Hi everyone! *waves*
I think I have finally recovered from the weekend that was. From the way I was describing my aching limbs and muscle pain, you would have thought I was involved in extreme sports or something. Well, I was not. Anybody who knows me knows this for sure – I don’t have any interest in extreme sports (or any kind of sport for the matter haha).
So I had a great weekend.
My colleagues (the Philippine team for stayathomemum.com.au) and I had our first outing slash bonding activity, and I was so thrilled. However, I was initially torn between bringing Yuri along or leaving him behind because, you know, even though I want him to enjoy the beach with me, I was also craving for some me-time. Eventually, I decided to just bring him along because my teammates want to (they did promise to look after him while I take a bath haha).
We decided to book a room at Villa Amparo Garden Beach Resort at Samal. Because I called the resort at the last minute, the room/s we wanted were already fully-booked. I asked for the most expensive one, the penthouse, because that was our only remaining option. Unfortunately, the lady I was talking to said it was already tentatively booked.
But my ears picked up on the word “tentatively.” I said, tongue-in-cheek, if we pay now, can we have the room? She said she would have to confirm with the original group who reserved.
To make the long story short, after assuring her that we’re 200% sure, I was able to get the room. Yeah!!!
It was so fun. First, you should know that I’m a girl who loves to pack (I can volunteer to pack your clothes for ya) and had a fun time deciding which of Yuri’s things should come. Of course, while his things come first, I also made sure to pack all the essentials like sunblock, lotion, and perfume (because you’ll never know!). You can find the perfect scent from a selection of perfumes from Zalora.
Then there’s the resort. The resort was lovely (it could use some improvements but overall I was pleased) and I was in the company of girls who, paraphrasing the words of Pam, just could not stop talking. Oh well! By the way, here are pictures of our accommodations:
And here are pictures of the resort:
VERDICT OF VILLA AMPARO GARDEN BEACH RESORT
The resort is not as accessible as the other resorts which are directly in front of Davao City. However, the “seclusion” works because the resort feels more peaceful and quiet compared to the others. Also, getting there is not that difficult because there are a lot of tricycles, motorcycles, and even multicabs that can take you there. The resort also has a private shuttle that you can reserve for just P750 per way. We used their shuttle, by the way.
By the way, it is quite near to Pacific Heights Private Resort.
I didn’t have any complaint about the amenities. It seems like the resort management has really taken the time to make sure each guest is as comfortable as he can be. There is also no shortage of pavilions and places to chill. There are karaoke machines which can be rented per hour (though we were not able to use it), and public comfort rooms were cleaned and always maintained.
If I have to pick one aspect of the trip which I can complain about, it would be the beach. The shoreline was too narrow and the beach, though clean and clear, was not as pristine as the beaches of other resorts. However, as someone who doesn’t really swim, it was a minor inconvenience.
Food was good. It was not exceptional, but it was scrumptious and definitely enough to satisfy our big appetites and grumbling stomachs. They were also affordable! For our entire group (a group of 6 adults and 2 littles), a budget of 600-800 pesos was enough per meal. Nice!
I can only speak for the room we rented, which was the penthouse. The view, as can be seen in the picture above, was awesome. It was a pity that Sunday morning (rain is falling) was a cloudy morning and we could not see the sunrise, but the view was still beautiful. Our room was also spacious and very comfortable. We also love the big bathroom and the complete kitchen. I could live there – seriously!
My only major complaint about the room was the pull-out sofa. We ended up sharing one bed (well, 4 of us and Yuri) because one of the slats of the pull-out sofa was out of place. My companions kept falling off it (which was funny haha). Also, the hairdryer in the bathroom wasn’t working (a minor qualm) and the cable connection was erratic (also a minor complaint).
And, oh yeah, we had very weak signal. I was okay with that, though, because we were “forced” to unplug from the internet!
Service is IMPECCABLE. I’ve been to a lot of resorts and hotels, but so far, I haven’t experienced this kind of awesome service. Everybody – as in everybody – from the lady I talked to when reserving the room (Chan from the Davao City office) to everyone in the resort who served us food, fixed our cable connection, even the maintenance staff was friendly. Everyone was smiling, seriously! I was tempted to ask, anong nakain nyo? Haha!
If you know me, you would know that even if the place is not that beautiful or even if the food is not that good, I would patronise a business because of impeccable service. Well, Villa Amparo has almost everything – and the lovely service made our stay a million times better. We did not want to leave the place and the beautiful people!
Price is alright. For a price range of P750 to P7,000, you can stay overnight in Villa Amparo. Not bad! For more information about the rates, you can visit their website.