The Big K and I make it a point to always go somewhere to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Since I started blogging I was able to write about our anniversary trips in Hong Kong and Tagaytay.
This year's anniversary celebration, we decided to go on a road trip. The Big K only had a few days off so driving somewhere near the metro was preferable.
Now where does one go for a romantic celebration that is within an hour or two hour's drive away?
The Farm at San Benito
|The Farm at San Benito in Batangas is an hour and a half drive south of Metro Manila.|
The Farm at San Benito is a wellness center set in a lush coconut plantation with a great view of Mt. Malarayat in Batangas, a province south of Metro Manila. This eco-friendly place is literally a health farm and they offer holistic healing treatments and wellness packages.
I had been to The Farm on a day tour with friends a few years back when it was still relatively new. I was quite impressed on how peaceful and beautiful the place was that I promised myself that I will go back one day with the Big K.
The Narra Pool Villa
|The path leading to our villa.|
|Can you spell awesome?!|
|The villa's huge spa-like bathroom.|
|It even has two toilets! His and Hers? I ended up calling them the half-ventilation for no.1 and the full-ventilation for no.2 WCs. All natural! Remember this is an eco-friendly place.|
The Farm's sole restaurant offers 100% vegan cuisine with ingredients harvested from their own organic gardens. You couldn't get healthier than that, can you?
|My vegan friends will definitely be happy here. While my meat-loving friends, the Big K included, will just have to content themselves with the restaurant's pseudo-meat offerings.|
|The Organic Garden|
|No meat here, baby! I never thought vegan food could be so appetizing. These are just some of the food we tried during our stay. I assure you everything we had was so good!|
The Healing Sanctuary
|I am a sucker for spa treatments. Naturally I wouldn't miss out trying some of the Healing Sanctuary's treatments. Their Hilot massage was one of the best that I've ever had while their Earth Facial was just average.|
|The infinity pool at the Healing Sanctuary.|
|A majestic view of Mt. Malarayat from the Healing Sanctuary's infinity pool.|
More of The Farm
|The waterfall pool inside the secret garden.|
|The South Pool where afternoon tea and snacks are served.|
|The sprawling mango tree where the resident peacocks and peahens roost at night.|
|Yup! You read it right. Aside from their resident ducks The Farm also has a dozen or so peacocks and peahens roaming freely around the place.|
|I was hoping for a loose peacock feather tail.....|
|Instead this is what I found. Oh well!|
|Returning to our room after our afternoon walk, we were pleasantly surprised with the little extra in the evening's turn down service. Oh! And we also got a yummy chocolate cake for dessert.|
How to get to The Farm:
Via the South Luzon Express Way (SLEX) and STAR Tollway (exit Lipa City)
Toll fees for cars: Php214.00 SLEX (entry at Nichols)
Php25.00 SLEX Extension
Php35.00 STAR Toll