Health and wellness have taken center stage in the Philippines. The Department of Tourism (DOT) is doing its utmost best to help support its wellness, spa, health, and medical tourism industries in regaining consumer confidence and in promoting the Philippines as an excellent, healthy and safe destination.
Since the first lockdown in March 2020, the DOT has been in touch with the wellness communities and stakeholders to come up with plans on how to mitigate the impact on the industry. It is a very high-touch industry, and it is committed to protecting its clients, workers, and the entire wellness community by applying the highest standards in terms of health protocols that are acceptable to both the Department of Health and the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases Resolutions.
Furthermore, to reduce close contact, wellness in the Philippines will see a new focus on “Mental Health”, “Motivation”, “Sound Therapy”, “Meditation”, “Yoga”, and “Nutrition”, and wellness employees will undergo training to prepare for the soft tourism re-opening.
At present, the DOT also foresees promoting “Wellness Workation” – working in a vacation ambience combined with wellness. “Metro-Bliss” will refer to hotels within the city. This concept is currently still being developed as a wellness product by the Department of Tourism but is slated to launch in June 2021.
Many properties, such as Nurture Wellness Village, have implemented the new health protocols, following the health and safety guidelines set by the Department of Tourism. The Farm at San Benito, for example, has even invested in their own rapid testing on-site. All wellness properties have to comply with the rigid requirements before the DOT awards them a certificate to operate.
Many properties in Manila and the National Capital Region and Calabarzon, Boracay, Cebu and Bohol are gearing up for a full rebound. We’ve highlighted some of these amazing wellness resorts below.
THE RETREAT SPA AT OKADA MANILA
Carved on 44 hectares of picturesque oceanfront, Okada Manila is Entertainment City’s iconic integrated resort. Stay, play, dine, relax – all amid the luxurious comforts of a one-of-a-kind, masterfully created space for five-star pleasure and leisure. Retreat to serenity, from simple to complex wellness solutions, and carefully designed treatment options that are thoughtful and caring. Be captivated with the best skincare and bespoke spa programs delivered by expertly trained specialists and certified spa therapists who are keen to take you on a journey to get away, restore, or indulge.
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. True to its core, 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.
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.
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.
LILA SPA AT SAVOY HOTEL BORACAY
Savoy Hotel Boracay’s private location gives you both the space and freedom to enjoy your vacation your way. Immerse your senses in this vibrant and hip beach lifestyle as you indulge in an array of superb services and amenities. Relax, refresh, and rejuvenate in a sanctuary that offers you an escape from everyday stresses and strains. At Lila Spa, let your mind, body, and soul be soothed with an exclusive range of treatments and therapies. Discover your own energy with invigorating massages and treatments using natural ingredients that will truly relax your senses.
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.
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.
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.
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.