The Mateo Hot and Cold Springs Resort is one of the many resorts that offer hot and cold natural springs to weary and tired souls. Being believed to have therapeutic effects, many people, tourists and locals alike, are visiting this place to relax themselves as they enjoy the soothing effect of the warm and cold water. It is not difficult to find the resort as it is quite popular in the area, in fact the people at the Bulusan part suggested we go directly to this place after we descended Mt. Bulusan.
The man-made pools have a dense backdrop of foliage, adding to the natural appeal of the area. Within the vicinity are picnic cottages, shower and changing rooms, and a store and restaurant. If you fancy to stay for more than a day, the resort also have different rooms for accommodation. Their prices varies depending on room amenities.
The resort is not grand, but it is a perfect place to stay for tired people like us who just braved the 1,565 meter height of Mt. Bulusan. Its sulphuric healing properties worked just fine to appease our aching muscles and tormented souls. We lull ourselves with our body submerged halfway underwater. For a time we were drifted into quixotic mode. We were there until the night was eaten by silence.
How to Get to Irosin, Sorsogon
There are buses from Manila en route to Bulan or Matnog Sorsogon. All of them pass by the town of Irosin. This can be a very long, uncomfy 11-hour ride so if you do not want long trips, you can take a plane from Manila to Legaspi, then Legaspi to Sorsogon City which will cut the travel time to roughly 3-4 hours.
If you will ride other long distance buses and local buses that terminates at Sorsogon City Central Bus Terminal, you can just take jeepneys that are bound to Irosin or pass by the town of Irosin.
How to Get to Mateo Hot and Cold Spring
|The pool with thick foliage background|
On your way home, you may just ride a tricycle until the end of the dirt road to the highway which cost only Php10.00 per head and just wait for buses there that goes to Legaspi or Sorsogon City. That is what we did.
I. Swimming entrance fees
Day Swim Php25 per head
Night Swim Php30 per head
II. Shade Rentals (umbrella type)
Big Shade Php150Small Shade Php80
II. Lodging- Room Rates
A. Rooms with CR outside:
Overnight Stay (12hrs) Php150 per head
Whole Day (24hrs) Php250 per head
B. Rooms with CR inside:
Whole Day (24hrs) P300 per head
C. Air-conditioned Rooms (24 hrs)
Room number(s) 301 - 304 cost Php1,500 per room (additional Php250 in excess of two persons)
Big air-conditioned rooms good for 8 persons cost Php3,000