Club Balai Isabel – spending weekend close to nature.

Pantalan sa Terraza

Howdy guys and gals! It’s been a while and I’ve been on hiatus. Gee… I wish I am sitting right next to a beach, a mountain, perhaps a lake or much better with the stunning view of Taal Volcano. Well, we all wish that Mondays would not come quick. Ha-ha. But nevertheless, Mondays are meant to have a good start, a new beginnings and be motivated to keep one’s going and have the best of the world’s offering.

So, yes, I am already looking forward for weekends to come so that A and I could have our weekly routine, right after work, and that is to have a mini-vacation slash staycation in a posh hotel or resort within or nearby the metropolis or maybe a quick out-of-town trip. The idea of traveling and visiting places always make us enthralled for the experience it could bring.
Terraza Pool 

Meanwhile, traveling as a couple could also be tricky as we do have a lot of differences. A prefer for something that could boost her energy and enlighten her soul to discover new ideas that could help her reach her goals and make her dreams to reality. On the other hand, I always wanted to have a carefree travel and more of enjoying the hotel’s room and resort’s amenities. Yeah, I preferred staying at room while watching random movies munching on my favorite crackers or snacks on the side. So for us, looking for a perfect venue is already an adventure.
Kumintang Pool

A already had been to Club Balai Isabel and that was last year during their company’s offsite team building. Though, she had no chance to roam around and explore its beauty due to games and activities planned for that day (she’ll blog a separate entry for that so watch out for it!) but she sees to it that she would come back and enjoy what Club Balai Isabel could offer to its guests and yes it happened sometime last month and we were more than thankful for the great experience it bestowed upon us.
Talisay Pool

Spending weekends close to nature was what Club Balai Isabel offered to us. It has a great and perfect view of Taal Volcano; it is too close for us to see its serenity. While on the other side, there were trees that give us shades against the sunlight. Guests have an option on where to enjoy swimming by having three swimming pools that has its own features and characteristics.

The Kumintang Pool is the biggest of them all, it has kids pool and 9-ft deep portion where anyone can enjoy swimming without too much crowd. This is also the part of the resort where weddings were held. Just in front the Terraza Café, there’s a Terraza Pool with a stunning view of Taal Lake. Here, you can enjoy the best of both worlds – sipping your favorite cocktails or A’s ever-favorite banana-mango shake while enjoying the picturesque view. By the way, the “health is wealth” drink available at Terraza Café was perfect for refreshment! And the third one, the Talisay Pool. It is located near the basketball court and covered with trees, thus, swimming at Talisay Pool gives the great venue of privacy and romantic getaway.
Mango Shake
time for lunch! - had some pizza, too!
Talisay Bagnet
buffet dinner

Ofcourse, eating is always a part of relaxation and we couldn’t contain our excitement when we had these sumptuous dishes over lunch. As much as we vegetables, we opted for some juicy meats this time. Crispy Pata, Kare-kare, Talisay Bagnet, Chicken Liempo were some of the flavorful dishes we’d tried. And all were tasted heavenly. To balance the meal, there’s a garden salad available in the menu. Guys, Terraza Café really offers great and comfort food that’s why it is not a questionable act when we saw my cousin (who has travel tours and services) who brought his guests from Israel to Club Balai Isabel because it is highly recommendable when you’re in Batangas.

our beds!
hi there! a loft-type room

Our rooms feature modern décor and wood furnishings that comes with TV, mini-refrigerator and coffee maker. Unlike the rooms that A’s had during their company outing, our balcony don’t have that scenic view of Taal Volacano. Anyhow, if you are on a tight budget, you are free to bring your own food.
hi there! - P & A
bicycle for rent - 200/hr
couple photo 
A at the reception area - waiting for our massage.
Thank you, Club Balai Isabel - after the massage.

Come Sunday, if you wish to attend a mass to give thanks and reflect on everything that’s happening with your life, a Spousal of Mary and Joseph Chapel is also located inside Club Balai Isabel, mass starts at 9 o’clock in the morning.
Spousal of Mary and Joseph Chapel

The final verdict - he says, she says:

P: Such a good experience staying at Club Balai Isabel. The place and the ambiance is excellent. All staffs are very accommodating and friendly. The best part of this club can offer is the scenic view of the Taal volcano. Not to mention, Club Balai Isabel is just 20 minutes away from Tagaytay. The club offers lots of sports and activities. Tennis, basketball, swimming. And even roaming around using a bicycle that you can rent for few hours. Our room is alright. Quite big actually. One thing I could negatively say is for lacking of toiletries like toothpaste and toothbrush. The food is so delicious and plenty. Lots to choose from. Will definitely go back here!

A: Overall experience was wonderful! I had a great time staying at the huge resort where I blissfully close to nature – the green surrounding, the lake, the beautiful overlooking Taal Lake. Staying at the tree-house for hours just looking at the kids swimming at the Kumintang Pool while others doing their water sports activities were some of the reasons why I love Club Balai Isabel. It was more of giving me more than what I needed and yet, I chose to do nothing but appreciates simple things. Two thumbs up for me!
touring around via bicycle - love bicycle! 
doing some water sports, kayak - check. jetski - check!

How to get there:

via Public Transportation
* Go to the bus terminal in Buendia-Taft, across Atrium hotel. Bus liners Tritran and Jam offers the trip going to Lipa,Tanauan, Batangas City. Take the bus with the sign board Lipa, Tanauan, Batangas City. It will cost you around P70-P80 pesos per person.
* Get off at Tanauan town proper bus terminal. Once you get off, you will see the tricycles beside the bus terminal.
* Take the tricycle and ask the driver to bring you to the Talisay jeepney terminal besides Mc Donalds Tanauan. It will cost you P8 per person.
* When you have reached the jeepney terminal, take the ride with the signboard TALISAY. It will cost you P 20 per person.
* You will reach the town proper of Talisay, the jeep will stop near the church of Talisay.
* Take the tricycle at the terminal near the church where you get off. Ask the driver to bring you to Cub Balai Isabel. It will cost you P8.00 per person, if you wish to take the trip alone and not wait for other passengers, be prepared to pay P 24.00. The tricycle will bring you to Club Balai Isabel.

via Private Transportation
Option 1: From South Super Highway (via Tagaytay)
* Take the Sta. Rosa Exit and turn right.
* Follow the main road leading to Tagaytay. When you reach Tagaytay, you will come to an intersection.
* Turn left at the intersection.
* Go straight until you see a public elementary school on your left and a road named Ligaya Drive on your right.
* Turn right at Ligaya Drive. Follow the road down to Talisay. Please exercise caution: this is a steep road.
* When you reach the bottom of the road you will come to an intersection. Turn left at this intersection.
* You will pass a bridge. Club Balai Isabel is 200 meters from this bridge on the right side. If you see a second bridge, then you have gone past the resort.

Option 2: From South Super Highway
* On South Luzon Expressway, simply go straight past the end of the highway and straight to the STAR Tollway.
* Go up the ramp at the Tanauan City exit and turn right. You are now on the National Highway
 Follow the road going to Talisay.
 When you reach the town proper of Talisay, go straight ahead.
 Club Balai Isabel is 500 meters from the town proper on your left side. If you see the second bridge, then you have gone past the resort.

Welcome to Club Balai Isabel!

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Club Balai Isabel
Fairways Drive, Talisay, Batangas, PH
Contact No.: (+63) (2) 895 7230
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Masshole Mommy said…
That sounds like a lovely place to visit. I would LOVE to get there someday myself.
Jeannette said…
You make me want to go there! I would love to to check it out there! Our family travels a lot so we will defiantly will be adding this to out list of places to go!
Unknown said…
Looks like you guys had a great time!! Such a beautiful place! I would love to visit there someday :)
Balai is on my list of must see places. This resort looks fabulous. I love all the photos you've posted and how detailed you were about the activities and views there. I'm jealous!
Prime Beauty said…
It looks like a beautiful place.
That's definitely somewhere I could relax! And that food looks DELICIOUS!
Liz Mays said…
How beautiful! this seriously looks like a dream vacation. I'm glad you guys enjoyed it!
Elizabeth O. said…
It sure looks relaxing to spend a weekend there. I love that there are three different pools that suits your mood. The place looks really lovely, even the rooms! They are spacious and very neat looking.
Ron Leyba said…
A nice wedding destination for many. Club Balai Isabel is a truly magnificent place to visit.
Unknown said…
Such a amazing photos, I love to go there and have a vacation It looks like really relaxing.
Nikki said…
What a beautiful place to have a vacation, those foods are looks fantastic!
MaryJane Tauyan said…
the foods and the place looks stunning! i've been wanting a house somewhere where over looking taal volcano too! near to my parents house.
Unknown said…
What a lovely place to visit, I always wanting a short vacation with this place
Travel Blogger said…
This looks like such a beautiful vacation! I love that the hotel has additional activities too. We will have to keep this in mind.
Looks like a wonderful place. That pizza looks amazing!
stephanickety said…
This looks like a wonderful place to visit. I love all inclusive resorts where you can do everything while you're there.
CourtneyLynne said…
Omg so wish I was there right now!!! Looks like a fantastic place to visit!!!!
Lisa RIos said…
My goodness, this is beautiful. Both me & my husband are nature loves & we always love exploring such places that amaze you & makes you feel better & relaxed during your vacation. The Kumintang Pool is just gorgeous & I love those delicious foods as well.
Unknown said…
The Talisay Bagnet looks so good, and the Salad. Sounds like a great place to visit.
Unknown said…
That is what you called vacation, I would love to go there with my family
Anonymous said…
wow, love these pictures. I'm adding this to my list right so beautiful
Coralie said…
What a beautiful place to visit I love the Ocean and beach and places like this that really do make you feel like you are away from everything else. Thanks for sharing! I would love to visit here with my family someday.