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    Palm Grove Hot Springs Resort, Asin, Tuba Benguet

    For people who'll be flocking to Baguio City during the Holy Week (when even SM Baguio is open during the time), here's updated information and pictures of one of the hot spring resorts in Asin, Tuba, Benguet for your information.

    Tutubi went to Asin, in an unplanned trip thus unarmed with information on details except his usual adventurous heart to explore places beyond the usual tourist spots, he was able to do ocular inspection of Palm Grove Spring and Mountain Resort where he was able to take photos of the swimming pools of the resort facility.

    There are two primary Asin hot spring resorts: Palm Grove Spring and Mountain Resort and River View. The former is more modern in look while the latter is more of the nature type in accommodations and general resort appearance.

    Palm Grove Hot Springs and Mountain Resort Photos of swimming pools (Olympus 1050SW camera):

    palm grove hot springs resort asin tuba benguetone of Palm Grove Resort's swimming pool closed for cleaning

    palm grove hot springs resort asin tuba benguetthe main swimming pool of Palm Grove Resort

    Palm Grove Resort Entrance Fee: P100/head
    They have cottage rentals for daytrips and overnight accommodations available. please call Palm Grove Resort's contact numbers for the current room rates, function hall rentals for events (parties, weddings et al), promos, massage, spa, jacuzzi prices and costs and other inquiries. As of posting time, no official website still.

    Palm Grove Hot Springs and Mountain Resort
    Address: Asin, Nangalisan, Tuba, Benguet
    Telephone Number: (to be updated once Tutubi finds the brochure)

    No reviews of Palm Grove resort for Tutubi merely visited the place in a very limited time, he took very few pictures and went ahead to look for a place to eat (it's around 12nn when arrived there). No information on restaurant menu prices.

    Other Asin Hot Spring Resorts in the area include Riverview Waterpark (not River View Resort) which is the first one you'll see on the road. There are about two other Asin Hot Spring Resorts but not as noticeable as the mentioned two.

    Riverview Waterpark
    Asin Hot Spring
    Nangalisan, Tuba, Benguet
    Contact Number: 09189388071
    Email address: info@riverview-waterpark.com


    How to get to Hot Spring Resorts in Asin, Tuba, Benguet:


    Commuting to Asin hotsprings is easy though it's about an hour from Baguio City proper. To get there by public transport, look for jeepneys going to Asin Hotsprings near Baguio Public Market (upper palengke) (Note: jeepneys with signboard Asin Road do not go there, probably near Km. 6 only. Kilometer zero marker in Baguio is near Burnham Park, and there's a reference for the original Kilometer Zero marker from Rizal Park in Manila for reference). The jeepney will make the return trip to Baguio Plaza near public hotspring swimming pool. Jeepney Fare: P22.00

    Driving directions to Asin Hot Spring Resorts, Tuba, Benguet:

    For those with their own cars and vehicles, you just need to find Asin Road all the way to the your target hotspring resorts in Asin (tip: you may follow Asin Road jeeps until you see the resort billboards). You will pass by Bencab Museum, at least two steel bridges, kilometers of zigzag roads and two tunnels (that locals call "tatlong araw at dalawang gabi" pertaining to the three days and 2 nights when entering and leaving the access tunnels to the town of Tuba. Travel time is less than an hour and about 16 kilometers from Baguio Plaza.

    If you have your own GPS, you may contact Tutubi for the GPX tracklogs and waypoints of his trip, one of his first foray into GPS mapping with his shiny new Garmin Nuvi 1300 :P

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 10:07 PM,

    38 Comments:

    At Mar 25, 2010, 5:30:00 PM, Blogger dodong flores said...

    Nadaan ko rin itong Tuba, Benguet when driving going to Baguio. Not so sure kung ang mga resort ay malapit lang.
    Our sister company is organizing a trip to Baguio for this Holy Week for only P1000 per head. Good for two days na yon, includes accommodation and food. Mura lang talaga, may bus kasi. Kaso lang I cannot join kasi bagong panganak lang si Misis. So, we will spend the Lenten Season at home na lang muna.
    I'll try to find a review of your new GPS Navigator, baka maganda yan. I'm also planning to buy one for my bike - useful ito not only in going to provinces pero kahit sa mga kanto-kanto lang ng Makati at Chinatown. Alam mo kasi diyan sa Makati, talagang maliligaw pa ako diyan hanggang ngayon. Sa Manila, hindi masyado pero mas maganda kung merong navigator. I used a comprehensive road map in my [land] travels around the Philippines since 1994. Outdated na nga rin, eh. Kaya napag-isipan ko GPS navigator naman dapat ngayon, para sabay sa panahon...

     
    At Mar 25, 2010, 11:16:00 PM, OpenID docgelo said...

    my family went here before without me.
    perhaps it's really relaxing to take a dip on a hot spring pool on a cooler climate.

     
    At Mar 26, 2010, 11:57:00 AM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    dodong, ganda ng GPS Garmin Nuvi 1300 ko, helpful sya though pag di ka familiar sa area. I'm helping improve the map too.

    docgelo, yeah. I don't like swimming in hot springs in summer, prefer to do it during the rainy season. You'll notice many foreign tourists there like japanese and koreans on believe in the healing properties of sulfur. Is the therapeutic claims of sulfuric or volcanic origin of hot springs justified?

     
    At Mar 27, 2010, 2:40:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    A place worth visiting I see. Where are you and your family going this Holy Week?

     
    At Mar 27, 2010, 8:19:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    photo cache, paete :P

     
    At Mar 28, 2010, 9:46:00 PM, Blogger the donG said...

    wow! that's cheap for a good place at a great location. i might consider visiting it.

     
    At Mar 30, 2010, 10:03:00 AM, Anonymous bw said...

    wow.. great looking hot sping pools ! I love the surroundings too :)

     
    At Apr 14, 2010, 1:59:00 PM, Anonymous ador said...

    I was planning to go there last jan but also found from a niece another hotspring resort which is in Itogon Benguet locals called them Trese Resort but I think the name is 1300 pool resort its not that fully commercialise pa unlike the Asin resort but it does has a potential may want to check it out as an alternative check wiki mapia for the place 1300 pool resort, when you go there you will be in the deeper side of Baguio and I think there is no public transpo yet coz we hire a jeep just to get there.

     
    At Apr 15, 2010, 9:04:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    ador, will keep this in mind. always on the lookout to "discover" new places :P

     
    At Apr 17, 2010, 2:50:00 AM, Blogger Mary Ann said...

    Hi! Do you know if there's still available jeepneys or taxis from here around late in the afternoon? We're planning to go to Baguio next weekend and was wondering if we could spend an afternoon here then go back in the city for dinner. Thanks!

     
    At Apr 17, 2010, 2:52:00 AM, Blogger Mary Ann said...

    Hi! Do you know if there's still available jeepneys or taxis from here around late in the afternoon? We're planning to go to Baguio next weekend and was wondering if we could spend an afternoon here then go back in the city for dinner. Thanks!

     
    At Apr 22, 2010, 7:08:00 AM, Anonymous ador said...

    Mary ann, probably yes, pero the best way is to make arrangement either with the jeep or taxi to either comeback for you on the resort or if you are staying in a hotel let your hotel arrange the transpo to pick you up but of course everything will be for a fee but its safer then.

     
    At May 17, 2010, 11:11:00 AM, Anonymous Carolina said...

    WOW! I think I have a new get away from it all spot!

     
    At May 19, 2010, 5:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    helo!!! magkanu po ung entrance sa palm grove??? taz magkanu po kung kukuha ng room?// instead of cottage??? please answer this.....

     
    At May 19, 2010, 5:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    please answer back...

     
    At May 26, 2010, 2:11:00 PM, Anonymous jp said...

    Called the contact number provided but it was not the resort. Wrong info po..

     
    At May 26, 2010, 4:16:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    jp, i will double check the info. it was given to me. also to check the contact number of palm grove hot springs resorts. thanks for the heads up

     
    At Dec 2, 2010, 2:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi! do u have updated contact number of Palm Grove? Thanks!

     
    At Feb 20, 2011, 10:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Two thumbs up for palm grove resort...my boyfriend and i enjoyed so much...

     
    At Mar 14, 2011, 1:16:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Jeeps bound for asin hotspring is located near the baguio city hall and baguio fire department...(Jeeps signboard: ASIN HOTSPRING)...

     
    At Jun 2, 2011, 10:46:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Dear Tutubi,

    do you happen to know how much po ung rate ng palmgrove resort ng spa?

    Thank you

     
    At Jun 2, 2011, 1:15:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, you mean palm grove resort room rates? i'll ask my officemate who got hold of a brochure with day tour, swimming/night swimming rates and other information

     
    At Jul 11, 2011, 4:51:00 AM, Anonymous Kathleen said...

    Hi, do you have contact number in ASIN hotspring? were planning to go there by August kasi

     
    At Aug 13, 2011, 12:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    magkano po ang entrance fee and
    cottage???

     
    At Dec 29, 2011, 11:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    paki send po no.nyo 4 reservation

     
    At Feb 16, 2012, 9:05:00 PM, Anonymous banaagjim said...

    this resorts sucks! promise! the place is nice. very refreshing. clean. but, it is 30 minutes drive from Baguio proper.(from session road) there is no traffic going there so think about how far is the place. it is part of Benguet and the most of the taxi's don't want to be metered, 500 pesos is only one way. you must tell your driver to wait for you or come back because no available transportation going back to Baguio. based on my experience last February 04, 2012 with my husband and our 2 year old son, we expected to feel the real hot spring since we spent high transportation fee and long travel, and the name is Palm grove hot spring. but, why is it called hot spring? pools are not even warm! it's cold! the children's pool is just the only pool which have a HEATER! take note, heater! not natural hot spring. so don't ever bother to go there ever! we were very disappointed. waste of time and money! we went there after having lunch at session road STAR CAFE! VERY YUMMY! we arrived in palm grove at 2:30 in the afternoon, disappointed that the pool is just until 5 o'clock. the staff told us that only the pool, we can still use the shower until. but, my husband and son take shower at almost 5 o'clock, to be disappointed again because they're still in the shower but staffs already turn it off!!!!!!!!!!!! they ended up finishing there shower with the shampoo and soap on there body!!!!!! plus, our things is beside the kiddie pool, we're still fixing our things, and my little boy is hungry so he eat and have some milk from his feeding bottle. staffs already put there cleaning materials near us. as if they already wanted us to go! and I caught them trowing us there angry look! and saying something. as Bisaya I understand some of there words! negative words for us! so I look at them too and carry my eating baby, went straight out! leaving my husband there trying to carry all our things! they didn't even bother to help him! what a fucking experiencing! we haven't even heard a thank you! very disappointing experiencing! better go to Laguna. it's warm. not cold like palm grove!

     
    At Mar 7, 2012, 1:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    @banaagjim" sorry if you are not contented with the service they had rendered. but i want to react on what you said that at palmgrove they are using heater and the water are not natural hot springs...i would like to explain to you further that there is hot spring water there i'm a regular client. we cannot see the overflowing hot spring there because they are using pump. the natural hot spring water comes from underground piped to their bath houses..the indoor and outdoor bath...during week ends they put natural hot spring water at the kiddie pool..try it some other time again so that you can feel the healing breeze of the hot spring water... you need not to rent a cab to get there you can ride to the jeepneys baguio via asin or vice versa for a lesser expense..

     
    At Mar 7, 2012, 1:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    mr. tutubi thank you for featuring our place this is the contact number at palmgrove resort 074-476-5758

     
    At Apr 7, 2012, 4:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    it's not cold in Palm Grove. the place is below sea level. :D

     
    At Apr 7, 2012, 4:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    its not cold in Palm Grove, the place is below sea level. :D

     
    At Apr 7, 2012, 4:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    its not cold in Palm Grove, the place is below sea level.:D

     
    At Apr 11, 2012, 12:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi. planning to go there at the end of the month of april.. magkno po ang room rate for 2pax sa palm grove at asin hot spring resort? my aircon po ba mga rum? thanks..

     
    At Apr 11, 2012, 12:38:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    alin po bang resort ang mas maganda palm grove or asin hot spring? mas konti tao para mas ma appreciate ung place? any suggestion? my masasakyan po ba pabalik bguio ng early morning? salamat po.

     
    At Jan 31, 2013, 7:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Helo po, alam nyo po b room rates sa palm grove? Ovrnyt gud for 2persons.. At wat tym po start mag che2k in and until wat tym?

     
    At Mar 21, 2013, 5:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    @banaagjim,

    Just want to react also on your comment about the resort sucks.. You are not helping other possible tourist looking for objective review. Its just that it took you 30 mins to travel makes this resort sucks already? Didnt you do some research first that asin is not in Baguio its in Benguet. So talaga slightly malayo po talaga sya sa Baguio city proper. Buti nga naka semento na ang daanan dun e nun high school kami it took us an hrs or so to reach it and FYI me jeep po papunta dun. umaalis sila ng umaga until lunch nagtanong tanong ka sana muna if saan yun terminal ng jeep in baguio and most jeep from asin mga 5pm to 6pm ang last trip talaga. Hindi po sya city so dont expect na isang tambling lang nasa pool ka.. sensya na po.. kasi nagchecheck lang ako ng feedback if which resorts ang OK ngayon sa asin e..

     
    At Mar 21, 2013, 5:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    wala na ba ibang resort na OK? River view ba?

     
    At Dec 1, 2013, 7:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Maganda nga sa palm groove eh....wlang heater ung tubig....imagine heater sa laki ng pool...??..d lugi sila...hahaha...tska may jip po na papunta dun...mga 22 pesos per head..and to think..mganda un kc malayo sa city...fresh air...wlang usok ng sasakyan...tahimik....mas maappreciate mo ung nature...tska kya hanggang 5pm lang un...kc nililinisan ung pool...pra malinis ulit pra sa mga magoovernyt....kung gusto mong makakita ng over flowing na hot water...go to 1300 itogon..trese kung tawagin...and meron silang steam bath dun...

     
    At Jan 17, 2014, 12:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi po!may i know po kung ano contact number ng Palm Grove?
    ahm do they accommodate po wedding their? thanks :)

     

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