Friday, December 14, 2012

Serenity on Sugar Beach

After the hustle and bustle of Boracay, Sugar Beach was a welcome sight. We pulled up on the bright yellow Driftwood Village boat, named Surfy, to an nearly empty beach surrounded by hills crowded with jungle. It was perfection. Most unlike Boracay, there wasn't a single person trying to sell us stuff and we were so happy.

It's so peaceful on Sugar Beach that we were instantly relaxed, which was nice because it was a trek to get there. Sugar Beach is near the town of Sipalay on the west coast of the island of Negros. From Boracay, we took a bus to Iloilo (about 6 hours), a fast ferry (1.5 hours) to Bacolod (where we spent one night to break up the trip), then a bus from Bacolod to Sipalay (about 5 hours) and a boat from Sipalay to Sugar Beach (20 minutes), Phew! But it was worth it.

We were met with a smile and a handshake from the owner, Peter, who showed us to the reception area. There, we met the first of many extremely kind Filipino women who work at the resort. We asked for the cheapest room and she showed us over to a little thatch hut near the back of the property.

It wasn't much, but it would do. We had a bed, a shelf, a chair, a lock-box, a mosquito net, and a front porch with a hammock and loveseat. The bed was too short for Spencer's six foot three inches and I barely fit at five foot seven. I think if the bed was longer, we would have stayed longer because everything else was great.

The food was simple, filling and good. There was a large selection of dishes on the menu to choose from: western food, Thai, and Filipino. We ordered some drip coffee and it was incredibly bitter so I'd steer clear of that. Everything else we had was great.

There are tons of games to play and, with a view of the ocean, Spencer and I played chess all morning one day. They also had lots of beach games and other board games. Couple that with all the water activities you can do and you won't be bored at this place! There's diving, snorkeling, boat tours, etc.

The staff was incredibly nice and they invited us to play volleyball with them around sunset. It seemed like a nightly ritual and was a lot of fun! Afterwards, we jumped into the sea to cool off and wash the sand off ourselves from diving for the ball. The water was so refreshing after the match and the sunset that night was one of the best I've ever seen.


  1. It definitely sounds like Sugar Beach was worth the trek Maggie and wow, what a sunset!!! The Philippines are definitely on my bucket list :)

    1. It was definitely worth the trek! :) The Philippines were so great and extraordinarily beautiful. I highly recommend a trip out there.