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Eco-friendly resorts to consider for your summer getaway

Where to spend your next travel? Perhaps in these exclusive resorts placed in the country’s pristine beaches or tucked away in forest mountains.

May 2, 2023By Angela Kiara S. Brillantes, BusinessWorld

As the peak for summer getaways approaches, there is still much time left for a quick or even a days-long breather from the hustles of the work week.

Better yet, spend such time off concrete buildings and off your gadgets and reunite with nature. The Philippines is rich with these locations where you can enjoy the summer breeze, the cool ocean waves, or the aesthetic of mountain areas.

Take note of these unique and stunning exclusive eco-friendly resorts that can be found within the country’s pristine beaches and mountain landscapes to make your summer getaway more fun and enjoyable. Enjoy nature at its most pristine.

West 35 Eco-Mountain Resort


Looking to unwind from the busy city life? West 35 Eco Mountain Resort might be for you. Perched atop of the mountains in Balamban, Cebu, the resort is only a few meters away from Cebu’s other popular local attractions.

West 35 is notable for its stunning 360-degree view of the Balamban Mountains, as well as a home to many unique ​​creatures, including a variety of birds, insects, and foliage that are endemic to the city.

Among the most striking features of the resort are the simple yet cozy aesthetics of its rooms. The rooms mostly have wooden furniture and neutral colored interior designs. The separate spaces for bathrooms, balconies, jacuzzies, plus an outdoor rest area overlooking the mountain views and perfect for campfire activities, further heighten the luxury vibes in these rooms.

West 35 also captivates guests with its food and restaurants. It grows and cultivates all of the organic vegetables used in their menu, from chicken, to seafood, to pasta. The food is offered by Haven Café, complemented by a stunning 360-degree viewing deck to enjoy the meal.

In addition, the resort also has many rooms for other leisure activities, including function rooms, and the kid’s playground.

Visit West 35’s official Facebook page or email at

Secret Paradise Resort & Turtle Sanctuary


While Palawan is known to be a home to numerous beaches and lagoons, The Secret Paradise Resort & Turtle Sanctuary stands out as it includes a four-kilometer shoreline, four private beaches, and waterfalls located in San Vincente, Palawan. Moreover, the resort also takes pride in its 28-hectare Turtle Bay Marine Sanctuary, which it serves as a shelter for marine animals. It has been protected by the island for the past 12 years. It protects marine animals, specifically, endangered green and olive ridley turtles where they mate and hatch eggs.

Along gorgeous beaches, Palawan’s premier eco-friendly resort is divided into two secluded coves with four private beaches having the perfect location for breath-taking sunsets.

The largest executive villas are located along the sunset beach. Both of those villas include a luxurious bedroom, a lounge, and a jacuzzi bathtub, with an additional large balcony for the premier villa. Meanwhile, their deluxe, superior, and suite rooms are built like modern but luxurious nipa huts.

While the rooms are designed with neutral colors and dominated by wooden furniture, Secret Paradise does not fail in giving off cozy vibes, with its enormous beds, loft rooms, and even balconies, as the rooms are overlooking the white sand beaches.

For inquiries or more information, visit or their Facebook page at Secret Paradise Resort; or email at

Nature’s Village Resort


This resort can be a worthwhile choice for staycations with its spacious and peaceful atmosphere.

Delivering sustainable efforts into traveling, Nature’s Village Resort offers a garden paradise, with a stunning view of Mount Marapara in Bacolod City. The resort is well-known for its distinctive lodgings, coupled with other amenities such as pool, outdoor park, and organic farm. Here, nature enthusiasts may enjoy the beauty of nature while experiencing the best resort experience at the same time.

The rooms were designed to harmonize with nature, as shown by the theme of earthly colors, wooden floors and furniture, and classic nature paintings in each room—all blending with the indoors and the outdoors.

Nature’s Village Resort aims to encourage eco-friendly tourism and promote sustainability agenda. As such, its dining choices come with ingredients that are harvested from its very own Village Farm.

Visit or Nature’s Village Resort on Facebook for more information.

Atmosphere Resort and Spa


A high-end boutique resort and spa is located along the stunning beach and coastal waters of Negros Oriental. Called the Atmosphere Resort and Spa, it has 44 modern boutique rooms, with California king-size beds and cool Egyptian cotton pillows.

Multimedia amenities, energy-saving air condition, as well as solar-heated waters and eco-friendly toiletries add a modern vibe to this luxury resort.

Atmosphere Resort and Spa has excellent dining choices, both on its restaurants and bar. The resort offers a variety of food choices, from seafood, to gourmet dining, to Western dining. Atmosphere’s restaurants emphasize healthy eating, and all of their menus and locations provide mouthwatering vegetarian and vegan options.

The resort also offers leisure activities such as scuba diving, fitness and yoga, among others.

Visit or their Facebook page on Atmosphere Resorts & Spa or @atmosphereresorts on Instagram for more information.

Nurture Wellness Village


The preceding destinations are good options away from the metro. Nonetheless, here’s another destination to consider for those looking for a quick and nearby getaway.

Located in Tagaytay City, a few hours’ drive away from Metro Manila, pioneer wellness and eco-friendly hotel spa Nurture Wellness Village carries a rustic-chic houses theme. Its rooms come with tea and coffee machines, multimedia amenities, and four-poster mattresses. The rooms even have access to remarkable private gardens.

Another remarkable feature of the hotel spa is its farm-to-table cuisine that offers fresh produce from its organic farms. The hotel’s dining choices come with various Filipino and foreign dishes. Aside from the exquisite dining experience, Nature Wellness Village also has a modest outdoor cafe and open-door restaurants for diners to appreciate scenic nature while enjoying their meal.

Guests can also relax by the holistic health and detox ​​services offered by the hotel, which include their massage services, facials, and body treatments. They can also enjoy the hotel’s fitness facilities, as well as pool activities and lounging at the poolside bar.

For inquiries or more information, visit, Nurture Wellness Village on Facebook, or @nurturewellnessvillage on Instagram.

(resort photos courtesy of their respective owners)

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