During a recent trip, we were supposed to be in Davao City for less than 24 hours, if not for the cumbersome flight cancellation by Air Philippines. When you’re in a faraway place for so short a time, there’s a tendency to do everything.
Some of the highlights: buy shawls in Aldevinco Shopping Center: check! sip durian coffee at Bluegre, eat sisig in Jack’s Ridge… check! check! Our gracious host recommended one more, and that’s to visit Chema’s By The Sea, a picturesque resort in Samal Island. Who can say no?
Never mind if we had to wake up at the unholy hour of 6 a.m. What we did first was to wait at the spacious grounds of the Waterfront Insular Hotel , for the boat that would take us on a 10-minute ride or so to Samal Island. Needless to say, I get a kick out of these boat rides (for as long as the water is serene ) It never fails to make me appreciate the beauty of the Philippines.
As we were docking, we were greeted with a scenic scene like this:
Chema’s By The Sea is not one of those high-profile resorts. People can only go here by reservation. A day trip costs only P125 per person, and this will already enable you to use its facilities like the lounge chairs by the beach and a tour of its lush gardens.
Chema’s also has an infinity pool facing the ocean:
For those who want to stay a bit longer, the resort has six cottages or pavilions within the compound that can accommodate from six to eight people (rates from P3,000 +++ to P8,000 +++ ) Food service needs improvement, but it is cheaper than the nearby Pearl Farm Resort.
Serenity, calm and beauty. I wished that day would never end!
To reserve for Chema’s By The Sea, call or text:
Mr. Quinco Gueco – 0917 814 0814
Resort Telephone Numbers: (82) 303-0523, 302-0235