Formerly called Villa Victoria, now renamed Mergrande Ocean Resort is an 8.8 hectare beachfront resort in Talomo District about 25 minutes drive from downtown Davao City. It is classified as a Class AA Beach Resort by the Department of Tourism, and has been awarded as the No. 1 Beach Resort 2005 - 2008 in Davao City.
|Driveway to the Mergrande Convention Hall|
It has been over a decade since I was here last in 1999 with a client-turned-friend, Allan Gabucan of Davao City, who brought me to the Resort along with a couple of young waitresses whom we met at the now defunct Camarine Grille in Victoria Plaza Mall, downtown Davao City which Allan and I used to frequent practically almost every night back then usually at a little before closing office hours to the wee hours of the morning. The occasion was actually not the first time I came to Villa Victoria as it was called then. It was I recall Raymund, a visiting regional manager of a multi-national pharmaceutical company based in Manila, whom I met at D' Counter Executive Hotel & Dormitory also in downtown Davao where he was staying, who first introduced the Resort. The third and definitely wont be the last time I have visited the Resort was with my wife and some friends.
Of course, the Resort looks totally different now than it was a decade ago. Much improvement and renovation over time was obviously meticulously undertaken by the Resort to give it, I should say, a more modern look in touch with the times. It goes without saying that I will surely recommend Mergrande to my visiting friends and relatives from Manila when they are in town.
|Signage welcoming guests to the Resort|
|Main Entrance to Mergrande|
Mergrande is a combination of French and Spanish words, "mer" which means "sea" in French, and "grande" for "big" in Spanish.
The Resort is complete with amenities and facilities standard to a beach resort such as a big swimming pool, cottages, dormitories for overnight stay, a restaurant, and, of course, the beach. The beach may not be white sand and is somewhat ash gray but, just the same, guests will surely enjoy popular water sport activities such as skim boarding, wake boarding, or may simply bond with families and friends out in the beach.
|At the Beach|
|Kids always love the beach|
|View of Gulf of Davao|
|Farther side of the Beach|
|Other view of the Pool|
|View of the entire Swimming Pool|
Mergrande also has billiards, basketball and tennis courts, darts, a videoke area, an 18-hole mini golf course, and a fishing village.
|18-Hole Mini Golf Course|
|Basketball and Tennis Courts|
The Resort is also a popular venue for corporate or business functions such as conventions, seminars, meetings, and social gatherings like birthday parties, family or school reunions, etc.
For overnight stay, there are several reasonably priced air-conditioned and non air-conditioned rooms which can accommodate two to four persons.
How to get to Mergrande Ocean Resort
Mergrande is located at Bago Aplaya, Talomo District, about 25 minute drive either by private or public transportation from downtown Davao City.
|Signboard giving direction to the Resort|
Mergrande Ocean Resort
Bago Aplaya, Talomo District, Davao City
Tels (082) 289-84100
Fax (082) 298-4101