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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 10th 2008
INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, December 11, 2008 49 TRAVEL Why not join the club? Club Med Bintan Island in Indonesia has undergone a $US6.5 million refurbishment. MELISSA MATHESON LOOKING for an island getaway? Join the Club. Club Med is ''where happiness means the world''. The company has been creating upscale resorts around the world since 1950 and prides itself on its all-inclusive packages. Everything is taken care of, from the transfers and meals, to activities and child care. I'm at Club Med Bintan Island in Indonesia, which has undergone a $US6.5 million refurbishment. The island is a one- hour ferry ride from Singapore and the Club Med resort offers guests 20ha of tropics and 250m of private beach. Club Med guests are known as GMs, gracious members. Staff are called GOs, gentle organisers, or GEs, gentle employees, if they are locals. At Bintan Island, there are GOs from 20 nations. Many of them spent their childhood holidays at Club Med. Each day, GMs can participate in a variety of water sports, fitness classes, archery lessons and racquet sports. I've gone for circus school. The idea is to swing off the landing board, lift your legs up to the bar, hook them on to the bar and then hang from your legs. My legs get nowhere near the bar, even with the enthusiastic encouragement of the Japanese GO on the ground. After a swim and a snorkel, in which I encounter I bright green coral that looks like a giant brain, I'm giving windsurfing a go. My instructor warns me the sport is hard on your knees, as every time you fall off you have to climb back on to the board with your knees -- and you're expected to fall off a lot. I refuse to be defeated. After more than a couple of falls, I'm up on the board and drifting away from the shore. Now the problem is how to get back to shore. I'm off the board, again, and it's up to the rescue boat to turn me and the board around and send me on my merry way. Next door to the resort is Ria Bintan golf course. The Gary Player-designed course features 27 holes and incredible views. If you hit the ball into the rough, you could find yourself with some extra playmates in form of monkeys. GMs can take up a Club Med golf package that includes coaching, video session and pro swing software. Time for some relaxation. The Club Med spa offers a range of massages, facials, body wraps, pedicures and manicures. I walk out with a relaxed back, neck and shoulders and some pampered and painted toes. Club Med is ideal for families. Kids get to have a holiday of their own with the Petit Club Med for children aged two to three years and the Mini Club Med for children aged from four to 10 years old. There is also a baby welcome service and an activity program for teenagers. Once everyone has worked up an appetite, it's time to head for the Waterfall Restaurant. Every day there is a variety of Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, European, Italian and Korean cuisines. The resort also features La Terrasse Restaurant, where the lobster and views are favourites. The 120-seater alfresco restaurant is also open for late breakfast and late lunch, so if you're keen for a sleep-in you don't have to go hungry. After dinner each night, the GOs put on a show, starring themselves and occasionally some guests. The program includes the vogue fashion show, Asian festival, air guitar and circus skills. At the end of the show, GMs are encouraged to join the crew in ''crazy signs''. It's like the Macarena, but hyped-up by an open bar and smiley staff. I'll admit, it was a confronting experience coming down from dinner and walking into the middle of crazy signs on my first night. It wasn't long before I was joining in. The ethnic chic-style rooms at Club Med Bintan Island were directed by French designer Delphine Leon. 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