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“A Great Place To Chill Out”
Review of Chema's by the Sea

Chema's by the Sea
Ranked #167 of 497 Restaurants in Davao City
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Davao City, Philippines
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42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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“A Great Place To Chill Out”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

the nearest escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life. it's only a 10-minute boat ride from Waterfront harbor. it's a bit expensive though - entrance, cottage / table, and food. don't bother bringing food and drinks because you have to pay for the corkage. but it's a full-service resort so you can basically get everything you need there. make sure to reserve in advance though because during peak days, they may run out of cottages and you'd only get a table for the same price.

i've read a lot of reviews saying that the owner was rude to them, etc. but i've texted the owner for a reservation on the same day and he was very accommodating. no problems from my end.

the restaurant was a bit inconvenient though. my dad has arthritis, and it's hard for him to walk sometimes. so climbing up and down from the poolside to the restaurant wasn't the best experience for my dad who just wanted to sit back and relax. for the food serving, they say it's for 2-3 people, but really it could only feed 1-2 persons with regular appetites. and they have to get the drinks from the front desk down by the beach so make sure to order it along with your food coz it might take a while.

the best part about Chema's is the infinity pool. its brackish water, and under a canopy of trees so you are shaded all day long. for people afraid of getting dark, it's the perfect place because you can frolic in the water even at noon.

plus, reservations are needed to get there. so the place don't get too crowded. it's really just the perfect place to chill out and escape for a while.

must visit when you're in Davao!

Visited May 2013
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Dublin
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72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent value, with plenty of character”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Really good value for money, great rooms with decent beds, fantastic balcony with day-bed and dining table where you can have dinner served to your room. Small beach, but kept really clean. Good quality bed linen. Lots of towels provided. Really good, reasonably priced food. Shaded, sea water swimming pool which is oh so pleasant. All in all a very pleasant visit.

Visited May 2013
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Quezon City, Philippines
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“worthy...”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

My fiance and I enjoyed a lot with our overnight stay here in Chema's..the place was breathtaking..great white sand beach..i loved the infinity pool where you can view the blue green sea..the accommodation was unique, relaxing, clean and smells good, awesome indeed! the shades of the trees and great landscape minimized the heat of the weather..the resort was not crowded unlike other resorts in Samal island..However, you cannot bring food but food is good at a very reasonable price..Staff were friendly, especially Ate May who was very helpful..She accommodated and toured us around the resort a day before we booked..If we will be planning for another vacay in Samal Island, we would love to stay again here in Chema's... ^__^ Thanks

  • Visited April 2013
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Victoria, Canada
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125 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
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“Horrible experience trying to dine at their restaurant, we will never be back.”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

We drove to Chema's from Davao City, hoping to have a late lunch. We got there at 3:30 pm and were interviewed at their gate. It took us about 30 minutes to talk our way inside, when we were informed of all the fees and that day tours would end at 5pm. The resort was indeed beautiful.. they informed us of all the rules, quite a long list, which we were fine with, but they wouldn't allow us to eat there and take a swim as day tours closed at 5pm. Meanwhile all the staff were eating at the bar in front of us. We were absolutely starving. I couldn't believe they didn't want foreigners spending money at their empty resort. The treatment we received was incredibly rude, which is a shame since we were scouting out wedding venues at the time. I would have really liked to spend time at that resort but after this we will never be back and nor will our friends.. it's too bad they don't want business.

  • Visited December 2011
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Quezon City, Philippines
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33 restaurant reviews
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“Charming Place”
Reviewed November 9, 2012 via mobile

This place is absolutely charming. Each villa is well-planned. I love the day bed right outside our room. The pool is nice and their white sand beach is just fine. This is a place I would love to visit again.

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