Once the Habagat season starts in the Philippines, you’d think people would stop going to the beach. While this may be true to residents and visitors of Luzon and most of Visayas, it’s not always the case in Southern Mindanao, particularly in the Davaol Region. We have beach weather almost all year here!
So if you’re planning to visit Davao City in August and have a day or two to spare, I suggest you take advantage of our fine, fine weather and get some color on your skin. Here are a few of the top resorts in Samal Island.
Hof Gorei Beach Resort
Hof Gorei is one of the most sought-after exclusive resorts in Samal Island. It is situated on a hillside with spanning views of the sea and the beautiful terrain that serves as its backdrop. Hof Gorei boasts of their signature personalized services, a fairly unique concept in the island.
Resort amenities include a stunning outdoor pool, a restaurant that serves Continental and Asian cuisine, a bar, a board room for business travelers, and several recreational and relaxation spots. High-speed wireless Internet access is also available all throughout the property.
Activities offered include fishing, fish feeding, island hopping/cruise, scuba diving, snorkeling, and exploring Samal Island’s other attractions. Massage and beauty treatments are also available.
Just a short ferry ride from Davao City’s Sasa Wharf, Camp Holiday is a go-to weekend destination not only for visitors but of fun-loving residents of the city. The resort is located right beside the port, a large property with everything a weekender needs.
Camp Holiday features an outdoor pool, day tour tables and nipa cottages, camping grounds and detached bungalows for guests who would prefer not to stay at the resort’s main building. The resort has ample space for company parties or large family gatherings. There is also a restaurant/bar to cater to your culinary needs.
Other amenities include a playground for small kids and a pavilion where not-so-small kids can play a game of pool and ping-pong.
Chema’s by the Sea
Chema’s by the Sea is a boutique resort located across the bay from Davao City. The resort is a favorite among beach goers looking for a secluded spot in the island. Exclusivity one of the best features of Chema’s, they only allow a certain number of persons in the resort at a time, eliminating the hassle of sharing the beautiful beach with rowdy strangers.
Chema’s by the Sea boasts of cottages and cabanas of rustic design that evoke a feeling of relaxation and peace. The resort has a restaurant, an al-fresco bar and infinity pool. Island hopping and massage services are available upon request. Day tours are also available for visitors who do not have the time to spend the night.
Pearl Farm Beach Resort
One of the most sought-after resorts in Samal Island, Pearl Farm Beach Resort is a coveted luxurious getaway for locals and visitors. The resort is located on two islands: Samal and Malipano. Pearl Farm boasts of a stunning private beach, an equally stunning infinity pool and comfortable native-themed cottages, some of them on stilts.
Resort facilities include the iconic Parola Bar, a restaurant, spa, a fitness center, recreation room, an aqua sports center and a conference room. Guests can take part in a wide array of activities in and out the water including beach volleyball and island hopping, among others.
Day tours are also available at Pearl Farm Beach Resort. Day rates already include a buffet lunch at the Maranao Restaurant.
Bluejaz Resort and Waterpark
Bluejaz Resort is one of the most visited resorts in Samal Island, mainly because of its affordability and accessibility. Known for their iconic pirate “ship”, the resort is frequently visited by families looking to cool down from the tropical sun. Bluejaz is especially popular during the summer months though the place is often packed even on off-season weekends.
Blujaz’s main draw is their infinity pool but their beach is beautiful as well. Amenities include a spa and wellness center, a restaurant, pool-side bar, and well-equipped guest rooms. Babysitting and children’s activities are also on offer. Just like most resorts in Samal Island, Blujaz offers day tours.
These are just a few of the top-rated resorts in Samal Island. If you can think of a few others, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments box below.