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Warm & Cool

In Pansol, a balance between sun and wind differentiates SOL Y VIENTO from other hot spring resorts.

Pansol is an interesting barangay in Calamba City, Laguna. It is situated quite perfectly at the foot of the province’s long dormant volcano Mount Makiling. Less than forty miles from Manila, and accessible via the South Luzon Expressway, the place makes for an excellent vacation destination, not only for the charming country scenery it is bestowed with, but particularly for the numerous hot springs sprouting from the “veins” of Makiling.

Realizing that having a hot water pool was almost as simple as digging a hole in the ground, more and more enterprising Pansol residents were prompted to put up mini-resorts and vacation homes for rent. From just a few hot spring resorts during the 1970s, the town now has about a thousand of them. Today, Pansol is dubbed “The Resort City of the Philippines”, drawing numerous foreign and local tourists each year. And, making things even better, a special resort has emerged in the area to offer the ultimate relaxation and enjoyment.

Nestled high along the slopes of Mount Makiling, Sol Y Viento Mountain Hot Spring Resort is truly a cut above the rest. Presenting breathtaking views of Laguna de Bay on one side and Mount Makiling’s Forest Reserve on the other, Sol Y Viento, with its array of enchanting therapeutic pools and cozy cabanas, is an ideal escape from the maddening rat race.

Appropriately named, Sol Y Viento, which means “sun and wind” in Spanish, is a place where sunlight and breeze strike a unique equilibrium, a perfect balance that guests find soothing to the soul. Water from a hot spring is said to revitalize, and Sol Y Viento has lots of it flowing from several variously shaped pools. Here, amid these healing pools,the panoramic landscape, and the splendid balance of hot and cold, many a guest have found the “sweet spot” to true rest, rejuvenation and revitalization. Sol Y Viento has 51 newly appointed and well-designed hotel rooms provide an appealing holiday option. On the other hand, 16 Cabana Suites with indoor natural hot spring Jacuzzi make “dipping” a more private and fairly cozy experience. If guests prefer to come in packs, however, 36 team rooms allow several guests to put on that laid back attitude in comfort…all at the same time. Moreover, the resort has teambuilding facilities and a camp site to augment camaraderie among group guests in relaxing natural surroundings. And for the guests who prefer a bit more thrill, Sol Y Viento has a zip line facility as a readily available extreme activity. Sol Y Viento can also be a suitable venue for corporate events, permitting executives to loosen up and bring down stress levels in the peace and quiet of the mountains. The resort has eight function rooms that can be used for group meetings, seminars, trainings that typically accompany corporate outings and whole family trips.

Guests can indulge in gastronomic pleasures at Café Sabroso, where an assortment of delectable specialty cuisine and local dishes are served. With maximum capacity of 120 persons, Cafe Sabroso also serves favorites from the renowned Barrio Fiesta of Greenhills. There’s also the Fabero Chill Out Bar for guests who wish to relax and relish any of the house-blend cocktails or leisurely sip a glass of wine while enjoying the magnificent view of Laguna de Bay and breathtaking mountain ranges, while listening to "easy" music. A warm respite, a cooling comfort, and relaxation at whatever pace is sometimes all we need to restart ourselves from weariness and increasingly manic times. And in that “secret spot” between warm and cool, Sol Y Viento teaches us, we can, if we look smartly, indeed get the best of both worlds.

“where business works and leisure stays.”

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