Day 2 of our Davao trip brought us to Samal Island. After paying a visit to a couple of beaches and waterfalls where we didn’t swim, as well as a beach where we did swim and partake on some finger-lickin’ chicken, we checked into Camp Holiday Resort, which we had booked before we left Manila.
Camp Holiday isn’t hard to find; it’s actually right next to the ferry terminal, so it’s easy enough to check into as soon as you get off the boat. We picked up our keys at the desk and proceeded to our rooms, which were right next to each other (we booked two deluxe rooms without breakfast for a little over Php1,500 each).
I turned the key (it’s not the key card access type of room), got in, and was surprised; the room was sooo much bigger than our Pacific Palms room (not a key card room, either). It had two single beds, a TV with a desk, a cabinet, a writing table, and a bedside table, and looked like it could still fit about two more single-size mattresses. There was also a sizeable balcony with furniture where you could hang out, smoke, whatever.
Then we got to the bathroom with its towels, toiletries, hot shower… an a fucking roach. A live one. Resting on the water bucket, waiting to be discovered. I took the entire bucket out of the bathroom, left it outside the hall, and asked for a replacement at the front desk, where the attendant apologized and placed a call to housekeeping right away. As disgusted as I was, I do appreciate their quick action.
Anyway, we went out to check the out the grounds and saw what looked like a summer camp; there’s a dining hall with a game hall, an open grassy area, a playground, and a huge area with plastic tables and park benches.
Then we got to the pool area where the clear blue infinity pool was waiting. It didn’t take us too long to decide to go back to our rooms, change into our bathing suits and jump in. The pool was next to the beach area, but we’d had enough of rocks and sea grass (which the water had a lot of), so we stuck with the pool.
Afterwards, we took a shower and a nap before going to the dining hall for dinner. The food was OK, though we were disappointed that, as I already mentioned my Day 2 post, they didn’t have any brewed coffee, which we sorely needed to close the night with.
Early next morning, I had a chance to look at the place even more. Down by the beach area, there was a spot that looks like an open bar, though it looked like it hadn’t been used in a long time. From there, I could also see the ferries coming and going (good for photo op searchers), as well as the abandoned-looking resort next door (that’s not really relevant). Anyway, we had breakfast at the dining hall again. It was pretty good; I got my pancakes and bacon on and they finally somehow found coffee, so I was happy with those.
The place was definitely better than the first place we slept in. While it had some shortcomings, they were minimal compared to the benefits of having a big spacious room, a nice pool, and pretty nice food, all in an accessible location. I’d stay here again if they promise me no creepy crawlies next time.
Overall rating: ★★★✭☆
Camp Holiday Resort
Samal Ferry Wharf, Island Garden City of Samal
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