After having a happening afternoon at Waterbom, it was all the fun and activities at Club Med Bali for the next three days. Basically, when you stay at any Club Med, you do not have to go out of the resort because the resort is like a self-sustaining village where everything is included in the amount that you have paid (which explains why it is not exactly cheap to stay there). Everything from food to gym classes to facilities, you name it, it is free, even alcoholic drinks!
Below are some of activities offered at Club Med Bali that we partook in. Do note that these were done over the course of three days.
I woke up early in the morning, around 5.30am when it was still dark outside, to catch the sunrise. However, the direction of the beach seems more suitable for sunsets, as I managed to see the sky brightening up but did not manage to catch the sun.
Along the long corridor which runs adjacent to all the blocks, is the golf course. At certain times of the day, there will be groups of people putting on the green. On the opposite side of the corridor, is a pond in front of the blocks, where you can see wildlife like the Great Egret and Water Monitors.
At breakfast, squirrels are more pest than friend. These daring/ annoying little buggers are very active in the morning and will try to scramble onto your table when you are not paying attention to steal your food. Of course, some of the children were fascinated by them and tried to feed them. If you are afraid of squirrels or would rather eat your breakfast in peace, I suggest you choose a table inside.
Tennis was one of the activities that we enjoyed and tried more than once as Charlotte, our instructor who is as fluent in french as she is skillful in tennis, is an awesome instructor. Sis and I are amateurs and she was patient with us and even in a medium-sized group setting, was still able to give us pointers individually.
Archery for beginners is in the morning. We arrived about five minutes early and managed to get a slot. Those who came on the dot or slightly late had to wait for us to be done before they could try their hand at it. I cannot say that I was a fair shot after the session, but it was pretty fun.
Another activity that we liked and did more than once was aquagym, which is held in the main pool (sorry no pictures for this). The instructors, there are usually two of them, the main one for the duration we were there was Pascal, will cordon off part of the pool. Then, the speakers will last blasting out music and people around the pool will join in. A great way to get fit, tanned and have fun!
The GOs had a boat race on one of the days after aquagym. It was quite a hilarious sight when one of the boats sank before the race even started!
My favourite place at Club Med Bali has to be the Zen Pool, where it is quite and away from the main pool. It is located at the other end of the resort, near the Sports Centre. There is a jaccuzi, plenty of lounge chairs in and out of the pool, and best of all, no children! Since there are no activities after lunch, it is a great place to sit by the pool, read a book and enjoy a cool drink. Yes, should you need a drink, you just have to tell the staff at the counter and they will get one for you!
The gym or fitness centre is off the side of the lobby and there is a list of all the gym classes at the side of the entrance.
The most memorable activity at Club Med Bali for us was the trapeze. I do not have a fear of heights but once I got up them I was pretty scared. Also, it was not easy for me to swing my legs up onto the horizontal bar. I failed but my sister succeeded!
After my sis got down, she realised that the skin behind her knees was torn (the rest is chalk). Also, you have to be careful when doing this. During our session, one of the guys tried to lift his legs onto the bar and ended up falling onto his head, causing him to bleed. I am not trying to scare you away, there are plenty of people who had fun doing this!
For one of the nights, we managed to score ourselves dinner at Le Batur, which is one of the newer additions to the resort. To secure a dinner reservation at this seafood restaurant, you are required to book a slot at 8pm the night before. Sis and I started queuing at 7.40pm and by 8pm, the queue was pretty long.
The menu for this restaurant is determined by the fresh catch of the day and changes depending on what the chefs decide to prepare. The restaurant will then have a fixed set menu for the night, with a few of choices for each course.
For starters, we ordered TunaTataki and Sweet Prawn Tartar, marinated with lemon juice and olive oil. The tuna had a fishy taste but sis enjoyed her tartar. The soup of the day was Lobster Bisque. Out of the four main courses available that day, we had Grilled Red Snapper, served with ratatouille and Assorted Seafood in Balinese Aromatic Roots.
As for desserts, we chose Vanilla Creme Brulee and Homemade Cinnamon, Ginger & Lemongrass and Chocolate & Chilli Ice Cream. Points for presentation for the creme brulee and the ice cream flavours are really unique!
Soon, it was time for us to say goodbye. This is the band I tied to my wrists for the whole duration of my stay. It is like the “passport” to the resort and also entitles you to free alcoholic drinks (children do not get this).
Overall, I must say I had a great time at Club Med Bali. Initially, I was quite resistant when my plans for Spain and Portugal got cancelled. However, I am glad that my sis persuaded me to try this resort, so much so that I have booked my stay at another Club Med in September!