As Davao docks reopen, so too does this charming island resort on the Davao Gulf

Published June 6, 2021, 12:00 PM

by Jules Vivas

Samal calling.

SUMMER PARADISE The beachfront of Chema’s By The Sea

We all dream of traveling again. To feel the sand between our toes, the cold waves crash against our legs, the chill of the sea breeze, the warmth of the afternoon sun caressing our skin, to smell and taste the salt from the ocean, and see the boats sailing toward the never-ending horizon. This is especially true now that the pandemic has been considered long-haul by scientists and health experts. The innate desire to wander and enjoy the great outdoors is what the travel industry is pinning its hopes of recovery on.

Tourism is one of the most important sectors in Philippine economy. As a matter of fact, in 2019, it contributed to 12.7 percent to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Due to COVID-19, many businesses, including those that are travel-related, have been forced to close. Only a few establishments remain in operation or have re-opened given the chance whenever quarantine restrictions in certain areas ease up.

Among the reputable institutions in the hospitality industry that have recently started welcoming guests once more is the garden beach resort, Chema’s By The Sea. Davao locals and travelers alike may now visit and lounge around the serene getaway found in the Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte. Featuring towering landscapes of beguiling greeneries and a private white sand beach, the setting exudes an inviting, rejuvenating, days-out-of-life atmosphere.

Any time is the best time to visit the resort with its almost permanent sunny weather. Those who are not from Davao can reach the alluring paradise by plane and boat. Once you are at Davao International Airport, take a 15-minute car ride to a seaport where the resort’s watercraft will be waiting to take you to Chema’s By The Sea via a 10-minute boat ride.

From room facilities to food and beverage offerings to remarkable experiences, these touchpoints were improved and heightened while retaining local sensibility.

In the middle of the mesmerizing, verdant landscape are rustic cottages on the banks with exclusive spaces for paramount tranquility. The five cabanas, nine cottages, and one suite present garden and ocean views. These amenities are perfect for parties of two, such as lovers and honeymooners, and even bigger families. Designed as cozy lodges, every room has open glass doors, terraces, and a marvelous panorama that bring nature in and the room out. Distinct wooden designs with fresh linens stand out for that snug escape. Make the most out of each stay with private butlers for a more relaxed experience.

“Spending days at Chema’s By The Sea is just heartwarming. We’ve seen and experienced the serenity of each staff’s place and passion for delivering the best to every moment of encounter. It is truly a captivating experience in a beautiful resort inside and out. For us, it’s all about setting the direction and build the essence of the resort through the different individuals that make up of this resort,” says Discovery Hospitality Corporation (DHC) chief operating officer, and Discovery World Corporation president Jose Parreno.

In the middle of the mesmerizing, verdant landscape are rustic cottages on the banks with exclusive spaces for paramount tranquility. The five cabanas, nine cottages, and one suite present garden and ocean views.

The garden estate blends well with the beach. It offers a breathtaking view of the Davao metropolis basking through the reflection of the stunning body of water. Laze around on daybeds scattered by the shores, or go for the infinity pool for a calm dip or leisurely swim.

A DELICIOUS ESCAPE Some of the food and beverages available in the resort

A good culinary experience also awaits with its redesigned food and beverage outlets. Together with local traditions are well-curated international dishes from coasts that complement the savory spread—all teeming with intense flavors and aroma. There is an extensive selection of dishes that highlight Samal’s local cuisine, while international cuisines are served at the Garden House.

With fantastic views of the beach and nature’s harmony, a cocktail in hand is the way to go. Each sip at Chema’s Beach Bar titillates the taste buds. Refreshing concoctions that encompass local goods take the spotlight in this fascinating pub, infused with the local herbs and seasonal fruits of Davao. Take them as a mid-day pick-me-upper, or enjoy them while watching the sun set and skies turning pink, magenta, and orange before it gives way to nightfall.

TAKE A DIP Infinity pool

Whether it is a gathering in the lush gardens with surrounding trees or a placid ceremony on the pristine white sand beach, make memorable events here with loved ones. The destination is open for intimate events and celebrations like weddings, debuts, birthdays, and any social events. Celebrants have the option to book the whole island garden resort for family and friends.

Poseidon Holdings Corp. has partnered with DHC for the group’s allied services, contracting them for pre-opening requirements. As a pioneer in the Philippine hospitality industry, owning and operating a diverse and vibrant collection of properties in the country’s most celebrated destinations, DHC, through this program shares its expertise and thought-leadership in F&B, information technology, digital marketing, human resources, sales and revenue, strategy, finance, and operational management departments.

A day tour at the resort is available daily from 9 a.m to 4:30 p.m. This is inclusive of boat transfers, beach hut use, boodle fight or family-style lunch, and use of the beach, pool, and day beds. One can book this at ₱1,290+ from Monday to Thursday and ₱1,690+ from Friday to Sunday, while kids seven to 11 years old are at ₱645+.

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