Good news to all you people from Davao who prefer jackets over bikinis. In case you don’t know, situated just two-hours from the city proper is a cooler place called Marilog District. Datu Salumay in Marilog District is the place to be if you’ve had enough of “Davao heat” yet cannot afford to travel to Tagaytay or Baguio.
When coming from Davao City, Datu Salumay is only a few minutes from the Davao- Bukidnon border where you can see the Philippine Eagle sculpture. Datu Salumay is home to a lot of resorts, villas and farms- Hills View Mountain Villa, Jive Resort, Gethsemane, Captain’s Haven and Bemwa Farm to name some. In this post, I will be discussing Hills View Mountain Villa in particular.
Hills View Mountain Villa is the last destination in the row of resorts and villas in Datu Salumay. This picturesque place offers an incredible view of nature. The view and the temperature will not disappoint. They are open for overnight bookings and day tours. According to our driver, best time to witness the sea of clouds is at 5:30am.
HOW TO GET THERE:
• Head along Davao- Bukidnon Highway and watch out for the Philippine Eagle sculpture. Datu Salumay is only a few minutes after the sculpture if you are coming from Davao City. Be on the lookout for signage of the different resorts. Datu Salumay is at the right side of the road if you are coming from Davao City.
• The road going to Hills View Mountain Villa is super rough. You may ride a “habal-habal” (motorcycle) or a skylab (pictured below). Private vehicles can be parked near Bemwa Farm free of charge.
• Habal-habal ride takes about 25-30 minutes depending on the driver’s skill.
• Round trip habal-habal trip costs 170PHP per head for adults and 100PHP for small children. 170PHP covers the tour to the following attractions:
➢ Bemwa Farm
➢ Captain’s Haven
➢ Hills View Mountain Villa
I don’t think it’s fair to haggle considering the level of difficulty of the trip.
Notes: The road going to the villa is super rough and bumpy, not to mention dangerous. I do not recommend it to small children and to people with back problems or slip discs. Be keen in choosing your driver. Better if they really come from the place as they are more experienced in traversing the road.
Day Tour- 50php for adults; children are free of charge
An hour in the villa is more than enough for us as the place can get crowded starting 10am. In my opinion, day tours are better compared to overnight stays because the place is not exclusive for the overnight guests. During the day, people flock and the place can get packed. The common area is relatively small so if you are looking for a quiet place to spend your vacation, I’m not sure Hills View Mountain Villa can provide. However, I think overnight stays are necessary if you want to catch the sea of clouds.
Over-all, the place is worthy of the back and butt pains brought about the travel to and fro. But if you’ll ask me if I’ll go back, my answer is no. For me, Hills View Mountain Villa is a once-is-enough kind of destination. FYI, we did not bother going to the other resorts and villas because we were already exhausted. 😂
That’s all. Thank you for your time. 😊