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Sherwood Bay Resort
Ranked #9 of 14 Dauis B&B and Inns
Reviewed December 30, 2016

I always committed to myself to be honest when I write reviews and so this is my true and honest representation of a VERY disappointing experience of this so called hotel. Seriously my family and I were like Robin Hood, we just wanted to get our of Sherwood.

It's not cheap at all so there is no excuse in my reckoning.

Only highlight is the view, but you can get that from the 360 degree coast of Bohol and Panglau so that novelty soon wears off. The staff were nice enough, but despite them having been in business for 6 years it came across that each day was their first in hospitality.

I'll list now the lowlights;
- It is in the middle of NOWHERE - believe me NOWHERE;
- there is nothing within less than 20 minutes drive;
- there is no public transport therefore to get anywhere and you have to rely on their 'premium cost' transport service;
- you are a captive audience for their packages (diving, whale watching etc) and therefore pay a premium compared to what you can pay 20 minutes away, but of course its hard to get to because you are in the middle of nowhere;
- entertainment is one swimming pool, by the way the jacuzzi is broken;
- we were greeted with;
* do you mind ordering your food 30 minutes before you want it because we are really slow;
* the bar & restaurant shuts at 2130 (sorry I thought this was a resort), but if you give us advanced notice we might be able to extend;
* let us know if you'll be late back and we'll open the gate (yep no security past a certain time);
- we were getting text messages asking if we'd be coming for breakfast and dinner (sorry I thought I was on holiday not at boarding school);
- massive menu with half the options not being available;
- it takes over 45 minutes to get fed;
- tiny portions;
- local food OK, Western rubbish;
- it takes about 20 minutes to be served one cold beer;
- Wifi is only available in the bar area. Now that shuts at 2130, so back to the room. Oh no, no Wifi, lets watch the TV - yep apart from 1 or 2 channels it is all local Philippines TV - so absolutely NO ENTERTAINMENT from this place at all.

It is NOT WORTH the money for staying here and everyone staying here was complaining of all of the above. We ended up paying double to stay at another hotel for half our stay we were that disappointed in Sherwood Bay. NEVER AGAIN. One other guest described it as shameful, I am with him.

If you want to sit and stare at the sea, have no entertainment, and be in bed at 2130 every day - fill your boots. With 5 kids I need entertainment and I feel I have been VERY misled and over charged for such a poor experience from Sherwood Bay.

This should be renamed Fawlty Towers, Panglau Branch. Only thing missing is the Major at the bar, but then there is no bar and if there was it would shut at 2130 and he would be sent to his room.

Seriously think twice and again before you consider booking this place!!!

  • Stayed: December 2016, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 19, 2016

The hotel is nice with clean and spacious room but it is in the middle of nowhere. Some driver in Alona beach does not know where this hotel is. The bathroom is nice with Jacuzzi but they are a bit stingy with shampoo (It's like a ketchup packets with 1/4 the amount) If you have long hair, bring your own shampoo. I booked this because I saw in expedia that there is snorkeling on site and that is not the case. The food in the restaurant is nice but the wait is a bit too long. The breakfast could be improved and maybe give more than just 1 small piece of fruit. If you have an early morning tour, they'll pack you a sandwich for breakfast. It is far from Alona beach or any restaurant and the hotel charges 550 pesos one way. There isn't much to do in the hotel except to lounge by the pool. The tour packages they offer is 2 to 3 times more than what you'll pay if you book it in Alona beach. Wifi is very slow and only works around the restaurant area. There is no TV in our room unlike what it says in expedia. The owners are very helpful and accommodating.

Stayed: February 2016
2  Thank Willy Y
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Reviewed October 23, 2015

Sheerwood Dive Resort might have been a grand idea at some point but now it is just sad. Old, forlorn, forgotten and poorly maintained. We chose the hotel in the hope that we could jump in the water and snorkle/dive nearby like the brochure says. That is not the case. The staff were very friendly but unfortunately it doesn't way up for the 'has been' atmosphere.

Compared to local prices, it wasn't even cheap.

The rooms are in bad shape. They are worn down, the paint is flaking and there is rust everywhere. >The pipes scream when you turn on the water. We had a tiny, old, box TV that only showed one channel (Some Phillipino Christian-TV). The pool was dirty and the restaurant was embarassing. In the room we found a menu, not for room service, but detailing what it cost to damage anything! That gives you a bad vibe right away. In addition, the hotel was far away from anywhere of interest. In the middle of the woods, so to speak.

I will not recommend it to anybody.

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  • Stayed: October 2015, traveled with friends
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2  Thank QAEva
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Reviewed October 1, 2015

My wife and I stayed here four nights 21st-25th September 2015. We were met at Tagbilaran Airport by their driver Arnold. From there it is around 20 minutes to the actual resort. Upon arrival we were met by the owner Lisa who showed us to our room. We were lucky and were upgraded to a corner suite which had a balcony with absolutely fabulous views over the sea. The suite itself is very large with a bathroom and spa bath separate, this bathroom is huge. We ate in the restaurant every night as well as breakfast which is included in the tariff. The breakfast menu is limited but the dinner menu is quite extensive, although their wine list is very limited. I actually went into Tagbilaran after our snorkelling trip and bought some wine. The meals themselves are quite large and very reasonably priced, your order is actually taken by the chef Martial.
After check in we arranged our tours, the first was a snorkelling trip and boat ride to Balicasag Island. The second trip was a tour that is conducted by the resort itself.
This tour, again our guide and driver was Arnold, included the Chocolate Hills, the Tarsier Sanctuary, lunch on Loboc River Cruise (separate reviews), Also the fabulous church which was partially destroyed in the earthquake a couple of years ago. On the third day we just relaxed and swam in the pool. The resort itself is in a place where there is no nightlife but they will take you to Alona Beach which, I believe, really hums at night.
Overall I rate the Sherwood Bay Resort 5 out of 5 because it was ideal for us, quiet and relaxing with a very charming hostess. I would certainly recommend for anyone to stay here.

Room Tip: Pay a bit extra for a corner suite to enjoy the view
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  • Stayed: September 2015, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Michael S
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Reviewed September 15, 2015

The whole experience was very good value for money and we enjoyed ourselves very much. It is a dive resort as well. The pool has a spot which is deep for dive training. I have no personal experience but I believe there are some good dive sites nearby. The Chocolate Hills of Bohol and the Tarsiers are 'a must see'. There is also a romantic river trip on a floating restaurant. These things require the hire of a vehicle and driver at a very reasonable rate. It is only possible to get internet connection in the reception area but they did let me have use of a computer for free. An indoor pool is not needed in this area because it is always so warm.

Room Tip: I think all the rooms were nice but, we did not see them all.
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  • Stayed: August 2015, traveled with family
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1  Thank jules482015
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Additional Information about Sherwood Bay Resort

Address: Riverside, Songculan, Dauis, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Bohol Province > Panglao Island > Dauis
Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #9 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Dauis
Price Range: ₱3,855 - ₱16,129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sherwood Bay Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A tropical getaway in Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines, Sherwood Bay Resort is an aqua sport enthusiast's haven, with its facilities for snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing, speed boating and more. This Panglao resort also boasts well-appointed guestrooms with private toilet and bath, plus first-class facilities, such as an infinity pool and cliff edge restaurant, and services like butler and room service. ... more   less 
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