Revisiting Pearl Farm Resort
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As a kid, I remember driving up to Davao from my province Butuan, over the weekend and enjoying the big city. It took us 5 hours to get there and we would usually enjoy the malls and ate in different kinds of restaurants that were scarce in my province back then. I recently just visited my hometown and with kids in tow, I surely planned for a visit that’ll excite them. As a kid living in the province, I was a beach lover growing up. An hour or two’s drive lead to our beach house where we usually spent long weekends, eating the freshest seafood and bathing under the sun and the clear water. Now living in the Metro, my kids are unfamiliar of that set up and the thought of going to the beach truly excites them like nothing else. So when we visited their grand parents, I thought of revisiting an oldie but goodie — Pearl Farm in Davao.
How to Get To Pearl Farm Resort
Once you’re in Davao, you’ll be taking a boat ride going to Samal Island where Pearl Farm is. It’s roughly a 40-minute ride. Pearl Farm resort is the only 5 star resort in Mindanao and it’s definitely a place worth visiting if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and just get away from it all, in luxury and in style of course.
The 40-minute boat ride boasts of the clear blue sea surrounding Samal Island
Arriving at Pearl Farm was nostalgic for me. I remember it from my childhood, and I couldn’t believe I was back in the same place, twenty years after, with my own family! But more than that, I couldn’t believe how beautiful it still is – the beach, the trees, and the resort itself was very well maintained after all these years.
Pearl Farm’s Water Villas and its pure shore
We were greeted by the wind, the warm sun, the swaying trees and the water villas that looked perfectly inviting. As we docked, welcome drinks were served and of course, natives sang songs and danced for us as we entered.
The resort staffs were nothing short of hospitable and warm to every guest. We first had lunch at the Maranao Restaurant where we ordered mostly seafood of course. Everything was perfect but my favorite had to be the seafood plate that was served on the banana leaf. I had to ditch the spoon and fork, and ate with my hands — the best way to truly enjoy it!
Time to eat!
Our Accommodations at Pearl Farm Davao
We stayed at the Malipano Villa, which was on a separate island, about 5-10 minutes via their speedboat. We chose this because we were a family of 10 and we wanted to make the most out of our stay. The villa had 3 rooms and a living area that had the sea as its breathtaking view.
Enjoying the afternoon at the living room, before hitting the beach
Staying at the Malipano Villa also had us accessing our own beachfront, which was perfect as we enjoyed afternoon swims in privacy. The resort had access to 3 beachfronts. The main island, where the resort’s main entry is, also houses an infinity pool, where my daughter spent half the day, sipping milkshakes in between her dips.
Swim all day
What To Do at Pearl Farm Davao
Walking around the resort, one would notice the cleanliness of the surroundings. After swimming in the pool and in the beach, we walked towards the activity center to do Kayaking.
Other activities on the island include diving, coral tours, fishing tours, taklobo tours, wake boarding, knee boarding, water skiing, banana boat ride, disc-o, speedboat cruise, jetski, fly boarding, flying fish, and sunset cruise. I wish we had more time to spare at the resort but I’ll surely be trying the other activities the next time we visit.
If you’re not a fan of water activities or if you’d rather do other things with your family and friends, the resort also has a gym and a sports bar that offers billiards, darts, PS2 and foosball. Find yourself at the Mandaya Sports Bar & Gym if you want to do just that. The Mandaya Spa on the other hand is for those who want to drift away in a relaxing massage.
What to Eat at Pearl Farm Davao
When dinnertime approached, we found ourselves heading back to our villa to freshen up. The speedboats are upon request and can bring you back and forth from the main island to the Malipano Villas. Each ride would take around 5-10 minutes, but always with an enticing view of the sea and the sky.
Dinner was served at the Maranao Restaurant, but this time it was a buffet. There was a live band that sang island songs and set a relaxing mood for all the diners. The spread only had a number of dishes, but each of them were tasteful, cooked beautifully and flavorfully.
Maranao Restaurant’s interior
My favorites had to be the grilling or “sugba” station where they had squid and tuna on skewers, grilled to perfection.
Simple, fresh and tasty in every bite
Porchetta was also served, and it was the crunchiest, most tasteful one I’ve had — truly impressive.
Look at the skin! You could almost hear the crunch just by looking at it
Another favorite of mine was the Paella Negra. All in all, I would give the Maranao Restaurant 5 stars for their friendly staff and most of all the quality of food they serve.
We headed to their bar for a nightcap. We found ourselves alone in the bar. It was a quiet night and we had a small conversation with their bar tender who has been there for more than 10 years. I told him how I went to the resort as a kid and at how much I’m amazed by the great maintenance and upkeep of the place.
Our stay was short but sweet. It was truly memorable for me to be able to revisit the place with my kids this time. I don’t remember much of the activities they had before but I’m glad of what they offer today. It makes me proud to have this kind of resort in Mindanao, but most of all it makes me happy to be able to take my kids to a beautiful place like this and make memories with them that we will forever treasure.