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The Philippines’ signature wellness and detoxification centre is the Farm at San Benito, a peaceful paradise hidden in the jungle less than a two-hour drive south of Manila, near Lipa City. Besides a bevy of detox and spa treatments, the resort has a mouthwatering vegan restaurant, tropical hardwood and bamboo suites and luxurious villas.
This is a great place to try therapeutic coffee scrubs and traditional Hilot massages or to gorge on the restaurant's surprisingly filling five-course raw-food meals. The suites are lovely, while the villas are as plush as you'll get, some with private pools and beautifully landscaped gardens. The place occasionally draws A-list international celebrities.
Tucked away within a 48-hectare lush garden in Lipa City, The Farm at San Benito is a 5-star resort that offers holistic wellness programs accompanied by exclusive amenities such as a swimming pool, a garden area for wellness activities, and restaurant that specializes in vegan cuisine. Surrounded by greenery, the air-conditioned villas and suites feature a mix of native and modern decor. Some rooms include a balcony, pocket gardens or courtyards and with standalone tubs and private dining areas. All rooms include a flat-screen cable TV, a sofa or daybed, and an en suite bathroom with shower along with his and her sink. Each villa and suite also has a private entrance. Alive! restaurant serves gourmet vegan meals prepared in an Asian style. Using fresh, home-grown and organic ingredients, its menu includes vegetable burgers and freshly baked bread. At the resort, guests can opt for specially curated treatments and programs suited for their needs, with the help of the resort's integrative doctors. Activities such as yoga, Tai Chi, and functional fitness can be arranged for guests. Part of the holistic programs are meditation session, Pilates, and spa treatments. There are also activities for kids that can be arranged while baby sitting services are also available at an additional cost. Transfers to nearby golf and country clubs can also be arranged. SM City Lipa is within 30-minute drive from the resort, while the nearest airport is Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport, an hour and 40-minute drive from The Farm at San Benito.