If you’ve been following my series on Balesin Island Club, a members only resort in the Philippines, then you’ve seen my journey that seemed to be around the world when in reality I was just in an island paradise. We took a tour of all the 6 villages (1 hasn’t opened) when we arrived on the island and it took us more than 3 hours to complete the tour.
Costa del Sol is a region in the south of Spain known for their beaches.
The Alhambra lounge looked like a really cozy place to relax and have drinks in at night.
Instead of villas or hotel style like St. Tropez the rooms were housed in clusters of buildings like the one below. Each building would have 2-3 rooms so it’s good for big groups.
This was a typical room that cost P10,000 per night and sleeps up to 4 people.
They also had loft rooms that can sleep up to 8. This room costs P20,000 per night irregardless of the number of occupants.
We had dinner in their Spanish restaurant. I was surprised that we were given a private room. The service was excellent.
Elizabeth found my sangria to be too strong. Personally I loved the sweet wine and even ate all the alcohol infused fruits.
I tried a spoonful of Jeff’s garlic soup and was instantly enamored. It’s something I would definitely order next time. It was light with a subtle garlic flavor and very tasty.
Elizabeth loves gazpacho but she has never found one she liked in Manila. It was this gazpacho that had her in tomato heaven. Until the next day she kept mentioning how good it was.
The chorizo wasn’t the best I’ve eaten but it wasn’t bad at all. I ended up eating most of it with my garlic rice.
Even the plump shrimp was yummy with it’s perfect blend of garlic and just enough heat.
The cochinillo or roasted young pig lacked seasonings but a dash of salt or a dip in lechon sauce was enough for us to enjoy the crispy skin and tender meat. The meat along the breast part (?) was so exquisite it tasted similar to soft liver in texture.
You know you’re Filipino when you order garlic rice to eat with lechon.
The trio serenaded us with Spanish, Chinese and English songs. It wasn’t until they sang songs by The Hotdogs, VST & Co. and The Boyfriends that I let loose and sang along. I blame the sangria!
I was already too full for dessert but the churros con chocolate was too good not to devour. It was better than any churros I’ve eaten in Manila. The fritters were light and crisp. I just wish they didn’t sprinkle it with sugar when just cinnamon would have been better. The chocolate sauce was dark and pure and I literally drank most of it when the churros were all gone.
I recommend you eat at their Spanish restaurant at least once when you visit Balesin. It I stayed longer I would have loved to try their paella and lengua.
Snapshots of Balesin Island Club (iPhone photos)
Balesin Island Club – Balesin Village
Balesin Island Club – What We Ate at Balesin Village
Balesin Island Club – The Balesin Spa
Balesin Island Club – Mykonos Village
Balesin Island Club – St. Tropez Village
Balesin Island Club – Phuket Village
Balesin Island Club – Costa Del Sol Village
Balesin Island Club – Bali Village