Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Club Balai Isabel – Beautiful but Expensive

Note: If you are looking for inexpensive getaway, skip this post.

If you have enough moolah for a relaxing and pampering getaway, pack your bags and head to Batangas where you can find perfect lounging areas that could give you complete relaxation experience over the weekend. I said enough moolah (which also means money by the way) because the resort is a little expensive. Not the usual backpacker's hideout, but still a nice place to check out.

Club Balai Isabel is a quiet secluded sanctuary boasting an incredible view of the world's smallest volcano surrounded by a lake. This volcano popularly known as Taal Volcano can be seen standing proud from the resort. Guests occupying the lakefront suites can enjoy this wonderful view from the convenience of their verandas and balconies. If you want to indulge yourself to a very comforting experience, you can take advantage of various health and wellness packages of the resort such as foot reflexology therapy while lounging inside the relaxing butterfly sanctuary, unusual fish foot spa treatment through Dr. Fish Spa, or a full body massage therapies that promise to soothe away the stress from everyday activity.

Resort's Plus Points :)

Beautiful View!

The famous Taal Volcano and a floating cottage
So I say "I am part of the beautiful view, aye?"
wedding by the lake anyone? 
The picturesque scene from the resort will definitely set anyone in a blissful mood. In this place, whatever you prefer and want in order to be relaxed will all be made available for you. Club Balai Isabel radiates a beauty of its own. Actually it is the only strength I can see in this resort – beautiful view; the rest are ahm uh-oh, if not expensive, bad taste (for foods) or unsatisfactory service (for staff).

Resort's Minus Points :(
  • Expensive, expensive, and expensive. 
rates for villas and cottages ranges from 6k-18k
5.5k - almost 12k for hotel and condotel rooms
water sports and corresponding rates
  • The air coming from the lake smells a little fishy, this is due to the abundance of fish cages around the lake.
  • The water is also a little murky, again because of the fish cages.
Because of the unhealthy water of the lake, it is not good for swimming. Do not worry as Club Bali Isabel has two big-sized pools where you can enjoy the cool water to revitalize your tired body. The breath-taking, the relaxing atmosphere, the friendly staff, and the picturesque view of Taal volcano, will definitely make this place worthy of your visit.

How to Get There

Private Transportation from South Super Highway
  1. On South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), drive straight past the end of the highway going straight to the STAR Tollway.
  2. Turn right at the Tanauan City Exit taking the National Highway going to Talisay.
  3. Go straight ahead. Club Balai Isabel is 500 meters away on your left from Talisay Town proper.
Private Transportation from South Super Highway via Tagaytay
  1. Take the Sta. Rosa Exit and turn right following the main road that leads to Tagaytay.
  2. When you reach Tagaytay, you will see an intersection, turn left.
  3. Follow through until you reach a public elementary school located on your left and a Ligaya drive road on your right.
  4. Turn right at Ligaya Drive going down to Talisay.
  5. Continue driving until you reach another intersection; turn left.
  6. You will pass a bridge. Club Balai Isabel is situated on the right side, 200 meters from this bridge. If you reach a second bridge, you have gone past the resort.
Option 3: Public Transportation
  1. Take a bus with the sign board Lipa, Tanauan, Batangas City from Cubao or Taft bus terminals.
  2. Get off at Tanauan town proper and ride a tricycle beside the bus terminal. (Php10)
  3. Tell the driver to drop you at Talisay jeepney terminal besides Mc Donalds Tanauan.
  4. From the terminal, take a jeepney with the signboard Talisay. (Php24)
  5. Alight the jeepney when you reach the church of Talisay and from there take a tricycle ride to Club Balai Isabel. (Php8 per person or Php24 when you are alone)

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