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“good time at daluyon” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort

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Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Sabang Beach, Sabang, Palawan Island 5300, Philippines   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Sabang
quezon city, philippines
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“good time at daluyon”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2009

well, we always consult what trip advisor travellers have to say about a place before going to a destination /country and true to their words we had no regrets in going to this remote beach /resort site. It felt like we had our own private beach.. ..the waves were moderate , not too strong... the beach really clean and inviting...the pool area also clean and so were the rooms. We liked the decor of the houses and rooms The food was fine and the only down side really is that it is a good 2 hours ride from the airport. and on rainy days the van cannot bring tourist via van direct to their frontage.
we were made to ride a carabao driven cart. altho it was fun it would have been better if they had a good road access to their hotel. another downside is that there was no where else to go bec. it was quite isolated. For those who are adventurous and want some peace n quiet , this is the place to be.Overall we enjoyed our 2 nites stay.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2009

We were a bit concerned about the drive from Puerto Princesa airport to Sabang but there was no need to be. I was fearful of dirt roads most of the way but they are building a concrete road and much of it was done. It took about 1 1/2 hours over occasionally rough road but it was well worth it. We began relaxing as soon as we checked in. We were greeted at the desk with a small buko shake which was enough to tell my husband it would be a great weekend. Buko shakes are his favorite!! We went on the Underground River Tour and the Mangrove Tour. Both were well worth the time and cost. Be sure to wear plenty of insect repellent as the mosquitos are very active, especially on the Mangrove Tour. We also had massages arranged by the resort which helped us relax even more!!

The food at the resort is very good and reasonably priced. I would recommend especially the grilled fish fillet and the sinigang. Both were full of wonderful flavor and the seafood was incredibly fresh (of course!). The potatoes were the best I've had in the Philippines. That was a surprise since potatoes are usually not done well here. They had live music in the restaurant each night with a Fililpino guitar player/singer. He had a large number of songs and was very good. It made for a really nice dinner.

Our suite was small but well organized and nicely decorated. It was airconditioned and we had reliable electric service (currently the only site in Sabang with that). The satellite TV service was a bit sketchy since we lost the signal in the middle of a couple of shows but most of the time we were relaxing, touring or reading. One thing you must know in advance is the hot water is by solar heating. The sky was slightly overcast most of the time which meant cool showers the whole time. Not totally cold but not warm.

For us this was a wonderful time. We had a chance to get away from the city and relax in a new environment. I would definitely recommend this resort.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2009

Length of Stay: 4 days and 3 nights
Total expense: PhP 31,100.00 (not including airfare)
Additions: Underground River tour, Snorkeling (substituted for Honda Bay Tour), Van/SUV Rental (the alleged "City Tour")
Purpose of Stay: a "third honeymoon."


LOCATION

The resort is located in Sabang, which is a good two hours away from the city proper of Puerto Princesa. On arrival at the airport, we immediately located our pick-up shuttle (an SUV). The driver was very knowledgeable and gave us a decent background on all the sights seen during the lengthy drive.

The beach is PRISTINE. Although It does not have the powdery white sands of Boracay (it has more of the grainy, cream-colored kind), it does not have the same commercialized and congested feel either. At any given time there were probably only up to fifteen guests on the beach (to be fair, there were only 16 rooms in the resort, and it was not full to capacity when we were there). The water is clean and clear, practically devoid of debris, and only has a faint salty/fishy smell. Overall we thought it was better than even Panglao (Bohol).

One of the best features of the resort is its remoteness. I suppose because it's so far from "civilization" and because the price is steeper than hotels you can get in the city, people prefer not to stay here, but if you're looking for privacy you've come to the right place.

On a side note, mosquitoes abound, so bring plenty of insect repellant.

FOOD

The menu is fairly interesting and allegedly created by an "internationally-trained chef," but somehow retains a "local flavor." It's hard to describe, but for the "fine dining" prices they charge (300-600 pesos per dish, although the pasta dishes can be as low as 165), you do expect a corresponding level of quality. I realize that this is completely subjective, but in this regard i feel their restaurant fails to deliver.

If you are staying on a package, remember to clarify which meals are included. When we sat down to order after our Underground River tour, the manager came up to us and told us that lunch was included, which saved us at least 600 pesos that day. Breakfasts appear to be complimentary with all packages. Our Wednesday breakfast was a buffet.

You're not necessarily locked-in to Daluyon's restaurant, as there are adjacent resorts with their own eateries (for apparently cheaper, but we never got to try any).

ROOM

The standard room was decently-sized. From the balcony, there is a fantastic view of the beach. There is also 20-inch LCD TV and an in-room DVD player (you can borrow DVDs for free from the front desk). The airconditioning is appropriately powered and cools the room enough despite the heat outside. It deserves mention that they have a generator nearby (probably situated on the adjacent property; we could only hear the faint sound of the motor when we were at the swimming pool) and claim that they are the only (current) resort that has 24-hour electricity, which is a boon when you want to sleep someplace cool at night.

The problem was the bathroom, which had a faint unpleasant musty smell (my wife referred to it as "amoy imburnal"). We were told that this was from being inadequately ventilated, and did improve slightly (although never quite disappeared) once we started leaving the door open. At one point we found an earthworm in the shower, which may have climbed up from the drain somehow.

AMENITIES

Advertising their pool as "infinity" as a bit misleading. While the pool's far end is "invisible" at a certain angle, the resort's villas obstruct the view of the coastline - which i thought was the entire point to having an "infinity pool." Honestly however, given the quality of the beach you won't really need to spend any time lounging in the pool, unless you really want to avoid saltwater, sand, and waves.

There is no business center to speak of. Wireless internet access is available in the lobby (just ask for the network password). Whether or not guests can use their computers to access the internet is up to debate. Depending on who you speak to, it is either 1. not allowed, 2. allowed only after 7pm, or 3. allowed to a fee of 50 pesos per hour.

There is no fitness room, but you can always just do isometrics or run along the beach. Or swim.

SERVICE

The resort staff was very attentive and efficient (maybe the fairly low occupancy during our stay had something to do with it). When you need something, it gets taken care of promptly. The manager was always available when needed.

One big fault is the lack of communication between staff members. This was obvious from the get-go, when we were told by the manager that we should have done the Honda Bay Tour prior to arriving at the resort (apparently the driver was unaware) and consequently got bumped to a snorkeling outing instead. When we went to go kayaking, the lifeguard was hesitant to let us use the equipment because he wasn't sure we were allowed. At checkout time, we had to go line-by-line because the person finalizing the bill didn't know which meals were freebies. For a place that's been operational for almost two years and seems to be positioning itself as a first-class destination, this is almost unforgivable. The only saving grace is the staff's responsiveness when we point out the errors, but really those errors shouldn't be happening in the first place.

ADD-ONS

The Underground River tour was as expected. Travelers should be warned that "Filipino time" is in effect with the scheduling; we were told that we were scheduled for 1030am, but only got on the paddle boat at 1pm. It's possible to hike the entire 5k from the resort to the Underground River, but we opted for the bangka instead.

The Mangrove Paddleboat tour and Snorkeling outing were as expected, although the substitution of a half-day snorkeling outing for a whole day Honda Bay Tour (which presumably would have included some snorkeling as well), left a sour taste in my mouth.

The "City Tour" was a HUGE disappointment. We paid 1500 pesos but were told that it was essentially just a "van rental." The driver - in contrast to the one who brought us to the resort on the first day - remained quiet for most of it, responding only curtly to queries. Entrance fees (40 pesos and 25 pesos per head at the Crocodile Farm and Butterfly Garden respectively) were not included, nor was lunch. Then at 5pm, our driver insisted on taking us to the airport so that we wouldn't miss our flight (which was at 7pm), despite having told us earlier that a 1-hour check-in time was sufficient. I guess the incessant text messages and phone calls from the office had something to do with it (we overheard from one of his phone conversations that he had another errand to run). I guess we should consider ourselves fortunate in a way, as another group of people we met were charged 974 pesos/head for a party of five.

SUMMARY

All-in-all, considering the resort's secluded location, the price we paid wasn't horribly bad at a little over PhP 30k ($650). I would have preferred more first-class food and service with the (relatively, compared with hotels in the city proper) first-class price, but as i told my wife - the privacy was at least worth the premium.

It needs to be kept in mind that they are the best resort in that particular area (which is only halfway developed) AT THIS POINT. However once the roads get completely paved, the area becomes a more popular destination, and competing resorts with equivalent facilities start popping up, they are going to have to either step up their game or reduce prices to what they're really worth.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2009

I don't usually stay in places like this, but in Sabang, there is either very basic bungalows or this resort. We arrived quite early from Puerto Princesa, and were welcomed with a refreshing drink. The resort is stunning, gardens are imaculate and they have really made an effort in keeping with the local surroundings. We had a deluxe room which was very comfortable and had a great view of the sea. The pros: service is very good (if not a little over the top for me), food in restaurant was excellent and reasonably priced for a resort like this, location is excellent (right by the beach), great pool. It is easy to explore the beautiful surroundings (mangroves, underground river and other beautiful beaches). The cons: When there are heavy rains the room begins to feel damp and the bathroom leaks. Reserving a room is also a painful process, they require 50% upfront payment and you have to fax through details of your card and passport. It was very unfortuate that we had a lot of heavy rain during our 3 day stay in Sabang so we were not able to fully enjoy the facilities of this resort. But overall this resort is of high quality and prices are very good value. You will feel very pampered staying here.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tempe, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2009

It’s my second time in Palawan and I wanted to stay in Sabang because I liked the beach there. Found good reviews of Daluyon from tripadvisor. Did my booking over the phone (overseas call) and got email confirmation. They arranged for our pickup from the airport to Sabang. I did not regret my decision. It was excellent.

Pros: Excellent resort to get away from the touristy area. We got upgraded to a suite. We had beautiful views from the patio. Rooms were clean and comfortable. Only resort in Daluyon that had 24-h electricity and accepted Visa-MC. Staff were friendly. Nice atmosphere. Probably one of the best vacations we had.

Con: Quite isolated. Pretty much forced to have dinner here because high tide and darkness around area prevents you from walking to town after sundown. Restaurant could be better. Some descriptions in the menu were vague and substitutions occur (when they run out of some ingredients) without them informing.

Overall, I love this place and wouldn’t hesitate going back there again.

Tip: If you want to stay in Puerto Princesa, they also operate Puerto Pension and you can get combined booking with them (e.g., one night at Pension, one night at Daluyon).

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2009

4 nights there, stayed in standard room, we actually leave tomorrow, really good food and clean rooms. I was a little worried when i first contacted them as the reservation dept seemed very slow to respond. And they wanted a 50% deposit, which seems to be common in Philippines.

On to El Nido for a six hour boat ride tomorrow, i think i will miss Daluyon.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2009

Staying at Daluyon was one of the main highlights of my trip to Palawan. It was a last minute decision to go there and so glad we did. It was based on the strength of all the other recommendations here. Staff are indeed friendly and helpful and the location perfect, so beautiful. There is not much choice to eat out in Sabang, it is tiny. So we ate mainly at the hotel. I didn't think the service was poor at all and we always got our meal within a reasonable time. Plus you always got your own waiter on standby hanging around in the corner incase you needed anything which was not what I am used to but handy. The cottages were very well decked out, clean and modern, think Lombok style with dark wood décor. There was cable and complimentary dvds too. Beds were really comfy and you even got complimentary kimono bath robes, which I thought were really cool. I cannot recommend this place enough and if I go back to Sabang I would not hesitate to stay here again. This is still quite untouched by western tourism but it is finding it’s way there slowly but surely. They are already building a c.90-room Sheraton hotel nearby and the building of proper roads is well underway. At the moment be prepared for a bumpy ride to Sabang from Puerto Princessa as the roads are not complete and there is only one road from Sabang. The Daluyon has every modern comfort you need in a remote village and at a reasonable price. You will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Sabang Beach, Sabang, Palawan Island 5300, Philippines
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Location: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > Sabang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Sabang
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Hotel Class:3 star — Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 27
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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