Ekran Berhard, the owner of Samal Casino Resort is planning to reopen the resort this year with an additional investment of $100 million for the hotel renovation. This resort is located in Kaputian District, Island Garden City of Samal. It was operational in 1997 as a hotel and casino with 300 rooms and a ballroom that could cater 3,000 people. In the early 1990’s, this Island Resort gained a cost of more than $250 million. However, due to Asian financial crisis, it was closed and left idle for almost nine years now.
Ekran Berhard plans to renovate the hotel and expected to reopen by December this year. Some officials of the Island Garden City of Samal had personally met Pek Khiing Ting and his son Michael Ting in Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia and talked about the plans of the company for the said resort. Accordingly, Ekran Berhard has an idea to link the $300 million Samal Island Resort with other hotels in the region particularly the one in Kuching, Malaysia.
The Samal Casino Resort is a 250 hectare area composed of complete amenities for guests and visitors. It is accessible via a 30-minute pump boat or ferry ride from Davao City.
Once fully operational again, the hotel is expected to infuse at least 50 million pesos various taxes and will give job opportunities for employment and boosts the tourism industry of the Samal Island.
The realization of the resort was under the BIMP-EAGA initiative in the early 1990’s which was agreed between the Philippines and Malaysia.
The Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) is a 15-minute motor banca ride from Davao City. One of the striking features of this island is its being pollution-free. This flourishing city is in the Southeastern part of the Philippines. The residents of Samal enjoy its perfect tropical climate that ranges from around 27-29 Degree Celsius.
With its white sand beaches and diverse nature, the Island Garden City of Samal is truly one of the tourist destinations in the southern part of the Philippines. The Island features white sand coastlines reaching up to 118 kilometers. It is also bested with more than 70 magnificent caves, cliffs, and mountains which are abundant in fruit bearing trees and preserved forest. Underneath are marvelous coral gardens and oceans with clear blue water that is endowed with various marine lives.
One of the famous tourist attractions in this Island is the Barcelo Pearl Farm. It is a luxurious Asian resort located in Kaputian, Island Garden City of Samal. This resort consistently ranks as one of the best resorts in the country. The resort is designed by famous architect, Francisco Manosa who also designed the fabulous Amanpolo in Palawan. The overall ambiance of the 73 guest rooms, suites down to the cottages are influenced by Maranao and Samal ethnic culture. Within your reach is the Isla Malipano, a 9 hectare island owned by the Floriendo family. There are seven exclusive bamboo villas. Four are water villas and three rock villas which offer overnight accommodations with comfort and perfect amenities.
Come face to face with the bats in its sanctuary in Tambo, Babak District, Island Garden City of Samal. The cave has millions of bats that weigh less than half an ounce and fly in the air like acrobats. This island holds promises that in no time this modern city will merge as a front liner for business and industry. More and more investors are enticed to put up investment for the reason that this island will soon boom and would be one of the primary tourist attractions in the south.
Hundreds of people are coming in and out of the island for various reasons. For business and trades, visit friends and love ones, explore the beaches, diving, skiing, hiking, snorkeling, be amazed by million of bats on it’s sanctuary and occupying thyself with a unique and different smell inside the island. The island is within your reach. You can ride a motor banca or bus transported by ferry boats, ride in a motorcycle or tricycle or you can walk and finally set foot on your destination.
Years from now this island could be famous tourist spot not only in the Philippines but throughout the globe.