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Pearl Farm Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Samal Island
Certificate of Excellence
Manila, Philippines
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18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Pricey, but worth a second trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

My boyfriend and I celebrated our anniversary in this resort. We got the Samal house which looks like a traditional Maranao house in stilts. Room had a romantic feel, but the TV was very small -- though you don't really go to Pearl Farm Resort to watch TV. If you're getting the buffet breakfast, bring back some bread to your room to feed the fish or keep some when you go snorkeling as you would need to buy the bread if you want to feed the fish.

The found the buffet dinner is quite expensive if you judge by the selection of the food -- but they try to make it up with the ambiance of the Maranao restaurant and the friendliness of the staff. Big, big plus points to the staff as they were very helpful althroughout.

TIP: The resort is secluded and is a 45-minute boat ride from Davao City. Once you get here, going back to the city to do other activities (Crocodile Park, White River Rafting) is a burden. Plus they have boat schedules going back and forth so take note of the schedules as its a burden to find a special speedboat that will bring you back to the city. So when you plan your trip, make sure that you are not planning other activities when you visit Pearl Farm.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank LJDS27
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

My wife and I had 3 nights, staying one of the Samal Houses ( over water on stilts ) which we both loved, and excellent value for money. It was a little disappointing that some of the facilities where being renovated, Maranao Restaurant, Parola Bar, and the Infinity pool, I believe will be re opened in April 2013. ( the restaurant was a temporary arrangement on the main beach ) Regardless this is still a great resort to spend some time to get away from it all, Plenty to do, very friendly and helpful staff, excellent gardens, and the main swimming pool was very pleasant.
The downside, although the accommodations were good value for money, the food and beverages where a little on the pricey side, by Fills standards, however the buffet meals provided many choices and were in the main delicious
We would maybe consider going back again

Room Tip: Samal Houses are great for couples who want the Bora Bora over water experience at half the price
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JIM T
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Cainta, Rizal, Philippines
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

The resort is being renovated right now which is a real disappointment. If you have a choice, better go to the resort after the construction is done in April. When we went there last Feb 14-16, the Parola, Infinity pool and Maranao restaurant were closed. The beach beside the Parola was still accessible (which has better quality sand than the one in Mandaya) but you would not really want to stay there because of the construction right beside it. However, despite this setback (which should have entitled all the guests to reductions in their accomodation rates - which they did not offer even if they did not immediately advise guests of the construction until it was too late), we still enjoyed our stay. The place was beautiful (less so because of the construction, but still beautiful) and truly relaxing. One would not want to leave the place - not until you run out of money as their food is super expensive. They have limited ala carte choices, so you will end up with their buffet which costs like Vikings. Good thing that the spread is good - they have lots of delicious desserts and fresh fruits. One other thing they would have to improve though is their performers. NOt the performances I would normally expect from a high-end resort but hey, it is still a welcome treat as there is nothing to do once the night comes. Better bring yourself some entertainment. The resort is not perfect, I have a lot of things I wish they would improve on - (additionally - their bedsheets are rough!) but I still really loved my stay and would still recommend it to those who can afford to go - and those who are after tranquility and beauty rather than fun and adventure (although they do offer water sports as well). One note though: the rates on their website are not the BEST as they advertise. Better look for deals in Agoda or Travelasia - they are definitely way cheaper with more inclusions, however you would have to completely pay upon reservation compared to the 10% reservation payment on their website.

Room Tip: The Samal houses are great, you can feed fishes right outside your veranda and you wake up to the so...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Dyanne L
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Manila, Philippines
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131 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

Service was outstanding. Staff are always very helpful, especially on the needs concerning my toddler son.

We stayed Samal room for the second time. It was simple and comfortable. I believe I will always choose Samal as my accommodation every time I go there.

Food was absolutely delicious. The food spread during buffet were not as many as our previous visit, but they are tasty nonetheless.

This is the getaway that I will never get tired of going to. Pearl Farm ensures privacy and quiet while enjoying the most simplest of things: eating, swimming, sleeping.

I highly recommend it.

Room Tip: Samal rooms will always be a favorite. these rooms built on stilts are perfect for honeymooners. coz...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Maria M
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Kidapawan
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2013

I and my boyfriend stayed at Pearl Farm last September 16-20,2012.
We are expecting to have some fresh and alive fish,in which we can choose and let them cook the way we want it, but there's nothing, only frozen.
I agree that's it was like a prison. As we always want to take a boat to other parts/island.
We left 2 days earlier, though we have paid for it.

Staff are nice and always have a smile on their faces :)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ar l
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Stockton-on-Tees
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2013

I would love to go back to this place. Went there a few years back and I still think of how wonderful this place is. Clean rooms, pristine sea, great food. Yes, I enjoyed the buffet meals. At night, you will be serenaded as well by acoustic performers. The only downside that I can think of is there is not much water sports activities and rates are rather expensive. But we did try snorkeling. It's an island very near the city centre but they can arrange airport transfer.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ted P
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New York City, New York
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

I like to visit resorts that are not crowded. This time in December, I enjoyed the place with, obviously, tourists. The buffet was sumptuous, the infinity pool clean and sparkling, and the beach was so peaceful. Late afternoon is the best time to go snorkling, the sun was not that scorching. The Samal houses was convenient for our group. At night, you can go for a night swim, the pool is just in front of the cottages. The massage by the pool area was really soothing for the body, considering I was travelling for the past days in Mindanao. I do recommend this resort, though a little costly compared to other resorts in the island. But with the accommodation, every dollar's worth it.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BeckyGudinez
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Property: Pearl Farm Beach Resort
Address: | 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 7 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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Pearl Farm Beach Hotel Samal Island
Pearl Farm Beach Davao
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