Have you ever heard of Kawa Bath? Or better yet heard people say they went into huge cooking pan to get a hot bath and it was fun. Well that is what we call the Kawa Hot Bath. Where you take a hot bath in a huge pan (cauldron) that is heated by fire from the wood underneath the pan.
Yes that is correct, basically you are cooking yourself in a huge pan. However, do not be scared that water does not get hot. It maintains nice and warm especially during the cold and chilly morning in Tanay Mountains. It may sound like crazy but this is what you could say the old fashion and native way of a Jacuzzi or alternative for the hot spring baths in Japan.
The Kawa Hot Bath is one of the most popular activities in El Patio Tanay. Primarily you do not only enjoy the warm bath but also have a scenic view of the scenery of nature. As you are up on the mountains the view of all the trees mountains and all of nature is breathtaking. Just the experience with the view combined is a moment to never forget.
Perhaps you want to know more specifically what this is. So let’s explore exactly what is a Kawa Hot Bath. And how did this started.
The “Kawa” is what we call a large pan or giant pot or more precisely a cauldron. The local / tagalog word for “Kawa” is a large thick fryer and looks like a gigantic wok. If ever you heard of the story of Hansel and Gretel where the which was planning to cook Hansel and Gretel in a huge pan. That type of pan is basically a “Kawa”.
The Kawa pan was a very common pan in the sugar plantation area in Panay Island of Visayas Region. It was considered the sugar capital of the Philippines. One of the cities on Panay Island is Tibiao in Antique province. It started here, where one of the owners of a large sugar plantation started to become creative after experiencing a problem.
Since the large Kawa pan was being used to make brown sugar and other siroop products. Many plantations and factory used this as historically, Panay Island has been a producer of tons of sugar as its vast lands that are suitable for sugarcane planting. Some of them make muscovado or the organic brown sugar using a very large vat.
But this was the problem, due to new technological development of the sugar refinery process they started to replace the many hundreds of Kawa pans with advance sugar refinery machines. So the owner was starting to think how could they reused this wonderful huge Kawa pans for something else. One day it hit the owner, these huge pans could be used for a great alternative of hot baths. Tibiao is a very mountainous area this means that the morning are very cool and chilly.
As the morning showers where cold, having to warm up your water before taking a shower was quite common practice. So instead of people to warm up their water, they created a hotel experience where the morning was showers were Kawa Hot Baths.
With the thought of making the Kawa’s as their tourist attraction wherein the kawa’s are like tubs that are heated by the fire of woods. And where you sit in the water with fragrant flowers and different natural herbs. This became a hit and many people enjoy this experience. (This is a common shower ritual in by the royalty of Ancient China.)
As you now might realize, Tanay is also a highland area with many mountains. The mornings are quite cool and chilly. And many people would like to experience something like this and most importantly enjoy the nurturing benefits of all those fragrance flowers and herbs.
Do you know that Hot baths has some wonderful benefits? With the Kawa Hot Bath you will feel more relaxed. It lowers your body’s stress and strain level, more specifically it relaxes the muscles. This is why many thrill seekers and adventure seekers enjoy the bath after their thrilling adventures.
It makes them completely relax and it calms the body and mind completely. Since the water is being heated naturally and the fragrance relaxes your mind due to the soothing fragrance and herbs have a strong positive effect to the body. As this entire experience is 100% naturally and cleans out your body toxins. Did you even know that certain herbs will help you sleep during that hot bath experience.
A Kawa Hot Bath can also remove toxins from your body and has a reputation of removing toxins from your body due to the herbs. The naturally heated water helps you release endorphins (meaning a relaxed feeling the brain naturally create when it is at ease), and this will make you feel more relaxed.
All of this is considered a huge secret of the ancient royalties. They knew that taking baths benefits the body not only physically but also mentally and emotionally. So now you are also in on one of the big secrets of Kawa Hot Bath.
Understand that before you can even start you have to wait. Luckily at El Patio Razon they will already prepare in advance. But before the water is at the right temperature or before you experience “being cooked alive” in a big Kawa of cauldron (think Hansel and Gretel) it will take 45 minutes of preparation.
First, the person in charge will have to heat the kawa by lighting up the fires using pieces of wood and dried bamboo. As the water gets slowly heated to its desired temperature, the personnel would then add herbs or fragrant flowers.
As the water steams you start to smell the fragrance of all the herbs and flowers. Which is an experience in itself and the fragrance will relax your mind and body. If you are scared or concerned about the water temperature, there is no reason to be concerned. The water in the Kawa is heated in a relatively low temperature, enough heat that you will enjoy.
El Patio Razon is open every day from 8 AM to 5 PM
|Day||Opening Hour||Closing Hour|
|Monday||9 AM||6 PM|
|Tuesday||9 AM||6 PM|
|Wednesday||9 AM||6 PM|
|Thursday||9 AM||6 PM|
|Friday||9 AM||6 PM|
|Saturday||9 AM||6 PM|
|Sunday||9 AM||6 PM|
El Patio Razon is just a 5-minute ride away from Treasure Mountain. El Patio Razon is the first-ever resort near the metro that offers Kawa Bath! It is so affordable that anyone can get to experience it.
Kawa bath is the most popular in El Patio Razon with a breath taking view. Going around El Patio Razon, there’s quite a lot of picturesque spot. Accommodations were nature-inspired too. There are cabins for
rent that has a veranda with hammocks which is good for family and friend getaways. El Patio Razon is a recommended place as a refreshing getaway if you’re looking for a destination that is high up in the mountains.
For the Entrance fee, it costs PHP 50/head for 4 hours and below of stay, and for 4 hours and up of stay it’ll cost Php150/head. If you want to experience being slowly boiled in a large bowl over open flame, staring out at mountains and being dressed in tiny flower, you need to pay Php 300 for an hour in which there are over six pieces of kawa that are good for 3-4 people. Yes, one kawa is good for a group of people. There are two small changing rooms and a toilet where you can change clothes after experiencing the Kawa bath.
There is a cottage for rent that costs Php5000 per night which is good for five people. You can also try camping where you can enjoy having bonfire with your friends or family. You can have your Kawa bath
at night under the stars.
How to get there:
From Gateway-Cubao, ride a jeepney or van going to Cogeo or Padilla. Tell the driver to drop you off at
Gate 2. In our case we were not dropped off at the exact place of the jeepney terminal. We had to cross
on the other side and walk our way to the City Mall of Antipolo. This will confuse you especially when
travelling at night. Landmark of the jeepney terminal will be the 7 eleven right after the Citymall. Ride
the jeepney going to Sampaloc and tell the driver to drop you of at Maysawa Circuit. Finally, ride a
tricycle until you reach El Patio Razon Resort. TAKE NOTE: Jeepneys going back to Cogeo arrive with an
interval of 30 minutes each and usually it’s already FULL. If you’re in a big group, we suggest to ride the
tricycle from the resort up to Cogeo to avoid the hassle. (Php 30 per head – good for 5 person)
See Our Customers Reviews
Summerset Travel Agency
Based on 55 Google Reviews
Not my First in Tanay but first time to join a group group as a joiners with my travel buddy. We had fun during the tour. I love the idea of having game with our tour guide while on the way to the last destination. I like the vibes inside the van. having fun with other joiners and have new friends and good memories.. keep up the good work <3
J M Morley
Thank you summerset for the wonderful experience of our Tanay Daytour last feb.15,2020. accommodating tour guide and mabait po yung driver na c kuya ferdz. Mam Lian and the rest of the staff of summerset travel agency.good job and keep it up po.looking forward for our next booking with you.thank you and God bless.
April joy Lantoria
Its fun, not only our travel destinations made it enjoyable but also our tourist guide Patrick, his efforts to please us all really nakakatuwa, sya ang pagod but he keeps on asking if ok kami lahat, i really enjoyed d tour thank u so much summerset hope to be with you again for our future travels❤️
Baby Uning Panganiban
I would like to commend Patrick Bautista for making our Tanay day tour a memorable adventure. He's not only tour organiser / runner / guide / basurero **as he said** 😆🤪✌🏽 but also a good photographer. More power Summerset Travel Agency! May pa-freebies, snacks, and Starbucks GC...sana all.😊 Above all we made new friends. Till next time. Godspeed 🙌🏽
Great experience, tour guide patrick very accommodating and the Mr. Driver very careful and smooth in driving...5 stars for them, c u soon guys for the next travel, thank you very much!
A highly recommended Travel agency. First of all Tourist guides and drivers are friendly they will accommodate you to the fullest they could also be your personal assistant, Photographer, information desk etc. I also recommend The tourist guide name Patrick Bautista And also Our driver Kuya Perds.The synchronization of the two gives impact to the tourists,also the driving hours and how the driver drives along the way was smooth.And they also have free WiFi but Wifi wouldn't be needed in the field because the itineraries are breathtaking. A luxurious trip with freebies with an affordable price. I personally love on how they accommodate the tourists.Thankyou for the well trained employees hope to see more personalities like Mr. Patrick Bautista and Kuya Perds a hardworking, intelligent disciplined Employees.
Great experience with Summerset 😍. Super friendly and maalaga ni kua Patrick our tourguide 😊.. My pa giveaways pa .. hopping for our nxt travel with Summerset 😊😊.
Its been a while to be with Summerset Travel Ageny to Tanay Tour last Feb 15. This trip was totally amazing. beautiful scenery, wonderful guides with Sir Patrick (he is the informational guy in every destination we had, always keep us safe and feel better during the trip), We were so well cared and the one who super supportive for our photoshoots 😅 Well, this was my FIRST TIME to join for group travels like this and I must say will highly recommend this agency to everyone! It was awsome! This made me to trust somebody tooking care on our trips. Thank You and God bless! More power 😇💕
Last minute booking with my son, no problem SUMMERSET TRAVEL AGENCY save me. Yes, late but still got a very friendly price and excellent service. Especially to Pat approachable and polite and also to kuyang driver he driving smooth and safe. Thank you! I highly recommended this travel agency.
Good morning! All is well for Tanay. Everything fall into place. Happy and got home safely. Thank you so much! Looking forward for more travelss!! More power ❤️ od bless! 😇
Mario Fajardo Jr.
Hello ay GrAbe ang experience lalo na sa Cave at the best nyo tour guide si Patrick Wala me masabi sa inyo na ako magpapabook Basta si Patrick ang tour guide namin ulit thank you so much 😀😄
Highly reccomended.very accomodating.many promos offer.the tour guide is very kind and accomodating.Thank you !summerset till nxt tour.
Affordable and friendly tour coordinator highly recommended
I would recommend this travel agency to other friends. :) Hoping to travel with you guys again. 😊
Nice job Summerset I really love it your accommodation. Thumbs UP..
Nasiyahan at nag enjoy kami ng asawa ko sa tour, maayos at mapagkakatiwalaan ang tour guide at driver. Maraming salamat Summerset Travel Agency.💯👍 (Translated by Google) My wife and I enjoyed the tour, the tour guide and driver were friendly and trustworthy. Thank you Summerset Travel Agency.💯👍
Roque V Margallo
This is my first time in bagiuo i had nice experience along with tour coordinator she treat us like a family. The one who tour us she was friendly (mayan).
I been into Baguio for so many times but this trip is special since I brought my parents/family with me 😄. Very affordable deal with summerset including a very comfortable accomodation plus freebies 😊. Thank you so much for an unforgettable trip. Special thanks to our very energetic, jolly, kind and approachable tour guide Ms. Mariane. Also, to our friendly driver Kuya Ferdie for a gentle and safety driving. Looking forward for another trip with summerset. Thanks!😊
Thank you Summerset Travel Agency for the awesome and most affordable travel tour experience. We really had enjoy the experience having this tour with you guys. Thank you as well for our best accomodating and very funny coordinator, Ms. Mayan and kuya Driver for being so patient and kind. We are looking forward to have another one set of tour with you guys along with my whole family anytime soon. Very short period of time but the experience feels like we have stayed in baguio like around a week and so. Again, thank you. See you again! 😁
Had such a great experience and Tourist guide felt us warm during the tour.
Thank you Summerset Travel @ Tour for the amazing Baguio tour and for accommodating us. We had so much fun and it was a great experience. A big thanks to Sir Ferdinand our driver who took care of us in the entire travel. Also a big thumbs up to our tour guide Ms. Mayan & Maam Julie, there are approachable and friendly. Looking forward for another tour with you. God Bless You all :)
highly recommended!!!! super bait ng owner and staff, if your planning to your dream tour book now! cheers to Summerset travel agency, i will give 10 stars for you guys! marami pang freebies.
I Highly recommended this travel agency. Thank you so much Summerset for giving us an awesome experience at Baguio city! 💓 Im looking forward to our next tour. 😊
Great service po. I will surely recommend this to my family and friends. We did enjoy our tour with them po. They are very approachable and friendly. Thank you po
Good Day! Thank you for such a wonderful experience we had in Baguio. I'm looking forward to more adventures with you. And thankyou as well to our travel Coordibators (marian and the gang) hahaha you guys put an extra adventures in our Baguio experience. God bless you 💕
A very Accomodating Staff, Thank you Summerset for giving us a great deal tour. 😊
Salamat summerset sa isang masayang adventure kasama kayo. I highly recommend this travel agency. Sobrang accomodating and mura but still quality maiikot mo takaga sya lahta. Looking forward with more adventures thankyou 😍
My experience with summerset was so good.. Super kalog and hands on ng coordinator namin. From meet up until we go home she always make us smile 😊. I give them excellent rates for this adventure. thumbs up👍girl marine. Good job. We pray for your successful journey. Thank you and see you again
Very fun and accomodating travel agency! Also, very affordable yung tour packages nila 😊 will definitely book again and recommed this to my other friends.
Danielle Ann Mae Nicolas
At first im hesitant to take their services due to legitimacy reasons and my first time to be a joiner. Kuya ferdie is a very good driver taking the safety of his passenger his top priority. Hindi kaskasero at padalos dalos. Pat is a very good coordinator always asking of were ok and if we need something. Will definetly book a trip again with Summerset
Great tour that we experienced here in Baguio also had a tour guide that was nice and friendly.
nice experience and the tour guide is have a good communicating to their people. Thank you and such an amazinh experience.
Thank you Summerset Travel Agency. We enjoyed a lot. The transportation (kuya ferdie, thank you for patiently waiting), accommodation ( nice and clean place) and the tour (miss mariane, thank you for entertaining all our queries, such a jolly tour guide) exceeded our expectation. We will definitely choose Summerset Travel Agency again for our next travel.😊
Great deal and great service. Sobrang sulit po. The staffs are accommodating. Will recommend this agency to everyone.
Rei Anjelo Ulan
Thankyou summerset travel agency sa experience for 2days and 1night in baguio! ❤ Sobrang sulit yung 2days, and yung accommodation sobrang linis, makakagalaw ka ng maayos super relaxing. Salamat din sa mabait na driver (kuya ferdie) at tour coordinator (mariane sapnay). Di ka mabobored habang nasa byahe nagtatawanan lahat 😊. (Translated by Google) Thankyou summerset travel agency with experience for 2days and 1night in baguio! ❤ The 2days are super convenient, and the accommodation is super clean, you can move super relaxing. Thanks also to the kind driver (elder brother) and tour coordinator (mariane sapnay). You will not be fooled while on the go everyone laughs 😊.
Tour coordinator is very friendly 😍 if given a chance travel again i will choose summerset travel agency and also will recomend it to all.mu friends who love to travel around domestic places and etc. Thank you summerset i enjoyed being one of the joiners in tour package trip in bagiuo😍❤
Happy with our tour guide and right recommendation.
Super saya and satisffied yung travel at ang bait ng tour guide, sobrang ganda ng transient na pinili nila. Sulit talaga ang binayad😍💕
i really enjoyed dito sa baguio lahat ng destinations sa pinuntahan namin is really amazing the tour was really great and the transient haus realy cute
Maganda on time ang service at yung transient ay napakaganda and also the tour guide is really friendly at ang mga destinations na pinuntahan namin ay ayos na ayos sulit ang saya! (Translated by Google) The service and the transient were great on time and the tour guide was really friendly and the destinations we went to were well worth the fun!
1st time s tanay.. Hindi k mg dadalawang isip n bumalik.. Summerset travel agency.. Good job.. Especially ung tour guide(PATRICK) at si kuya ferdie n hindi pasahero ang turing s amin kundi pamilya. Nice one...
Hubby and daughter are Feb B-Day celebrants and we decided to be with the nature to celebrate their B-Day. Superb service Kay summer set on ensuring na nageenjoy kami during the tour. Sobrang di malilimutang B-Day celebration