Whenever I think of places to visit where I can lay back and relax, I always picture myself working up a tan in the Bahamas or Bora Bora. Maybe it’s just because I enjoy traveling to foreign lands. But in truth, I know that there are so many beautiful spots in our own country that I have yet to discover.
Just a couple of weeks ago, I was able to tick Balesin Island Club off my bucket list of go-to places in the country.
To those who still haven’t been to this amazing island, allow me to uncover the best of Balesin Island Club for you.
To reach Balesin Island Club, one must first proceed to the Alphaland Hangar along Andrews Avenue in Pasay City at least an hour and a half before your scheduled flight. The lounge is fully airconditioned with a clean bathroom and offers coffee, water and crackers while waiting for your flight.
You either take a 9-seater Cessna aircraft (like the one I used) or sometimes a bigger aircraft.
And I am off. Balesin, here I come…!
Tucked in a private island is Balesin Island Club — tagged as one of the country’s premier membership club that only, as they say, the affluent can afford. Located in Polillo Quezon, Philippines with 7 kilometers of pristine white-sand beaches, themed villages and just a 30-minute plane ride from Manila, this is definitely your perfect private vacation spot.
Upon arriving at E. Tordesillas Airport, you are welcomed with a glass of buko juice while you listen to a quick briefing about the island. Afterwards, you are then whisked off to the Balesin Island Clubhouse for your check-in.
Let’s begin the tour, shall we?
This village is proudly Filipino and almost always filled up and one of the more popular choices by guests here in Balesin Island Club. It is near the beach, the main clubhouse, Balesin Spa, Aquatic Sports Center and faces Lamon Bay so you get a nice view of the water.
Costa del Sol Village
For those who prefer a Spanish ambiance, Costa del Sol is right up your alley.
This Balesin Island Club village features Spanish architecture that can be easily seen on its arched thresholds and walls.
A Costa del Sol suite can fit up to 8 persons – loft, 2 bathrooms and a mesmerizing view of the Pacific Ocean.
The restaurant is known for their Paella and Cochinillo. If you want to dine al fresco, you can do so while enjoying a Sangria and listening to the sound of the waves crashing the shore.
This place is located at the southernmost part of the island where Lamon Bay and the Pacific Ocean meet. Almost similar to Bali and Balesin Villages but with multiple roof tiers which is a Thai trademark.
Outside, you get this picturesque view of Lamon Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Lamon Bay features the sunrise while the Pacific Ocean showcases the sunset.
Patterned from Hotel Byblos in the heart of the village of Saint-Tropez, this French themed village in Balesin Island Club is probably the most colorful amongst all the villages. You will enjoy the splash of pastel colors where even the furniture are flashy and bright. It was because of this attraction that I couldn’t help but to do a quick photo-op!
Inspired from Tuscany, Italy, this village is accented with textured stone walls and adorned with terracotta ornaments. I heard that this was the hardest to build as most of the decors and other accents of this place were imported.
Located at the northernmost end of the island, Bali Village has 32 villas and 2 villas on stilts.
Craving for some Indonesian dishes? Bali Warung is their signature restaurant that will satisfy your need for delicious dishes such as Nasi Goreng, Laksa and Sate Ayam to name a few.
This Balesin Island Club village is patterned to the famous Greek isle, seemingly transporting you to Greece without ever leaving the island. With its blue & white villas, whitewashed walls that blend with the clouds and the sky, winding cobblestone roads, this place is just so snap worthy!
The Balesin Royal Villa is ideal for large groups. There are 4 Maharlika Suites each with its own living area, terrace & 4 outdoor jacuzzis and 10 Royal Suites with direct access to the pool and the beach. This place has its own elevator that can fit 10 persons, 2 swimming pools with jet bubblers, a fully air-conditioned dining salon and full bar facility. Apart from that, breakfast room service is available and can pre-arrange luncheon and dining functions as well as special a la carte menus. This villa has an entertainment center, direct access to the beach and dedicated vehicles for transport. Truly, a villa fit for a king!
Going around the 500-hectare island is never a concern since Balesin Island Club has driver-assisted electric golf carts and jeepney rides that can take you all over the island 24/7.
I am quite sure that by now you’re already thinking of how to get to Balesin Island Club and experience what they have to offer. If you aren’t a member of the club, my suggestion is for you to look for a member who can invite you to visit as guests — expenses shouldered by yourselves, of course. Trust me, it is worth saving up for — even for just a one-time experience.
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.
Watch out for PART 2 of my Balesin Island Club trip. Check back here on my blog regularly for more on Balesin and other exciting travel (and food) adventures!
9th Floor, Alphaland Southgate Tower,
2258 Chino Roces Avenue (Pasong Tamo)
corner EDSA, Makati City,
Metro Manila – 1232