August 1, 2010

MY PHILIPPINES: Top 10 Samal Island Beach Resorts


The Island Garden City of Samal has been one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in Mindanao. Of course, it also helps that the island is just 5 minutes away from the city Davao, famous for its diverse cultures, natural wonders, the exotic durian and the home of the Philippine Eagle.




Samal with its white sand beaches is also ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving, but if you’re scared of the sea monster like me and would rather stay dry, you can always take a hike on the islands mountain ranges or go spelunking. But if you’re not that extreme or just plain out of shape, then it’s probably best to just lie on that warm white sand, while getting that perfect tan with a glass of cold and fresh fruit shake preferably laced with rum.

Over the years the number of beach resorts in Samal has mushroomed offering diverse accommodations to suit ones budget to ensure a memorable and enjoyable stay at the Island. Almost every hotel/ resort offers complete amenities at a very reasonable price.

Here’s a list of some of the top hotels/resorts in Samal:

BALI-BALI BEACH RESORT
The resort boasts of its features that promote tranquility, serenity and privacy. The design is Asian inspired with six villas of different room themes. Bali Bali is a semi-private resort. It operates on pre-arranged, pre-booked accommodations. No walk-ins are allowed.
For reservations:
+63(82)234-6415
http://www.balibaliresort.com/
info@balibaliresort.com


BLUEJAZ RESORT AND WATERPARK

The resort boasts a line up of international cuisine as well as world class accommodation in your own Fiji style cottage. Bluejaz Resort and Waterpark is the premier location for fun and adventure in the southern Philippine Islands.
For reservations:
+63 (82)302 8411 / +63 (82)303 1117
http://www.bluejaz.net/Home_Page.html


BLUEWATERS RESORT

Bluewaters boasts their latest upscale Apartelle wherein you can view the entire Davao City and the Gulf, and Mt. Apo. The resort also comes with an infinity swimming pool, mushroom huts, picnic tables shaded by talisay tree, shower and rest rooms, and covered grille house.
For reservations:
+63 (82)300-8597 / +63 (82)222-5061
http://www.ebluwaters.com/


CHEMAS BY THE SEA

This beautiful beach resort comes with very nice landscaping which uses unique materials like dead coral and hardwood. The resort is more exclusive and the owner limits the number of guests to ensure a sense of privacy.
For reservations:
+ 63 (82)303-0235 / +63 (917)814-0814
http://chemas.multiply.com/



COSTA MARINA BEACH RESORT
One of the most visited resorts in the island. They offer very affordable but quality rooms and cottages right along the beach.
For reservations:
+63 (82)233-0229 / +63 (82)233-1209


HOF GOREI RESORT

Hof Gorei Beach Resort is private hideaway beach resort. Its Bungalows and huts are scattered across tropical vegetation, flora and fauna, perched from the hillside to the beachfront and rests steps from white sand beach.
For reservations:
+ 63 (82)286-0238 / +63 (918)609-6966
http://www.hofgorei-resortdavao.com/?page=contact


KAPUTIAN BEACH PARK

The resort takes the pride of its cheap accommodations - native air-conditioned bungalows and dormitories usually filled with backpackers. They also have a restaurant.
For reservations:
+63 (82)275-4793


PARADISE ISLAND BEACH RESORT

Paradise Island boasts of seventy five (75) well – appointed rooms, each room with its own private veranda overlooking a manicured and fenced lawn while carefully scattered within an eight (8) – hectare complex with private paths that lead through lush gardens down to the white sand beach and the sea.
For reservations:
+63 (82)233-0251 / +63 (82)234-1229 / +63 (920)954-6780
http://www.paradiseislanddavao.com/index.html


PEARL FARM BEACH RESORT

Deluxe Accommodation with 73 guestrooms, suites, cottages on stilts perched above the sea and exclusive villas are designed from Maranao and Samal ethnic influences in both materials and form.
For reservations:
+63 (82)221-9970 / +63 (02)750-1896
http://www.pearlfarmresort.com/home.shtml


PUNTA DEL SOL BEACH RESORT

Punta Del Sol Beach Resort offers packages for every budget. You can choose between fan rooms
and air-conditioned cottages. One can also avail diving packages and get the chance to meet whale sharks, dugong, sea turtles and all manner of marine creatures.
For reservations:
+63 (82)221-2121 / +63 (82)305-3838 / +63 (922)836-1092
http://www.puntadelsolsamal.com/index.php



HOW TO GET THERE: All local airlines have daily flights to Davao, Cebu Pacific Air being the cheapest. Here's a number of ways on how to get to the Island from Bangoy International Airport.

TIP: I suggest you make reservations before flying to Davao. Different resorts have different wharfs for the boat transfers.


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