A couple of weeks ago, we had a really hectic, toxic week and we felt that we just needed a break away from it all. So we decided to revisit a health resort that played quite an important role in my life. About 5 years ago, I went to The Farm in San Benito in Lipa, Batangas, and tried out their detox program, where for 5 days, I only took in liquids, mainly green juice (lettuce blendered in fresh coconut water), water with psyllium husk and other stuff I don’t remember, enzymes and virgin coconut oil. I also had colemas and colonics (manual and mechanical enemas), and massages of all types. Their restaurant also serves mostly only raw food, very healthy stuff that really straightens out your digestive system. Almost 5 years after, we came back for an overnight weekend stay.
When we got there, it pretty much still looked the same, but this time, we stayed at the Sulu terraces, a different type of cottage, a smaller type from the one I stayed in years ago.
It was like a little village of little huts. The other rooms were much bigger and more plush, but we were really curious about this one because it looked so cute from the outside.
When we got in, we were not disappointed. It was very small, but it was so much fun because it had such a unique feel to it. It was like living in a tree house or a bahay-bahayan. And don’t be fooled by the simple exteriors, the inside was surprisingly luxurious.
It was so comfortably quaint, it seemed like we were living in an upside down boat. That night, I slept soundly like a log, one of the deepest sleeps I had in months.
The only beef some people have about this cottage is that you have to go downstairs and outside to get to the bathroom. So it’s pretty inconvenient if say, it’s raining hard and you had to poop at 2am. All the other cottages had toilets inside the rooms. But personally, it’s nitpicking for me, because I really love the adventurous flair of that unique cottage. Besides, the bathroom was gorgeous. I LOOOVE the tiles; it’s like raw marble, that’s not polished, so it’s a little rough, but it’s beautiful to the eye and intriguing to the touch.
After unpacking our stuff, we headed straight to the spa where we had our body scrub and massage.
We had an incredible avocado body scrub, made of freshly harvested avocados, which were plentifully in season in Lipa, with coconut shreds and other wonderful stuff. It felt so decadent to have that fragrant melange, good enough to eat, slathered on our tired bodies. Then after a hot shower outdoors (that felt sooo good too), it was then time for the massage. I chose the rose scented oil and it was an incredible experience. We were unanimous that it was one of the best massages we ever had.
Also at the spa, was for me, the best pool in the universe. It was an infinity pool, but it was the tiles (again!) and the water temperature that for me sealed the deal. It isn’t always like that though. The last time we went, during the cold months, the water was freezing. But that day, it wasn’t cold, it wasn’t warm; it was perfect. It didn’t hurt that the view was spectacular.
It was painful to leave that watery womb we were soaking in. After showering and drying out, we decided to stroll the grounds of the health resort. The sprawling grounds abounded in greenery with many pockets of peace they call meditation areas. Some are small, some are big. The biggest and main meditation area, where I once joined a sunrise meditation session, is called the amphitheater. It’s one of my most favorite places because I had a “moment” there 5 years ago, as I sat there, alone, looking up at the moon, in a cloudless sky. Suffice it to say, it was life-changing. The world as I knew it was never the same. No details since it’s understandably a very private moment for me.
It also faced a large pond, with a little gazebo in the center, where ducks sometimes lounge around.
By the time the sun fell, we were ravenous. I loved my dinner, it was a pineapple-based “fried” rice with vegetable kebab. I wolfed it down in a minute. After a surprisingly filling vegetarian meal, I still had time to shoot some night pics. So I went around with my trusty tripod and tried to capture how the place looks like at night.
It wasn’t long before I had to go back because my eyelids felt like a ton of bricks. After the long drive, the relaxing body scrub and massage, the swim, the taking of pictures, and the hearty dinner, sleep was suddenly the oasis in the desert. The moment my back hit the bed, I was out. It was heartbreaking to leave the next day, back to work. The resort is definitely not cheap. That kind of luxury comes at a price. Call them up at 8891150 or 6963795 or check out their website in case you want to give them a visit: www.thefarm.com.ph. It took a big bite out of my budget, but for me, it was quite worth it. I don’t mind spending and spoiling myself every now and then. When I have enough surplus money in the future, I’d like to go through their detox again. It’s nice to come back there after 5 years, taking home brand new memories.