Pick Your Flavor When You Soak in a Kawa Bath

What flavor will you be?
by | May 30, 2019

If there’s one activity that has put the province of Antique on the tourist map around the world, it’s the Kawa Hot Bath. This unique spa experience allows guests to soak like a special soup in a cauldron sprinkled with flowers and leaves over a hot fire.

The large vats were originally used by the locals for cooking muscovado (brown sugar) but have now been repurposed as unique jungle hot tubs for outdoor spa baths, a sought-after attraction for tourists.

There are several places around the province where you can try out this fun spa activity. But if you’re looking for something unique, Calawag Mountain Resort in Tibiao offers different flavors of the Kawa Bath, each with its own claimed therapeutic benefits.




Salt Bath

Salt baths have long been prized for their therapeutic qualities. Hippocrates (460-370 BC) first discovered the benefits of seawater and salt baths when he saw their healing effects on the injured hands of fisherman. To this day, salt baths are popular in spas and seaside health resorts.



The Kawa Salt Bath is said to stimulate circulation, hydrate the skin, increase moisture retentions, detoxify, and help heal dry, scaling and irritated skin. Soaking in one can also reduce inflammation of the muscles and joints and relieve pain and soreness.


Milk Bath

Got milk? Milk baths have been another beauty secret for centuries, with the great Egyptian pharaoh Cleopatra indulging in this luxurious bath in her daily routine.



The Kawa Milk Bath is said to leave your skin feeling soft and supple. The fat and protein in the milk provides immediate benefit in your bathwater. The milk also helps exfoliate the skin for additional softness. The lactic acid in milk helps clean and soften the skin.


Coffee Bath

Everyone loves the smell of hot coffee in the morning. But it’s not just a good perk-me-up, it’s great for the skin too. Coffee is known as a good source of nutrients and antioxidants that can benefit the skin, scalp and hair.



The Kawa Coffee bath has anti-oxidant ingredients that can help skin be free of different radicals that can cause acne, eczema and other skin diseases. It can also act as a sunblock to prevent sunburn and wrinkles.


Wine Bath

We’ve all heard that drinking wine is good for the health. Studies have shown that those who drink red wine in moderation have a lower risk of heart disease. Luxury hotels and spas around the world have begun to bring back wine baths (also called vinotherapy or vinotherapie), a Medieval self-care regimen.


The properties in red wine are said to act as a powerful anti-oxidant that can improve circulation, complexion and skin tone by giving you a youthful and rosy glow. It can also help exfoliate the dead skin cells.


Beer Bath

If you’re more of a beer drinker than a wine person, you can’t go wrong with a beer bath. Soaking in beer has actually been practiced in Europe for centuries, and is becoming increasingly popular around the world.



Beer baths are said to be good for the skin and hair, making skin smooth and hair shiny and healthy. But if you don’t feel like wasting several bottles of beer by mixing it in your bath water, you’re free to just drink it!

The price for the special Kawa Baths ranges from P299 to P599 per person for 30 minutes depending on the flavor of your bath. Visit https://www.katahum.com/ for more details.


Which flavor would you like to try? Sound out in the comments section below.


Kara Santos is a freelance writer and photographer. When not on the road or motorcycling off somewhere for the weekend, she’s leveling up her experience points in the latest PlayStation RPG. Read about her real-life and virtual adventures on her blog Travel Up.

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