Yeah… for as long as Davao City was being “sold” as a major tourist destination, we’ve been hearing about Pearl Farm Beach Resort (perhaps in the same breath as the “monkey-eating eagle”, “durian” and “Mt. Apo”). Not everyone can actually afford to be there (except, perhaps, for the day trips); but it is so… Davao that a visit is necessary.
Note that – even if it is being sold as in Davao – the resort is actually not in Davao City proper. Instead, it is located in a small island cum province across the strait, poetically called the Island Garden City of Samal. Going to the resort, therefore, takes from 30 minutes (of ferry ride) from the Sasa Wharf on Davao City’s ferry terminal at the Davao Waterfront Insular Hotel. (By the way, don’t expect to see gardens – there aren’t any; but the name is supposed to encapsulate the beauty that can be found in the island.)
Now… here are five things to consider doing when you’re in The Pearl Farm Beach Resort.
1. Swim (But of course!)
The Pearl Farm Beach Resort actually housed a farm for the south sea pearls (thus the name). In the 1990s, however, the owners converted it into the luxury resort that it is now. It is now popular to day guests who head there to swim at its (somewhat small) swimming pools; or the somewhat-cleaner seas. (This day trip is affordable – only costing approximately P2,500 per person, including a meal a boot.)
2. Take a stroll.
The property isn’t small, measuring 11 hectares, so there are places you can check – e.g. the pathways from the reception area to the beach areas, the freshwater pond, and so on. If you dare (and if they let you), traverse the rocky formations. Otherwise, just… walk, walk, walk.
3. Selfie time.
This should be a given, considering the place’s natural beauty. But let us stress it, anyway. Take as many pics as you want here – you didn’t only pay for it, you “deserve” it, I should say. Because if you want to go beach-ing when in Davao City, then this is the place to do that; and those selfies will prove you did (!).
p.s. Don’t just stay by the water. Try checking out the place’s amenities, such as the souvenir shop (called Butik), and the Mandaya Weaving Center, where Mandaya tribeswomen skillfully weave their traditional fabrics (called dagmay) and other ornamentation.
4. Get sporty.
As befits its luxury tag, Pearl Farm Beach Resort has various offerings that will suit various demands. There’s an Aqua Sports Center, where guests can rent out speed boats and outrigger boats for cruising; jet-skis; banana boat rides; kayaks, hobie cats; and snorkeling gear. It also has certified instructors for wind-surfing, water-skiing and scuba diving (the place has two sunken World War II Japanese vessels awaiting discovery). There are the (not too big) outdoor swimming pools. There is a tennis/basketball/badminton court. There is a game room.
So suffice it to say, you can tire yourself here…
5. Sleep (get away from the city’s hustle and bustle).
If – in truth – you’re really just looking at getting away from the city, then this place is cool, too.
And it is when staying over for the night that the resort’s luxe image is highlighted.
There are actually various room types available, ranging from hilltop rooms to those in houses on stilts. If sleeping lulled by the sounds of singing crickets is what’s desired, the former is a must-consider. But for those who want to be pacified by the sound of the waves gently crushing against the rocks, then the latter is recommended.
As for the room rates? The Balay (a.k.a. hilltop) rooms cost from P8,550 per person (single occupancy); the same price charged for the beach-side (yet located far from the main receiving area) Samal House and Mandaya House. Prices fall (a little) from P6,700 per person for those considering sharing. The prices of the rooms in the houses on stilts start from approximately P9,700 per person per night (minimum of two persons).
These prices come with welcome drinks; one breakfast, one lunch and one dinner; complimentary use of swimming pool, beach area, mini gym, basketball court, badminton court, tennis court and game room; and roundtrip boat transfers.
If you’re just looking at spending the days lazy, sipping drinks while enjoying the breeze and getting lost while looking at the distance may be had at Parola Bar (that offers views of the distant Mt. Apo), Maranao Restaurant (offering Filipino and international cuisines, with seafood specialties), or Malipano Gazebo (in a nearby, yet separate island)… this is the place for you.
There may be other things you can do here; but hey, these ought to get you started.
Pearl Farm Beach Resort is located at Kaputian, Island Garden City of Samal, Philippines. For more information, contact: (+6382) 2351234, (+6382) 2351235, or (+6382) 2351236.
Its Davao sales office is located at 3/F Abreeza Ayala Mall, J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City. For more information, call (+6382) 2850601 or (+6382) 2850876; or email email@example.com.
Its Manila office is located at Ground Floor ANFLOCOR Building, 411 Quirino Avenue corner NAIA Road, Tambo Parañaque City 1700. For more information, call (+632) 8552741 local 207 and 208, or (+632) 8547892; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.