I’ve been fortunate to have been to Mauritius and thought Bintan would be pretty similar – I was so wrong! Bintan is what Mauritius was before it became such a popular holiday destination. Think Robinson Crusoe/Jack Sparrow/Castaway!
When you’re on the hour-long ferry ride from Singapore, you get the feeling of stepping into the unknown, which can be quite daunting; but knowing that Club Med is looking after you every step of the way let’s you immediately relax and start to enjoy the anticipation of landing on your home for the next few days.
Bintan is a lush green, tropical island; the jungle surrounds you as you travel the short distance from the rather quaint ferry terminal to the resort, with hardly any other traffic on the road. The exuberant welcome from the Club Med GO’s on arrival is just a taste of the warmth and friendliness of everyone at the resort that you will experience throughout your stay.
There is so much to do at the resort, so planning your day can get a bit tricky – from yoga and pilates every day, to aquarobics, archery, golf practice, kayaking, tennis, squash and more – you are thoroughly spoilt for choice. Then don’t forget the amazing Club Med spa where you are treated to personally selected products for your treatments and leave feeling totally rejuvenated. But…if you just feel like lying on the beach or next to the pools, sipping cocktails, swimming and generally being lazy, you can do that too. Children of all ages are well taken care of with activities and entertainment so you can truly relax without a care in the world.
If you are in any way interested in golf you HAVE to play a round on the Ria Bintan course that the Club Med Golf Shop will arrange for you. You don’t have to worry about clubs or caddies or carts – they arrange everything! What a spectacular course and an incredible experience! You play on immaculate fairways and greens in the forest with the vegetation dwarfing you; then along the sea on holes that literally take your breath away – it is almost surreal! The 9th hole isn’t voted the best 9th in Asia for nothing!
Meals are served in two restuarants at different times during the day so if you’re an early riser or not, an a la carte or buffet purveyor, you will be more than happy with what is on offer. Dinners in the main restuarant are themed every night, with such a mouth-watering selecting of dishes from different regions that you will inevitably eat more than you think you should!
So, if you’re looking for something different, without the fuss, then Club Med Bintan is the place for you!