The world is slowly reopening its borders to travel, one country at a time, shedding a light at the end of the tunnel for what was seemingly a never-ending lockdown. The Philippines is one of the latest destinations ready to welcome tourists again. In a recent article on The Farm at San Benito, the award-winning wellness retreat in the region outlines the rise in post-lockdown wellness tourism. We break it down and uncover why The Philippines will be a hotspot for healthy holiday hunters this year—and how The Farm is doing it right.
What are the requirements to travel to The Philippines?
First thing’s first: what are the rules? Pretty simple really and similar to other countries that are re-opening borders. To enter The Philippines, visitors from 150 countries with visa-free entry must be COVID-19 vaccinated. Guests must be tested negative for COVID-19 upon arrival in the country. Once granted entry, there’s no quarantine in sight.
Ongoing lockdowns, sick family members and friends and losses of jobs all contributed to the burdens of the coronavirus epidemic, amongst many other things. However, it also forced individuals to take a step back and learn to embrace a slower-paced lifestyle, while changing healthy habits. People pay more attention to their physical and mental health, which, according to The Farm at San Benito, has led to a rise in wellness tourism and health-centred vacations.
A COVID-free stay at The Farm at San Benito
This wellness resort is a pioneer in The Philippines, contributing to the country’s medical travel and wellness tourism by attracting health seekers and conscious consumers to the country for over two decades.
Set within the tranquil foothills of Mt. Malarayat in Lipa, Batangas, Philippines, 90 minutes from Manila, The Farm now re-welcomes wellness enthusiasts to its private, COVID-free environment soaked in the breathtaking surroundings of mother nature.
The resort reopened in May 2020 and set up its own COVID testing centre (RT-PCR and antigen nasal swab tests) administered by medical doctors and licensed health professionals. Employees are asked to undergo regular COVID testing to ensure that everyone can have a safe and healthy peace of mind.
The Farm also offers ichroma™️ II immuno-analyzer diagnostic machine which determines the level of antibodies against COVID and all facilities at The Farm are sanitised by Sanivir Smoke Disinfectant.
Thanks to these vigorous measures, The Farm was certified by the Healing Hotels of the World in Germany with a Healing Certificate for its highest excellence in safety and sanitation protocols and its commitment to healing on a holistic level. The Farm also received a Safety Seal from the Philippine Department of Tourism and Safe Travels from the World Tourism Council.
There are many wellness retreats to choose from to cater to every type of wellness traveller at The Farm. Its new Immune Support programme has been particularly popular, featuring COVID testing, medically-supervised holistic treatments to support the immune system, nutrient-rich organic vegan meals and beverages, microbiome nourishment, mindful movements and more. The retreat includes psycho-emotional sessions that attend to the guests’ mental health and emotional state.
To address the ‘post-COVID syndrome’ that has developed in many peoples’ lives, The Farm introduced its Post-COVID Recovery programme with a team of medical experts to include Covid testing, Daily Nutrient-Rich Organic Vegan Meals and Detox Juice, Holistic Consultation, Brain Biofeedback, Live Blood Analysis, Colon Cleansing, Acupuncture, Vitamin Infusion, Liver Compress, Energy Healing, Immuno Cell Renewal, Steam Therapy, Ozone Therapy, Sustainable Program Discussion, with daily complimentary mindful and functional fitness activities such as yoga, mandala flower meditation, sound healing, power walk, wellness talks and more.
The Farm also partnered with Living Life Well Medical Group offering Cigna Global Healthcare-accredited services and treatments for pain and mental health problems. This Pain Management retreat focuses on work-related diseases and chronic pain to help with the symptoms while addressing the root cause of the problem.
The Mental Health programme is designed to help with work-related depression, stress and anxiety. This one is planned and conducted by internationally trained integrative medical doctors and mental health experts. Other science-based, evidence-guided, medically supervised programs include Holistic Detox Cleanse, Weight Management, Diabetes Prevention, and Heart Health Program, Holistic Cancer Care, Sleep Induction, Postnatal Wellness, Hormone Regulation, Smoking Cessation, Beauty & Longevity, and more.