Today, ethical products and services are always deemed the better choice. Brands of all industries have started to create environment-friendly alternatives, and have started to attach buzzwords like ‘sustainable’ and ‘eco-friendly’ to their products and services in hopes of attracting the responsible consumer. From utensils, clothing, to the accommodations we choose while traveling, we are now faced with a selection of eco-friendly choices that are least harmful for the environment.
But because of the sudden ubiquity of eco-friendly products, one may doubt the authenticity of these claims. Ever heard of the term ‘greenwashing’? The term is used when a company or its products create a false impression on how environmentally sound they truly are, which misleads or deceives consumers. So when it comes to establishments like resorts and hotels, how can one be sure if they really are eco-friendly or not?
By loose definition, an eco-resort or eco-hotel is a lodging facility that fosters sustainability and green living practices. These practices may include energy and water conservation, using organic produce, having a sustainable build, and patronizing ethically sourced products. Eco-friendly accommodations may also support its local community through partnerships and programs, or leave its surrounding lands underdeveloped. Though there are many other eco-friendly initiatives, these are just some of the points that can help you discern whether or not your choice of accommodations is eco-conscious.
Before booking your stay, do your research to check if the resort practices sustainability. Luckily for you, we’ve gathered a list of eco-friendly resorts in the Philippines—because we believe that traveling and exploration shouldn’t come at the expense of Mother Earth.
Mount Purro Nature Reserve, Rizal
Nestled in the hills of the Sierra Mountain Range, Mount Purro Nature Reserve is a unique Antipolo eco-stay that upholds sustainable tourism. Carefully built with respect towards nature, the 36-hectare forest sanctuary showcases casitas, cottages, and lodging spaces engulfed in a sweeping expanse of elderly trees. Guests can get a taste of their delicious homegrown food, which is prepared from scratch daily. The eco-stay also works with MPNR Foundation to rehabilitate the Upper Marikina Watershed and empower its communities, especially the indigenous Dumagat tribe.
Mount Purro Nature Reserve
Barangay Calawis, Antipolo
(02) 542 3005
(0949) 398 1799
Prado Farms, Pampanga
Only a 2-hour drive from Manila, Prado Farms is a 5-hectare family-run farm that serves as a breath of fresh air from the city’s bustle. The biodynamic farm and eco-resort champions sustainability with its farm-to-table organic produce, recycled art installations, and respect towards the environment—guests are encouraged to be mindful and silent during their stay while they immerse in the farmscape’s rustic charm. Through their practices, Prado Farms aims to advocate natural lifestyles, personal health and development, sustainable farming, and green building.
(0998) 804 5395
The Farm at San Benito, Batangas
Luxury travelers can be sustainable travelers as well. The Farm at San Benito is a prime choice for the market, and has garnered popularity from A-list celebrities and discerning travelers for its top-tier accommodations and services. Lauded with over 60 international awards, the prestigious eco-luxury holistic medical wellness resort rests on a lush 48-hectare green jungle. Besides being nestled in an eco-social responsible environment, guests can enjoy nutritious, all-natural dishes made with the freshest ingredients from its in-house vegan restaurant, Alive!, and enjoy wellness services focused on achieving holistic optimum wellness.
The Farm at San Benito
119 Barangay Tipakan
Lipa City, Batangas
(02) 884 8074
(0918) 884 8080
Astoria Palawan, Puerto Princesa
Bask in the tropical paradise of Astoria Palawan, one of Puerto Princesa’s prized eco-friendly resorts. The beachfront eco-resort faces the majestic Sulu Sea, and is built on a foundation grounded in love for the environment—the property is nestled in a peaceful enclave of virgin forests, grasslands, and mountain ranges. Green and sustainable materials, methods, and practices were used in its development, while the resort upholds an efficient waste management system. The resort also decreases its energy consumption by up to 40% through the use of solar panels and VRF air conditioning units.
Puerto Princesa North Road
Puerto Princesa, Palawan (0998) 961 3419
Daluyon Beach & Mountain Resort, Palawan
Tucked in the quiet side of Sabang Beach in Puerto Princesa, Daluyon Beach & Mountain Resort is a multi-awarded eco-resort that paves way to breathtaking landscapes and nature’s bounties. The resort is a Pioneer Member of the Zero Carbon Resorts group and has been granted several prestigious awards, among them the 2012, 2014 & 2016 ASEAN Green Hotel Award and the 2017 Country Winner Luxury Eco/Green Hotel by World Luxury Hotel Awards.
Its eco-friendly initiatives include energy-efficient lighting and air-conditioning, eco-friendly insulation materials, low-flow showers, and a fully implemented policy against littering. It’s also affiliated with the World Wide Fund (WWF-Philippines) in promoting climate change and responsible tourism awareness—by adding $1 per person per night to the room bill, a child is given the opportunity to be educated about climate change, sustainable lifestyles, and waste management.
Daluyon Beach & Mountain Resort
Sitio Sabang, Brgy. Cabayugan
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
(048) 723 0889
(0917) 892 6316
(0917) 826 9989
Mandala Spa & Villas, Boracay
Recognized globally as one of Asia’s finest and most eco-friendly destination spa resorts, Mandala Spa & Villas in Boracay is a top-notch pick for the responsible beachgoer. It was awarded the 2012 ASEAN Green Hotel Award for its environment-friendly practices, among which is the notable ‘The TREEtment Project’, an eco-initiative in partnership with the government of Malay, DENR, and Boracay Island Water Company: for every spa treatment availed or every night a guest books a stay, the resort pledges to plant a tree. Because of its outstanding commitment to the environment as well as upholding eco-friendly practices, the resort has received the Boracay WOW Award twice as of date.
Mandala Spa & Villas
Station 3, Manoc Manoc
Boracay Island Malay, Aklan
(036) 288 5858
(0917) 624 4790
Bohol Bee Farm, Bohol
Bohol Bee Farm is a cozy, agricultural farm-resort in Panglao Island. Known for its organic bee farm and its delicious homegrown food which you can enjoy amidst a breathtaking vista of Panglao’s pristine waters, it has become one of Bohol’s booming ecotourism destinations. The farm-resort advocates organic agriculture and is geared towards inspiring, encouraging, and uplifting the livelihood of local farmers. Even if the farm uses high-powered machinery, the resort employs more villagers and their dependents as a way of giving back to the local community. A recipient of several prestigious awards, it has successfully attested to its commitment in valuing the environment and humanity above everything else.
Bohol Bee Farm
Panglao Island, Bohol
(38) 510 1822
(0917) 3041 491
(0939) 9046 796
Atmosphere Resorts & Spa, Negros Oriental
At Atmosphere Resorts & Spa in Negros Oriental, you can stay in the lap of luxury without having to sacrifice the environment. A premier eco-resort that’s flocked by luxury travelers and seasoned divers, it’s situated on a lush seven-acre coconut plantation and only a short boat ride away from Apo Island. The resort is committed to reducing negative environmental impact, with some of their initiatives including the implementation of recycled, local and refillable products, eco-friendly solar power units, and proper waste segregation. The resort is also extremely transparent about their eco-friendly initiatives.
In support of the diving community’s global initiative called Mission 2020, Atmosphere has also pledged to eliminate front of house single-use plastic by World Oceans Day 2020 and will continue to expand their sustainability and awareness-raising efforts with guests, suppliers, and the local community.
Atmosphere Resorts & Spa
Maayong Tubig, National Road
Dauin, Negros Oriental
(35) 400 6940
(0917) 700 2048
(0998) 960 2289
Kermit Surf Resort, Siargao
Located at the heart of Siargao Island, Kermit Surf Resort aims to give guests a tropical paradise with that quintessential Filipino touch. The resort provides cottages with minimalist yet functional design set amidst lush tropical greenery, and the hospitable staff can arrange island tours, surfing activities, and eco-friendly and sustainable initiatives you can fill your itinerary with. Guests have also commended the surf resort’s eco-friendly initiatives: no plastic or disposable items in the rooms, drinking water is served in glass bottles, and reusable bamboo straws are used to serve drinks.
Kermit Surf Resort
Purok 5, General Luna, Siargao
(0917) 655 0548
(0920) 968 9934
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This article was last edited on May 30, 2019 by the DG Traveler team.
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