We stayed for 2 nights as part of our trip around Palawan and could have stayed for a week. It was so good we returned 7 days later for one more night before returning to PP after we cut short out visit to Flower Island (see separate review).
I suppose when you come to Sabang in this price range there are two choices: here or Sheridan.
Based on the reviews I read here, I picked Daluyon and it was the one of the best decisions I made on the itinerary.
I haven't stayed at Sheridan, so cannot comment on the rooms, but if you are making the same decision I had to, then keep the following in mind:
1. Daluyon is pretty much on its own at the far end of the beach. This means it is away from all the package groups that stay at Sheridan or eat at the nearby restaurants on day trips to the underground river. You are also well away from the port so again, you avoid even seeing all the day trippers. So you can enjoy lying on the beach, only having to share the peace with a few of your fellow guests.
2. The vibe is much more laid back and rustic. The best part is they achieve this chilled out vibe, without dropping the comfort levels or amenities available. The resort really does blend into its surroundings well, unlike the Sheridan, which stands out like a sore thumb.
We have absolutely no complaints about any aspect of our stay.
The rooms are fine and very clean (no bugs for us). We stayed in a superior (downstairs) as we were travelling with an toddler.
Hot water was available at all times and the A/C worked very well. All rooms are about 30m from the beach.
Food seemed to be of quite a high standard but without ridiculous prices. Service at both the restaurant, on the beach and at reception was excellent at all times. They even kept a pair of shorts I left on the first stay at their office in Puerto so I could pick it up before we flew to Manila. Then when they knew we were coming back to Sabang first, had them sent in a van back to the resort.
I suppose part of the reason I rave about this place is because I loved Sabang beach, in particular the area around Daluyon. The beach is wide and made of very soft off-white sand. The surround hillside provides a dramatic background to the ocean.
We didn't visit the underground river as our toddler would not tolerate such an ordeal, but simply spent out time on the beach (didn't even use the pool). This was by far one of the best beaches on our 3 week trip.
The water was also great for swimming. Small waves and plenty of shallow water at the start (great for our toddler) but nice waves for the more confident ocean swimmer (something a lot of the beaches around here lack).
It is on this point, I feel I should respond to davidleeNewcastle below. I am an Aussie and as such spent most of my christmas holidays on beaches when I was growing up. Like any activity, you need to understand the risks and dangers in order to have the most fun and benefit. Going into big waves beyond your depths and abilities in conditions you don't understand, is always going to be a risk. The sign regarding swimming at own risk, is simply saying that if you swim after 6, ie when the lifeguard is not on duty - you do so at your own risk - fair enough, no? Otherwise the lifeguard is available at all times and offers advice on where to swim to avoid the rips (where the water drains back to the ocean) when the seas are rough - which by the sound of things, the below reviewer did not do. On our first stay the water was calmer but on our second visit, the sea was rough. So I simply asked the lifeguard where the rips were and avoided that 50m area. I would recommend to all, that when in the sea in rough conditions, never go beyond where you can get your feet firmly on the sand beneath. A golden rule that will always keep you safe. Surely the hotel cannot be blamed for guests going into the water too deep. RANT OVER :)
Anyway, just stay here. You won't regret. I would put my entire reviewing reputation on that!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The resort is located on secluded Sabang Beach by the Underground River, a Unesco World Heritage site. 12 Modern-Asian beachfront cabanas comprising 27 rooms with private verandas, 24 hr. Generated power supply with air-conditioning, solar powered hot water and energy efficient light bulbs. Facilities include a restaurant serving Asian Global cuisine, a large adult swimming pool and a kiddie pool. It is surrounded by an old growth rainforest with limestone cliffs and a mangrove lined river flowing into the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Daluyon Beach And Mountain Hotel Puerto Princesa
- Daluyon Beach And Mountain Resort Sabang, Palawan Island