Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Laguna Resort: Secret Getaway at City of Springs

Undoubtedly, Laguna is known for its hot springs. The place is filled with private and public resorts offering warm-watered pools.

One of Laguna's simple secrets is The City of Springs found in Los Banos. It is one of the less expensive resorts under the Splash Resorts Management. It is a short distance away from the main road and from the market. The nearest attractions are the University of the Philippines and Mt. Makiling. They are about an hour away from the resort.

The City of Springs is a small resort with a family feel to it. Since it is not very popular, privacy is ensured.  Facilities include a restaurant, various room types and recreation facilities such as billiards, darts, table tennis and karaoke.They have a suite that has its own jacuzzi.

 There are just two big pools- one for adults and one for kids, which are open to the public. The kiddie pool has slides. A separate area for a private pool is also available upon request. (and payment!)

One of the best thing that the resort can offer is its immediate view of the Laguna Bay sunset. At the end part of the resort, a railed area for dining purposes overlooks the Laguna de Bay. The best time to lounge there is at around 5:30 onwards for a view of the sunset. Just be wary of occasional mosquitoes.

For budget travellers, their cheapest room, the Victoria Lodge, only costs for around P740 without breakfast. The room is basic but large enough for two. They have a queen-sized bed and a small table with two chairs. The comfort room is big and clean. They provide towels but not soap and toothpaste. Room is airconditioned. The only drawback is its proximity from the driveway. From the room, you can hear the people and cars entering and exiting from the resort. Good thing is that only a few passes by the area so there's still silence.

Although they have a restaurant, there are small cafeterias around the area which you can buy food for a cheaper cost. The location is also a residential area so the place is relatively secured and quiet.

If you are looking for a short retreat, consider the place as your sanctuary. 

How to Get There via Public Transportation:

Get an HM bus ride from Cubao going to Los Banos. Tell the conductor to drop you before the Los Banos Market near the Municipal Hall. The road is a bit winding at this part. Upon getting off the bus, you can either walk towards the resort or take a tricycle that costs P20. Tell the driver to drop you off at City of Springs.

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