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The Farm at San Benito

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Very difficult to find. Have to drive through the ghetto and there are no street signs until very near the hotel. Scary trying to find it since you'll be sent down narrow streets On dirt roads in the middle of no where. Got lost with both google and wayz navs. Arriving to the property makes one wonder if they are at the right place. Amazing grounds but clueless staff. Room bed was on ground and hard as a rock and have to go outside to use the bathroom. There were 7 staff at dinner but only 3 tables and none of us could get service. Staff more interested in talking to each other and looking at their phones. Menu needs overhaul. Stayed one night but couldn't wait to leave since the food was so bad and over priced. Left before breakfast because could face another bad meal and long wait. Disappointing experience. Not worthy of the awards they brag about.

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.

I had an immense wellness journey with 3-night stay at palmora suite. Staff were super friendly and helpful. It's truly a place to learn and know your mind and body more. The activities, lovely turn-down notes every night, the beautiful landscape, the friendly peacock and ducks make you truly be loved by nature. It's truly a place to find your inner peace of mind.

Hidden just outside the fast growing city of lipa lies a secret place by where one can be in communion with nature and will be nourished by both serenity and therapeutic beauty of the place. The secret garden was a wonderful surprise so does the very old mango tree. Sculptures are everywhere. Some are almost mistaken as nothing. But for discerning eyes will easily recognize its Beauty. I will definitely come back again to this place to nourish my body with peace and quite as well as with the wonders of natural therapy. Yes

We were able to stay 2 nights at the Farm and what struck me most was its serenity. Despite the full day schedule of activities they have for the guests, these activities do not take you away from fully experiencing the tranquility and beauty of their environment. Doing early morning yoga, even for us novices, made us more aware of our bodies...stretching our spines and calming our minds. Facing a wonderful view of the lake and the mountain was a great bonus. After the activities, coming back to the well-appointed villas was a treat. The open showers in the Palmera suites took getting used to but eventually we enjoyed the hot-cold showers ( it rained in the late afternoons and it was a mix of cold rain and the warm shower water we bathed under). The bath scrubs, shampoo and bath amenities smelled so good and left your skin soft and smooth. As to food, being a junk food and meat-loving person, having no meat at all for 2 and a half days was the real challenge. Their food was really pretty and actually tasted good but for me, maybe a non-vegan option of even a few dishes would help us carnivores cope better. Egg dishes would be fine. I started looking at the duck nest with longing for scrambled eggs after a while. But then again, the food is part of the overall experience... I would love to come back again, staying at a resort never made me feel healthier as staying in The Farm. Now to incorporate that into my city life...

It's a very nice place to relax for its far from noisy and polluted atmosphere. You can only sound of birds, cicadas and other insects. Staff are very friendly and accommodating. The rooms are clean and spacious. It is quite expensive place but for those who can afford, it a nice experience to be eating only veggies.

It was my second time at The Farm a few weeks ago. I thoroughly enjoyed my first visit. It was still as I remembered it -- peaceful, comforting. It was not as peaceful as before since there were some constructions happening, but overall, still worth it. My next visit would probably be better. This time, I availed of their colema/colon cleansing service. The person who attended to me was great. She made me feel comfortable, explained the whole process, and was quite reassuring the whole time. I didn't enjoy the food as much as before (the vegan BLT was quite dry and boring). I probably should have tried other items on the menu. I also got a surprise birthday cake the last time I was there. This time around, there was none. (I was there 2 days before my birthday). The trouble with details like that is that you expect it the next time around, and you get disappointed when it's not there. But I will still come back, hoping the third time will be better than the first.

119 Barangay Tipakan Lipa Batangas

Hotel highlights

  • 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.


Dining

Start your day off right with a free full breakfast, served 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.


Rooms

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.


Property features

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.

Room options

Palmera Suite

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Garden Villa

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Narra Pool Villa

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Palmera Glass Villa

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

92% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 379 reviews