10 Eco-Friendly Places for Your Next Getaway
With great islands comes great responsibility.
(SPOT.ph) A lot of people would agree that the Philippines is a traveler’s paradise. We have mountains that are perfect for any type of hiker, coral reefs that can dazzle any scuba diver, and beaches that are admired the world over. But having the most beautiful islands comes with a prize—the responsibility to take care of them in every way we can.
The following resorts do their best to promote sustainable tourism and commit to ecological practices. Book a room and support these eco-friendly accommodations in the Philippines.
Atmosphere Resorts and Spa
Maayong Tubig, Dauin, Negros Oriental
Rates start at P11,500++
If you have the beautiful Apo Island's incredible coral reef as your backyard, wouldn't do your best to preserve it? Atmosphere Resort thinks so, too. Its eco-friendly practices start from the accommodations' designs, which make use of high ceilings and concrete walls to keep the rooms cool and avoid having to use air-conditioning. They also use solar panels, power cut-off switches, and dual flush toilets. They have also stopped using plastic water bottles, disposable containers, drinking straws, and chemicals for the swimming pool.
Mandala Resort and Spa
Station 3, Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, Aklan
Rates start at P14,000++
Mandala was honored with the ASEAN Green Hotel Award in February 2012 for their notable environment-friendly practices since it first opened its doors as a day spa in 2001 and as a wellness resort in 2004. They often hold tree planting excursions and beach cleanup activities, as well as free yoga classes for children and pregnant women in the local community. Room packages in this luxurious wellness resort are inclusive of daily massages, yoga classes, and discounted rates on spa services—from wraps to detox baths.
Nature's Village Resort
Talisay City, Negros Occidental
Rates start at P1,500++
Nature's Village Resort lives up to its name with its garden paradise set against the backdrop of Mt. Marapara. This was made possible by planting hundreds of eucalyptus trees in March 1992 during the development of the property. Proper waste management, vermicomposting, and recycling are also practiced. Examples of their upcycled fixtures are the chandeliers fashioned out of used glass ocean buoys, wooden doors recovered from old churches, and furniture made of antique hardwood railroad ties.
Libaong, Panglao Island, Bohol
Contact: (038) 502-9497
Rates start at P6,600++
Another recipient of the ASEAN Green Hotel Award, Amarela Resort on Panglao Island is in the business of cultivating and preserving the environment. The staff holds a monthly beach cleanup, which in turn raises environmental awareness in the local community. They also practice rainwater collection and the use of a reed bed system, which allows reuse of wastewater for landscaping and gardening. You'd totally experience island life in this resort, thanks to their garden-to-table initiative ensuring only the freshest ingredients in their menu.
Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort
Sabang Beach, Cabayugan, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Contact: (048) 433-6379
Rates start at P6,700++
If you're a resort in the most beautiful island in the world, it would be such a shame if you're not protecting it. Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort proves this after earning the ASEAN Green Resort Award in 2012, 2014, and 2016. (It's a bi-annual competition, by the way.) Among its eco-friendly initiatives are the use of energy-efficient lighting and air-conditioning, low-flow showers, and a fully implemented policy against littering.
Kaykayo Mountain Villa Resort
Bauang, La Union
Rates start at P9,450
Kaykayo is a small luxurious resort perched on the hilltop of Acao in La Union. It maintains the charm of its luscious green environment overlooking the mountains of Benguet through the landscaping and architecture of its four villas. “Kaykayo” is an Ilocano term for the forest canopy where the property is located.
Cocoon Boutique Hotel
61 Scout Tobias corner Scout Rallos Streets, Laging Handa, Quezon City
Rates start at P4,900++
Cocoon prides itself for being the first Metro Manila boutique hotel to practice responsible and sustainable tourism. Owners Atty. Boy and Gigi Vinzon implemented eco-friendly methods in their amenities, cooling systems, and hotel decor to ensure that they're committed to the property's emblem of a plant, a symbol of life.
Secret Paradise Resort
Turtle Bay, Port Barton, San Vicente, Palawan
Rates start at P6,900++
Turtles are significant in the ecosystem. They feed on sea grass to make sure that thick beds on shallow ocean floors aren't filled with them. (We’re looking at you, Boracay!) Their unhatched eggs also fertilize the beach grass to avoid erosion. Don't even get us started on their role in the marine environment. Secret Paradise Resort recognizes this importance of turtles especially the populace found on the shores of San Vicente. More than an accommodation option for travelers, they see to it that visitors are well versed in turtle conservation through guided tours and water activities.
Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge
Chanarian, Tukon, Basco, Batanes
Rates start at P8,000++
You may have seen Fundacion Pacita in postcard-like photographs and travel videos of Batanes. But this accommodation is more than just a pretty face. The property never loses sight of its cultural roots as well as its creative beginnings as the home studio of internationally acclaimed artist Pacita Abad. This is made possible by their Ivatan-inspired rooms and suites that resemble small galleries. Their in-house Cafe de Tukon supports Ivatan farmers by making use of only local and organic produce.
El Nido Resorts
Bacuit Bay, El Nido, Palawan
Rates start at P27,000++
El Nido Resorts have four island resorts to boast of—Apulit, Miniloc, Lagen, and Pangulasian—and they all offer a wide expanse of white sand beach amid limestone cliffs and lush forests. Their sustainable tourism operation was recognized by the World Travel Awards in 2014 and they were given the Asia's Responsible Tourism Award. Some of the eco-friendly practices they follow include the promotion of nature-based activities rather than the use of jet-skis and motorized equipment, which often cause damage to the marine ecosystem. They also started using eco-friendly boat engines in 2006 to minimize carbon monoxide emission. Their staff members all undergo a series of Be GREEN (Guard, Respect, Educate El Nido) seminars where they learn about solid waste management, conservation, and even environmental legislation.