Secdea Resort, Samal Island

Emma gets all the birthday treats! In 2015 (a significant year for her…say know more), I treated her and the family to a day at the new Secdea Resort on the northeastern coast of Samal Island. We’d tried going there twice before, but had been put off by the price of a day visit. But we kept hearing good things about the place (‘world class resort’ and so on), so for her important birthday, I bit the bullet and (mixing my metaphors) coughed up.

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Some nice detailing using driftwood as ornaments

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A twist on the old theme of wagon-wheeled chairs

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The resort has some beautiful pools for swimming despite being by the sea

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When you visit the beach, you realise why. The coastal area is mangrove, which is totally natural and an ecological haven for crabs and fish. Rather than destroy this, the resort has gone to extraordinary lengths to make this a feature, with walkways and signposting.

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An epiphytic fern

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She who must be obeyed commands her Crab Army to attack

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The rest of the grounds aren’t bad, either

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