Needing a break after embarking and disembarking various modes of transport non-stop for the previous few weeks, it was refreshing to know that I did not need to venture out of the resort to experience the destination, save for excursions to certain places. This time around, I much prefer to be cocooned, and might as well be in one happy bubble called Club Med Bali.
The property – being part of the Nusa Dua’s gated community of five-star resorts – is a self-contained and quaint village that is well manicured, lush, secure and efficiently run. Beginning 2015, Club Med Bali has also been Green Globe-certified for its initiative in collaborating with a non-governmental organisation to assist local farmers to cultivate essential produce that can also be supplied to Club Med Bali in order to help boost their income and the local economy, thus contributing towards Bali’s real economy.
Club Med Bali is a 14-hectare property with 393 rooms. Being part of the Club Med group, the property offers premium all-inclusive holiday, meaning that food, drinks, transfers, facilities, instructors, sports, activities and more are all included in the package, therefore guests do not need to worry about making payments, except when making purchases at the Club Med Boutique, spa and participating in special tours that are not part of the package.
Lately, Club Med has added more options to cater to families. Major parts of Club Med Bali such as the 87 Deluxe Rooms, Main Bar, Agung restaurant, The Deck, and the Zen Pool, have all been renovated to incorporate international and smart contemporary design that marries modernity with Balinese characteristics. Guests are recommended to stay at the Deluxe Rooms since each of them is located on the accessible ground floor and comes with a generous 50 square-metre smartly designed terrace.
In line with Club Med’s premium all-inclusive approach, vacationing at Club Med Bali is hassle-free, fuss-free and provides peace of mind, especially when it comes to food and beverages – it seems like guests can literally dine and imbibe throughout much of their waking hours. For breakfast, lunch and dinner taken during regular hours, all guests are feted to a sumptuous buffet at the Agung Restaurant, and for drinks they can head to Club Med’s Main Bar, considered as the resort’s de facto watering hole. For late lunch or late dinner, guests can make way to the suavely designed restaurant called The Deck (Club Med’s first gourmet restaurant in Asia), which serves ala carte dining – guests need to be mindful that reservation is required for late dinner. The Deck fronts the Nusa Dua public beach, allowing guests to indulge in people-watching through the outlet’s glass wall panels when dining.
Club Med Bali essentially exists to serve families and active couples. The property offers something for each member of the family, including grandparents, to have a meaningful holiday because there are many activities to suit each family member, all located in one secure and safe location. Here, parents or guardians are able to have time for themselves, knowing that their children are safe and in the good hands of Club Med’s well trained and experienced Gentil Organisateurs (G.O.s) who hail from many parts of the world. Mothers surely can have more ‘me time’ so that they can recharge and become new to face life again.
Babies from as young as four months old up to 17 years of age are looked after by G.O.s who engage them with fun-filled activities. Parents or guardians could simply leave their babies and toddlers from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Baby Club (for those who are four months to under 23 months old) or Petite Club (two to four years old), provided that the parents or guardians make arrangements one day earlier because Club Med Bali assigns one babysitter per baby (extra babysitting services are chargeable).
Children of four to 10 years of age belong to the Mini Club where the G.O.s are readily on hand to receive them. Teenagers (11 to 17 years old) will get the chance to play on their own – but still under the watchful eyes of the G.O.s – at the Junior Club. Parents who wish to be with their children during the day can spend time with them in the Family Zone. By the way, parents or guardians who are in need of a break can simply run to the sanctuary provided by the only-18-and-above Zen Pool after leaving their children with the G.O.s.
Speaking of the Zen Pool, it is now one of my favourite places in Club Med Bali. Even though I do not indulge in suntanning, I find that lazing on one of the huge swinging lounges that double up as day beds by this ever-so-sexy pool is definitely a must. Even though Club Med Bali hosts families with energetic children and active individuals who travel solo or as couples or in groups, the property still has many pockets of peace and serenity that allow for self-reflection and recharge. The Zen Pool is definitely one of them.
Though Club Med Bali has achieved so much in terms of design, culinary choices and activities, it does not intend to rest on its laurels. Club Med has repackaged Club Med Bali’s offerings by further developing unique signature experiences for guests to enjoy such as yoga by the sea, surfing camp, arts and crafts studio, family golf, and interesting excursions such as racing along the beach on a four-wheel drive or cycling through rice fields. On top of that, after having a fun-filled day, guests and their children will never get bored at night because Club Med Bali also showcases exciting and jaw-dropping circus performances by the multi-talented G.O.s, making guests experience more memorable and fulfilling. Club Med Bali also holds night parties and live music for all family member to uninhibitedly let their hair down and have fun.
In conclusion, Club Med Bali is a highly recommended value-for-money holiday destination suitable for the entire family, including couples and singles because it embodies Club Med’s mantra, which is to create bonds among families and friends by providing them with a notably happy place. Travellers are bound to love Club Med’s premium all-inclusive holiday concept because it allows travellers to enjoy immersive, hassle-free and cashless holiday set within a safe and secure self-contained bubble.
- Never take the Club Med bracelet off or lose them! The bracelet is important for the Club Med staff to identify and recognise the holder as a guest.
- Stay at least three nights to fully make the most of Club Med experience; if possible, best to stay up to a week or more for total relaxation and bonding.
- Do not miss trying out the trapeze to live out the circus performer in you!
For Club Med Bali, prices start at RM1,368 per adult for three nights’ stay in Club Room. Children under four years old stay for free, while those from four until 17 years old are only charged 60% of the adult price. For more info, visit www.clubmed.com.my.