Photos by Gabby's Farm/Monteray Ecofarm and Resort
With the Philippines' endless coastlines and white-sand beaches, visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to options for beach resorts. Equally abundant are farm stays and resorts that offer a quiet respite from urban life. Venture inland and you’ll find many new environmentally sound accommodations sprouting up all over the country’s tropical islands.
With the rise in popularity of agri-tourism or farm tours, many vacationers are looking for alternative accommodations that promote sustainable practices that offer guilt-free choices for the mindful tourist.
Farm stays and resorts are a type of accommodation that offers a quiet retreat away from the city. It also gives you the chance to connect with nature and experience what it’s like to live a simple lifestyle in some of the top farm destinations in the Philippines.
You’ll get to participate in activities like picking your own vegetables, planting seeds, feeding livestock, or simply enjoying the rural scenery. There’s a sense of ownership in knowing where your food comes from and in helping to prepare it when you partake in a farm-to-table dining experience.
Here are some of the best places to consider for your next farm stay tour in the Philippines:
Photo by Monteray Ecofarm and Resort
Monteray Ecofarm and Resort is a 5-hectare property is located in Sitio Dakit, Pinamungajan, approximately 55KM from Cebu City, a bustling metropolis that is also the capital of the Visayan island. Cebu is situated along the Philippines ’ south-central coastal area and is famous for its beautiful beach resorts, but its lesser-known but equally lovely farm stays are not to be missed.
With Cebu's lush inland areas, fresh air, and tropical forests teeming with fresh vegetation, Monteray Ecofarm and Resort offers a great farm stay experience away from the hectic city life.
The resort features an organic garden, free-range farm animals, an obstacle course, a swimming pool, a bonfire area, and a zip line. It also offers various accommodation options that can fit up to 100 visitors and intimate rooms for smaller groups, all of which are equipped with amenities such as air-conditioning, toilets, and beddings.
Tents may be rented by visitors who want to go on a full-on camping experience, while farm tours include feeding the pigs and picking out your own herbs for your juice, salad, or tea.
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Bloc Farm Stay is a nature-adventure farm-staycation camping site is located in Cavinti, Laguna, just 105 KM from Metro Manila. It belongs to a Farm Share, a community-engaged agri-park that practices sustainable animal raising and farming techniques.
It is a fully operational farm with domestic animals like donkeys, roosters, cows, goats, and rabbits that you can feed during your stay. It also has four tiny houses for rent that stand over a sloping hill and a scenic view of the surrounding greenery.
Because it is primarily a farm and camping site, accommodations in each “glamping” (glamour camping) unit at this Laguna resort are equipped with a mattress, LED light, power outlet, electric fans, and toilet and bath facilities, which are just the right amenities for a comfortable stay.
You can go on a farm tour where you can milk the cows or feed the animals, while a bonfire is lit at night, perfect for bonding with friends and guests under the moonlight.
Photo by GarinFarm Pilgrimage Resort
Garin Farm Pilgrimage Resort is a unique estate that combines recreational activities, religious devotion, and agricultural practices in a peaceful retreat and farm resort setting, offering a unique, immersive experience for visitors looking for a nature-filled attraction.
Garin Farm is located in the San Joaquin Municipality in the southern part of Iloilo, a province in the Visayas region situated at the center of the Philippines. Iloilo is a culturally diverse province known for its historic buildings, rich agricultural products, and fresh seafood.
The farm and inland resort features a leafy trail that leads up to Pilgrimage Hill, a tableau showing life-sized sculptures of scenes depicted from the Bible, and is one of the top attractions in Iloilo tours.
As a working farm, Garin Farm Resort utilizes sustainable agricultural methods on its livestock and vegetable produce, including a farm-to-table restaurant where you can pick your own vegetables for your meal. It also has a recreational area with facilities for kayaking, fishing, zip-lining, swimming, and buggy car driving.
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This laid-back resort is located in Barangay Palumlum in Alfonso, Cavite, just 5 km away from the outskirts of Tagaytay, a popular tourist destination known for its chilly weather and scenic lake views of Taal Volcano.
The Coffee Farmhouse offers the peaceful ambiance of a countryside estate. It has coffee trees, flowering plants, and verdant greenery surrounding the property. This farmhouse offers rustic accommodations at the in-house Bed and Breakfast with comfortable rooms named after coffee beans.
The spacious rooms have a sleeping capacity good for up to 10 people and are equipped with amenities such as linens, electric fans, and desks. They offer free-flowing coffee and serve delicious home-cooked meals for guests.
The resort provides recreational facilities that include a swimming pool, equipment, and spaces for playing table tennis, volleyball and basketball, bicycles, and scooters. Those who prefer laid-back activities can try their board games, play a game of darts, or book a massage. service. There’s also a bonfire, camping swings, and hammocks for relaxing.
Photo by Sinagtala Farm Resort
Sinagtala Farm Resort is a 60-hectare estate is situated inside the Bataan National Park, the only closed-canopy forest in Central Luzon, where a diverse range of plants and wildlife roam its grounds. It is the perfect place to visit for nature lovers who want to be surrounded by a countryside view filled with verdant flora and fauna at every corner.
One of the best Bataan resorts, Sinagtala Farm is equipped with facilities for large gatherings such as weddings, conventions, and team building activities, with its onsite chapel and huge camping grounds.
It also has two infinity pools and a lagoon pool along with the Sinagtala Adventure Park that offers fun amenities like zip lines, giant swings, and a suspended bridge as well as hiking and river trails for the adventurous visitor.
The farm offers overnight stays through accommodation partners that are independently owned and operated, such as Duyan House and Villas, Beacon House and Cabanas, and Labuyo Villas, all offering modern amenities and scenic views for guests.
Photo by Sambali Beach Farm
Sambali Beach Farm is an 8-hectare property stands along the sandy shores of Zambales, a coastal town located in western Luzon that is famous for its beach attractions, hidden coves, colorful reefs, and deep blue sea.
This all-natural farm promotes agri-tourism and practices sustainable farming, producing fresh vegetables and tending to domestic livestock in its property. What began as a small garden near a beach house has turned into an organic farm that is widely regarded as an all-natural haven for guests needing a respite from a stressful lifestyle. It is like an oasis of calm for people who need a peaceful getaway near nature.
Accommodations are in a two-storey home made of woven bamboo mats and old wood from the owner’s ancestral home nearby, with spacious rooms, a dining area close to the shore, and a gazebo.
Guests may arrange to go on tours around the property and its nearby hermitage and salt-making community. They serve meals made from organic produce and all-natural meat from the farm. There are paddleboards and bodyboards available for guests to use at the nearby beach.
Photo by Prado Farms
Prado Farms is an eco-resort located in Lubao, Pampanga, a province widely regarded as the culinary capital of the Philippines with its delectable Filipino dishes and heirloom cuisine. It is a sprawling hacienda that practices bio-dynamic farming where guests can ride on a carabao-drawn cart at the rice plantation.
There are lots of livestock such as ducks, cows, and pigs that roam free throughout the property, while fresh produce such as kangkong, basil, arugula, and other medicinal plants are grown in the farm.
This laid-back resort’s sprawling estate is filled with artistic and unusual decorations, starting from the main entrance gate: it features an assortment of up-cycled LPG tanks that seem to be floating on air. It’s a great venue to host formal gatherings and tour packages are perfect for children to discover a gadget-free pastoral vacation.
They serve authentic Pampanga cuisine using organic ingredients from the farm at their in-house restaurant. They offer farm stays at their Bed and Breakfast rooms that can accommodate 2 guests to as many as 18 people in their dorm-style suites.
Photo by Diaspora Farm Resort
Located in Bacolor, Pampanga, Diaspora Farm Resort is a 3.5-hectare working farm that grows organic tropical fruits and produce such as mangoes, dragon fruits, bananas, and cacao beans.
It offers farm tours at its own farm tourism training center that supports the local agricultural community through seminars emphasizing the health, economic, and environmental benefits of practicing sustainable organic farming. The estate offers accommodations for guests equipped with amenities such as eco-friendly toiletries, air-conditioning, private toilets, and complimentary breakfast.
Aside from farm tours, other activities include riding the bicycle around the property, playing board games like “sungka”, reading books, fishing, and hanging out by the gazebo near the fishpond.
There are grilling areas for those who want to cook on an open fire, a swimming pool, and videoke facilities for rent. Those who want to pitch a tent for overnight stays may do so at the camping grounds along the mango orchard and join the bonfire at night.
Photo by Bohol Bee Farm
Bohol Bee Farm is a 3-star resort is located in Bohol, a province in the Visayas region famous for natural attractions like the Chocolate Hills, tarsiers, and white sand beach destinations. Bohol Bee Farm is situated along the famous shores of Panglao Island where its central location provides guests with access to popular tourist attractions.
This resort offers excellent accommodations by the sea with rooms equipped with modern amenities like air-conditioning, free wifi, flat-screen television, and a safety deposit box. The resort’s open-air dining space has a scenic view of the Bohol Sea, and serves delicious homemade comfort dishes using organic ingredients.
It is one of the first places in the region to encourage organic farming and offers tours where guests get to have a first-hand look at the edible flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetables of their farm.
They also sell locally made handcrafted products and organic products from their bee farm, with souvenir items like natural lip balm made from local beeswax, fruits jams made from herbs, and fruits picked from the organic farm, and pesticide-free insect repellant sprays.
Photo by Caliraya Ecoville Recreation Farm & Resort
Caliraya Ecoville Recreation Farm & Resort is a 20-hectare agri-tourism center is located 110 KM south of Manila and is easily accessible by road trip via the South Luzon Expressway. It is a resort that uses sustainable farming methods, promotes organic produce, and serves delicious Filipino comfort food in its farm-to-table restaurant using fresh ingredients.
It is situated in Caliraya’s cool, windy weather makes it a great place to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings which include a 2-hectare fish pond, spacious campsites, and nature trails throughout the property that’s perfect for biking, running, or hiking.
The resort offers various accommodation options that range from lakeside cottages, dormitory rooms for large groups, tents, and a 20-room hotel. It also has a variety of outdoor facilities for fun outdoor activities such as a swimming pool, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, bikes for rent, a multi-purpose court, team building facilities, barbecue area, and bonfire pit. It even has an air-conditioned function room among its many amenities to support quality time with friends and family.
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This eco-tourism wellness and farm destination is an extension of the Nurture Wellness Village, a resort that offers a wide range of wellness services set within a lush, natural environment and surrounded by the cool, temperate weather that Tagaytay is known for.
Nurture Farmacy is a place that uses sustainable farming practices such as vermiculture, a composting technique that produces organic fertilizers and natural pesticides, ensuring that the vegetables, herbs, and fruits coming from the farm as chemical-free and truly organically grown.
As a working farm, you can go on a tour to see how its rainwater collection system works, where a natural filtration system is used for the site’s kiddie pool. Guests get to enjoy the scenic views, and kids are encouraged to participate in time-tested activities like running in the fields, flying kites, or riding a carabao in the farm. Its wellness spa uses first-class facilities and an extensive array of natural therapies by highly trained therapists.
Photo by GK Enchanted Farm
The Gawad Kalinga (GK) Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan, is just 38 km from Quezon City, a 1.5 hours drive from the metro. This farm village university offers a variety of farm tour packages starting with an introductory walking tour where guests learn about the inner workings of the farm.
A whole day tour may be customized to your liking and includes a buffet lunch of all-natural comfort food prepared at the facility’s Grass Roots Kitchen, using only fresh ingredients from the farm.
Guests may opt to join a hands-on demo by community members who can teach new food preparation and handcrafting skills such as preparing sweets like kakanin (rice cake) and peanut brittle, making healthy juices, and fruit jams, making local cheeses, weaving, and sewing your own plush toys.
Join activities like the Master Chef challenge and Farm-azing Race for fun, or stay overnight at the venue’s accommodations that range from dormitories to private family rooms near the swimming pool.
Photo by Numana Farm
Numana Farm is a 5-hectare family farm that provides the perfect setting for a cozy, rustic retreat away from the crowds and noise of city life. There are 2 types of accommodations in this former mango plantation: an air-conditioned vacation home that can accommodate up to 10 guests, and a smaller native home that is good for a maximum of 4 guests.
The larger two-bedroom casita is equipped with a lanai, kitchen, living room, board games, guitars, and sports equipment, while the smaller kubo (nipa hut) type dwelling has a mini-library, mosquito net, a hammock, and swing.
There is a caretaker on site who can cook for guests who bring their own ingredients, while the open green spaces are conducive to biking or roaming around the grounds, with large trees providing adequate shade from the sun.
The site’s orchard and greenhouse grows and harvests organic produce as well as free-range domestic animals like chickens, rabbits, goats, and pigs which guests may pet or feed. There’s also a shelter called the Hound Haven where guests may adopt dogs.
Photo by Gabby’s Farm
This 1.3-hectare property in Barangay Casile, Laguna stands on a hillside that offers a picturesque view of the surroundings, the Calamba cityscape, Tagaytay Ridge, and Mt. Makiling.
Gabby's Farm has a guest house for rent that has an open set-up and a small kitchen with basic cooking equipment, while the second floor has an open floor space that can accommodate more guests on floor mattresses along with two air-conditioned private bedrooms. Guests who want to pitch a tent may do so along the camping grounds as well.
The farm’s main harvest is cacao which is used to make chocolate. It also grows other fruits trees and herbs like lanzones, black pepper, dragon fruit, atis, and other tropical fruits. Vegetables such as okra, sitao, kamias, and gabi are all organically grown on the farm grounds.
It has a 450 m open venue that’s perfect for weddings and other gatherings, while guests may join workshops to learn how to make chocolates, buko-pie, tea, and atchara. For the outdoorsy types, there’s a nature trail that leads to a forest and mini-waterfalls nearby as well.
Photo by Ybonita Farm and Villas
Enjoy the best of both a laid-back beach life and a rustic farm stay when you book a villa at Ybonita Farm and Villas. This 2.9-hectare property is surrounded by lush greenery and is near the white sandy beach of Calatagan, Batangas.
There are 4 rustic accommodations inspired by traditional Filipino ancestral homes, all beautifully furnished and equipped with modern facilities. One of them is the Spanish-themed Caceres Villa outfitted with an outdoor lanai, four-poster canopy beds, and lush greenery, with space for 4 guests.
There’s also an Ifugao-inspired I-Pugo Villa, a two-storey home that has a scenic view on the floor-to-ceiling glass window, as well as a Batanes-themed Yvatan Villa is a two-storey house that stands on top of a hill, and a cozy rustic home called the Coconino Villa.
Enjoy the fresh air while watching the sunset and gather around the bonfire at nightfall. The next day, guests may arrange to have a sand bar tour on a private beach.
Escape to these Farm Resorts in the Philippines
Photo by Ybonita Farm and Villas
When it comes to vacation options, the Philippines is widely acknowledged as a tropical beach paradise blessed with year-round summer weather. It is also endowed with rich agricultural land which, coupled with its tropical climate, makes the country’s provincial areas highly conducive to cultivating farmland. Many of these farms have turned into sought-after resort hotspots for the environmentally mindful traveler.
With the increasing popularity of eco-tourism as an alternative means of spending leisure time, travelers are starting to take notice of the vast tracts of agricultural land available in the countryside. City-dwellers are now beginning to appreciate the health benefits of getting close to nature and staying in a farm stay or resort.
Regardless of whether you’re an outdoorsy person looking for thrilling adventures or a laid-back vacationer who prefers a relaxed afternoon picking herbs for your afternoon tea, you’re bound to find the ideal farm stay in any of the places on this list.