Club Med Cherating Review

Club Med Cherating is the perfect destination for a stress-free holiday with friends and family.

About the Resort

Club Med Cherating Beach is in Pahang, Malaysia. The resort opened in 1979 is Club Med’s first resort in Asia and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2019. The best time to visit is June to August during the turtle hatching season in Cherating.

The resort is also the largest Club Med resort in the world. The resort is in the jungle and divided into two sections. The main area has the reception, two restaurants, bar, gym, swimming pool, kids’ clubs, boutique, spa, theatre, land activities, and room blocks.

The second area is located at Pantai beach. This area has the Zen Pool, one restaurant, two bars, and beach activities. The Pantai Beach is connected to the main area by shuttle train that operates every 30 minutes, or you can take a 20 minutes’ walk through the jungle trail.

Getting There

Most guests prefer to drive to Club Med Cherating. It’s an easy 3-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur using the Karak highway then onto the East Coast Expressway. Private car or van transportation can be arranged between Kuala Lumpur and Cherating from RM700 per vehicle per way.

Alternatively, there are direct flights from Penang, KLIA, and Singapore to Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport in Kuantan. From the airport, it is approx. 50 minutes to Club Med Cherating. Transportation between airport and the resort can also be arranged from RM90 per person per way.

Membership

Club Med no longer charge for membership. Guests are now automatically registered in the Great Members program to collect points and earn status for discounts at the resort.

10 Reasons You Will Fall in Love
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All-Inclusive Holiday

Club Med is the world leader in all-inclusive holidays. This simply means the price you paid already includes all the essentials for your holiday. The Club Med All-Inclusive package includes accommodation, full board meals, free-flow drinks, sports and leisure activities, nightly entertainment, childcare, and wifi. With all these inclusions, there are no worries about overspending on your holiday. Just worry about how much you want to enjoy your holiday. Whenever I am in Club Med, I give my wallet a break. I don’t see it until the day I check out!

Club Med Cherating

Club Med GOs and CDV

GO stands for Gentle Organizers, Club Med’s international staff coming from all over the world including Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan, Maldives, Australia and more. With such a wide range of nationalities, there is someone that will be able to speak your language.

The Chief de Village or CDV is the General Manager of the Resort. He or she usually speak several languages and can be seen around the resort. Should there be any issue that cannot be resolved by the GOs, please bring it up with the CDV.

Each Club Med resort is also called the village. Don’t be surprise if hear the GOs or CDV using this term. The GOs together with the CDV is the heart of Club Med. They make all the difference between choosing to spend your holiday at a hotel or Club Med.

The GOs are there to assist you from the moment you arrive, organizing activities to performing nightly entertainment shows. The GOs may also join your table for lunch or dinner. Feel free to welcome them to experience their wonderful hospitality.

The GOs that I have met during my Club Med visit have always been warm, cheerful, friendly, and helpful. Most of them have become my friends and we stay connected until today.

Club Med Cherating GOs and myself

Accommodation

Club Med Cherating is built in the distinctive longhouse architectural design. It is one of the world’s longest wooden structure on stilts at 850 meters long. There are a total of 15 blocks (A to O blocks), offering 3 different room types.

Superior Garden Side

These rooms are located away from the main area. Majority of the rooms are located on the third floor and facing the garden.

Superior Seaside

These rooms are located closer to the main area with views of the seas and located on the first and second floors. Although the rooms are named Seaside, it is not exactly by the beach.

Both room types are the same room size. Bedding is two super single beds that can be put together to form a king-size bed. Both room types offer the same basic amenities as TV with international channels, hairdryer, mini-bar, coffee/tea making facilities, separated shower, and toilet. There is no bathtub in the Superior room.

Suite

Suite rooms are located at the end of the blocks which comes with living room, bathtub, shower, balcony with sun deck and additional benefits like in-room breakfast and stocked mini-bar replenished daily.

Maximum Occupancy

Each room type can occupy a maximum 2 adults with 1 child and 1 infant, and some have connecting room option which can be used to form family rooms. Babies will be provided with baby cots and baby bathtubs in the room.

Guest with 2 adults and 2 children will be provided two rooms. Some guest has request if they can reduce to one room. Club Med price is based on per person and not per room. Even if you want to occupy only one room, the price remains the same.

I recommend save some money and book the Superior Garden View as most of the time you will be outside the room. I usually only use the room to shower and sleep.

Full Board Meals

You can eat till you can’t move at Club Med Cherating. There are 3 restaurants available and all are included in your package.

Mutiara Restaurant

The main restaurant serving buffet breakfast, late breakfast, lunch, and dinner with live cooking stations. The restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes including Chinese, Malay, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Italian, and French. The food at Mutiara is one of the best among all the Club Med villages that I have visited.

Rembulan Restaurant

Located at Pantai Beach is the specialty restaurant with table service. It opens for late lunch and dinner. Late lunch serves a small buffet section while dinner requires a reservation which must be made at 8 am on the day you wish to dine.

Enak Noodle Bar

Located in the main area next to Mutiara Restuarant. Opens for late lunch and late dinner. You can have unlimited bowls of noodles. Just select your choice noodles and soup.

Meals for guests with diet requirements

Halal Meals

For Muslim guests, the kitchen in Club Med is halal but the restaurant does not have halal certification due to alcohol served.

Vegetarian and other diet needs

For guest with a special diet, please speak to the head chef at the restaurant on your requirements. The chef and his team will recommend suitable dishes in the restaurant or cook a main meal for you.

Baby Meals

For the little ones, the baby corner is beside Mutiara restaurant. This facility is open 24 hours and provides parents with small jars of savory and sweet baby food, blender, sterilizer, bottle warmer, microwave and mineral water.

Meals on the day of your arrival

On the day that you arrive, lunch is not included. The official check-in is after 3 pm. After check-in you can head to Enak Noodle Bar for noodles or have some snacks like sandwiches, pastries, or fruits at the bar area, while waiting for dinner time. In the event you arrive early at the resort, Club Med will charge an early arrival fee to cover the cost of buffet lunch and drinks.

Meals on the day of departure

On the last day, breakfast and lunch is provided. Departure from the resort is after lunch.

Free Flow Drinks

Enjoy unlimited drinks at Club Med Cherating such as juices, soft drinks, beers, wine (choice of red, white, or rose), coffee and tea at restaurants. The Orchid main bar serves all the drinks in the restaurant plus mocktails and cocktails (tequila sunrise, margaritas, gin tonic….etc.). The Bayou beach bar and Zen Pool bar serves a limited choice of drinks. All house pouring brands of drinks served by the glass is included in your package.

Selected premium drinks like Dom Perignon Champagne, branded wines or hard liquor are extra cost. The bar team will inform you if the drinks are chargeable.

Sports and Leisure Activities

Club Med is also the world’s largest sporting school. In Club Med Cherating, there are lots of activities included in your package such as flying trapeze with circus, archery, treetop adventure, jungle walk, aqua fitness, table tennis, gym classes, yoga, badminton, tennis, squash, futsal, rock climbing, beach volleyball, sailing, kayaking, paddleboard, Zen pool and more.

Some of the activities include lessons or even tournaments, so you will need to check the timetable for the time slot for your age group.

Club Med introduce Amazing Family program recently to allow parents the opportunity to create memories with their children. Fun-filled activities like giant Jenga, twister, sandcastle competition, treasure hunts and more are organized for the family to play together.

Club Med also offers excursions like firefly encounter, jet ski adventure and mangrove cruise at extra cost. If you are interested, you can prebook when making your reservations or sign up for the excursions desk at the bar area.

Update: The Tree Top Adventure is temporary closed until further notice.

Nightly Entertainment

Club Med has theme nights with different dress codes every night including all-white, cappuccino and even glow. It’s not compulsory but fun to join in the dress code. After dinner, there will be an evening show at the theatre. The shows done by the talented Club Med GOs range from the circus to comedies and musicals.

Circus show
Musical show

After the show, there will usually be a couple of songs with the crazy sign, a signature Club Med dance move. It’s a fun session for everyone to join in.

The second part of the night could be a dance party or a relaxing evening with live music. Announcements will be made before the theatre show and in the daily program notice board.

Child Care

One of the main reasons families spend their holidays in Club Med is child care. They are one of the best around the world. Club Med Cherating has 4 age specific child care clubs. Parents can opt to register their children and Club Med Kids Club GOs will look after them from morning till evening with various activities based on their age group.

Baby Club Med (4 – 12 months)

Petit Club Med (2-3 years)

The Petit Club is an an extra cost. Activities include arts & craft, jungle walk, water park, crab hunting and more.

Mini Club Med (4-11 years)

The Mini Club Med is complimentary and the signature children’s club with endless activities such as sailing, kayaking, archery, flying trapeze and more. Kids will also get to perform their show in the evening.

Club Med Passworld (12 to 17 years)

The Club Med Passworld is complimentary. Teens will be well taken care in their own room. Activities include nature explorations and opportunity to meet friends from all over the world.

Pajamas Club

The Pajamas Club is an extra cost. Club Med Kids Club GOs will provide childcare from 7 pm till 11 pm. Gentle activities, a peaceful setting include nursery rhymes, storytelling and games depending on age group. Everything is done to help the little ones get ready for a good night’s sleep.

Babysitting

In room babysitting is available at Club Med Cherating. You can reserve this service at extra cost.

The Kids Club GOs are great with kids and will make them feel welcome. It is heartwarming to listen to kids telling about the activities and how the much fun they had at the end of each day.

Me Time

With the children looked after by the Kids Club GO, the adults have the opportunity for some “Me Time”. From exploring the resort to learning a new sport and enjoying carefree days at the Zen Pool located at Pantai Beach. I enjoyed the quiet time and reconnecting with our loved ones.

Instagrammable Moments

Club Med Cherating is a jungle paradise blessed beautiful landscape overlooking the South China Sea. There are lots of opportunities to capture Instagrammable moments including wildlife like monkeys, lizards, wild boar and more.

Club Med Cherating Tips

  1. Check-in is after 3 pm on the first day. Early arrival is subject to additional fee to cover buffet lunch, free flow drinks and activities.
  2. On the last day, check out at 11am. You can remain in the resort until afternoon with lunch is included. A shower room is available below the bar to freshen up before departure from the resort after lunch.
  3. Download the Club Med app to discover the latest information including daily dress codes.
  4. Stay at least 3 nights to fully immerse yourself in the Club Med experience
  5. Remember to pack swimwear, sports shoes and sandals, extra clothes and sunscreen. Young children will require proof of up-to-date vaccination.
  6. Washing machines are available on the ground floor of selected blocks. Tokens can be purchased from the boutique or reception.
  7. Remember to bring your identification card or passport during check-in.

How to Book Club Med Cherating

Whatsapp or email your request to Leisure Holidays Reservations with the following information:

  1. Preferred check-in date
  2. Number of adults, teen and child. For child & teen, please advise their age at time of check-in.

Club Med price is based on the date you choose – different travel date, different price. Child prices are calculated based on a percentage of adult price and age at the time of check-in. If the child is 3 years old on the day of check-in and will turn 4 the next day, they still stay for FREE as there are still 3 years old on the day of check-in.

Club Med Child PriceAgePays
Teen12 to 17 years80% of adult price
Child4 to 11 years60% of adult price
Child0 to 3 yearsFree

The minimum stay at Club Med Cherating is 2 nights except for super peak or holiday season, a higher number of minimum nights will be required.

It’s always better to book early as Club Med price, will increase as it gets closer to the travel date. Secure the promotional price with deposit of RM500 per person. Balance payment needs to be paid 60 days before check-in.

After securing your booking, in the event should the price reduce in the future, just inform the Leisure Holidays reservations team for a price match, which must be done before the balance payment is made.

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