Oh, Club Med. What a beautiful concept you have — an all-inclusive holiday with a great mix of food, wellness, fitness, entertainment and alcohol.
I’ve always had a great impression of Club Med ever since I’ve been to the one at Cherating Beach but for years I never considered going to Club Med again because of its price point. Back then I think each person had to pay a membership fee on top of the package rate but I guess they’ve done away with that?
Anyhoo, my friends and I didn’t have the luxury of time to go on a long trip and it didn’t make sense to spend on air tickets for such a short duration so we decided on Club Med Bintan!
For 3D2N during an off-peak period (after the March Holidays), we paid SGD487/pax which included the ferry tickets and transfer. It might seem a little bit pricey for a short trip but considering the fact that it includes EVERYTHING, I’d say it’s really worth it.
We took the 11.10am ferry from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and reached the resort before 12.00pm. We checked in, settled down and immediately headed over to the Waterfall Restaurant for lunch.
We were lucky to arrive on the date where the monsoon season was just over. This meant that today was the day they resumed the snorkelling activity! Only 18 slots are available on a first-come-first-serve basis; no advanced bookings are allowed. You’ll need to show up at the activity hut in-person on the day of the snorkelling trip, 1 hour prior, and reserve your slot.
We woke up early for breakfast at 7++am and 2 of us went to the hut at 8.50am to reserve for the 10am – 12pm timeslot. Because it rained in the morning (it was a pretty heavy downpour), the morning snorkelling session was cancelled due to choppy waves and poor visibility in the waters. What a bummer! This meant we had to come back at 2pm to reserve for the 3pm – 5pm session.
So! If you’re sick of having buffet for dinner at the Waterfall Restaurant, you have the option of going for to La Terrasse Specialty Restaurant for some ‘fine dining’ aka ala carte dinner. You can only reserve seats on the day itself, early in the morning at the Waterfall Restaurant. Be early cause there are limited seats and it’ll fill up fast!
We were too tired from the day’s activities that we skipped the night’s entertainment and headed back to our rooms to watch TV and slowly fall asleep.
Our last day in paradise. We took it easy and hung around the pool, the beach, went snorkelling, and stuffed our faces with food and drinks till it was time to head to the ferry terminal.
That marks the end of my Club Med experience. I’d definitely go back again although I’d prefer to head to other Club Med locations.
We did so many things during a short period of time — kayaking, stand up paddling, snorkelling, aqua gym, fitness boot camp, yoga, badminton, volleyball — that it became kind of our very own fitness and wellness ‘retreat’.
Duration: 3 Days 2 Nights
Type: Off-peak period (End March/Early April), Sunday – Tuesday
We didn’t have to fork out additional money — I would say about 90% – 95% of the things in Club Med are already included in the price you’ve paid. Some examples of additional costs would be trips you’d like to take out of Club Med or the DIY Tie Dye Workshop (you have to purchase their Club Med shirt to be able to take part).
If you stick to the things that are all provided for in the package, you won’t be worrying about paying another penny! Everyone should try Club Med at least once in their lives.
Also, I was just looking at the prices for Club Med Phuket and I realise that the costs are higher if you have an uneven number of pax! For 2 pax it was about SGD700+/pax but when I changed it to 3 pax, the price increased to SGD900+/pax. Did a search for 4 pax and the rates were back to SGD700+/pax. It’s something worth taking a look at so if you’re thinking of going with a group, make sure there’s an even number of people.
I was supposed to post about Japan but I put it on hold for a very long time cause it’s a mess and I don’t know where to begin but I’ll get about doing it… someday.
If you’re looking at spending less for a place like Bintan, you can check out my time at Bintan Spa Villa Beach Resort here. There isn’t much to do but that’s the whole idea when people go to Bintan, isn’t it? To chill, suntan and do nothing.
So, in the meantime, till the next adventure!
You can check out my Instagram highlight ‘CLUB MED 🇮🇩 ’19’ for more visuals of my trip