If you think that a place as elevated as Baguio can’t have its own variety of hot springs, then you’re in for a surprise! Hot springs may not be what Baguio is known for, but hot spring resorts are a big hit to locals and visitors alike. And the best thing about it is reaching them from the city is just a breeze!
There are two main areas where you can find the best hot spring resorts in Baguio: in Asin Road, which extends up to Tuba municipality, and in Itogon, which is another municipality in Benguet. Both areas can be easily reached via private vehicles or public transport, such as jeepneys, from Baguio City.
Tuba’s boundaries with Baguio City are naturally filled with hot springs, so it’s no wonder that resorts started opening up shop in the area. In the early days, only locals from Baguio and other parts of Benguet knew about them. But now, visitors from far and wide are now discovering the relaxing powers of these hot springs.
1. Sinot Asin Hot Spring Resort
Address: Asin Proper, Nangalisan, Tuba, Benguet
The Sinot Asin Hot Spring is said to be the original hot spring resort in the area.
Image: Sinot Hot Spring Resort
Dubbed as the first and “original” resort, Sinot Asin Hot Spring Resort is located along the riverside. It has all the basic amenities, such as picnic tables, shower rooms, and toilets. Their swimming pools, flowing straight from mountain springs, are just the right temperature. The highlight of the resort is the five sulfur hot spring pools where you can dip your body and relax your tired muscles for hours on end.
For day-long visits, there’s an entrance of PhP100 for adults and children up to 9 years old. If you’ll be bringing your own meals, you can rent the picnic tables at PhP100 each. The resort also offers accommodations in the premises if you want to stay a bit longer. Overnight accommodation is at PhP1,500 to PhP1,700, depending on whether it’s peak season.
2. Palm Grove Hot Springs and Mountain Resort
Address: Nangalisan, Tuba, Benguet
Palm Grove has three large pools, including an Olympic size one.
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Palm Grove Hot Springs and Mountain Resort
is one of the newer resorts in Asin. They have several pools in various sizes fit for kids and adults, as well as a hot spring Jacuzzi for those who want to unwind while soaking in a hot, bubbling bath. You can bring along your own food to grill too, but if you don’t plan to bring your own food, the resort also has an in-house restaurant where you can dine in with family and friends. However, bringing in liquor is strictly prohibited. For those who want to stay overnight, accommodations range from couple rooms to aircon deluxe family rooms and dormitory rooms.
For day-long visits, just pay the PhP100 entrance fee to the resort, which covers adults and children over 4 feet in height, and PhP50 for children below it. You can also rent picnic cottages for PhP200 each, inclusive of a common grill and wash area. If your group wouldn’t be able to fit in their cottages, the resort has a gazebo that can be rented for PhP800.
3. Pooten Resort
Address: Ben Palispis Highway, Tuba, Benguet
Pooten Resort is often called the white house of Tuba.
Image: Pooten Resort
Pooten Resort, which opened in 2013, used to be a family mansion owned by the Pooten family, whose head is self-made Igorot businessman Richard Pooten. Since they are all based in London, they converted the space into a hot spring resort, where the pools are fed by hot mountain spring water. Shaded picnic tables and native huts are available, with common areas for cooking and grilling.
An additional highlight of the resort is the inside of the mansion itself, which is filled with imported furniture and the family’s personal art and photography collections
for all visitors to view and marvel at.
4. Neverland Mountain Resort
Address: Km 12 Lasong, Tadiangan, Asin, Tuba, Benguet
Conquer your fear at Neverland Resort.
Image: Neverland Mountain Resort
If you want your trip to the hot spring to be a bit more exhilarating, Neverland Mountain Resort
is the perfect place for you. Not only do they offer mountain hot spring pools, they also have two zip lines that measure an outstanding 200 meters and 500 meters long! Located on top of the mountain at kilometer marker 12, Neverland Mountain Resort is also the only resort with an infinity pool.
For day-long visitors, you must pay the PhP100 entrance fee for adults and children over 4 feet and PhP50 for children below that height. Picnic tables can be rented at PhP200 each. Also note that the infinity pool is only available upon special rental arrangements. Overnight accommodations range from PhP3,500 for a dormitory room for 5 people, and PhP4,000 for a room for 8 people.
5. Riverview Waterpark
Address: Asin, Nangalisan, Tuba Benguet
Riverview Waterpark has a total of 12 pools and 7 waterslides.
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Given its majestic height, Riverview Waterpark offers a magnificent view of the Asin River. Inside, it boasts of 12 pools, including 4 hot spring pools, and 7 waterslides, where any visitors, young and old, will surely spend hours dashing. Because of its expansive area, you can set up your picnic table near the pool you want to swim in. Shaded picnic tables are also available for rent and can accommodate up to 10 persons. Several types of air-conditioned accommodations are available from deluxe to dormitory type rooms.
If you’re staying within the day only, you have to pay the PhP100 entrance fee for adults and children over 4 feet, and a PhP50 fee for children below the prescribed height. But if you’re staying a bit longer, overnight accommodations range from rooms for two at PhP1,500 to PhP1,650, and a dormitory room which fits 15 people for PhP6,750.
6. Carlo Trese Resort
Carlo Trese Resort is one of the many resorts in Itogon.
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Itogon also has its own hot springs—collectively known as the 1300 level swimming pools—around which several small resorts were established. Compared to Asin however, the resorts here are smaller and have simpler amenities but as less crowded as the ones in Asin. Carlo Trese Resort is just one of the many resorts in the area. It is located on the riverside, with its cottages situated on the mountainside. You will need to cross the hanging bridge over the river to get here.
Like most of the resorts, Carlo Trese also has picnic cottages, kiddie pools with water slides, and adult-sized pools. Overnight accommodation is available and is much cheaper and simpler than the ones in Asin. Entrance to the resort is only PhP50 per person, while tables can be rented for as low as PhP200.
Whenever you make a trip to the City of Pines, consider going the road less travelled, combat the cold climate, and head straight towards these hot springs for a relaxing time!
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