Christmas time is here once again! Christmas a we know is the most celebrated holiday among Christians all over the word. And we Filipinos are known to celebrate it the longest number of days. As soon as the 'ber month set in that's when we begin to hear christmas carols being played all around - on the radio, shopping malls, jeepneys, tambayans, among others. Houses and establishments likewise started to decorate to complement the festive mood.
Christmas is the most awaited time of the year for friends and families to gather, celebrate and of course eat together. Even as we do it within our homes or at outside eating places.
Christmas came in early with my group of blogger friends as we gather to enjoy the year-end at Club Balai Isabel in Talisay, Batangas.
Club Balai Isabel is a favorite place for us because of its lovely scenery, comfy accommodations and delicious food. Located right at the shores of the world-famous Taal Lake and overlooking across is Taal volcano. Its a great place to relax and enjoy their various amenities. Other than taking a dip in their refreshing pools, there are also water sports activities like kayaking and sailing. What I like most is the personalized body massage you can have right at the comfort of your own room. You can also opt for a boat ride and be brave to go up near the volcano's crater either on horseback or on foot.
There are many rooms and villas you can choose depends on how many you are in a group. Fully-equipped with queen-sized and single-beds; there are also cooking options and kitchen utensils that are available; flat screen televisions; set of basic toiletries; complementary coffee/tea and drinking water.
Our group stayed in a 2-room villa with loft that served as additional room, can fit at least 14 persons; with three (3) toilets and bath; with complete amenities and our very own veranda overlooking the Taal Lake.
While enjoying our stay, we also feasted on the best of their local and international cuisines. Famous in this area of Batangas is the "Bulalo" (boiled beef shanks) and the Crispy "Tawilis" ( a small fish that can only be found in the water of Taal Lake.
And because its the festive season, Club Balai also has special something for the holiday season, the "Lakeshore Buffet" beginning on December 16. After you hear "simbang gabi" at the Spousal of Mary and Joseph Chapel (located within the premises of the resort), take time to feast on their dishes especially prepared by Terraza Cafe. And on December 31, join them in the New Year's Countdown and be amazed with the fireworks display.
As a preview of the upcoming love month in February 2017, Club Balai Isabel also has its "Romantic Dinner for 2" offering a full course meal composed of pumpkin soup, imperial garden mango salad, Belmont steak, chocolate volcano and home made ice cream and a choice of red wine.
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