It’s that time of the year when you just want to treat yourself and book a relaxing staycation. Good thing we came across a good recommendation and was able to discover a hidden hot spring resort nestled atop the slopes of Mount Makiling — Sol Y Viento Hotels and Resorts
After much consideration — time, budget and location — the decision was unanimous: Sol Y Viento Resort IT IS! Off to Pansol … Hot springs, here we go!
We were able to get to the resort just in time for the check -in (2PM). It wasn’t that hard to find Sol Y Viento thanks to waze / google maps; travel time isn’t so bad either. We brought our own car since the resort has a good parking space, also for convenience.
The resort is as picturesque and as calming as it claims — the sun’s out, the cool breeze takes over and the soothing provincial vibe is accompanied by a great view of the mountains. Fronting the resort is the amazing view of Laguna the Bay!
Sol Y Viento, being a leisure complex, offers different facilities for the satisfaction of their guests. Each are placed in stations with walking distance ranging from 5-10 minutes… so expect a lot of cardio exercise before that rejuvenating hot spring bath (haha)!
The Centro de Avilo is the most iconic out of all the facilities. It has this timeless Mediterranean style facade and the long span podium gives it a modern twist. This building holds the resort’s reception area and restaurant at the second floor, making it the center of all guest accommodations.
Cafe Sabroso, flaunts its modern Spanish-Filipino interiors with its all-wood floors and ceiling, with a natural stone wall for contrast. The furniture used are also within theme: tables with chevron wood parquet pattern and chairs having solihiya backing. The overall vibe is just so elegant and homey.
The restaurant offers Spanish-Filipino ala-carte dishes ranging from P300-P500 . We were able to try their sinigang, sisig and lumpiang toge — classic Filipino choices! I also ordered mango shake for my drink! 🙂
Sol Y Viento has two pool areas available for the guests. The Costa Tropical, situated at the bottom part of the hill, is for public access. It has five pools, all with natural hotspring waters. This pool also has two eye-catching, vibrant slides that I am sure kids would love.
We tried going down here to take pictures (we started at the Centro de Avilo) but we stopped halfway due to exhaustion (forgive us for our lack of cardio strength haha). The staff gave us instructions for an alternative route (via golf cart), but sadly, we weren’t able to do so.
The Costa Brava is the main highlight of Sol Y Viento. It has four pools, all temperature maintained, with water coming out from natural hotsprings. We took photos during the day, and took a dip during the night. The temperature of the hot springs is perfect for the chill breeze.
There are also cottages here that are available for rent in case you want to have a barbeque party. What I love about this area is the feeling of exclusivity despite being a public pool.
BENEFITS OF HOT SPRING WATERS Water is refreshing in all forms, but the rejuvenating effects of the hot spring waters has therapeutic benefits that tops it all. Hot spring water is said to relieve stress and stimulate certain bodily processes. Plus, the warmth of the water and the vibration of the jet massage is so soothing to the body.
CABANA Since we wanted a quaint set-up for the accommodation, we chose the cabanas as our home for the day. The cabanas are in a linear setup, adjacent split-level to the walkway. In the opposite direction is a great view of Casa Tropical and the mountains.
The single-storey, Mediterranean-style cabanas has this elegant brick-stone wall facade, with wooden interiors. Each cabana has its own bed (2 queens or 1 king), kitchenette, toilet and bath and indoor jacuzzi — yes! emphasis on the indoor jacuzzi with jet massage! Vanity kits and toiletries are included as well.
There is free-wifi connection for the guests and a television with Cignal in case you want to watch a local tv show (signal is weak though).
My introvert side kicked in when I saw this indoor jacuzzi with jet massage. I honestly did not want to leave my room (haha)! This was actually my favorite part of the staycation, aside from the barbeque party.
Sol Y Viento also has dormitory-type accommodations good for large groups (8-12 pax). Apparently, one of their main services is accommodating company outings! They have an events area for group meetings and an outdoor team building area with activities good for the recreational purposes.
My Sol Y Viento experience was short but satisfying. I loved how well-maintained their facilities are and how the overall vibe of the resort is all warm and natural. I was able to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature whilst staying here — despite all the walking (haha).
Next time I go here, I will definitely book a more extended date. And my reason for returning will be, without a doubt, the indoor jacuzzi.