Sitting on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” the Philippines is dotted with natural hot springs. As a result, hot spring resorts can be found from Luzon in the north to Mindanao in the south and in the many islands in between.
For instance, Calamba, a city in the province of Laguna located just an hour’s drive from Metro Manila, is home to several such resorts that have long been popular with local and foreign tourists. Many of these resorts have restaurants and offer accommodations. Soaking in a hot spring is not only ideal for a relaxing vacation or a weekend getaway. These mineral-rich baths offer a broad range of natural health benefits and their healing powers are widely recognized in many countries and have been tapped for thousands of years as natural treatment options for various ailments.
Aside from hot springs, the Philippines also has other volcanic-based natural treatment offerings. Two hours’ drive from Metro Manila, Capas, a town in the province of Tarlac, boasts of a new wellness attraction that offers thermal mud baths and volcanic ash wraps that make use of the lahar – the volcanic ash – that Mount Pinatubo spewed out when it erupted in 1991. Buried neck-deep in sulfur- and salt-rich lahar, visitors experience a revitalizing session that detoxifies their skin and eases all their body aches.