We try to take a family vacation every year, to recharge and reconnect. This year, we took off to beautiful Bali, Indonesia.
It was a rather last minute decision to fly off the Bali, as we had to arrange around our work schedule. To save the hassle of planning the itinerary (lazy mum!) we decided to check into Club Med Bali, an all-in-one holiday resort.
It was G’s first flight, so we were prepared with snacks for him in case he fussed during the 3 hour journey. I planned the flight to coincide with his nap-time, and thankfully slept for the entire stretch 🙂
Arrival in Bali
We reached Denpasar Airport at around 4.50pm, and found our way easily to the resort via taxi. The airport taxi stand was easily located (turn left once you exit the arrival hall), and fares to the various locations were prominently displayed. I had opted not to take the airport transfer offered by Club Med, preferring to take a taxi from the airport. This turned out to be a good decision, since we didn’t have to share a minibus with the rest of the guests. Best of all, price was around S$13 (125000IDR), compared to the quote of S$125 by Club Med!
Club Med was located in Nusa Dua, a 20 minute ride from the airport via the new highway. Traffic was a breeze! We were surprised that there was a security check at the entrance to Nusa Dua, and all vehicles were stopped for inspection. Again, at the entrance to Club Med, we were asked to verify our identities before the taxi was allowed entry. I guess these security measures were necessary to give tourists some reassurance, after the horrific terrorist attack many years ago.
Once inside the resort, we were warmly welcomed by name (security must have alerted the reception) and ushered to the lounge area where refreshments and cold towels were prepared. The kids were pleased to find cookies placed out for them. It was a nice touch, typical of a Club Med welcome 🙂
After a short briefing on meal-times and the resort’s facilities, we were shown to our rooms. To get there, we had to walk along a link-way built across a huge pond. This pond soon became a favourite spot for G, who loved to stand and watch the water monitors swimming and sun-bathing.
I loved the greenery and the peacefulness in Bali. We had been to Club Med Bintan, but the feel was really different. Bali had a more laid back vibe, perfect for a relaxing holiday. The larger grounds also meant lots more space for the kids to run around.
Of course, no resort would be complete without a pool (gorgeous!) and a bar.
Not forgetting the beautiful beach! As it was a low season, we had the beach all to ourselves!
Food was available throughout the day for perpetually hungry kids (and adults!). Since all food and drinks were included in the price of the stay, we didn’t have to worry about catering to the various requests from fussy kids – they had all the choices available to them from the buffet spread 🙂
At night, there were performances by the talented guest officers (GOs) and guests. Unfortunately the shows usually started at 9pm (kids’ bedtime!) so they had to miss most of the shows. We stayed throughout for one special show though… see anyone familiar in the pictures below?
There were so many things to do at Club Med, it is impossible to cover them all in one post. More on the activities in the next post!
Where did you go for your holidays this year-end?