The great thing about Club Med is that they cater just as much for the adults as they do for the kids, who are booked in at the Kids Club for the day. But that means you’ll have a whole day at your disposal. Here’s how to keep busy:
If you love the sun and water like I do, you’ll probably be spending a lot of your time on the beach and in the water. But, with so many activities on offer, it can be difficult to choose what to do.
Here’s a round-up of my five favourite activities from my recent visit to Club Med’s Bintan Island Resort:
The very first day I tried my hand at this, I actually did pretty well. It’s an offshoot of surfing that originated in Hawaii – and let’s be honest, so much easier to master in a short period of time. Instead of waiting for a wave to come your way (you’ll be waiting forever on Bintan island as there aren’t any big waves), you stand up on the board and use a paddle to propel yourself through the water. When the water is calm, this is easy to do, but once it gets a little choppier you might spend more time in the water than on the board. Windsurfing and kayaking is also available, and don’t worry, the friendly G.O.s are happy to show you the ropes if it’s a new experience for you.
One of my highlights was the snorkelling. This is only available in summer, but when you visit the island, you have to try it. You can spend hours just floating in the warm water admiring the colourful fish, big and small and the beautiful coral.
Fresh slow-pressed juice
Start your day with a selection of fresh slow-pressed juice at the Matahari Beach Bar between 9am and 11am. With a variety of yummy flavours available, it’ll be difficult to choose your favourite.
A visit to the Spa
Still feeling jet-lagged from your flight? With beautiful views of a small private beach from the therapy rooms, I highly recommend a massage. They have a wide variety of treatments available including a traditional Hawaiian massage. People who have experienced the Kahuna Massage say that it’s like swimming with dolphins.
Bum and thigh blaster class
I am a bit of a fitness fanatic and was curious to see what classes and activities are on offer at the fitness centre. I headed to Theo’s ab, bum and thigh blaster class. Theo is South African, he was a fitness trainer in Joburg before Club Med snatched him up and took him to paradise. If you still want to keep your legs and bum in shape while on holiday, I highly recommend this class.
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