Whether it’s from school, work, or just the general hustle and bustle of everyday life, we all need and deserve a break every now and then.
If you’re itching for some down time with your friends and family or if you just want to have some quality time with yourself, here are five wellness resorts that will surely melt all your stress and exhaustion away. You’ll feel good as new by the time your trip ends!
1. The Farm at San Benito
It’ll be a sin not to mention The Farm at San Benito in this list. Conveniently located in Lipa, Batangas, The Farm at San Benito offers a holistic experience that isn’t just about your physical wellness. A multi-awarded medical resort, The Farm has included a couple of medical services in its arsenal such as Colon Hydrotherapy, Intravenous Vitamin Infusion, and Internal Organ Cleansing.
From body rejuvenation treatments such as ventosa, stone massage, and Tibetan steam therapy to wraps involving rose petals and scrubs using coconut, papaya, or barako coffee, The Farm offers a wide variety of options if spa treatments are what you’re after. Looking for something that caters to your physical, emotional, and even spiritual well being? Avail of one of the retreats! The Farm has a detox program as well as stress management and weight management retreats for its guests!
Even the the tropical-themed accommodations deliver on The Farm’s promise of a relaxing, rejuvenating experience. Choose from a selection of villas such as the Garden Glass Villa and Narra Pool Villa that will make it a struggle leaving your bed during your stay! If you get tired of just lounging around all day, The Farm also has golf facilities and movement and fitness activities to keep you active.
The Farm has different yoga sessions (such as the sunrise yoga and belly yoga) for certified yogis as well as beginners who want to give it a try. Other fitness and movement activities that will keep you occupied include calisthenics, circuit training, interval training, and even trampoline dancing!
+63 2 884 80 74
2. Badian Island Wellness Resort
Cebu has always been a popular tourist destination in the country, making it one of the most populated and commercialized places outside of Metro Manila. But just because tourists usually flock this Visayan province in droves (especially around Sinulog season), it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to find peace and quiet along with a relaxing and stress-free experience while in Cebu.
Badian Island may just be minutes away from the mainland but it seems like all the noise and craziness are so far away when you’re in this place. The Badian Island Wellness Resort in particular offers an experience that focuses on health and wellness without depriving its guests of the usual activities that make Cebu a favorite of tourists.
For signature treatments and massages such as a warm seaweed bath and traditional herbal massage, make sure you don’t skip out on The Natural Spa Village during your stay. The Natural Spa is just a third of Badian Island Wellness Resort’s holistic wellbeing program so expect to be pampered with organic food and drinks as well as yoga exercises to get the whole experience.
Feeling adventurous? Or do you simply want to do something active to balance out all the relaxation and pampering? Go for a swim at the pools or at the beach or take part in the numerous water sports and activities the resort offers such as kayaking and banana boat rides. If going deep underwater is your way of relaxing, you can also go diving at Badian Island! The resort has a dive center that offers classes for beginner and master divers about to explore any of the 16 (yes, you read right! 16!) dive sites near the island.
3. Nurture Wellness Village
Chances are Tagaytay will be one of the first places that comes to mind when we just want a breather from Metro Manila without having to go too far away from it. The cooler weather, the sight of the Taal volcano, and the numerous restaurants and cafes in Tagaytay have made it one of the top tourist destinations in the country.
Healthier, happier, better. This three-word promise of Nurture Wellness Village is more than enough reason to brave the traffic and head to Tagaytay as soon as possible for a weekend getaway.
The spa and pampering treatments Nurture Wellness Village offers is a mix of ancient Filipino practices as well as algotherm and tropical body treatments. Don’t forget to try the Nilaib, the Filipino version of a hot stone massage that makes use of steamed hot pouches.
Nurture Wellness Village also offers detox, weight loss, and anti-aging programs as well as health services that include acupuncture and enema, a method of cleansing the body of wastes through the colon.
Healthy living doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to go on a vegetarian diet. Nurture Wellness Village breaks the wellness resort stereotype by serving non-vegetarian food. But what makes the food extra special is that the Nurture Wellness Village is part of the locavore movement, meaning the ingredients they use are locally grown and sourced.
+63 2 710 9786
4. Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa
Another convenient place you can head to for all your wellness needs that isn’t far away from Metro Manila is Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa. While Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa isn’t a resort itself, it’s located within the premises of the Loreland Farm Resort. Luljetta’s Place Bed and Breakfast is also nearby if you’re looking for another option for accommodations.
Luljetta’s is the best choice for those looking for something that is more budget friendly. All full spa experience packages are priced below ₱5,000 and they all include snacks, a signature massage, and access to the hanging gardens. And if you’re wondering what makes the hanging gardens special and certainly a place you shouldn’t miss, read on and find out.
The hanging gardens houses the amenities you shouldn’t forget to try while in Luljetta’s Hanging Garden and Spa. Go for a lazy dip at the heated jacuzzi and hydro-massage pool or bask at the wonderful view that being high up in the mountains of Antipolo gives you while swimming in the infinity pool. You can also find the sauna and even a fish spa in the hanging gardens!
Luljetta’s also has body scrubs with choices that include coffee, calamansi, chocolate, and red wine. You can also avail of one of the massages on the list of services. A particularly unique service they have is their version of the ventosa which uses ginger to produce the heat.
5. Atmosphere Resorts and Spa
Local and foreign divers alike who’ve done their fair share of underwater adventures here in the country will probably count Dauin, Negros Oriental as one of their favorite places. It’s no surprise, especially with numerous dive sites such as Sarah’s Place and Banka Wreck and marine sanctuaries like Masaplod and Luca located in it. And of course, it’s impossible not mention Apo Island, which is home to about 650 species of fish and 400 species of coral. Diver’s heaven, indeed.
Like every other resort in Dauin, Atmosphere Resorts and Spa has diving facilities and courses as well as other activities such as sandbar and dolphin watching and even swimming with whale sharks! If you’re up for something that you might find less extreme, there’s island hopping, zipline and ATV.
But what sets Atmosphere apart is its wellness services, especially if you’re not in the mood for heart-stopping adventures or if you actually just want something that’s a complete opposite. The Sanctuary, its in-house spa, offers a wide variety of services ranging from body scrubs and wraps to massages and facials. It even has a special spa service menu for children and teens ages 8 to 15! Talk about family-friendly!
Atmosphere Resorts also offer yoga sessions, which also includes a version perfect for children as well as water yoga, which happens in a pool filled with warm therapeutic water. TRX Suspension Training and Circuit Training are also available for those who wish to avail.
Dauin, Negros Oriental
+63 35 400 6940