By sheer luck we found the original Asin Hot Spring Resort. A lot of hotel resorts popped up in the area complete with high adrenaline sports amenities. But Hubby wanted to bring us somewhere rustic – hopefully even devoid of shower facilities yay – just like the simple resort he visited in Asin back in his university days ….eeerr some two decades ago.
After buying supa charger from Baguio City, we drove downhill for 30 minutes to Tuba, Benguet. The road is winding and at times dramatic as you pass by two man-made tunnels that are permanently wet and dripping (see video). Called Sipitan and Yanged respectively, these were dug on the mountainside by a British company for a railway system but was abandoned in 1915. Soon we stopped at a sari-sari store to buy snacks and also to ask for recommendations. The lady indulged us saying 50 meters away down the left side of the road is Sinot Asin Hot and Sulfur Spring Resort. She warned it is not as good as the new resorts in the area – mayhap referring to Palm Grove Resort located on the opposite side of the road – but Sinot is the original hot spring resort and has been around for decades.
At 9 o’clock, we were the first visitors thus the staff had ample time to tour us around the area. On the first level, surrounded by picnic huts they have a lap pool, a kiddie pool, and a private tub. Take the narrow stairs to go down down and you’ll find a coffee shop to your left. And then amidst the odor of sulfur, a most breathtaking view took us in. Sinot Asin Hot Spring and Sulfur Resort is situated beside a river! What gorgeous, lovely backdrop.
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There were more several private tubs available and more being built. Soon other guests arrived and these private tubs were quickly filled up. We were simply content on the shallow tiled pool and rested our weary bodies from days of travel. We paid 80Php per adult and 50Php for a child. You are welcome to bring food as grilling stations are also available for use.
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A proud gardener’s hand hikhik. Among top 5 health benefits of bathing in natural spring water includes 1) detoxifying, 2) boost immune system, 3) improves blood circulation, 4) relieves eczema conditions, and 5) treats scalp problems.
I wanted to track down the resort’s website but only found a Facebook page. After gathering bits and pieces of news, I learned the resort is a property of Brgy. Tuba (where Asin is a sitio) and Asin Hot Spring Resort is managed by Mr. Roger Sinot. Any correction on this information is most welcome.
Have you been to this part of Benguet? Where else can you experience hot spring resort around the Philippines? Share us your recommendations!