REVISITING SECDEA BEACH RESORT: Sweeter The Second Time Around

“It feels soooooooooo good to be back!”

SECDEA BEACH RESORT SAMAL ISLAND 15This is exactly what I felt the minute I saw that huge signage glued on the cliff side. “Welcome back to SECDEA!” This I muttered.

SECDEA BEACH RESORT SAMAL ISLAND 502It was a year ago when I first stayed here lavishly enjoying all its amenities and facilities which I personally considered as one of the finest in the whole Island Garden City of Samal. It was one of my perfect getaways at the Island last year. I got to stay at one of their nicest rooms and got to borrow the golf cart and drove it around the resort up to the owner’s vacation house which is overlooking the vast Davao Gulf, the two Liguid Islands and the resort below.

SECDEA BEACH RESORT SAMAL 30Recently, when our friend Christine Afdal invited me and my travel buddy Ida for another overnight stay, I replied with my BIG BIG YES!

SECDEA BEACH RESORT SAMAL 5SECDEA Beach Resort is conveniently located in San Isidro, Babak District. It is easily accessible whether by a private car or even habal-habal ride. It is about 15 minutes travel if you’re coming from Babak proper or 25 minutes from Peñaplata. More than the resort’s proximity, SECDEA’s reputation as among the finest vacation resorts equipped with contemporary amenities, modern facilities and charming tropical ambience is the reason why it is popular among beach lovers and holiday seekers.

SECDEA BEACH RESORT SAMAL 10SECDEA’s villas, lodges and seaside cottages are designed with coziness and comfort – all comes with clean, spacious and modern bathrooms. Last year, I stayed at one of their beautiful Seashell Rooms but this time we were booked at the East View Room which is a bit expensive but offers a magnificent panoramic view of the Davao Gulf, the two famous Liguid Islands and blue infinity pool of the resort.

SECDEA BEACH RESORT SAMAL ISLAND 18I remember how l almost melted when I got inside our room and saw the different shades of blue sparkling from the distance. It was a dazzling sight to see from my room which is painted in all white.

SECDEA BEACH RESORT SAMAL ISLAND 14Just like last year, I borrowed the golf cart and drove it around the resort. A lot has changed since my first visit. The other infinity pool which was still on construction last year is finally functional now. It’s more striking than the other one. They also added more rooms to cater the growing demand for accommodation. Beside the chapel, a Koi pond is built. There is a newly built stations of the cross perfect for the Lenten Season. The breakwater is also done. The propagules planted last year along the mangrove area are quite big now. Seeing the new improvements, I’m loving SECDEA Beach Resort more.

SECDEA BEACH RESORT SAMAL 14SECDEA BEACH RESORT SAMAL 28 SECDEA BEACH RESORT SAMAL 29My favorite place here is the Mangrove Walk. Inside the mini-mangrove forest is a long wooden and concrete bridge built to conveniently stroll around the mini-forest. It’s so relaxing to roam around here. You can choose to stay for a bit and sit on the benches while enjoying the gulf view and warm sea breeze under the shade of century-old Patapat and Bakhaw trees.

SECDEA BEACH RESORT 3 Aside from the mangrove walk, there are other exciting things to do here at SECDEA. The 124-steps stairway leading to the hill overlooking the view of Davao Gulf and the entire Resort is the perfect way to work out your knees and sweat out. But if you’re really a beach fanatic, you can just simply bask on the beach and frolic in the sand. Trust me, SECDEA will never bore you. It didn’t bore me for the second time around.

SECDEA BEACH RESORT SAMAL 6 SECDEA BEACH RESORT SAMAL 11 SECDEA BEACH RESORT SAMAL 16 SECDEA BEACH RESORT SAMAL 17 SECDEA BEACH RESORT SAMAL 20Good food at SECDEA. This is what I said last year. Since their Bagnet Pinakbet and Adobo are my favorites here, I never left them without tasting them again. But of course, lunch buffet here offers variety of dishes to choose from. My new favorite is the Kare-Kare. I can still taste the rich peanut sauce on my lips. Hahaha.

SECDEA BEACH RESORT SAMAL ISLAND 19For some, SECDEA’s day tour rates as well as room rates may be quite costly, but is nevertheless, worth its value.

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The Travel Teller and Ida, the Explorer! 🙂

For more information, you may check the details and related information below.

SECDEA Beach Resort
San Isidro, Babak District
Island Garden City of Samal
Landline Numbers: (082) 305 2774 / 305-4028 / 295-7912
Mobile Numbers: 0932-868-0887 / 0925-892-6072
https://www.facebook.com/secdeabeachresort

ROOM RATES AND DAY TOUR RATES AT SECDEA BEACH RESORT
ROOM RATES AND DAY TOUR RATES AT SECDEA BEACH RESORT

SECDEA BEACH RESORT: Comfort and Leisure at its Best

The Island Garden City of Samal has always been Southern Mindanao’s premier beach and island destination. It is dotted not only with pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear waters but with eco-adventure destinations one should not miss when visiting the island.

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The Charm of Island Living

Considered by some as the largest resort city in the country, Samal Island is home to finest beach resorts in the region. Every year new beach resorts even highland and inland resorts are being constructed to cater more visitors flocking the island. The newest addition is the SECDEA Beach Resort. 

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SECDEA BEACH RESORT: Comfort and Leisure at its Best

SECDEA Beach Resort is conveniently located in San Isidro, Babak District. It is easily accessible whether by a private car or the island’s famed habal-habal ride. It is about 15 minutes travel if you’re coming from Babak proper or 25 minute from Peñaplata. More than the resort’s proximity, SECDEA’s modern facilities and amenities are among the reasons why it should be the place of your choice on your next visit to Samal.

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The Open Lobby.
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SECDEA’s reception building
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Well manicured lawns sit contemporary-designed villas

SECDEA Beach Resort boasts a stunning beach atmosphere with state-of-the-art amenities and facilities, contemporary-designed beach villas and cottages, and uniquely-designed architecture. It is ideally designed to provide convenience and recreation whether basking on the beach, frolicking in the sand or just roaming around the 56-hectare property.

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WELCOME TO SECDEA.
WELCOME TO SECDEA.

One of the most recommended things to do while in SECDEA is the Mangrove Walk. It features wooden and concrete bridges perfect to stroll around the mangrove mini-forest. Inside the area is a mangrove nursery where Patapat and Bakhaw are grown.

Mangrove Walk is a must-experience thing when in SECDEA.
Mangrove Walk is a must-experience thing when in SECDEA.
Mangrove Walk is a must-experience thing when in SECDEA.
Mangrove Walk is a must-experience thing when in SECDEA.
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Mangrove nursery where Patapat and Bakhaw are grown.

Another feature of this first class resort is the huge Lagoon and Fish Pond perfectly built near the main entrance. It serves as a charming welcoming sight upon entering the vicinity of the resort. Here, fishing is allowed where one can catch Tilapia and Bangus – and yes, you can have them cooked fresh for you.

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Another feature of this first class resort is this huge Lagoon and Fish Pond.
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It is a welcoming sight upon entering the vicinity of the resort.

SECDEA’s infinity pool by the restaurant is a charmer. It offers a magnificent panoramic view of the Davao Gulf and the two famous Liguid Islands – a very therapeutic and relaxing sight to behold. In addition to that are the enticing colors of the white shoreline, the azure skies and the blue seawaters that perfectly blend to define a perfect tropical haven.

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Just beautiful!
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…so they say LIFE IS A BEACH!
The Infinity Pool.
SECDEA’s Infinity Pool.

SECDEA’s villas, lodges and seaside cottages are designed with coziness and comfort – all comes with clean, spacious and modern bathrooms. For those who wish to stay, there are seaside cottages for couples, spacious lodges for a family of four and comfy villas for bigger groups or families. Room rates ranges to from Php 3,500.00 to Php 12,000.00.

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Our lovely Seashell Room
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Me and my travel buddy IDA of ChoosePhilippines enjoying our spacious room at SECDEA
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Clean contemporary bathrooms
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SECDEA Selfie. A must.
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SECDEA’s Lodge can accommodate up to 4 persons.
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These villas can accommodate up to 12 persons. Really worth it.

There are so many things one can do here at SECDEA. You can sweat out and climb up the 124-steps stairway that will lead you to the hill overlooking the view of Davao Gulf and the entire Resort. Trust me, the view from the top is just breathtaking.

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The view of SECDEA and Davao Gulf
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124-steps stairway. Yes, 214 steps.

You can also roam around the entire property by riding or driving a golf cart. Vehicles are not allowed inside the main resort but spacious parking area are located just beside the main entrance, they also have a Valet Parking Solution service. Golf carting around SECDEA is an amazing experience. But wait, they too have bicycles, you can borrow from them and go wander around the property.

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Golf carting is fun in SECDEA.
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And biking too!

What about the food? They serve oh-so-delectable dishes that will make you feel like you’re in the comfort of your home. I’m highly recommending their own version of Bagnet Pinakbet and Adobo. Get yourself a refreshing Guyabano shake too – just perfect for a sunny beach day.

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This is lip-smacking – SECDEA’s own version of BAGNET PINAKBET.
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Tuna belly in coconut milk – just so heavenly!

What about day-tour tripping? Worry not, SECDEA offers day tour trip for only Php 750.00 pesos and that comes with a sumptuous buffet lunch, free use of the pool, mangrove walk and tour around the resort.

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Mangrove walk is my personal favorite here in SECDEA.
Never leave SECDEA without dropping by the resort's CHAPEL. Better yet say a prayer.
Never leave SECDEA without dropping by at the resort’s CHAPEL. Better yet say a prayer.

Whether you’re here for a day tour, for a night or two, SECDEA Beach Resort will embrace you with warmth and comfort giving you another feel of that so called “charm of Tropical Island Living”. After all, SECDEA is Samal Island ‘s newest Comfort and Relaxation Destination.

DAY TOUR RATES AND ROOM RATES AT SECDEA BEACH RESORT

ROOM RATES AND DAY TOUR RATES AT SECDEA BEACH RESORT
SECDEA BEACH RESORT UPDATED RATES

For more information, you may check the details and related information below. 

SECDEA Beach Resort
San Isidro, Babak District
Island Garden City of Samal
Telephone Numbers: (082) 305 2774 / 305-4028 / 295-7912
Mobile Numbers: 0932-868-0887 / 0925-892-6072
https://www.facebook.com/secdeabeachresort