THE FARM AT SAN BENITO, PHILLIPINES BY ELIZA O’HARE

A TRAVEL DIARY OF THE HOLISTIC SPA AND HEALING SANCTUARY SITTING AT THE FOOT OF MOUNT MALARAYAT IN THE PHILLIPINES BY OUR FRIEND, AND ASSOCIATE EDITOR OF HARPER’S BAZAAR AUSTRALIA, ELIZA O’HARE

A huge old Banyan tree stretches over a picnic table in a lush green garden
Filipino dessert, Halo Halo, is crushed ice served in a coconut, topped with ice cream, fruit and evaporated milk
A small lagoon in the garden with a hut and trees by the water’s edge
A bench made from a tree trunk sits in a private corner surrounded by plants
The bright blue water in a pool at The Farm
Zimmermann swimwear, shoes and hat
A private pool is shaded by the roof of the villa, as well as the neighbouring jungle
A sign in the grass that reads ‘silence please’
Philippines – By Eliza O’Hare
The entrance to a villa is surrounded by dense greenery and stone pathways
Fresh tropical fruits including mango and papaya are on offer in a fruit basket
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Looking out over the treetops at Mount Malarayat
An ancient frangipani tree sits beside a large pool overlooking the nearby jungle and mountains
The sun rising over the jungle
Glasses of fresh fruit juice sit on a timber table
Walking through perfect rows of coconut trees
An outdoor steam bath enclosed by large walls and green gardens