6 Days Culinary Holiday and Wellness Retreat Philippines

  • The Farm at San Benito, 119 Barangay Tipakan, 4217 Lipa, Batangas, Philippines

Overview

Yoga Retreat Philippines and Vegan Cooking Holiday

Boasting views of nearby mountains, the air is pure and fresh and the property radiates a clear and strong energy. Your retreat is based on holistic approach and principles of preventive medicine - early detection, prevention, diagnosis, and correction of age related imbalances. Aging gracefully and in full health. This is todays reality provided you assume responsibility for your health and well-being. You will have daily movement and fitness activities like yoga, meditation, aerobics, food preparation classes, power walks, and many more!

Highlights

  • Daily vegan raw meals at Alive!
  • Hands-on food preparation classes
  • Integrated medical consultations and treatments
  • Treatments and massages in the Healing Sanctuary Spa
  • Personalized daily schedule following a medical consultation
  • Enjoy various fitness and daily movement programs
  • Mandala flower arrangement sessions
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Sitting on a 49-hectare piece of property, The Farm at San Benito only occupies 10 hectares. The resort sits perfectly on a mountainside with dense plantation, surrounded by a virgin forest. What a perfect way to enjoy the Philippiness tropical landscape - sunshine, fresh air, a wide variety of flowers, coconut, narra and acacia trees, green grass, all forms of life, and so much more, to enhance the look of an already beautiful place. This combination provides the genuine tranquility that can only come from nature.

The Farm houses several categories of world-class villa-style accommodations with panoramic views, suites, and big spaces for families, infinity swimming pools, a poolside bar, a vegan restaurant called ALIVE!, and other modern amenities such as Wi-Fi. The interior of each room, as well as the outdoor spaces were designed with top-quality materials to make you comfortable without losing the touch of nature. Each room has lots of windows to allow fresh air in, as well as access to private pools, as in the case of the Narra pool villas. The attention to detail provided in each room is incredible.

Privacy and security are also not an issue here, and you can feel free to do whatever you want, as guests who check into The Farm pretty much keep to themselves. Exciting complimentary activities have been prepared for the kids. There are arts and crafts, fishing, kite flying, coconut soap making, horticulture walk, storytelling, wheatgrass sprouting and so much more! The Farm at San Benito has also arranged a healthy surprise for your little ones. Enjoy with them a refreshing and definitely delicious cuisine in the form of organic spaghetti, dairy-free ice cream, potato fries, and whole-wheat pastries and breads.

Amenities

Air conditioning

Bathrobes and slippers

Complimentary pure Love and Thanks drinking water

Fresh seasonal fruit selection upon arrival

Hairdryer

Handmade bath amenities: coconut soaps, lemongrass, sea salt and coconut oil body polish, and virgin coconut oil produced from The Farms organic coconut plantation, shampoo and hair conditioner

Hot water kettle and herbal teas

In-room safety deposit box

Wi-Fi connection

Anahaw family villa

Inspired by the traditional natural grace of simple, classic Philippine leaf-roofed houses with a unique loft design, the two villas are nestled in the hillside overlooking a stream. Set in a group of three, the villas comfort is a popular family style accommodation.

Garden villas

Set within their own private gardens, each of the six villas is designed in luxurious tropical modern style with refreshing views and an exhilarating open-air bathroom experience. Each villa comes complete with a private lanai where you can relax and enjoy the abundance of nature after a hard days nurturing. It has an iPad docking station, upon request, and a yoga mat.

Master villa

The villa offers the ultimate in privacy, comfort, and tranquility. The elegantly appointed master bedroom features beautiful teak covered walls and ceiling with stunning views of the villas gardens and the Malarayat mountain range. The living area may be converted into a second guest room, with twin daybeds, and its own separate full bathroom. A fully equipped kitchen provides extra convenience for guests wishing to make simple preparations.

The villa has its own private outdoor heated swimming pool, surrounded by lush tropical landscaping. A guest assistant is provided to attend to all your needs and requirements. Other amenities available are an outdoor covered terrace with sitting and dining area, international in-house satellite TV 42 with USB port and DVD player, iPad docking station, and yoga mat.

Narra pool villas

Nestled on the ridge running along the stream, beside the Master villa, towards the south pool, each of the ten villas offers a private 3 meter by 8 meter heated swimming pool with hydro jets, outdoor and covered terraces, bedroom, day bed, palatial bathroom with double sinks, shower, bathtub, and two individual toilets. Private gardens surround the villa with breathtaking views of the San Benito ridge and surrounding jungle. It has luxurious Quivera bed linens, energy saving inverter style air conditioning, international in-house satellite TV 42 with USB port and DVD player, iPad docking station, and yoga mat.

Palmera glass villas

The crystalline glass walls welcome the beauty of the verdant surroundings. It is the latest addition to The Farms luxurious selection of villas and suites. Each of the four villas opens to a spacious lanai, embraced by a horizon of lush green forests crowned by the skies above. Perfect for the most discerning travelers, each villa includes a comfortable breakfast nook and living space - a perfect place to relax and unwind in private. Even baths become indulgent experiences with its indoor and outdoor showers. Every villa has a walk-in closet with ample space for all your belongings. It has an iPad docking station, upon request.

Palmera suites

The four Palmera suites celebrate the masterful design of tropical modern style. Each suite is tastefully appointed with 12-foot high interiors and spacious semi private garden and lanais. In true tropical fashion all of the suites are provided with indoor baths and open-air showers. It has an iPad docking station, upon request.

Sulu terrace

Modeled after the traditional Philippine rice barns with wood-beamed ceilings and thatched roofs, the five rustic, yet air-conditioned Sulu Terrace imparts the cozy feeling of a modern day tree house with the sleeping and sitting area upstairs and the outdoor lounge area and bathroom located separately downstairs.

The Lakan

The Lakan provides the ultimate in luxury with two bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms including indoor shower and bathtub, central living area, walled in gardens with koi ponds, a kitchenette and bar area, maids quarters, and a heated swimming pool with hydro jets and relaxation bale.

This retreat will take place in Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines. The Farm at San Benito is located in an organic coconut and coffee plantation at 1,025 feet above sea level.

Activities
  • Art classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Fitness center
  • Golf course
  • Health club
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Pilates
  • Reiki
  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Yoga
General
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
Services
  • Baby sitting
  • Beauty salon
  • Child care
  • Free bottled water
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Medical assistance

You will find some of your favorite dishes on the farm's menu, from pates and crackers to succulent main dishes, from freshly-made ice cream to cookies and cakes. Preparing their foods by soaking, blending, dehydration, culturing, and the culinary creativity and talent of their chefs, they transform vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fruits into absolutely delectable culinary delicacies. All their foods are produced daily on their premises: from breakfast granola, butters, and jams, dairy-free milk to chutneys, salad dressings, freshly-baked breads, pizza crusts, hamburger/veggie burgers and raw-chocolate dessert treats.

The Farm at San Benito uses specially designed dehydrators instead of cooking to give raw foods a variety of textures resembling cooked foods, without destroying the nutritional properties and enzymes of the foods. It offers warm soups rather than cooked hot soups in order to preserve the valuable nutritional building blocks the body needs to continuously rebuild and renew itself thus slowing the aging process and giving you energy and vitality. Their vegan restaurant Alive!, one of the first in Asia, will provide you with a surprising twist on your concept of healthy eating when you discover the farm's living cuisine.

To enhance the culinary experience, the rich tropical-wooded Alive! restaurant offers cool, screened indoor seating, and ample outdoor deck tables shaded by majestic trees. Adjacent to Alive! is the extensive organic garden, which provides the majority of the fresh produce, harvested daily. The garden is complemented by an extensive kitchen garden which produces a wide variety of sprouts used extensively in the menu preparations. The dedicated wheat grass bungalow has a systematic production of wheat grass for daily fresh juices and therapies.

Play golf

Spend time at the spa

Swim in one of the centers pools

The Farm at San Benito has everything you need in an award-winning retreat destination. The rich, indulgent treatments will surely soothe you, with their rejuvenating effects reaching your very soul. The sanctuary offers an extensive menu of signature Filipino, Asian, and European massages, scrubs, and treatments. The products they use are 100% natural and organic, and made fresh for each treatment. They produce their own fresh coconut milk, virgin coconut oil, coconut fiber, coffee, and cocoa.

The dominating feature of the sanctuary is an infinity pool with a majestic view of Mount Malarayat. This grand panorama stands in stark contrast to the womb-like private massage pavilions, each located within their own gardens and water features. The sanctuary provides a peaceful and private atmosphere designed to enable you to relax and heal, and temporarily forget the world around you. Two Thai massage pavilions overlook the swimming pool and a unique massage under the stars is available in the evenings for that perfect romantic nightcap. During your retreat, you will have five treatments included in the price.

Alka Relax - 1 session of 90 minutes

The Alka treatment targets and energizes the cells in your body. Alkalinity helps oxidize poisonous substance like acidic contaminants. These treatments efficiently release blockages, increase cellular activity, and disperse heavy metal toxins which are beneficial in boosting the bodys immune system.

Aromatherapy massage - 1 session of 60 minutes

Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being. The inhaled aroma from these essential oils stimulates brain function. Essential oils are also absorbed through the skin, where they travel through the bloodstreams and promote whole-body healing, giving a sense of wellness and relaxation.

Relaxation massage - 1 session of 60 minutes

This therapy is a must for stressed individuals, as this gentle massage will ease away tension and tiredness. Using long soothing strokes, your therapist will lure you into a calm peaceful space for both your body and mind.

Skin Kayud - Barako coffee - 1 session of 90 minutes

By scraping the skin, we stimulate the lymph canals to drain the toxins and purify the entire lymphatic system. This enables the lymph system to perform its duties by keeping the blood and other vital tissues detoxified. After Skin Kayud, the coffee pack is applied to the body. The pack stimulates circulation, elimination, and targets the areas that require detoxification. After about 15 minutes, the pack is rinsed off and a warm bath follows.

Thai massage - 1 session of 90 minutes

Originating in northern Thailand, traditional Thai massage has been attributed to good health, well-being, and vitality. For this reason, they have incorporated this special style of massage for you to experience. The technique is designed to stretch the body and clear all the energy lines.

  • 4 integrated medical treatments
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 5 spa treatments
  • Afternoon tea ritual
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily fitness activities
  • Daily movement activities
  • Daily vegan breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Food preparation workshops
  • Government taxes
  • Healthy snacks
  • Refreshing welcome drink
  • Service charge
  • Additional integrated medical treatments
  • Additional spa treatments
  • Airport transfers

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport to the location is Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL).

Distances

  • Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) - 90 minutes
For information about the booking conditions, please send The Farm at San Benito an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler from Philippines

    "The Farm at San Benito is a place wherein rejuvenation and wellness is a guarantee. It is situated in a town in Batangas and away from the hassle and stress of the city life. The place has a total land area of fifty hectares but only ten hectares are fully developed. In line with this fact, the place is surrounded by various kinds and types of plants. From grasses to shrubs to tall and mighty trees. The place is a heaven for vacationers who seek relaxation and cleansing at the same time. They offer dishes that are vegan type. What's fascinating about the place is that they offer dishes fit for vegans and vegetarians. In other words, they don't serve any kind of meat which makes this place a paradise for those who are in the vegetarian and vegan community. Plus, they also ask you prior to your stay if you have a specific diet and a food preference so they know what to serve you. If you're worried about the quality of their food. Worry no more. They ain't named "The Farm" for nothing. The place has its own Farm!! This is where they get their ingredients and make it into a fabulous dish that's put on your plate. The place is certainly a marvelous sight to see. Walking is the only mode of transportation in this place but don't worry. Walking around will not be a burden. Unlike when you're in a city, walking can be a burden because of the extreme heat and smoke from public utility vehicles while in here, unbelievably, walking is as refreshing as a good lather in the tub. You'll feel a little heat but the windy weather will make you feel comfortable. It's the right mixture of heat and air. For me, the place also gets five stars when it comes to amenities. Only ten hectares are developed but these ten hectares are well architectured and engineered. From the organization of the villas down to their man-made waterfalls (yes, man-made waterfalls) the place seems to have everything in its order. Another thing that made me feel at home was the very welcoming and warming staff. From their general manager down to their maintenance team, the staff certainly learned that the best way to connect and make their clients feel at home is through courtesy and respect. They are also accommodating and enthusiastic about what you want to share. Since the place is very open to nature. You might encounter some animals while you're walking or when you're in certain places like the reception or lake, etc., or when you're inside your villa, you might hear some animals because they're just outside walking around as well. But before you have a violent reaction, let me tell you, these animals are completely harmless. You just have to learn to co-exist with them as they co-exist with you. And that's another great thing about this place. They develop the nature of the place but they accepted, remember, and nourish the fact that the place is a habitat for some animals. When regards to their villas, I have to give them five stars as well because the interior is fabulous. Its hip, its modern, but it goes along with the nature and the aura of the place. Its comfortable and spacious even for a group of four. The place really understands how to satisfy their clients with regards to comfort. They have different range of villas for every type of group. You can choose if you want a villa that has its own pool or not. Or maybe if you prefer to have a villa that has a walk-in closet. Plus, in every bathroom they had these salt scrub soap that you can apply to your skin and makes you feel more clean and fresh and it feels magical. And of course, your experience in this place will not be complete without trying their spa services. Their spa services are to die for!!! Because first, unlike other spas, they are generous when it comes to scrub solutions, massage oil, etc. Second, you don't have to worry on what they're putting on to your body because its made from all organic materials and ingredients. Third, the masseur/masseuse are very gentle and are very sensitive when it comes to pressing your body. They always consider if ever you had complications or you had a pressure preferences. They also consider if you had other activities before you make your reservation at their spa which is called "The Healing Sanctuary". There are many more parts in this place that I've explored and I think you should explore too. Its might cost you a little more but every penny that you're going to invest in going to this place will be worth it. You came in stressed out and there's a 150% guarantee that you'll come out looking youthful and relaxed than ever before. If you'll ask me if I'll come back to this place, I certainly will! Even though its quite far from Manila. I know it will be worth it."

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  • Review by a traveler from Jordan

    "We were a group of 10 friends and stayed for 5 days. It is a heaven on earth: beautiful scenery, nice weather, very relaxing lodges, vegan and organic food, great massages, tour in the farm to see planting the vegetables offered at mealtime, nice pools, raw food cooking classes, coconut being made, and excellent service to the extent of June getting us mangoes to take home. There is not much to see outside the Farm so we stayed there which is stress free. The daily program was meditating under the mango tree; vegan breakfast; yoga and a massage at the very serene spa; swimming; lunch at Alive! Restaurant, the only one in the Farm, which became our meeting place; tea time; tours in the Farm; watching the ostrich family retreat to the mango tree; dinner; and early sleep. A very, very relaxing experience."

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  • Review by a traveler from Philippines

    "The farm is located in a nice 10 hectares of land, although the resort itself is just around one hectare. The location is nice and quiet, a bit far from the city center. Service is superb, as it should be for the amount of money one has to pay. They provide lots of activities like yoga, meditation, gym, swimming, and really nice, encoring patterns to have an active life. Their food is strictly vegan, no dairy, no eggs, surprisingly I found it quite good. The problem is their menu choices are quite limited. Since they use only organic ingredients they plant in their farm."

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  • Review by a traveler from Russia

    "By living in Philippines, I am trying to find places that are perfect. This is one of it! It's a truly 5-star resort. The resort is a vegan one, the spa center offers a wide variety of treatment, and the Sulu houses are chic and very comfortable! The amenities: pure natural made here in the resort from coconut oil. This resort may be good also for a day-trip out of Manila with the kids. The food option for kids is pizza and pasta; however, the food is delicious without any animal products. They have everything to help people in the weight loosing program, but also a lot of free of charge recreation activities like power walking, cross training, yoga, pilates, afternoon tea, etc. There are 2 swimming pools and the property is very wide. Definitely, I will be back!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Australia

    "We needed to get back on track after four weeks of indulgence. We stayed at the farm for 7 days of pure vegan food and a lot of light to high moderate exercise (we have neither tried the massages nor medical treatments, so can't comment on that). It was great; we were refreshed and more than satisfied, and best of all, we got our pre-holiday bodies back! In addition, the staff is amazing and the place is gorgeous. Definitely coming back someday! We've also purchased the cookbook and have been replicating some goodness at home with great success."

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  • Review by a traveler from Hong Kong, China

    "I went with my wife in January. I was nervous about going on a 'detox' vegetarian only type diet (only vegetarian food there). Well, it turns out, the vegetarian food was quite good. I expected to starve but was pleasantly surprised to not be. There were a lot of very nice dishes; the soups and appetizers were particularly nice. I would almost say that, as far as vegan food goes, this is likely about as good as it gets. Presentation was always top notch as well."

    "The rooms were very good size and had Wi-Fi. We switched from a mid to high 30s pool villa to get a bit further out and away from others. The pool itself was great; heated and lovely. Nothing quite as nice as a late night swim in a nice warmish pool. Temperatures were only in the mid 20 degrees Celsius range so a cool pool would have been a no go; heated, however, it was amazing. Spa treatments were wonderful. Scrubs, facials, steams, and all manner of massages were tried. I quite liked the scalp treatment and the Hilot full 2 hours and 30 minutes treatment. We will return."

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  • Review by Malou Aquino from Manila, Philippines

    "A piece of heaven on earth! I love this place; its so peaceful, the people are very polite, the massage is calming, and the food is awesome! Everything is so special."

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  • Review by Robert Sarmiento from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    "Instead of a review, I will try to define my memories of The Farm at San Benito, after being there 3 times. The clouds are rolling down Mount Malarayat and I can hear the cold gentle breeze brushing to the coconut trees while sitting in the amphitheater. There are shards of light everywhere. You will always hear water flowing; there is lush green all around you. I have never seen a better Petina on lime rocks before. The hidden pool is such a pleasant surprise just across the Sulu terrace, very private, very intimate. The gourmet vegan food is a feast for the eyes and treat to your health, the black coffee is awesome, and the fruit juices are a treat.It is the first time I drank coconut milk freshly squeezed by Manong Henyo, while he shared the process of extracting coconut oil. The Healing Sanctuary has the most special pool I have been in my life, better than the Mandarin Hotel Kuala Lumpur. It has an amazing view of the forest leading to Mount Malarayat. The lobby is so huge, hanging out in the middle of the night that it makes you feel like a king. Even if the place is fully booked, you will feel that you have the place for yourself - so private, so peaceful."

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Batangas, Philippines

The Farm at San Benito is an exceptional, world-class, holistic healing sanctuary. It offers detox, cleansing, raw, and vegan food retreats.

Speaks English

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6 days / 5 nights

Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

 

Peak season
  • February 5 - 13, March 21 - 26, December 21 - 31, 2016

 

High season
  • January 1 - April 30, September 1 - December 20, 2016

 

Off-peak season
  • May 1 - August 31, 2016

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