Thank you Club Med Bintan, Mei and GOTeam for such a beautiful time. I recently took 30 friends and Clients to Club Med Bintan for a seminar/holiday experience. This is my second time to Club Med Bintan (and about the 5th Club Med visit overall) and Bintan was great the first time - this trip was event BETTER. Our group mainly spent 5 nights - I stayed on and was there for a total of 7. Special mention I'd like to make for their 'way above even the GO standard or caring and kindness' to Sally D (Groups Manager) who consistently went out of her way to ensure everything and anything we wanted (even that we hadn't even though of) was there for us and our experience was well beyond impressive - every single person in my group (event the 4 kids) got to know, appreciate and love Sally D for her brilliance (even on her day off). She is truly an example of all that a GO means to me when I visit Club Med. I couldn't have imagined our trip being as good without Sally D being there. Another GO who shares totally in making our trip so wonderful is Michael (Landsports Supervisor). Michael was the GO who escorted me to my room at arrival and from that moment on did anything and everything he could to ensure we had all the help, support and kindness needed to make it a great adventure and amazing holiday. Again - he went out of his way to check in and arrange for our group to be able to enjoy themselves and learn at my seminar without any worrying about arrangements for anything we needed. He's truly another example of all the I hold a GO to stand for.
I didn't get to meet Mei (CDV/GM) in the first few days - there was a lot going on at the time we were there - and am very happy that we connected during the end of my trip as she is lovely and such a pleasure to talk with. She took personal time out to speak with many of my group about their experience and ultimately making it even better in doing so.
Other special mentions need to go to (I hope when you're there these GOs are still there as they make the trip even better). Marco (Entertainment Mgr) for his energy, events and putting me through my paces during the Director skit on stage. Rob (Golf Pro) for great acting during the shows and also for recognising our group around and taking the time to connect and care during the nights - also for making one of our junior Members feel so special and 'grown up' during the Casino night. Josh (Landsports) again for connecting - not just because he's a fellow Aussie - because that's what great GOs do. Bjorn (Golf Pro) for recognising me and a few others from last year and taking the time to connect and make us feel special and appreciated. Chelsea (Circus) for taking time to hang out - connect and support us anytime she could. And of course, all the Team in the Boutique specially Francesca who went out of her way to help one of my Members, way above and beyond the call of duty.
Overall a brilliant trip. The one problem with Club Med is dealing with their country based sales offices - so far, I'v experienced them being so tied up in their own rules and regulations that it makes it hard to choose Club Med. BUT when you get to the Village and have such an incredible experience it makes it worthwhile.
I'm coming back with my third group in a few weeks and already have my 4th and 5th planned for 2014 as well as my birthday party. If you're wondering about Bintan - don't - just go!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Island of Bintan to the south of Singapore is full of history, marked by fallen empires. Its tranquil bays were long used by the Orang Laut pirates as a refuge. This is where Club Med Bintan Island, a haven of tranquility and refinement combining modernity with Asian tradition, now nestles. From the terrace of the Bar, feast your eyes on the mass of lapis-lazuli blue, mother of pearl and emerald, from the pool to the lush gardens. Nearby, Ria Bintan Golf Course is also a golfer's heaven. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Med Ria Bintan Hotel Bintan
- Club Med Bintan Island Riau Islands
- Bintan Club Med