Need to Reset and Relax? This Is the Place to Do It

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The Farm at San Benito Waterfall Terrace
Photo: Courtesy of The Farm at San Benito

Set in the middle of a tropical jungle on a 49-hectare plot that used to house a coconut plantation, The Farm at San Benito stands in the shade of trees and nearby mountains. Nutrition, nature, and natural healing lie at the heart of this holistic sanctuary’s philosophy, which is dedicated to restoring the optimal well-being of the body, mind, and soul.

This is achieved through a wide range of medical and spa treatments, as well as the raw, vegan, organic, and plant-based menu that awaits at its on-site restaurant Alive. The food here is either grown on site or locally sourced, and the dishes are designed to restore energy, boost the immune system, enhance performance at all levels, and restore vitality and good health.

The Farm at San Benito Infinity Pool
Photo: Courtesy of The Farm at San Benito

On offer at The Farm are a number of programs tailored to different goals, whether you’ve come here for weight loss, stress management, or detoxification. The levels of intensity will vary based on what you’re willing to put in and what you’re hoping to get out. If you’re feeling brave, try the three-day (minimum!) juice fast that is available upon request, which promises glowing skin, better energy, and a well-deserved break for your digestive system in order to allow your body to use that energy to heal other parts of it.

On a more serious level, there are programs dedicated to diabetes management, heart health, and recovery from radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Long-term stays are encouraged and, if you wish, you can bring your children along too. Every imaginable treatment is on offer in the newly built medical sanctuary, from live blood analysis to acupuncture, detoxifying foot baths, vitamin-infusion therapy, and colonics. If you’re looking for something a little more pampering, there’s also a spa that is expanding to include a range of water-based treatments, a steam room, and a sauna.

Until then, you can enjoy scrubs, wraps, and a huge variety of massages that take place at the Healing Sanctuary near the infinity pool, which overlooks the tropical jungle. Our recommendation? Book a ‘Bittersweet’ treatment, which includes a cellulite-busting scrub that features locally grown coffee and a relaxing coconut-oil massage for skin that is soft, smooth, and radiant. All the therapists here are exceptionally thorough – treatments typically last up to two hours and won’t leave a single inch of your skin nor body uncovered.

The Farm at San Benito Narra Villa Pool Terrace V2
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If you’re worried about having too much time on your hands, don’t. Whilst The Farm is all about rest and relaxation, its tailored programs will keep you busy. Plus, some of the cleansing treatments might leave you feeling like you need some time to retreat, rest, lay low, and reflect. For those who are a little bit more restless or have come here with the intention of losing weight and getting fit, The Farm offers circuit, interval, and personal training at the on-site gym.

Guests can also enjoy daily yoga practice, golf, guided walks, Tai Chi, mandala flower-arrangement classes, food-prep classes, and Pilates. Your stay will be made even more special by the incredibly supportive and caring staff, all of whom make The Farm feel so much more like a home than a healthcare facility. With all of that on offer, what really makes this place stand out is its understanding of holistic wellness, looking beyond the physical body.

With functional medicine, the mind, body, and soul are all interconnected and contribute greatly to our overall health. Be sure to book an appointment with Dr. Marian Alonzo, a professional of integrative medicine, who will help you clear any emotional or stuck energies buried deep within your subconscious through practices such as Reiki and Jin Shin Jyutsu. A specialized, seven-day healing retreat starts from AED 11,125/SAR 11,360 per person, including treatments and medical consultations.

Insider Tip: The Farm at San Benito is a 90-minute drive from Manila International Airport, so avoid landing during Manila’s rush hour (from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) as that can extend your drive from 90 minutes to up to four hours! If you can, take the day off to explore the neighboring volcano and Lake Taal, which can be organized via the hotel. Ask to stop at Mahogany Market for some local fruits and foods.

119 Barangay Tipakan, Lipa City
(+63) 918 884 8078
www.thefarmatsanbenito.com

The Farm at San Benito Narra Villa Bedroom
Photo: Courtesy of The Farm at San Benito
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