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  GERARD EXPLORES CLUB MED BALI

The Resort 

You are greeted at the entrance of Club Med by staff called GOs waving in time to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” and that is how you feel as you climb out of your shuttle. Cold towels and ginger tea are served as your resort is explained to you in the open air reception lounge. Soon we are off to our rooms, mine initially seems about mile away in this expansive resort. 

I am immediately struck by the manicured grounds surrounding the large ponds and their surprisingly relaxed inhabitants - a family of monitor lizards. Accommodation is in five 3 storied blocks in Balinese teak, tile and brick style. Rooms are large, comfortable and well furnished. Mine was midrange with balcony – which standard rooms on the top floor don’t have... 

Pick of the rooms are the ground floor rooms with patio that can be interconnected – making them ideal for families and it is these that are the main focus of a multi-million dollar renovation featuring a bold new interior design. There are also luxurious suites with huge bathrooms and separate lounge area and well worth consideration.

Over the last few years Club Med has shed its lower end properties and now has 80 resorts and one cruise ship in the four star through to five star plus grades. The newest Finolhu in the Maldives is totally luxury with just 52 villas, most of them overwater. 

Club Med’s marketing slogan is Re-inventing All-Inclusive and it appears that they have. On our first evening we head to one of the bars for a pre-dinner drink and its cocktail orders all round (Included!). Hors d’oeuvres magically appear (Included). Dinner is in a large communal restaurant, buffet style but with eight different food stations offering Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian, French, Western and breads (included). For drinks choose from wine, beer or soft drinks (Included). Each day the menu changes so the variety over a week is huge! 

You can also dine at the new fine dining restaurant overlooking the beach for lunch or dinner and well worth the small additional charge.

Club Med in Bali also offers a huge range of sports and leisure activities at no charge including yoga, golf, tennis, archery, basketball, windsurfing, snorkelling, kayaking and even a trapeze school – all onsite. There are two large pools one loud and family friendly at the centre of the resort and a second adults only Zen pool offering total luxurious cabanas and loungers in a hushed environment on the fringes of the resort. 

Kids and Family-Friendly 

Speaking of kids there are three kids clubs from tots to teens, all in brand new facilities. These are well staffed with very friendly and enthusiastic GOs and all the kids seem keen to head in their direction every morning. You’ll see the kids all around the resort involved in everything from treasure hunts to trapeze – all while their parents can be relaxing elsewhere. This also makes Club Med an ideal holiday choice for multi-generational groups - grand-parents, parents and kids all sharing one holiday but across a whole range of activities. 

But Club Med is not just for families – there were many couples too. The Zen pool and a world-class spa facility allow for quiet getaways. I sampled the spa which was as good as any I have seen and offered a large range of massage and beauty treatments all in a very tranquil setting at quite competitive rates.

Costs

So how much you may well ask? Prices for a week start from just $1083 per person for a standard room, $1192 for a balcony room, $1399 for a new deluxe garden room and only $2167 for a full luxury suite. Prices are per person, early purchase in 2016 for seven nights. (airfares additional) 

Rates are as mentioned All Inclusive, from kids club to cocktails, so great value for money, so Club Med Bali passes the test and gets the Bon Voyage Recommended Stamp!