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Hot spring resorts are best on rainy days, not during summer!
Laguna is blessed with natural hot spring resorts, claimed to have therapeutic properties, with hot natural spring water heated by Mt. Makiling, a dormant volcano.
After a friend of his father tipped him off about a "secret" hot spring resort in Sta. Maria town, north of Paete, and very near the public cemetery of the town, the home of Three Sisters Falls, Tutubi thought of visiting it when the opportunity presented itself thus another unplanned discovery trip successfully accomplished.
the simple, "secret" hot spring resort in Sta. Maria, Laguna:
a net partially covers the large swimming pool. very good cover when it rains, you don't need to get out of the water
a small children's pool is also nearby, well, for kids
coconut trees and palms surround the area, still under development, giving the rustic feel
a group from Tanay, Rizal doing water zumba
By the way, this is just a warm spring resort, not really hot water. Tutubi finds laguna hot springs as too hot, particularly during summer, this is just right temperature to dip in the whole day even if it's raining.
Tutubi, in his probably senior moment, forgot the name of the resort but remembers the following details:
Entrance Fee: PhP50.00 (cheap, isn't it?)
Free use of tables (there are cottages too but they didn't charge, no idea on price though)
Parking is free but inadequate. The service road leading to the resort may get flooded
Toilets/ Shower room: relatively clean, don't expect five star amenities at the cheap admission fee
Food: bring your own food and drinks
videoke: the omnipresent Filipino entertainment at resorts
Overnight accommodations/room rates: not available at this time, planned though
Night swimming rate: P100.00
From Siniloan public market, take a tricycle to Sta. Maria and tell the driver about the resort using the access road that goes inside Sta. Maria public cemetery.
If you have your own vehicle, coming from Rizal province, turn left on reaching the junction of Sta. Maria and Mabitac towns on Manila East Road then turn right on the service road of the cemetery. follow direction signs, you won't get lost :P