Tuesday, August 18, 2015

An acupressure facial based on TCM at The Farm at San Benito



I spent last weekend doing a detox at The Farm at San Benito, living a #Travelife.

This is one of my favourite weekend destinations, although I go too rarely for my liking, as I only go when I find I have an entire block of a free weekend in Manila. This is not very often, unfortunately, but what a joy it is when I do so.

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GOOD CHANGES AT 
THE FARM AT SAN BENITO

The Farm at San Benito has been undergoing some minor changes in recent months, and I have to say that everything looks very nice. They've changed the look of the lobby, the uniforms of the staff, and added more new treatments.

Having been going here for fifteen years, I've seen it through its various incarnations and I know their spa treatment menus by heart.

I also know most of their staff pretty well by now.

A peacock at The Farm at San Benito

NEW TREATMENTS AT
THE FARM AT SAN BENITO

So this time, I decided to try my favourites and also squeeze in time for some of the new treatments.

One of the best new treatments I discovered this time is a holistic facial undertaken by a plastic surgeon who does surgery at a clinic in Manila but who does non-invasive facials based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles she learned in Beijing on weekends at The Farm.


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FACIALS ALL OVER THE WORLD

Being a spa junkie, I have treatments wherever I can book them on my travels, everywhere and anywhere in the world.

I don't usually use makeup at all save for a Japanese tinted sunscreen, tinted lipgloss from Burt's Bees, and an SPF 50 face powder from the organic Korean brand Innis Free, but I'm fanatical about skin care.

Spa food at The Farm at San Benito

MY FAVORITE FACIALS
AROUND THE WORLD:
KUALA LUMPUR, MARRAKECH, HONG KONG,
PARIS, BORDEAUX, SOUTH AFRICA,
LONDON.

Some of the best facials in recent memory include the La Mer Facial at the La Mer Salon in Kuala Lumpur, a Carita facial in Hong Kong and also in Marrakech, and an Anne Semonin facial at the Bristol in Paris. And a Caudalie facial at the Les Sources des Caudalie spa in Bordeaux.

The beautiful Royal Mansour in Marrakech, one of my favourite hotels in the world, also has an incredible facial which is reportedly the first of its kind in the world.

I was at the Royal Mansour in June and then again in November last year,
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As does Fordoun Spa, a wonderfully old-fashioned but incredibly relaxing spa at foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains, two hours' drive from the seaside city of Durban in Africa.

And another one at the spa of the one and only Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, still one of the most understated and yet amazing destination hotels I've ever stayed in, in a #Travelife lifetime of staying in some of the most beautiful hotels and resorts in the world.

That's me in Hyderabad,
during my stay at the Taj Falaknuma Palace

I'm sure there are a couple more I've forgotten to include, as I really have a facial in almost every spa or great hotel I've stayed in; but London is another city chockfull of spas with great facials undertaken by spa brands like Elemis and Aromatherapy Associates.

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IMPRESSIVE RESULTS
FROM THE HOLISTIC ACUPRESSURE FACIAL
AT THE FARM AT SAN BENITO

Anyway, yesterday's facial at The Farm included no famous products, but the results were quite amazing because of the great acupressure massage that formed the core of this facial.

It was like a natural facelift, and when I looked in the mirror afterwards, I swear that my eyes lifted and became bigger.

Now if only I could make The Farm a regular weekend thing whenever I'm in Manila, which is already not too often as it is, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.



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