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Top Clean and Green Hotels/Accommodations in the Philippines

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Green hotels and accommodations have existed and served tourists and locals alike for years in the Philippines. With the natural beauty found in the Philippines, it’s in everyone’s best interest to preserve the world-class beaches, serene mountains, and exquisite nature of the country.

Green initiatives have become more and more popular to the masses over the years. Everyone has become more conscious of their environmental impacts and staying in eco-friendly accommodations is one of the best ways to do so.

What does it mean to be a green hotel/accommodation in the Philippines? Having a stamp of being a green hotel/accommodation means that they run their operations and serve tourists through eco-friendly and sustainable means. Many of these hotels adapt to green initiatives and serve their communities through various means that can help the environment.

Here a list of some of the top clean and green hotels/accommodations in the Philippines to book for your next vacation.

Kermit Siargao Surf Resort & Restaurant, Siargao

This first accommodation is a resort located in General Luna, Siargao. It’s on an island that boasts to be one of the best surfing spots in the Philippines. Kermit Siargao Surf Resort & Restaurant has one of the best eco-friendly initiatives in the Philippines. It’s a no-plastic resort that uses quaint traditional Filipino architecture without sacrificing the comfort of its guests.

Kermit Siargao Surf Resort & Restaurant uses local and organic products and ingredients to serve its guests. They’re famous for surfing lessons and eco-friendly tours around the island.

The Circle Hostel, La Union

The Circle Hostel is one of the best places to spend an eco-friendly vacation for city dwellers. The hostel is located beachside at San Juan, La Union. With various eco-friendly initiatives and traditional Filipino facilities, guests will be immersed in the natural beauty of the hotel’s location.

Its most famous green initiative is called the “The Zero Waste Solution” which aims to help locals and promote a zero-waste lifestyle to guests. The hostel also sells locally made eco-bricks made out of plastic bottles and bamboo straws.

Amarela Resort, Bohol

Located in Panglao, on the island province of Bohol, Amarela Resort not only has gorgeous beachfront views but boasts to have an ASEAN Green Hotel Award for its eco-friendly services and protocols. Amarela Resort uses fresh ingredients from their gardens for their guests’ food. Their policies of solid waste segregation, waste composting, and water segregation through rainwater collection greatly increase sustainable practices.

The hospitable staff of Amarela Resort also hosts monthly beach cleanups giving locals and guests the chance to participate in nurturing and protecting Bohol’s beaches.

Atmosphere Resorts and Spa, Negros Oriental

Atmosphere Resorts and Spa sit on a 7-acre property in the municipality of Dauin with its own private beach giving guests easy access to the best diving spots in Negros Oriental. The resort promotes living a healthy lifestyle and being one with nature by providing yoga classes, swimming, island tours, and scuba diving.

Their most well-known initiative is the Give Forward program which helps the community by sponsoring social and environmental projects, all with a focus on sustainability.

Fundacion Pacita, Batanes

Fundacion Pacita is a scenic accommodation for any kind of travel in Basco, Batanes. It sits on a roadside hilltop with an amazing view of the Luzon Strait. Guests will be surrounded by nature and a postcard-ready view during their stay in this nature lodge. The hotel incorporates traditional Ivatan designs in its facilities, making sure to stay true to its cultural roots.

Its in-house cafe, Cafe de Tukon, uses local produce to help support the Ivanta farmers, creating delicious and healthy organic food for their guests.

Mandala Spa & Villas, Boracay

Mandala Spa & Villas located on the world-famous island of Boracay. It’s a wellness resort and spa known for its multiple sustainability initiatives, eco-friendly practices, and efforts to support the environment along with the local community of Boracay.

One of their most famous sustainability initiatives is called The TREEtment Project which vows to plant a tree every time a spa treatment is availed and a guest booked a night to stay at the resort. This eco-initiative awarded Mandala Spa & Villas the ASEAN Green Hotel Award in 2012.

. Nature’s Village Resort, Negros Occidental

Nature’s Village Resort embodies eco-friendly practices since before the resort was constructed. Located in Talisay, Negros Occidental set against the backdrop of Mt. Marapara. Nature’s Village Resort has a beautiful fantasy garden theme made possible by the planting of hundreds of eucalyptus trees when the property was undergoing development in 1992.

Features of the buildings of the resort itself were salvaged from old facilities including churches, railroad tracks, and ocean buoys. The resort consistently practices waste management, vermicomposting, and promotion of eco-tourism.

Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort, Palawan

Located in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Daluyon Beach and Mountain have the best of both worlds with its close proximity to world-class beaches and scenic mountain views. This resort is another recipient of the ASEAN Green Hoteles on this list for its sustainable and eco-friendly initiatives as a resort on one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

Some of their many eco-friendly initiatives include the implementation of energy-efficient lighting and air conditioning, policies against littering, and the promotion of responsible tourism.

The Manor, Baguio

The Manor is the iconic mountain lodge located in Baguio City, Benguet. Other than offering breathtaking mountain views and refreshing clean air to tourists coming to Baguio, especially for the summer, The Manor is also famous for its eco-friendly initiatives consistently seizing a spot on the ASEAN Green Hotels award.

One of The Manor’s green initiatives in Baguio is their successful efforts of planting pine trees on the mountain to help provide fresh air with the help of Baguio residences.

Secret Paradise Resort, Palawan

Located in San Vicente, Palawan, Secret Paradise Resort is a unique resort in terms of their initiatives to help conserve the environment of their island paradise. Not only will guests have a great time in the resort as its property includes 2 private coves on the island, but they’ll also be involved with contributing to the island’s turtle conservation. The resort is also a turtle and marine sanctuary that aims to protect the unspoiled coves and surrounding marine life.

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