“EIC On The Move” Host Raul Manzano Explores The Luxurious Wellness Hubs In Tagaytay And Batangas
Tagaytay and Batangas are already favorite vacation destinations, especially since they are two of the most accessible places from the metro. They are home to a number of boutique hotels, spas, and restaurants that will cater to every need and budget.
For the premiere of the new Metro Channel show EIC On The Move, Metro Society magazine editor-in-chief Raul Manzano explores the more luxurious side of wellness that Tagaytay and Batangas has to offer—from a lavish staycation to a holistic wellness experience.
Anya Resort Tagaytay
It’s only been 7 months since Anya Resort has opened in Tagaytay but it’s already easily one of the best and premier places to unwind and relax. The service, facilities, and accommodation are top-notch, making it one of the only three hotels in the whole Philippines to receive a certification from the international body Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
The area is quiet and private, the pools are fantastic, the suites are spacious and tastefully crafted, and the food is sumptuous. Raul tries their signature Sea Bass, their most popular menu entrée, and gushes at the technique and the flavors that go into such a simple-looking dish.
Raul visits the pool area
The spacious living room of the suite
Sea Bass by Executive Chef Jonathan Bouthiaux
And when you check in to Anya Resorts, you’re given a lifestyle assistant that tailor-fits the whole experience for you. The assistant takes care of everything, from the scent of your room to the kind of fruits you want served when you arrive to the kind of pillow that you want.
According to Anya Resort General Manager Peter D’Souza, “We get the basic things right. What the travelers look for these days is getting the small things right. You get spacious space, you have clean accommodation, a team that’s pleasant and looks after you, and loving hospitality.”
Gourmet Farms is the pioneer of introducing organic to the Filipino market, and has been cultivating organic produce since 1988. Owned by Ernest Escaler, Gourmet Farms started out as the first coffee farm to export Philippine coffee way back in 1978, just a few years before they saw the need to expand to organic farming.
Now, Gourmet Farms supplies organic produce and products all around the country, and offers a unique and healthy dining experience at The Dining Room at Gourmet Farms.
During Raul’s visit to the farm, he went with Ernest to harvest the lettuce straight from the farm, and joined Head Chef Enrico Molera in preparing a Mediterranean watermelon and cucumber salad for their lunch.
Raul and Ernest at Gourmet Farms
Mediterranean watermelon and cucumber salad
The Farm at San Benito
When it comes to health and wellness, The Farm at San Benito is one of Batangas’ precious gems. More than a staycation, The Farm offers various wellness and health programs that are scientifically created and tailored fit to your body’s needs.
The Farm has already amassed over 50 international awards for their programs and offerings, from traditional holistic methods to water therapy to many other non-conventional programs.
Upon Raul’s arrival, The Farm’s Medical Chief Marian Alonzo takes a sample of his blood to check what kind of treatment and program he needs during his stay at the facility. He also gets to experience the four hydrotherapy pools and the various pressure pools, all filled by The Farm’s own spring water.
Marian shows Raul his blood sample result
Raul sits at one of the hydrotherapy pools
Catch new and replay episodes of Raul Manzano and his adventures around the metro on EIC On The Move, airing on Metro Channel, channel 52 on Sky Cable and channel 174 on HD.