From the mountains of Eden Nature Park, our next two nights were spent on Samal Island, on the beach resort called Chemas by the Sea.
To get there, we were first brought to the Waterfront Hotel. They have a jetty port at the back where we would be picked up by the Chemas boat. From the first look upon alighting on Chemas itself, you immediately feel the relaxing atmosphere of the place.
The gardens were impeccably kept. The cabana we had booked was very nice and cozy, almost luxurious, with an old rustic, romantic feel. The beachfront was small and kept very clean. They even had a swimming pool, with a very nice infinity design. In contrast with Eden, their restaurant had a Christmas look already. They were playing soothing OPM Christmas songs as background music. Sweet.
The nice place comes with a nice price of course. The cabana for four with 2 queen beds, aircon, ref, hot water and cable tv is P3,900 a night. But it charges an additional P600 for an extra person. There was no free meal. We had to buy breakfast, lunch and dinner each time. We had to pay P200 per way of the boat shuttle. Funny to think about it now, but when I learned they did not accept credit cards, I thought we would not have enough cash to pay our way out on the morning we left, hahaha!
For those looking for a very peaceful and relaxing beach resort in Davao for your urban getaway, Chemas is certainly worthy of your consideration. You can inquire via landline (082)3030235 or through Mr. Joaquin Gueco 09178140814.