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5 Days Culinary and Yoga Tropical Island Retreat in Antique, Philippines

Alpas, Tobias Fornier, Antique, Philippines

Culinary and Yoga Holiday in Philippines

This program takes you to Alpas for a culinary, discovery, yoga holiday. Alpas is off the beaten track in the lesser-known province of Antique in the Philippines, a place "where the mountains meet the sea." Unfettered by overtourism and commercial development, Antique offers a glimpse of rural, pastoral life as you ride past rice farms, beaches, small neighborhoods and schools with lush mountains as your backdrop.

Highlights

  • 1 cooking class
  • Enjoy beach yoga practice
  • Farm-to-table tasting menu dinner
  • Trash eco-jewelry workshop with Alima Community
  • Excursion to Nogas Island with snorkeling and lunch
  • Buri weaving workshop with local experts
  • 4 nights accommodation in Alpas
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Tagalog
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor shower

Alpas is a beach resort located in Tobias Fornier, Antique. It offers the environmentally conscious traveler a genuine local’s experience, with a focus on sustainable dining, accommodations, and support for the local community.

They have their own permaculture garden and 80-seat, all-bamboo restaurant, committed to serving homegrown produce and featuring products from the Philippines, focusing mainly on Antique and the region to support the local community. From the food they grow and serve, the service they give to the accommodations they provide, they strive to provide an experience that stems from the quality, craftsmanship, and integrity it takes to create it.

Alpas supports local, fair trade, socially and environmentally-conscious establishments by featuring their products in their restaurant, guest rooms, and gift shop. They harvest from our own organic garden or local organic purveyors, so their menu changes daily.

They source from suppliers that are like-minded in empowering the craftsmen behind their products. From the dishwashing soaps to coffee, they are celebrating Philippine-made goods.

They wish to be a zero-waste, single-use plastic-free zone.

Their staff is well trained and well educated in our philosophy, to help spread awareness of the importance of preserving traditional crafts and valuing high quality, unique Philippine-made goods over cheap, mass-produced imports.

Alpas is a lesser-known Tagalog word meaning “to be freed...unconfined...unbound”. For Alpas, they are the physical realization of this term.

Program

For travelers looking for an unfiltered, genuine locals experience, Alpas provides a quiet refuge from the confines, pollution, and noise of the city. With a focus on creating a unique and delicious dining experience, they invite adventurous culinary explorers to discover how local ingredients are organically grown on their property.

Participants will also have the opportunity to support the livelihood of their community partners through a variety of activities arranged during their stay at Alpas. And of course, yoga sessions by the beach are to be expected of this retreat.

Alpas in Filipino means "to be freed; to go beyond." Alpas invites their guests to feel free to be themselves and to be open to new experiences, all of which are tied to and directly benefiting local artisans and producers who call this province home.

Sample schedule

Day 1

  • Travel to Alpas
  • Settle in Alpas
  • Sunset beach yoga
  • Kamayan dinner

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Morning beach yoga
  • Cooking class – “Mystery Basket Cooking Class” + lunch (eat what you made!)
  • Afternoon personal time
  • Discussion: mental health, yoga practice, holistic wellness
  • Sunset beach yoga
  • Farm-to-table tasting menu (6-8 courses)

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Morning beach yoga
  • Beach trash eco-jewelry workshop by local Alima Community
  • Lunch
  • Workshop continued + afternoon personal time
  • Sunset beach yoga
  • Dinner

Day 4

  • Breakfast
  • Excursion: Nogas Island (snorkeling + lunch at the dive house)
  • Afternoon personal time or work in the garden
  • Sunset beach yoga
  • Farm-to-table tasting menu (6-8 courses)

Day 5

  • Breakfast
  • Morning beach yoga (optional)
  • Pack up, departure

Included excursions

The holiday includes a visit to the beautiful Nogas Island.

Location

This holiday takes place in Alpas Resort, Antique, Philippines. Alpas is off the beaten track in the lesser-known province of Antique in the Philippines, a place "where the mountains meet the sea." Unfettered by overtourism and commercial development, Antique offers a glimpse of rural, pastoral life as you ride past rice farms, beaches, small neighborhoods and schools with lush mountains as your backdrop.

Food

Alpas prepares meals fresh to order, sauces and dressings made from scratch. They are committed to sourcing only from the Philippines if not their province and island, so they rely on their creativity, skills, and resourcefulness to put together inventive and tasty dishes for you to enjoy.

They only source locally and what's in season, so their menu changes daily. Alpas invites the adventurous and open-minded eater to dine with them, to experience new flavors while using familiar ingredients that grow around the area.

Owner and main chef Ken Cazenas of Alpas is a Filipino born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Los Angeles, California, USA who has been professionally cooking since 2001 at the age of seventeen and has done everything from dishwasher, prep, pastry, to executive chef in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Hollywood, San Francisco, and Hong Kong.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Alpas exists to enable their community to progress mentally, physically, and structurally with or without the aid of the government. They strive to instill pride in Filipino culture by using and featuring traditional handicrafts and other handmade products made by Filipinos out of resources endemic to the Philippines. You may purchase a beautiful array of handicrafts made by the community at the gift shop.

Spa treatments

Traditional Hilot massage is available for 750 PHP per person per hour.

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation in Alpas
  • 6 yoga sessions
  • 4 breakfast meals
  • 3 regular lunches
  • 1 cooking class with lunch
  • 4 dinner meals (2 is a tasting menu dinner)
  • 1 Alima Community Beach Trash Eco-jewelry Workshop
  • 1 trip to Nogas Island with snorkeling

What's not included

  • Other meals not included above
  • Transport to and from Iloilo Airport to Alpas

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Iloilo International Airport (ILO). Transfer from the airport is not included in the price. Iloilo International Airport is 109 kilometers, or 2.5 hours away from Alpas. Convenient roundtrip van service may be requested from Iloilo airport to Alpas for an additional fee.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 10 days before arrival.

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This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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