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Pacific island clubbing EURASIAN INFUSION PAR EXCELLENCE By: Bruce Curran

T

he Pacific Ocean

earth's

surface

covers one third of the

and is awash

with more

Luzon, designed

one

such

island

by blending

has

been

carefully

(asin) water of the Pacific Ocean. One balete tree in the midst of the island serves

the salt such

a rich mix of European

islands

than the rest of the world put together.

and Asian lifestyles within a magnet of visionary

as the focal point and as an effigy of the place,

Nature

has laced the planet with islands galore,

brilliance - Balesin Island.

and

which

The name

can weave unique living communities within

of the ancient

but it is human these

ingenuity

environments.

orr

and creativity the

east

coast

of

itself comes banyan

(b(/{ete)

up the heart of the forested

trees that make island,

fringed

is reputed

Bales!n

from a combination

by

Island

This kilometres

seven

to be already

a century

old.

in many ways is truly a gem. kilometre-long

southeast

of

island

Polillo

lies 21

in Quezon


Province kilometres

and is a 25~l1linute

flight some

IJ J

east of Manila.

It is more or less the same size as Boracay, the most well-known being

developed

universe

Philippine

at the opposite

end

From this. Boracay definitely

very own magic and has previously the best beach resort inAsia, is a completely reserved

island,

different

for exclusive

but is

..

it to a single

fection,

and you have this vision in the making.

Take

the

European

France,

Italy

Balinese

and

seaside

and

village

Island clubbing

to a perceived

architecture

popular

Island

match

the island

of the

ball game and is totally membership

owner,

develop

has its

been voted

but Balesin

Take a single theme,

Greece;

styles;

ambiance

spots add

and

Pst"

in

Spain,

in Thai

you have

of and

Pacific

par excellence.

The home-grown

ambiance

Village is part and parcel

to the main

clubhouse,

village has 40

villas styled with native materials,

each

with a Jacuzzi

experience. beach

strip

of the

running

Lamon

from

the relaxation

is found on the prime

island

fronting

away

Filipino-themed

to amplify

This section

kilometres tucked

the

the

some

7.3

Bay on the west and

open

side

facing

the

Pacific Ocean. of the Balesin

of this aspect.

Close

villas spread around

The Euraslan-themed the

island

ensure

that

visitors

are well-housed.

modern

conveniences

from

the

very

Needless are

start

to say, all

provided.

Each

village has 30 villas to choose from and a style unique

to the nations

they represent.

One way or another, lover's dream. spots where those

the menu

different

clubhouse

parts

adds

an upmarket

Sakura.

Most

menus

from

the

The

main

food theme

Japanese

of the

caught

the food from

of the world.

revolve around

restaurants

village has eating

matches

to the overall

offering

freshly

Balesin Island is a food

Each Eurasian

restaurant, in the seafood

waters

by the

resort's that

around

is this

Pacific island. Then percent

it is time

is left untouched concerns. around available.

to enjoy

in active support

Electric the island,

Only

ten

and the rest of ecological

carts are one way of moving and horses and bicycles

The aquatic

small sailing dinghies,

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nature.

of the island is developed,

sports centre and other

are

has kayaks, environmen-

tally-friendly

water craft that can also be used

for exploring

further

afield. Snorkelling,

diving,


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and

even

sports

wake boarding

are

on

the

water

menu.

Pristine those

beaches

are a main attraction

for

international architectural

crowd. At the heart of Balesin private member's

dream

Island, this is the

- being as far as possi-

ble from the dust, noise, and chaos of the city.

700 members

to date have seen the light

and booked their passages and

reached

once

the

for lifetime

] ,000

with this marketing

mark

focus

Alphaland

has naturally to provide

has

to Filipinos

sively, it is time to go international first

member-

been

land

fully integrated

planning

an

without

landscape

a harmonious

and

is its wealth shells,

clear

of coral white beaches turquoise

and mysterious

over its dozen separate

waters

rock formations

badminton,

a billiards

other

world champions

in the

country

this game originating

tury Europe games

and card

with members,

all this

around

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a

Horse-

the island,

and

offerings, detox

there

amiss,

or some

steam

and

These

are freely available,

whirlpool

and always

karaoke

excellence,

player

ambiance

'time out'. A bout of yoga lessons

and of course,

on

is up for grabs. Mah-jong

on the sporting

side ..

than

4th cen-

are popular

Amid

Hence

from]

on the ready is a ubiquitous

spread

respectful

table, since this is one sport

Filipino

sport

Any

would not be complete

superlative

basketball,

is popular

available.

are well looked after

golf driving range are all close at hand. back riding

with

sand beaches.

in other ways, particularly Tennis,

and coves,

teeming

is

that has more Bales!n.

Life is a beach, and the island's real treasure crystal

archery

place in the Philippines

any

exclu-

Pacific

and

even

Filipino

EcoPlan,

project.

On land, the clientele

in 2014. The

for

with

firm, to ensure

been

for developer

this well-tuned

experience

It has partnered

to be able to take a break

from city life and chill out far from the madding

ships;

clubbing

members.

lucky enough

Some

Ocean

must

sessions facilities

be' time

and for

would not go on tap,

'with

to fit the bill.

and go to prove that


this unique

space is finely tuned

of a very discerning

All in all, Balesin honed

in on absolute

If it is a perfect you're a member Balestn

Island

to the needs

clientele. Island

is definite

exclusivity

luxury

at all levels.

lunch break you need, and

passing through is the answer

Manila,

then

- so long as you

have four or five hours to spare. Better still, take a ten-day break and drop in as a favoured

guest

of the Balesin Island Club. Each member tary

in seven themed dized

is treated

to 14 complimen-

villa nights per year, 180 hospitality villages to choose

villas

from, subsi-

flights on private planes, and a generous

payment

period as an incoming

member.

Defi-

nitely not a bad start for one of the finest and most luxuriously

rhemed

afloat in the Pacific Ocean, more

islands

together,

than

in which

members-only

the rest of the world Balesin Island stands

a superstar .•

Balesin Island Club Poltllo, Quezon

Province

Tel. +632 846 6205 Email¡sales@alphaland.com.ph www.balesin.com

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