Friday, October 6, 2017

Resort Feature: Balesin Island Club (Why It’s The Perfect Family Getaway) - Part II

Balesin Spa
We started late the next day because the rain poured from morning until early afternoon. When there was a respite, I took Jia to the beach on Lamon Bay in front of our villa. There was no one else around.

Jason told us there were nearly 500 guests during that long weekend but we often felt like we had the island to ourselves. We encountered other guests during happy hour and dinner but, even then, the place hardly felt packed. The island itself is already exclusive, but if you are a stickler on privacy, you may opt to reserve their private dining areas and recreational facilities such as shisha and karaoke rooms where you and your friends can eat and have fun away from the view of other guests.

We resumed our tour of the island with Jason in the afternoon when the sky cleared. We visited the spa, sports center, and St. Tropez village. 

The spa treatment rooms
It rained again in the middle of our tour but our spirits were lifted upon seeing the bright colors of St. Tropez, which reminded us of our visit to Southern France in 2014.

When I saw the sports center, I immediately regretted not being with my pamangkins and our friends. There's plenty to do here, with indoor and outdoor basketball and tennis courts, badminton courts, a fully equipped gym, an airsoft shooting range, a rock climbing wall, a paintball shooting area, a driving range and putting green, and an archery range. They also rent out mountain bikes.

If you're more inclined to aquatic sports, you may go windsurfing, diving, paddleboarding, fishing, and sailing, among others.

They also have a stable for those who want to go horseback riding.

This serves as home to and a showroom of transplanted northern artisans and woodcarvers who've created some of the stunningly beautiful furniture and displays in Balesin.

Balesin Chapel

In the evening, my husband and I decided to have some "us time"so we reserved tickets to The Tux reunion show. Before the show, we had dinner at Han-Gang, their Korean Restaurant, with our baby and yaya. But our third wheel decided she's had too much excitement for one day and fell asleep.

We thoroughly enjoyed the performance of The Tux. Even Balesin's CEO, Mike Asperin, jammed with them and boy, he can sing! No wonder, every village in Balesin has a videoke room, and the Clubhouse has several. In fact, they regularly hold videoke nights at the Clubhouse where they give away free membership.

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