We spent the last long weekend in Balesin and stayed in its newest villa—Regency Private Villas (Villa A). The villa’s location is fairly peaceful and it stays consistently quiet with a laid-back atmosphere. We came in a group of more than 20 people, so it’s just a good fit as it houses 20 bedroom suites with a Pan-Asian architectural style similar to the existing Balesin Private Villas. Going to the other seven themed villas in Balesin Island is pretty convenient and fast, thanks to the free shuttle service, vans, jeepneys, and other transfer vehicles. The Regency Private Villa A is only around 5 minutes away from the main clubhouse by car.
Review of Regency Private Villa (Balesin Island Club, Philippines)
The spacious contemporary lobby features tall ceilings, comfy couches, a lush indoor greenscape, and a fully equipped kitchen that makes guests feel just right at home and welcome. In contrast with other villages, Regency has no restaurant but guests can request food and order from the in-house cook, who will prepare full meals in the villa. I had my first breakfast in Balesin here. Food and service were good and satisfying.
Tasteful interiors have a strong local feel. There’s plenty of space to sprawl out, making this villa a great accommodation and hangout place for groups of friends or families, though there aren’t any kid specific facilities. There are eight two-bedroom suites and four one-bedroom suites, located on the upper floor and main floor.
At the back of the ground floor is a veranda where you can watch the sunset and enjoy a stunning view of the Lamon Bay. For those who want to swim, the spectacular 400-sqm infinity freshwater swimming pool with an integrated saltwater whirlpool is easily accessible as well. I especially like the infinity pool here as it offers a quiet spot for sunbathing and swimming, as well as some shade. It’s like the piece de resistance that can make you feel like you’re staying in an oasis. By the beach and pool area are four chic cabañas for dining, drinking, and leisurely lounging.
Only the ground floor near the reception area has free Wi-Fi connection, which has both pros and cons. In the room and other parts of the villa, it’s probably recommended to connect more with nature, engage in meaningful and social activities, and do other stuff offline. 😉
Five of us stayed in Room H on the upper floor. Interior design is straightforward, with some artsy wall art decor exuding an elegant touch of native Filipino work. Large windows add a sense off airiness and fill the room with light. The furniture is made from handsome solid wood, embracing rustic-chic with enthusiasm and style. The first floor has two single beds and a sofa bed on the side, while the second floor has a queen-size bed and also a sofa on the side. In-room amenities include all the basics expected of a luxury hotel. Both floors are equipped with flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers.
The bathrooms have separate contemporary shower areas and toilet areas. Toiletries include shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. At the far end are cabinets for wardrobes with hangers, towels, and bath robes. The bathroom is also complete with “his and hers” style vanity. While hairdryers are provided, they are small and not very powerful. Timeless lighting keeps the area bright, modern, and understated.
There’s a common area outside the room, with a balcony overseeing the ground floor. It’s simply decorated with natural colors and ligh walls. The minimalism makes it feel really clean and spacious. There’s nice accents that bring a pop of color and warm wood tones throughout.
While my roommates (husband and brothers-in-law) were sleeping, I went ahead to see the lower ground floor, which happens to be a large entertainment area. It’s enough for families to lounge all day, play board games, work out in the gym room, play mahjong or poker, sing karaoke in the karaoke rooms, play table tennis, play billiards, or have a nice massage. There’s also ample space for late-night cocktails in the bar. This place is just…wow!
Regency in Balesin, Philippines is like an all-inclusive private villa that offers a host of extra property features. Eating, drinking, and activities are all part of the plan, including meals, snacks, and hospitable room services. With an array of options for indoor entertainment, it’s also a nice spot to hang around when it’s raining outside. Overall, we had a convenient and comfortable 3D2N stay here. It’s highly recommended for a comprehensive family vacation, team-building, or just a quick r&r from the city.
After Balesin Regency Villa A, Balesin will be completing Villas B, C, and D within the next several months. After the completion of the Regency Private Villas, there will be a total of 52 bedroom suites in four different Regency Villa structures.