Club Med has always been on my dream vacation list for a while. I want to experience how it’s like to be in a luxury all-inclusive resort. All meals included, free flow of drinks including wines and cocktails, a variety of fun activities, late night parties, nightly live shows and supervised kids programs, just to name a few.
So, I’m glad that we finally experienced the awesomeness of Club Med Bintan two weeks ago. It was one of the BEST resort vacations ever!
Do you know that Club Med Bintan was recently named Best Resort for Families in Asia by Trip Advisor?
Perhaps the best thing about this resort is its close vicinity to Singapore. Just an hour of ferry ride out from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, and it can be easily booked online. As a quick weekend getaway or an impromptu family trip, Club Med Bintan is a perfect choice.
Here are TEN reasons why we love Club Med Bintan.
1. The moment we arrived, we felt pampered and at ease
The moment we arrived at the resort, the Resort Manager and the GO Team were standing at the reception entrance to welcome us with warm towels and beverages.
First impressions count. The resort has given us the BEST impressions the moment we arrived – that made us felt completely pampered and at ease.
Info: At Club Med, ‘GO’ means Gentle Organizers. They’re a group of young, energetic and enthusiastic Club Med crew who run all the activities in the resort, including the kids club and sports.
2. The spacious and comfortable guestroom
The guestrooms are divided between small 3-storey buildings that are designed with exotic woods using local crafts. Between modernism and local architecture, its design is pretty unique.
Our room is a Deluxe Sea View room with a spectacular view of the China Sea. The unique part is the little window alcove specially designed as the children sleeping area. Edison was so thrilled to have his own private space.
One thing that is worth mentioning is the daily surprises from the housekeeping crew. They folded the towels into animals and decorate them with flowers. I really appreciate their attention to details.
3. The beach is exceptionally beautiful
Club Med Bintan is known to have one of the most beautiful beaches among all the other resorts in Asia. With palm trees swaying gently in the breeze and a beach that stretches for 8,500 feet of fine white sand, it is indeed an island paradise.
The water is crystal clear and the beach is exceptionally beautiful. Edison loves dancing on the beach. The sand is so soft and clean, he just couldn’t stop playing with them.
4. Enjoy a variety of sport activities
Most of the sport activities do not require pre-booking (except mountain biking, sailing / kayak and snorkelling). So we just need to walk-in to join. It’s the perfect chance to improve our existing skills as well as discovering a whole new sport.
The GOs are qualified instructors, so guests can enjoy some personal coaching from them. Our favourite sport activities are the golf and archery. There is a driving net, putting green, chipping green and practice bunker (obstacles dug in the ground and filled with sand).
Info: Some of the sport activities have dedicated time slot for parents and kids (i.e. circus school and archery). Do check the timings on the Club Med Bintan Island Information Sheet that will be given to you on your arrival.
5. Mini Club Med
As you may be aware, Club Med Bintan is famed for its kids club that offers a dedicated program for children from 4 months to 17 years old. There are 3 different kids club: 1) Petit Club for 2-3 years old, 2) Mini Club for 4-10 years old, and 3) Junior Club for 11-17 years old.
At any time of the day, you can register your kids with the club. The program starts as early as 8:30am and ends at 8:30pm. Besides the sport activities like flying trapeze, tennis and archery, they also offer non sportive activities like arts, handcrafts, dance and cooking lessons.
I like the convenience of dropping him off at the Mini Club to chill out on my own. On the other hand, he has the opportunity to discover new things on his own and share special moments of newfound friendships with other children and GOs from all around the world.
6. All meals included with free flow of drinks including wines and cocktails
Perhaps the best thing about an all-inclusive resort is that you can completely leave your wallet behind throughout your stay. In Club Med Bintan, there are two restaurants offering breakfast, lunch and dinner with food choices that change daily. We love the Waterfall Restaurant that offers international buffet with a special theme every day.
The best thing is we can enjoy wines and cocktails at no extra charge (all-inclusive) from the restaurants and bars at any time of the day. The restaurant is also kids-friendly. Kids food trays, milk bottle sterilizer and baby food are available at Waterfall Restaurant.
7. Take Instagram-worthy pictures & beautiful portraits
Club Med Bintan is like a live postcard. You can take beautiful pictures at every angle of the resort, and add them into your picture collections. Here are some Instagram-worthy pictures that I’d like to share with you:
8. Make friends with the GOs
As I’ve mentioned earlier, the GOs are a group of young, energetic and enthusiastic Club Med crew who manage all sorts of activities in the resort. They can be your sport instructors during the day, lunch partners in the afternoon, live performers in the evening, and your party friends at night.
I’m completely amazed with them. They are multi-talented and very passionate about their jobs. They are fun and happy people that make the atmosphere so lively – something that is truly unique in Club Med (I’ve never seen in other resorts).
9. Just relax and do nothing can be fun too
Edison loves to think that hammock is one of the coolest places to take an afternoon nap at. Yes, isn’t this the most relaxing thing to do? Forget our stress, work and study – just let the clock tick away while we enjoy the beauty of our surroundings.
10. Nightly entertainment and live performances
There is never a dull moment at Club Med Bintan. Every night, there are night shows performed by their local teams and night parties. From local culture, to dancing evenings, musicals and even circus show, the nightly entertainment is truly awesome.
Last but not least, I was again impressed by the friendly GO Team who went the extra miles to wave goodbye to us when our bus was leaving the resort. I quickly dashed out my camera to take this picture to show it to you.
All in all, we truly enjoyed the breezy holiday, fun-filled activities, awesome good food, exceptional service and beautiful beach at Club Med Bintan. We really couldn’t ask for more.
Will we go again? Certainly, YES!