Family Holiday at Club Med Bintan – Premium All Inclusive Resort

Family Holiday at Club Med Bintan – Premium All Inclusive Resort

I just had family holiday at Club Med Bintan, on 14-17 December 2017. To be frankly honest, it was way more fun than I expected as a short weekday getaway. Definitely one of the best vacation that we ever had!

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Transportation from Jakarta to Bintan Island

We flew on Thursday morning, 14 December by Garuda Indonesia from Terminal 3 Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to Tanjung Pinang Raja Haji Fisabillah International Airport. It was scheduled to be boarding at 10:30 but unfortunately got delayed for about an hour, so we arrived at around 1pm.

Transportation from Bintan airport to Bintan resort

At Bintan airport, a driver was already waiting with a sign board “Club Med”. We then continued the journey by car, an hour long road without traffic jam at all. Not much to see along the way, most of it was some kind of deserted areas. But when we entered Lagoi area, it is green everywhere I see.

Arrival at Club Med Bintan

We arrived in Club Med Bintan at around 2pm. We don’t have to go to receptionist like at hotel or other resort. But here, some officers or they call them GO (I’ll explain about them later), will come to you to introduce themselves, and explained everything about the resort, from facilities to activities. You only have to sit nicely, sip your welcome drink while wipe your face with wet towel, and they will take care of the rest. One of them will then escort you to your room.

The Rooms at Club Med Bintan

There are 311 rooms and suites in Club Med Bintan, with three types:
  1. Club Rooms, 34 – 39 m2
  2. Deluxe Rooms, 34 – 41 m2
  3. Suite, 60 m2
All rooms are suitable for up to 3 persons.
We got connecting 2 deluxe bedrooms at 1223 & 1224. One room with twin bed for the kids, and one room with double bed for mommy and daddy. Both are beautifully decorated with gifts to take, and personalized greeting cards with fresh fruits. The view from our room facing garden & beach is awesome, so tranquiling.
bintan bed

Premium All Inclusive Resort

Club Med is a pioneer in the All-Inclusive formula, providing us with hassle-free experience to create happiness here and now.

It’s always included in the price:
🏩  Accommodation
🍴  All-day dining
🍸  Premium open bar
⛵️  Sports & Activities
👱  Kids clubs from 4 to 17 y/o
🎤  Live entertainment
📲  Free Wi-Fi

They also arranged my flights and transfers to and from Club Med Bintan. I got all the necessary information before departure, so all I need to do is just pack my suitcase and go!

Holistic Wellness Escape 

It’s truly a holistic wellness experience in Club Med Bintan, and I felt so much recharged and rejuvenated with their offers to eat well, move well, play well, and feel well.

Eat Well

bintan food

There are generous spread of delectable food for our daily nutrition and energy needs, available at these spots:

  • Waterfall Restaurant (Level 2)
    This is where we enjoyed our feast breakfast, lunch, and dinner with various foods from Indonesia, Chinese, Japanese, India, and Western. Don’t forget the desert too!
    Schedule:

    • 07:00 – 10:15 Breakfast
    • 12:00 – 14:15 Lunch
    • 18:30 – 21.15 Dinner
  • La Terrase Specialty Restaurant
    I’m not worry if I miss my breakfast and lunch, coz here I can catch up with late breakfast and late lunch!
    Schedule:

    • 10:00 – 11.00 Late Breakfast
    • 14:00 – 17:30 Late Lunch
    • 18:45 – 21:15  Dinner with reservation
  • Bars
    As a premium all-inclusive resort, of course Club Med offers us unlimited drinks and refreshments in any of these bars. Yes it’s all you can drink, including liquor and wine!
    There are 4 bars available:

    • Santai Bar at Level 1, open from 09:00 to 24:00
    • Panorama Bar at Level 4, open from 10:00 to 20:00
    • Matahari Beach Bar on the beach, open from 10:00 to 22.00
    • Bagus Bar at Level 1, open from 23:00 to 01:00 (subject to daily program)
MUST TRY: Fresh slow-pressed juice at Matahari Beach Bar from 9-11am.
bintan family

Move Well

This is note for myself and everyone who plans to visit Med Club: don’t forget to bring sport shoes! We (me and family) didn’t bring our sport shoes so we couldn’t join jungle walk 🙁 Fortunately we could still join other sports such as archery, badminton, and flying trapeze!

Here are several activities to keep you on the move in Club Med Sports School:

Flying Trapeze 
09:00 – 09:45 Mini Club (4-7 years)
10:00 – 10:45 KIDS Club (8-10 years)
11:00 – 11:45 Teens (11-17 years)
16:00 – 17:15 Adults (18 years and over)
17:15 – 18:00 Catch

I tried this flying trapeze and my oh my it’s not as easy as it looks, but worth to try! My hubby did better than me, and our little curly girl also has guts to do it too!

Watersports

10:00 / 15:00 Windsurfing Lessons
10:00 – 12:00 / 15:00 – 17:00 Sailing Lessons
09:00 – 12:00 / 14:00 – 17.00 Kayak Free Practice

All are for 8 years old and above, and open depends on the sea and weather conditions.

Swimming pool is open from 9am to 9pm, lifeguard on duty is from 9am to 7pm.

And of course, you can play on the beach and ride the wave too!

Landsports

09:00 Powerwalk (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun), GO Runner (Tue, Thu, Sat)
10:30 Sport Tournament (check daily program)
12:15 Pool EntertainmentThis pool entertainment has different theme each day. We joined bubble bath party on Friday, and watched throw the ball game on Saturday. It was fun!14:30 Sport Tournament (check daily program)
15:00 Jungle Walk
17:00 Futsal at the Sport center
17:15 Special Sports event (check daily program)Squash & Badminton
(All equipment is available at the Land Sports Center)We enjoyed playing badminton and laughed out loud to our silliness during the play. We were lucky there were only four of us on the first 1,5 hour at the spacious badminton field, so we got the chance to record the fun 😀Tennis
(All equipment is available at the Land Sports Center)08:30 – 09:30 Intermediate Lesson
09:30 – 10:30 Beginner Lesson
*Lesson: 11 years & above / No lesson on Wednesday
16:00 Tennis TournamentArchery
For 6 years and above09:00 – 10:00 Kids Club (8-10 years old)
10:00 – 11:00 Mini Club (6-7 years old)
11:00 – 12:00 Family shooting
14:00 – 15:00 Teens Shooting (11-17 years old)
15:00 – 16:00 Family Shooting
16:00 – 16:30 Adults (18 years old & above)
16:00 Tournament (everyday)*Family: parents & kids under 11 years oldWe joined this family shooting session and it was our first time trying archery, never thought it could be that fun!
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Fitness Classes
For 16 years and above10:00 Cardio Workout at Fitness Center
11:00 Circuit Training at Fitness Center
11:45 Aqua Gym at the Pool
15:00 Abs, butts & thighs at Fitness CenterFitness Center
Fitness room opens from 6am until midnight, and sport shoes are requiredMUST TRY: Twilight Trapeze Circus School, 9.15 pm on selected nights

Play Well

 

In Club Med, parents don’t have to feel guilty to leave kids. Coz guess what? Club Med provides their signature Mini Club Med® and Junior Club Med to keep kiddos busy all day!

Mini Club Med® 
Located at Level 4, Mini Club Med is dedicated for kids 4-7 years old from 08:30 – 17:00, and for 8-10 years old from 18:30 – 20:30.  Their adventure-packed days include creative play such as arts and crafts, dance and performance, group games, outdoor activities, little circus, and even get on stage to perform a Mini Club show.

Junior Club Med 
Located at Level 3, Junior Club Med is dedicated for teenagers from 11 to 17 years old, open from 09:30 – 17:00 and 19:00 – 20:30. Teenagers can meet up, make friends, take part in exciting activities such as show and dance or even thrilling sports above with guidance of Club Med’s G.O.s (read more about G.O. below).

Petit Club Med 
Located at Level 4, Petit Club Med is available at extra cost for toddlers from 2 to 3 years old, open from 08:30 – 17:00 and 18:30 – 20:30. Managed by trained G.O.s, it’s a place for toddlers to enjoy creative activities such as arts and crafts, face painting, and entertainment. It includes healthy foods from the children’s lunch menu.

Feel Well


Club Med also offers several activities to restore mind, body and soul with holistic activities that leave us invigorated.

At Palapa spot, we can join Yoga (08:00 – 09:00), Pilates (16:00-17:00), and Zen Yoga (17:00 – 18:00).We can also indulge ourselves at Club Med Hill-top Spa by Asmara from 09:00 – 20:00.

Or, simply relax at hammock and read book at zen corner.

bintan for family

Evening Entertainment

My favorite and most awaited moment everyday at Club Med was this evening entertainment! Every 20:45 they have daily show that varies each night, continued with second event which is usually party starts from 22:00.
bintan show
On the first night, we had wonderful dinner by the poolside, entertained by dancers and circus show, then dance till drop at party by the beach.

On second night, we laughed out loud watching super funny musical show at the theatre, followed by limbo competition.

On third night, we were amazed by the laser show at the theatre, continued with super fun face-painting glow in the dark party.

The Legendary Club Med G.O.

Since the first to the last day of our stay in Club Med, we were so much impressed by the  staff’s hospitality. I saw in their uniform, the sign read as: G.O.

G.O, stands for Gentil Organisateur or Gracious Organizers, is the pillar of Club Med. This unique profession was invented by Club Med 60 years ago. The G.O is the ambassador of Club Med spirit and upholds the company’s values, creating the bond, and spreading the joy.

The special feature of Club Med is that the GOs play, dine, drink, and dance together every day and night with the guests. They are the ones who made daily entertaining performance. They are rotated every 6 months to different Club Med resorts.

Here are some of their performance during our stay in Club Med Bintan. They’re awesome!

About Bintan Island

Bintan Island is part of Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago, a short boat ride from the city of Singapore. Its northern Lagoi area is an upscale resort destination offering championship golf courses, secluded beaches and diverse water sports. The northeastern Trikora strip is a less-developed coastline. To the south, the provincial capital, Tanjung Pinang, has Dutch colonial architecture and a rich history as a trade port.

About Club Med 

According to Wikipedia, Club Med stands for  Club Méditerranée SA, a French public limited company specializing in the sale of all-in holidays at a number of “vacation villages” which it owns and operates in a number of (usually exotic) locations around the world.
Most villages are designed for families, with villages providing daytime supervised facilities for children: the “Baby”, “Petit”, “Mini”, “Junior’s” clubs and 12 Passworld facilities worldwide which offer a special hang out space for 11- to 17-year-olds.

The villages are now divided into three different types:

  1. Family resorts: villages with children’s Clubs and activities for teenagers, offering relaxation and leisure activities, and welcoming families, couples and friends.
  2. Resorts for everyone: villages with no Club facilities for children and teenagers but welcoming couples, families and friends.
  3. Resorts for adult only: adults-only villages, from 18 years, offering entertainment, relaxation, sports, and leisure activities to friends, singles, or couples.
As of November 2015 the resort company operates 65 villages in Europe, Africa and Middle East, North America, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Asia, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean.

How to book Club Med Bintan Island

Please note that the resort does not take booking directly. You need to book through Club Med Jakarta office via toll free number 0800 1 258 263 on Monday – Friday (9am-7pm) and Saturday (10am-2pm). You can also check the website anytime: www.clubmed.co.id
 
Please also note that since 3 years ago, there is no membership requirements anymore in Club Med. In the past, it was compulsory to be paid an annual membership to be allowed to go to to Club Med. Now, this membership does not exist anymore, so everyone can go on holidays to Club Med without paying any membership.

However, there is a “great member” program to reward Club Med’s faithful clients. Like most of the airlines do with the frequent flyers program, Club Med has kind of similar program to reward their best clients. Learn more about it here: Club Med Great Members .

AddressJalan Perigi Raya Lot A11, Lagoi Bintan Utara, Teluk Sebong, Sebong Lagoi, Tlk. Sebong, Kabupaten Bintan, Kepulauan Riau 12920
Photo of us in Club Med Bintan by Sweet Escape
Photo of us in Club Med Bintan by Sweet Escape

We definitely had a blast at Club Med Bintan, and looking forward to explore more Club Med Resorts all over the world! Check more updates and photos of my Club Med experience here: #NutsInClubMed

How about you, what would you like to do most if you stay in Club Med Bintan? Please answer on comment section, I’m giving away 100k shopping voucher for one lucky winner!
Photo of us in Club Med Bintan by Sweet Escape
Photo of us in Club Med Bintan by Sweet Escape
Disclaimer:
This post is fully sponsored by Club Med Resort, but rest assure that I only give genuine opinion in my blog.

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