By Shahida Sakeri on November 13, 2015
Nestled on a tropical beach front in the heart of Nusa Dua, Club Med Bali boasts spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. This is an authentic Balinese-style property with modern functionality woven into the fabric of its buildings that employ intricate traditional Balinese carpentry, replete with wonderful splash of colours in their details.
The rooms are, as you’d expect, spacious and cosy. The beds offer uber-comfortable sleep, especially after a long flight, and the cosiness is enhanced with the addition of a daybed in front of the windows, allowing guests to admire the outdoors while reclining in the comfort of their personal space on a lazy afternoon. A flat screen television, high-speed Wi-Fi and the usual perks to be found in the rooms of a luxurious resort are the standards met by Club Med Bali.
For parents who long for ‘me’ time during vacation, they will be glad to know that Club Med offers one of the best resort childcare services in the world. The resort welcomes children and teenagers with programmed activities for each age group, all coordinated by the resort’s professional Gentil Organisateurs (G.Os). There are plenty of fun activities designed for any child’s preferences including circus and handicrafts are carried out according to the child’s schedule.
Club Med Bali offers an array of international culinary experiences such as Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Western and local delights, each one served in a corner of its own in the main restaurant. Besides that, guests are also invited to dine at the gourmet lounge called The Deck, which is intimate and exclusive, with strong emphasis on personal service. This is the place where guests can catch snacks in between meals. They can also experience a four-course fine dining dinner here by making their reservation before 8:00 p.m. All of the food and beverages, including liquor, are all inclusive in Club Med Bali’s package. The Deck is open from midday to midnight.
Further enriching guests’ stay at Club Med Bali is the resort’s large serene and secluded Zen Pool, which encapsulates calmness and stress-free tranquillity. The remarkable design of the adults-only Zen space is based around a grand staircase entrance that gives way to the pool that is lined with inviting sun loungers shaded by overhead permanent canopy supported by imposing columns and four-poster beds at the lawn.
Despite the resort’s top-notch facilities, what Gaya Travel finds remarkably impressive are the hotel’s fun G.Os, who personify the hotel’s sense of vibrancy and conviviality. They are the first faces that guests will meet upon arrival, all smiling and eager to show guests around the property. During meal time, the G.Os sit with the guests not only to initiate relationships but also to obtain feedback on guests’ experience. Needless to say, they are the epitome of what Club Med is all about and stands for.
These G.Os are specially trained in various fields including sport activities that guests may join at their own pace. Activities available include windsurfing, snorkelling, kayaking, boat cruise, archery, golf and the immensely popular flying trapeze.
When the sun sets, Club Med Bali transforms into an amusing entertainment centre with lively performances from none other than the multi-talented G.Os. The overall atmosphere for the night follows a special theme that comprises shows, buffets and parties. The revelry is infectious – guests are bound to be caught up with it in no time. Interestingly, in taking the excitement up another notch, guests are invited to play dress-up by following the Dress Code for the night as part of Club Med tradition.
To us, The White Sensation night was by far the most spectacular evening themes, which started off with spectacular fireworks, followed by remarkable acrobatic stunts by the G.O Circus team members who perform to Michael Jackson’s beats. The night truly revealed Club Med Bali’s legendary ability in creating memorable carnival-like atmosphere that guests will never forget. For those who prefer a more relaxed ambience, they can easily retreat to The Deck and area around the Zen Pool.
For those looking for cultural or adventurous experience, Club Med Bali offers a comprehensive range of excursions outside the resort that include rafting, visiting Mengwi and Tanah Lot, riding elephants, exploring Uluwatu Temple, watching kechak dance, spotting dolphins, cruising to Crystal Bay or Lambogan Island, and discovering rice fields by jeep. These excursions, which are not included in the package, cost between Rp396,000 to Rp2,762,000. Should guests prefer thrill-seeking activities, they should try whitewater-rafting down the nine-kilometre Ayung River near Ubud. The two-hour adventure was not only exhilarating but also brought us closer to Ubud’s pristine nature.
Whether guests choose to relax and do nothing, or decide to participate in all of Club Med Bali’s facilities, they can do so with peace of mind knowing that everything is well taken care of. In fact, Club Med on the whole is the pioneer of the premium all-inclusive concept believing that hassle-free preparation leads to a contented holiday with lesser worries and even lesser risk of unfavourable surprises. Mind you, the price of the package is also value for money; as a matter of fact, Club Med Bali is currently running an irresistible promotion at the starting price of RM1,288 per adult for an all-inclusive three-night stay. Please check Club Med Bali’s website on the latest prices.
Without doubt, Club Med Bali is the embodiment of what a fun-filled, worry-free and world class resort should be, which all travellers must experience at least once in their lives.
Club Med Bali
Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua BTDC
Nusa Dua, Bali 80363
Tel: +62 361 771521
Kindly log on to www.clubmed.com for the best available rates.