These Local Resorts Take Upcycling to the Next Level

Make your dream of sleeping in a container van come true

Photography: Glamp Vans

Responsible tourism is a hot topic now more than ever, especially with the dwindling down of our natural resources. Some hotels and resorts have turned to upcycling and repurposing shipping containers as their own way to reducing carbon footprint. We round up these innovative accommodations that turned thousands of kilograms of steel into little corners of tropical heaven.

The Cube at Aliya Surf Camp and Resort

  • Buton Street, Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora
  • Contact: 0939-939-0929
  • E-mail: [email protected]
  • Rates start at P3,500


Aliya Surf Camp and Resort is one of the few beachfront accommodations in Baler that features a very inviting swimming pool. It attracts more guests by adding rows of rooms made of shipping containers in March 2018. Called the Cube, each can accommodate two people for P3,500 and has its own toilet and bath, a dining table, a living room with television, and a small kitchen.

Glamp Vans at Perez Beach Resort and Campsite

  • Bagong Silang, Parola Calatagan, Batangas
  • Rates start at P3,500


Glamp Vans, managed and owned by Casa Antonio Vacations, gives a different spin to glamping (or glamorous camping) by making use of upcycled shipping containers instead of tents. You can find two air-conditioned units of 40-foot container apartments with view decks right in front of the beach, a perfect spot to witness the sunrise that Batangas is known for. There's also an outdoor kitchen with grill for cooking your meals.

Côte Resort

  • Barangay Lipit, Dipaculao, Aurora
  • Contact: 0998-881-2683
  • E-mail: [email protected]
  • Rates start at P10,000


Dipaculao, Baler's equally beautiful but less crowded town, is home to a cool backpackers' paradise called Côte Resort. It features six huge container vans tucked in the middle of a wide coconut plantation, which owner Enrique Sola made sure to be as untouched as possible during construction. Aside from providing accommodation, the resort also offers nightly bonfires, full-board home-cooked meals, and unlimited surfing lessons.


Bagasbas Lighthouse

  • Bagasbas Road, Daet, Camarines Norte
  • Contact: 0917-510-1856
  • E-mail: [email protected]
  • Rates start at P1,750


Bagasbas Beach—a three-kilometer stretch of fine gray sand on the eastern seaboard of the Philippines—is known as a great spot for surfing and kiteboarding; but because of the 10-hour bus ride to reach it, expect that you have the beach all to yourself—not a problem, really! One of the resorts right in front of the beach, Bagasbas Lighthouse, features trailer rooms that complement that laid-back vibe in this side of Bicol Region. There's also a swimming pool where you can take a relaxing dip after a tiring surf session.

Balai Cagayano

  • Diora-Zinungan, Santa Ana, Cagayan
  • Contact: 0917-805-6228
  • E-mail: [email protected]
  • Rates start at P200/bed


Balai Cagayano opened its doors in 2011, but it upgraded its facilities in 2017 to include additional eco-friendly repurposed container rooms. And it couldn't come at a better time because under-the-radar Anguib Beach, where this hotel is located, is an untouched paradise just waiting to be discovered.

Vessel Hostel

  • MacArthur National Highway, Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union
  • E-mail: [email protected]
  • Rates start at P980/bed


Surfer-architects Buji Libarnes and Nikki dela Paz-Libarnes built their home in La Union out of container vans, so it doesn't come as a surprise that they're sharing this sustainable and cool style of accommodation to visitors in their surf town. They opened Vessel Hostel in December 2016, and has since welcomed guests into their multi-level hostel with 22 beds split into air-conditioned dormitories. You don't even have to worry about going off into the sea hungry because they serve continental breakfast on the roof deck.

Anika Island Resort

  • Roska Street, Okoy, Santa Fe, Cebu
  • Contact: 0917-328-4898
  • E-mail: [email protected]
  • Rates start at P2,700


Anika Island Resort, located in the idyllic town of Santa Fe on Bantayan Island, is the perfect getaway for a much-needed break away from the urban crowd. Not only do you have a sprawling white-sand beach, but you also get to sleep in brightly colored rooms made from upcycled shipping containers. Room rates range from P2,700 (Garden View Room for two) to P4,200 (Beach Villa for three).



  • Purok 3, Maroroy, Daraga, Albay
  • Contact: (052) 742-3572
  • Rates start at P500


Innbox in Daraga is conveniently located 10 minutes away from the Legazpi City Domestic Airport and 15 minutes away from the hip and happening places in the Legazpi Business District, making sure that you never miss out on the fun (and your flight). All rooms only have the bare essentials—plus free WiFi access, of course. It's expected to open in the first week of May 2018.

Aura Marina Sands

  • Diguisit Beach, Baler, Aurora
  • Contact: 0977-219-5934
  • E-mail: [email protected]
  • Rates start at P3,500


It's easy to spot Aura Marina along the pristine Diguisit Beach, a hidden spot in Baler—just look for shipping container-turned-hotel rooms painted with all the colors of the rainbow. All its eight rooms come with a balcony, a queen-sized bed, a television set, and a private toilet and bath. Yup, you can fit all that in a container van.

Containers by Eco Hotel

  • SVD Road corner Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Tagaytay City, Cavite
  • Contact: 881-5318
  • E-mail: [email protected]
  • Rates start at P2,700


Eco Hotel, a chain of hotels in the Philippines that practices environmentally responsible lodging, pushed the boundaries of upcycling and opened Containers by Eco Hotel in November 2017. Already on its second Tagaytay property, the new spot makes use of 30 shipping containers as rooms, old tires as chairs and tables, and wine bottles and metal pipes as lamps. Rates for its smallest room start at P2,700, while the family room is at P6,700.


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