Photos by Bilawa Mainit Hot Waterfall - Official and Durano Ecofarm and Spring Resort
The Philippines is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire and has a lot of active volcanoes, this means that there are also many natural hot spring resorts across the country from popular to underrated destinations in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Most of the top hot spring resorts in the country are nestled in Laguna, the Resort Capital of the Philippines, and just a few hours away from the Philippine capital of Manila in Luzon. Most of these hot spring resorts are located at the foot of Mount Makiling, an inactive stratovolcano.
Beyond Luzon, there are more relaxing hot springs found in Visayas and Mindanao. From the islands of Cebu, Dumaguete, and Camiguin. Dipping in these natural pools with mineral-rich water and varying degrees of geothermal heat may help reduce stress and improve your blood circulation.
If you're looking for a relaxing getaway, we’ve listed down the best hot spring resorts in the Philippines that you should visit:
Known as the twin springs, Baslay Hot Spring is a hot sulfur spring in Dumaguete, the City of Gentle People. It is one of the hot spring resorts in Visayas near the ancient Cuernos de Negros Mountains or Mount Talinis, the highest peak in Southern Negros at 1,903 MASL.
You have to pass through a steep and bumpy road 10KM off the main highway to get to the resort. Since it's inside a rainforest, there are no establishments, shops, and even restrooms around the area. But once you get there, you can reward yourself with a dip into its hot spring pool that will help revitalize your mind and body.
The hot spring resort consists of 4 equally divided pools with volcanic clear blue waters coming from Mount Talinis. Each has varying degrees of temperature, and you can even boil an egg in one of the pools.
Photo by Sira-an Hot Spring & Health Resort
Another secluded hot spring resort, the Sira-an Hot Spring and Health Resort, takes pride in its refreshing sulfuric waters that exhibit healing properties. This beachfront hot spring resort is nestled in Antique province, also known as the Rising Star of the Western Visayas region. Less than 2km away from the resort is Nogas Island, featuring a beautiful white-sand beach.
Most of the hot spring resorts are within mountains and rainforests; however, Sira-an Hot Spring and Health Resort is uniquely located by the shore. It has five square-shaped pools surrounded by huge rock boulders overlooking the sea.
After dipping into the hot spring pools, you can rest on the nipa hut cottage or the floating bamboo shed house while waiting for the sunset. Then, drop by the Kanza restaurant to have your fill of local dishes.
Photo by @arzydon on Instagram
Beneath a verdant forest and lush greenery lies a relaxing retreat known as the Marquez Hot and Cold Spring Resort. This natural spring resort sits on the mountainside of Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat, a province in Mindanao that was named after a Muslim ruler. Marquez Hot and Cold Spring Resort is among the less-known hot spring resorts in Mindanao.
The resort has three pools, one for children and two for adults. Guests can find natural cold and hot spring pools with water coming from the nearby freshwater streams of the mystical Ugis Peak, which is visible from afar.
The main highlight of this hot and cold spring is its temperature gauge setting that you can adjust depending on your preferred level of warmth and comfort. For those who want to have a picnic, there are cottages available for rent. Other amenities at the resort include a function room and a grill station.
Photo by Bilawa Mainit Hot Waterfall - Official
Situated less than 5KM away from Mount Leonard Kniazeff Volcano, Mainit Sulfuric Hot Spring or Bilawa Mainit Hot Waterfall features a steaming waterfall with geothermal water. It is located in Davao de Oro, formerly known as Compostela Valley. Due to its rich gold mining industry, it is regarded as Mindanao’s golden province.
Since the hot spring flows from the mineral-deposited part of the mountain, the water cascades into the rock formations with a yellow and brown tinge of color. The waterfall directly gushes down the shallow natural pools where you can take a dip. Dipping into its warm water will make you feel relaxed as the hot spring is believed to relieve muscle soreness.
Surrounding the hot spring are cottages, a mini-store, and a public bathroom with a toilet. There are also rooms available for an overnight stay. To get there from Davao City, you have to take a bus to Tagum City. Then, take another bus to Mawab Bus Terminal. From there, you can rent a habal-habal to the Mainit Sulfuric Hot Spring.
Photo by Durano Ecofarm and Spring Resort
Featuring eight multi-level pools, Durano Ecofarm and Spring Resort is a private resort that boasts natural swimming pools and camping facilities. The resort lies inside a farm and forest in Carmen, Cebu, the Queen City of the South and the oldest city in the Philippines.
Tall trees surround the natural spring pools, which provide enough shade for tourists. Gazing atop the tropical foliage, you will see a rattan-walled 3-story mango treehouse. Inside the treehouse is a fully furnished bedroom with comfortable beddings, aircon, and mini-ref. You will also find a separate living room, tiled bathroom, and an outdoor porch.
There is an ornamental plant nursery on the other side of the resort and a section planted with dragon fruits. You can also check out the bonsai garden and other wildflowers surrounding the resort. This relaxing hideaway is only 2KM away from Cebu City. From there, you have to take a bus bound for Carmen Public Market then ride a habal-habal to get you to the resort.
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Camiguin is a province in Mindanao known as the Island Born of Fire and subsequently is home to seven volcanoes and thermal pools. One of which is the Ardent Hibok-Hibok Spring Resort, which is set on the foot of Mount Hibok-Hibok. It has man-made pools with sulfuric water ranging from 33°C to 40°C.
The 1.5-meter deep spring features warm and crystal clear blue waters. It has sulfuric water that cascades from the top of the valley directly to the resort’s four separate pools. Meanwhile, surrounding the resort are chairs and cottages available for rent. If you get hungry, there is a small cafe at the resort.
The most convenient way to get to the resort is to rent a scooter in Mambajao. Other nearby Camiguin tourist spots you may visit include the White Island Sandbar and Sunken Cemetery, which are 5.6KM and 12KM away.
Photo by Mainit Hot Spring
Up next is a spacious nature resort tucked in a forest, the Mainit Hot Spring. This tranquil hot spring water resort is ideal for families seeking a relaxing holiday or weekend getaway. It is located in Tayabas, Quezon, a province in Southern Luzon known for coconut products like Lambanog or distilled palm liquor.
Fronting the resort are human-size statues of animals like crocodiles, horses, and zebras. The main highlight of Mainit Hot Spring is its expansive swimming pools with slides. Kids and adults will surely enjoy dipping into the warm pools. Guests can bring their own food or may opt to cook at the grill station. There is even a Karaoke machine alongside the cottages for rent.
The resort has a spacious parking lot for those traveling by their own private car. Mainit Hot Spring is only a 3 to 3.5-hour drive or 144KM away from Manila via South Luzon Expressway. If via public transportation, you may take a bus bound for Lucban then take a jeepney to Tayabas.
Set at the foot of Mount Kanlaon, Mambukal Hot Spring Resort is a budget-friendly destination in Bacolod, the City of Smiles in Negros Occidental province and home to the colorful Masskara Festival. This tranquil haven is inside a rainforest near hot springs, streams, and seven stunning waterfalls; all accessible via the hiking trails.
Guests can dip into the resort’s three sulfur pools and two swimming pools. For those planning to stay here overnight, you may sleep in the family cottage, matrimonial villa, triple-sharing room, and quadruple occupancy. Overall, the resort has 28 villas, 11 cottages, and one tourist lodge/dorm.
Although the hot spring pools are the resort’s main attractions, activities such as zipline ride and wall climbing are also available. Other recreational amenities include a boating lagoon, butterfly sanctuary, event space, souvenir shop, restaurant, bar, and camping grounds with tents for rent.
Photo by Lakwatserong Bisacol on Facebook
One of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines is Mount Bulusan in Irosin, Sorsogon, a province located in Bicol Region. At the base of the volcano, you can find another relaxing haven, the Mateo Hot and Cold Spring Resort. To get there, you can ride a bus bound for Sorsogon, which is around a 12 to 14-hour drive or 520KM away from Manila.
Mateo Hot and Cold Spring Resort and other hot spring resorts in Sorsogon are one of the most remote in Luzon. It features two cool water pools and one warm pool, perfect for those who want to relax and relieve their tired and aching muscles. There are also smaller pools with water that becomes hotter than the rest of the pools. You can even boil eggs in here.
The resort features accommodation options ranging from non-aircon rooms to family rooms for 2 to 5 persons. There are also open cottages and cabanas with picnic tables that are available for rent. In case you want to buy some snacks, you may head over to the resort’s mini-canteen.
Photo by Esoy Hot Spring
For those seeking a natural hot spring in Cebu, Esoy Hot Spring is a must-visit tranquil resort situated in the peaceful town of Catmon. The hot spring comes from Mount Tabayag, a dormant volcano. Esoy Hot Spring is only a 2-hour drive or 62.3KM away from Cebu City. To get there, you can ride a bus bound for Catmon then ride a motorcycle or habal-habal to the resort.
The hot spring’s temperature ranges from 40 to 60 degrees Celsius. Dipping into its therapeutic waters can help remove body toxins, heal joint pain, and improve blood circulation. After swimming, you can take some rest or have a picnic at the resort’s cottages that are available for rent.
Other activities you can enjoy at the hot spring resort include rock climbing, trekking, and fish feeding. You may even cross the hanging bridge and trek to reach the nearby jade-green waterfall surrounded by giant rock formations.
Photo by Palm Grove Hot Springs and Mountain Resort
On the way to the country’s Summer Capital, Baguio City, you will find hot spring resorts, including the Palm Grove Hot Springs and Mountain Resort in Asin Road, Tuba, Benguet. Baguio City is known for being the country’s coolest destination, and one of the unique ways to enjoy its chilly weather is to get yourself a warm and hot bath.
This therapeutic resort has several pools fit for kids and adults. You can soak in a hot and bubbling bath at the jacuzzi or swim at the Olympic-size pool. If you’re planning to bring your own food, you can use the grill station. You may also opt to dine local dishes at the in-house restaurant.
If you want to stay overnight at the resort, you can choose from the couple room, aircon deluxe family room, and dormitory room. There are also picnic cottages that you can rent for a day. It already comes with a grilling area and restroom. Meanwhile, the gazebo is ideal for larger groups.
Photo by Red Rock Hot Spring
Amidst the mountainous region of Valencia in Negros Oriental, the Red Rock Hot Spring is a private and hidden sanctuary with naturally heated pools, an ultimate place to relax and soothe all those aching muscles. Tourists who have trekked to the cold cascading waters of Pulangbato Falls (850m away) can make a stop at the hot spring to take a warm dip.
The water comes from a naturally occurring spring with temperatures ranging from 37 up to 39 degrees Celsius. On the way to the hot spring, you will cross a bridge with steam rising from underneath the rocks. It has a strong sulfuric smell comparable to a rotten egg.
Guests can find two pools at the resort. The top pool is 4 to 6 feet deep while the bottom pool is shallower, only 2-feet deep. You can bring your own food and have your lunch and snacks eaten on the tables and benches. The resort also serves food and drinks by the side of the pool.
Photo by @alvinringgoreyes on Instagram
Less than 5KM away from Mount Isarog and Malabsay Falls lies a laid-back resort in a secluded forest in Naga, the Pilgrim City in Camarines Sur, Bicol Region. Get a glimpse of Panicuason Hot Springs Resort’s history while enjoying its recreational facilities, including a heart-shaped infinity pool overlooking the panoramic view of Naga City.
It features a hilltop infinity pool and 4 outdoor thermal pools with geothermal water. The temperature varies from 20 to 39 degrees Celsius. Guests may also try activities such as wall climbing, rappelling, and riding the bicycle zipline. On top of the hill, you can find an infinity pool accessible via a thousand-step staircase.
If you want to spend the night at the resort, you can stay in the fully furnished fan rooms or air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi access. Other amenities at the resort include a garden and conference room for events. After exploring the recreational areas, you may satisfy your hunger by enjoying some traditional dishes served at the resort.
Laguna province, which is 30KM away from Manila, is home to resorts with affordable rates. One of the hot spring resorts in Laguna is the Hidden Valley Springs Resort.
Being one of the famous nature resorts, Hidden Valley Springs Resort is tucked between two famous mountains in Laguna, Mount Makiling, and Mount Banahaw. It boasts abundant flora and fauna with over 150 plant species, a large collection of wild orchids, giant ferns, and 300-year old trees like the Amlang Tree. You can also trek to reach the nearby waterfall.
The resort features two kiddie pools, three mineral-filled jacuzzis, three hot tubs, and six natural springs with varying temperatures. Guests can lay back, relax, and enjoy the serene atmosphere while indulging in Filipino treats, including some sweet cassava cakes. Come lunchtime, have your fill of mouthwatering Filipino dishes.
If you opt to stay overnight, Casita Deluxe rooms are perfect for couples and families. There are also bigger rooms for larger groups. Each accommodation has a queen-size bed, a flat-screen TV, and an ensuite bathroom.
Photo by Department of Tourism
One of the lesser-known saltwater hot springs in the world is the Maquinit Hot Spring. It is situated off the Southern coast of Busuanga Island and less than 5KM away from Coron town proper. Coron is a popular island paradise in Palawan, often compared to another world-famous beach destination, El Nido.
Maquinit Hot Spring is 5.8KM away from Mount Tapyas, the second tallest peak in Coron. After hiking Mt. Tapyas, tourists can head over to the hot spring to take a soothing dip into its giant tub-shaped pool. To get to the hot spring, you may rent a scooter or hail a motorcycle from the town proper.
Before soaking into the spring, you should wear waterproof footwear since the pool’s surface can be a bit rocky. The warmth of the hot spring water comes from the underground heat with a temperature ranging from 37 to 40 degrees Celsius and is believed to have therapeutic healing powers.
Photo by Puning Hot Spring & Restaurant
Situated at the foot of Mount Pinatubo in the Zambales mountains, Puning Hot Spring is a sand spa resort with an outdoor sauna where guests can pamper themselves while buried underneath the volcanic ashes. Adding to the heated sand is a mud pack made with Pinatubo lahar to rejuvenate the skin and heal rheumatic pain. Mount Pinatubo is an active stratovolcano that is known for the second-largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century. Aside from the hot spring, travelers also trek the volcano's crater lake.
The easiest way to get to the hot spring is by riding a 4x4 jeep. This hot spring and spa resort has three stations. At Station 1, you will see 13 hot springs alongside nipa huts. Each hot spring has temperatures ranging from 40 to 70 degrees Celcius. The water has a 7.5 pH level, making it beneficial to the skin.
At Station 2, you will experience getting buried under therapeutic sand, which is heated using the traditional pugon or furnace. Finally, Station 3 has eight hot spring pools and a single cold spring pool overlooking the vast Pinatubo landscape. After your pampering sessions, you may get back to Station 1 to enjoy a sumptuous buffet of Filipino dishes.
Take a Soothing Dip Into the Best Hot Spring Resorts in the Philippines
Photo by Department of Tourism
Begin planning your next getaway to the best hot spring resorts in the Philippines. Getting to some of these hot spring resorts involves long treks and uphill climbs. However, once you get there, you will be rewarded with a soothing and relaxing dip. A visit to these natural springs will surely ease your mind and rejuvenate your spirit.