Monday, 23 March 2015

Resort Review: Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa (Puerto Rincesa City, Palawan)

Date of Stay: March 23-25, 2015

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Sheridan Beach Resort
Sheridan Beach Resort and its signature swimming pool
The 95-room Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa, the only luxury resort in the Sabang area on the west coast of Palawan, was built in 2010 and was developed and operated by Jeco Development Corp.  President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III stayed here last February 9, 2011. Arriving guests at the resort are all offered a relaxing cold face towel and a welcome drink made with fresh cucumber and pineapple.  The very professional, very visible and thoughtful Mike Villegas, the Resident Manager,  sees to it that the needs of guests are attended to.
Front Desk
Front Desk
The “green” resort, known for its energy efficiency projects, is where one can truly take a vacation — without the guilt trip.  On September 30, 2014, it was awarded the Sustainable Energy Finance Award (SEF) of the International Finance Corporation through Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), one among the seven honored for promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy at the recently concluded Energy Smart Forum organized by the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP). 
Wind turbines
Wind turbines
Wind turbines cover about 70 to 80% of Sheridan’s electricity requirements. During rainy days or when the solar plant cannot produce or when there is scarce wind to power the wind turbines, the resort has back-up generators.
Solar panels
Solar panels
The resort also has a catch basin for rainwater and a water recycling system in place. They also use LED lighting and their airconditioners use inverters. They also have green landscape features and architecture, so they don’t use air-conditioning in our hallways.
De Luxe Room
De Luxe Pool View Room
The Minimalist-style our guestrooms (the 30 sq.m. Superior and De Luxe Mountain or Pool View Rooms, the 46 sq. m. Palawan and Sabang Rooms and the 76 sq. m. Junior Suite and Sheridan Suite) are all tastefully furnished and decorated in a contemporary Asian style with a touch of local culture.
De Luxe Suite (2)
All have split-type airconditioners, comfortable beds, soft, fluffy pillows, a spacious private ensuite bathroom with hot and cold shower, flat screen cable TV with a DVD player, well-stocked minibar, hair dryer, in-room safe, tea and coffee making facility plus rubber slippers, bathrobes, complimentary bottled water and a large umbrella for the use of guests.  The second floor rooms have a very nice balcony, where one  can enjoy a panoramic view of the large swimming pool, has a retractable aluminum clothes rack where you can hang your wet clothes and towels.
Sabang Room
Sabang Room
Sabang Room Bath
Sabang Room Bath
The Superior and De Luxe Mountain or Pool View Rooms have hot and cold showers while the Palawan and Sabang Rooms and the Junior Suite and Sheridan Suite have bathtubs.  For groups and families, there are 13 connecting rooms in the De Luxe category.
Chaise lounges by the pool
Chaise lounges by the pool
Its big, 340 ft. (104 m.) long, architecturally interesting infinity swimming pool, said to be the largest in Palawan, is located tight smacked in the center of the entire establishment.  Open 9 AM to 9 PM, it has a constant depth of 4 ft. throughout its length and is separated into two distinct sections.
Childrens pool
Children's pool
Here, you can play water basketball. Chaise lounges are actually partly submerged at the pool. The swim up Sip n’ Dip Bar (open till 12 midnight) is located in the middle while 3 jacuzzis are located on the sides.
Jacuzzis
Jacuzzis
There are plenty of dedicated lifeguards on duty here (and the beach) as well as pool attendants. A small but excellent outdoor workout gym, with great, state-of-the-art Sports Art Fitness equipment and weights, overlooks the pool.
Outdoor gym
Outdoor gym
The resort also has a 24-hour, beachfront restaurant (South Sea Restaurant), coffee shop, a bar/lounge by the beach (Blue Bar), kiddie swimming pool, 24-hour front desk, convention center, smoking area, shared lounge/TV area, children’s playground, sauna, a sports bar with darts, billiards, table tennis and a giant chess board game, outdoor sports (Segway, beach bikes, ATV rides), barbecue facilities, library near the lobby, game room, watersport facilities (surfboards, wakeboards, kayaks, body board, etc.) and business center. The first-rate, service-oriented staff, who spoke very good English, were really helpful, very nice and extremely polite and friendly. In 2014, Booking.com gave the resort an Award of Excellence for achieving an overall guest review score of 8.5/10.
Convention Center
Convention Center
Sports bar
Sports bar
The gorgeous, well maintained, gradually sloping, relatively quiet, palm-fringed and sugary fine but not so white Sabang Beach has shallow, crystal clear water but is not ideal for snorkeling or diving. Beware of the undertow at the 6-ft. deep level. The lifeguards use their whistles or bullhorns to call your attention if you venture beyond the safe zone. Facing the beach are benches, sundeck chairs, small tables and cozy, woven reed hammocks under shady coconut trees where we can sit or lie down, nap, read or listen to the waves crashing around you.  The resort takes great pains to maintain the cleanliness of the beach. On March 3, 2014, as a reward for its efforts, the Puerto Princesa City government, through the Oplan Linis Program, conferred the Clean & Green Award (Beaches Category) to the resort.
Beach Area
Beach Area
The resort also offers 24-hour room service, laundry service, shuttle, safety deposit boxes, luggage area, car rental, airport transfer, tours, bicycle rental, babysitting, currency exchange, island hopping and express check-in/check-out.  Wi-fi is offered in public areas (lobby and restaurant) but some rooms are within reach of wi-fi.
Nature Spa Village
Nature Spa Village
The resort also offers Puerto Princesa Underground River (this member of the New Seven Wonders of Nature is just a stone’s throw away) tours, the 800 m. long Sabang X Zipline (where you zip over the sea) Tours and the highly-educational Mangrove Paddle Boat Tours. After a hectic day of island hopping, snorkelling and ziplining, one can avail of the signature Sheridan hilot massage at the intimate Sheridan Nature Spa Village.  Truly healing and relaxing.
Nature Spa Village - Interior
Nature Spa Village – Interior
About 15-20 mins away from the resort is Ugong Rock and the mangroves. It’s also an 1.5 hr drive to Honda Bay. Sabang Waterfalls is about a 2-hour roundtrip trek through a very rocky beach.
All Terrain Vehicles
All Terrain Vehicles
A pair of Xibeihu Amphibious Motorboats
A pair of Xibeihu Amphibious Motorboats
The physical beauty and magnificent sweeping vistas of the surrounding, lush green and uniquely shaped mountains, which serves as the resort’s beautiful backdrop, truly makes one feel like he or she is in paradise. Truly, a a mystical, beautiful vacation hideaway in Palawan where heaven and earth meet …..
Sunset at Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa
Sunset at Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa
Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa: Sabang Beach, Sitio Sabang, Brgy. Cabayugan. Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Palawan Sales Office: Jeco Bldg., Rizal Ave. Extn., Puerto Princesa City.  Tel (+63 48) 434 1448 to 49 and 723 7278. Mobile Numbers (+63 917) 308-3245 and (+ 63 917) 308-3245. Cebu Sales Office: Sheridan Bldg., Ouano Ave., NRA, Mandaue City.  Tel: (+63 32) 236-1001. Fax: (+63 32) 345-1000. Mobile number: (+63 917) 306-6984. Manila Sales Office: tel: (+63 2) 939-8888. Mobile number: (+63 917) 726-5224. E-mail: reservations@sheridanbeachresort.com.  Website:www.sheridanbeachresort.com.
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