Biking Capital of Batangas
The 13+ kilometer descent from Lipa City leading to a panoramic view of Lake Taal and volcano is nature's gift to cyclists.
Aside from the aforesaid natural treasures, the Palsara Bridge, Taal Lake Circumferential Road and the Balete River are not only highlights of scenic biking routes, but are also alluring backdrops for travel and outdoor photography.
On the way back, bikers could opt to ascend towards Barangay Kinalaglagan, MataasnaKahoy or Barangay Tanguay, Lipa City--- relatively shorter routes but with steeper, more challenging inclines.
The sides of the concrete and asphalt road are peppered with convenience stores which provide bikers a place to rest, to hydrate, and to appreciate the charm of suburban zen.
Balete is home to a scenic suburban life as it is blessed with a bountiful lake and lush greeneries. Countless pre-wedding photos, art films, as well as family gatherings and just plain ol' good times have taken place in the open-to-public spaces of Balete.
With environment-conscious developments taking place within the Biking Capital of Southern Batangas, it won't be too long for Balete to establish itself as one of the premiere nature tourism destinations in the region.
The Balete Baywalk encompasses parts of Barangay Looc and Barangay San Sebastian. It has been a favorite destination among cyclists and motorists for its newly paved roads and, of course, the unclouded view of Taal Lake and volcano.
The plaza adjacent to the Municipal Hall is a popular stop-over for cyclists as the Talisay trees give shade for the resting travelers. The Locals frequent the park for morning walks and other forms of exercises. Picnic tables are also available for public use.
It's certainly a momentous experience when the sun surrenders to the lake and volcano. There is something deeper, something emotional in that slow, almost cinematic descent of the Baleteno sun. It is definitely one of a kind.
Destinations and Developments
Investors have been taking notice of the laid-back, coastal environment of Balete, Batangas. Slowly, premium residential and commercial establishments have been rising from within and around the famous lake. These developments, though, aren't like the villages and subdivisions found in the city, these are communities ala Venice, Italy---- with planning and development built around the Balete landscape and with an architecture that blends in with its natural surroundings.
Retreat and recreational centers are aplenty in the municipality of Balete, Batangas. There is a long list of resorts to choose from---- from intimate to grandiose resorts, from affordable to premium rates, from day-tours to multiple night stays---- Balete has got it all covered. The resorts are only an hour and a half drive away from Manila and are easily accessible via the STAR Tollway.
Cintai Corito's Garden
Cintai Corito's Garden is a Balinese-inspired sanctuary tucked in the heart of Balete, Batangas.
Address: Sitio Pandayan, Malabanan, Balete, Batangas
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Contact No: 63437247759 / +639178331508
Nayomi Sanctuary Resort
Nayomi Sanctuary Resort presents itself as an escape from the demands of the urban world, a place where one can relax, regroup, and rediscover the self. The sanctuary is situated where one of the best views of Taal Lake is seen. Surrounded by nature, Nayomi offers a relaxing atmosphere that will make anyone feel right at home. The 14,418 square meters resort magnifies the beauty of Lake Taal.
Address: JM Katigbak Street, Balete, 4219 Batangas
contact No:(02) 8871 7558
Villa Natura Taal
Villa Natura, thanks to its commendable customer service and high-end amenities, has been frequented by celebrities and influencers alike. The 2.4 hectare estate boasts of vast open spaces and greeneries that make the place highly desirable to those looking for photo and video shoot venues.
The resort also caters to corporate and casual events including weddings and corporate meetings. Rooms and villas are also available but, due to health protocol restrictions, they accept only one tight-knit group per day.
Address: 510 Leviste Highway, Barangay Malabanan, Balete
Contact No: 0917 855 2583
Lakeshore Resorts and Spa
Situated right at the fore of the famous Taal Lake, it takes pride of its lush green lawns, relaxing ambiance and a spectacular sunset anyone would fall in love with. The one hectare property is also dubbed as the up and coming "Tagaytay" of Lipa as the resort exudes serenity and exclusivity.
facebook page: www.facebook.com/lakeshoreweddings
Contact Numbers: +63.917.8064497
Emilio's Farm and Resort
With rates starting from Php 2,800, Emilio's is one of the more affordable resorts in Balete, Batangas.
The place could fit a maximum of 80 guests perfect for weddings, corporate meetings and other intimate gatherings.
Their competitive prices assure guests with comfortable single and multiple-night stays as they also offer event halls, villas, and of course, the majestic view of Taal.
Address: Barangay Palsara, Balete, Batangas
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/emiliosfarm