September 22, 2015

DAVAO TRAVEL DIARY: Be-ing Resort House

Life is full of many first times and we have to be open for these new experiences and events in our lives. On the third week of August 2015, I was able to experience another “first time” in my life – be a solo traveler! I was scared and excited at the same to be honest, but a lot of women have been doing it for years and they have been successful at it. Well, for my first time to be a solo traveler, I went to one of the world’s safest city in the world: Davao City.

I was blessed to be able to fly for free because of the flight voucher I received from Cebu Pacific when our flight from Manila to Cebu was cancelled and we were transferred to another flight. I had only 6 months to use it so I booked it on the third week of August; little did I know those dates were the dates for the Kidayawan Festival in Davao City which I learned only a week before my flight. I got excited with the thought of actually attending a well-known local festival, but unfortunately I was not able to see it up close and personal and only from the hotel’s TV feed. It was very hot that weekend in Davao City, a lot of people were in the place where the street dance was being held and it was kind of traffic around that part of town. So I ended up skipping watching the Kidayawan street dances. But you know that there are festivities going on because my flight was full and there are also many tourists in Davao.

I’m baffled every time people learn that I am alone on that trip when many other tourists have been roaming around the world alone, and Davao City is a major Philippine destination and for sure many solo travelers had gone that route as well. I learned quite a bit from being a first time solo traveler. For one, it’s much more expensive since you need to shoulder all the bills and have no one to split it up with. It was ok though; I’ve prepared and saved up for this trip and have a set budget already. You have lesser photos of yourself in all the places you’ve visited. I didn’t bring a selfie stick with me (I was kinda shy to bring one actually) and I’m not good at taking selfies. Thank God for nice random strangers, hotel and restaurant staff and guards who willingly took photos of me. But it was ok, I was able to appreciate more of the places I visited and focused less on taking photos of myself which I have had so much in my previous trips. This made me appreciate more the places I’ve been to, the food I ate (which was a lot!) and the people I met. I also was carefree with time; I would leave and go back to the hotel whenever I want to. I don’t have to wait for other people and waste time and bargain in deciding where to go and where to eat.

I learned a couple of words from the local dialect too! Travelling solo wasn’t so scary or lonely after all, like others think it would be. I also got to practice independence and courage; I didn’t worry if my itinerary wasn’t followed or if I got lost. But of course to be on the safe side, I always message my family as to where I am currently located or tell the hotel staff where I am going. I would love to do it again actually and go to more unfamiliar places. Well maybe, who knows…

Be-ing Resort House
Since I was travelling solo, I wanted a place that is more on the cozy and the homey side, so I tried looking for a place to stay via I was easily attracted to Be-ing Resort House because it immediately embodied what I was looking for. It doesn't look like a typical hotel or a native-inspired resort in the city. It actually looks like a huge modern-design mansion. 

The soul of Be-ing Resort House is actually giving the feeling of being home away from home. Be-ing Resort House offers 16 studio type units (12 standard rooms & 4 deluxe rooms) designed for travelers who desire to live in a comfortable home like atmosphere. It is located inside Guadalupe Village. The place is very accessible just a few minutes away from the airport and SM Lanang. I arrived in Davao Airport and hailed a taxi to drop me off at Be-ing, even though the hotel is fairly new (only more than a month I think), the cab driver know where it is. It took us around 15 minutes to travel from the airport to the hotel.

The Hotel Grounds and the Pool
The place is very homey and relaxing. You can easily mistake it for a huge house and that’s what I actually felt while staying there. The whole hotel is always clean, the staff sweeps and mops that area as early as 5:30 am. There’s also a common kitchen at the second floor near my room where I store my food in the ref and re-heated it using the conduction stove. There are utensils available and you can borrow from the kitchen at the cafeteria for what is not available at the common kitchen. 

My stay came with free daily breakfasts too which was cooked and served at the cafeteria on the ground floor. You can also order other dishes there if you go hungry and don't want to go out anymore. The pool is also being cleaned regularly and looks very inviting especially at night because its light changes color. I didn’t get to swim in it though. 

The Hotel Room
I booked the Standard Room at a very reasonable price. My room was at the second floor. It is spacious enough and the room lights are warm and cozy. The room included free Wi-Fi, intercom, office desk, brand new split-type air conditioning unit and flat screen TV with cable. The bed was a large single bed with memory foam and the sheets were clean and smelled fresh. I had a good night sleep in that bed every night. The room also had a modest sized closet with hangers. Placed near the sink were basic toiletries and a pair of bedroom slippers. The toilet with a high tech bidet was separated from the shower with the heater. 

The Service
While booking the hotel through AirBnB, reservation and payment reservation was smooth and easy. The resort by the way, offers 24 hour front desk, concierge service, room service and free daily housekeeping. Even though it is located in a private subdivision transportation didn't become a problem because you can just call the front desk from your room's phone and ask to call a cab for you, which will arrive in less than 10 minutes since there's two cab companies in the same village. 

The staff are courteous and very helpful, just ask for anything you need and they will try their best to accommodate it. They even taught me some local dialect words that I can use when I went to the public market to buy souvenirs. 

By the way there are 9 parking spots available in front of the hotel just in case you're staying longer and renting a car. Although it is on a first come first serve basis. 

Be-ing Resort House 
Lot 16, 3rd St,  Guadalupe Village, 
Lanang, Davao City, 8000
Contact No: (082) 234 9088

Read more of my Davao 2015 trip: 
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Be-ing Resort House
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Luz Kinilaw
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Aldevinco Shopping Center 
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Karlo's Gourmet and Coffee at Jack's Ridge
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Pearl Farm Beach Resort - Marina and Parola
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Pearl Farm Beach Resort
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Pearl Farm Beach Resort - The Infinity Pool
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Pearl Farm Beach Resort - Malipano Island
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Pearl Farm Beach Resort - Maranao Restaurant 
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Pearl Farm Beach Resort - Butik and Mandaya Weaving
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Lyndon's Worst Ribs and Awful Chicken
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Bankerohan Public Market
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Roxas Boulevard Night Market
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Green Coffee at Marfori Heights
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Lachi's Sans Rival

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