This year’s Faculty Summer Workshop was scheduled to be held in Balesin Island Club. In the past, the kids and I didn’t join Bong for these workshops – he would go and we would stay home. However, when we found out that it was going to be there, we figured this might be the only chance we have to visit that resort. After all, Balesin Island Club is a members-only resort. So even if it was just for an overnight stay, we grabbed the opportunity.
The resort is just a short 20-minute plane ride away from Manila. We left Manila early morning and we were still able to join Bong for breakfast.
The resort is made up of seven villages with different themes, all patterned after famous international resorts – Balesin (the Philippine village), Bali, Phuket, Mykonos, St. Tropez, Costa del Sol and Toscana. In each village, the architecture, design, and food reflect the resort that it is named after. In all of these villages, the villas have a king-sized bed, 2 daybeds and a jacuzzi. You are also free to use the facilities of any village, regardless of where you are staying. There are numerous golf carts and customized jeepneys to bring the guests around. While we were billeted at the Mykonos villas, we went around the other villages for swimming and eating.
Our first stop was St. Tropez, the village which was designed after the French Riviera. If I am not mistaken, this is the only village where the lodgings are hotel rooms, instead of villas.
After breakfast, we went to the beach of the Balesin village. The beach there was the best among all the villages. They have a long stretch of white sands and pristine waters. Paradise indeed!
I could not believe we had this beautiful beach all to ourselves. Everything was just perfect – the sun was out, the water was cool and clear, the sand was soft!
Pretty soon, it was time for lunch. The kids and I went to the Toscana village to have pizza and pasta for lunch.
After lunch, we were finally able to go to our room at the Mykonos village.The room was very spacious and could fit four people comfortably.
Room amenities included an LCD TV, an iPod dock, alarm clock, safe and slippers. There was also a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Nespresso machine – perfect for coffee lovers!
The bathroom was just as roomy. Toiletries were of good quality too.
We thought the inside of the room was great. When we stepped outside to the back, we realized that the back of the villa was just as great! We had our own jacuzzi, a lounge area, a small dining area, access to the beach and the pools just a few steps away.
How I wish we could stay here for days! After lounging a bit in the jacuzzi, we decided to explore the swimming pools in the clubhouse Poseidon. On both sides of the main pool were two jacuzzis, both with hot water – perfect to soothe aching bodies.
Ours was a very short stay. We had to return to Manila the following day because of previous engagements. Nobody wanted to leave and we were seriously thinking of extending our stay. Balesin Island Club is truly paradise on earth. The beach is lovely, the water is cool and clear, the sand is soft and fine and there are not too many people around. I would really love to come back and stay longer – that is, if I can find someone to invite us.