Did it meet all my expectations? Yes and no and that depends largely on which Club Med you are referring to. I must said that all three Club Meds are different although there are supposed to be operated on the same concept. Since all three experiences are still fresh in my mind, I will dedicate the next few post to run a comparison between the three based on my personal taste, experience, opinion and liking ….
Club Med Bali village is seated on 14 hectares of plush greenery and will manicured gardens. In terms village ground, Club Med Cherating Malaysia comes up tops, seating on over 80 hectares. Although no mention was made anywhere in the Club Med websites, Club Med Bintan Island comes across as probably the smallest of the three. In terms of first impression, Club Med Cherating tops maily due to her large village ground and plenty of sea view as one drives into the village whereas both Club Med Bintan Island and Bali does not look very much like the resort they are positioned to be but looks can be deceiving. I must say the lobby for Club Med Cherating and Club Med Bali are more impressive due to the architecture. Club Med Bintan Island is more modern and smaller.
Club Med Cherating has the largest children pool which is almost the size of the adult if not larger, hence making it more children friendly but also at the same time more dangerous as it becomes so much difficult to watch out for you children, especially if you are watching them from the deck chairs.
Club Med Bali on the other hand has a reasonable size children pool but the largest adult pool of the three. In fact, it is so huge that they actually uses the pool as the stage for the night shows when we were staying there.
Club Med Bintan Island on the other hand, has the smallest pool area and their children pool is not exactly children friendly as the shallowest part is still 1.5meters. Hence, putting the children on floats and watching over them like a hawk is absolutely necessary.
Watch out next for a comparison on rooms, food and restaurants ......