View from our villa (Balesin). It felt like we had the island all to ourselves.
Inside the villa where my husband and I stayed with Renee and Keanna, my friend Joy's lovely daughters. I'm missing the CBTL single serve coffee maker!
Shameless selfie inside this luxurious bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers.
Wood carving: horses. Taken while on a tour of the island.
Back in the saddle again ;-)
What's your poison? Taken at Taverna Thanassis, Mykonos, Balesin. Loving the blue and white.
My hubby and cute KC, my goddaughter
Tasty lunch at Sakura Japanese Restaurant
Afternoon swimming near our villa
Chika time with my good friends Joy, Carina and Jojo
Beautiful Balesin Sunset
Who needs an iPad when you have this?
No one else but us :-)
Yummy chicken gyros
The name of this dish escapes me now, but it might be the mincemeat baklava. Not sure, though.
One of the highlights of my stay on Balesin was exploring the island on a bicycle.
Dinner at L'Escale, St. Tropez, Balesin
Bye bye, Balesin.
How we got there: We rode a small plane from the Alphaland hangar in Pasay to Balesin. (Round trip ticket costs Php7,000 (USD156) per person.
Villa rate: The luxurious villa we stayed in is in the area called Balesin and at the time cost Php10,000 (USD224). But I heard the rates increased soon after that. The island is divided into different areas, Mykonos, Bali, Phuket, St. Tropez, Costa del Sol, and Toscana. So if you feel like eating Greek food, then just go to Mykonos, where you can find Thanassis Taverna. They serve superb Greek food there.
Food prices: Food prices were reasonable enough. But do bring snacks because they tend to charge too much for a bar of chocolate or a bag of chips. ;-)
My favorite restaurants: L'Escale and Thanassis Taverna
Must-try: Pizza with onion and anchovies at L'Escale and mincemeat baklava at Thananis Taverna
Favorite activity: Exploring the island on a bicycle
Activities: There are a lot of free activities like basketball, tennis, gym, table tennis, rock climbing, swimming, badminton, biking etc. There are also paid activities like archery, horseback riding, Segway.
Total cost of this trip for me and my husband: Php42,000 or USD 942.56. This includes everything from the airfare to our share of the villa (which was half) to sports activities, food, drinks, etc.