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This is another overdue post.   Was meaning to write about this really nice place we went to for our teambuilding activities in December last year.

We are about 70 in our group, and we found the perfect place in Club Balai Isabel.    This idyllic lakeside resort in Talisay, Batangas  is very accessible, just an hour-and-a-half drive from Manila.  It has the perfect indoor and outdoor facilities for events, retreats, recreational and teambuilding activities.

There were actually 2 other places we considered aside from Club Balai Isabel, but it was only this which was able to meet all of our requirements and as a bonus, gave us a sweeping view of the Taal Lake.   P1050603b

Here are some of the photos I was able to take during the ocular inspection we made some weeks before the actual teambuilding:

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A very spacious 4-person bedroom in of the rooms show to us.

A very spacious 4-person bedroom in of the rooms shown to us.

And this one too (from a loft-type room)

And this one too (from a loft-type room)

One of the 2 pools available at the resort.

One of the resort villas available.  Each room here can accommodate up to 6 persons.

A resort villa at Club Balai Isabel. Each villa has several rooms that can accommodate up to 6 persons.

This is the function room we used for our teambuilding activities.  It's so big, it can accommodate up to 150 people.  Perfect for gatherings, too.

This is the function room we used for our teambuilding activities. It’s so big, it can accommodate up to 150 people. Perfect for gatherings, too.

There is a parish inside Balai Isabel that dates back to the 17th century (colonial period).  It's open to the public.

There is a quaint parish inside Balai Isabel that I find so charming.  Turned out it dates back to the 17th century (colonial period).  It’s open to the public, and not just to the guests of the resort.

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We were told that a lot of weddings have already taken place in this church.

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That's me in my "pambahay" clothes hehe.

That’s me in my “pambahay” clothes hehe.

We also sampled some food in their menu (since it’s packaged with our accommodation and use of function room), and we were not disappointed.   Of special mention are the pancit canton and pancit lomi that are absolute delights!

Pancit Canton with Toasted Bread

Pancit Canton with Toasted Bread

Pancit Lomi that's warm and comforting.

Pancit Lomi that’s warm and comforting

If you are looking for a venue to hold your milestone (especially weddings!) or corporate events,  weekend or adventure trips with your family and friends, or simply to relax from the hustle and bustle of city life,  then I do recommend Club Balai Isabel.    I can give very satisfactory ratings for their rooms, food and amenities.   The staff are also courteous and dependable.   All our meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) were served on time.  I think there’s not one request from me (being the head organizer of our group) that they weren’t able to accommodate (or maybe I was being too forceful, haha!).   We all had a great time and pleasant stay there.

Club Balai Isabel  |  Talisay, Batangas  |  Phone Numbers: (63) 437280307 and (63) 437730004.

 

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