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If you find yourself needing a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, there’s a perfect getaway place waiting just two hours away from Manila.

Right on the shores of Taal Lake and across from its volcano rests Club Balai Isabel. An excellent choice for the summer, holidays and corporate events, you can relax and take advantage of the resort’s amenities and facilities to their full extent.

With its nine-hectare residential property, there’s no shortage of things you can do to enjoy yourself in this top-notch resort. Here are some of them.

#1 Rent A Bike
City dwellers are always on the grind and all too often experience physical and mental stress because of it. For only P300/hr., you can rent a bike from Club Balai Isabel and explore the compound. The fresh air would do you good and set your mind at ease, away from work and closer to nature.

#2 Pray
Inside Club Balai Isabel stands the Spousal of Mary and Joseph chapel. This magnificent chapel was built right next to the ruins of a 17th Century parish church believed to be the remains of an old church of Sala or Tanauan before it was moved to another location. Guests seeking for solemnity and peace of mind can visit this chapel and communicate with God.

#3 Appreciate The Wonders Of Nature
Coming from the city, the resort’s vivid green panorama and lush vegetation will be a jarring contrast to the concrete jungle we’re accustomed to. You can take a stroll and relax in Tagong Gubat or visit the butterfly sanctuary to admire the ephemeral insects. One thing’s for sure: as long as you’re in Club Balai Isabel, you’ll be attuned with nature.

#4 Avail The Spa Service
Taking a break from the city includes getting the much-needed pampering you’ve been craving for. Club Balai Isabel’s Adol Ya Linawa has been listed by CNN Go as one of the best in Asia, boasting of its top-notch service and first-class spa facilities. Indulge as much as you want because you’ll only be getting the finest treatment in this spa.

#5 Try The Obstacle Course
Built within the resort’s spacious grounds, the Balikatan obstacle course is perfect for team building or for working off your sweat. Test and strengthen your stamina with its five-level obstacle course that features a balance beam, Tarzan swing, tire run, tunnel and island hopper.

#6 Try Water Sports
Thrill-seekers itching for a fun, adventure-filled vacation can set their sights on Club Balai Isabel’s array of water sports activities. Pick among parasailing, banana boat-riding, wakeboarding, jetskiing and kayaking to get your heart pumping and finally satiate your thirst for an exhilarating escapade.

#7 Play Sports
Sports enthusiasts can while their time away at Club Balai Isabel’s sports facilities that include basketball, volleyball, badminton and tennis courts. Whether you’re up for a friendly match or a competitive tournament, the resort can absolutely cater to you. Meanwhile, guests who prefer less strenuous sports can try the resort’s pub games that include billiards and darts.

#8 Swim
Dip in and cool off in one of Club Balai Isabel’s three swimming pools while basking under the tropical sun. Work off the tension in your muscles and enjoy the resort’s infinity pool (Terraza pool), secluded garden pool (Talisay pool) and 1,800 s.q.m. pool (Kumintang pool) to your heart’s content.

#9 Taal Volcano Sightseeing
With the resort’s proximity to the world’s smallest volcano, you have the best view of the Taal Volcano in all of Batangas. Enjoy the glory of Taal Volcano on the Kumintang boardwalk or better yet—get a closer look at Taal Volcano’s crater by taking a boat ride and trekking on foot or on horseback.

#10 Have Fun At Aqua Park
Club Balai Isabel is home to the tallest waterslide in the country. The Aqua Park is a gigantic obstacle course made up of interconnected rubber inflatables and trampolines off the shore of Taal Lake. If you’ve watched an episode of “Wipeout” before, you’ll have the chance to experience the fun challenge the show presents. You don’t have to worry about getting yourself hurt, safety jackets will be provided and lifeguards are stationed nearby to assist you.

Photographed By Pia Rozul

Ritchel Mendiola
Ritchel Mendiola

Ritchel Mendiola is a feature writer based in the Philippines. In addition to writing for Balikbayan Magazine, she is a news correspondent for Asian Journal News-Manila.

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