Eco Hotel Philippines is a three year old chain of green hotels. They make use of environmentally sound practices from construction to day-to-day operations. Their mission is to positively impact their local communities and be a positive influence to all their guests and fellow hoteliers.
What can a visitor experience at your hotels that they cannot elsewhere?
We have a uniquely green aesthetic, which is evident in all the up-cycled designs found in our hotels. We encourage our guests to travel and vacation responsibly, to enjoy while at the same time gain more knowledge about eco-friendly practices. We are also pet-friendly, so families can bring their four-legged friends along. Paintings and interactive art installations are also found in our hotels. Eco Hotel offers a unique experience of traveling mindfully and being present in the moment.
Why visit the Philippines?
Why not? We have over 7,000 islands to choose from, so they will never run out of options! You can stretch your dollar/euro a long way, locals are friendly and speak English and you never know who you will meet along the way.
Where should visitors go in the Philippines and why?
Manila for its history–it is the quintessential South East Asia capital city experience. Up north we have mountains and deserts. Beaches, pick one and go!
Describe the local cuisine
Filipino cuisine is eclectic, flavorful and always comes with sauce. We like food that is fresh, easy to grill and eat with your hands or on the go. Local beer matches are sisig and garlic peanuts. Rice is life!
What makes your chain of hotels eco-friendly?
From the ground up, we employ green practices in building and operating our hotels. Our hotels are made from homemade bricks, filled with plastic binding that we recycled from our plastic crusher. We make use of solar panels to power our hotels. We upcycle empty wine bottles, bottle caps, scrap metal into chandeliers, light fixtures and table tops. We reduce, reuse and recycle. We inform our guests to shut off lights and air conditioners when not in use and to reuse their towels if possible. We try to reduce single-use plastic containers, so we have refillable containers for our shampoo and bath gel.
Do you provide any tours and if so what are they?
Local island-hopping tours can be arranged at our different beach properties such as Bohol, Boracay and El Nido. In Villas by Eco Hotel, we offer trekking and hiking tours.
What are some natural spots near to your hotels worth visiting?
In Tagaytay or Batangas, guests can explore Taal Lake and volcano. Balicasag Island in Bohol is a great spot to see a turtle or two (if you’re lucky!). And of course, Palawan boasts the best islands and coves in the world.
What should someone visiting the Philippines for the first time know?
The Philippines is unlike any place you’ve ever been. We are a country of paradoxes. We are known for our hospitality, but not everyone is friendly. In fact, some people might try to scam you, so please be mindful at all times. We have the most beautiful beaches alongside incredible pollution and plastic waste. We love to sing, all the time. Even while working.
What are some local customs and etiquette that visitors should be aware of?
Pinoys will always invite you to eat with them and share their food. You must say yes when you can and do the same. We are both a prayerful and superstitious people, who often go to mass and make offerings for better weather (aka rain). We love our elders; there is no such thing as an “old folks home” in the Philippines.
What is the best way to travel around the Philippines?
We’ve got budget airlines to make it easy for everyone to visit all the remote islands. Within the city, we’ve got Grab (a ride sharing app) and jeepneys. On the island, you may take a tricycle or rent a motorcycle.
What makes the Philippines so different from other countries?
So many people have come for a visit and ended up moving here, and it’s probably because of our interesting way of life. We have an excessive amount of holidays, our traffic rules are really more like guidelines and we will find any and every excuse for karaoke. Food is cheap, beer is good and PInoys love to party.
For a first time visitor, where would you recommend visiting?
Palawan would definitely be at the top of the list now. Coron is a great spot for diving, while El Nido has the most scenic island-hopping tours. Tourists are diverse and it is a great way to meet all sorts of travelers. Siargao is also really popular amongst international and local surfers alike. Eco Hotel is in Bohol, Boracay and El Nido, with Siargao to follow soon. Within Metro Manila, we have hotels in Makati, Tagaytay and Batangas.