Located on Samal Island in the Philippines, Pearl Farm beach Resort is a luxury hideaway hidden away on a pristine beach offering bungalows over the water, world class service, exquisite food, a private island, and the ability to relax as much as you want or partake in activities.
Imagine taking a plane, a bus and a 40 minute boat ride to get to a private resort. Then you arrive in Paradise. While that may seem daunting, it was actually perfect. The flight from Manila was a little less than 2 hours, the bus ride was about 30 minutes (depending on traffic in Davao) and the boat ride was the best part! Riding through the Davao Gulf and seeing the beauty of the area was spectacular. We were greeted with fresh local fruits and spent the duration of our boat ride admiring the water and other islands.
This was my first experience in arriving to a resort by boat and it did not disappoint. Upon arrival we were greeted with cool towels, drinks and music. It was by far the most warm welcome received by a resort I have ever experienced.
We never had to touch our luggage as it was transported to our rooms by the staff. That was exceptionally gracious of them considering how warm it was outside.
Pearl Farm Resort has options for your stay from staying in a multi-bedroom villa with a butler on a private island, Malipano Island, Samal Houses that are stilts over the water and Hilltop Rooms that are set up away from the shore. No matter where you stay at the resort, your time is going to be memorable and fabulous.
Dine al fresco at Maranao Restaurant, the main restaurant for Pearl Farm Resort. I only ate here once and it was for breakfast. They had a large buffet with options for every palate. I am big on the local fruits and of course, bacon. <3
Also during my stay we had lunch on the private island, Malipano. This is not a traditional spot to have lunch as it is reserved for private functions, but amazing nonetheless.
The resort offers an array of activities for all levels of participation from snorkeling, jet skiing, 2 pools, private beach, billiard tables, snorkeling over the clam sanctuary, boating, spa, and so much more. The water is unbelievable and offers beautiful colors throughout.
I did get a 60 minute traditional massage and it was perfect. After a day of traveling and fun activities, it was a real treat to receive. The staff is very professional and accommodating to your pressure preference. I would highly recommend a treatment or two.
Overall my stay at Pearl Farm Beach Resort was nothing short of luxurious. It was the perfect ending to a nearly month long visit in the Philippines. If Davao is not on your radar when visiting, it should be. The hospitality of the Filipino culture is amazing and you will never want to leave.
- Address: ONB Babak Building, Babak – Samal – Kaputian Rd, Babak, Island Garden City of Samal, 8119 Davao del Norte, Philippines.
- The hotel was a former pearl farm but is no longer.
- You will have to take a boat or a helicopter to get to the island. The resort does have a landing pad.
- WiFi is only available at Maranao Restaurant and it works beautifully.
- The boat to the hotel leaves a couple times a day from the main land.
Thank you to the Philippines Tourism Board and Pearl Beach Farm Resort for graciously hosting me. As always, opinions are my own.