The Farm at San Benito5.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
The Farm At San Benito indeed lives up to its world - class service with their excellent holistic programs and signature treatments. My husband booked two rooms - narra villa for us and palmera suite for the kids.The sound of cicadas in the morning, naturally heated pools in the narra villa plus a view of nature, it is a an amazing wellness experience! Do not leave The Farm without trying any of their signature treatments. From the organic vegan food to natural coconut salt scrub to shampoo, we love every bit of it. I hope they would consider allowing guests to visit their farm outside the property in near future. We will definitely visit again.
Coming from the daily traffic madness in Manila, The Farm is absolute bliss. As soon as you leave the concrete jungle of Lipa City and enter the narrow road through the plantation, a different world opens. ‘Forest bathing’ was the term that came to my mind. I had been at The Farm some 5 years ago and had forgotten how peaceful and serene it was. There’s no TV in the rooms, which is great as if forces you to shut off and simply soak in the beautiful environment. We stayed in a Sulu Terrace which is small but perfect for 2 people. It’s also much cheaper than the Palmera Suites. We took advantage of the free yoga classes and the circuit training in the fitness studio. The teachers are very good, knowledgeable and engaging. We only stayed for one night, so we could not do everything that was offered. The vegan food was much better than I had remembered. As a vegetarian, I couldn’t get enough of the different dishes offered on the menu. For dinner we had the vegetable rolls and the pizza, both of which were excellent. The breakfast was my favorite: granola with coconut milk, pancake and fruit. The service and the hospitality are impeccable. Can't wait to return.
Our stay at The Farm brought me and my husband back to our happy childhood memories. We booked for a 3D2N stay in a Palmera and we were delighted to have been upgraded to a Garden villa. As we both grew up in a province, the smell of fresh air, the sound of chirping birds, the sight of lush vegetation, an encounter with a frog while we're walking under the rain, a dip in a waterfall pool, watching the fishes swim in a lagoon, and roaming the place together with peacocks, ducks and hens, brought us immense joy. We made the right choice to celebrate my 41st birthday at The Farm. Having lived a busy life for more than 20 years in Manila, our stay at The Farm gave me the much needed break from a very stressful job ang gave my husband a clear mind while reviewing for the bar exam. The Farm offers a range of vegan meals, a variety of daily activities and treatments, all designed to nourish our whole well being. We would have loved to stay longer but for a working middle class like us, an extended stay may already hurt our pockets. It was a brief stay but nevertheless, an unforgettable experience. It reminded us the greatness a healthy living can give. Above all, it transported us to a "probinsya" lifestyle with added sophistication and in so much good taste.
I have always been wanting to stay at the Farm at San Benito, thinking that it was just another good resort and spa not realizing it was a fully vegan and wellness resort. The staff were all so accommodating and friendly. They also ensured they are able to cater to your every need. They help explain things and activities in and around the resort. Vegan food is surprisingly tasty and delicious (dishes that were served to us and what we ordered) 😊. It was also very filling with a lightness to it. After 3 days and 2 nights, i lost about 2 lbs yey! 😁. The room we stayed was the Palmera Villa. Full sized windows allow you to see nature all around you. The shower was under the stars. Everything was organic in the bathroom. Wifi was strong in the rooms. No TV. There was a welcome fruit platter and lots of water Yey! 🖒🖒 pathways are well lighted and the air was fresh. Bring some off lotion with you as mosquitoes will be around. The place is full of trees and vegetation. You wont get bored as there were lots of daily activities you can join. Yoga, walking, cooking classes etc. I did a lot of walking around and simply enjoyed the downtime. The place ia a bit pricy but definitely worth it. Good place to jumpstart a healthy program. I will most likely come back for another visit but will be better prepared for the experience.
The management and staff really do take good care of the place. The entire property is huge. Whether you're looking for an entire day's activity or prefer to spend your time in this serene place, definitely worth the time. There's also strong wi-fi connections available wherever you are in this huge place :) The only drawback are the prices of the foods. They offer 100% full vegan meals. These are specially crafted using only organic ingredients, mostly of which grew within the resort's gardens and mini forest. The food taste is unique so be prepared for gastronomic vegan ride. The amenities are pretty much complete with spa, gym, pools, and a restaurant. Likewise, they offer accommodation from a humble "bahay kubo"-inspired cottage to mansion-big properties good for a group of families. Truth be told, on our last day, I did feel healthier. I can really feel the change from the inside. Then there's the outside - each bathroom is equipped with complimentary salt (sumthing???) body scrub :) forgot the flavor but super lovely. They also do fogging daily so the insects are minimal. Overall, a must to visit. Just be ready with the price tags :)
I came to The Farm in 2015 and thought it was incredible, so much that I couldn't wait to return during my Philippines trip in 2017. The landscaping is still beautiful and the staff are pleasant, but there is something missing now. There is a lot of new construction underway and some of the existing areas (such as Southpool) feel a bit forgotten and uncared for. The food is still good, but very expensive, as are all aspects of the resort. Php 427 for buko?! Ridiculous. Also a 30 minute reflexology treatment is Php 2500, double the price of the UK. The return transfer cost is also outrageous at Php 9000 plus taxes. The Palmera suite was nice but small, and in my opinion also not worth the price tag. My feelings about The Farm as it stands now are mixed. The surroundings, activity schedule, food and staff are good, but the whole place in general now feels overpriced and lacking in soul. Such a shame. For a more genuine, caring experience I recommend Nurture Wellness Village in Tagaytay.
The Farm is a beautiful and peaceful place to relax. It is just about 2 hours drive from Manila. The property is large and their landscaping is very well maintained. They have nice walking paths and several meditation sites throughout the property, along with three pool areas. No beaches in or around the resort, in case some were wondering. We did not try out their detoxification or medical programs, or their newly opened Aqua Sanctuary (which all require extra fees), but still found the place very relaxing and enjoyable. Improvements can be made especially for the price you are paying and the resort being listed as 5-star. Stayed two nights in their Palmera Glass Villa suite. It was fairly spacious and comfortable. The bathroom has an extended shower and bath area outside. One complaint about the room was that the shower door leading outside has an opening that you cannot cover. This allows for insects to enter the bathroom and therefore your room, if you don't keep your bathroom door leading to your room closed. Shouldn't be a big deal for most, but just a heads up that you may find insects all over the ceiling, bathroom counter, and closet area. I'd rather not have mosquitos in the room. They only serve vegan food here, at their one restaurant in the resort. I'm not used to just eating vegan food but I would say the food was good. The menu can be a little bit on the pricier side, especially some of their smoothies and shakes (about $10-14CAD before service charge). One area that could use a lot of improvement is the service at the restaurant, especially if the resort considers themselves a 5 star resort. Every single meal we had there, our order was taken incorrectly. For breakfast, you had only two choices for your main entree to chose from but they still managed to bring the incorrect dish out. For dinner, the server took my order, came back a few minutes later to clarify which type of steak I had ordered and yet when my entree came out it was completely wrong (not even one of the other three items with the word steak on the menu). You'd order family size dish and get their alive(personal) size dish. They'd present you your meals but would not explain what it was. You would have to ask several times to get your water refilled or to get the bill, which is disappointing because it was never busy at the restaurant and they were well staffed. Everyday, the resort would provide you a schedule for the next days activities like Yoga, Tai Chi, and Power walks. We attended most of the yoga classes with Yogi Paulo and enjoyed them a lot. The location of the yoga class was the best! The view of all the greenery, the breeze, and sounds of nature made for a great environment. The staff at the resort were all friendly. Majority of the staff throughout the property would greet you as you walk by each other. Housekeeping did a great job with our room. Although there was one time at the Aqua Sanctuary where I believe a group of off-duty staff were making a lot of noise, screaming and shouting hysterically, playing with the water in the female change room. One of the male attendants on duty went in there to ask them to lower their voices. For a resort that promotes itself as a peaceful sanctuary and a place for quiet and silence in a lot of areas, I felt the staff did not set a good example with all that noise especially if people were getting treatment around the area at the time. Upon checkout, the rooms division supervisor (I believe thats who he was), read and acknowledged my feedback/comments and said he would pass it on to the appropriate personnel. Considering it was low season at the hotel, I feel the rates were a bit expensive. Comparing other 5-star resorts or hotels in different countries, at a similar or lesser rate, the rates at this resort does not seem appropriate. Overall, we had a great experience at the resort. It really is a relaxing place and a great getaway from the city.
I went here with friends. The place is very soothing. There are nooks all around and is very conducive for writing in your journal and reading a book. My friends and I stayed most of the time in the infinity pool. The resort was fully booked but we seldom see most of the guests around the area. In the morning we planned to attend the 6am meditation yoga but we woke up late. We joined the 8am yoga instead. It was a nice experience. The mountain , fountain backdrop during yoga was perfect. The food in the restaurant is consistent with the theme of the resort, healthy , organic and light. However, I suggest for the resort to offer a more filling food in the list. The wifi connection is amazingly fast in every corner of the resort The only drawback I can say in this spa resort are the frogs which we encountered on our way to the villa... there were a lot of them .. and me being afraid of frogs, this experience is not so good for me. The staff eventually arrived and helped us go in tho...
Im surprised it took us 6 years of being in Manila to visit. Less than 2 hours from Manila , the clean air, tranquil setting and comfortable modern rooms make this a a great escape regardless of if you choose to participate in any of the wellness programs or not. The food options are a little limiting but we went willing to embrace the holistic experience including the fully vegan menu . Tried a variety of treatments on offer including yoga, acupuncture, colonics and massages and it can get expensive with the bill for 2 days food and 10 treatments coming to about US$1300 (not including accommodation) . The massages (Hilot & Thai) were a little disappointing as had high expectations, especially given the price, and we both felt massages were not as good as what you find in our local spa's in Manila . There are a number of free activities available and our young children enjoyed the yoga , fishing (catch and return of course ) and feeding the ducks/geese/peacocks. The lush valley setting is incredibly peaceful and the grounds are immaculate. Loved the pool villa which was very private with lovely outlook . In all a great weekend retreat though may save money on a few less treatments next time around.
First things first, the setting is fantastic. Pretty much in the middle of the jungle, if being at one with nature is what you're after you've come the right place. An additional benefit of the setting is the scale, I have no idea how many other people there are here, possibly up to 50, but we are so spread out, you could be forgiven for thinking the number is closer to 20. As with many Asian resorts, low labour costs mean the hotel can out number you with staff, and being Filipino they are always smiley and eager to help. I enjoyed 4 spa treatments whilst here, what else was I supposed to do on my own for 3 days, and all were of a good international standard. Booking in advance saved 30% making 4hrs of treatments a very reasonable £163. In advance I'd been intimidated by the 100% vegan and no refined sugar menu, but whilst pricey, I can honestly say I didn't miss meat or dairy or refined sugar once during my stay. Very good menu put together to compensate for the lack of all those lovely things! The villa itself took a little bit of getting used to with a bedroom on the first floor and outside steps to go down to the outside bathroom. All well equipped but for a wimp like me whose scared of snakes... it took me a very full bladder to wonder out into the (near) jungle in the dead of night. The gym was large and well equipped but for limited Cardio equipment (1 bike, 1 treadmill, 1 seated bike, 1 cross trainer). Having said that at 7am I was the sole user and it never seemed busy when passing by. So why isn't it "great", "fantastic" and only just "good?"? As with many hotels in these parts it's the little things that let it down. The service in the restaurant was hit and miss. Many a time having to ask for a top up to my water, or having to get up and leave to prompt the bill arriving. There was no laundry bag & form in the room and even after asking it didn't arrive until the second time of asking, a button I'd sent for repair wasn't repaired and needed a follow up. The spa messed up a booking and gave the wrong treatment on one occasion, not the end of the world, but sloppy. The bill at the end of the stay was a bit of a palava with the wrong treatments and no 30% discount applied. Overall a good hotel with great spa facilities just short of great due to niggly little things that should be avoidable at this price range.
- Free full breakfast
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
The Farm at San Benito is located 3.8 mi (6.2 km) from San Sebastian Cathedral and 4.3 mi (6.9 km) from The Mabini Academy. This 32-room, 5-star resort welcomes business and leisure travelers with 3 outdoor pools, a full-service spa, and free breakfast. Mount Malarayat Golf and Country Club is also nearby.
Free full breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM. Enjoy a bite to eat at Alive, the resort's onsite restaurant. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.
The 32 rooms are individually decorated and have an array of amenities, including coffee makers, free bottled water, and safes. Guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and free toiletries. Desks are also available.
Guests of The Farm at San Benito have access to a full-service spa, 3 outdoor pools, and a health club. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available on request) for PHP 10980 per vehicle roundtrip. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury resort include free WiFi in public areas, a conference center, and free newspapers.
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92% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 384 reviews