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Davao Del Sur Mountain Resorts on the Slopes of Mount Apo

The Davao region is blessed to have the highest mountain in the country, Mount Apo. The expansive mountain range extends to the regions of Davao City, Davao del Sur, and Cotabato.

If there’s a place in Mindanao to enjoy a high-altitude climate, Davao del Sur has several resorts to enjoy the cool weather and view of Mt Apo just a couple of hours away from the city. Check out Camp Sabros, Montefrio Garden Resort, Haven’s Dew, Twin Mountain Resorts, Sir Ped’s, Altamers, and Jardin de Senorita.

Montefrio Garden Resort
Montefrio Garden Resort
Montefrio Garden Resort

Montefrio Garden Resort

Location: Sitio Mainit, Brgy Kapatagan, Digos City
Stay: 2 nights
Day trips allowed: Yes

Montefrio Garden Resort is probably the highest mountain resort I have stayed at, with its elevation at 1,470 meters above sea level. And believe me, it was cold even without AC. If you like the Greek-Santorini style resorts with white-washed walls, this would appeal to you. It has great facilities, like a lovely pool, function room, restaurant, karaoke room, game room, souvenir shop, bar, a sunflower garden, and reliable wifi. My favorite was probably the Frio Cafe. The cafe had a cozy space and good pastries.

Montefrio Garden Resort
Montefrio Garden Resort

There’s not much to say about the room where we stayed. Highlights of my stay were the amazing views of Mt Apo and the surrounding area, the friendly and helpful staff, speedy wifi, and Frio Cafe.

Facebook Page: /montefriogardenresort

Camp Sabros
Camp Sabros
Camp Sabros is nestled amidst a pine forest
Camp Sabros
A perfect place to chill, literally and figuratively

Camp Sabros

Location: Sitio Barras, Upper Digos, Philippines
Stay: Overnight and 1 visit
Day trips allowed: Yes

Somewhat Americana kitsch but done tastefully amidst a lush pine forest on the slopes of Mount Apo. Camp Sabros has been around for a while and is continually developing. I love the overall theme of the place as if I’m stepping inside an old American country with all the vintage items in their restaurants. Music from the 80s and 90s like REM, Spandau Ballet, and Roxette blaring from the speakers adds to the ambiance.

Camp Sabros
Camp Sabros
American and Filipino vintage theme
Camp Sabros

We stayed at the Upper White House Mansion which is a two-story area that can fit up to 12 people, yet spacious enough to run around indoors. It has handsome interiors, an open veranda with a long table for socializing, and an attic room with a glass wall for an unobstructed view of the trees, stars, and Mount Apo.

Camp Sabros has one of the most exciting zipline rides I had
Camp Sabros has one of the most exciting zipline rides I had
Camp Sabros
Our Upper White House Mansion accommodation
Camp Sabros
Getting friendly with the doggos here

Highlights of my stay were our wonderful accommodation, cozy common areas, a theme that blends so well with the surroundings, views of Mount Apo on one side and Mt Matutum on the other, and the exhilarating zip-line experience! Service has room for improvement but overall, my personal favorite among the places we stayed.

Faebook Page: /campsabros

Haven's Dew Resort in the evening
Haven’s Dew Resort in the evening
Haven's Dew Resort
Our A-house accommodation
The Sky Bike is the popular activity here at Haven's Dew Resort
The Sky Bike is the popular activity here at Haven’s Dew Resort

Haven’s Dew Resort

Location: Purok Neptune, Sitio Balutakay, Brgy. Managa, Bansalan
Stay: Overnight
Day trips allowed: Yes

A lot is going on at Haven’s Dew Resort like the flower garden, stationary bikes, a pool, and various icons like Greek goddesses, Merlions, and world landmarks all combined in one area. If you like Instagrammable, TikTok-style locations, this might appeal to you. Though most people really go here for the sky bike and zip line.

We stayed at the A-house which is a teepee-like 2-story accommodation. They had good food too, but the highlight for me was the night lights. Despite its over-the-top kitschiness, it looks captivating in the evening.

Facebook Page /havensdewresort

Twin Mountain View Resort
Exceptional dining experience at Gemelo Restaurant
Exceptional dining experience at Gemelo Restaurant
Twin Mountain View Resort

Twin Mountain View Resort

Location: Sitio Balutakay, Managa, Bansalan
Stay: Just visited for lunch and sightseeing
Day trips allowed: Yes

I like the resort’s artsy vibe. I wasn’t able to see the rooms since we had limited time, but I enjoyed the walk on their Sky Walk. The highlight for me was their Gemelo Restaurant. They probably have the best-tasting food in the area. Definitely one of my favorites in terms of dining.

Facebook Page: facebook.com/profile.php?id=100066440952746

Purple Eiffel Tower at Jardin de Señorita
Purple Eiffel Tower at Jardin de Señorita
Jardin de Señorita
Colorful accommodations

Jardin de Señorita

Location: Sitio Bacoco, Brgy Kapatagan, Digos City
Stay: Just visited for snacks and sightseeing
Day trips: Yes

We came here on a foggy afternoon so it was a bit hard to fully appreciate. They have a nice cafe but the highlights here are the flower gardens. Jardin de Señorita is clearly inspired by the Chungshe Tourism Flower Market Sea of Blooms in Taiwan, complete with a white piano in a sea of lavender and a windmill. But they added a few touches of their own like the telephone booths and Eiffel Tower replica. It’s actually done well and quite fun to walk around.

They have a few candy-colored houses for accommodations if you want to stay overnight. They are quite popular for events and photoshoots.

Facebook Page: /jardindesenorita2021

Sir Peds Coffee
Sir Peds Coffee
Sir Peds Latte
3-Cheese Margherita
3-Cheese Margherita

Sir Peds Coffee Mount Apo

Location: Pedregosa Farms, Sitio Balutakay, Brgy Managa, Bansalan
Stay: Visited for snacks and sightseeing
Day trips: Yes

Sir Peds Coffee shop has scenic views aside from its Balutakay homegrown coffee and snacks. I had their signature Sir Peds Latte which tastes a lot like Spanish Latte. Their pizza and fries were filling. They have an attractive A-house type accommodation too and an interesting coffee farm.

Facebook Page: /Sirpedscoffee/

Altamers Mountain Resort
Altamers Mountain Resort
Altamers Mountain Resort
Avocado smoothie

Altamers Mountain Resort

Location: Kinambulan, Kapatagan, Digos City
Stay: Visited for snacks and sightseeing
Day trips: Yes

Altamers Mountain Resort is currently having a soft opening and their restaurant is the area that’s open to visitors. Altamers is owned by the highly popular eatery in Davao, Mers, and is designed to bring a next-level experience to this high-altitude resort. The restaurant offers a fine dining experience. I enjoyed their Avocado smoothie.

Their accommodations were still under construction when we visited but they look really promising.

Facebook Page: /altamers

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