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The native sauna

This native sauna in San Vicente, Palawan, heated by a wood-burning boiler, producing steam scented by fragrant leaves and herbs, is every spa addict’s dream


This native sauna at Secret Paradise Resort off San Vicente, 123km northeast of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan, is a wooden shed that doesn’t look like much from the outside, but inside, it’s every spa addict’s dream. Well-constructed wooden benches line the sides of this shed and the entrance is sealed with a clear plastic sheet, letting in sunshine while giving you a view of the beach. The room is fed by steam from wood-burning boiler that is filled with water and at least six herbs and fragrant leaves from the area like lemongrass, mango, calamansi, guava, lagundi and sambong.
P450 (US$10) per person minimum of two for 30 minutes.

How to get there
Book a direct flight on Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific or Air Asia from Manila to Puerto Princesa City in Palawan. Secret Paradise Resort can arrange transfers from the airport to the resort.
Secret Paradise Resort is located in a nature reserve in San Vicente, Palawan.

For more on the Secret Paradise Resort and its attractions, read The magic of Turtle Bay.

San Vicente is one of soul singer Kat Agarrado’s favorite places in the Philippines. Find out what else is onAgarrado’s favorites list.

-By Myra Santiago. Photo by Mon Corpuz.

Published July 2016