Sol Y Viento Experience
Last May 25, 2018, we got invited by Sol Y Viento to try out their newly renovated place in Pansol, Laguna. Of course, we couldn’t miss an invitation to this place.
Pansol, Laguna is known for having pools with natural hot springs. What makes it even more remarkable is that it is one of the options for an easily accessible resort, especially those coming from Metro Manila.
Benefits of Hotspring Bath
Nice warm bath especially using natural hot spring water not only helps you relax and relieves you from stress. A warm bath can help your internal organs get running well, particularly your circulatory system, and respiratory system.
Plus, a nice warm bath equates to a long walk exercise since it also helps you burn calories. Then, you’ll also be able to take a good night’s sleep.
After my long tiring yet fun trip in Hong Kong, I needed a place where I could relax and get a good night’s sleep. This is quite perfect for me.
Sol Y Viento Pansol ( Sun and Wind)
In Sol Y Viento Pansol, they offer not only a cold pool of water you are craving during sizzling hot summer. But, they also offer hot spring pools perfect to get you relax on a weekend or long vacation. And just recently, it opened its water park allows guests to enjoy slides and water play with warm water from the hot springs.
Sol Y Viento is sitting in the ridges of Pansol, Laguna. Thus, the resort gives the guests an incredible view of the Mount Makiling, Laguna De Bay, and Metro Manila Skyline. That is in addition to the resort’s amenities. One of the assets they boast of.
Sol Y Viento Pansol welcomes guests from its lobby, dining area, up to the resort suites with a wood theme interior design. They used different wood patterns on their floor, and walls as well as in ceilings.
Overall, I guess, the interior design represents Philippines Nipa Hut. So, the resort can be very cozy and a good complement to the lush green surroundings. It was very woody, it felt like a cabin house that just made it more welcoming and refreshing.
In this article, I’d like to share with you my experience in Sol Y Viento, how to get there, its featured rooms, newly opened Water Park, and temperature-maintained lounge pools.
The Costa Brava of Sol Y Viento features four temperature-maintained pools. Its waters are all coming from natural hot springs.
The first pool is the biggest among the Costa Brava’s featured pools. Also, it is the coolest in terms of water temperature. It has a short bridge arching over its water and small waterfalls.
The next pool is a few steps higher. But, its water is a little warmer than the first one. Then, this pool also comes with a kiddie pool area and man-made waterfalls. This makes a good background for pictures.
Near the second pool are two (2) Jacuzzi-like pools. The smallest Jacuzzi-like pool has the hottest water in Costa Brava.
It is hard to get into the pools during the day because it feels like it’s burning your skin. The temperature is really hot it reaches 49 -50 degrees so we cool a bit.
What we did was we went to the coldest pool first, then gradually move on to the warm pool, to the hotter pool and then, the hottest. We did this to get our body into condition. The hottest didn’t seem so bad anymore. The first night though, I went straight to the hottest one, not knowing and I couldn’t get in. It was burning. So as a tip, start with the coldest and warm your body then you’ll enjoy this jacuzzi more. The Manager said that the hottest was truly the medicinal one.
Around the pool area are gazebos with tables and chairs. From there, you can see a panoramic view of Mount Makiling, Laguna de Bay, and Metro Manila.
The rooms in Sol Y Viento
The Sol Y Viento has villa-type rooms which they refer to as Cabanas. This comes with aircon, cable TV, seating area, washroom, indoor Jacuzzi, and en-suite bathroom with cold and hot shower.
By its terrace, you will see the waterscape of Laguna and its lush green mountains. The rate of Cabana suites ranges from Php 7,500 to Php 13,500 depending on the size of the beds and other exclusive room facilities.
The second room type of Sol Y Viento is the Superior Room. This is furnished with two single beds, desk, TV, wardrobe, aircon, and bathroom. The Superior Room costs at least around Php 5,300.
For a bigger room that can accommodate 4 up to 10 persons, you can try their dormitory-type rooms or the Team room. This suits your budget and ideal for team-building. This type of rooms has two to five bunk beds, aircon, desk, TV and shared bathroom. The shared bathroom has two closed shower areas and one toilet cubicle. The room rate of Team Room costs at least from Php 6,500 to Php 11,500.
My companions and I got the Loft Rooms. So, when I entered the room, it is furnished with mini fridge, coffee and tea maker, dining set for two, and a small space for the living room area with TV and couch. Its en suite bathroom comes with a shower and bathtub.
(I’m not sure, but some loft rooms though don’t have a bathtub. It is best to inquire first when booking if you want to check in with a bathtub in the en-suite bathroom.)
Then, upstairs is the bedroom with the king size bed, TV, side table with lamp, desk, and wardrobe. The Loft Room costs at least around Php 6,500. And, can accommodate at least two (2) persons.
I got lucky that I got the room with a good view of Costa Tropical – a newly opened waterpark by Sol Y Viento.
Costa Tropical Waterpark in Pansol Laguna
Costa Tropical is a new pool area featured in Sol Y Viento. Like Costa Brava, the waters in Costa Tropical are coming from a natural hot spring. The difference between them is that while Costa Brava makes you want to relax, Costa Tropical makes you want to be playful.
In Costa Tropical, you will have access to five pools with natural hot spring water. You can slip through the two giant slides. And, get to play with pool sprinklers and other pool accessories.
The Costa Tropical is connected to the Costa Brava and the highlands via stairs. But, those who can’t have an option to ride the golf cart.
Dining Options in Sol Y Viento Pansol
The Café Sabroso is the main in-house restaurant of Sol Y Viento. It is an all-day dining and a la carte. They partner with Barrio Fiesta to serve us with delectable Spanish and Filipino cuisine we are familiar with.
Another dining option at Sol Y Viento is at Tamayo. It offers Japanese cuisines, it offers seating with a scenic view of the mountains and the bay. In the same place they also have a bar. which is open in the evening during weekdays. Here, they also play live and light music in the background. During the weekends, it opens early for lunch.
The Sol Y Viento is also a home to a Pancake House branch. This allows guests to satisfy their cravings for pancakes and other Pancake House specials. And, another dining option that many guests are also familiar with.
The pools in Costa Brava and reception are open 24 hours.
We even ordered room service even at 3 am. Yes, it has room service even at 3 am, isn’t that cool? You’ll never go hungry.
Sol Y Viento has 8 designated function rooms that can accommodate at least 13 to 250 guests. These function rooms suit formal corporate meetings and casual family occasions. They also accommodate a lot of team buildings. This is a good place to do it.
What to look forward to
Only 3.6 hectares, or more or less, are developed and in use as resort and hotel by Sol Y Viento. Considering that the Sol Y Viento covers a total of 20 hectares of land, developed and undeveloped, this place is really something to watch out for.
Currently, the Sol Y Viento is developing its 8 hectares unused space for additional dining options, a Church, ballroom, and more leisure activities . Expected additional leisure activities here may be intended for, among others, wall climbing, zip lining, archery, bowling and ATV rides.
How to get to Sol Y Viento
Private Vehicle via Calamba town proper
- From South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), take the Calamba Exit. Toll fee cost at least around Php 260. That is if you’re coming from the Skyway.
- Then, head towards SM Calamba City via Real Road.
- Turn right and follow the main road until you reach the Andok’s. Next to it is the huge signage of Sol Y Viento.
- Take that road and then follow the next Sol Y Viento signages.
Private Vehicle via Bucal Bypass Road
(For those unfamiliar with this route, this will skip the busy intersection of Calamba town proper.)
- From SLEX, take the Sto. Tomas Exit (Exit 50). This comes after Batino Exit.
- Follow the Maharlika Highway (Also referred to as Pan-Philippine Highway, Calamba)
- Once you pass by the Nation Gas Station (on the right side of the road), take the left road. This is the Bucal Bypass Road.
- The Bucal Bypass Road directly leads you to Brgy. Pansol. Turn right and follow the main road of Brgy. Pansol.
- When you reach the Andok’s with the huge signage of Sol Y Viento, turn right and then follow the next Sol Y Viento signages.
- If you’re coming from Cubao, you can ride a Sta. Cruz-bound bus. Bus fare costs roughly around Php 90.
- You’re drop off point will be at SM Calamba.
- Then, ride a jeepney heading to Pansol. Jeepney fare costs at least Php 8 only.
- Drop off in the landmark Sol Y Viento. Jeepney drivers know that. Besides, the signage is huge enough and comes right next to Andok’s. (Second Andok’s, if I’m not mistaken.)
- From there, you can take a tricycle going uphill. When you ask the driver how much the fare is, they’d say Php 50. But, the regular fare should only be Php 25.