Taal Lake has one of the best views in the CALABARZON province. From Tagaytay to Batangas, it is a sight to behold. Club Balai Isabel is one of the best places to go to for an up-close and personal experience with Taal Volcano, the world’s smallest volcano surrounded by a lake.
If you’re planning a trip here, you’re in the right place! I’ve created this ultimate guide to provide you with everything you need to know about Club Balai Isabel.
About Club Balai Isabel
Just a few hours away from Manila, you will find Club Balai Isabel in the quiet town of Talisay, Batangas. It was named after the only child of the owner, Isabel. This resort complex boasts of a residential area, a restored church, pools, hotel, aqua park, basketball court, obstacle courses, gardens, spa, and so much more!
The lakefront suites offer a stunning view of Taal Lake and Taal volcano with their balconies and verandas. If you’re craving for some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you’ll love it here!
The resort has pools in three different locations! Check them all out. Each one varies in size, too. It’s open from 8:00 AM until 10:00 PM.
- Terraza Infinity Pool – best view of the lake
- Kumintang Pool – 500 sqm pool so you’ve got a lot of space to swim around in
- Talisay Pool – private pool for that peace and quiet vacation
This inflatable waterpark offers several play areas for both kids and adults. It’s open from 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM.
- For the checked-in guests, it’s P450/head per hour or P1,250/head for 4 hours
- Day Tour Packages: P1,850/head inclusive of 1-hour use of the Aqua Park, lunch, snack, and use of recreational facilities P990/head inclusive of 1-hour use of the Aqua Park and use of recreational facilities
They do however have rules.
- When it comes to kids, they should be at least 1.2 meters in height. 0 to 3 years old are only allowed with an adult companion in the swan area. 4 to 12 years old can access the whole place but with an adult companion.
- Avoid the aqua park if you have heart disease, hypertension, and any other serious illnesses. Getting exposed to the heat and strenuous activities may aggravate your conditions.
- Pregnant women are not allowed to participate.
- Guests with mobility issues and/or previous injuries as in the following and including back, knee, hip, and joint problems are restricted unless they have medical clearance from their physicians.
This chapel is from the remains of a 17th-century church dating back to the Spanish Colonial Period.
- Terraza Restaurant – for homey dishes
- Kape Kumintang – for a sip of kapeng barako
- Balai Organiks – a farm to table experience with ingredients grown & picked inside the resort
- Zero Carbon – home-grown and sustainable produce from the neighboring towns
- Isabel’s Panaderia & Pizzera – everything bread and pizza
- From Lake to Plate – with fresh fishes caught from the lake
Listed as one of the best in Asia by CNN Go, Club Balai Isabel’s spa boasts of professional and highly-trained therapists. Massage your stress away and relax.
Bond with your family and friends using the resort’s team games. You’ll find here basketball courts, tennis courts, and volleyball courts. You can even rent a jet ski, pedal boat, or a kayak.
Break a sweat and have fun. There’s an obstacle course around the resort to test your agility and coordination.
Here’s a list of the activities you can do including its rates.
- Kayak (single-seater) – Php 150/hr
- Kayak (double-seater) – Php 300/hr
- Pedal boat – Php 500/hr
- Banana boat – Php 350/head for 15 minutes (minimum of 5 & maximum of 10 persons)
- Jet ski – Php 1,500 for 15 minutes, Php 2,500 for 30 mins and Php 5,000 for an hour
- Speed boat – Php 6,000/hr, Php 3,500/30 minutes (maximum of 4 persons)
- UFO – Php 500 for 15 minutes (maximum of 3 persons)
- Flying fish – Php 500 for 15 minutes (maximum of 4 persons)
- Fishing rod and bait – Php 50/hr
- Taal Trekking – Php 4,500 (6 pax)
- Traditional Massage – Php 300 for 30 mins
- Basketball and Tennis
- Horseback Riding
- Biking – Php 150 to 450 per hour depending on the bike you want to rent
- Aqua Park Daytour – Php 1,850/head (1 hr aqua park, lunch, snacks & use of facilities), P990/head (1 hr aqua park & use of facilities)
- Aqua Park (for checked-in guests) – Php 1,250 (4 pcs of 1 hr aqua park), Php 450 per head (1 hr aqua park)
- Organic farm tour
Option 1: You can book your stay via Club Balai Isabel’s website. Your booking includes a complimentary breakfast. Rates start at P6,000+
Option 2: You can also book a room at Club Balai Isabel via Agoda.com for discounted rates.
Option 3: There are unit owners within the resort who rent out their place on Airbnb. We booked the Cozy 1 Bedroom Suite for the six of us. I’d recommend Ritchie’s place. He’s a Superhost and his unit is just a few meters from the infinity pools.
DISCOUNT: And for taking the time to read my blogs, here’s a P2,200 Airbnb travel credit. You can use the P1,600 for booking a room on Airbnb and the P600 for Airbnb experience. This is only valid for new users.
Where To Eat
Aside from the restaurants inside the resort, there are also restaurants just a few meters away from the resort. The Airbnb we booked allowed us to use their griller so we just brought our rice cooker, lots of meat and a few charcoals for dinner. There’s also a 711 store just 10 minutes walk away from Club Balai Isabel.
How To Get There
- On South Luzon Expressway, simply go straight past the end of the highway and straight to the STAR Tollway.
- Go up the ramp at the Tanauan City exit and turn right. You are now on the National Highway
- Follow the road going to Talisay.
- When you reach the town proper of Talisay, go straight ahead.
- Club Balai Isabel is 500 meters from the town proper on your left side. If you see the second bridge, then you have gone past the resort.
- From Manila, ride a bus at Buendia or Cubao passing by Tanauan, Batangas. Travel time is around 2 to 3 hours and the fare is around 100+ pesos.
- Get off at Tanauan town proper bus terminal. Once you get off, you will see the tricycles beside the bus terminal.
- Take the tricycle and ask the driver to bring you to the Talisay jeepney terminal besides McDonald’s Tanauan. It will cost you around 8 pesos per person.
- When you have reached the jeepney terminal, take the ride with the signboard Talisay. It will cost you 27 pesos per person.
- Once you reach the town proper of Talisay, take the tricycle to Cub Balai Isabel. You’ll pay 40 pesos for the whole ride. Be sure to check your Google Maps before taking a tricycle. Depending on where are in the town, you might not even need to ride a tricycle.
We started our trip from Sto Tomas, Batangas.
- Sto Tomas to Tanauan – P10 per head
- Tanuan to Talisay – P27 per head
- Talisay to Club Balai Isabel – P40 for the whole tricycle divided by 3 = P14 per head
- Food – P150 contribution per head (for already cooked meals and meat for grilling)
- Talisay to Tanauan – P27
- Tanauan to Sto Tomas – P10
- Airbnb accommodation – P6,774 (minus P1,600 Airbnb credits) is 5,174 divided by six = P864
- TOTAL: P1,102 each
*We did not ride a tricycle from Club Balai Isabel back to town since it’s just a 10-minute walk away.
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Johanes is a digital nomad and a web content writer who loves to go on spontaneous travels. She also likes to go camp under the stars and play with her dog and cats.