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Choosing a Resort On Samal Island

2010 August 29

Samal Beach Choosing a Resort On Samal Island

Samal Island resorts number around 40 or more. So how does one go about choosing which resort is right for them?

I get that question a lot, both here and via email. I always like to make it clear that I’ve not stayed at these resorts before, and have only visited one of them. I hope to make the rounds on our next visit but I sure won’t be staying at more than one. And there is the basis for my article. We have to decide which resort to stay at for us this time.

It’s not that hard to narrow down the choices and it follows the same advice that I give out. What part of Samal do you want to stay at? What do you plan to do while you’re there (water sports, diving, relaxing, etc.)? What is your budget? Do you want exclusion or is a crowd OK? These are the basic questions I ask, and we are following for our choice.

We’ve not decided on a resort yet. It looks like we will only stay two nights on Samal Island, so that changes our plans of trying a couple different resorts. We will stick with one. Since our land is in Limao, we would like to stay near there and that eliminates a large percentage of the resorts. We also are on a budget, so even if Pearl Farm were closer to our land, we won’t be staying there this time. Paradise Island Resort is also out because we’ve been there and it is too crowded for the time we wish to spend on the island.

Resorts that seem to meet our criteria are: Bluewaters Beach Resort, Camp Holiday Beach Resort and Chemas By the Sea Resort. I was pretty sure that we were going to stay at Chemas because it was recommend to us by someone I trust and it has a little exclusiveness than some of the others, but I keep reading about bad experiences there. I’ve seen enough reports of rudeness by the owner and staff, and poor food that, frankly, it’s scared us off. Maybe these reports are by someone with an agenda, but I’ve seen them in multiple places and I don’t want to take a chance to ruin the couple of days we have on Samal.

So at this point it looks like we will probably stay at either Bluewaters or Camp Holiday. We’d rather not stay in a hotel, so either of those should suffice. They are both relatively inexpensive. I’m not sure if Bluewaters has a restaurant (though it would be hard to believe they don’t), so that could be a factor. We plan to go to Precious Garden for pizza at least one night though.

Over time I’m sure we’ll have a favorite, just like many of you. We just haven’t gotten there yet. Maybe by the time we do, we won’t need one anymore. We’ll have our own private little resort/balay.

Related posts:
  1. Samal Island Resort Directory Update
  2. Paradise Island Resort
  3. Recommended Samal Island Resorts
  4. Samal Casino Resort Reopening Confirmed
  5. Samal Seeks Developer Meeting for Casino Resort

8 Responses leave one →
  1. Travis Shore permalink
    August 29, 2010

    I have a close friend on the island, her name is Cely and she owns Punta Del Sol. If you tell her your a freind of mine she will take care of ya.. or

    She is also one of my freinds on Facebook, you can add her… Araceli Ayuste
    Have fun..

    • August 29, 2010

      Thanks, Travis. I’ve always thought of Punta Del Sol as being for the divers, but it might work. It’s fairly close to our land. I’ll check it out further.

      • Travis Shore permalink
        August 29, 2010

        Ok, have fun… Here’s another friends place. Joseph and Rose. Real super folks. They are on the higher end of the price range.

        • August 29, 2010

          I hadn’t heard of that one, but it doesn’t look like what we are going for. I’ll add them to the list though.

  2. Paul permalink
    August 31, 2010

    Bluejazz has nice rooms, but the staff and facilities aren’t the best. Of course, Pearl farm is great if your budget stretches that far. One place I really enjoyed was Costa Marina, very quiet and nice secluded beach.

    • September 1, 2010

      Thanks, Paul.

      We looked at Bluejaz but it seems they are more focused on the outdoor activities and I don’t think that’s our focus. Pearl Farm would be great, but not in the budget this time.

      I had looked at Costa Matina also, but didn’t know much about it. I’ll check their site again.

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