Checkout this list of favorite wellness escapes in the Philippines. Plan ahead for your next wellness getaway
Usually located in scenic and tranquil locations, these resorts specialize in a wide range of services aimed at personal wellness such as yoga retreats, detox programs, meditation, ecotherapy, on top of an already extensive spa menu. I’ve rounded up some of the best wellness destinations in the Philippines that you can retreat to and emerge from with a recharged body and mind.
1. BANWA PRIVATE ISLAND, PALAWAN
Banwa Private Island is located in North-eastern Palawan in the Sulu Sea. Set on six hectares of lush, verdant landscape and flawless powdery sand beaches. Promising an untouched natural habitat, the island sits in the midst of a marine protected area, home to the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle, the Dugong and various other endangered species. When you visit Banwa, you can be assured of the ultimate in privacy and tranquility. Here, a relaxed and informal luxury is combined with exquisite personalized service to provide the private island sanctuary you’ve always dreamt of. Book a single villa or rent all six and have the entire island to yourself. Chefs will prepare dishes tailored to your specific tastes and desires, following the motto of “your island, your menu”. Palawan is widely acknowledged as one of the few remaining places on this planet where you can still experience untouched nature at its best. Banwa’s sought-after exclusivity is enhanced by the marine protected area it sits within. As a result, its marine life and supporting ecosystem are thriving. Banwa’s six hectares of lush foliage and pristine white sand beaches provide a sanctuary for an incredibly rich and diverse number of flora and fauna species. The tranquility and sense of refuge is only truly understood by those lucky enough to experience it for themselves.
2. THE FARM AT SAN BENITO, CALABARZON
The Farm at San Benito is a magnificent eco-luxury holistic health resort offering medically-supervised health optimization programs and life-changing retreats based on five healing components: holistic integrative medical services; nurturing spa treatments and hydrotherapy water wellness; plant-based vegan cuisine; mindful movement; and functional fitness. It is set on 48 hectares of beautiful grounds, dotted with strolling peacocks, lush vegetation and a serene environment. Located in Batangas, The Farm offers 33 air-conditioned suites and villas which are designed to suit everyone from singles and couples to families or groups with all the modern comforts such as high-speed WIFI and luxury bathrooms. The resort’s restaurant ALIVE! offers delicious, plant-based vegan cuisine (both raw and cooked) which even non-vegans adore. Considered one of the best wellness retreats in the Philippines, The Farm’s world-class facilities and services have made it a recipient of 60 prestigious international accolades including “Best Medical Wellness Resort in the World” by SENSES Germany.
3. MITHI RESORT AND SPA, BOHOL
Mithi is Bohol’s most premier spa resort with world-class amenities on a tropical landscape, embraced by clear, turquoise waters along the coast of Panglao. The resort features 68 rooms scattered around the resort’s vast property surrounded by lush vegetation. The entire property has the sense of a real nature reserve, which makes this a convincing option for those looking to unwind. Its palm-thatched buildings are scattered across leafy grounds, and are full of natural furnishings and local artwork. Its Mithi Spa offers spa vacation packages that include daily wellness activities and a wide selection of pampering services in order to achieve a memorable wellness journey.
4. CHI, THE SPA AT SHANGRI-LA’S BORACAY RESORT & SPA, BORACAY
Nestled in a sheltered bay on Boracay’s pristine northern coastline, Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa exudes tropical island luxury. It has 219 rooms and villas showcasing contemporary style, enriched with Filipino touches. The resort’s layout offers spectacular vistas of lush green scenery and azure ocean views from every vantage point. Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, draws inspiration from the legendary Shangri-La, a place of personal peace, enchantment and wellbeing. Chi treatments and massages are based on authentic natural healing methods found in traditional wellbeing practices shared by many Asian cultures, including the Philippines.
Amanpulo, which means “peaceful island”, embraces the entire sand and coral island of Pamalican, an hour’s flight from Manila. Located in Palawan, Amanpulo offers Robinson Crusoe luxury, with crystal-clear waters, pristine diving and endless water sports. It is one of the most exclusive resorts in the Philippines and offers a luxury stay in utter seclusion. After a lazy day in the sun, opt for more relaxation at the spa and retire to your airy casita. Amanpulo is the perfect sanctuary for those wishing for a peaceful and secluded stay in luxury on a beautiful remote tropical island paradise.
6. BADIAN ISLAND WELLNESS RESORT, CEBU
The luxurious and therapeutic resort which is famous for its reclusive open-air relaxation has been internationally recognized for the past 30 years. The luxury resort uniquely offers Thalasso or ionized seawater outdoor pools that can ultimately heal and revitalize the body. The upscale resort focuses on sharing the gift of holistic wellbeing by introducing natural spa treatments, yoga, and organic food. The exclusive resort offers first-class room accommodation, international cuisines, fine dining, exciting excursions, scuba diving, and fun beach activities.
7. NURTURE WELLNESS VILLAGE, TAGAYTAY
A pioneer in the Philippine spa and wellness industry, Nurture Wellness Village has been a consistent recipient of Trip Advisor’s “Certificate of Excellence” (2014-2016) as one of the “Best Hotels and Attractions in Tagaytay”. It has been named one of the “28 Most Relaxing Spas in Asia” by CNN Go and one of the “Top Seven Spas of the Philippines” by AsiaSpa Magazine. Located deep amidst coffee orchards, Nurture Wellness Village offers a distinctive brand of ecotherapy or healing by and through nature. It provides a unique Filipino wellness experience, from its unique Ifugao native huts to its Filipino themed décor, to its therapeutic Filipino themed spa treatments, and its Filipino fusion cuisine.
8. ATMOSPHERE RESORTS & SPA, NEGROS ISLAND
Situated within an old coconut plantation on Negros Island, Atmosphere Resorts & Spa features a spectacular beachfront location alongside the warm coastal waters of the Philippine Sea. Nestled discreetly within the tropical gardens, the bungalows are scattered throughout the grounds, making relaxation and reflection a must. The resort combines serene lush landscapes, modern architecture and great food. The welcoming staff, beachside infinity pools, state-of-the-art dive center, enchanted spa, fine dining restaurants, and tasteful accommodation charms guests with its gorgeous and therapeutic environment. More than just an eye-catching resort, the Sanctuary Spa with its extensive list of treatments, daily yoga seasons and detox programs also adds to the resort’s wow factor.
9. CHI, THE SPA AT SHANGRI-LA’S MACTAN RESORT & SPA, CEBU
Chi, The Spa draws inspiration from the legendary Shangri-La, a mystical destination of enchantment and wellbeing. Chi treatments are based on traditional natural healing methods found in established wellbeing practices shared by numerous Asian cultures, including the Philippines. Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu now offers a new and memorably luxurious experience: the overnight Spa Villa Getaway, in Chi, The Spa’s Manumbalik Villa. The spacious Manumbalik Villa takes its name from a Cebuano word that means “to restore and revive oneself”. Graceful Asian-inspired architecture, well-designed interiors and serene landscaping evoke a sense of place and a spirit of calm wellbeing contained within the most private of sanctuaries.
10. ESKAYA BEACH RESORT & SPA, BOHOL
Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa located in Panglao Island, Bohol, is an exclusive boutique hotel that prides itself on thoughtful service and personalized experiences for guests. Named after the indigenous people of Bohol, the resort offers warm Filipino hospitality with the touches of modern luxury. Sprawling greenery and scenic vistas are spread out across the 39-acre property, making the resort a great escape. Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa now comprises of 24 thatched-roof villas, individually designed in contemporary, Filipino style. Its spa, the Handuraw Spa characterizes the rich, healing traditions of the Eskaya, a tribe known for their unique culture of writing, language and literature. It offers a gracious fusion of these traditional therapies and modern spa technology, a melting pot of Asian healing practices and rich European spa traditions.