Balesin Island Club located in Polillo Quezon, Philippines is not only a place that boasts of a multitude of jaw-dropping villages. They also showcase a wide variety of facilities! During my stay at Balesin Island Club, I took advantage of the free island tour and took some pictures.
A quick tour around Balesin Island Club
Two spots that I fell in love with were Rico’s Hideaway and The Balesin Spa.
Named after the Interior Designer of Balesin Island Club, Rico Sison, Rico’s Hideaway is the place where he used to stay during the construction of Balesin. It has now been converted into a restaurant that is open during weekends. A reservation must be made if you want to be able to secure a spot at the resto or the cabanas.
When you walk to the beach, you’ll see the Tidal Pool Rocks that are visible during low tide.
At night, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the sunset. Perfect for romantic strolls.
The Balesin Spa
The Balesin Spa has 10 single-detached suites, an outdoor shower and a well-manicured pocket garden.
This 30-meter lap pool uses black tiles to absorb the heat from the sun… so at night, the water is still warm.
Don’t leave the island without booking a service at The Balesin Spa. Pamper yourself with their services and let well-trained therapists take care of you.
For sports enthusiasts and gym rats, Balesin Island Club aren’t left out. There are indoor and outdoor tennis, badminton and basketball courts.
But if you want to pump your muscles or just work up a sweat, they also have a fully equipped air conditioned gym.
Other activities: indoor rock climbing wall, paintball, driving range and archery with certified Olympic instructors.
The Aviary, though small, showcases a good number of exotic and other bird species, not to mention some colorful kois. However, it’s only available on a guided tour basis to ensure the birds’ safety and quietness.
8AM – 12NN / 1PM – 6PM
Opposite The Aviary is the chapel. This open-air amphitheatre-style chapel offers Sunday masses and other services. It’s a great venue option for destination weddings but prior arrangement must be made.
Even with just the island tour of this amazing resort, seeing beautifully lined up trees, well-manicured and lush tropical gardens, powdery white sand in-between my toes and fresh air was more than enough to de-stress me from my busy urban life.
But apart from all these, Balesin Island Club is also a culinary paradise. It is home to 7 different cuisines from each of the 7 villages: Filipino, Spanish, Thai, French, Italian, Indonesian and Greek. And most vegetables served at Balesin are from their very own organic farm as well. Even their seafood are taken from their aquaculture. Though, I have only tried 2 of their restos, I most definitely wasn’t disappointed.
Thanassis Taverna at Mykonos
Offers Greek fares from meze to salad to gyros.
Al fresco dining on the second floor.
The fresh and crisp greens with Kalamata olives, feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, onions and olive oil is divine! The perfect summer salad for me.
The chicken meat was seasoned just right and the veggies were grilled beautifully. My only beef was the Tzatziki sauce. I was looking for a more garlicky-citrusy flavor profile.
Crispy Lamb with Fried Eggs topped with Cheese
The lamb pieces were fried to perfection served with pita bread and beautiful sunny-side up eggs, drizzled with cheese to give it those deliciously crisp edges.
Creperie at St. Tropez
As the name implies, Creperie offers different kinds of crepes from sweet to savory and special French desserts.
Either sweet or savory, crepe is probably one of the easiest dish to eat for me. It’s filling and delicious.
Creamed Spinach with Mozzarella and Roquefort Crepe
This crepe just made my breakfast and morning perfect!
Shrimp, Prosciutto and Gruyere Cheese Crepe
You’ve got prosciutto, gruyere cheese and shrimp enveloped in a thick crepe.
Balesin Island Club is more than just a resort… It is an unparalleled holiday destination for adventure or escape from the daily grind. From accommodation, to food, to service, it is definitely an idyllic getaway that even foreigners dream to visit.
So, when you are at Balesin Island Club, I recommend that you head out, explore the island and try everything that they have to offer. If you’re also the type who loves posting on social media, Balesin Island Club has tons of snap worthy areas.
You may also check out my 1st post on Balesin here to see the 7 fancy and astonishing villages.
Check-in is 1:00PM
Check-out is 11:00AM
Globe and Smart Networks
Globe and Smart networks are working but there are times when both signals are spotty. WiFi is available at the main Clubhouse and in some restaurants.
The Balesin Island Club strictly implements a CREDIT CARD ONLY policy.
Emergency medical center is located at the clubhouse with a resident doctor, dentist and nurse.
9th Floor, Alphaland Southgate Tower, 2258 Chino Roces Avenue (Pasong Tamo) corner EDSA, Makati City, Metro Manila – 1232