Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013
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The new year arrived in a chilling way. I kept on seeing Facebook status posts from the Philippines and abroad about the cold weather and how it was affecting people. In Metro Manila, although there wasn't any snow, the breeze was remarkably biting cold.

As a result, I finally entertained thoughts of dipping myself in a hot spring in Laguna. Never mind the possibility of a humdrum experience looking at bare cemented walls and a pedestrian-looking residence just as long as I was submerged in one of those private pools in Calamba or Los Banos. I was determined to overlook the lack of resort design in any of those private houses. I was also ready to ignore the same boring aesthetics in the area's popular resorts. I just had to escape the chilling temperature as soon as possible.


I settled for a not-so-old hot spring resort that showed me lots of trees on its website. I reckoned that it's something I could enjoy while relaxing in a hot spring -- a natural scenery. I got excited.


The resort's Nipa Hut Accommodation -- good for 4 people
 


Off To Laguna From Metro Manila In 1 Hour and 30 Minutes

Without wasting any more time, I was aboard the HM Transport Bus from Cubao, Quezon City at past 9:00am. Bound for Calamba, Laguna, I was informed over the phone by my target resort, 88 Hot Spring Resort & Spa, that I could get off along the highway right in front of the resort entrance. I checked my mobile map to find out that my destination was to be past SM Calamba.

In less than two hours, I finally arrived at the place and paid at the reception area for a day tour which set me back P500. The rate already included access to all pools, open-air cottages, and locker space for my stuff.







Built By A Korean For Koreans (And Filipino Guests, Too)

I noticed that the resort was designed and being operated with Koreans as target clients because of the Korean manager's desk that was at the reception area, the signages in Korean that seemed to be everywhere, and a Korean statue made from marble that greeted me at the entrance to the actual resort. I also saw one Korean guest after another. I suddenly realized that I was the foreign tourist that day.

Hill-top Hot Spring Jacuzzi

What I loved about the place was the well-manicured garden that surrounded two hot spring jacuzzis. There were three more hot spring pools but they were in a cluster next to the restaurant away from the beautiful garden. The Korean guests seemed to gravitate towards that less attractive area maybe because of its close proximity to food and drinks.

Inside the Nipa Hut accommodation
The resort's Villa accommodation -- good for 2 people
You can just imagine my delight having the garden and the two hot spring pools in it all for myself for more than an hour without interruption. That space of the resort was elevated from the rest of the property which made the experience more relaxing because I had a perfect view of Mount Makiling and lots of trees from the space below while submerged in 41°C of water. The temperature, according to the signage next to this one pool, allowed relief from eczema, skin irritations, rheumatism, nerve pains and stress. I only stayed 30 minutes submerged which was the advisable period of time to do so.The other pool was hotter at 45°C. I tested dipping my foot in there but it did not work for me. A bit painful for me to be relaxing, but I guess it's therapeutic for other guests. 


 Since I paid for a day tour and had no overnight accommodations that should afford me towels and toiletries, I decided to not bring a towel and, instead, rented one at the resort for P5. The locker room, however, was filled with little necessary stuff like soap, shampoo, ear buds, comb and a dryer for guests' wet swim suits.

Mount Makiling's Miracle Water

I found the irrigation-type of hot water flowing across the hill-top garden to be thoughtful as it showed me where the water was coming from. I later found out that it is obtained from underground springs of the nearby Mount Makiling. The springs were identified to run as deep as 300 meters at 99°C. Perceived to be Laguna's miracle water, the hot spring is odorless, clear, and tested to be rich in organic minerals that are considered to cure a variety of illnesses.



I later tried dipping myself in the wide lukewarm watered- pool that was at the foot of the hill, plus strolling by the fishing pond that was surrounded by a grassy plane. Read my next blog post about these parts of the resort.

Dining At The Resort Restaurant

After more than an hour of water fun, I felt awfully thirsty and starved so I had my late lunch at 88 Hot Spring's Korean Restaurant. I ordered the Sweet and Sour Meatballs off their Filipino selection. It's pricey at P300 but when it was served with a set of appetizers and a plate full of meatballs that was good for 3 people, I realized that it could be good for P100 per head.  Unfortunately, I was alone and had no one to share it with that's why it set me back more than what was good for me. If anything, I liked the glazed dilis for appetizer and the meatballs was not bad. It had lots of onions which I loved.

 
Going Home

By 4:00pm, I was done with my day tour and decided to check out. Going home was as easy as reaching the place. I simply hailed for a bus back to Taft, Manila (an HM Transport Bus) right across the 88 Hot Spring Resort & Spa. Transportation fee was at P91 (Manila terminal) or P99 (Quezon City terminal).

88 Hotspring
Phone: 0906-403-9751



More Photos:

The locker room for day tour guests
The resort's organic farm

36 comments:

  1. Awesome find! Will try to visit this place soon! :)

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    1. I'll also try the one you mentioned sa Facebook -- Splash Mountain.

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  2. looks so Zen! Affordable ba if youre going to stay there overnight? :)

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    1. The overnight accommodations are higher than the average (I consider P2k to be the average rate) rate but with other resorts and hotels where you stay the night to sleep, at 88 Hot Spring you have the chance to enjoy night swimming because the main pool has lukewarm water (like in Acuatico) and there are hot spring pools. There is also a misconception about the food pricing there. Some think it's pricey at P300 (average price) but what they fail to mention is that the order is good for 2-3 people. Maybe some of them are hefty eaters but I've seen the serving myself and it's like P100 per person.

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  3. Stunning! Would it be possible for them to accommodate students for thesis purposes too?

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    1. Hi...

      Is is place is still open?
      Me and my hubby are planning to have an overnight stay there...

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  4. Hi, what is the name of this resort?

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  5. Is pet allowed?

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  6. Hi good am. Ask ko po if per head ung p500 accomodation for a day tour? and if ksama po dun sa p500 ung nipa hut accomodation? thanks po.

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    1. Based sa experience ko, per head 'yung day trip fee na P500. inclusive na d'un 'yung access sa mga open cottages. may separate rates for rooms.

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  7. Hi if bus po sakyan what tell ko s driver? I mean san ako baba?

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    1. To let you off sa entrance mismo ng 88Hotspring kasi it's just along the highway

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  8. Nice blog Turista Trails! Hope to here from you again in my blog, The Backpack Adventures!

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    1. Wow, nag-Palaui ka pala tsong. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  9. do u know d contact information of 88 spa?

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  10. i would like to ask do i need to make a reservation first for day tour only?or can i just go there and check in right ag the moment.thanks :)

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    1. For my day tour, I did not make a reservation. I was a walk-in guest. To make sure that it's opened for the day, call first: +63-2-584-4788

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  11. how much po rate ng room if day trip? ilang hours po accomodation? thanks! :)

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  12. Room rates are for overnight stays. A day tour costs P500 per person as of 2014. Kindly call +63-2-584-4788 for current rates.

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  13. it is a public hotspring resort? and how much po ung entrance and ung cottage kung sakali? thanks for the reply

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    1. Yes, open s'ya sa public. Day tour way back in 2013 was at P500 per person. Kindly call +63-2-584-4788 for current rates, including updated accommodation details. Thanks.

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  14. how much po ung cottage and ung entrance? thanks

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    1. Kindly call +63-2-584-4788 for current rates, including updated accommodation details.

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  15. ey where did you store your stuff or did u carry them around the resort since you went there alone....

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    1. The resort has lockers with keys for daytrip/tour guests, Jimmy. It's where I stashed the bulk of my stuff and I just carried with me a few lightweight ones around.

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  16. Hi sweety, Can we bring food or even grill food inside the resort?

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    1. Last I heard (way back in 2015), food is not allowed inside the resort because it has its own restaurant that guests can patronize. You may call +63-2-584-4788 for an updated info. Thanks!

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  17. Sir do we still need reservation for Day Tour? nd n macontact ung number :(

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    1. No need to reserve. Just show up at the resort for a day tour.

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  18. hello, planning to have a day tour here on my off. Do they have a time frame for a day tour. I would really appreciate your reply. Thanks.

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    1. It's safe to assume that a day tour sched for any standard resort is between 8:00am and 6:00pm (some are strict to put it at 5:00pm) so being at the resort at 7:00am onwards won't hurt.

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