Driftwood Village
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Driftwood Village

Brgy Nauhang, Sugar Beach, Sipalay, Negros Occidental 6113 Philippines
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4.5
#3 of 5 resorts in Sipalay
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.3 of 5 bubbles
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4.4 of 5 bubbles
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Quaint
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Brgy Nauhang, Sugar Beach, Sipalay, Negros Occidental 6113 Philippines
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Hugh B wrote a review Jan 2023
Kilkenny
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Peaceful atmosphere, set in the palms on beach. I stayed in a very basic nipa hut, comfortable, fan, mozzie net, balcony with couch and hammock. Certainly not over priced compared to the other resorts on Sugar Beach, and part of the appeal is the lack of large, noisy groups. Good restaurant, with other choices too along the beach. I'll be back :)
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Date of stay: December 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Gus Rivas wrote a review Mar 2021
Kabankalan, Philippines
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Good to be back in this place after so many years and after COVID 19 Travel restrictions were eased here in our province. A better place to unwind with my wife and friends.

Nice laid back life. Staying at their nice and beautiful shack houses All houses has no aircontion for it is thieir resort's concept.

Driftwood can now be accessed easily through Nauhang road via Montilla Market because roads were being constructed to make the sugar beach accessible aside through motor boats from Sipalay City proper.

The staff were great and accomodating as always. They strictly implement COVID 19 Health protocols of the City and of the Province.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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jamerguk wrote a review May 2011
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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Date of stay: May 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ReeCath16 wrote a review May 2022
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The plas was good for relaxation but it was not good for a Large groups to stay with. POOR CUSTOMER MANAGEMENT. Resort staff have low morale. Staff confided that they are aware of the our problems/suggestions and reported this to the owner, however, despite owner’s knowing it, the system is not improved. Hopefully this will help the management to improve their service
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Bruce M wrote a review Nov 2022
Cebu City, Philippines
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent two nights here. The huts are pretty run down and badly in need of maintenance. Very over priced, in fairness the whole beach is. Food was good but again five star prices, just crazy prices.

Beach is deserted, nobody around, swimming OK but don't expect white sand. Parking car cost P100 a night.

Would we return definitely no, over rated over priced.
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Date of stay: October 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Ensue wallet is full, this applies whole beach, basically a rip off.
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GinoWakka wrote a review Feb 2013
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The good things about this place is that the girls who work here are very warm and friendly and the food is very good. Nice location and ok value accommodation.  

For what claims to be a backpacker place I found some of the things ridiculously over priced for the Philippines. For example 65p for a beer, 30p for a sachet of coffee which costs 6p in the shop (take your own sachets but they charge 5p for a cup of hot water for crying out loud) 30p to fill a bottle of water from the cooler, pay for a book swap ? Pay for a game of fuusball, pay for pretty much everything which ruins the backpacker spirit etc etc 

The other thing is that the owner of the joint is rude and arrogant. Himself and his expat friends (there are a lot of them) sit and get drunk all day and in my opinion create a big divide between the rest of the guests and an awkward atmosphere. For someone who works in the hospitality business, he needs to open his eyes and realise what backpackers actually want, while at least showing a little bit a gratitude and friendliness towards the people who are lining his pockets to enable him to lead his alcoholic, chain smoking lifestyle.
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Date of stay: February 2013
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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IloiloLily wrote a review Feb 2010
iloilo
1.0 of 5 bubbles
this place is a great hideaway, especially to have a rest from traveling for a few days. very comfortable nipa huts for good value. However, found the swiss and german crowd of people, including the owner Peter to be very cliquey. Peter himself is not a welcoming guy and appears to be rude at most times. This gave the atmosphere quite an uncomfortable feel. The Filipina women are cherry picked to flirt with the men. Also, dozens of neglected pet rabbits are kept in disgusting living conditions.
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Date of stay: January 2010
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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elmundoazul wrote a review Oct 2013
Cancun, Mexico
1.0 of 5 bubbles
i visited the sugar beach in sipalay as it was written in lonely planet. i stayed in driftwood village which is one of the few hotels there.
1- i think the owners of the hotels there have paid a bribe to lonely planet writer as the beach has chocolate brown sand. sea is also chocolate brown since right next to the beach is a muddy river going in to the sea. you will cross that river in a paddle boat to get to sugar beach. beaches like that are every where in asia and Philippines. why did i come here...i was wondering.
lonely planet calls it a "delicious beach"......we need trade descriptions act here. as it was delicious like a chocolate...)))))

2- the owner of driftwood is a peter who is swiss. as the lonely planet puts it....we can have our robinson crusoe effect here. a big fat lie. it was peter who wants to have his robinson crusoe life and we are the ones paying for it.

3- peter was drunk every time i saw him

4- no lap tops or phones allowed in the restaurant area..........to make it a quiet place?....wronnnng.....peter was blaring his music every night at night club levels.....well because there is no wifi here. contrary to what they say. they have a small mobile phone which we have to take to a hut on the beach (reception is better there). but we could not open a single page. it just does not work. so forget about killing your time using wifi at night.

5- food is just so so and the price is sky high. i paid 3300 pesos..thats over $US60 for a day and half that i stayed there. 2 nights in total.

6- they have huts every where. which are very nice and clean except that they failed to mention that the water in the toilet is also from the muddy river. so you have to take a shower in muddy water too. for brushing your teeth no free clean water is supplied.

7- at night there are no lights as the huts are spread out among the trees. there are so many paths and no lights and no signs. so in the hotel grounds we are supposed to look for our hut in pitch darkness and pouring rain. i was soaked by the time i found my hut.

8- all huts have coconut leaves roofs which were leaking in rain....in my hut and in the restaurant too.

my best advice to all...........dont even bother going there. this is a scam. you can stay for free on beaches like that all over philippines.
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Date of stay: October 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Isabel A wrote a review Oct 2017
Montpellier, France
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It's good value for money with lovely staff and beautiful surroundings.
Prices range from PHP 300 in the dorm, PHP 450-600 for bungalows with shared bathroom to PHP 800 for bungalows with private bath.
You get everything you need in Driftwood Village, but also have other choices along the Sugar Beach, if you wish to change location during the day or evening.
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Date of stay: September 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Peely wrote a review Jan 2015
Leeds, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sugar beach is a little out of the way but worth the effort. Driftwood is the budget option for the beach and it provides a variety of room types, I stayed in the dorm for P250 a night and it was perfect for me. Sugar Beach is a great place to relax for a couple of days, don't go if you want to party but there's a great bar at Driftwood with a friendly atmosphere if you want a few drinks in the evening. You can chill on the beach, swim, snorkel and kayak also. The food is pricy compared to elsewhere in the Philippines ( around P150 to P300) but it tastes amazing so I didn't mind For just a couple of days. The staff there are so friendly and welcoming as well. Thank you to all the staff, I hope to return one day and I recommend it to any traveller wanting some chill out time at the beach.
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Date of stay: January 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Peter asked a question Sept 2019
Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg13 contributions9 helpful votes
Which payment options does the Driftwood Village Resort offer? Do they accept Visa/Mastercard Credit Cards?
Bruce M wrote a tip Nov 2022
Cebu City, Philippines28 contributions36 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ensue wallet is full, this applies whole beach, basically a rip off."
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Angelo_The_Explorer wrote a tip May 2018
Laguna461 contributions118 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try the Mhyna Hut! They are so cool!"
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Taz046 wrote a tip Jan 2016
Manchester, United Kingdom41 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The rooms closest to the kitchen/bar are the noisiest so bear that in mind, Seahorse being the noisiest imo."
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Dale M wrote a tip Oct 2013
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand25 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All great,new one being built a bit closer to the beach"
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Parttimegypsy75 wrote a tip Jul 2013
Crete, Illinois17 contributions14 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go to the bar on the cliff ( I cannot remember the name,maybe sunset bar) and have a few drinks with Christian. He's a great guy from Switzerland and although he has a rough look he is a kind and great host."
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£19 - £21 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Driftwood Village
Which popular attractions are close to Driftwood Village?
Nearby attractions include Sugar Beach (0.01 miles), M/V Guimaras (Julien's Wreck) (3.2 miles), and Mad Max Pier (4.9 miles).
What food & drink options are available at Driftwood Village?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Driftwood Village?
Conveniently located restaurants include Buenaventura Beach Resort Restaurant, Driftwood Village Restaurant, and Fish Tank Sea Food Restaurant.
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