Take A Dip in a Giant Kawali at This Farm Resort
Yes, with logs of fire underneath!
(SPOT.ph) Nothing beats a warm bath after a long day, which is especially soothing if you put essential oils or sea salt in your bath tub. But in Iloilo, a hot bath takes an entirely different meaning: You get in a massive pan (kawa or kawali) with logs of fire crackling underneath. Papa Doms Resort in Lambunao, Iloilo offers this service for P150.
Taking a dip in the kawa hot bath looks like you're being cooked alive, but it's actually a traditional way of a bathing that's popular in the provinces of Panay Island, like Capiz, Iloilo, Aklan, and Antique. Kawa refers to the giant pan that was used in processing molasses in sugar plantations. These were eventually replaced by technology; so in an effort to reuse them, locals turned them into big tubs for hot baths.
It often takes 45 minutes to prepare a kawa hot bath, from lighting up pieces of wood and dried bamboo under the pan to letting the water steam in herbs, fragrant leaves, and flowers. The experience is said to be great for strained muscles; and is meant to be a 20-minute bath to avoid scalding.
Papa Doms Resort is in Lambunao, Iloilo. Entrance fee is at P50. For updates, follow Papa Doms Resort on Facebook.