Relax and Let Go: Four Local Destinations for Self-Renewal

Bahay Kalipay

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Sometimes the urge to travel isn’t about seeking an adrenaline rush or a fast-paced adventure. The default state of today’s millennial can be described as overstimulated, sleep-deprived, and bombarded with distractions from gadgets, and a good dose of peace and reflection might be a much-needed antidote. Here are four destinations in the Philippines where you can chill out and get some breathing space, both.


Bahay Kalipay

Address: Lot 38E Hagedorn Road Extension Bgy. San Pedro, 5300 Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Bahay Kalipay

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For a wellness detox to jolt you out of the chaotic hustle and bustle that everyday life can devolve into, pay a visit to Palawan’s Bahay Kalipay, where seekers from all over the world flock to for a transformative experience. Its cleansing process sinks in deep: sign up for a retreat and stay there for several days, basking in a potent combination of yoga, meditation, vegan food, nature, inner dance (a movement-based healing modality), and overall self-care.

The Farm at San Benito

Address: 119 Barangay Tipakan, Lipa City

Farm San Benito

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An award boldly titled “The Best Medical Wellness Resort in the World” snags attention–and this is just one of the many accolades that The Farm at San Benito has earned. Set inside a sprawling tropical jungle, it offers stay-in programs geared towards specific goals, such as weight management or destressing, alongside wellness consultations and holistic treatments. Raw vegan fare is served all throughout, and guests can also do circuit training, yoga, and other physical activities.

Brahma Kumaris Tagaytay Retreat Center

Address: 1020 Magallanes Drive, Tagaytay, Cavite

Brahma Kumaris

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If you’re looking for somewhere more laidback and affordable, then Brahma Kumaris might be perfect for you. Among their several branches, the centers at Makati and Quezon City branches provide an oasis of calm right in the metro with regular meditation sessions, but for a more secluded venue, their Tagaytay Retreat House is a great option. Drop by for their whole-day Sunday or silent retreats, which cost only P500, or look out for their more intensive three-day retreats (P2400).

Nature’s Village Resort Philippines

Address: Talisay Highway, Talisay City, Negros Occidental

Nature’s Village Resort

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Feel like doing your own thing, or simply taking a breather by having a staycation at a chic garden paradise? Flanked by hundreds of eucalyptus trees while getting a good view of Mt. Marapara, you’ll feel at home right away within the compound of Nature’s Village Resort. It’s tempting to while the day away inside a country-style hotel room, but the outdoors are practically calling out for exploration, with amenities that include an organic farm, an eclectic chapel, and swimming pools set inside a park.