THE FARM OF WELL­NESS

For over a decade now, The Farm at San Ben­ito continues to help thou­sands of people in their quest to live a bet­ter qual­ity of life through pre­ven­tive health strate­gies, in­te­gra­tive med­i­cal ser­vices and nour­ish­ing foods in its purest form.

F&B World - - Contents - By Ed Va­len­ciano

For over a decade now, The Farm at San Ben­ito continues to help thou­sands of people in their quest to live a bet­ter qual­ity of life through pre­ven­tive health strate­gies, in­te­gra­tive med­i­cal ser­vices and nour­ish­ing foods in its purest form.

Lipa, Batan­gas has the unique distinc­tion of host­ing one of the world’s most pre­ferred well­ness re­sorts, The Farm at San Ben­ito. More than ten years af­ter it first opened, the re­sort is able to pro­vide trans­for­ma­tive and life en­hanc­ing ex­pe­ri­ences through its Well­ness Hol­i­day and Heal­ing Re­treats. The Farm was ahead of the times when it opened in 2002, of­fer­ing detox­i­fi­ca­tion cleans­ing re­treats and raw liv­ing food cui­sine. To date, it is the only re­sort des­ti­na­tion in the coun­try that of­fers com­pre­hen­sive pro­grams ad­dress­ing di­a­betes, obe­sity, hy­per­ten­sion and cancer care nat­u­rally and holis­ti­cally. The Farm has won 26 pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional awards so far in­clud­ing Best Med­i­cal Re­sort in the World from SENSES Ger­many (the spa in­dus­try’s Os­cars equiv­a­lent), con­sid­ered to be the ul­ti­mate award in its cat­e­gory.

A RE­SORT THAT LIVES IN WELL­NESS

This trop­i­cal par­adise is set on a vast track of land ap­pro­pri­ately se­cluded from it all, the bet­ter to ful­fill its mis­sion of spread­ing well­ness. Typ­i­cal of a re­sort, it of­fers five-star ac­com­mo­da­tions, meet­ing fa­cil­i­ties [for small groups], a swim­ming pool and other ameni­ties that com­plete a re­sort. The tran­quil­ity of this trop­i­cal haven is bro­ken only by the chirp­ing of in­sects and birds, and oc­ca­sion­ally, by the mat­ing call of pea­cocks re­splen­dent in their iri­des­cent coat, or pris­tine white for a cou­ple of al­bi­nos. The gar­dens that com­bine the wild for­est and man­i­cured grounds are per­fect for med­i­ta­tion and quiet re­flec­tion. Al­though the la­goons and a hid­den wa­ter­fall are man-made, the plan­ners through deft han­dling of de­sign el­e­ments have suc­ceeded in cre­at­ing a trop­i­cal for­est re­treat that rarely fails to sooth one’s senses.

GREEN PRAC­TICES

The Farm is 100 per­cent ve­gan. It grows its own fruits, veg­eta­bles, herbs and flow­ers or­gan­i­cally. It uses nat­u­ral mos­quito re­pel­lants such as citronella and sup­plies bio-degrad­able bath ameni­ties (le­mon­grass body pol­ish, hand­made soap, body oil, sham­poo, hair con­di­tioner) made from the re­sort’s own vir­gin co­conut oil. It has shifted to LED lights and en­cour­aged guests and staff to prac­tice con­ser­va­tion mea­sures and en­ergy-sav­ing habits by cel­e­brat­ing Earth Day ev­ery day. Plas­tic, glass, metal, wood and paper prod­ucts are sep­a­rated and de­liv­ered to a re­cy­cling fa­cil­ity. Plant waste is col­lected and con­verted into nutrient-rich com­post for ex­ist­ing plants. Eco-friendly prod­ucts are con­tin­u­ally sought to re­place po­ten­tially haz­ardous sub­stances. The Farm’s sup­pli­ers are en­cour­aged to adapt their prac­tices to meet their own goals. As to cor­po­rate and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity, the re­sort is com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ally work to­wards im­prov­ing the health, well-be­ing and liveli­hood of the com­mu­nity by fo­cus­ing on so­cial wel­fare pro­grams, hir­ing lo­cal staff with on­go­ing hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment and pur­chas­ing lo­cal fresh food, prod­ucts and ser­vices when­ever pos­si­ble. The Farm continues to ed­u­cate its staff and guests about the im­por­tance of en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial sus­tain­abil­ity to in­crease aware­ness.

Alive is The Farm’s restau­rant which has earned a rep­u­ta­tion and fol­low­ing for its unique cui­sine. Us­ing or­ganic raw in­gre­di­ents har­vested on­site, tal­ented chefs re-cre­ate fa­vorite dishes mi­nus un­wanted chem­i­cals and preser­va­tives, and guests some­times have dif­fi­culty be­liev­ing they are din­ing on ve­gan con­coc­tions. A pro­gram for kids that in­cludes crafts and arts, co­conut soap mak­ing, fish­ing, hor­ti­cul­ture walks, kite fly­ing, sto­ry­telling and wheat­grass sprout­ing has been steadily gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity and pa­tron­age. Kids’ hearty ap­petite meets its match in such dishes as de­li­cious or­ganic spaghetti, potato fries, whole-wheat pas­tries and breads; and dairy-free ice cream. Un­like sim­i­lar es­tab­lish­ments The Farm is pet-friendly with 50 or­ganic hectares for man’s best friend to sniff and roam about.

FEEL­ING GOOD AT THE FARM

Win­ning the pres­ti­gious Senses Well­ness award, The Farm is well on its way to bring­ing more hon­ors to this patch of for­est in Lipa, and to the coun­try as well. Through its ini­tia­tive and sus­tain­ing power, well­ness as an al­ter­na­tive life­style may even­tu­ally spread its pos­i­tive mis­sion in a world that badly needs much re­pair­ing.

Narra Villa Bed­room

Mush­room

Crevice

Heal­ing Sanc­tu­ary SPA Pool

Yoga ses­sions at The Farm

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