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Driftwood Village
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Sipalay
Reviewed November 17, 2012

Bamboo cottages for the price ok and well maintained. But no beach view -- all in a dark garden setting.
Activities offered -- but if I have to pay 50 Peso for a book exchange, I feel its too much business minded.
Food is ok but not to praise too much. Other resorts on the same beach do offer better cooking.
The female staff is cheerfull and friendly as usual in the Phillippines. The owner however dont care about customers opinion but enjoys his beers all the day long. Nuff said.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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3  Thank nasoowas
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

Friendliest staff with the best cuisine on the beach.
Beautiful beach with kids payground .
Clean tidy nipa huts with fan, mosquito nets and hot water.
All kinds of accommodation for all budgets.
Great bar with top music library.
All sort of activities available.( kayaking / snorkeling / guided tours ).

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank DeWeize
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

I spent a week here and it was great. Nice but primitive wooden huts just 50m from a beautyful beach. No AC but you don´t need it in the huts becouse they are quite airy. Attached bathrooms are simple but ok. Nice staff, good food and cold beer. I would definitely come here again.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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4  Thank goldmann
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

Stayed here three nights in July. Tatatuka was fully booked so we decided to book Driftwood. It wasn't a mistake – we really enjoyed our stay here. The rooms are a little basic and there is very little sound control, but otherwise it's a really nice place to stay. The bamboo huts are small but cute, and for PHP 700 it's a pretty decent deal. There's a nice common area and the restaurant serves decent food (not as cheap as Sulu Resort but way more reasonable than Tatatuka). One mild annoyance was that laptops were not allowed in the restaurant or public areas (makes sense for trying to foster a social atmosphere, but really irritating if you're the only one in the bar). Similarly, there was no wifi at this place (they said they were going to be getting it in the future), which meant walking down to neighbouring resorts and paying PHP 100/hr. Otherwise we really enjoyed our stay here. The beach is really nice and with their many hammocks was a perfect place to chill for a couple of days.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank CEMMM
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

Sugar Beach is the perfect getaway from urban life. If that's what you are in for, Driftwood Village will definitely be the place of you. The Swiss-Filipino owners created a very welcoming and unique place. Every nipa-hut has it's own individual style and there is not one built like another. This and the beautiful, lush gardens make the whole place feel very natural.

At the time of our stay it was not very busy; just us, another couple and a few regulars. The amazing beach just for us. That was a true surprise in a positive sense, as we had expected a lot of backpackers.

The huts are unique and built in a native style, using all natural materials. Only the bathrooms have some "western" elements. You have hot water showers, tiles, a proper toilet and sink - and a view, as the walls are not totally going up. I loved taking my shower looking into the green. The huts are bamboo and nipa. Stop. No glass, no concrete, no bricks. As they are built the way people build heir houses here, there is no need for an a/c. You are feeling hot? Just pull on the cord and flip open one of the walls. Unreal.

We stayed in a hut in the back of the property, which was built on stilts. Hammock under the house and a trapdoor with a lock as the main entrance. I thought that was original...

The staff is friendly, the place is clean as far as nature can be clean and the food was nice. Sitting in the tropics eating Röschti (a Swiss speciality made from potatoes) was not what we had signed up for, but it was definitely a nice surprise and a welcome change to the usual Filipino breakfast.

To cut the long story short: we can highly recommend the place for anyone who likes a quiet and original place at a great beach with an incredible sunset and a lush surroundings.

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  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank absolutseppi
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Reviewed May 24, 2011

A decent, no-frills backpacker's place. For the younger crowd who wants to party all night, and wake-up late. An o.k. restaurant, served with smiles. No real concern for service, extreme cleanliness, or clocks. I personally could not find anyone awake or sober before 10 a.m., on either the one night I stayed there, or the three other nights we stayed somewhere else. Came for breakfast on two mornings, found noone awake, even though they state breakfast is served at 7 a.m... The small hut we stayed in on the night we were there, had great mosquito netting...but by morning I was covered with mites or some other small bugs, minute in size. I was scratching all night, and no sleep....made us go to Bermuda next door, where we had an unbelievable experience (see my blog). Having said that, my wife and I are in our 50's, and backpacking for us might be not the norm for the youngsters!

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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank banyannook
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Reviewed May 9, 2011

Driftwood Village is stunning. For once the Lonely Planet made a good recommendation - it really is a Robinson Crusoe-esque hideaway.

We spent 3 nights and left relaxed and happy. It's perfect if you want to escape the hustle of the big resorts and the noise of the party people. It's a place to relax, enjoy nature and share conversations with other laid-back travellers.

The pro's:
* The loveliest staff you could wish to meet - run by Peter & Daisy and managed by her sisters and a few other Filipino ladies who all speak good English are wonderful company
* Located on an isolated beach that can only be reached by boat
* Cool wooden cabins for accommodation - prices start at 500Php and a large cabin with ensuite shower room and 2 large beds cost us 900Php per night - great value
* Bar and restaurant - food is really good though more expensive than local restaurants
* Good range of services - laundry, boat transfers, boat trips, hire of kayaks and snorkel kits, book exchange, massage (from the rather attractive sisters which is a bonus!)
* Beautiful sandy beach right outside the resort
* So quiet you can hear yourself breathe - the only noise you'll get is the sound of waves in the distance and animals in the morning (note that we came here during a quiet time between major local holidays)

The con's:
* It's an effort to get here and back to the mainland
* You have to pay 50Php for each book swap - not really in the spirit of bookswaps
* You pay to use the pool and table football
* If the weather is rubbish, there's not much to do
* When it rains a lot, your clothes will get damp and nothing dries

I've been as picky as possible with the con's to give some perspective. However, for us the pro's far outweighed them and we loved Driftwood. We had bad weather but the staff kept us entertained. We will happily go back next time we come to Negros - it's the most relaxing place I've ever been to and the beach is beautiful.

So give Peter & Daisy a call and go meet the sisters - all 5 of them have a name starting with the letter 'D'.

Thanks
james

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank jamerguk
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Additional Information about Driftwood Village

Address: | Brgy Nauhang, Sugar Beach, Sipalay, Negros Occidental 6113, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Negros Island > Negros Occidental > Sipalay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Sipalay
Price Range: $10 - $40 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 19
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Want to relax on a remote beach, with no traffic noise and native style bungalows? See you soon! ... more   less 
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