I was in Davao for a short getaway vacation and stayed there for 4 nights in mid February which was, as I was told, the off-peak season for the resort.
The resort is a 40 minutes boat ride from mainland Davao and it takes about 15 minutes to get to the jetty from the airport. We were greeted by the staff from the resort as we had opted for the airport transfer. Once we had reached the resort, check was quick and efficient. There had been a quick briefing by the staff for all the guest who had arrived and we were sent off to our rooms. We stayed at one of the cottages on the hill top and the view from our verandah area was nice. Transport was available around the clock and they will take you anywhere you want to go on the resort. There was never a long wait and I was very satisfied with the prompt arrival of the minivan/buggy.
The rooms were quite spacious and clean. The toilet was small though kept very clean and well-ventilated. There was a tiny TV in the room and reception was sometimes very fudgy. Nonetheless, there was a surpisingly wide array of channels that had kept me entertained throughout my stay.
As pointed out by other reviewers, the resort is going through some construction though it did not really bother me much. There are plenty of things to do at the resort to keep you occupied. I went diving, snorkelling and kayaking. The beach was beautiful and the water clear. I did not manage to check out the pool area, unfortunately. There are plenty of spa activities and I had the warm stone massage which was excellent. The resort had a daily movie night that was screened at their makeshift lobby/check in area. Service from the staff was good and I had no complaints.
My main gripe about the resort is how expensive it can get. Their room rates for a three star resort are on the higher end and I don't think it is fully justifiable. Plus, food is really, really expensive and not worth the money, imho. The food is decent but not at that price. They check your bags before you get onto the boat to the resort for contraband food so you can't escape having to eat the resort unless you want to spend 40 minute per way getting to the mainland just for a meal.
Overall, it was an enjoyable stay at a hefty price tag. I don't think I will return.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Pearl Farm Beach Hotel Samal Island
- Pearl Farm Beach Davao
- Pearl Farm Davao
- Pearl Farm Beach Resort Davao/Samal Island