Ever have those days when you just feel so lethargic and uninspired, and getting out of bed seems so tough? Well, that was me two weeks ago. It didn’t help that I was also recovering from and on-and-off bout with flu which lasted for a few weeks, the start of it which saw me nearly hospitalized (again!). I knew that I needed a break and some vitamins from the sun to get my mojo back.
I received many helpful recommendations from colleagues on where to go for a short weekend getaway and finally settled on Club Med Bintan because of its close proximity to Singapore.
Our 3D2N package for 3 adults and 2 children had cost around $2.3k which was inclusive of ferry tickets and stay at the resort. This is pricier than many other resorts, but after experiencing the service there, I’m not surprised why.
Club Med was the first hotel we’ve stayed in that is so kids-friendly. They have programs for children between 4-11 (Mini Club Med) that stretch all the way from 9am till 8pm, essentially leaving parents with the whole day to do their own things. They have one for toddlers aged 2 and 3 too (Petit Club Med) but we decided not to sign Alicia up and opted to spend the day with her instead.
For adults, there are a lot of sports activities to join and the pool is always available. Zhiyi and I attended tennis coaching classes for two days in a row and it was really fun. They have other things like archery and golf too but we didn’t have time to try those out. At the end of each day, the GOs (guest officers) would perform musicals. The themes during our stay there were song and dance tributes to “Glee” and “Michael Jackson”.
And finally, with regards to food, it was practically all-you-can-eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with snacks and drinks served all around the clock at the pool bar and various other locations around the resort. Apart from certain alcoholic drinks, everything was already included in the initial bill so we could eat as much as we wanted till we got sick of the food! I for one took full advantage of the free flow of ice cream served at The Waterfall restaurant.
On the final evening there, Zhiyi and I went for a wonderful massage at the spa. We had ours in a nice spacious room situated on a rock outcropping looking out into the South China Sea. Nothing is more relaxing than having a back rub while listening to the sound of waves crashing against the rocks below!
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