How to get there:
The first thing you should know is that there are two ways to get to The Farm–the long way and the short way. The short way follows signages found along the road, which you’ll most likely miss. The longer way, which is, unfortunately, the way we took, is the way that WAZE knows. I think Google Maps knows the short way, but we relied on WAZE this time and it took an hour or so longer.
Next time, try following Google Maps.
Also, bring along a podcast or a playlist you like. Traffic in Lipa, Batangas is intense even during the weekend.
Who is The Farm for?
I have to say that The Farm experience caters to a specific kind of client–it isn’t for everyone. At the very least, you won’t enjoy it to the fullest if you’re not in line with the experience they offer.
The Farm is a centre for holistic healing and wellness where people balance their mind, body, and spirit with nourishing live foods in an eco- friendly place.
The Farm is a kind of sanctuary, an escape even. Guests are told that mobile phones need to be on silent and are encouraged to leave work behind during their stay.
That said, someone who wants to go to The Farm is looking for a specific kind of experience too. It’s a place to relax and let go of your everyday worries. It’s a place for solitude where you can be alone with your thoughts. It’s a place where you can breathe clean air, eat farm-fresh food, and enjoy relaxing activities–such as their various massages, body scrubs, colon cleanses.
All this is fine if you’re going alone and you know what to expect. But if you’re going with someone else, make sure they are aware of what The Farm is all about. At the very least they should have an open mind going into the experience. You don’t want to spend your expensive stay with people who keep complaining about the lack of meat or lack of fun activities to do.
Which leads us to…
What to do at The Farm
There are three pools. But all of them are small. Small as in one of the pools will only accommodate two people. And the rest are just sort of dipping pools. Not the kind you will do laps on.
We didn’t go swimming.
There is a schedule for Yoga, Tai Chi, Nature Walk, Cross Training, and much more. You can pick your poison. I chose to do my regular 40-minute workout at their gym. The gym is small. Maybe 30 square meters. And will accommodate no more than 10 people. Luckily, they had a 30lb kettlebell and some dumbbells there. So I did swings and squats.
There are spa treatments that offer different kinds of scrubs and there are massages too. They also provide medical procedures like vitamin infusion, health consultations, and even a colon cleanse!
As of April 2017, here are the services they offer:
Take photos of animals
Peacocks, ducks, and not-maya-birds. The kind of animals you don’t see in our suburban jungle, roam the estate. They are pretty much domesticated and are used to people. You can sit a meter or two away from them and will happily ignore you.
I enjoyed watching the animals. They were fascinating and beautiful, especially the peacocks. There was a point when a couple of ducks were walking near the man-made lake and I wanted to sing the “tatlong bibe” song–but loud noises aren’t allowed.
I made a separate post about Alive! Restaurant, the only place you can get your grub at The Farm.
Green trees, manicured lawns, and clean fresh air all add to the ambience. It doesn’t necessarily feel like an escape, for one thing, the internet is upwards of 30mbps here, but it does feel like calm and rest.
The staff are the friendliest I’ve come across. It doesn’t matter how much they’ve already seen you within the day, they will say hello with a genuine smile on their faces. It’s how people show you how much they care that leave a mark in every experience. The way they interacted with us felt very natural–like they were Pinoy’s who spoke Taglish and Filipino, not overly formal nor trying to please. I sensed that the staff were inherently happy people and I believe that radiated on how they treat their guests.
Thank you for making our stay feel special.
If you’re looking for an exhilarating experience where it’s fun, wild, and full (busog)–this isn’t what you’re looking for. If you want something different where you can enjoy the feeling of being with nature and is at home with the solitude of silence, then The Farm At San Benito may be for you.