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Club Med Kani
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Reviewed December 13, 2013

We just spent a week in paradise.

The start was not so great: flight delays in Kuala Lumpur and again in Colombo and then when we got to cleared customs and immigration formalities, the Club Med booth was unmanned. When the gentleman finally arrived he told us to sit and wait in the area outside departures: he then disappeared again. It would have been nice to be told that we were waiting for another plane to arrive and that it would be more than 45 minutes before the boat would arrive.

However, from the moment we encountered a large pod of dolphins on the speed boat to Kani until we were dropped back at the airport, our stay was perfect.

We were in room 209, a superior room, perfectly comfortable and the location suited us: just opposite the gym, near sailing, and a minute walk to the bars and restaurants. We appreciated the ceiling fan as well as air conditioning (which we mainly kept switched off). There are large pump bottles of shampoo, bath gel body lotion and a decent hairdryer. There is a safe, coffee/tea making, water and a TV (which never got switched on). The housekeeping was excellent and it was alway fun to return to the room after it had been serviced to see what the day's special touch was!

The main restaurant has a good variety of cuisines and we found that the small plate daily specials were particularly outstanding. Vincent, thank you for trying with my special request!

The reception staff, particularly Kim and Mohir, were always so cheerful and energetic, and always set a great tone for a fun, relaxing time.

The activities were excellent, not a huge variety compared to some Clubs but everything well organised and great fun. We sailed, kayaked, snorkeled, did yoga, and water aerobics.

The GOs were all enthusiastic, friendly and competent: in other words, professionals. We have many special mentions and apologize for misspelling some of the names:
- Sareh for always being friendly, getting us superb table companions and asking us to scuba dive with her in her day off: the result we got scuba diver certified and had the most amazing dives (swimming with giant green turtles was a highlight);
- Sammi, Lim and Jake for making the sailing and kayaking such fun. If you want to learn to sail, Jake is incredible, very interesting and if you do the scuba course he is a great source of information about what you have in store;
- Nicolas, Nicco and Teoh for their friendliness, encouragement and patience as we learned to dive;
- Vince for the superb underwater photos of our dives;
- the bar staff: Tatiana, your specials are amazing and thank you for always having a smile and remembering our preferences!;

The shows are excellent, kudos to Martin for being incredibly funny and a great choreographer. Mohir as Micheal Jackson was a standout!

Faya and Ibrahim took us parasailing, which was incredible. Faya let us walk on water, which was so much fun. If you are thinking of going, wear swimmers underneath as Faya will let you swim far, far out in the sea, which was fabulous (and the water was still warm). Also be sure to give Ibrahim your camera, he took around 50 photos of us throughout our flight! Thank you boys!

We went jet skiing with Malik, which again was amazing - he took us to a sandbank and let us walk around, and showed us lots of the nearby islands - while explaining the country’s history and the current developments, which was incredibly interesting. Of course, just jet skiing is a blast. He is also lots of fun so if you see him in the bar, be sure to grab him a beer!

Merlin, your outstanding team made our vacation perfect!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank yns_10
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

Just the beach vacation one looks forward to ... Most hospitable & helpful multicultural staff.
From the time we landed on this island, a person was dedicated to ensure you feel absolutely comfortable and at ease. Though, we had to change rooms very first as we had elderly with us and it was a long walk from restaurant and activity center. On request, manager made arrangement for new cottages near center place. Special thanks to Kim for all the help.
Next 3 days were in absolute bliss ... full of activity and fun. Ocean water is pristine and safe anytime of day. Its not just a resort where you are to yourself, hotel has schedule of activities for full day to keep you engaged and cheerful. Best way is to end the day with after-dinner show in theater and later Bar & Lounge. Drinks and food flow through out the day, if you have opted for all inclusive package including water sports.
There are also paid activities like scuba, para-sailing, sailing, etc. which I found more expensive than other island countries, so didn't avail it.
Food quality is excellent and cuisine is multicultural, atleast from 4 countries during lunch and dinner. You don't need to worry about anything for the time you're staying in island.
We spent a night in lagoon villa, which is out of this world experience, This area has separate reception and every thing luxurious. You are welcomed with champagne in your villa with balcony looking into ocean. The hospitality pampers you silly and ideal for couple on a holiday. Each villa is built in a way which gives utmost privacy to residents. Jump into shallow lagoon any time of the day and watch coral fishes swimming around you. Exceptional experience ...
A place I'll love to visit again ... and again!

Room Tip: Ask for cottage/ beach villa on front side closer to Reception
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 11, 2013

My husband and I arrived at club med Kani for our honeymoon and were welcomed by a fellow African - a great little touch, that did not go unnoticed. The hospitality and friendliness of the staff was great!! Linda, Sam, Sarah, Kento, Lim, Andy and Jake to mention a few, made our trip something we will always remember.
The half day picnic was an absolute highlight - getting to swim with sharks, a sting ray, an amazing turtle and having lobster for lunch will be in our memories for life. And to finish off the fantastic experience we got to see and swim with a mantra on our last day!
I would highly recommend Club Med Kani to anyone considering it! It is an experience you will never forget.
We are now investigating other club med resorts to visit for our future holidays based on our experience.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 10, 2013

We booked a 3 nights stay at Club Med for our honeymoon from 03/12/2013 to 06/12/2013. Upon reaching the airport, there was no one at the arriving area to welcome us, unlike other resorts. This is the only negative portion that I have experienced with club med, my experience with the resort was fantastic thereafter. After getting some directions from other resort staff, we headed to the club med counter however no one was there as well. Waited for 5 minutes, the staff arrived, we registered and boarded the boat to the club med.

Right after arriving at the jetty, we had a very warm welcome from Bryon, I can still remember him waving excitingly at our boat when we were approaching the jetty. Bryon greeted us with a huge smile and while walking to our resort, he filled us in quickly on the details of the island which was very informative and we could also phone him if we have any other questions.

Every staff from the cleaners to the managers were exceptionally friendly and will greet you with a smile. We met Jeremy, their 5T space Manager and the Village Chief Ms Merlin and both of them are always on the ground checking with the guests' needs and requests. The number of languages that both of them can speak in order to communicate with the guests never fails to amazes me as well, even the Indian security officer can speak a bit of Chinese. The bond that the managers shared with the bottom staff was also incredible as well, they are working fantastically as a team, the bottom staff has no issues with getting their managers to help them whenever it gets too busy. I even had a brief thought to work for club med at that point!

The facilities, rooms are always well kept and maintained at tip top conditions. I could see staff sweeping the beach and the equipment such as jet skis and boats are very well maintained despite the heavy usage.

Overall, I would definitely return again. I would like to thank Bryon, Jeremy, Ms Merlin, the 3 5T receptionist, I believed the names were Zoe, Linda and Haruna (apologies, if I get the names wrong) for making my stay there a memorable one. Not forgetting Siva the bartender whom gave me a special cocktail and special lesson in making my own cocktail.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank HonkiSeeTheWorld
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Reviewed December 8, 2013 via mobile

we booked this club med kani 10 days before our trip. we choose this all inclusive because of convenience. we've chosen the superior room for cost saving as i went there with friend only. we haven't expected any when we came. however, when we arrived, we totally think the atmosphere is really good. we can have a lot of activities like snorkeling, sailing and watching shows at night. we have no time to bore at all. all the G.O. are excellent to us. we found a lot of fun here at kani. special thanks to G.O. Lim, Petty and Kento san. with you guys, we can really enough our vacation here in kani. 5 days is too fast to pass, wish you all cobtinue your passion to all other customers who visit Kani. p.s. superior room is too small and a bit old, with the all inclusive price, i believe in coming days, i will still join other places club med land package (by Karina)

  • Stayed: November 2013
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Thank karinang
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