I’m sitting at the bar area — what I call the free-flow-bar — at Club Med Cherating and I can’t help but feel sad that my 4-day, 3-night holiday-cum-honeymoon (with my husband, of course) is ending.
We’ve checked out of our room but are still allowed to hang around for lunch and anything else in between. Just in case you’re curious, guests check in at Club Med at 3pm (after 2pm is alright too), so the lunch you have on the morning you check out is to make up for the lunch that you didn’t have on the day you checked in. I think that’s fair enough.
While you wait for lunch at around 12:15pm or so, you can still have drinks — alcoholic or not/cocktails and mocktails) — to your hearts’ content.
As I write this, my husband is snoozing — and snoring — on the sofa, his half-drank juice is still on the table and there’s music blaring on my right side from the water aerobics that takes place at the pool here for any guests already spalshing in the pool every 11.30am guided by our friendly Gentle Officers (GOs).
The wifi I’m using is free but you must get the password from the reception. Each room gets one password only and you can log in only one computer at a time. Fair enough. But the wifi’s pretty good — fast Internet connection — enjoyable either at the reception, the free-flow-bar or the comfort of your own rooms.
But even an Internet-addict like me can be weened off the WWW while I’m at Club Med. I honestly do not have the urge to surf the Internet here. I’m just contented reclining on one of those beach benches by the pool — or by the beach, which is better because it’s quiter and there’s more breeze — with a good book. My book of choice this holiday is Anita Shreve’s Testimonial.
Wait, I think a Japanese lady just took my picture with her flipped mobile phone. Was it me or the Bumble Bee sticker my husband stuck on his netbook that attracted her? Never mind…
This month is peak season for CMC because it’s the summer holidays (although it’s nearly over for those from temperate countries). Apparently there are about 500 people in the Village, as they call this place, right now. We’ve got lots of people from France, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom and US. I’m sure there are many more tourists from other European countries and Malaysians too.
But I don’t see Arabs or Indians around, except for the GOs who come from Mauritius Island.
The GOs — hats off to them for having the energy to do what they do on a daily basis. But you can tell that they are fun loving people with loads of stamina, so they probably won’t be able to sit still for more than a day.
What I’m going to miss from this place most is the atmosphere. I was told that there are other Club Meds mostly for couples because they do not have clubs for children and teens. But I think those clubs will be kind of boring because it’s the kids and teens that add to the merriment. The pool area always looks busy because there are parents with their babies and toddlers. And you’ll have small kids running with the water guns. I’m not good with kids and noisy ones annoy me but these kids are kept busy with their club activities that you hardly see them around, so it’s cool LOL.
I’ll also miss the bar where you can order just about any drink you like. I’ve tried all the mocktails but one. Coz that one has milk and I try to cut down on milk because it gives me stomach ache.
I also loved the beach area, which is about 10-minute tram ride away from the main Village. You can learn to sail, kayak or just swim in the sea there. Or if you’re like me and you don’t swim and hate swimming in the salty sea water, you can just rest on the beach benches and read or nap. I highly recommend napping there — best if you can get one of those hammocks to yourself — because it’s breezy and not noisy at all, unlike the pool (sometimes).
The food is great too. Yesterday, they had International Rice day, so they had rice from all over the world, cooked in the country’s style. The spread is quite big, so you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Last night, we had a Trapeze show performed both by the instructors and the guests — mostly children. I really enjoyed the performance by the children. I have to say that CMC has some really good costume. The performance put together by the kids made me feel like I was watching a school recital in some posh international school.
I think this place would be great for local college students who are looking to intern. It’s hard work but the experience will be truly invaluable. Imagine writing in your resume, “experience working for three-months with colleagues from 17 different coutries and handling different tasks every week”.
I’m also going to miss my yoga class. My teacher is Danielle from South Korea, who has been teaching for 3 years and has been working at CMC for three months. I didn’t ask how old she was but she looks not over 25. I bet she is that young.
Notice how I haven’t mentioned my room. My room’s cool. It’s not too big and not too small. It’s pretty basic. But that’s the whole point about being at CM. Your room is just where you sleep at night. The rest of the day, you should — although there is not compulsion to — spend the day at the beach or the pool or doing some activity like going to the gym, playing pool, learning how to paint batik, learn how to ride the trapeze, sail etc.
If you wanted to go to the local pasar malam, by all means, join the excursion. No one is stopping you!
You can be as lazy or as busy as you choose without having to leave the Village – and that’s what I love about this place.
I think 4 days is just nice to spend here without getting bored. If I had it my way, I’d stay here longer LOL.
One strange things that I noticed here is that you don’t feel like staying in your room. When I stayed at other hotels, I’d rather sleep in than go down and have breakfast. Here, the moment you wake up, you’re thinking, “I can’t miss breakfast because after that I can go swimming or take yoga class or something”.
I haven’t gone on a holiday somewhere and not want to leave in a loooooooooong time. Coming from me, that says a lot about my stay in Club Med Cherating.
I can’t wait to come back 🙂