to do my laundry at a very cheap price. i think my clothes were washed with shampoo and not detergent. ;-)

rooms are clean, so it's ok. got a small bar of soap in the shower.

we just didnt have a good start with the resort.

We arranged for pick up from Davao Airport, their car broke down and we waited for quite awhile for them to arrive. It would have been ok except for the fact that they didnt even bother to call and inform us of their whereabouts and their current situation. my friends demanded the service(pick up) to be free of charge. and they agreed. so, we just didnt really get a good start with precious.

but all in all, it's still a good stay.

just that you cant swim in their beach...really.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Bath, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed April 4, 2013

My expectations were not high, but i booked for Easter weekend and there was limited availability elsewhere. Setting of the hotel is great. Inside a garden which is well maintained and offers peace and relaxation (if it were not for the other noisy guests shouting and laughing outside their rooms!)
Food is very good, but quite expensive. Staff were friendly but probably due to short-staffing, the service was very slow. A short walk to the beach with huts, but the beach was nothing special and due to the port on the Davao side, the water looked dirty. Nice beach bar but, strangely, it was closed for 2 days over Easter which is quite odd given that it is an hotel. Beware of the touts at the ferry terminal. The only way to get to the hotel from the port is to take a short tricycle ride which costs around $1. I was charged $6, probably as I was a foreigner. The touts made sure that all trike drivers gave me the same quote!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manila, Manila, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed November 22, 2012

All in all it is fantastic. Their staffs are very accommodating and helpful. The hotel room is neat and the whole place is wonderful, serene and safe. Foods are sumptuous and the price ranges are at par. Their beach front is a nice place to stay. I and my friends hanged out in their floating bar, you can order beers and their specialty pizza. Your breakfast is already included in the accommodation payment which is 2,500 and you have the option if you want to serve it right in your bed or have it in the beach front. I also saw a flying lizard and it is cool. Samal is a very special place and the scenery is breath taking from morning till night. I do recommend their vanishing island tour which is very cheap. You will ride a speed boat going to the island. Just a tip, go for a tour in the afternoon so the island will come out (low tide). Things for improvement: The room that we went in has a defective air-conditioning; welcome drinks will be nice especially that most of the visitors will be coming in from the airport and extend the WIFI access in the rooms and in the beach front. Oh by the way you can ask them to call for a tricycle if you want to visit the downtown. Lastly the place is not commercialized unlike other resorts. If you want to have a laid back vacation and forget the busy schedule of your habitual life. This is a very nice piece of Mediterranean Serene Garden to stay in.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Precious Garden Samal
Address: Miranda, Libudan | Sitio Libudan, Brgy. Miranda Babak Dist. IGACOS, Mindanao 8118, Philippines
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Location: Philippines > Mindanao > Davao del Norte Province > Samal Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Samal Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Precious Garden Samal 2*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Precious Garden Restaurant and coffee house offers a warm welcome to all visitors. Sit out under the stars and enjoy the open air ambiance and leafy shade of mature tropical tress when enjoying our food. We are locally famous for our wood-fired oven pizzas and homemade pasta as well as other European and Filipino favorite dishes. We serve bio dynamic rice or fresh baked bread as options with all our dishes. We are confident that our brewed coffee and homemade cookies are the best on the island of samal. Our little fine hotel is located 10 minutes from the ferry landing in Babak / Samal Island. The tropical garden restaurant is a nice start in the morning and the white beach good for sundower. We offer many trips, also free shuttle servive to an islet named Sanipaan (Vanishing Island). Diving trips, snorkeling tours, inland tours (Bat Bave, Hagimit Falls, etc.). ... more   less 
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