Editor’s note: What do you do when planning a vacation for visiting in-laws and high-energy kids? Why, turn to Club Med, of course! Yati shares with us a review of a blissful holiday with the extended family at Club Med Bintan. Holiday planning doesn’t get much easier than this!
Our family had visited two Club Meds over recent years, and all agreed that this, Club Med Bintan, was our preferred!
We love Club Med vacations because it’s just so easy. The compound is always safe and secured. We know the kids are well taken care of too, occupied with kids’ club activities throughout the day so we don’t have to worry about finding things for them to do, which is just great.
It’s the same winning formula at Club Med Bintan. Because it is newer than the other resort (Club Med Cherating), the rooms and facilities are newer, better designed and very well-kept. Importantly everything is clean and neat. Set by a pristine private beach, the view is lovely – and the pool very inviting.
On this trip, we went with my visiting in-laws, and Club Med kept them busy too ☺
That meant Rob and I could do our own things too during the day ☺
We were blessed with good weather while at Club Med Bintan, so that meant we got to enjoy a wider range of outdoor activities too.
Rob and I played tennis a couple of times during our stay. Rob also joined Muay Thai classes, scheduled throughout the day at Club Med Bintan.
I love the entertainment hour at night – there’s always some performance by the talented GOs. Always a joy to watch.
The Kids’ Club was very well-run. Various activities organised for the kids throughout the day, never a dull moment. Here’s a moment while the kids were enjoying a Hip Hop night at the kids’ club.
But the real highlight here was the circus school. My kids had a blast!
Safety was clearly the top priority there. The trainers and instructors were encouraging and kind. Even my daughter, usually not for risk-taking, had fun with the obstacle course.
The kids enjoyed themselves daily and tire themselves out completely too. Always a good thing, ensuring a great night school.
One of our favourite spots at the resort had to be the Panorama Bar, overlooking the South China Sea.
Dining here at Club Med was not bad at all!
On most days, we go with the international buffet spread at the main restaurant – for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kids being kids, my twins enjoyed their chicken nuggets and fries… yes, after we paid a premium, that’s their stable! There were plenty to choose from for everyone though, and my husband and I, as well as my in-laws, enjoyed the food.
On one of the evenings, I booked dinner for our group at the sit-down restaurant, The Terrace. Meals here are also included in the All-Inclusive price plan, but with limited seats, it tended to be booked up real fast. So if you are keen, make sure to tell the GOs at the reservation table first thing in the morning when you head down for breakfast.
The Terrace was a nice change. We had a view of the South China Sea, and the setting is great for a family sit-down meal. The night we dined there, it was barbecue night.
My kids had by then made friends with a lovely Japanese couple from Sapporo. Mr Takeshi was celebrating his birthday and shared his birthday cake with us. A great evening for all of us…
It was a relaxing holiday, with little to fuss over – even booking. We usually book directly with Club Med through their website, and avail ourselves to promotions such as their kids stay free program. At booking, it usually feels more expensive than other resorts, but it is all-inclusive and offers us peace-of-mind when we go about our day.
We are already planning our return trip.
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