Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Maiden visit to Club Med Bali @ Indonesia

The year started on a good note with an awe-inspiring trip to Bali. Ending the year with a trip to Europe and then keeping this Bali trip a hush-hush until my manager gives me the green light to go on a 3-day-leave was all happening too quickly for me. There had been quite an extensive traveling for me for the past few months and Bali was timely as I needed a break from the subject called stress.

"Don't grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach."

~Michelle Held

Having nothing to expect for my maiden visit to Club Med, I arrived at the resort greeted with big smiles and welcoming faces. Men & women dressed in crisp orange Polo tee and white bermudas were lining up to greet us with fresh wet towels and a cup of aromatic tea.

The 20 ha resort located in Nusa Dua, a pristine location that hosts both 5 star international hotels and conference centre has a 0.8 km beautiful sandy beach lined with tall swaying coconut trees surrounding the sea, where gentle stirrings of the waves seemed to convey some hidden soul beneath beyond my capable vision. It was just the perfect view I'll need for my tired soul.

They are referred as G.O - "gracious organisers"
and we are G.M - "gracious members"

Arrangements were smooth with the Club Med driver picking us up at the airport right to the doorsteps of the resort. Luggages were tagged at the airport and the staff knew which room to sent them to without us having to lug our bags the moment we board the vehicle. After a welcoming greeting by Phillipe whom is the Chef de Village (GM) of Bali, we were ushered to our rooms by the G.Os.

The resort & my deluxe room with a balcony

Then it was time to explore the resort. It has a Balinese architecture with elegant roofing made with wooden tiles, quaint brick work, and also a pond where fishes and lotus plants cohabitat, all oozing with charm eventhough the village was built some 30 years ago. There were also 3 original Balinese temples within the resort. If you're lucky, you might get a sight of the resident monitor lizard which roams around the corners or islands in the pond. Noooooo...........

I know architecture certainly doesn't sound synonymous with my name nor my work but I have learnt to appreciate the wonderful work of architects and interior designers over the years when my cousin exposed me to works of the famous architects like Santiago Calatrava and Frank Gehry when we went to Bilbao.

The design and architecture of this place is not restricted to traditional Balinese concept but the recent extensive renovation reveals a much bigger and better upgrade for the resort. A breath of new life and modernity is given to all communal areas from reception, pools, bars and the restaurants. What attracted me most was the poolside and the main bar.

The main bar, located at the corner of the swimming pool and overlooked the beach was the focal point of the resort. It was spectacular in a way which its circular design brings out the convivial atmosphere and the impressive chandelier that hangs from the top of the ceiling cascading down the pillar is made of metal and resin teardrops inlaid with mother-of-pearl that flutters and dances in the wind creating a soothing sound just like a wind chime.

I was also impressed with the dining concept at Club Med. Food is very important, well, at least for me! There were 2 restaurants in the resort which serves buffet-style dining and the other a fine-dining ala carte style. When we were there, we had the opportunity to try both restaurants.

The Malaysians...
(clockwise from top left) Kenny Sia, Ian from Expatriate Lifestyle, Mayanne from West Coast Communications (PR), Edward Chin (Marketing & Sales Manager Club Med Malaysia), me, Kenn from Newman and Kiwi from Citta Bella.

I was spoilt for choice the first night I was there. Along the buffet lines, there were Balinese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Italian and also Western cuisine. We all know that most of the buffet food doesn't taste good nor appetising but I was amazed that the quality of food here is indeed above average and the presentation of food is just as good. Ok, apart from the choice of wines, I have nothing much to complain about. They serve wines (a choice of red or white) but the wines are local Balinese wine labels so don't expect to drink your Bordeaux or burgundy here.

The day does not end after dinner. You'll be surprised that Club Med keeps you awake till the wee hours of the morning with the spectacular theatre shows, party at the bar and then the last dance at the Night Club. I was capernoited every night I was there because the booze is free flow and all inclusive! I used to think that Club Med is an exclusive club for members only but it was not what I thought. Anyone can have a holiday at Club Med if you're into exclusive holidays where everything is taken care of and all you want is to be happy and have a peace of mind. That's how I felt when I was there. No money to carry around and I don't even want to have my mobile with me.

With such great facilities and fun I had at the resort, I might have to quomodocunquize for my next holiday with Club Med!

The next part of my Club Med Bali experience

A little info about Club Med...

All is taken care of with Club Med premium all inclusive holiday when you book your holiday with them. This includes return flight transfers, twin share accomodation, all-day dining, open bar and snacking, sports and leisure activities, night live entertainment and supervised activities for children. They now feature a more inclusive innovations which includes Baby Welcome (0-23 months where child care equipment are provided in the package), Kid's Nature Concept, Bar & Snacking and Passworld for teens (14 to 17 years old) and more exclusive innovations such as upgrading their 4 ΨTrident resorts to 5 ΨTrident resorts. It is a very family oriented resort where children right through to teens have their own clubs and activities taken care of.

At Club Med Bali, the 4
ΨTrident resort has 3 swimming pools, 91 G.O from 18 nationalities, 9 suites, 87 deluxe rooms and 297 superior rooms that houses a maximum capacity of 800 guests at one time. With 80 resorts worldwide, you can now experience Club Med at every corner of the world.

P/S: This is a media trip and I was lucky to be invited to experience the 4D3N "all inclusive holiday package at Club Med Bali"


Sean said...

wow, i didn't even realize that balinese wine existed! sounds very interesting. wonder whether it's available anywhere in kl...

A Arthur said...

Hey this is a very good write-up on Club Med. I have been to Cherating Club Med some twenty years ago and it was an interesting trip for my family too.

Would be planning one for Bali next, ya.

I also email this post to all my friends.

thanks for the write-up

suituapui said...

When I was younger, I always wanted to go to Club Med Cherating...but I never did. Guess I'm just too old now for all that fun. Sobssss!!!

eiling lim said...

Sean: I also didn't know Bali produces wine! it was drinkable but not my type of wine. I think it's only in Bali! haha

Uncle Lau: Thanks for the compliments. Yeah it has been renovated and it looks good now. Time to revisit Club Med!

STP: you can still go and it'll still be fun!

thule a.k.a leo said...

I almost made it to Club Med Maldives few years ago until some unexpected events took place.. let's not dwell into it :)
by the way, this looks like a cheaper option

Sunny Matahari said...

hi eiling!

i am looking out for a place to go for my honeymoon this year. this now looks much more inviting compared to new york :)

would you be able to let me know the price of this package that includes airfare etc?

thanks a bunch!

email me at kellynsun@hotmail.com

eiling lim said...

Thule: This is a far cheaper alternative and your daughter will enjoy herself too with all the activities for children.

Sunny Matahari: I will get the price package and email you soon.

Huai Bin said...

Very nice! Yeah, I like Club Med's all inclusive holidays, it's nice if you want to just chill out. I love the song on their website too - downloaded it somewhere and I play it when I feel like going for a vacation. :)

foongpc said...

Wow! What a nice place! The most important thing for me when I go Club Med anywhere is the food : D

foongpc said...

I just learnt a new word today from your blog and it's quomodocunquize. LOL! I think I also need to quomodocunquize if I want to go Club Med in Bali! : D

eiling lim said...

Huai Bin: Yeah it was really a nice experience and I do encourage you to try it.

Foongpc: Wah now you learnt a new vocab. That's very good!

Taufulou said...

aiyooo... tempted lei.bali such a nice place to visit lagi lagi club med..

eiling lim said...

taufulou: faster book lah! I am also looking forward to another club med holiday!

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