An August 2005 trip
to Davao by kayumanggi
Quote: What made my stay at Samal Island simply amazing were the constant interactions I had with the staff at Pearl Farm Resort. Of course, the spectacular environment was nothing short of breathtaking, making my family's trip "down south" to Davao well worth the travel.
The resort has two private beaches, one right beside the bar and Mindanao Pavillion (restaurant), where you can enjoy a day of sunbathing or snorkeling (P300 for the entire day) in the aquamarine water (warm, with very little to no waves, much like the neighboring infinity pool). You can also take a stroll through the 11-hectare property, passing the tennis courts, aviary, and Ylang-Ylang Spa.
Pearl Farm is also perfect place for a family gathering, although the volume of people never got overwhelming or distracting, because the resort's expanse is big enough to make you feel like you're the only guest being catered to. It certainly felt this way when I sat on my porch/balcony area in one of the Samal Houses perched atop the ocean - the perfect place to enjoy the sunrise and sunset over wine and good conversation with family.
The highlight of my Pearl Farm visit was definitely my time with the Aqua Sports Center staff. They catered to my every need - a guided kayak trip to neighboring islands and a 3-day certification course for open water scuba diving. Pearl Farm called over Oliver Ramos of Wind and Wave Davao (http://www.windandwavedavao.com), and an hour after my arrival, I was on my way to getting scuba certified! The guys at the Aqua Sports center really made the trip for me - total Visayan charm and hospitality right in the middle of Mindanao.
If you're looking for a "chillaxed" atmosphere with quality service and accommodation, you'll find it at Pearl Farm.
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Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 3, 2005