CNN, Asia Spa cite San Benito one of World’s best

By GoodNews Pilipinas

CNN Traveller in its latest online and print edition showcased The Farm at San Benito in Batangas as one of the world’s best green places to stay.

The wellness and health resort set amid 48 hectares of coconut palm forest, lagoons and gardens in Lipa City made it to CNN Traveller’s list of Six Best Environmentally Friendly Hotels in the world.

It is listed number four after Kenya’s Borana Ranch, Belize’s Chaa Creek, and Australia’s Daintree Ecolodge and Spa, followed by Ecuador’s Huaoroni Lodge and Switzerland’s Whitepod.

The magazine, which focuses on conservation, the environment, and local customs is distributed in CNN partner hotels in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, on intercontinental flights of Lufthansa and British Airways as well as on the newsstand in the United Kingdom.

CNN Traveller defines the Batangas resort’s traditional Philippine designs of “rice barns and leaf-roofed houses” as environmental friendly.

It cites its use of locally reared produce in its application of a holistic wellness philosophy. It has its own organic plantation that produces much of its vegan food and spa ingredients.

It credits The Farm with employing and training a significant proportion of local staff from surrounding towns.

Before the CNN Traveller feature, the Farm was voted Spa Cuisine of the Year – for the second time (the first was in 2006) – for its organic and vegan gourmet rendition of traditional Philippine dishes, such as lomi, halo-halo and lumpia.

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