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Feast Your Eyes on the Top 10 Prettiest Stays in Davao

by Gaby Flores

Davao is where the laid-back island life and the excitement of an urban city fatefully meet.

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With the Island Garden City of Samal a mere ten minutes away from the buzzing city center, these ten Davao resorts and hotels cater to everyone—from those looking to be wholly immersed in the concrete jungle to those looking for a languid respite by the gulf.

1. Marco Polo Davao

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This five-star hotel in the heart of Davao’s business district is the epitome of timeless elegance. At Marco Polo Davao, you can indulge in the luxury of their suites and enjoy a view that only the tallest building in the city can offer. Everything about this hotel, from the exclusive and ornate Lazuli Spa to the snazzy Pool Lounge, is testament to how guests are treated like royalty.

Its world-class service, meticulously-decorated interiors, and the best view in the city make this hotel a favorite for businesspeople, debutantes, and visiting tourists alike.

Marco Polo Davao
CM Recto Street, Davao City
(082) 221 0888
davao@marcopolohotels.com

2. Pearl Farm Beach Resort

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As the only five-star beach resort in Mindanao, Pearl Farm exudes grandeur on a pristine tropical paradise. Your stay at the resort starts with refreshments served at the iconic parola and a panoramic view of the lush greenery and the sparkling sea.

Pearl Farm prides itself in its artful marriage of native materials, tribal designs, and sophisticated architecture. Its suites are designed and named after Mindanao’s ethnic groups, like B’laan and T’boli. The Samal houses, artfully fashioned after the stilt shelters of Samal’s tribes, are full of vibrant ethnic patterns juxtaposed against the sleek dark wood and crisp white linens. The stunning natural views, deep respect for Mindanaoan culture, and flawless architecture make every inch of this resort a picture-perfect paradise.

Pearl Farm Beach Resort
Bo. Adecor, Kaputian District
Island Garden City of Samal
(082) 235 1234 to 36
pearlfarmresortreservations@anflocor.com

3. Chema’s by the Sea

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Located only a ten-minute boat ride away from the city, Chema’s by the Sea is a small, secluded resort on Samal Island. The Balinese and Filipino-Spanish influences in its architecture are evident in the breezy cabanas’ thatched roofs and the brick-and-stone accents smattered around the area. A man-made saltwater pool shaded by a canopy of trees is a refreshing surprise—perfect for taking a cool dip and snapping a double-tap worthy shot.

Chema’s by the Sea
Brgy. Limao, Island Garden City of Samal
(0917) 814 0814
reservations@chemasbythesea.com

4. The Bourke

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Meant for travelers looking for a chic and sophisticated escape, The Bourke is a modern boutique hotel hiding behind the pre-war bahay na bato façade in downtown Davao. Established by the team behind the award-winning Australian restaurant Bondi & Bourke, The Bourke offers 20 minimalist suites designed with Filipino-Spanish elements and sleek furnishing.

Bondi & Bourke, located in the same compound, mirrors the hotel’s simple yet striking aesthetic. You can enjoy their brunch mimosas and waffles in the high-ceilinged black and white restaurant only a stone’s throw away from the hotel. Private, convenient, and stylish—The Bourke is the place to be for the modern Filipino traveler.

The Bourke
115 P. Pelayo Street
Poblacion District, Davao City
(0922) 893 5567
reservations@thebourke.com

5. Park Inn by Radisson Davao

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Just a fifteen-minute drive away from the airport, the Park Inn by Radisson Davao warmly welcomes its guests with bright and colorful interiors. Modern paintings and bold statement pieces found in the hotel’s rooms and halls add a punch of personality—a welcome change from the usual neutral tones we associate with hotels.

In addition to unique interiors, Park Inn is also known for its unparalleled convenience. The hotel offers its guests 24-hour shuttle services to and from the airport and is directly connected to SM Lanang Premier via a bridge.

Park Inn by Radisson Davao
Asian Highway 26
J.P. Laurel Ave., Davao City
(082) 272 7600

6. Waterfront Insular Hotel

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Although it is known as the jump-off point for boats to partner resorts in Samal Island, Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City is worth a visit as well. This sprawling beachfront hotel has the best of both worlds with its neo-classic interiors and tropical, palm-tree-lined environment. The open-air front desk and gazebos by the shore satisfy the guests’ desire to live the island life, while the deluxe rooms provide a classic and comfortable refuge for couples, groups, and families to stay the night.

Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao
Lanang, Davao City
(082) 233 2881
wihd@waterfronthotels.net

7. Bali Bali Beach Resort

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‘Bali bali’, which means beautiful in the native language of Pangasinan, is a fitting name for the beachfront property in Samal Island. The themed garden villas and suites will bring you to Indonesia, Thailand, and Japan—all while being only a few minutes away from the city. At the heart of the suites and villas is the resort’s main attraction: a stunning infinity pool that overlooks the sea.

Bali Bali Beach Resort
Brgy. Catagman
Island Garden City of Samal
(0922) 837 6078
balibaliresort@yahoo.com

8. The Eden Nature Park and Resort

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Hidden among the pine trees atop Davao City’s mountains, away from the bustle of city life, is an 80-hectare garden resort aptly named ‘Eden’. The gorgeous nature park offers an opportunity to reconnect with nature. The cool, crisp mountain air provides just the right atmosphere for visitors to roam around the expansive grounds and soak in the seemingly endless views.

Vibrant peacocks can be seen strutting casually around the amphitheater and blooming flowers—ranging from elegant orchids to bright sunflowers—grow freely. Rarer finds like Black-eyed Susans, blue roses, and the famous Mickey Mouse plant can also be found in the resort. Couples can stay in intimate cottages near the resorts’ ravines, and larger families can stay in the spacious mountain villas that offer modern comforts in the middle of the forest.

The Eden Nature Park and Resort
Brgy. Eden, Toril, Davao City
Day Tour Center: (082) 286 0383
Front Office: (082) 286 0385
info@edennaturepark.com.ph

9. The Island Buenavista

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Have you ever dreamt of having an entire luxury island all to yourself? The Island Buenavista offers this once-in-a-lifetime experience in Samal, Davao. You can enjoy all four hectares of white sand and tall palm trees surrounded by the aquamarine waters of the Davao Gulf in utmost privacy.

At The Island Buenavista, visitors can take a dip in the gulf or tan by the pool, then make their way to the al fresco pavilion where meals and snacks are served. A splendid view of the sunset can be seen from the gazebo, and a dinner spread customized to suit the guests’ palates can be enjoyed at the dining lounge.

As the day comes to a close, visitors can make their way to the family villas, island suites, and Balinese-inspired beach huts right by the beach. Truly intimate and comforting luxury—perfect for groups who want to unwind in privacy—is within reach at this resort.

The Island Buenavista
Island Garden City of Samal
(0932) 328 6003
buenavista.island@gmail.com

10. Sea Green Café + Boutique Rooms

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Small families or couples looking for a unique and homey experience in downtown Davao can stay at one of only three boutique rooms at Sea Green Café. What started out as a small, beach-inspired cafe serving healthy island meals has now expanded to a boutique bed and breakfast that is almost always fully booked. The monochromatic and well-lit rooms all come with their own en suite facilities, and guests wake up in their beautiful rooms to a special breakfast from the Sea Green Café.

Sea Green Café + Boutique Rooms
15 Jacinto Extension
Doña Vicenta Subd., Davao City
seagreencafe@gmail.com

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About Gaby
Gaby is a 21-year-old medical student with an insatiable desire to travel the world. Follow her on Instagram @gabrielleflores.

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