Saturday, 12 April 2008

Resort Feature: Club Balai Isabel (Talisay, Batangas)



Clubhouse and swimming pool

Restaurant
The 10-hectare Club Balai Isabel, opened in 2007, has residential houses and two boutique style clusters: the Sampaguita Manor, with its 6 hotel-type rooms with mini-refs, hot and cold shower  and balcony, all nestled on a garden of different trees and ornamental plants. 

Owned by Talisay native Nelson Terrible and his wife Cecille, it has a full-service restaurant, at the clubhouse, with a magnificent view of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano. 
Villas
The Ylang-Ylang Villa, on the other hand, offers 6 two-storey, kitchen-furnished studio units, all ideal for families. Since the 400-m. long lake shoreline is not recommended for swimming because of its murky and deep water, the resort has put up, aside from its free-form swimming pool, the Mobideep, an inflatable swimming pool with separate pools of different depth. Its deepest pool, measuring 21 feet, is even used for scuba diving training.  
For conferences, the resort also has 2 function halls (Kasili Hall and Kasay-Kasay Hall).  For company team building, the resort has a challenging Balikatan Course consisting of 5 different obstacles. Apart from its swimming pools, the resort also has tennis, badminton and basketball courts and guests can also rent a kayak to go around the lake.  The clubhouse also has a business center and novelty shop.
Mobideep and Taal Lake

Obstacle course
To encourage environment protection and conservation from the community, the resort has started a Solid Waste Management project wherein Talisay residents can avail of support from the resort in the form of loans or financial backing for community projects on condition that they turn in a certain amount of recyclable waste materials to the resort. 

According to Nelson, this concerted effort will make people realize that nature and Taal Lake should be protected to be able to retain their livelihood, especially fishing and tourism. The resort, on the other hand, also addresses the water shortage problem, one of the biggest environmental problems that the country has to be faced in the coming years, by using filtered lake water for the swimming pool as well as in Mobideep They also make sure that they are using low energy-consumption equipment in the resort. 

In the near future, Club Balai Isabel will be adding more facilities, including a recreation center equipped with videoke, a movie room, billiard tables, Wifi and Play Station 3 rooms, an internet shop, Tea Lounge and a library. Wi-fi will also be made available in the public areas. The resort will also be building facilities for skim and wake boarding.  

A wellness center, offering medical spa and traditional medical facility as well as non-invasive therapies and executive checkups for tourists and guests, will also be opened. Nelson is particularly excited about the opening of the Spa Suites, eight 2-8-pax huts which will have a queen-sized bed, private bathroom and a private jacuzzi in a lush garden setting. Club Balai Isabel will soon offer the Taal Lake Cruise using their 20-pax Cancun which is equipped with washroom and mini-bar.  

Club Balai Isabel: Talisay National Rd., Brgy. Banga, Talisay, Batangas.  Tel: (043) 728-0307.  Manila Tel: (632) 817-0572 and (632) 809-0585.  Mobile numbers: (0916) 552-4319, (0905) 301-1418, (0922) 823-5854 and (0928) 507-1093.  E-mail: craterlakeresort@yahoo.com. Website: www.balaiisabel.com.ph.
How to Get There: From the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), you can also get to the resort by taking the Greenfield/Asia Brewery exit and heading towards Tagaytay City. Turn left at Calamba Road then turn right at Ligaya Drive and head towards Talisay. Turn left at the junction of Talisay National Road and look for the entrance of Club Balai Isabel, which will be at the right side of the road.    

2 comments:

  1. How's the food? How do the Kasili and Kasay-Kasay function rooms look like? Any places to rest and recline if we go on a day tour?

    Thanks in advance!

    Great pics by the way.

    hob

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  2. The food was quite good. The function room where the presscon with the Pinay Everest Team was held is spacious enough for 50 people, possible more. You can rest and recline by the swimming pool or by the beach overlooking the volcano. I don't suggest swimming at the beach though. Its better if you go kayaking or Hobie Cat sailing (offered at nearby Taal Lake Yacht Club, check out http://firingyourimagination.blogspot.com/2008/04/hobie-cat-sailing-at-taal-lake-yacht.html). Hope you can be a follower of my site (click "Join This Site" at right hand panel and follow instructions)and be a Facebook fan at https://www.facebook.com/pages/FYI-Fire-Your-Imagination/252725544742486. Thanks

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