When we think about Philippines, we always think of the white sand beaches and the amazing tropical weather we have in the country, but there is actually more to the Philippines. We also have one of the best spa resorts in the world and it is only a few hours away from Manila?
Approximately 3 to 4 hours away from Manila depending on the traffic, THE FARM - San Benito in Lipa City is a place to relax, refresh, or just to get away from the busy lifestyle in the city.
As a birthday gift to my special friend, I couldn't think of any better idea but to book a staycation at The Farm. I booked online via their website and was confirmed immediately.
We arrived early for the 2:00 pm check-in time since we wanted to walk around the this luxury spa resort. We were also very lucky with the weather during our stay . Here is a map of The Farm for your future reference.
It did not take long after our arrival to already have a feeling of peace and calm owing to the serenity of our surroundings. The staff were very friendly and accommodating - a foretaste of the hospitality so prevalent among all the employees of The Farm.
As you walk through the gorunds you cannot help but be amazed by the lush tropical forest and environment of the resort. The whole resort is naturally landscaped and this is just one of the many reasons why guests enjoy their visit toThe Farm - San Benito
For our stay, I booked The SULU TERRACE. This nipa hut inspired room is air -conditioned and provides everything you need in the room. The toilet is located downstairs and you have an extra al fresco bed - ideal for an afternoon nap or just reading a book.
Their Vegan restaurant called ALIVE is a gourmet restaurant with a difference creating beautiful and healthy organic dishes fresh from their garden.
For starters, we ordered this delicious FRESH SALAD ROLL with ALMOND BUTTER SAUCE.
For our mains, we ordered the TF LUSH SUBWAY SANDWICH - it is a 6" foccacia bread with vegan sausage topped with greens, alfalfa, and nut cheese. Yum Yum!
A great way to end your lovely dinner is this luscious rich CHOCOLATE Cake and it was superb!
Note: Some people don't really welcome the concept of full vegan restaurant. At first we were the same, but the food was enjoyable since we enjoy healthy food and we could easily survive without eating meat. Just try it and think of the benefits it can give you! I am sure you will be a believer too!
The Farm offers different wellness programs, massages and treatments that their guests could enjoy. A friend of mine had his massage at the Healing Sanctuary. Just make sure to book ahead of time.
Guests can also enjoy different morning and afternoon activities held at the AMPHITHEATER like Qigong, Meditation, Taichi Quan, Vinyasa Yoga and many more.
Aside from the Amphitheater, The Farm also has a place called MEDITATION Sala in different locations throughout the resort where guests can peacefully meditate, do their own yoga, read a book, or simply just relax.
A resort is never complete without a swimming pool. The Farm San Benito has two infinity pools that are truly inviting. This is really one of the best infinity pools I've seen. This infinity pool is located inside the HEALING SANCTUARY.
And this one is located in the Southern part of the resort few meters away from ALIVE! Restaurant.
Right across the Amphitheater, you will find their big lagoon. We walked around this area early in the morning and as the sun shines through the palm trees, we were just in awe specially after seeing the reflection on the the lagoon. It was picture perfect!
"I am in a world of pure imagination" - Willy Wonka
Another picture perfect and one of the best places to relax is this huge MANGO TREE next to the big lagoon and amphitheater. Mosses cover the entire area creating a nice back drop. One of the best places to hang out for an afternoon nap in The Farm.
After being fascinated by this beautiful spa resort, we headed back the ALIVE! Restaurant for our complimentary breakfast. We had a mixture of fruits, green salads, and a muesli with coconut milk. Delicious!
Another favorite spot of ours to relax is this hidden waterfall pool right next to the Secret Garden. The water was cold and refreshing. Because it was hidden, it was so private that you could have it to yourself. Perfect for those who want to have their ME time!
For people who are looking for a nice place to relax, be pampered, or to simply looking for a quick escape from their busy lifestyle. We highly recommend The Farm! This award-winning spa resort really goes beyond expectations and it's nice to know that this is only few hours away from Manila.
MAP & ADDRESS TO THE FARM AT SAN BENITO
119 Barangay Tipakan, 4217, Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines
Contact Number: +6328848074