With the hustle and bustle of the year, summer is a much awaited season for all. It’s during this season that the kids are home and the perfect summer getaway can be planned. The heat of the summer and the humidity of the city drives us to seek a cooler climate and beautiful surroundings. Club Balai Isabel can give you that and more with a gorgeous view of Taal Lake, fresh and sprightly greeneries and all the amenities you could possibly need.
With your choice of swimming pools, a variety of lodgings, exciting sports activities and a fusion of flavors in their newly opened restaurant Kumintang Cafe, Club Balai Isabel offers a memorable stay and will keep you coming back for more.
Spacious and Cozy Accommodations
Beyond being a resort, Club Balai Isabel is a community complete with the comforts of city living yet with lush greenery that will have you feeling relaxed the instant you enter their gates.
The resort has a hotel, condotel, villas and cottages. I stayed at Balai Laurel which is near Terraza Restaurant and pool.
Room capacities differ depending on the room but they can accommodate from 1 to 10 people. You’ll find that team buildings and company outings are done here. On the day I was leaving bus loads of people were coming in.
The room was air-conditioned and had a good circulation. It even got really cold at night and I was so snug in my bed. I thought I wouldn’t sleep well but I did.
The condotel has ample toiletries and the kitchen was stocked with bottled water and coffee supplies.
Crystal Clear Swimming Pools
The infinity pool by the clubhouse is conveniently located by Terraza Restaurant and gives you a fantastic view of the Taal lake and volcano. This part of the resort has such an amazing view.
You know those moments that give you a feeling of wonder? I felt that as I looked on from this spot. I’m not a well traveled person but I bet I’d have this feeling anywhere I would get to travel to.
The Kumintang Infinity Pool is their largest pool at 1,800 sq.m. Of their 3 swimming pools I spent my time here. It’s relatively safe just make sure to mind which side of the pool you’re in especially when you’re with kids. There are lifeguards stationed by the pools.
The Talisay Garden Pool is smaller and more secluded.
To help preserve and conserve the environment, Club Balai Isabel takes part in a solid waste management campaign preserving the natural beauty of the land. The beautiful surroundings in Club Balai Isabel have made it a popular wedding venue. Having function halls and pavilions provides a dream wedding to couples to be whether they have a small or big ceremony. The Spousal of Joseph and Mary Chapel was rebuilt and hopes to be a chapel for brides and grooms.
Aside from water sports, guests can play basketball, tennis, volleyball, badminton, volleyball, and billiards and darts. There’s a bike rental for those who want to tour the grounds.
Kids can play on the mini playground near the Kumintang Infinity Pool.
Yvonne and I walked all around Club Balai Isabel and took the opportunity to take plenty of pictures. There were many Instagram worthy spots and I took full advantage. The resort is filled with fruit bearing trees, well placed bushes, and an abundance of flowers.
There are a few spots where you can take pictures with the lake and Taal volcano as your background. There’s one where you can sit in an egg shaped chair and one with a frame located by the Pantalan near the Clubhouse.
Thrilling Water Sports Activities
The pier or “Pantalan” by MobiDeep is where the banana boats and jet skis are housed. Water sports activities here include banana boating, jet skiing, kayaking, sailing, wake boarding, paddle boarding, and fly fishing.
With my OPPO F1s I took a video of us on the banana boat and the lake as we zoomed by. Can you believe it was the first time I ever went out of town by my lonesome? It was also the first time I rode a banana boat and a jet ski. It was definitely a memorable stay in a beautiful place.
Flavorful Dishes at Kumintang Cafe
The soon to open Kumintang Cafe located by the Kumintang Infinity Pool offers a fusion of local flavors. I had the privilege of trying out their dishes specially prepared for us bloggers.
Chef Rick has adapted a menu of local favorites using their own grown vegetables, naturally produced animals and locally sourced fish.
This restaurant has table settings good for 2 up to bigger groups. The lighting in the evening can be romantic with the soft yellows and the stained glass decor.
The Pumpkin Soup was creamy and smooth with the right amount of flavor.
Vietnamese Chicken Salad
They used native free range chickens for their dishes such as this salad.
Stir Fry Vegetables
I enjoyed the stir fry vegetables which had Japanese tofu and crisp veggies.
The tilapia comes from their own aquarium and this dish is sweet and doesn’t taste like kilawin as it seems on first impression.
It was my first time to try maliputong fish. It had a butter taste but believe it or not there’s no butter.
Black Pig Steak
The tenderloin has an adobo like sauce. It was easy to cut and the cherry tomatoes were a nice touch.
My personal favorite was the Aglio Olio though that being said pasta is my preferred dish.
It’s the first that I’ve heard of a Bulalo Burger. This is a kid’s choice dish and as you can see is quite filling. It has a special sauce and pat of cheese with a side of fries.
I think I will always love milkshakes and that they’ll be my first choice when ordering drinks. They come in large glasses topped with whipped cream.
Barako Choco and Cheesecake
Local barako beans are used for their cappuccino style cups of coffee. The cheesecake with blueberry toppings was delicious and tastefully sweet. It’s a smooth slice of cake which I enjoyed very much.
My summer getaway at Club Balai Isabel was a memorable one. My next visit will be with my kids who will enjoy the spacious rooms, exciting water sports and crystal clear swimming pools. I’m looking forward to bringing them back very soon.
I’m thankful to add Club Balai Isabel to my list of traveled places. I’ve created memories and had some much needed insight and inspiration which I really needed. A stay at Club Balai Isabel is an experience that shouldn’t be missed. Make sure to visit with family, friends or co-workers for a fun and monumental experience.