Sunday, March 6, 2016
Chasing Summer at Club Balai Isabel
Club Balai Isabel is a hidden getaway 4.7 km away from Picnic Grove and about 20 minutes away from Tagaytay. Club Balai Isabel provides the perfect getaway from hustle and bustle of city life. Its remote area is a perfect wedding location and an amazing resort with its sun-soaked beach. The view of the lake and the volcano from the resort is stunning.
The secluded lakefront is perfect for beach weddings and a luxurious hideaway to celebrate occasions. A boardwalk leads to poolside wedding receptions and indoor function room receptions. The entire resort appears to be designed for weddings.It has its own chapel located at the back of the resort. The place is great for photoshoots, weddings and teambuilding activities.
It was my daughter's first time to experience the lake (and Taal Lake) and so we wasted no time exploring what the resort has to offer.
Club Balai Isabel offers some of the most beautiful lakefront hotels and traditional resort villas mixted with all modern comforts. The hotel rooms, villas, and cottages give a view of Taal Lake, a pool or one that is overlooking a garden. It has private nooks and crannies in between large gardens to provide city dwellers with quiet respite.
We stayed at the Laurel Hotel and occupied a room on the 3rd floor. Carrying the bags up the stairs can be challenging though (there is no elevator). The unit opens to a spacious and clean kitchen, with dining area, a balcony, sofa bed, toilet and a stairway leading up to a loft. At the loft were 5 queen-sized beds, a 22-inch LCD TV, a toilet, side tables and cabinets.
Our group liked the proximity of the hotel room to the pool near Cafe Terraza. With 2 kids in the group who love to swim, getting a room close to one of the pools was ideal.
There are actually 3 pools within the resort. The pool by The Cafe Terraza was always filled with kids, and they get to stay in the pool until 10PM closing time. The infinity pool lies near the boardwalk. It is where the playground and picnic areas are located. For me, the boardwalk, is the best place to sit down and relax. It is a breezy place with a nice view.
We had buffet breakfast and dinner at Cafe Terraza. It offers a medium spread of dishes, salads, desserts and drinks at P 450 per head. We love having our breakfast al fresco by the pool, with a mesmerizing view of the lake. Diners have the option to order ala carte and stay in the airconditioned dining hall (where we had our lunch).
Food was good . The two restaurants offer pizza, pasta and Filipino comfort food.
They have free Wi-Fi at the restaurants. There is Wi-Fi connection at the lakefront area near the Komintang infinity pool area where a cell site is located nearby.
Recreation and Sports
They have a myriad if fun activities for all ages to do in the resort.
If you want to indulge in pampering spa treatments and massages, Club Balai Isabel's 24-hour front desk can arrange it for you. The front desk also houses the resort's business center.
Those who would like to enjoy a game of tennis, basketball or tour the facilities on bikes can do so for a minimal fee. You need to sign up for bike, tennis and billiard table rentals at the frontdesk.
The third pool (smallest) lies adjacent to the Talisay garden next to the tennis court.
Extreme Water Sports
They heve jetski, kayak and banana boat rentals at the lake to keep the adventurous individuals preoccupied. Their Jetskis and Kayaks are a fantastic way to get close to the water. My daughter and I enjoyed the wild rush of the lakewater spray in our face and the feeling of skipping over the waves that the jetski provided. The adrenalin rush builds up even after we’ve raced around a few times.
We enjoyed getting drenched on a Banana Boat ride. It was a first time for most of us to jump on the inflatable boat and we realized that it was more fun than we ever imagined. Banana Boat ride is definitely the activity you don’t want to miss out on!
The banana boat ride was awesome! This wild trip that I took with my friends best sums up the joys of luxuriating at Club Balai Isabel.
Our stay at Club Balai Isabel was really enjoyable and one for the books.Unending fun and leisurely pursuits makes it the next summer destination to look out for. Check it out soon.
Club Balai Isabel
Banga, Talisay, Batangas
Mobile (+63) 906-5185494
Phone (02) 584-4068