October 28, 2013


It was a almost three -hour- bus-jeepney-tricycle- ride(in that order) from Manila on one hot day of summer. Good thing the bus we took had a good air conditioned going to Batangas and the free wifi on board helped lessen the boredom. As soon as we arrived at Club Balai Isabel, I knew then and there that it was all worth the trip. 

We stayed in one of their villas at Orchard Lane Suites. The Villa  is good enough for eight adults. There are two queen size beds inside the room and two sofa  bed  with pull out in the sitting/TV area.  Another   plus point is the fully furnished  kitchen, it has all the wares needed complete with  microwave.  Pans can be requested  if there are not yet any in the villa, just call the reception and they will deliver it right at your villa.
This premier resort that was built along the scenic Taal Lake  in Talisay is very popular for wedding  destination. Proof is the wedding caravan that was on stage during our visit. They say that from time to time wedding caravans are being held here. The church was beautifully decorated just for the event. Some famous  Philippine personalities have had their personal events   here.


 There are three pools to choose from: the Terraza Pool near the resort's clubhouse, the Talisay Garden Pool and the biggest among the three, The Kumintang Pool. Sports and Recreational facilities are also readily available that also includes water sports like kayak, surf bike, banana boat and jet ski just inquire at the Reception and Business Center. For nature lovers, they offer trekking or just have fun at the obstacle course. Bikes are also available for rent if one wishes to see the entire nine- hectare- resort without much walking. The resort's many function halls is good  is  good for corporate meetings and  team building.
Food is never a problem here. If one wishes to just relax without fuss in bringing in foods and cooking they can just choose to eat at the  Terraza restaurant  or at The  Kape Kumintang. Or maybe try their Isabel Organic Cafe and herbal bar. I was able to taste the local delicacies and fresh fruit shake  at the Kumintang Kape. It was delicious. My guess is that they get some of their ingredients from the many fruit bearing trees in the resort. I actually saw one staff picking fruits.
fresh mango shake
 Staying here for just a day was not enough. It was so relaxing and refreshing. I came here right after my Cambodia trip  and it seems that all my body pains from the temple hopping were all gone instantly.
with the Taal Volcano as a back drop
 We badly wanted to extend our stay but there were no more rooms or villas available.Inspite of our short stay   we did had a good time. Well, thanks to my former office mate and friend, Dr. Leriza, who was very much willing to sponsor us.

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