Babymoon at The Farm at San Benito

Tuesday, January 16, 2018



For those of you who have been following me on my social media sites, you probably know that I am pregnant and already on my third trimester. Yes, it has been that fast! So here's a little rewind during my birthday last year. Luckily, my birthday fell on the start of my second trimester, which means I was allowed to travel again. Hurraah!!! And because we didn't want to experience any complications, Mike and I decided to have a quick staycation near Metro Manila where we didn't need to travel via air. We also wanted a peaceful atmosphere where I can swim and be one with nature. The Farm at San Benito was the perfect venue for my birthday and babymoon celebration.

The Farm at San Benito is a wellness resort in Lipa Batangas. The spacious resort is well-known for holistic healing programs, signature treatments, luxurious amenities, and healthy vegan cuisines. The whole resort is surrounded by greenery and the guest rooms are a mix of native and modern decor making it a perfect place to relax and enjoy my special day.
#ChaMike at The Farm at San Benito
How to get to The Farm at San Benito
From Manila we traveled for 2 hours via car. It is also accessible via public transportation:
From Buendia areas along Taft Avenue going to Lipa City take either Jam Bus Line or DLTB Bus Line. Upon arrival at the Lipa City Bus Terminal take their air-conditioned private service for a nominal fee (kindly contact +63 91757222222) or take a tricycle going to the resort.

After two hours of driving, we finally arrived!
Upon arrival we were welcomed by their staff. While we waited for check in, they handed us the scheduled activity for the day, a map, wet hand towel and a refreshing organic drink. 

Daily activity, resort map, wet hand towel and welcome drink
Sulu Terraces | P10,200 ++
The most affordable room out of all the villas they offer. It is modeled after the traditional Philippine rice barns with wood-beamed ceilings and thatched roofs, the rustic yet air-conditioned Sulu Terrace imparts the cozy feeling of a modern day tree house with the sleeping and sitting area upstairs, ensuite bathroom and the outdoor lounge area located downstairs.

Our Sulu Terrace
Facilities
Airconditioning
WiFi Connection
In- room safety deposit box
Handmade bath amenities: coconut soaps, lemongrass, sea salt & coconut oil body polish, and virgin coconut oil produced from The Farm's organic coconut plantation. Shampoo and Conditioner
Bathrobes and slippers
Complimentary drinking water
Hot water kettle & herbal teas
Fresh seasonal fruit selection upon arrival

Our rustic but air-conditioned room
I love the full window behind our bed. We can see the greenery.
Two single beds. I asked prior to our visit if they could put the bed together.
sitting area with welcome fruit basket and complimentary bottled waters
The other side is the open closet with bathrobes and slippers
Water heater, organic teas, mineral water, in room safe, complimentary bayong, hair dryer and flashlight
The entrance glass door where you could see the nature outside
Reading Mike's gift card to me
Outdoor Lounge

At the first level, there is an outdoor lounge where we rested
Bathroom
From the five Sulu Terraces, ours was the only bathroom that is connected to our room on the same floor unlike the others that are located separately downstairs.
Lavatory
Cotton buds, cotton, coconut soap

Hot and Cold shower
Vigrin Coconut Oil, Shampoo, Conditioner, Coco Soap and my favorite, Purifying Body Polish
The Purifying Body Polish is a Lemongrass Salt Scrub that is so soothing to the skin
Other Complimentary Activities:

  • - Walk, Meditate and Relax at their Meditation Areas and Lounge
  • - Swim at the three pools: Infinity Pool, South Pool and Waterfalls
  • - Afternoon healthy snack and drinks
  • - Use of gym facilities 
  • - Daily activities: Yoga, Meditation, Food Preparation Class, Flower Arrangement and Power Walk (we weren't able to attend any of these classes 😢 though I wanted to try yoga but the staff didn't recommended it for me)
  • - Breakfast at Alive! Restaurant

Walk, Meditate and Relax at the Meditation Areas, Lounge and Pavilions
The first thing we did was to roam around the vicinity and appreciate nature.


Big Lagoon
Meditate
Bali Lounge
Relax
Walk around the peaceful vicinity. 
13 weeks preggo
Sunnies from @georginasasha
Walking in Paradise!
You'll find so many peacocks in the area roaming around
Swim at the three pools
Yes, we tried all the pools in the area. Because there are limited guests per day we got to enjoy all the three pools with few and even no people around.

Customized "Chamommy" Onesie and Sunnies both from @georginasasha 
Waterfalls
Located at the Secret Garden. It's the smallest among the three and luckily we got the pool all to ourselves for a couple of minutes. 

The Secret Garden is located in front of the Sulu Terraces
Waterfalls!
A relaxing sanctuary
The water was cold!
#ChaMommy 
The hubby also wearing @georginasasha
Infinity Pool
Located at the Healing Sanctuary. The best pool among the three, it also has the best view which kinda reminded me of Bali's Ubud resorts.

Infinity Pool
Bali-like view
During this time only a couple was swimming with us on the other side
😍
Stayed here for a couple of minutes
Showing off my 13 week belly
South Pool
Located near Alive! Restaurant. It's the farthest from our villa and the largest. When we visited it there were no people in sight and the water was bearable too so this was the area where we relaxed the longest.

South Pool
The Peacock knows how to photobomb
Green everywhere!
We had the pool all to ourselves!
Swimming is a good exercise for pregnant women like me
Just keep swimming
I had the best exercise
Complimentary Afternoon Tea and Healthy Snacks
In the afternoon they served complimentary afternoon tea and vegan snacks. We arrived at the snack area later than some of the guests thus most of the snacks were already consumed. I was a bit disappointed that they weren't able to refill it knowing the number of guests and especially after informing them that I was pregnant. So we weren't able to get to taste the spring rolls :( I was so hungry that time so we just satisfied ourselves with the left over snacks I didn't even like. 


Availably healthy snacks

Our snacks
Use of the Gym Facilities

Gym

Alive! Restaurant
They serve gourmet vegan meals prepared in an Asian style. They use fresh, home-grown and organic ingredients, its menu includes vegetables burgers and freshly baked bread.

Our dinner:
Complimentary appetizer

Complimentary appetizer
TF Salisbury Steak | P 645
The Farm style Salisbury made from blended lentil, mushroom and spices

TF Salisbury steak with mashed potato. It was so TINY!
Puttanesca | P 580
Spaghetti pasta cooked in The Farm's style tomato sauce with garlic and olives


Puttanesca
Italian Pasta | P 475
A delectable fusion of Italian pasta topped with tomatoes and nut cheese


Italian Pasta
Dinner at Alive! Restaurant
Programs & Treatments
The Farm at San Benito offers different programs and treatments that focus on your health and well being such as Detox D'lite, De-stress and Revivify, Mind and Body, Weight Management, Beauty and Vitality and Fitness and Sports Recovery. For the treatments they offer Holistic Sanctuary, Healing Sanctuary and Aqua Sanctuary.

As for me, I availed their Healing Sanctuary which is safe for pregnant women, Arugang Buntis.

Healing Sanctuary

Arugang Buntis | P 4,758
A pre-natal and post-natal treatment, ensuring the healh of a mother, strengthen the immune system, release the muscle tension and energetically balances the body. Pre-natal massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint paints, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health, relax muscle tension, improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle.

Sciatic nerve pain is experienced by many women in their last term of pregnancy as the uterus rests on muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back. The pressure of the uterus spreads tension of nearby muscles. Many women have experienced a significant reduction in sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy through massage.

Changing room and toilet
Massage room. There were frogs! So for someone who is afraid of frogs, I was so paranoid! Good thing my masseuse checked our surroundings from time to time
Treated myself to a relaxing massage for pregnant. So SARAP!
After the massage I was given a tarragon tea
Complimentary Breakfast
Their healthy vegan breakfast is a choice of:

  • Tropical Fruit Salad with Home-made Yoghurt or Organic Mixed Salad with Citrus Fruits and Nuts
  • Healthy Cereals with Granola 
  • Rice Pancake or The Farm's Okara Sausage with Fried Rice
  • Herbal Tea, Coffee or Ginger Lime Tea


Tropical Fruit Salad with Home-made Yoghurt for me
Organic Mixed Salad with Citrus Fruits and Nuts for Mike
Healthy Cereals with Granola for the both of us
The Farm's Okara Sausage with Fried Rice for me
Rice Pancake for Mike

Herbal Tea for me and Ginger Lime Tea for Mike
Our healthy breakfast flatlay
Good Morning from the Magsaysay's!
It was indeed healthy but I was still hungry after.
Because it was my actual birthday, Mike surprised me by giving me a Vegan chocolate cake after our breakfast. 

Chocolate Cake with the caption "Happy Birthday, ChaMommy!"
I remember this was also the dress I wore exactly last year during my birthday in Cambodia
Birthday photo with my hubby before we left the resort
Checked out. 13. Our room and my number of weeks pregnant
Thank you, The Farm!
It was indeed a quick but relaxing getaway with the love of my life and baby. Love how peaceful and green the place is. It revitalized and calmed me even for that quick escape. Although I was a little disappointed with the food especially because I am pregnant, I didn't mind if it's all vegan but I wish they had bigger servings and would recommend a filling dish for us preggo.  

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