The Farm at San Benito

We finally got to use our Deal Grocer voucher for an overnight stay at The Farm!! Hooray! Pat has been working non-stop with edits left and right and it has been impossible for us to schedule this out of towner. He had to work while at The Farm to meet his deadlines but I’m glad it was still a vacation for us even if there was a bit of working in between (and in my case, lots of Candy Crushing! Hehehe).

After a long but scenic drive to Lipa, we finally made our way to the tree lined roads leading to The Farm. My friends Amanda and Alessa, both loud and proud vegetarians, consider this their mecca and now I understand why! As their website shares, “It is the sole sanctuary of its kind in the Philippines and one of the best in the world.The Farm is a life-changing retreat that enables its guests to cope with the ever-increasing stress-filled challenges of everyday life through a well-managed and tailored wellness programs for restoration of balance and harmony by encouraging a commitment to a proactive healthy lifestyle.”

The Farm in San Benito is a sprawling property dotted with trees and vegetation. Though still maintaining an air of luxury, I’m happy they’ve kept things as “organic” as possible in terms of their food, service, decor and overall ambiance. As soon as we parked our car, Michael The GM, met us at the parking lot and even offered to carry my luggage. I was shocked that he actually carried it all the way to the lobby! His humble and easy going disposition was very impressive and I could tell his “servant leader” attitude has had a great effect on his staff. 

We got upgraded to the beautiful NARRA POOL VILLA which had its own pool! What a blessing! God surprised us AGAIN. 🙂 I couldn’t wait to jump into the pool to officially start my summer 2013! The villa was extremely spacious, the bathroom alone was as big as a regular studio condo in Makati! hahaha. Here are some photos I grabbed from their site. 

Now, I’ll be honest–the food part was a bit of a challenge for me and Patrick especially since we are happy meat eaters. The Farm practices a very natural approach towards food and this why they only serve vegan/raw meals here. “We use 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. We serve 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.” 

Although we were thoroughly impressed by their dishes (they actually tasted good and satisfying), we were ailing for a fat juicy cheeseburger and TAPAAAAA! Hehehe! So my advice  to you is to really come prepared for the detox getaway, if you put yourself in a healthy mindset you will be able to maximize the benefits of having a meat free stay at The Farm. It’ll do your mind and body good to eliminate all the toxins in your body–so don’t think of it as a sacrifice since it’s actually a treat for your body!
Aside from a specialized cuisine, they also provide a host of activities that could contribute to your quest for wellness. They have massages, yoga, acupuncture and alternative healing services as well. Had I known, I would’ve booked a stay at The Farm just after my surgery. A detox from all the medication I had to take would’ve been perfect and I’m sure it would’ve led me to a speedy recovery. Well, at least now I know!:)

 If you’re going through a lot of stress at work and if you feel like it’s taking a toll on your health and overall wellbeing, I highly recommend checking into The Farm. This is also a great place to celebrate your special occasions with your hubby/wife/gf/bf 🙂 It’s a relatively easy 2 hour drive from Manila so it’s really a quick escape from the chaos of the city.
Thank you again to the kind staff of 
THE FARM at San Benito and Deal Grocer.
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