Early 2013, my roommate (my husband, btw) and I flew to a posh resort in Mindanao - the Pearl Farm Beach Resort. Pearl Farm used to be a place where oysters were cultivated for their pearls. At present, it's a luxurious resort with a magnificent view and service.
I was a little worried to travel to Mindanao at first, but the reservation officers in Makati assured us of our safety and promised a fabulous experience, so off we went to Davao!
Just to keep with the poshness of our trip, we flew Philippine Airlines. For Pho6,000+++, our Manila - Davao roundtrip was such a breeze. The flight attendants were very polite and accommodating, and the leg room was also very spacious. We were even served a simple snack.
We knew were in Davao when we finally saw the ginormous Durian statue at the airport. After a couple of minutes walk from the arrival area, we saw the queue for the cabs. We then went to the Marina Bay where a small ferry was waiting for us to take us to Pearl Farm Beach Resort.
the ride was smooth and we were lucky because we saw a pod of dolphins and a school of tuna swimming near our boat! Finally, we're really not in Manila anymore! Hello, peace and relaxation.
|On our way to Pearl Farm, Davao|
There are several room accommodations one could choose from in PF. Prices range from Php 8,600 - Php 44,000 per night. However, we decided to stay at the Samal House, which had the same design and layout as those of the Samal tribe. The Samal House was built on stilts on water, so it provided an excellent view of the Malipano Island and the awesome school of fish and sea urchins everyday! It also has a balcony to enjoy the night with a couple of beers and some kwentuhans.
|Our room's balcony|
Good food + good music + good company under the stars by the beach = perfection!
|eating al fresco|
|One of our favorites: Blueberry cheese cake|
During our stay, we tried and enjoyed some sports activities like kayaking and jet skiing (Php 1,500 for 15 minutes). There were also other water activities like the banana boat ride, wind surfing, water skiing, and scuba diving. Of course, all were super expensive as well. We managed to try kayaking from PF to Malipano Island and Jetski around the area!Kuya Jetski even gave us a thrilling ride for another 15 minutes.
Spending 3 days and 2 nights at Pearl Farm is surely legendary! Everything might be really really expensive, but the comfort, the relaxation, and the awesome service are surely worth every peso.