http://www.philippinetraveler.com – In this video, Adelle reviews Villa Amparo Beach Resort. Catch a glimpse of hotel’s accommodations, surroundings including the beach, park and pavilion. Finally, you’ll discover whether or not Adelle thinks the Villa Amparo Garden Beach Resort is a good place to stay.
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Title: Villa Amparo Beach Resort – Davao Hotel Reviews
Good morning! We’re here at Villa Amparo Garden Beach Resort in Samal Island. It’s a beautiful resort that we stayed at for two nights, for the weekend.
So far here are my thoughts:
First off, how to get here. Getting to Samal Island is pretty easy for us Dabawenyos. It’s because we just live across the gulf, less than 20 minutes ferry ride and we’re already at Samal Island. From the wharf to the resort though, is a bit of a challenge because it’s pretty far; about 30 minutes max, probably around 20 minimum, depending on your mode of transportation. If you have a car then it’s faster
To get here if you commute, you can charter a tricycle. It would be good if you contact somebody ahead of time. I’m gonna post a number on the details below. So that you can have a contact person in Samal Island, that person’s name’s Will. So Will charged us 250 Pesos for one way. I think it’s already reasonable.
Once we arrived, there weren’t really a lot of people at the entrance because it’s a bit of a hike, but that’s understandable considering that we are further in to Samal Island. We had to hike down a little bit like less than 5 minutes.
Once we got to reception, we already had reservations. Unfortunately, we arrived way too early, so we had to wait around 3 hours before we could check in to our room but that’s still OK because we were able to enjoy the view and there are a lot of shaded places like this one, it’s very pretty.
We were actually asked to stay at the pavilion. The place is very pretty, very homey, comfortable and I can actually hear a lot of birds up there. The boardwalk is pretty and if you wanna get a sun tan. You can just stay there probably for a good 30 minutes and you’ll be burned already. So beware of the tropical sun especially here. I always say that Samal Island has endless summer because it’s almost always sunny here.
The food here is not really that stellar, about regular, they can do better than that actually. And they’re, I think, reasonably priced. They have big servings so that’s good.
Now the rooms are very comfortable. We stayed at one of their native houses which has air conditioning and a private bathroom. But they also have smaller ones, the native huts which are not air conditioned and you wont be able to use a private bathroom. They have a bigger building where they have the deluxe rooms and the penthouse. There is a boardwalk room, I think that’s the only one with a beach view but it’s concrete, so it really defeats the purpose of having a tropical vacation because I would really much prefer staying in a hut like a bahay kubo, the traditional Filipino dwelling.
Our house looks really cute and it’s made of bamboo. The beds actually are made of bamboo and very comfortable. It has satellite TV and a very clean bathroom, thankfully!
Let’s talk about the playground. They have a really cute playground, it’s not that big but there’s a slide and swing, and a little wall for climbing. It’s really good, my kid enjoyed it, but what they can probably improve on would be to put a little shade on that part because it’s good if it’s afternoon but in the morning. Kids cannot really play on it because the slide gets too hot for comfort.
The water here is really clear but somehow you dont really get to see a lot of waves coming in. I think they did something with the perimeter, if you see the blue ones in the background. The water’s really clear and there are a lot of fishes. Big, small fishes. I think it’s a sign that the water here is really good…
Read more at Adelle’s Villa Amparo Beach Resort blog post here: http://www.philippinetraveler.com/villa-amparo-garden-beach-resort/