Friday, May 2, 2008

Seagull Inland Resort and Spa - A Pleasant Surprise

The great road that runs between Digos City in Davao del Sur and the municipality of Padada is broken by the closure of Guihing Bridge, which has been closed to the public for repairs. Those coming from southern Davao del Sur (Padada, Sulop, Malita, and even General Santos City) had to detour to a 2 km road of god-forsaken, arid, dusty rough roads that has practically cut off the southern folks from Davao City. In the midst of all these government-neglected infrastructure lies a relatively new resort called Seagull Inland Resort and Spa. As an update, the national highway is already passable it won't take you 5 minutes to get to the resort from the highway)

The resort started as a firing range in 2002, then the swimming pool was constructed. From then on, the place grew into a resort that officially opened last 2005.

The establishment is a rather big surprise as not a lot of folks know about it. I have heard about this resort as far back as 2002 when a big signage was installed along the highway, but no one really believes there could be a decent resort to open around this dusty area. When I finally decided to visit it, I was pleasantly surprised to find a well placed and decent resort in the middle of nowhere. Spanning 5 hectares, the resort houses a main building that contains the reception area, a small, congested gym, a spa with Jacuzzi, and – upstairs – several dorm –type accommodations for 4 and 8 persons. Facing the main building is a park that has gazebos. It leads to the big swimming pool and a small chapel. Just a block away from the entrance is a mini-zoo, which is basically a sanctuary of few creatures which includes ostriches, horses and 3 pythons.

Owned by Elizabeth Dureza, wife of the former congressman Jesus Dureza, now Presidential Adviser on Muslim Affairs, the resort is a welcome treat to locals who wish to have a respectable place to show guests around Davao del Sur. They don’t have to go as far as the Davao City just to entertain themselves or their guests. The entrance fee of PhP110 already includes a guided tour around the whole span via a gasoline-run cart or a battery-charged tram-like service. It also includes use of thegym, and the swimming pool (which is just 5 feet deep but has the width of an Olympic-sized pool), which has a sprawling tent at the middle, and a miniature area for the kids, as well as a Jacuzzi area. Three cottage structures stand nearby, which can be rented by overnighters. The good thing about these accommodations is that they are being rented per room, instead of per person. For those who are budget conscious, the dorm-type rooms are a treat.

Each 5-hectare land also houses firing ranges. In fact, the mini-zoo area has about 7 enclosures for firing competitions. A cozy restaurant is located near the smaller firing range at the back of the main building. Those who love their facials, massages, and foot spas can avail of theeir well-equipped amenities (Swedish and Shiatsu priced at P350 only). Personalities who have graced the location include former President Fidel V. Ramos, a Malaysian Prince and some politicians. I was surprised to have found a place in-conveniently hidden in the bowels of Davao del Sur. Who would have thought!

For further inquiries, please DO NOT ASK FOR QUOTES in this blogsite. Visit their website for Pete's sake. If you read through the article, it's a no-brainer that I was just a guest and is not associated at all with the establishment:, or call their booking office: +63927-275-6121, (082)2960303, or (082)3009382 (resort office).

This is the Eye in the Sky!

Tour carts

Firing range




Second floor, dorm rooms.


Jacuzzi at the male room.

Facials and massage room.

Spa main room

8-bed dormitory room.

The detour road. These days you don't have to go through this punishment. The resort is very near the national highway.

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