Situated on a cliff-side in the town of Samboan in Southern Cebu is a charming beach resort. Fantasy Lodge offers a magical escape from a world travelers can only dream of. The resort is sandwiched between the mountains and the sea and is known for its unique Kawa Hot Bath.
The Unique Kawa Hot Bath Experience
The ‘kawa‘ (cauldron) is a large bowl-shaped pot used for boiling over an open flame. But instead of cooking an enormous amount of food, you take a hot bath, similar to being in a jacuzzi. The temperature is around 40 degrees celsius, so you don’t have to worry about being burned alive.
They will fill the kawa with water from a faucet. And you can choose a choice of herbs, flowers, and essential oils that they will prepare at least 20 minutes before your schedule.
There are two kawas in the resort, and both offer a magnificent view of the ocean-facing Negros island while you take a hot bath in the large cauldron. There are showers beside the kawa and a bathroom where guests can clean up and change.
The kawa hot bath is similar to the one in Antique, but this is the first and only one in Cebu. The experience lasts for 45 minutes and is at PHP 500 per person.
After taking a hot bath, you can chill and have a sun-tan admiring the sunset while lying down on the viewing deck. They also have a spa that overlooks the Tañon Strait, where visitors can have a relaxing massage. The Tañon Strait is the ocean separating the islands of Cebu and Negros.
The restaurant by the pool area serves excellent local and international cuisine choices. Seafood dishes are fresh and delicious, especially their scallops.
The resort’s beach area is a bit rocky during the low tide but offers a magnificent view of the sunset. Wake up early in the morning and you’ll find sea turtles roaming around the Tañon Strait.
The resort is a must-visit if you are looking for a place to stay down south before heading for other adventures or if you want a weekend of rest and relaxation. The French owners frequent the property, and they offer exceptional service, making you feel at home rather than just staying in a conventional hotel.
Visit their website for more information on their rates.
How to get there:
By bus: Take a bus to Samboan from Cebu South Bus Terminal (beside E-Mall) and tell the conductor that you’ll be going down at Fantasy Lodge. The resort is located on the main highway.
By car: Navigate using Waze or Google / Apple Maps and key in Fantasy Lodge as your destination. There are plenty of parking spaces available.
After staying a night at Fantasy Lodge, you can make plenty of side trips and activities. Samboan is near the southern tip of Cebu and is a haven for waterfall chasers.
Some of the nearby attractions you can explore including the distance from the resort –
- Aguinid Falls (2km)
- Binalayan Hidden Falls (2.6km)
- Dao Falls (8.6km)
- San Miguel Falls (4.9km)
- Inambakan Falls (13km)
- Sumilon Island (17.7km plus boat ride)
- Whale watching in Oslob (20km)
- Tumalog Falls (24.3km)
- Cuartel Ruins (29.6km)
- Mountain hiking in Osmeña Peak (56.2km)
- Kawasan Falls (56.4km)
- White Beach of Moalboal and Sardine run in Pescador island (59km)
- Dolphin watching in Bais and a trip to Manjuyod Sandbar
- A trip down south to Siquijor and Dumaguete
Fantasy Lodge is located on the main highway and is around 4 hours away from Cebu City.