July 19, 2019
Well designed spaces, top of the line amenities, superb food choices and discriminating interiors all curated within an exclusive space generally comprise the luxurious draw of membership country clubs.
By definition, a country club is a privately owned club that offers a variety of recreational sports and facilities for dining and entertaining. The concept is said to have originated in Scotland and appeared in the US only in the early 1880s.
In the Philippines, the first country club was the Sta. Barbara Golf and Country Club in Iloilo that opened in 1907. Through the years, more country clubs inside and outside the National Capital Region have been on the rise.
The popularity of country clubs, however, does not mean there’s no more room for more clubs of this nature to be built; not when International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association have predicted the health club market — now worth $87.2 billion globally — to grow continuously. It’s also good to note that country clubs continue to be built with the outpour of more developments around the country.
Enter Alviera Country Club, the Ayala Land’s premiere membership club within its new development, Alviera.
Located in the developing area of Porac, Pampanga, Alviera Country Club is poised to cater to the upcoming residents and occupants of Alviera, the 1,800-hectare sustainable estate that features a diverse mix of residential dwellings, commercial districts, industrial parks, institutions and leisure facilities.
“With the opening of the Alviera Country Club, we mark a huge milestone in the estate’s growth and development. We look forward to welcoming members and guests to experience Pampanga hospitality at its finest,” said Melanie Eugenio, Alviera project development manager, during the media tour of the new property.
It’s prime location that’s accessible via air (it is only 15 minutes away from Clark International Airport via Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway), sea (40 minutes away from Subic Freeport Zone) and land (one hour away from Manila via North Luzon Expressway) makes it an ideal choice for transitioning passengers or city dwellers who want to take a break not far away from their point of origin.
And break indeed they will find with the many ocular, gastronomical and overall pampering options Alviera Country Club has.
A visual treat
From a distance, the country club is already a stunner. The roof of the main clubhouse resembles a leaf, which according to its design agency Leandro V. Locsin Partners is an homage to Alveria’s concept of urban development amid nature.
Inside the property, pieces by award-winning designers Kenneth Cobonpue, Vito Selma and the SouthSea Veneer are well appointed. Those familiar with the works of Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala will also notice some of his artworks inside the property.
Sports and recreation
For its main purpose, the country club is not short of activities members can choose from.
Alviera Country Club boasts a network of pools that welcomes visitors right off the entrance of the club. There is a central lounge pool, a smaller lounge pool, a half-Olympic sized lap pool with six lanes, and a kiddie pool that functions more as a water park.
An indoor play area with lockers and changing room plus an outdoor splash park completes a virtual fun zone for children. Kids who prefer to stay dry and channel their energy through video games can do so in the game console room. KTVs and theater rooms round up the entertainment facilities.
For more court-side entertainment, the country club has indoor and outdoor courts where players can enjoy tennis, badminton, basketball, and volleyball. The fitness gym comes with a dance studio for yoga, Zumba and jazzercise classes.
Over the next few months, club members will come together for some exciting sports and recreational activities. Sports camps for individuals and families are scheduled for the last quarter, as well as darts and billiard tournaments.
For relaxation, Inawa Spa offers massage treatments by specially trained masseuses. The spa has Shiatsu and Swedish massage services, and their own signature relaxation treatments.
As with other centers of social affairs, Alviera Country Club is prepared to host different types of events. There are three meeting rooms and a large boardroom on the ground floor. On the second floor are two ballrooms that can be combined into a grand hall that can accommodate as many as 500-600 guests. A pre-function area running the length of the hall provides a view of the entire club.
Finally, a country club is not complete without a wide and sumptuous food option, most especially in Alviera Country Club considering that it sits within the Pampanga, the “Culinary Capital” of the country.
The club has three restaurants top billed by Manyaman Restaurant, a 112- seater restaurant that offers Filipino and international dishes. The restaurant extends to an al fresco dining area by the central lounge pool.
Meanwhile, Sabyan Café offers hot and cold beverages and a wide array of sandwiches, freshly baked bread and pastries, pasta and crispy thin pizzas. Finally, Galo Sports Bar features a bar menu with appetizers like sisig, salted pepper squid and cheesy baked beef nachos.
Over the next five years, Alviera visitors will have even more to look forward to as leisure developments are built up. While waiting, now is definitely the high time for leisure-seekers to sign up and become a member of this premier country club.
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