Pearl Farm Beach Resort – a Luxury stay in Samal

pearl-farmLocated 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.

Getting there:

pearl-2Imagine 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.



Samal Houses over the water

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.





Maranao Restaurant

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


Breakfast ar Maranao

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.


Private island dining


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.


Infinity pool – source




Water with the fish


Gym – source


Pool tables – source



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.


Clear waters

Additional Information: 

  • 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.

Samal Houses

Thank you to the Philippines Tourism Board and Pearl Beach Farm Resort for graciously hosting me. As always, opinions are my own. 



  1. mohitarts
    November 15, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    That’s an amazing property, waking up to the infinite blue water to sooth your eyes and i am sure the sunset would also be amazing

  2. Beth Daubner
    November 15, 2016 / 11:13 pm

    this looks like paradise!

  3. Anisa
    November 16, 2016 / 12:32 am

    Wow this is true luxury. First arriving at the resort on a boat, then staying in a bungalow over the water. And the water looks so clear! Doesn’t get much better than that.

  4. Jenni
    November 15, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    Sounds like paradise! I would love to visit there someday. 🙂

  5. Candy
    November 15, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    What an amazing property that the tourism board hosted for you! I have never been to this part of the Philippines and it looks like heaven! I really want to go back now 🙂

    • November 15, 2016 / 11:58 pm

      This stay was part of a tour of Davao – the entire trip was amazing. Davao has so much to offer travelers. I will be posting more.

  6. 8duffels2mutts
    November 15, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    Wow! This is just breathtaking! I would be a big fan of this destination, as I just adore remote locations. Besides, we’ve always wanted stay in an over the sea bungalow like these. What an inspiring post!

    • November 15, 2016 / 11:57 pm

      Thanks so much. I think you would love it. The prices are not unreasonable and I think its because of the access to it. It is not standing alone in a remote part of the world.

  7. Rhiannon
    November 15, 2016 / 11:03 pm

    Such a beautiful place! I am loving ocean side, relaxing holiday destinations right now. Especially since I’m living literally in the centre of Australia for 6 months, with the closest beach hours and hours away!
    Beautiful pictures 🙂

    • November 15, 2016 / 11:56 pm

      Thanks so much. Maybe after your 6 months you can hit the beach.

  8. November 16, 2016 / 3:55 am

    This resort looks like a dream! That shot of the infinity pool is just stunning! We want to stay in that little house and we want those welcome drinks and to eat all the fruits! We wish we could transport ourselves here NOW!

    • November 16, 2016 / 3:58 am

      Definitely visit if you can! It’s so secluded and peaceful

  9. kallsypage
    November 16, 2016 / 4:19 am

    Wow, the views are simply breathtaking. The water alone is enough to make me swoon! I would love to visit Davao to disconnect for awhile and enjoy some of the local fruit and those buffets.

  10. November 16, 2016 / 10:52 am

    It feels like I’ve just been there myself – your pictures are amazing! This resorts sounds like a perfect place to relax and recharge your batteries (I could definitely use it now haha). How long did you stay there for?

  11. Svet Dimitrov
    November 16, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    What a delightful little place on Davao! I loved how they welcomed you and this pearl of a place is absolutely gorgeous.
    Offer me a fruit salad and I am all yours!

  12. Jen Morrow
    November 16, 2016 / 2:02 pm

    Looks like a beautiful resort. Do they offer scuba diving from the resort? That water just looks so nice for a swim.

  13. November 16, 2016 / 4:22 pm

    Seeing all your photos, especially on Instagram, has made me want to go to the Philippines so badly! This resort really looks luxuriously comfortable and sounds like a short trip from Manila. The staff look really hospital with the welcome drinks and towels upon arrival. Thanks for sharing!

    • November 16, 2016 / 4:57 pm

      Thanks for reading! I surely hope you visit someday ❤️

  14. thewordhermit
    November 16, 2016 / 4:42 pm

    Well, that looks heavenly! I especially love the idea of lunching on a secluded island. Super cool!

  15. November 16, 2016 / 4:55 pm

    The rooms look amazing here! I love anywhere you can arrive by boat for a stay. And that infinity pool! I could stay there all day. The staff looks so friendly as well. Thanks for sharing this experience Nicki!

  16. November 16, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    Wow this looks incredible! Especially the food and the infinity pool 🙂 Saving this as a hotel option for when I finally get to Davao!

  17. November 16, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    OMG this looks amazing! Any place that requires a boat or a helicopter (!!) to get to is my kind of spot!! Great photos and info – I need to go here!

  18. November 16, 2016 / 10:40 pm

    This place looks absolutely incredible! I have yet to visit the Philippines yet but I’m thinking it’ll be sometime next year! I’ll have to look into this resort!

  19. November 17, 2016 / 2:25 am

    Wow! What a beautiful resort! I love that it’s truly secluded! How exclusive that you have to take a boat or helicopter!? I would love to stay here. I wish that wifi was in the rooms (the curse of bloggers, huh?) but it would maybe make me appreciate the place better! Cheers!

  20. Christina
    November 17, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    Wow, this looks like a lovely resort. That pool looks so inviting and the rooms are very swish. I didn’t realise Davao had such a nice resort. Is it expensive?

  21. November 18, 2016 / 4:39 pm

    Staying at a lofted bungalow on the beach would be my dream come true. I always attracted by the off-the-beaten path and Davao seems to be the one!The pool looks so serene and beautiful, and the best of all, no one is there to swim!

  22. November 20, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    You’re so lucky to get to stay there, it looks so magical!

  23. November 21, 2016 / 5:36 am

    Oh my goodness this looks absolutley heavenly!! Wow. I wouldn’t mind that transport time, especially ending with a boat ride! And it must have been quite a change from Manilla too. Wow how beautiful! I hope I get the chance to stay here one day!

  24. November 23, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    That is a gorgeous property by the beach. The water looks so pristine and nice. Would be torn between spending time on the actual beach and pool. Glad you had a good stay.

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