Balesin Island Club

Balesin Island Club

Balesin is an exclusive, world-class island resort off the east coast of the Philippines, for members only. It is the flagship project of Alphaland Corporation. Balesin Island sits on the Pacific Ocean, 35 kilometers off the eastern coast of Luzon. It is 20 minutes’ flight time from Manila, on Alphaland’s private fleet of airplanes, which are boarded at Alphaland’s private terminal. Balesin Island is about 500 hectares in size, of which less than 40 hectares (about 8%) will ever be developed. The majority of the island is undisturbed, original tropical rainforest. The island is ringed by more than seven kilometers of white-sand beach.

The resort redefines the Asian luxury beach experience, which is characterized by excellent service, and provides a comprehensive array of facilities, for an endlessly varied and evolving lifetime experience for its members.

The accommodations consist of seven theme villages, inspired by world-renowned destinations: Balesin, Bali, Costa del Sol, Mykonos, Phuket, St. Tropez, and Toscana. Each village is a distinct experience, and effectively a resort in itself. Each is designed and executed authentically, from architecture and interiors to landscaping and cuisine. The emphasis of the design is on privacy and exclusivity. Many of the accommodations are standalone villas, while the suites are also very private.

In addition to the villages, there are extensive central facilities, including a main clubhouse larger than most country clubs, a Sports Center, an Aquatic Sports Center, restaurants, and many others.

Balesin Island Club offers two different types of international membership - 14 complimentary villa nights a year or 7 complimentary villa nights a year.  Members and their guests can choose to use these complimentary nights at any of the seven villages or at the clubhouse suites, which are designed for larger families.

Balesin’s E.L. Tordesillas Airport, named after the founder of the original resort, has a 1.5 kilometer-long concrete runway, built to international aviation standards, that can accommodate regional aircraft and private jets. The club regularly operates two Cessna Grand Caravans, seating nine passengers, and two British Aerospace (BaE) Jetstream 32’s, seating 19. Charter aircraft with larger capacities are added during peak periods, and the club has operated a capacity of 1,000+ seats a day during these periods. A key aspect of the flight experience is our own private terminal at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, which is much more convenient— and luxurious— than the crowded public Domestic Terminal.

Alphaland utilized revolutionary technologies and concepts in developing Balesin Island Club. In any island development, the main challenge is water supply. The concrete runway serves as a rainwater catchment, collecting over 200 million liters per year into man-made lakes. The harvested water is processed via ultrafiltration into potable water, which is distributed around the island. Used water is processed aerobically and anaerobically in modular sewage treatment plants, producing Class A greywater. This reclaimed greywater is used for the island’s lush landscaping during the summer months. Balesin is thus, uniquely among island resorts, self-sufficient in water.

The island also produces a lot of its own food, which is made possible by the abundant water. The original fishing community that continues to live on the island supplies the fish served in its restaurants, and also staffs the aquaculture facilities, which include fish and shellfish farms. The banana plantations on the island produce a surplus, which is sent to the mainland and marketed there. Compact, high-technology organic vegetable farms established near the airport have begun to yield much of the produce needed by the island’s restaurants, although some items (like rice and meats) will always be brought in from the mainland, as we would rather not clear forest to accommodate these.

Location and ambiance are key to Balesin Island’s overall vision. In this regard, the resort’s architectural design remains in harmony with its natural surroundings. This was achieved by partnering with one of the world’s pre-eminent hospitality master planners, EcoPlan, of Florida, USA. EcoPlan has ensured that each structure never overwhelms its environment in any way.