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Balesin Island is best villa development in Southeast Asia

02/17/2012 | By: Daily Tribune

Winners of the inaugural South East Asia Property Awards were recently announced at a gala dinner held at Hotel Fort Canning in Singapore. The Best Villa Development award went to Alphaland Corp. for the Alphaland Balesin Island Club’s destination villas.

The South East Asia Property Awards, introduced by Ensign Media, seeks to recognize the most innovative and interesting property developments in the region. Over 300 entries from 1,500 nominations were received.

The award is a testimony to the quality of services Balesin has in store for its members. Located in Polillo, Quezon, a mere 25-minute private plane ride from Manila, the project is a fully sustainable, master-planned, 500-hectare, exclusive island resort divided into six themed villages. Each village takes its inspiration from world-class destination resorts: Bali, Mykonos, Phuket, Costa Smeralda, St. Tropez and Balesin, Philippines.

Authenticity is a key principle to the design of each village. Tropical landscapes and courtyards bring the spirit of Indonesia to the Bali village. The destination villas of Mykonos are whitewashed cubic houses with flat roofs and colored wooden doors. Phuket village is located at the southernmost part of the island with villas situated atop rugged cliffs overlooking crystalline blue-green waters.

Taking inspiration from the world-famous Costa Smeralda style made famous by the Aga Khan in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, the Costa Smeralda village will offer luxury comforts without marring the beauty of nature. And the destination suites of the St. Tropez village are reminiscent of the French Riviera. Each village will have its own specialty restaurant serving their respective cuisines for their guests’ convenience.

Villas are fully-equipped with a wide range of amenities. There will also be direct-to-home TV via satellite in each of the villas. The outdoor deck of the model villa has an outdoor whirlpool tub, a daybed, a sun lounge and an outdoor dining area. With units at above-average sizes, Alphaland Corp. put a great deal of thought into making every inch work towards members’ comfort. The model villa is already as well-equipped as your own home, yet still offers a generous amount of space.

The entire island was designed with sustainability in mind. Guests can traverse the island through horseback or electric golf cart. Fresh seafood will be grown in and around the island — all the seafood served in Balesin comes straight from the sea, through the kitchen, and onto your plate. Rainwater is harvested to provide potable water for the island’s water features. Finally, only 50 hectares of the 500-hectare island will be developed. The remaining land will be maintained as a forest sanctuary.

The amenities further define Balesin Island Club as a world-class resort destination. The imposing 3,500 square-meter clubhouse will house a host of facilities as well as five two-bedroom clubhouse junior suites and a two-bedroom clubhouse grand suite. The spa will offer 10 massage/therapy villas, a spa pool and a whirlpool. Last, but not the least, members will have access to the aquatic sports center and the fully-covered sports center where there is no shortage of things to do.

The Asian real estate market has a bright future ahead. Ultra-prime properties in Southeast Asia are now some of the most expensive and coveted on the planet, and the industry is seeing a surge of exciting projects that will definitely raise the bar for luxurious living.

People can definitely expect a varied array of high-end developments to surface in the coming years. It is no longer enough to simply make a claim to excellence. For a discerning market, Ensign Media’s introduction of the first ever South East Asia Property Awards couldn’t be timelier.