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Philippines is home to one of the most renowned wellness resorts in the world, multi-awarded The Farm at San Benito in Lipa, Batangas. Eco-luxury, exotic and rejuvenating, we can think of a handful of reasons to add a stay here to your 2020 travel plans — namely the motivation and help in kickstarting your journey to your healthiest self yet.

The resort’s philosophy is rooted in wellness with five pillars: Diagnose, Cleanse, Nourish, Repair and Sustain. Here, eating healthy and working out are anything but a chore. The Farm tailors every stay around a holistic approach to integrative medical services, partnering with European Wellness Center (EWC) and Living Life Well Integrative Medical Clinic (CIGNA accredited global health care provider). Did we mention the popular Hilot massage guests love so much?

The Farm has been busy this year with the expansion of newly-built villas. One of them is the Mahogany Villa, and two new Bamboo Villas. These new additions join the likes of existing rooms and suites like the Palmera Suite, Master Villa, and a seriously swanky The Lakan.

This is what you can expect: freshly rolled out retreats like Health Optimisation, Cellular Health, Executive Health and Aesthetics. It begins with a consultation and health assessment by a licensed physician and state-of-the-art biomedical diagnostics. There are specific programs for detox cleansing, as well as weight management, diabetes prevention and heart health.

Establishing a partnership with European Wellness, the cellular health programs are designed to assess, treat and prevent chronic health disorders with the aid of experienced physicians and expertise from hospitals and medical centres from Switzerland, Germany, United Arab Emirates, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Then there are the executive health programs in partnership with Living Life Well Integrative Medical Clinic. On this menu you have programs for pain management that specifically targets work-related diseases and chronic pain, helping guests get down to the root of the problem. Important and crucial to overall health, the retreat extends to mental health, where the resort helps guest to notice also how stressors of their daily lives might already be taking a toll on their bodies.

Lastly, The Farm has a new aesthetic service brought by Dr. Conrada Veruasa-Apostol, M.D. or Dr. Radi who is a reconstructive and plastic surgeon, focusing on aspects like slimming and contouring, even surgical enhancement that aims go be less painful, less expensive and have fewer risk — but only as the last option.

And you’re probably wondering about food — it is a holiday, after all, which means good food is absolutely crucial. The Farm highly recommends a diet of whole-food and lots of plant-based meals. At the Alive! Restaurant, dishes are all rich in fibre and antioxidants and often even raw, but never without skimping on a satisfying culinary experience.

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Diandra Soliano
Associate Editor, MY
Diandra Soliano is the Associate Editor of Prestige Online Malaysia. In between morning coffees, long lunches (business, of course), and meeting deadlines over sundown cocktails in the city, you can find her at the yoga studio - or at least she hopes.