Philippines: The Farm at San Benito
The Farm at San Benito, a serene, luxurious tropical medical and wellness resort in the Philippines, embraces advice from ancient times, by Greek physician Hippocrates: “Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food.”
Meals at the Farms “85/15” restaurant not only please your senses. Nutrients are carefully preserved by heating most edibles not over 40 degrees (C). (The name “85/15” reflects the ratio of ‘live’ uncooked food (85%) to cooked (15%) food served here.)
Mind you, this wellness farm is not for everyone. Not because it’s exclusive, or because of the occasional celebrity you see here. It’s because when they say ‘wellness’, they mean it: No meat is served. No smoking. No alcohol allowed except with meals. Use of mobile phones, computers, radios, TV…even perfumes, is strongly discouraged. Not without good reason, since he focus is on unwinding, de-stressing…renewal of body, mind and spirit. Your stay here is meant to be a retreat from the noisy, hectic ‘outside’ world.
You can enjoy a daily dose of traditional and modern wellness modalities from East and West: Massages, reflexology, medical consultations, salt baths, foot scrubs, Yoga, Tai Chi, Chi Gong and meditation classes, swimming and walking.
And to complete the day in style… how about a moonlit hot bath in your private, outdoor designer tub, or a massage under the stars poolside.
The friendly therapists and physicians here want you to get the most out of your stay – no matter who you are or what shape you are in. They even offer detoxing and customized programs to address chronic health conditions.
During the day, between treatments, why not check out a book from the on-site library. Or chat with other guests over a juice or tea. Stroll, smell the orchids, relax in a meditation pagoda…or count the swans in the pond.
The next day, after sleeping in, yet another massage and a leisurely walk, I get to enjoy the wellness brunch by the South Pool. Home made coconut ice cream for desert! Makes the Farm’s motto “Eat for Health” even easier to embrace…
What a difference five days at The Farm made. How peaceful and energized I feel, compared to when I arrived. Now I feel better than ever prepared to face the hectic outside world again.