August 7, 2010

MY PHILIPPINES: Pearl Farm Beach Resort

The Pearl Farm Beach Resort is particularly famous to those who watch too much showbiz news. Aside from Boracay, it is the most frequently visited resort by the primetime kings and queens, the “teleserye” princes and princesses, the too-opinionated talk show host, the men and women of tv’s most popular variety shows, beauty queens, celebrity models, news casters, even child stars. High profile clientele must mean something. And although I have always wanted to go to Pearl Farm what really convinced me was Jomari Yllana’s alleged cheating on Pops Fernandez in the resort several years back.

The 5-star beach resort located at the secluded and exotic island of Samal was once literally a pearl farm, where thousands of white-lipped oysters from the Sulu Sea were cultivated for their pink, white and gold pearls.

The Pearl farm offers its guest with modern amenities and luxurious accommodations with 73 guestrooms and cottages on stilts floating above the sea that were designed with Maranao and Samal ethnic influences.

Of course no beach getaway will be complete without without gorging on good food, and the resort’s Maranao Restaurant offers a commendable array of the freshest and tastiest dishes in their buffet spread. If smorgasbords for you is much of a challenge, you can order ala carte too and their Salmon steak on a bed of risotto is a personal favorite.

For the water sport junkie, there’s a wide array of activities you can choose from: wind-surfing, jet skiing, water skiing, water polo, kayaks, hobie cats, wave runners, banana boat rides and scuba diving. Take your pick or just do ‘em all.

And when you’re all banged-up from all those activities, pamper yourself at the Ylang Ylang Spa and get that much needed body massage amidst the man-made waterfall.

A perspiring glass of cocktail in hand at the pool or the pagoda with the view of the sun setting low on the horizon is just the perfect way to cap the day.

Now I know why these damn celebrities keep on coming back to Pearl Farm.

photos by MJ Maranion

HOW TO GET THERE: All local airlines have daily flights to Davao, when you get to Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao, take a cab and head to the Pearl Farm Marina and from there take a 45 minute boat ride to the resort.

Resort: +63 (82) 221-9970
Marina: +63 (82) 234-7018
Manila Sales: +63 (02) 750-1896

written by KIM

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