7 Wellness Havens Near The Metro
Holy Week is almost here and for Metro Manila dwellers who need to escape—be it from school, work, or the hustle and bustle of the city—we came up with a list of wellness havens you might want to consider checking into. These places promise to bring you closer to nature, offer you a healthier diet, and provide an experience of spiritual relaxation.
Qi Wellness Living Tagaytay Spa Restaurant and Tea Room, Tagaytay City
Inspired by centuries-old practices of the Chinese, but combined with modern techniques, Qi Wellness offers a unique ambient dining and spa experiences. Try their signature massages which can be done in their “opium den” or by their yin-yang pool: Qiharmony, a dry stimulating massage, and the Qireflexology massage that focuses on applying pressure on your nerve ends. Or you may want the Silk massage which is a soothing lymphatic massage that promises to alleviate both emotional and physical stresses.
Aguinaldo Highway, Brgy. Maharlika East, Tagaytay City, Philippines, (+63) 917 522 6969
The Farm at San Benito, Batangas City
Within the tropical forest of Batangas, The Farm at San Benito provides a comprehensive wellness program for the mind, body, and spirit. A few of their popular treatments include the Four Hands Yin Yang Puri treatment which offers to release the tightness and destructive energy in your body by way of a salt scrub and rhythmic strokes. Another treatment we suggest is their Chlorophyll Body Wrap which purifies the lymphatic system, alkalinizing the body and cleansing the liver and kidneys.
119 Barangay Tipakan 4217 Lipa City, Batangas Philippines, (+632) 884-8074 or (+63) 918-884-8078
Aquascape Lake Caliraya, Laguna
Relax and unplug yourself from your social media in Aquascape's motorized floating suite and take a cruise in the middle of the lake. Witness amazing sunsets or sunrise, unwind and be one with the nature inside a nipa hut. They also have electronic mountain bikes so you can explore the whole place.
Lumban, Laguna, email@example.com
Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa, San Roque, Antipolo
Atop a mountain in Antipolo, Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa is a Mediterranean and Balinese-themed spa that features massage pools, fish spas, and sauna for that much-needed relaxation. Indulge in their Red Wine Scrub full of nourishing antioxidants, vitamins and other beneficial nutrients (for healthy-looking skin). We also recommend trying their all-natural Chocolate Scrub made out of flavonoids and antioxidants that detoxify your skin.
Loreland Farm Resort, Barangay San Roque Antipolo, (02) 570 2532 or (02) 695 1965
Nurture Wellness Village, Tagaytay City
The grounds of Nurture Wellness Village pampers its guests through eco-therapy or healing by and through nature. De-stress with their Filipino-themed spa services: the Ginhawa Body Massage uses oils from lemongrass, sweet orange and peppermint, giving you a sense of harmony and well-being. Another must-try body massage is their Kaaya-ayang Paglingap that will exfoliate and moisturize your body for a renewed skin.
Barangay Maitim II West Cavite, Tagaytay, Luzon 4120, Philippines, (+63) 918 888 8772 or (02) 710 9786
Brahma Kumaris Retreat Center for Spiritual Learning, Tagaytay City
This retreat center aims to help you rediscover and appreciate both heart and mind through meditation and lectures. The center’s calming and refreshing ambiance add to the tranquil atmosphere that should revitalize tired souls. The facilities can accommodate big groups who want to stay for the night or even a few days.
1020 Magallanes Drive Tagaytay City, Cavite Philippines, (02) 330-7236 or (+63) 917-5020243
Hidden Valley Springs, Laguna
True nature lovers who are in search of the perfect holiday escape will definitely fall in love with Hidden Valley. Take a respite from the busy city in this virgin rainforest paradise that offers various natural spring pools. It entails a bit of a trek but it would be worth it to see their spectacular beauty. Stay for the night so you can have dinner while marveling at the beauty of fireflies.
Calauan, Laguna, (02) 818-4034 / 02-840-4114 to 14 / 0917-566-1485
Photos from @luljettas