Davao has a perfect balance of modernization and history, a city known to have preserved its rich culture and natural resources. With its God-given wonders, the city has become a haven for tourists and locals with ecotourism and wellness destinations that you can’t find somewhere else. One of the places that best exemplifies this is Villa De Mercedes, a resort located in Catigan, Toril.
Surrounded by abundance of nature, the resort boasts a panoramic overlooking view of the whole city and a scenic view of Davao Gulf. It is perfect for couples, groups of friends, and families looking for a place to bond and relax.
Last year, I had the chance to visit the resort. Allow me to share my experience in this Car Rental Davao blog post.
A day before the outing
On that quiet day, I was continuously checking late modules and online class tasks when my cellphone suddenly beeped. It was a message from my childhood bestfriend Stef telling me. “Bring your prized swimwear tomorrow because we are going to Villa De Mercedes Resort.” (The author used to teach at a private school here in Davao.)
Stef is always like that. She likes unplanned outings and impromptu hangouts. “Oh, here she goes again!” I sighed. At the back of my mind, I was actually thinking of finding ways to destress because I was overwhelmed with a load of tasks in the new normal education set-up. It was perfect, I said.
Stef had many surprises coming from her unpredictable mind. She went to our barangay, the place we grew up together, to fetch us. Then my friends and I went to her parents’ house for a sleepover, bringing all the necessary things for our outing at Villa De Mercedes.
We woke up early the following day, and after having our breakfast, we all went straight to Villa De Mercedes, all excited about what was to come.
There are just many reasons why you should make your own trip here. Let me list them down for you in this Car Rental Davao blog post.
6 reasons why you should visit Villa De Mercedes Resort
1. Witness the panoramic view of Davao Gulf with a scenic overlooking view of the whole Davao City
Villa De Mercedes is perfectly perched on the hilltop facing the picturesque scenery of the blue horizon of Davao Gulf, overlooking the entire Davao City. I can speak with authority when I say this is just magnificent. I haven’t seen anything as stunning as this.
2. The food is worth the pay.
Although their menu is a little bit expensive compared to other resorts and restaurants I have been to, you will not regret the money you will spend. The food they serve is palatable and worth the price. They have everything from side dishes to high-protein food. Also, they will prepare the food by the time you are done choosing your orders from the menu. Meaning, it is guaranteed that the food they serve is freshly cooked.
3. Swim in their infinity pool
Villa De Mercedes Resort takes pride in its infinity pool facing the vast blue horizon of Davao Gulf and a stunning view of the whole city. Visitors can enjoy swimming in their pools and they have designated areas for kids and adults. The adult swimming pool is only 4 feet deep, which means that even though you don’t know how to swim, you can still enjoy dipping in their fresh cold water.
4. A perfect place to bond with your friends, partner, and family
You and your family will definitely enjoy the whole resort. We visited during weekdays and there were only a few guests on the resort grounds. The resort strictly follows the protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and the local government unit and they can only accommodate a few guests, so make sure to book in advance to secure a reservation.
If you are looking for a resort within the city where you and your family can have quality time without any hassle and interruption, consider Villa De Mercedes your top choice.
5. Experience the famed Don Alberto’s Café
This resort is also perfect for couples looking for a place to have a romantic date. Have a romantic dining experience at their famed Don Alberto’s Cafe, where you witness a view of the resort’s ground through its patio. The resort is surrounded by coconut trees, ornamental plants, and trees adding up to the whole romantic vibe of the place.
6. Play volleyball with your loved ones
The resort is adorned with white sand to create a beach vibe. Alongside its white sand is a volleyball court where you can play with your friends and family. With this, the resort can be considered a place for recreational activities such as team building and private occasions.
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How to get to Villa De Mercedes
Are you interested in visiting Villa De Mercedes? To get there, you have to take public transportation. You must be knowledgeable, of course, of the public utility jeepney routes first. Assuming that your starting point is the Davao City International Airport, you can take a public utility jeepney. From the airport, look for a PUJ Buhangin route. Be sure to tell the driver to drop you at Gaisano Mall Bajada, then look for a Sasa jeepney route. Tell the driver to drop you at the University of Mindanao – Bolton Campus, that is where you can take another jeepney ride. This time, bound for Toril.
Another option is walking from Gaisano Mall Bajada to Roxas Avenue. It is very near to Gaisano Mall. Probably a 5-minute walk to get to Roxas Avenue. Once you’re there, cross the pedestrian lane from Ateneo de Davao University to Aldevinco Shopping Center. Once you’re there, look for a jeepney bound for Toril.
Upon arrival in Toril, look for a sidecar or habal-habal to get you to the resort. Negotiate with the driver to have a reasonable price for your fare. Fare range depends on how many are you in a group or what type of transportation you are taking. Habal-habal is a little bit pricey than a sidecar because it can only accommodate one passenger at a time. In contrast, a sidecar can accommodate 2 or 3 passengers at a time.
Please make sure to wear your face shields and face masks at all times to avoid getting fined by police officers. Also, don’t throw your garbage everywhere. Smoke only at designated areas – they are very strict on this. And cross only pedestrian lanes and overpass footbridge. These rules are strictly observed in the city. I grew up here, and the residents of Davao City strictly follow these ordinances, as they should be in the first place.
Want to skip transferring from one mode of transportation to another? Rent a car from us. For practical reasons, renting a car is more convenient when you travel in the city. You are not just skipping the hassle of transferring from one mode of transportation to another, you’ll also get to cut the travel time from 1 hour and 30 minutes to 30 minutes or even less.
Renting a car is also best for travelers planning to have a family or group outing to ensure their loved ones’ safety. You will save a huge amount of money as well.
For tourists outside Davao, we can arrange an airport car rental for you. Choose a rental car unit, and we’ll have it delivered to the city airport upon your arrival. If you are already in Davao, we can also have it dropped off at your exact location.
Sedans, SUVs, and vans, we have the rental car units you need, and we are available to take your car bookings 24/7. If you need one for your trip, for a short or long-term car rental basis, contact us directly, and we’d be glad to accommodate you.
How to contact Villa De Mercedes
Mobile no.: 0909-806-9614
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