Overcoming burnout or fatigue in the city may seem as easy as taking a leave from work, spending the entire day in bed, and switching off your notifications for several hours. But the truth is, living in a concrete jungle can give you cabin fever—especially if you reside in one that’s densely populated not just by civilians, but by cars, towering buildings, and vast shopping malls. It’s almost as if it’s a robot city made for robotic people, where you’re expected to recharge your battery to 100% just by having eight hours of sleep or sitting on a park bench for an hour. When you’re feeling overwhelmed or in need of headspace, sometimes, embarking on a Netflix marathon or spending a day at home with the family just can’t quite cut it.
And while urban dwellers enjoy the convenience of having everything within reach—shopping centers, cinemas, and all the dining options imaginable—this may lead to decision fatigue, or getting too accustomed to the pleasures of city life that it starts losing its charm. Luckily, as an ode to slow living and the good old days, farm stays and luxury farm resorts are sprouting left and right so guests can fulfill a desire that’s innate in them: to return to one’s roots. With the Philippines largely an agricultural country, it only makes sense for locals to pay a visit to a farm or two.
Whether you’re a tree hugger, an animal lover, or simply in need of a reset button for your mental state, a farm visit may be just what you need. We’ve listed down the top farm stays near Manila for that much-needed bucolic getaway.
Daila FARMS, Tagaytay
Reconnect with nature and practice mindfulness at Daila F.A.R.M.S. (Farmers’ Agricultural Resources and Management Services), a “voluntourism” destination located along Tagaytay’s Sta. Rosa road that’s about 2 hours away from Metro Manila. The 2-hectare land’s main concept is to serve as a market for local farmers to sell and promote their products, but the farm's purpose has grown over time. They now hold workshops and seminars, usually in their Bamboo House, that instill skills and values towards natural resources such as urban gardening, vertical farming, eco-brick making, hilot training, and more. For overnight stays, guests can stay at their cool Ulog (Ifugao Huts), which can comfortably house up to 5 people. There is also a campsite available and a large dormitory for those who are on a budget. After a visit to the bucolic sanctuary, you’re sure to be enlightened about slow living, sustainability, and the Philippines’ traditional culture.
DG Tip: Dine in the Gracias Cafe, where you can eat farm-to-table dishes that are always freshly prepared and sourced from the local market. Here, you can also have your fill of coffee or tea.
Purok 26, Barangay San Francisco
Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Tagaytay
(0927) 590 4161
Nurture Farmacy, Tagaytay
Learn about the healing power of plants at Nurture Farmacy in Tagaytay, a 6,000 sqm farm dedicated to producing delicious, organic products that promote inclusive growth in the area. The DOT-accredited farm holds farm tours where you can discover Phytotherapy, a science-based medical practice wherein plants are used to treat various medical conditions. “Farmacists” donning traditional Filipino clothing will guide you into their anatomy garden, where plants are arranged into body-part-shaped plots that they are known to benefit or heal. Take their healthy cooking classes and ask the staff anything from their vermiculture to composting processes. For overnight stays, the intimate glamping and camping site features an adults plunge pool, a kiddie pool, and delicious food freshly prepared by the Camp’s Chef. Not one to camp? Book a stay at Nurture Wellness Village, which has a free 3-5 minute shuttle ride (subject to availability) to and from Nurture Farmacy.
DG Tip: Check out Balai Tinggian, a shaded area overlooking the farm which showcases the beautiful weaving culture of the Tinggian tribe from Abra.
Barangay Maitim II West, Tagaytay
(02) 401 9030
(0920) 950 5724
The Coffee Farmhouse, Tagaytay
Coffeephiles, rejoice. Savor a countryside experience at The Coffee Farmhouse located in the outskirts of Tagaytay, where you can enjoy a rustic farm stay that’s perfect for couples, families, and groups of up to 10 people. Approximately a 2-hour drive from Metro Manila, the serene farm bestows a tranquil atmosphere with a variety of leisure activities. Stroll the lush lot peppered with coffee trees and flowering plants, or rent a bicycle or a scooter to explore the area. Coffee lovers will particularly enjoy this stay with their unlimited homegrown coffee and a coffee tour that showcases the coffee varieties they harvest. You and your loved ones can also spend quality time by playing basketball, volleyball, table tennis, or billiards.
DG Tip: Feel like relaxing? Take a dip in their picturesque pool or reinvigorate your senses by booking a massage.
23 Palumlum-Matagbak Road
Brgy. Palumlum, Alfonso, Cavite
(0928) 555 5856
The Farm at San Benito, Batangas
Heaven on earth exists, which a lucky few have discovered at the exclusive The Farm at San Benito, an eco-luxury holistic medical wellness resort that’s frequented by A-list celebrities and discerning travelers. Resting on a verdant 48-hectare greenscape, the international award-winning resort boasts pristine suites and villas with modern tropical aesthetics and quintessential Filipino design. Experience healing with their several top-notch health programs and holistic treatments for detoxification, stress reduction, mental and physical health, and many others. You can even experience a live blood analysis! Lastly, nourish yourself with nutritious dishes made from all-natural ingredients―some even hand-picked from their organic gardens.
DG Tip: Apart from Alive!’s vegan cuisine, you must try dining in their newest pescatarian restaurant called PESCE, which showcases delicious, heart-healthy dishes inspired by the Meditteranean Blue Zone® diet. Enjoy their organic dishes amidst a gorgeous al fresco setting.
119 Barangay Tipakan
Lipa City, Batangas
(02) 884 8074
(0918) 884 8080
Costales Nature Farm, Laguna
Nourish your mind, body, and soul at Costales Nature Farms, a DOT-accredited farm and one of the Philippines’ premier agri-tourism destinations. Nestled in the foothills of Mt. Banahaw in Laguna, the highly lauded farm has received multiple awards from the government and awarding bodies in the agricultural industry. They have day tours and overnight stays for those who want to immerse in the farm life, while they offer workshops for those who want to learn about sustainable organic farming methods and farm tourism. Visitors can experience their farm tour, fishing, vegetable harvesting, and the like, and get a taste of their impressive range of produce with their delicious meals. Uplifting the agriculture industry, the farm wishes to inspire all visitors to lead a healthy, self-sufficient, and sustainable lifestyle.
DG Tip: This is a top pick for those who want to get a real taste of the farm life as their overnight accommodations do not have air conditioning—but don’t worry, the rooms are typically cool, fitted with electric fans (upon request), and featuring hot shower water for a comfortable stay.
Brgy. Gagalot, Majayjay, Laguna
(049) 557 5291
Preziosa Botanic Park & Farm Resort, Cavite
Surround yourself with nature, peace, and tranquility at Preziosa Botanic Park & Farm Resort in Cavite, one of the most spacious and photogenic farm stays near Manila that’s only 2.5 hours away. Here, you can harvest your own vegetables and fruits and marvel at diverse vegetation and crops that will inspire you to nurture your green thumb. Choose among their beautiful Asian-themed villas for your overnight stay and enjoy other recreational activities like zip-lining, wall climbing, and taking a dip in their jacuzzi pools. Animal lovers will also have a field day as there are goats and sheep grazing and roaming around.
DG Tip: Though the area has spotty signal, it won’t make your stay any less enjoyable—known as a venue for weddings, their manicured gardens, gorgeous ornamental plants, and lush greenery are perfect for taking photos.
(02) 723 9064
(0929) 492 2180
(0927) 560 9808
Numana Farm, Bulacan
Delight in the simple things in life at Numana Farm in Bulacan, where you can wallow in a cozy, rustic retreat that’s only 1-2 hours away from Metro Manila. Rent out their traditional Kubo, but don’t be fooled—the spacious and clean traditional Filipino home is fitted with an air conditioner, a snug bed, and well-maintained amenities to comfortably house guests. Specifically ideal for dog lovers, make sure to visit Hound Haven located in the same compound, a non-profit retirement and rehabilitation center for retired K-9 veterans. Leisurely stroll the 5-hectare property, where you can find a mango orchard, an organically-grown vegetable farm, and several farm animals freely roaming the area, like dogs, chickens, and rabbits. You may also bring your pet with you.
DG TIP: If you want to bring or cook your own food, they have a fully-equipped kitchen and grill for all your cooking and cold-storage needs. You may also explore the local restaurants in the vicinity which are only 10-15 minutes away by car.
(0917) 590 7900
Prado Farms, Pampanga
Get away from the city’s bustle for a day or two at Prado Farms, a family-run estate that’s about 2 hours away from Manila. The vast 5-hectare property houses a biodynamic farm and eco-resort that is particularly loved by couples and families, especially for its tranquil atmosphere and picturesque Instagram-friendly setting. Sift through the activities you can do like biking, swimming, taking the farm tour, and indulge in delicious, organic food in their well-loved restaurant, or simply stroll the area and marvel at recycled art installations and charming old houses. If you’re spending the night, they have several spick-and-span rooms that can comfortably house couples, families, barkadas, and even large groups for company retreats and team buildings.
DG Tip: If you need a place to pray and contemplate, visit their beautiful chapel that’s known for holding intimate wedding celebrations.
(0933) 8141 778
Sambali Beach Farm, Zambales
Craving for the quietude of farm life plus the invigorating setting of a beach? Get the best of both worlds at Sambali Beach Farm in Zambales, a beachfront property and organic farm that promotes sustainable farming and agritourism. Known as Botolan’s hidden gem, the pet-friendly beach farm has a beautiful and rustic space that can accommodate up to 16 people—perfect for big families and groups of friends! Fill your heart and tummy with their extensive menu of organic dishes, and ask for a farm tour where you can see the vegetables and livestock that their ingredients are sourced from. Truly a place to connect with nature and to heal spiritually, the beach farm is also situated nearby a Catholic hermitage and chapel.
DG Tip: For those who want to learn more about natural technologies, Sambali Beach Farm offers hands-on training programs for Biochar production, Bokashi composting, and Vermicomposting.
(0917) 578 2717
Happy House Farm, La Union
Discover a different side of La Union at Happy House Farm, an environmental education center and organic farm that promotes slow living. Guests can enjoy an organic farmstay experience, where you can stay for a night or more to relax, learn about organics and healthy cooking, go fishing, and walk to the nearby beach. For those who want to give back, undergo their unique WWOOF (Willing Worker On Organic Farm) Volunteer Experience, where you’re required to stay for 3 nights or more to immerse in the local farming community. A great place to meet new friends and learn about farming, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will change your perspective in life.
DG Tip: Their volunteer program is part of WWOOF™ (WorldWide Opportunities on Organic Farms) Philippines, which is part of a UK-founded worldwide movement that aims to build a sustainable global community and promote ecological farming. As of date, the Happy House Farm’s WWOOF program has housed over 200 guests from the Philippines and all over the world.
Rosario, La Union
(0916) 339 0427
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This article was last edited on September 13, 2019 by the DG Traveler team.
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