The Philippines teems with tourist respites that promote fun, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Most of these are bodies of water where you can swim, take photos, hike trails, and enjoy the natural surroundings. Some of these are even a few hours from Metro Manila, which is why they are great getaway spots for day tours and weekend breaks.
Beach resorts are the most popular swimming hotspots in the Philippines. But if you’re after somewhere calmer and with fewer people, many spots in the country offer natural hot springs. Plan your next weekend getaway at these five natural spring resorts and enjoy spa-like treatments close to nature:
Hidden Valley Springs
The Hidden Valley Springs resort spans 110 acres (0.445 square kilometers) and nestles between Mount Makiling and Mount Banahaw. Its location highlights its serenity and status as nirvana away from the hustle and bustle. This spring resort also has mineral pools with varying temperatures; one pool you must try is the Soda Pool, which is said to have calming waters similar to the Fuji and Vicki Springs of Japan.
Since Hidden Valley Springs Resort is in a remote location, you would want to plan your itinerary accordingly. Let’s say you plan to have a week-long vacation in Laguna. You can explore suitable lodgings the apartments for rent in Calamba, Laguna, which are 20 to 40 minutes away from the spring resort. Then, you can drive or take jeepneys or buses to get there.
Manleluag Hot Spring
The Manleluag Hot Springs are prized natural destinations in the town of Mangatarem, Pangasinan. It is a protected area housing two ophiolitic springs lying close to the already extinct volcano, Mount Malabobo.
Inside the park and nature reserve are three thermal springs: two for adults and one for children. Bathing in Manleluag Hot Springs is said to boost relaxation and help improve some ailments like body pains, muscle strains, and overall stress. Cottages are also available in the hot spring haven for you and your family to stay overnight.
Puning Hot Spring
Another hot spring respite a few hours away from Metro Manila is the Puning Hot Springs Resort in Angeles, Pampanga. It has thermal pools, nipa hut cottages, and verdant surroundings. The majority of the spa’s staff are the Aeta people living in the area and they are happy to serve and give you the best resort experience.
The pools at Puning Hot Spring reach temperatures of 40 to 70 degrees Celsius. The heat may help you relax and ease sore muscles and other stress-related ailments. After your stay, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to face a new week at work.
Mainit Hot Springs
Besides having a name describing its hot pools, the Mainit Hot Springs resort in Tayabas, Quezon Province, presents natural springs and man-made wading pools smacked right in a forest.
The array of swimming areas makes Mainit Hot Springs the ideal spot for family and barkada getaways. Take advantage of your stay by taking photos and enjoying local cuisines before you get back to your life at the metro.
Baslay Hot Springs
Dumaguete’s Baslay Hot Springs are twin sulfur pools located in Mount Talinis, the highest peak of Negros Occidental. Getting to the resorts is quite challenging as you’ll have to trek slopey and bumpy roads spanning 10 kilometers.
Most of Baslay Hot Springs’ surroundings are rainforests so you won’t find shops or other commercial establishments nearby. Still, the resort’s environment provides a laid-back setting that may help you recuperate from your burnouts and stress.
These five hot springs may be secluded from their location’s urban areas, but they offer unique and rejuvenating experiences for you to enjoy time away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Choose which of these hot springs you want to go to on your next holiday or long weekend and enjoy warm, calming waters that help you relax and heal.