Monday, May 4, 2015

Paradise Island in Samal: A Review

I was informed that it's best to stay or go to Paradise Island. Well, Samal is a white sand beach island, so it's not just the beach. It also has something to do with the accommodation or service of Paradise Island why, they have been consistently endorsed by several people I've known who is from Davao or who have been to Samal. So here my Paradise Island experience.

We arrived early in the morning and of course, I can't miss the sunrise! It's just so beautiful!

As soon as we stepped, our stomach demanded to be filled. The only vice that you can't really leave. Eating! Breakfast is just the first thing we wanted to do. We didn't care where to go, we just want to eat. It's around 6:30 AM. We were told we can stay anywhere in the area, restaurant area is where people with no food are allowed to stay and eat. You can choose from their menu below, some of the food items they serve.

 So I tried their bacon breakfast, with egg. Then I wanted to taste their "Durian cafe'", so I ordered one.

Here you go, my first sip of the Durian coffee. It smells and tastes like Durian of course. But I like how it was blended with a coffee mix. Superb taste! Good job! Whoever made the menu, "thumbs up" to the Durian Coffee! :-)

Then I also tried their Pineapple Orange Fresh Fruit Juice! Since it's fresh fruit, the juice is really extracted, and I can tell it's fresh by its taste and the granules  or extracts are evident in the juice itself! Another thumbs up!

After we've obliged to our tummies' demands, we needed to do something. I browsed through the net where we can possibly go. And we did have a tour. More details are posted here.

After we had our tour, we went back to Paradise Island. We had a ticket to be allowed entry without paying once again the entrance of P200.00.

As we entered the restaurant area this time (already in the afternoon around 3:00 P.M.) we were welcomed by the sound of music played by the live band.

I went around checking the place out, I found this area. Billiards! Wow! If you're into it, you can play here. I checked, and it's for a per hour fee. I just didn't know how much per hour.

There is also a self-service area, for guests with food and drinks including fruits and snack items. If you want to go on budget, you can choose to buy and bring your own food.

I didn't want to miss this scene. A relaxing view of the beach, sea, sun and sand in an afternoon!

I also noticed there's a table tennis area too!

And who wouldn't notice this? Giant pieces of chess.

If you are coming with kids, no problem they have something to play on! Haha ride on kids! C'mon! :-)

They also have a souvenir shop. They sell of course Samal Souvenir Items.

They also had a poster of getting around the Paradise Island area. So there, you have an instant guide!

This is their kitchen area. Where food comes from.

 Some information regarding their entrance fees:
 Read their rules and regulations too.

Tariff for room rates, etc.

Of course, I took a close look at their restaurant's menu in the afternoon and I was presented a different menu book. Here it is for the items and prices of Paradise Island's restaurant.

We weren't hungry as we just had our lunch at around 12:30 P.M. so we just tried their Halo-halo. I ran out of battery then, so I wasn't able to take a photo of the halo-halo. Typical, sweet taste halo halo. :D


Service: 4.5 Took them a bit longer to serve the food. Although I would understand it's peak season. The crew really don't know where is which item. I tried asking for something  at the reception and I was pointed at one direction then when I asked the crew in the direction I was told to go, I was pointed back to the reception. haha well, again let's give them the benefit that they are very busy because tourists are flocking in by tens or more in almost every say 30 mins. I also didn't receive smiles while I was asking questions. So, yeah, they needed to improve this.

Ambiance: 5.0 it's a cool place to stay. I love it there. There's just so much to enjoy. My P200.00 entrace fee was worth it!

Sanitation: 5.0 I didn't have problems with leftovers on table when we were searching for a place. When I used their comfort room, dressing room and shower room are all cleaned up. Water supply is also good. Didn't have problem. Thumbs up on cleanliness of the area.

Price: 4.9 I guess it's reasonable, considering we only paid P200.00. Their room rates are also reasonable, if you'd look at it. I am evaluating the prices based on the ambiance I've experienced. Worth the penny.

Even with the petty issues I've experienced, I'd still recommend this place for stay. :-) Thank you Paradise Island! :-)

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