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“Great day trip from Davao” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Paradise Island Park & Beach Resort

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Paradise Island Park & Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Samal Island
USA
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653 reviews
90 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 457 helpful votes
“Great day trip from Davao”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

I have been to Paradise Beach on both of my visits to Davao. You can go there late morning, have a lazy lunch and swim a bit and come back in the late afternoon. Of course, there are a lot more activities there, and you can also stay over night.

It is AMAZING how clean the place is, how clear the water is, and that there are fish with Davao (big and dirty) just offshore. I hope Samal will stay this way.

The resort is very local oriented...so there are some who might not find it their "ideal" of a beach, but then again... you are in the Philippines so why not visit a local resort? If you want an international resort...stick with Boracay.

The food in the restaurant is excellent but a bit pricey (for the Philippines) The service is REALLY slow considering they have an army of staff. Everyone is very polite however.

Samal has so many other "resorts" seemingly catering to every budget. I think it's really a destination in its own right, so you might want to consider some more research before heading out there.

Otherwise, for a day tripper... Paradise Beach is really a nice day out from the City.

Room Tip: Maybe do a day trip before committing to an overnight?
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Seattle
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

Can't really comment much as it rained while we were there which cut short our visit. We did have lunch at the Paradise resort. That was nice. Good food, good service, clean and well maintained. The roads going to the resort were a little rough though

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Houston, Texas, USA
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20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

Had a great time in Paradise and even stayed overnight.
A short ferry ride from Davao takes you to this little beach resort for a quick get-away.

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LIllehammer
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2012

I live in norway and where staying at paradise resort for five days in december. I totaly fell inn love with the place. Also stayed at Pearl farm, but i have to say, Paradise resort was my favourite. Friendly and helpfull staff, good food, wery nice rooms, low prices, and superclean everywhere. The volume from the music where perfect. Not to loud. The spa was realy the best, and cheap too. I realy want to recomend the resort to any european who is woundering where to stay in the philippines. The boat from the resort to Dava takes just 8 minutes and goes all day long. The only thing was that I was not alowed to bring alcohol to my room. To enjoy a bottle of redvine in the room would be nice. Paradise gets my best recomendations!

Room Tip: Just make a phonecall. The staff speak english wery well
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Angeles City, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2012

On January 4, my siblings and I, now all grown up with children and, in my case, grandchildren, together with our soon-to-be octogenarian mother, hied off to our mom's birthplace, Davao, for a reunion of sorts. We had visited Pearl Farm in Samal Island almost 5 years ago, so we wanted a different place. Paradise Resort came highly recommended thus we decided on trying it out. And Paradise it was! Coming together from three continents, Asia, Australia and America, Paradise Resort allowed all of us to enjoy each other's company to the max! First, the accommodations. When everyone is grown up and living apart from each other for so long, close quarters accommodations can leave nerves frayed. Not so at Paradise. Their rooms are actually cottages - single detached units or two units beside each other, with an adjoining patio where we sat around in the morning for coffee or simply take the opportunity to catch up on each other - just right for two, with comfortable separate beds or queen-sized bed for two, depending on one's preference, T&B are big, and, take note, with a clothesline to hang out clothes to dry. For a beach resort, that is truly taking into consideration the needs of the guests. To get to the rooms, one had to go through a snake-like pattern since each single unit or detached unit had its own mini-walkway and it's own mini-fence and gate, which meant guaranteed privacy, when one just wanted or needed to be alone yet close enough to spend time together through the wee hours of the morning. As one entered the gate, one could rinse off the sand in a private foot bath - none of the communal foot baths that one sees in most resorts. No one used a family room but I checked it out, in the event I brought my grandkids there and it was spacious, with room for two young boys, aged 7 and 5, to run around. Next the amenities. Staying from Jan 4 - 7 meant that the holiday rush was over, yet the resort still had its nightly singer/s that one could listen to while having dinner or sipping their delicious pitcher of sangria right by the beach front. Food was great, from their Filipino breakfast dishes to filling dinners. The water was truly beckoning so, whereas I stuck to just enjoying a swim, my siblings tried out the kayak and banana boat and swore that the next time they came, the jet ski was next in line. A beautiful touch was, when you wake up the following morning, lo and behold, there is a half-peeled pomelo, awaiting you! Davao is known for its pomelos (and durians but that is another story), so how nice that while at the resort, one literally gets a taste of Davao. And if you are worried that the young kids may find the place boring - they have a mini-zoo to keep them preoccupied for hours, plus an enclosed area for sand-castle building which a family can occupy for a maximum of 2 hours - thus giving everyone a chance to enjoy it. For those tired muscles, a relaxing massage at their in-house spa would truly complete one's day. While at Paradise, I felt that this was a resort whose owners were once family travellers themselves, and thus took into consideration the needs of each member of the family. The sand may not be as white as Boracay, the place not quite at par with the ambiance of Pearl Farm, but... when in Samal Island, come to Paradise.

Room Tip: If travelling as a couple, ask for single-detached rooms to ensure privacy and quiet.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manila, Philippines
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2012

After going around the city, we decided to proceed to Paradise Island Resort already. Although it was just 12 noon and check-in is at 4 p.m., we still decided to proceed to cross to Samal.
We took a cab from our lola’s home to the ferry terminal of Paradise Island. The said resort has its own port and regularly deploys boats every 10-15 minutes until 5 in the afternoon.
Samal Island is 5-7 minutes away from Davao City by pump boat. It is home to the Class A resort Pearl Farm and other more affordable beach resorts. Samal is also known as the Island Garden City of Samal or IGaCoS. According to our tour guide, despite Samal’s proximity to Davao City, it has a different mayor.
I chose to stay at the Paradise Island since the Pearl Farm was already fully booked at the time I inquired. I have to commend the excellent service of the staff of Paradise Island Resort. From the ferry terminal to our two-day stay at the resort, we only experienced really commendable customer care.
Upon our arrival, the welcoming staff of Paradise Island will get your name. This is to check if you have a reservation with them or if you are a walk-in guest. If you are a guest in the resort, the staff would assist you from their terminal in Davao until you reach the customer service office in Samal Island. The resort has these carts where guests will put their baggage and forget about them until you reach Samal (so convenient).
Check in was also a breeze. I just showed my reservation contract. Take note, at first I only booked for 2 rooms for two people (that was ₱5,800 since each room cost ₱2,900). But since we decided to bring our cousins with us, our group became 8. Paradise Island did not find this as an issue since each room can accommodate 3 people. We only paid an additional fee for 2 extra persons. The whole transaction was finished within 10 minutes tops. Welcome drinks were provided.
Since we arrived at Paradise Island at 12:05 and the check-in time was 4 p.m. We just stayed in the restaurant area beside the beach. At around 12:15, an acrobatic and magic show was underway at the stage area. By this time, I was already impressed by this resort. What the beach may lack in terms of scenic frontage as compared to Boracay’s white sand and turquoise water, the resort compensated with its shows and service. You would see the staff continuously raking and combing the sand all over the resort. This helps maintain the cleanliness of the resort and also helps avoid having pointy things scattered in the area. I can’t help but to compare Puerto Galera to Paradise. In Puerto Galera you would definitely be wary of walking barefooted on the sand because you might step on broken glass, but in Paradise Island, you would see young children running around unassisted because aside from the many lifeguards stationed in the area, you’re sure the sand is really clean.
The rooms are simple. We had two beds in each room. The flooring used was a non-slip type of material, so it’s really safe for young children and old people. Check out the pictures and other reviews of places in Davao at my blog www.shootwritepost.blogpsot.com.

Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Hong Kong, China
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15 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2012

I visit Paradise Resort at least twice a year, and never considered trying other resorts on the island. A quick boat ride from Davao City brings you to a pristine beach with waters so clear you can see all the way to the bottom. The white sand beach is perfect for swimming as there is no steep incline in the swimming area. Small fish often stray to the shoreline. Near the dock you can feed brightly-coloured fish (resort staff gives you bread) or swim with them. Great for snorkeling!

The Food: The resort's staple dish is barbecue: chicken, pork or spare ribs. However, they serve very good Spanish food like paella, gambas and calamares, since the owners have Spanish lineage. The only downside are the flies that bother you at lunchtime that you need to cover the food to keep it safe. The staff, however, are quick to provide candles to drive them away and sometimes an attendant stays by your table to swish them away while you eat.

The Cottages: The rooms are spacious, very clean, very basic, and each cottage has a front porch where you can enjoy breakfast, read a book or go online. The resort provides free wi-fi, but can be accessed only from your front porch or at the restaurant area.

The Grounds: Well-kept gardens with hibiscus plants and coconut trees. They have a playground, badminton area and an aviary. There's a "backdoor" to the island's main road where you can reach other places of interest by "habal-habal" or "motorcycle taxi".

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Paradise Island Park & Beach Resort
Address: Caliclic | Island Garden City of Samal, Mindanao 8118, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Mindanao > Davao del Norte Province > Samal Island
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Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Samal Island
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Number of rooms: 70
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