SITUATED 535 feet above sea level, residential resort Villa de Mercedes is a perfect refuge for pilgrims who are wishing for a quick respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.

And because it's perched high up on a hilly terrain in Catigan, Toril, it offers a perfect spot for sight-seeing, one that looks over the cityscape of Davao and that of the majestic Davao Gulf.

Villa de Mercedes sprawls across 82 hectares, designed by EGD Lopez & Partners, TCGI Engineers and EA Aurelio and Associates. It also sports high-end amenities for its residents and the future dwellers.

The wide infinity pool, measuring 800 square meters, is said to be the only pool in Mindanao that uses ionized water, bereft of the harmful chemicals used for cleaning, so it's safe for kids and those who are conscious of their skin.

Good thing, its developer, Uraya Land Development Inc., has opened its gates to outsiders, so they too can get to enjoy dousing into its clean water.

Mercedes Duduaco, Villa de Mercedes sales and marketing officer, said the infinity pool gets frequent visitors, which she said is as clean as a "bottled water".

She also boasts of a three-hole golf course, lawn tennis, soccer field, lagoon, beach volleyball area, and nature trail. The lagoon, and other scenic spots of Villa de Mercedes, also enjoys rave reviews from photographers.

Villa de Mercedes also gets frequent visits from the celebrities, among them was Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) grand winner Daniel Matsunaga.

Another development to watch out for is an event center that can hold around 800 guests.

"We decided to build an event center to cater those who want to hold their weddings and other celebrations here. Some of our guests, as much as they want to, choose other locations instead, for fear that it will rain," she said.

Villa de Mercedes is comprised of four phases, the first two are already sold while the other two are currently being developed, with few slots still up for sale.

The residential resort is one of its kind in the city, sporting a Spanish Mediterranean concept. Imagine living in a place where residential and resort areas are rolled into one.

Slowly putting semblance into one's dream house is fulfilling, but locating in Villa de Mercedes makes a perfect one.