April 20, 2011

MY PHILIPPINES: Bali Bali Beach Resort

There are times that you stumble on a gem of a place and selfishness kicks in, not wanting to share the find. I confess, this is one of those moments. But this place is truly gorgeous, it's a shame to keep it a secret so I snap out of it.

Bali-bali is a Pangasinense word which means “beautiful” and this one hectare resort’s name is truly

 walkway from their own port going  the resort

 entrance to the pavilion from the parking area

 the pool with a view that stretches to the ocean flanked by the villas

Sitting at the southwest coastline of Samal, this can be reached in 20 minutes via the resort’s boat from
the Lanang Beach club in Davao city. It shares the same docking area in the city with Pearl Farm.

 Lanang Beach Club's Entrance

If you want to bring your own car, you can TAKE THE FERRY FROM THE SASA WHARF. Once in the island, turn right and head south along the coastline for about 20 minutes.

There’s no restaurant in the resort so walk-ins are not allowed. Bali-bali works in pre-arranged and pre-
booked accommodations providing a semi-private resort feel - quiet, secluded and suspends reality.

The set up offers a full board accommodation in either of their 2 suites (Php 9,000 for 2 pax) or one of
the 4 garden villas (Php 8,000 for 2 pax) by the infinity pool. Boat transfers, welcome treats plus full
round of meals is included for overnight staying guests.


the living area of the suite

filipiniana inspired suite

all bathrooms have an outdoorsy theme and feel


 one of the 4 garden villas

 living area of the garden villa

bedroom of one of the garden villas

tropical bathroom

We we’re there for a day trip for Php 1,500 per person. For lunch we had fish ceviche and green
mangoes with shrimp paste as appetizers, a steaming bowl of chicken sotanghon soup with veggies,
tender skewers of pork, juicy succulent tuna belly and sweet salty fresh prawns laid in banana leaves.
For dessert fresh fruit slices and locally made blue pepato cheese, the latter we brought with us.

 fish ceviche with lime

chicken sotanghon soup with veggies

 pork skewers, tuna belly, shrimps and green mangoes

Bringing of food is prohibited but chips and munchies are ok.

The bar has an inferior wine list (Novelino, Infantes, Sol Espana) and has no cocktails but these bottles
are available: Black label, Bacardi, Jaigermeister, Fundador.

the teeny tiny bar/souvenir shop

If you want to bring your own poison, which we did in a form of a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from
Chile, corkage is Php250 (USD 5.81) .

The beaches on this side of the island still got white sand but quite rocky and coral reefs are abundant
in the area so we preferred the pool.

 shady lounge spot by the beach

 white sand beach but with rocky shoreline, farther in the water are dead corals

Due to the unrelenting heat, we had our bottle of red dunked in a bucket of ice and drank it by the pool.

 our poison of choice with locally made blue pepato cheese

The staffs are unobtrusive, courteous and quick to anticipate our needs. Monique, one of the resort staff
was at the marina to pick us up from the city, and she went with us on the boat to cross back as well. As
soon as we got at the resorts pavilion, a refreshing glass of buko juice and turon with langka was served to
welcome us. Towels were at the ready at the poolside lounge when we went swimming. Come noon, we
we’re called out of the water and was pleased to see lunch already laid out on the table waiting for us to
devour. And devour it we did!

 the pavilion

 delicious langka turon welcome treat

fresh towels at the ready

 happy lakwatseras

The shower area for the day trippers need a bit of improvement though as the light was insufficient and there was no hook to hang your stuff. Minor tweaking but would spell a huge difference to the guests' comforts.

But all in all, the attention made for a really nice experience that brands us a returning customer for sure. Makes us wish that customer service anywhere is always this satisfying.

HOW TO GET THERE: they don't accept walk-ins and a 50% deposit is required to confirm bookings and reservations. Their booking office is at Belisario in Lanang, Davao City, near Carmelite Church, for more information, call 0922-3777267 or (082) 234-6415.  Or visit their website at www.balibaliresort.com

You might also want to check these other RESORTS IN SAMAL.

written by mj


  1. Oh... I came across their web page from samalbeaches.com and was really curious about the place. this finally gave me an answer.
    this is quite expensive... but must have been worth it.
    beautiful place. :)

  2. Hi Tessa! Our curiosity got the better of us that we just had to visit it ourselves:-) Glad our post answered whatever question you have.

    The overnight rates are indeed quite steep but for our day trip I guess it was just fair, but that's just us. We we're the only guests then so that probably made a lot of difference:-)

  3. Wow! The filipiniana suite looks romantic :) May inspiration nako for a room design pag nagkaroon na kami ng house someday. Lol.

  4. Oo nga, and we love those Capiz details, distinctly Filipino:-)

  5. this place is amazing! napaisip tuloy ako, do i have much time in Davao? overnight lang yata nabook ko! hehe

  6. Uy, when will you be here? Ang short naman, overnight lang! Buzz us when you have time to meet up for coffee, or beer, or both haha.

  7. Parang panay weekend beach getaway lang, panalo! mwehehehehe magrerequest ako, top 5 resorts or what sa davao, goooo! =) may ranking or kung para anong group or activity. hehehe =)

  8. Isang kembot effort lang kasi mag beach pag nasa Davao, in 10 minutes nasa isla ka na:-D At the top of my mind - Pearl Farm, Bali-Bali, Chemas uhmmmmmm, uhmmmmm 3 lang eh and all for swimming and baking and just lazing haha.


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