SPA TOWN IN PHILIPPINES
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA
Los Baños is a first class urban municipality in the province of Laguna, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 112,008 people. With a total land area of 5,650 hectares, Los Baños is situated on the northern foothills of Mt. Makiling, a dormant volcano, and along the narrow shoreline of Laguna Lake. Mount Makiling looms over the town where there are five streams of water - Dampalit, Saran, Pili, Mulawin and Maiitim.
The town is famous for its therapeutic pools of mineral hot springs at the base of mystic Mount Makiling. Most of the local residents' water supply is warm water and during the hot season residents sometimes have to bathe with ice blocks in a pail to cool the water. The first thing you do when you’re around the bend to the welcome sign – roll down the windows and breathe deep. Breathe in the fresh air and see the difference why this place is a therapy. Escape to a local resort like the Splash Mountain, sink into a soothingly hot pool and feel your tension melt away. Spa-like, that’s how the experience is. You can stay at these pools the whole day if you like – swim, soak, sunbathe, and it’s enough to refresh your weary soul.
The town's name literally means bathing places and it was once called as "the town with many hot baths" during the Spanish period. Mount Makiling is the source of Los Baños' hot springs and thermal waters which are said to have curative effects. Due to its close proximity to the nation's capital, Los Baños is a popular destination among city dwellers because of its hot spring resorts and pools and ecological treks in Mount Makiling. Other interesting places in Los Baños are the National Arts Center and Makiling Botanic Gardens.