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8 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Farm at San Benito

by Angie Garcia

For many of us, a vacation is the best way to recharge.

The change of scenery can be the key to boost productivity and relieve stress. When a quick escape simply isn't enough, head to The Farm at San Benito for a holistic mind-body-soul reboot. This is the destination when you want to achieve optimal physical health, emotional well-being, and spiritual growth!

Tucked away and set against a backdrop of majestic mountains and lush forests lies this 5-star haven retreat in Lipa, Batangas. The crisp fresh air, well-appointed stays, and nurturing Filipino touch merge to provide a 48-hectare sanctuary from the stresses of modern life. This is where the journey to unlocking your inner calm officially begins.

Here are 8 fun facts about this widely acclaimed medical wellness resort!

1. The Farm was awarded the "Best Medical Wellness Resort in the World".

As of this writing, The Farm has brought home 53 prestigious accolades including “The Best Medical Wellness Resort in the World" from SENSES Germany. It has certainly set a standard as one of the leading medical wellness destinations in the world.

The Farm's holistic approach to wellness integrates comprehensive programs to address today's common lifestyle illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, and hypertension to name a few.

2. It's a go-to retreat for local celebrities.

With its world-class facilities and effective holistic programs, it's no surprise that celebrities are regular fixtures in The Farm. Iza Calzado, Patty Laurel, Kathyrn Bernardo, Marian Rivera, and Angel Locsin have been sighted here. It was even featured on 'Kris TV' by host Kris Aquino with guest co-host Carmina Villaroel!

3. They offer integrated medical services that are hard to find anywhere else.

The Farm's nature-inspired Holistic Sanctuary offers a wide range of interesting integrative treatments that are supervised by licensed doctors and medical therapists. Some of the treatments include Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction and healing by an unseen "life force" energy channeled through intention.

Art Therapy is also offered here. With the guidance of an art therapist, it engages restorative activities to help enhance the creative process and achieve wellness from within.

Other interesting holistic treatments include Colema, Electroacupuncture, Psychoemotional Clearing, and Craniosacral Therapy.

4. You can see your live blood cells here.

One of their signature Wellness Consultations is the Live Blood Analysis. A sample of your blood is taken and analyzed through the use of a phase-contrast microscope by a doctor. It allows you to see a real-time visual representation of your blood cells, its variations, and other residues.

When I had this done, I was able to see the state of my red blood cells. Since they were clumped together, the doctor advised that this was a sign of stress, lack of sleep, and vegetables in my diet (which was rather accurate at the time). Unlike the stats showed in a regular blood test, it gave me a newfound sense of appreciation since I saw how my actual blood cells looked like!

Find out what lifestyle changes you need to change with a medical consultation. The Day at the Farm package includes a 3-Course Meal and access to all facilities!

5. You can bring your furry friends here.

Yes, your pets are more than welcome to stay at The Farm. Like you, they can use a refreshing break from the city!

Now you won't have to worry about leaving your furry friends behind! Spend a night at the Palmera Glass Villa, Garden Villa, or Narra Pool Villa go up to 46% OFF!

Is one day not enough? 3D/2N packages are available in their Palmera Suite and Anahaw Family Villa also go up to 46% OFF!

5. They have a new Acqua Sanctuary.

The Farm has always been one step ahead when it comes to wellness luxury services. Their latest venture is the Acqua Sanctuary that fuses both art and science of hydrotherapy to give its guests plenty of health benefits.

The Ice Cold Shower, where a bucket of ice-cold water is safely poured on you. This encourages calorie burning and improves circulatory system. It was a shock to my body at first to feel the icy water from the top down, but I truly felt rejuvenated and wide awake right after!

The Heated Bed Therapy is where you lie on a warm bed that has a tapping, rolling, and kneading motion to relieve stress and tension. It is done outdoors, where you can soak in nature's breathtaking beauty and breathe in the fragrant fresh air with only the whisper of the breeze gently passing you through. The Farm is truly a respite for those who want to reconnect with nature too!

Stressed-out souls and those who just want an all-out pampering session will love it here. It has all the elements of a luxury spa experience: zen architecture, a relaxation lounge, landscaped gardens, and crystal-blue pools that beautifully surround it. The peaceful sound of flowing waters will also lull you into gentle relaxation. Once your pampering session ends, a cup of warm mint tea is served before you leave!

6. They have their very own sensory deprivation tank.

The Acqua Sanctuary is also where you can experience the Flotation, or also known as Sensory Deprivation Therapy. It's a unique type of hydrotherapy that simulates zero gravity that allows you to go on a deep meditative state.

It is recommended for those suffering from insomnia, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and even drug and smoking addiction.

The flotation tank contains large quantities of high-quality Epsom salt dissolved in warm water. Because of this, it makes you float automatically. The first few minutes felt daunting at first since the tank is sound-proof. and you are completely left alone inside. As I slowly eased into it, it felt like my thoughts and worries eventually "floated away". My body felt relaxed, yet my mind felt recharged right after.

Try this buzzy wellness treatment out for yourself with the Day at the Farm package. A 3-Course Meal and access to all facilities is also included!

7. A resident albino peacock roams around the premise.

To complement its nature-inspired surroundings, beautiful peacocks and ducks freely roam around The Farm. Look out for Nirvana, the albino peacock!

8. Vegan food is delicious!

As a meat lover, I was worried whether I was going to enjoy the raw vegan food offered at The Farm. However, the award-winning cuisine at Alive! Restaurant proved that I had absolutely nothing to worry about.

All the meals were remarkably flavorful and fresh since Alive!'s farm-to-table philosophy. The menu is dependent on what's in harvest. It's also hand-picked from their own organic gardens! The enzyme-rich Tropical Fruit Salad with Homemade Yogurt, Healthy Cereals with Granola, and Banana Pancakes were the breakfast standouts sure to revitalize a brand new day.

Guests can learn how to make vegan meals and do juicing in their daily prep classes so they can continue to nourish their bodies even after they leave The Farm!

Are you ready for a holistic wellness journey unlike any other? Experience The Farm at San Benito firsthand with our exclusive packages!

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Photos courtesy of The Farm at San Benito.

About Angie
Angie is a third-culture kid with a voracious appetite for adventure and street food delicacies. She has a hard time deciding whether she's more of a beach or mountain person, but she's thankful that the Philippines has a good amount of both.

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