Hof Gorei Beach Resort, Samal Garden Island, Davao del Norte
This report refers to my fiancée and I staying at this Resort in October 2008
Let me start with a little comment about the alleged safety issues in Davao.
As Davao is part of Mindanao, one would be forgiven for having heard about safety related issues in the News. Let me say that my fiancée is from Davao and I personally have never seen any signs of trouble and I have never felt threatened in any way, even when walking alone at night through some of the areas off the beaten track. The Mayor in Davao has addressed petty theft and drug related crime with an iron fist.
Upon arrival at the Sta. Ana Wharf in Davao, the pier used by the boats to bring you to Hof Gorei, I have to admit that “mixed feelings” where surfacing, as this location is all but pretty, if compared to the excellent facilities one finds upon arrival at the pier servicing the Pearl farm Resort.
However, after a 50 Minute ride in the Resort's own boat, all negative feelings where dispelled intimidate, once we laid eye on the beautiful surroundings of the Hof Gorei Beach Resort.
We where greeted at the Hotel's pier by the Resort Staff with a Fruit Juice and guided through some magnificent gardens directly to our accommodation.
Having had reserved one of the Beach Huts, we found our air-conditioned accommodation to be very spacious, exceptionally clean and nicely furnished in traditional style, with an accent on natural building and decorating materials.
Resort Staff, who are all very friendly and not at all intrusive, took our orders for dinner, which we where going to have served on the terrace of our own Hut, overlooking the Gardens and the Sea.
The food is, for what you can usually find in the Philippines, not the cheapest, but the quality is way above average and, let's face it, under 9$ for a Main course is still more than reasonable.
The freshwater pool, complete with swim-up bar, is beautifully illuminated at nights and is a welcome place of refreshment to cool off from the warmth.
As the Resort, which includes a nice beach, is very new and not yet well publicised, you may find, like we did, that you are sharing the place with only two or three other guests.
Whilst on the subject of beach, it should be noted that the Resort is putting quite some effort in removing any stones and rocks from the water, which had left the seabed covered in a little mud at the time we visited it. This is only natural and should resolve itself in due time. The sea is absolutely safe to swim in and a Security Guard look your safety from his Tower whilst you are swimming. According to some of the guests we spoke with, Diving and Snorkelling is supposed to be just out of this world !
All the usual Water sports activities, from diving to Jet-ski, can be catered for, as long as you arrange it a day in advance. The same is true for any Spa treatments.
If you are looking for “high-life” and Nightly Entertainment, then this place is not for you.
If, however, you are looking for a place where you can find total relaxation, paired with beautifully kept surroundings, a beach where you can roast yourself and the possibility to partake in Water sport activities, then you should seriously consider this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gof Gorei Beach Resort is a boutique style resort nestled upon a coral jewel set amidst in Samal Islands sparkling turquoise water. Calmly and idyllic, the resort is a perfect hideaway for those who seek both relaxation and discovery where possibilities are blissful, endearing and endless. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hof Gorei Beach Hotel Samal Island
- Hof Gorei Beach Resort Davao/Samal Island