Nothing like interacting with the animals while on holiday.
Welcome to Holidays on Hiatus, our weekly column on planning for your next holiday — post COVID-19, that is. Seeing as we can only travel virtually, it doesn’t hurt to daydream and plan for what may come once it’s safe for us to go outside.
While you are stuck in the country, it’s always a good idea to desk-travel from the comfort of home just to take your mind away from all your problems. You’ve already heard of wellness resorts that offer recovery programs for hypertension and insomnia. Let us introduce you to luxury farm resorts that do just that but in its own natural way.
Going back to nature is like a natural calling to finding comfort, peace and harmony within yourself. With these farm stays, it’s fundamentally about self-discovery and being grateful for the simplest things in life. Yes, you’re probably going to give up technology at some point but it’s okay to put down that phone while you’re there, close your eyes and listen to what nature has to say.
In these glorious farm resorts that are each tended and cared with love, let your imagination run free and wild as you picture yourself there. And when the time is right, a trip to one of these luxury farm resorts can do wonders to your life.
(Featured image: The Farm at San Benito)
A trip to the Caribbean may not happen anytime soon but you can always desk-travel and daydream yourself being in an island enjoying margaritas all day long. So here’s a place to take your mind off — Belle Mont Farm. Perched on Mount Liamuiga, this 400-acre environmentally friendly organic tropical farm is designed by architect Bill Bensley — the brains behind Four Seasons Koh Samui. Patterned after traditional chattel houses, the architecture blends seamlessly with the landscape with wrap-around verandas to capture the beautiful vista of the Caribbean Sea. Here, you can imbibe on exotic cocktails using fruits and herbs grown on the property or dine in an oceanfront alfresco restaurant specialising in sustainable seafood. There are also ‘pick me’ signs all over the farm for guests to enjoy fresh ripe fruits for immediate consumption.
Situated on a working tea plantation, Kahanda Kanda boasts sweeping views of natural surrounds and the Koggala Lake while being in close distance from popular destinations like Galle Fort and Unawatuna beach. Within the farm resort are fruits, vegetables and herbs grown on the estate, all used in making classic Sri Lankan dishes and delicious fusion food. There are also cooking classes to introduce guests to the heritage of Sri Lankan cuisine. When it comes to the suites, each is impeccably furnished and has its own infinity-edge plunge pool amid a Mediterranean-inspired blue-and-white theme.
Closer to home, Titi Eco Farm Resort is one farm resort that can help bring your senses together after weeks of isolation. Titi is the name of a small town in Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan, perched at the tail-end of Banjaran Titiwangsa, the main range that forms Malaysia Peninsula. When visiting the resort, visitors will be surrounded by lush greenery, undulating mountains and abundant nature resources. Rooted in the organic lifestyle, you can harmoniously sync yourself with self-sufficient living while learning the ways of organic farming and sustainable lifestyle.
Located three hours from Melbourne, The Royal Mail Hotel is a sanctuary for those seeking peace and harmony, with an amazing healthy menu and a beautiful scenery of the Grampians National Park. Fresh ingredients are harvested daily from the organic kitchen garden. The property also has orchards and olive groves, as well as free-range hens for eggs and cattle for meat. Wine lovers will also enjoy raiding one of the best wine cellars in Australia located right here at the resort while enjoying a stress-free farm life.
This 6,000-acre property is where you want to spend days in without a worry about city life. There’s a gold course, a working sheep and cattle farm and a main lodge that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Each suite is designed with its own balcony, allowing guests to immerse in the glorious views of the sunset. When it comes to food, a plethora of fresh garden fruits and vegetables awaits with almost 40 different types of beetroot, corn, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries and more. You also get to enjoy fresh eggs produced daily from the farm — cooked to your liking by in-house chefs. You can also explore and tour the vast farm resort via horse trek or using a four wheel drive.
With over 48-hectares of expansive breathing open spaces surrounding lush tropical greenery and dotting private villas, The Farm at San Benito is a healing environment you need to recover from stress, anxiety and constant worries. Located 90 minutes away from Manila by car, this luxury farm resort is a retreat for self-discovery with specially curated programmes that promises a life-changing experience. There are plenty of suite and villa choices that are designed with care — each exuding a natural palette and a timeless modern tropical scheme. When it comes to dining, the chefs focuses on serving nutritious plant-based organic food while the integrative doctors and health professionals keep guests healthy and empowered throughout their stay at The Farm.