Tribal-Themed Davao Island Resort
Luxury Beach Resort & Spa From USD $119
Davao, Samal, Philippines
Bedroom, sleeps 5
From USD $119
The Pearl Farm’s suites take their names and design inspiration from Philippine tribes. Samal is a beautiful, tranquil and exotic island with a coastline adorned with white sand beaches and luxury amenities make this the top beach stop when visiting the southern Philippines.
Tribal-Themed Davao Island Resort
Located on Samal Island in the southern Philippines, the Pearl Farm Resort is a mid-sized beach resort with a small white-sand beach and expansive amenities designed for adventurous couples or families. The 14-hectare resort, formerly an actual pearl farm, now features 73 guestrooms, cottages on suites, many of them set on stilts over the Davao Gulf.
The landscape is somewhat exotic – a small beach aside, the coastline of the Pearl Farm resort is mostly rocky, but the managers have turned this into a virtue by building cottages on stilts along most of their coast. These cottages – the Samal Houses – are built to resemble the houses of the seagoing Samal tribe, after whom the island is named. The resort’s other accommodations are similarly inspired by other local tribes.
The wildlife in the area includes mangroves, coconut palms, fruit-bearing trees, and a proliferation of marine life. Divers can use the resort’s speedboats to dive along selected spots near the resort, a couple of World War II wrecks included.
As sunset drops over the Davao Gulf and Davao City across the strait, you can sit at the Parola Bar with a drink in hand and take in the views.
Hilltop Rooms: located in two separate complexes on the hillside, the 16 Hilltop rooms have a garden view; some feature a view of the sea.
Samal Houses: these cabins are built on stilts on the water, inspired by the houses of the Mindanao Samal tribe. Samal houses have balconies overlooking the sea.
Sunset Suite: like the Samal Houses but built on a grander scale, with a separate living room and a verandah overlooking the sea.
Mandaya Houses: inspired by the local Mandaya tribe, these houses surround the resort’s Mandaya swimming pool and are spacious enough to accommodate three guests. Each room exits in the back to a pocket garden.
Samal Suites: these suites are two-storey affairs inspired (and named after) a number of local tribes - Tausug, Yakan, T’boli, Bagobo, B’laan, and Maguindanao. Sleeping quarters are on the second floor, while the lower floor has the living room (which can be converted into sleeping quarters as well).
Malipano Villas: the biggest accommodations in the resort, these spacious houses are set on the Malipano islet just across from the resort. Five villas have three bedrooms, while two villas have four bedrooms. Butler service is on call for guests of these villas.
The Maranao Restaurant near the beachfront serves Filipino and International cuisine, with a focus on seafood. Both a la carte and buffet options are available.
The Parola Bar sits atop the Pearl Farm’s most distinctive architectural feature – a wood-bamboo-and-thatch two-storey structure on a dock jutting out onto the sea. From your perch at the Parola bar, you can sip cocktails while looking out to 360-degree views of the island and the sea.
The Pearl Farm’s Aqua Sports Center accommodates requests for speedboat and outrigger boat rental – divers can have themselves taken out to a couple of World War II-era Japanese shipwrecks off the Samal coast. Other activities covered by the Aqua Sports Center – jetskis, kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing, and island-hopping.
The resort also features two swimming pools, a tennis court, a game room, and the Ylang-Ylang spa.
"I've been to this resort twice, first for a day tour and the 2nd time was for an overnight stay. I recommend a daytour instead for an overnight stay becauae there is noy much to do in the evening. The place is dark, not much light. But during daytime, there's so much to see. Nice beach, yummy food! A great place to spend a day with your special someone or to just to get away from the busy city life." - TripAdvisor
"First time visit to Samal Island Pearl Farm, but definately will go again and stay longer. The resort is very clean and modern and the staff makes you feel like they are happy you are there. The resort is worth paying full price, but with Agoda's deals, makes it even more worth going. The food is excellent along with the drinks. The Samal House is a great place to stay, and the a/c works very well. It was the best sleep I had while on vacation in Davao. One night is not long enough, have to stay at least two nights next time!" - Agoda
"So i had so much high expectations for this resort, it's supposed to be one of the most prestigious and exclusive resorts in the philippines. the room we stayed in, the balay house, was quite old, it smelled like an old house. it is in need of an update. on the positive note, the buffet was superb! when we where there the resort was celebrating octoberfest, the food was good and drinks are overflowing. overall the view, resort itself was good. my only negative review is that the rooms, specifically, the balay room needs some serious update." - Yahoo.com
Rates depend on the season – expect to pay between USD $119 to USD $145 for a Hilltop room.