On November 18, 2010, The Farm at San Benito, Philippines, a holistic healing destination spa, was awarded “Spa Cuisine of the Year” by AsiaSpa magazine. Establishing one of the first truly vegan restaurants in Asia, The Farm received the honor for consistently providing outstanding food showing visionary creativity in promoting healthy eating through “living” cuisine. Specifically, “Alive!” the Farm’s onsite restaurant serves predominately a raw organic vegetarian menu. To ensure the highest quality ingredients, the Farm maintains an organic garden that yields fresh produce and micro greens. The Farm’s dedicated Wheat Grass Bungalow supplies wheat grass for fresh juices and therapies. The award highlights the Farm’s continued role as a leader in imaginative cuisine that tastes delicious, looks elegant, augments health and contains healing properties.
The Farm wins AsiaSpa Awards
The Farm’s maverick manager, Michael Di Lonardo, is the spa’s resident visionary espousing an enthusiastic agenda to serve people alternative choices for wellbeing and healing. Mr. Di Lonardo explains, “”We all know that we are what we eat. I believe, however, it will take our collective focused forward thinking and heightened awareness to tap into the long-term emotional and physical rewards derived from beneficial living and eating. We are grateful to AsiaSpa Magazine for their continued support in our wellness crusade. “
Established in 2005, The AsiaSpa awards recognize innovation and quality as the gold standard for acquiring distinction among the world’s best spas. AsiaSpa Magazine Editor-In-Chief, Rebecca Walker, has been pivotal in enhancing the spirit and integrity of the prestigious award program. Ms. Walker stated, “The AsiaSpa Awards brings the most impressive players of the spa industry to the table, highlighting the most original places to relax, heal and transform. Whatever their size or concept, if a spa is consistently providing outstanding experiences for guests, it will catch the eye of our expert judges.”
The Farm received the Spa Retreat of the Year AsiaSpa award in 2005 and 2008. They received the Medi-Spa of the Year AsiaSpa award in 2005 and 2006 and the Spa Cuisine of the Year AsiaSpa award in 2006 and 2009. The Farm has also been recognized as One of Asia’s Top Spas by The Wall Street Journal 2010; received The Country Award for Favourite Spa in the Philippines by SpaFinder 2010; and named among Six of the Best Environmentally Friendly Hotels by CNN Traveller 2009.