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Pearl Farm Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Samal Island
Certificate of Excellence
Makati, Philippines
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
“2nd visit is not as good as before”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

Stayed: Dec. 27, 2012 - Jan. 1, 2013
Room Type: Samal House
Room No.: Samal 19 & 20 (Adjoining verandas)

Likes:
-You can jump in to the water from the verandas, tide permitting, if you're staying in a Samal House.
-Their 2 beaches (Maranao Beach & Mandaya Beach) are good and regularly cleaned, however the Maranano is much better, the Mandaya is more for snorkelling.
-The Malipano Beach is good as well, but it's on the other island. They have boat transfers every 30 mins. though to and from the main island though.
-Buffet breakfast, lunch & dinner is good. It's largely Filipino cuisine but they also have international. A la carte was very good eg. burger.
-Servers in the restaurant are very good and knew what they're doing.
-Take the Speedboat Cruise (Php6,500 for 1 hour), it's worth it.
-It is a great place for families, couples, team buildings since they have function areas, sports activities and private dinners.
-Their Airport representative is my favorite, had our boarding passes printed when we arrived. And it's not because we are flying back Business Class to Manila, he does it to everyone else. He's worth 1 star.
-24 hour room service.

Dislikes:
-Butik (their souvenir shop) doesn't have much anymore. They had branded bikinis, nice souvenir bags etc. during our 1st visit. Now, I think they usually don't replenish it.
-Some staff are extra friendly and helpful to my English husband and my mother-in-law, somehow they tend to completely ignore me, unfortunately, I get that alot in the Philippines, god knows why.
-The people at the Front Office are frustrating, they weren't as much as helpful but they got our things sorted out eventually. Maybe a little bit more of a hassle than last time.
-Not everyone was able to sit down on their scheduled boat transfer to Pearl Farm. It's a 45min boat ride, mind you. So a private transfer (Php7,000/way) is worth it, faster, and you can leave at your own convenience.

Room Tip: -If you love to do snorkelling, stay in a Samal House or Sunset Suite. -The nearest room to the res...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Brighton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2013

This island is gorgeous. Great for relaxing. The beach was pristine which was cleaned on a regular basis, both water and the sand.
Approx 30 min boat ride from Davao to the resort. This was a free transfer provided by the hotel but this is in the small print on the hotel website - you are meant to email your flight time arrival details to the hotel in advance. I emailed the hotel twice before arrival regarding this transfer but received no reply to either.
Boats at set times during the day if you want to visit the city.
We were in the hilltop rooms (be warned it was a flight of 96 steps!) however there is a mini bus service at reception that can take you up if you dont fancy the hike.
The rooms although they have tried to keep these traditional they are quite basic. They have tea/coffee making facilities, TV etc but there are no frills. Both the air conditioning and the fridge in the room were very noisy.
Although the hotel was full, it was never crowded anywhere.
We had breakfast included, which was varied, lots of oriental cooked things to try, lots of breads, and cooked eggs etc
Dinner we opted for the buffet every night , which was quite good value at around £15 per head. There were options of soup, salads, sushi, hot curries, BBQ meats etc. Although varied a little, it did get a little bit samey , but fine if you are there for a week. There were al a carte options to choose from however I cant comment on these as we didnt try.

This is a fab island, the surroundings of which are serene, however, although only a 3 star, I think so much more could be done with this hotel, could so easily be a 5 star with some TLC and improvements in service.

We did have an issue with security at this hotel, in that we came back from dinner on our first night to find a male staff member in our room who had opened our safety deposit box. When we came back and found him in our room we didnt realise why he was there until after he shot out of the door. Having reported this incident to reception and asking to speak to a Manager (who was not on duty) we were asked to complete an incident report which we did expecting some sort of follow up. We were there 6 days and not once was this mentioned to us which I found quite alarming. I raised this on checking out, and was advised that they were still looking into it - this I feel was not a good enough statement and would have expected some sort of contact prior to checking out. Am not sure how often this happens, but I would suggest that locking all your valuables in your suitcase to be the best option - bit of a pain but better that than to have things stolen.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

The room was advertised as having a sea view, but the only view from the room was looking out on some foliage in the back. Classic false advertising. In addition to this, the shower door in the room does not close; it swings open several inches, and this not only means that water from the shower goes onto the floor, but it's quite dangerous, if someone were to slip and hit the fairly sharp metal handle and edge of the door.
Also, the sink hardly drains, so it fills up rather grossly as you're brushing your teeth or shaving.
And the TV in the room is the size of a mini computer monitor. It's obvious that the owners of this highly expensive resort have cut every corner to get money.
The dinner buffet is almost 1000 pesos per person!
If you go to the little island across the way, where the 50,000-pesos-per-night villas are, you'll see garbage strewn around, even as employees are there, mostly lounging around.
When I explained all the problems with my room to the staff, there was a secret meeting with the invisible general manager, and it was decided to reduce my food bill by 15%. In other words, I got about 250 pesos "reimbursement" for such a crappy room and experience. I've been to the Philippines 12 times. This was the most expensive hotel I've stayed at, and one of the worst. It was worth not more than 800 pesos, though I paid over 6000. Total rip-off.

Room Tip: Don't go there unless you're rich and can afford to rent one of the villas.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

Relaxing place. At the same time if you wanted to keep busy there are also a number of things you can do. I stayed in the Malipano villas and then in one of the Samal Houses. The villas are definitey luxurious, the samal house not so much but still comfortable and with a beautiful view. Eitherway the place is a great place to stay for a few days especially if you just want to chill. The service is friendly and attentive and the prices are reasonable.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Sausaito
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

I love the peacefulness of the place. Really great for the honeymooners. Great rooms. Love the Balay Room, very spacious. I hope they will come up of great deals to accommodate a lot of people. The activities are costly but even you don;t do the activities, nice to hang out at the pool or the beach.

Room Tip: The Balay room is spacious, I guess we got the one with a private living area. Request for B-2 roo...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

The little island is a great place to stay, and if arriving late, the speed boat to get you there is great fun. The villas are fantastic. Lots if large rooms and the most amazing sitting room/ verandah where you can drop fruit or bread over to feed the fish in the sea. Having your own almost private beach is really nice and the plants and fauna are very well presented and cared for. Although the island is nice and private, it really needs it's own bar and small restaurant. Yes, you can call for breakfast and drinks, but lying on the beach it would be so much nicer to have some cold beers handy. As usual the food is rubbish, but you have to live with that in the Philippines. One thing that was very annoying: we were eating the main open air restaurant and noticed a large man smoking a cigar in front if the band. So we asked for an ashtray, only to be told it was non-smoking. When we pointed out cigar smoker, we were told he was the owner and allowed. Of course we immediately sparked up, but how pathetic and subservient. Bad taste.

Room Tip: Island is good but be prepared to wait for service
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Cebu City, Philippines
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 6, 2012

My boyfriend and i choose the Samal room they are very cool and pretty locations,quite and romantic has a balcony,when you wake up in the morning you can see the fish underneath where your balcony belongs you can feed them with the bread,...(take note)room is very nice enough size for us,samal room #20...first they put as in Samal #1 which is we cant bearly move very small and lock of light...so were happy that they transfer us in #9,,but OMG we heard a rat(racon) running around the floor we try to ignore cause we thought just only outside,when we woke up in the morning i check our 1 bag pack of candays(chocolate)pasalubong for family...the rat eat the bagpack and start eating there candys inside but aside of having rat everything is prefect for us.my bf having a a goodtime for our second time visit 1st visit was in March 2012,second visit November 2012..looking forward to go back to the near future..godbless all

Room Tip: choose the Samal room..cool and quite plus romantic for a couple..
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Pearl Farm Beach Resort
Address: Brgy Adecor | Kaputian, Mindanao 8119, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mindanao > Davao del Norte Province > Samal Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Samal Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Pearl Farm Beach Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 69
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on the serene west coast of the Island Garden City of Samal, Pearl Farm Beach Resort is a haven that encompasses 23 hectares of solitary refinement away from typhoons. It welcomes guests with dominating vistas over Philippines' largest city and highest peak - Davao Gulf and Mount Apo respectively. It finds life in panoramic, exotic islands with coastlines adorned with white sand, mangrove forestry, and rock formations. The photogenic breadth is Mother Nature's sanctuary of luscious, equatorial forest inhabited by native greens, giant ferns, multihued flowers, and unrivaled wildlife. Pearl Farm Beach Resort embraces you with unparalleled Mindanaoan hospitality and architecture. It boasts on Mindanaoan motifs, epitomized in our signature Maranao okir-a-bai. Sophisticatedly designed, our rooms and facilities have become modern-day shrines of tradition that forged from all-natural and tropical materials that perfectly blend with the greeneries. Offering you with inimitable leisure are the resort's maiden beaches and cerulean pools. Down to your tummies, you will delight in the savory fusion of international and Filipino cuisines and drinks. Fun-seekers will meet a wave of enjoyment from a range of games and aqua sports. For total rejuvenation, Ylang-Ylang Spa is for your indulgement. The neighboring Malipano Island is a 7-hectare clandestine hideaway. It cradles the quintessence of grandeur and abode, the Malipano Villas. Discover gaiety among its palm garden and pristine beaches that create the paramount beach wedding experience the resort is notable for. The resort is owned by the Floirendo family. and managed by the Anflo Group of Companies which helms other well-known companies: TADECO, Davao International Container Terminal, Davao Packaging Corporation, Damosa Land Inc., and Nestfarms. Instilled in Pearl Farm Beach Resort's mission is the upliftment and promotion of the culture, arts, and skills of Mindanao. To be one with our cultural roots demonstrated in architecture, food, products, and People - we find lifeblood in this advocacy. Truly the jewel of the south, Pearl Farm Beach Resort is where you can revel in tropical pleasures, relish life's flavors, and feast on nature's bounties. -- Notice of Renovation (2015 June 27): Dear our Valued Guest, As part of our continuous endeavor in providing you with cardinal Mindanaoan service, we are pleased to announce that we will be upgrading our Samal Houses. Please be informed that the resort is undergoing Samal House renovations until further notice. With this, we apologize for any inconvenience that this will cause during your stay. Rest assured that we will do our best to conduct the renovation with the most minimal noise. Should you have further inquiries, please feel free to call our Davao Sales Office and Manila Sales Office. We greatly appreciate your kind consideration. The Management ... more   less 
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