Last month, we spent Holy Week in Balesin with the family. I was a bit nervous because it was the very first time we would be taking our 6-month-old, Naomi, away on a trip.
Walking around Resorts World while waiting for our flight
We had lunch at Tao Yuan in Resorts World, then walked around a bit before going to the Alphaland hangar.
Apparently a LOT of people were headed to Balesin for Holy Week because the lounge was like an evacuation center.
After a brief delay, it was finally boarding time. Free seating on the plane, so when they call your name, you go go go.
Naomi cried a bit; it was her first time on a plane. Check out below photo where she looks a bit harassed upon our arrival at Balesin.
We were there with my cousins and our Uncle Jun, who invited us all to go with him. Thanks so much Uncle Jun! xx
Here are Jacob and Sabrina checking out the map of the island. The Pacific Ocean is on one side, and Lamon Bay on the other.
Balesin Island is made up of 8 themed villages, and they usually have only one village open for occupancy. But since it was peak season, they had all eight open for Holy Week, and we stayed in St. Tropez.
This was our villa. St. Tropez is very family friendly! We felt safe enough to leave our veranda doors open all day.
Naomi loved sitting outside, too! She would stare out at the water and seemed to enjoy the breeze.
Here’s what our room looked like inside:
All the villas are pretty much identical. The one below is Uncle Jun’s, with Jacob and Sabrina hanging out on one of the extra beds.
There is a CBTL espresso brewing machine in each room, and this is where we set up Naomi’s milk warmer, too.
One of life’s simple joys — enjoying a cup of coffee outdoors…
…with a view of the Pacific Ocean!
Jacob spent most of his time swimming. He was suddenly able to swim all by himself, for the very first time! Just a short distance of course but it is such an achievement! So proud of him!
Meanwhile, Naomi mostly sat under an umbrella by the pool.
Everyone was just swimming in the pools, really. The waves of the Pacific Ocean were just too strong. But it was still nice to be by the water.
Day 2 was spent swimming in Mykonos village. They have very nice pools, plus an outdoor jacuzzi, but no beach.
Food choices were somewhat limited. We chose to have breakfast in St. Tropez every morning because we were too sleepy to go anywhere far.
The buffet was blah, but at least it included fresh crepes prepared on the spot!
John and I had 3 crepes each every morning! My favorites were the 4-cheese and the spinach and mozzarella.
Dinner options at St. Tropez are even more limited. We ate there the first night, and the only mains on the menu were steak and salmon. Naomi’s yaya chose salmon because she doesn’t eat beef. And she wanted rice, but the restaurant only had potato gratin. And then when Yaya’s salmon arrived, she took one bite and ran straight for the toilet. She was throwing up all night, hindi raw sanay sa smell ng salmon! John had to take a golf cart to the Balesin village where he ordered a whole fried chicken and asked for it to be chopped into serving portions for Yaya. But when we tried to give it to her, she refused to eat it, saying the salmon had totally grossed her out. ***STRESS!***
Yaya vs Salmon
Thankfully, Yaya felt better by the next day. We decided to have lunch in Balesin, the main village.
The dining area has view of Lamon Bay, where a lot of people were swimming. The waves are a lot gentler on this side of the island.
We had sandiwches and silogs all around. Naomi’s yaya had daing na bangus, and no more nausea.
Dinner was at Costa del Sol, where it was nice and festive. Food shots were all blurry since it was dark, so I won’t be posting them here. We had tapas, cochinillo, and paellas.
We also wanted to try the Japanese restaurant, but they were fully booked for lunch and dinner the entire weekend.
Here’s my little girl out by the beach with Uncle Jun.
And this is us about to board a tiny plane and fly back home.
There were some things I had to clear up with Balesin staff prior to our trip, and I’m posting them here now, in case any of you might need to know too:
- What was the baggage limit per person for the flight? Most people bring only duffel bags, or at most, small wheelies. This worried me because as you can imagine, it’s not easy to travel light with a 6-month-old! Anyway, Balesin reps emailed me to confirm that they allow full-sized luggage to be checked in, so long as we stay within the limit of 10 kilos per person. Yay! (At the hangar, they actually just took all our bags without even weighing them first)
- Would they allow us to put Naomi in her baby carrier and put the carrier on its own seat for the flight there? No. Babies under 1 year old must be carried on an adult’s lap, but they fly for free.
- Aside from extra beds, would it be possible to borrow a crib or playpen for the baby to sleep in? Yes! The resort has a limited number of Graco Pack ‘n Play playpens that guests may request for (better to do this in advance). We were able to get one for our room, but sad to say, it was very dirty and we ended up not letting Naomi use it at all.
- Are there sterilizers guests can borrow? No, but you can request for hot water kettles, and clean your bottles and pump parts in boiling water, which is what we did.
- Would it be advisable to take a stroller? No. Not with all the sand and the steps and the golf carts you will be riding.
- There is a day care center / children’s play room at the Balesin Island Clubhouse where you can leave your kids with their yayas, but why would you do that when you’re at the beach?
And if you’re traveling with your yaya, you might want to consider packing easy-to-eat food and snacks for her, such as bread, supermarket-bought pastries, potato chips, cup noodles, and 3-in-1 coffee, just in case she doesn’t like what’s on the menu.
And that’s it! Can’t say it was easy traveling with a 6-month-old, but it was worth it. Beach over theme park, any day! We all had a lovely Holy Week weekend, and I hope you did, too.