Banana Beach Resort: Davao Region’s Best Kept Secret

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Banana Beach Resort is the only resort in the world located within a banana plantation.

They say the best things in life come in small packages. Sometimes though, they come in huge ones, like 760 hectares huge. Case in point: Banana Beach Resort, the only beach resort in the world that’s situated within a plantation.

I have heard so many good things about this hidden piece of paradise in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. So we endured the bottom-warming hour-long drive to Banana Beach Resort one fine Monday. We didn’t want too many people photo-bombing our Instagram-worthy shots so we opted to go on a weekday. Plus of course, the rates are cheaper (haha!)

The Tuasons of Hijo Estates own the 760-hectare property where Banana Beach Resort is located. They are a prominent family based in Manila, the first exporters of bananas in the Philippines. Within the estate is another, more luxurious resort, Lanikai, which also serves as the family’s vacation home.

From the property’s main gate, Banana Beach Resort’s tourist center pops out of nowhere; a white structure with a thatched roof, and a good number of interesting sculptures on its front lawn. The lady manning the front desk directs guests to the beach path right after prompting the resort staff that you’re well on your way.

Tourist Center
All guests drop by the Tourist Center where the front desk and a souvenir shop are located.

I was expecting the resort to be beautiful with all the photos and reviews on blogs and travel sites but I guess I was not expecting the first-class service. As it turns out, Banana Beach Resort is not only a high-end resort; they’re the epitome of authentic Filipino hospitality.

Perhaps it was the huge smiles of the staff or maybe the manager’s efforts to go out of her way to entertain us. It could also be the palpable feeling of being one with nature. We felt so welcomed and at home from check-in to check out.

The Infinity Pool

The resort’s main crowd magnet is its stunning infinity pool. I prefer the sea’s salty ripples to a pool’s chlorine-infused stillness. But I found myself yearning to dip my foot in the warm waters. The reviews online are true, the pool is absolutely fantastic! It even has a swim-up bar for when you get thirsty but are too lazy to get out and walk about 10 steps to the restaurant.

Infinity Pool
Guests come to Banana Beach Resort if only to swim in their stunning infinity pool.
Even little birds enjoy its warm waters!

Sunbeds await by the pool, ready for anyone who’d like to take a siesta while working on a sun-kissed look. The beautiful beach is also just a few steps away. Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are available to adventurous guests.

Sun beds are located by the pool and there's a swim-up bar in the middle for when you need refreshments.
Sun beds are located by the pool and there’s a swim-up bar in the middle for when you need refreshments.


Our casita.

We stayed in a tastefully-furnished casita sitting among beautiful flowering plants and palms. The room is air-conditioned though it was very tempting to just open the floor-to-ceiling glass doors and let the fresh sea breeze in. It was so airy and the room looked so immaculate, so immaculate that I almost didn’t want to lie in the bed. We’re so used to roughing it out that such luxury left us a little disoriented, like we didn’t belong there but those thoughts quickly evaporated as soon as we sat on the comfortable bed.


Air-conditioned casitas in Banana Beach Resort are spacious and can accommodate up to four people. Aside from the king-sized bed with premium bedding and linen, there’s a wide sofa with a pull-out bed and a love seat that can easily sleep an average-sized adult.

Open-air casitas are reminiscent of the traditional Filipino home called Bahay Kubo.

For those who prefer having the sea breeze lull them to sleep, the resort also has non-air-conditioned nipa casitas located closer to the beach. The beds are enclosed in mosquito nets to make ensure a good night’s sleep. If you need privacy, you can always take the blinds down.

Guests sleep inside mosquito nets.

For day guests, Banana Beach Resort offers tea houses located on the left side of the pool. They’re basically open cottages furnished with cozy pillows, two small mattresses and a small table. The setup looks really comfortable and the manager told us that they were once able to convert them to impromptu overnight accommodations by installing mosquito nets.

Day guests may rent any of the tea houses located by the beach.

Things To Do

Guests can go kayaking or stand-up paddling on the beach.

There’s no shortage of fun things to do in Banana Beach Resort; I think the only limit will be your energy. Water activities are available at the beach and there are tours you can join that can leave you in more awe of nature. I’d recommend the forest tour and the river tour; they’re both fun and enriching.

If you’d like to tap into your inner haciendero, you can go for the plantation tour and learn about the science of growing bananas and processing coconut products. Or you can just laze around The Spot while waiting for fish to bite. Your catch can be cooked by the staff at the restaurant.

Fishing huts at The Spot allow guests to enjoy a beautiful view while waiting for fish to bite.

All activities are supervised by a very able security team to ensure safety at all times. Find out more about the different tours in separate posts.

Our stay at Banana Beach Resort was an exhilarating adventure, albeit a short one. We were able to experience the best of everything the resort has to offer and then some more. We recommend visiting soon before the rest of the world finds out about Davao Region’s best-kept secret.

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