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Laguna’s Hot Springs

Laguna is bursting with natural hot springs, making the province the Philippines' capital of idyllic, rejuvenating retreats.

The province of Laguna abounds with natural hot springs. This alluring  realm has long been a sought-after destination for those yearning for a peaceful retreat into nature. Laguna’s unique geology, greatly influenced by Mount Makiling, a dormant volcano, and the Philippine Fault System, is the primary reason for its rich array of hot springs. These springs are believed to have therapeutic benefits, and many have flocked to Laguna for the very purpose of alleviating various ailments. But, in addition, the springs contribute, somewhat also in a therapeutic way, to the local economy, the evolution of culture, and enrichment of province’s folklore.

Geological Marvel

The hot springs in Laguna owe their existence to the geothermal activities beneath the earth's surface. The heat generated by these activities warms the groundwater, which then surfaces as hot springs. The presence of Mount Makiling, a well-known geothermal area, plays a crucial role in this process. The mountain's volcanic nature heats the underground water, which percolates through its fissures, enriching it with minerals before it emerges as hot springs. This geological phenomenon is both fascinating and rare, making Laguna’s denizens fortunate to have such a feature set in such a perfectly balanced situation. It’s a hotbed of hot springs. It seems all there is left to do is enjoy such a blessing.


Economic Edge

The hot spring resort industry is a significant contributor to Laguna's economy. These resorts attract a considerable number of local and international tourists yearly, generating substantial revenue and providing employment opportunities. The industry has also spurred the growth of related sectors such as hospitality, food and beverage, and transportation. Moreover, the influx of tourists has encouraged the development of infrastructure, enhancing the overall economic landscape of the province.


These are some of the better-known Hot Spring Resorts in Laguna.

88 Hotspring Resort: This Calamba-based resort is renowned for its Korean-inspired aesthetics and multiple pools with varying temperatures, offering a unique cultural and relaxing experience.


La Vista Pansol Resort: Known for its extensive facilities, La Vista is ideal for families and large groups, with various pools, slides, and recreational activities.


Sol Y Viento Mountain Hot Springs Resort: Set against the slopes of Mount Makiling, this resort offers stunning views and tranquil hot spring pools and spas.


Hidden Valley Springs: In Calauan (via Alaminos), this resort offers seclusion with its natural spring pools set in a lush rainforest, ideal for a peaceful getaway.


Casa Primera HotSpring Resorts: Known for private villas with exclusive hot spring pools, catering to guests seeking privacy and luxury.


Monte Vista Hotsprings & Conference Resort: Popular for corporate events, this resort in Calamba offers relaxing hot spring pools along with conference facilities.


Agua Caliente Hot Spring Resort and Hotel: Known for spacious pools and family-friendly amenities.


Doña Jovita Garden Resort: At the foot of Mount Makiling, known for its gardens and natural hot springs, appealing to nature enthusiasts.


Villa Rina Hot Springs: A budget-friendly option for enjoying hot spring experiences.


Arabella Hot Spring Resort: In Los Baños, known for its private setting and therapeutic waters.


These resorts, with their varying themes and amenities, cater to a diverse range of preferences, ensuring that every visitor finds their ideal relaxation spot.

Legends of the Springs

Laguna's hot springs are not just popular for their therapeutic benefits; they are also steeped in local folklore and legends. One such legend involves the mythical being Maria Makiling, after whom Mount Makiling is named. It is said that the hot springs are her gifts to the people, with healing properties to cure illnesses and ailments. These stories, passed down through generations, add a mystical charm to the hot springs, making them more than just natural phenomena.

Natural and Cultural Stopovers 

Apart from the hot springs, Laguna is a mosaic of natural and cultural riches. The province boasts of the enchanting Mount Makiling, the serene Laguna Lake, and hiking areas that host a plethora of flora and fauna, offering a refreshing escape from the daily grind of city life. The province is also rich in history and culture, being the birthplace of Jose Rizal, the Philippines' national hero. Historical landmarks like the Rizal Shrine in Calamba and ancient churches scattered across the province offer a glimpse into the region's storied past.

Any trip to Laguna may also be easily turned into a culinary immersion. The Laguna’s food tradition is as amusing as it is diverse and rich, and part of its natural and cultural offerings. Local specialties like buko pie, kesong puti, and other traditional Filipino dishes with a Laguna twist provide a gastronomic adventure for visitors. The fusion of flavors and the use of fresh, local ingredients make dining in Laguna a delightful experience.

Laguna’s natural and cultural charm has long made it a wonderful province to visit and even reside. Through the years this part of CALABARZON has expanded in emphasis on the Philippines’ sustainable tourism scene. The province and its stakeholders have increasingly become committed to preserving its natural beauty and resources for future generations. Initiatives are in place to promote eco-friendly practices among resorts and tourists, ensuring a balance between development and conservation. Its flourishing hot springs industry attests to its grandeur and bounty.


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