Samal’s Secret Revealed! – Villa Amparo Beach Resort

Good morning!
We’re here at Villa Amparo Garden Beach Resort
in Samal Island
It’s a beautiful resort that we stayed at
for two nights, for the weekend
So far here are my thoughts
First off, how to get here
Getting to Samal Island is pretty easy for
us Dabawenyos
It’s because we just live across the gulf
Less than 20 minutes ferry ride
And we’re already at Samal Island
From the wharf to the resort though
Is a bit of a challenge because it’s pretty
About 30 minutes max, probably around 20 minimum
Depending on your mode of transportation
If you have a car then it’s faster
But if you need to commute
Then it’s gonna take you about 20 minutes
To get here if you commute, you can charter
a tricycle
It would be good if you contact somebody ahead
of time
If you’re able to do that
I’m gonna post a number on the details below
So that you can have a contact person in Samal
That person’s name’s Will
Hi Adie!
Are you excited?
Where are you going?
What’s dagat?
So Will charged us 250 Pesos for one way
I think it’s already reasonable considering
That he will not have any passengers going
back to the main part of the island
That part’s good
Once we arrived, there weren’t really a lot
of people
At the entrance because it’s a bit of a hike
But that’s understandable considering that
we are further in to Samal Island
We had to hike down a little bit like less
than 5 minutes
So it’s pretty easy
Once we got to reception, we already had reservations
so it was good
Unfortunately we arrived a little
Not really a little but way too early
So we had to wait around 3 hours before we
could check in to our room
But that’s still OK because we were able to
enjoy the view
And there are a lot of shaded places like
this one
It’s very pretty
We were actually asked to stay at the pavillion
Which is designated for overnight guests who
could not get into their room yet
The place is very pretty, very homey, comfortable
They have a lot of sitting areas
It’s very green here
And I can actually hear a lot of birds up
There are, I don’t know, 3 or 4 birds just
chirping around
And that’s really good
The boardwalk is pretty and if you wanna get
a sun tan
You can just stay there probably for a good
30 minutes
And you’ll be burned already
So beware of the tropical sun especially here
I always say that Samal Island has endless
Because it’s almost always sunny here
Probably when there’s a tropical storm going
It gets a little windy but still
Actually right now there’s a tropical storm
in the Visayas
But it’s really sunny here as you can see
The food here is not really that stellar
About regular, they can do better than that
And they’re, i think, reasonably priced
They have big servings so that’s good
Now the rooms are very comfortable
We stayed at one of their native houses
Which has air conditioning and a private bathroom
But they also have smaller ones, the native
Which are not air conditioned and you wont
be able to use a private bathroom
But i think that’s OK because the bathroom
for the native huts are really close
Like right in the next building
They have a bigger building where they have
the deluxe rooms and the penthouse
There is a boardwalk room
I think that’s the only one with a beach view
but it’s concrete
So it really defeats the purpose of having
a tropical vacation
Because I would really much prefer staying
in a hut
Like a bahay kubo, the traditional Filipino
Our house looks really cute and it’s made
of bamboo
The beds actually are made of bamboo and very
It has satellite TV and a very clean bathroom,
Let’s talk about the playground
They have a really cute playground, it’s not
that big
But there’s a slide and swing, and a little
wall for climbing
It’s really good, my kid enjoyed it
I’m sure other kids will really love it
But what they can probably improve on
Would be to put a little shade on that part
Because it’s good if it’s afternoon but in
the morning
Kids cannot really play on it because the
slide gets too hot for comfort
The water here is really clear
I dont know what they did with it
But somehow you dont really get to see a lot
of waves coming in
I think they did something with the perimeter
If you see the blue ones in the background
I’m not sure if you can see it though
The water’s really clear and there are a lot
of fishes
Big, small fishes
I think it’s a sign that the water here is
really good
And there’s a lot of food sources
It’s not really smooth, the sand is not smooth
There are a lot of pebbles and corals
I dont think it’s really painful for the feet
But I would suggest that when you go swimming
you have footwear on
What I really love about the resort are the
Because they are very accommodating
Well you know Filipinos are always accommodating
But I really find it heart-warming to see
their staff just smile at my baby
Because not everyboby loves kids, right?
I really like that they go out of their way
to serve you
And ask you if you need anything
It would be good if you come here during the
summer and have a good time
So stayed tuned for our next reviews
We’re gonna have a lot of reviews for different
resorts here in Samal Island
See you!

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