For over 15 years, The Farm at San Benito has collected up more than 40 awards—and with good reason. As The Philippines only five-star luxury wellness resort, The Farm has led the way in holistic health programmes, medi-spa care, and detox cuisine, guiding guests on a ‘healing journey’ towards well being. CompareRetreats.com head into the jungle to explore one of Asia’s most sought-after resorts…
Deep in the tropical forests of Batangas in The Philippines, The Farm is built around a 250-year-old mango tree that is said to possess healing powers. Beautifully landscaped to complement the wild foliage surrounding, the retreat is a true oasis only 85km from Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and a 30-minute drive beyond the urban area of Lipa City.
Designed for discerning travellers who enjoy luxury in a natural setting, The Farm’s five-star facilities are top notch. Spread over an array of spacious villas, accommodation ranges from rustic ‘Sulu Terraces’ to the opulent 4,000 square-foot ‘Lakan Villa’ – an oasis within an oasis, complete with koi ponds, relaxation bale and private pool.
Combining rustic chic style with contemporary design features, each villa flaunts open-air bathrooms and is furnished with upscale amenities. Suited to solo travellers, couples and groups, rooms can be adapted to accommodate various bed configurations and are suitable for families.
The Farm is famous for its food, especially its vegan and raw dishes. The retreat’s ‘living cuisine’ has won numerous awards and is absolutely delicious. Prepared daily onsite, much of the menu’s fresh produce is sourced from The Farm’s own organic garden and the retreat also has its own ‘Kitchen Garden’ which produces a wide variety of sprouts (including wheatgrass) which are used in many of the dishes and fresh juices. Dehydrated rather than cooked, raw foods are prepared in a way that ensures the nutritional properties and enzymes of the foods are not destroyed. Although nearly everything on the menu is healthy, there are also tasty treats such as freshly-made ice-cream, handmade cookies and homemade cakes.
Offering a holistic approach to wellbeing, The Farm has a number of retreat options including ‘Anti-Age & Rejuvenation’, ‘Fitness’, ‘Stress Management’, ‘Detox’, ‘Weight Management’ and ‘Wellness Experience’ packages. Spanning seven to 21 days, each programme includes a health consultation with the retreat’s resident medical doctor and is custom-designed to match the specific needs of each guest.
Spa treatments are all-encompassing and embrace everything from Ayurvedic facials to four-hand massages (yes that means two therapists kneading out your muscles at once).
Executed by highly trained therapists, clinical treatments such as intravenous vitamin infusions, live blood cell analysis and colon hydrotherapy are also available in The Farm’s integrated medical clinic. Daily movement and fitness activities include complimentary yoga, meditation, circuit training, aqua aerobics, boot camp training, plyometrics, callisthenics, aqua aerobics and Tai Chi classes. The resort also features a 27-hole all-weather championship golf course.
Expect to feel…as though every cell in your body is singing in harmony by the time you check out.