Green Travels: 5 Eco-friendly Hotels in the PHby Camille Conopio
Spending your holidays in luxury accommodations have been recognized as a potential attack on nature and the environment due to their wasteful resources and actions. However, eco-friendly associations have banded together to give you energy-conserving luxury hotels that are careful not to abuse mother nature’s balance. Be an advocate for greener vacations when visiting the Philippines by booking a green hotel stay with these eco-friendly home away from home accommodation:
Amorita Resort, Panglao Island, Bohol
The Amorita or little darling in Spanish is indeed a sweet escape amidst the lush tropical haven in the stunning island of Panglao, Bohol. Its amazing location atop a cliff offers a commanding view of the shimmering blue-green waters.
Apart from the lovely spot it holds along the fine stretch of Alona Beach, this little darling has a hidden paradise - a Secret Beach, where only guests have an access to. It is one of the four properties run by the hotel management group One-of-Collection.
Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan, Mactan Island, Cebu
Amidst the sprawling 6 hectare sanctuary of greens in Mactan Island is a haven of retreat and recreation. Facing the emerald green waters and powdery-fine shores, the luxurious Crimson Resort and Spa is among the top favorites of both local and international travelers when in Cebu.
Asian-inspired yet truly Filipino in service, the resort makes for a great island getaway with its wide selection of dining options, island hopping tours, marine sanctuary, water activities and rejuvenating spa indulgent treatments.
2016 ASEAN Green Hotel properties in the Philippines. The Green Hotel Standard aims to uphold environment-friendly and energy conservation operations in the accommodation industry through a certification process across members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) states. In addition, the ASEAN Green Hotel Standard decrees that "the standard will establish a professional Green Hotel Operation; Environmental plan, Green product, Human Resource and environmental management, which will enable Environment and Communities to benefit from a collective approach to operational professionalism." Apart from these two, other recognized properties are: Amarela Resort, Panglao, Bohol; Baguio Country Club, Baguio City; Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort, Puerto Princesa, Palawan; Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge in Basco, Batanes; Pearl Farm in Davao del Norte; Bellevue Resort, Panglao, Bohol; and The Manor at Camp John Hay in Baguio City.
Azumi Boutique Hotel, Alabang, Metro Manila
A green staycation is also an awesome choice when in the metro and the Azumi Boutique Hotel in Alabang is indeed the place to be. Guest rooms are designed with glass windows to maximize natural light at day; ecocarat or breathing tiles that are created for humidity and odor absorption; and provides eco-friendly bath amenities where all the packaging are biodegradable.
Apart from the stylish interiors furniture and fixtures, one of its major draws is the very own carefully filtered salt-water rooftop pool.
Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa
Nestled along the stretch of the beautiful Sabang Beach in Puerto Princesa, one of the country's most protected areas. The resort, which boasts a breathtaking view of the West Philippine Sea, a 1,500 sq. meter-pool and its very own organic farm, is the first green resort in the country to be recognized for its environmental sustainability practices.
"Our vegetables, 50% or more are coming from our very own organic farm. We are the only green resort in the Philippines and we run 50% of our power using solar," Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa Managing Director Jacqueline Tan shares.
Astoria Palawan, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
The beachfront resort is one of the latest addition to the other renowned Astoria Hotels and Resorts properties across the Philippines. Villas which feature vibrant interiors and modern comfort harmoniously share space across the 5-hectare mango orchard sanctuary.
In order to uphold Palawan’s title being a sustainable destination, the use of green building materials, practices and methods were strictly applied.