The Farm in San Benito, Barangay Tipakan, Batangas won Spa Retreat of the Year, besting 15 other nominees, in the recently concluded Asia Spa Awards 2008 held in the Salon of the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.
Presented by AsiaSpa magazine, the region’s most recognized spa and wellness publication, Asia Spa Awards gave out commendations in 26 categories, including spa personalities, events, associations and resorts that set the benchmarks in the region. The winners were voted on by 29 independent judges. Over 400 industry stakeholders from all over the region were in attendance.
Ace Durano, Secretary of Tourism, said, “Winning among the world’s best serves as an inspiration for the Philippine spa industry and to the entire tourism force. We congratulate The Farm and the rest of the country’s nominees.”
“To be recognised for The Farm’s medical work and vegan cuisine signifies an important milestone for us,” said Perla Rempe, owner.
Eduardo Jarque Jr., Undersecretary for Tourism Planning and Promotions, acknowledged the award, “Even for specialized segments like the high-spending spa market, the Philippines continues to make its mark.”
“We are very proud to support the best businesses in the industry and to give them the recognition they deserve,” said Olivier Burlot, Managing Director of Blu Inc Media.
Other Philippine nominations include Mandala Spa & Villas in Boracay, Tirta Spa Boracay, Sanctuario Spa Manila, Spa Association of the Philippines, Amezcua Wellness Center, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, and Plantation Bay Resort & Spa Cebu. The country was also nominated for Asian Spa