Travel Shorts: Kid-Friendly Wellness Getaways and More

MANILA — Here are some of the latest travel-related announcements and promotions.

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Cebu Pacific now offers one piece baggage allowance for all new bookings.

Passengers have the option of purchasing 20 kg or 32 kg, both equivalent to a single piece of checked baggage.

A maximum of two options can be purchased per traveler to carry up to 64 kg of luggage compared to the previous limit of 40 kg.

Passengers are encouraged to purchase their baggage allowance with their tickets upon initial booking on CEB’s website and mobile app, so they can save up to 64% compared to paying baggage fees when baggage drop at the airport.



Five new TOPS (Temporary Off-site Passport Services) locations are now open in strategic locations in central Luzon, Negros and Panay thanks to Robinsons Malls’ partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

These TOPS sites are located at Robinsons Place Malolos, Robinsons Angeles, Robinsons Starmills in San Fernando, Pampanga, Robinsons Place Bacolod and Robinsons Place Iloilo – each aiming to accept 500 slots per day.

To date, there are a total of 10 DFA TOPS locations, including those inaugurated last year at Robinsons Magnolia, Robinsons Novaliches, Robinsons Galleria South, Robinsons Place Lipa and Robinsons Place Las Pinas.

To schedule a slot, candidates must first schedule an appointment through the DFA online appointment system. Only those whose printed appointments are fully completed will be accepted into the passport processing site.


Smart Communications, Inc.’s luxury postpaid brand, Smart Infinity, rewards its members with a getaway to Boracay.

A complimentary 3-day, 2-night stay in a deluxe room for two at Shangri-La Resort & Spa Boracay is available to Infinity members when they sign up for a Smart Infinity Limitless 5000 or 8000 plan from April 8 through June 8.

Part of the benefits of staying at Shangri-La include daily breakfast for two, as well as round-trip land and speedboat transfers from Caticlan.

More details are available on the Smart Infinity website.



La Ferme de San Benito in Lipa, Batangas has imagined activities for children so that the whole family can enjoy a wellness holiday this summer.

There are many treatments available at the Farm for adults that are also safe for teenagers and children. These are performed by internationally trained integrative physicians and licensed healthcare professionals.

These include live blood analysis, nutritional conversation, Hara Puri treatment, abdominal, kidney and abdominal compresses, psychoemotional stabilization techniques, take-home therapies and oral prophylaxis for dental services.

Treatments designed especially for children, on the other hand, include the Little Prince and Princess body scrub – Choco Milk Body Scrub, Purple Bliss Body Scrub, Lullaby Massage, Hilot Musmos (baby massage), Teenage Earth Facial Care, Rosy Glow Facial, Happy Feet Enzymes Glow Foot Scrub, Kiddie Manicure and Pedicure, Hair Super Food Mask and Acqua Kids Therapy.

There’s also Family Aqua Wellness, or two hours of hydrotherapy treatments to help boost the natural happy hormone chemicals. This includes hydro massage bed, water ring, acupressure pool, gentle hydrotherapy, Vichy, Kniepp, jacuzzi, rainbow shower, steamer, ice bucket, thermal foot and the thermal bed.

Families can also stay at The Farm’s luxury villas such as Mahogany Luxury Residences, which sleep seven. The 281 m² villa offers a 2-bedroom suite with a spacious living room and dining area, a gourmet kitchen with mini-bar, a service kitchen with a cooktop, bedrooms, an outdoor swimming pool and a gazebo surrounded by a masterful tropical landscape.

Another option is the 580 sqm Mahogany Luxury Elite, also a 2 bedroom villa plus basement living space with 2 additional bedrooms, kitchen pantry and mini bar. This residence can accommodate up to 10 people.

More details are available on The Farm’s website and social media pages.

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