So, I've shared with you about our road trip to Club Med Cherating Beach, its kampong-style setup, welcoming accommodation, multifarious food and a host of family-friendly activities that await you when you go on an all-inclusive holiday at this 5-star resort. If you have not, you can read the first post here.
In this second post, I will tell you more about the pristine beaches, an enchanting firefly tour and the fun-filled night activities Club Med Cherating has to offer. I also have an exclusive giveaway coming up at the end but do read through the post to get there!
The Pristine Beaches
At Club Med Cherating Beach, the Resort stretches over four kilometres of fine sandy coastline along the South China Sea and has three different beaches:
• The main beach, running for one kilometre, is situated close to the centre of the Resort
• Pantai Beach, opposite The Rembulan restaurant, is a pleasant beach of golden sand that stretches for 400 yards long. It can be reached on foot through the jungle walk or by the shuttle train
• A 200-yard stretch of golden sand on which the Club's water sports activities, including sailing and kayaking, take place alongside Pantai Beach
As usual, the girls couldn't wait to get themselves all sandy, wet and mucky! So you do know what their favourite beach activity, other than building sandcastles, is, right? Yes, they love to hunt for tiny sea animals! This time round, they found hermit crabs, mubskippers and fishes too. Thanks to the hubby who was swift and nimble, we also caught two rather huge crabs which totally fascinated the little ones! (Yes, we eventually released all of them back to the sea.)
Since the girls had more energy to spare, the hubby also took them for a jog. Yes, he's one real sporty dad! To many, it might just be an empty beach. But to the kids, this was paradise.
An enchanting firefly tour
At the discovery centre which is located right at the resort lobby, the hubby and I saw a list of tours available and we were wondering if we could, and should, fork out one evening to go for a tour. It seemed like time was scarce and precious, yet we thought we should do something more special on this holiday which would hopefully leave behind lasting memories.
On the evening of the tour, we were told to have an early dinner and gather at the lobby at 6:45pm. There were only two families who signed up and I was secretly glad that it was going to be an intimate, cosy group session. It took only less than ten minutes for the shuttle bus to reach the village and to a little hut where we were going to embark on our cruise.
At the start, I didn't really know what to expect or what to hope for, although I did wish that we could see as many fireflies as we could. As the night slowly dimmed, Hafiz took us on a slow voyage along the mangrove river and began to explain to us about the different types of fireflies, their lifespans, characteristics, mating cycles and so on.
Then he kindly informed us that once we crossed a bridge, we would have to switch off our mobile phones, cameras and made sure there was no light of any sort. Yes, which essentially means I was unable to capture any video or picture to show you. Then again, Clayton, the excursion manager who was with us, took some videos with his GoPro4 but alas, the surroundings were so pitch-black that it did not manage to capture the fireflies too. So, unless you are a professional photographer with a superb DSLR camera and lens, if not, it would be virtually impossible to get even one nice shot.
On the other hand, isn't it great to put down our electronic devices once in a while, sit back, relax and purely immerse in the beauty of the night and admire the wonders of nature with our loved ones beside us?
As we passed the mangrove trees, we could see dozens, maybe even hundreds, of fireflies resting amongst the leaves. If I have to describe them, they were like tiny green speckles that don't seem that significant when they appear as a few, but try to imagine a swarm and hopefully you can visualise that sparkling beauty.
Now, the best part of the tour was when Hafiz used his torch and hand signals to motion to the fireflies, magic happened when they actually responded. What did they do? Well, they all flew towards our boat, towards us. Some rested on our shirts, some landed on our heads, some laid on our palms and some just crawled around our fingers. They were so tiny that you practically don't feel anything and all you see are those beautiful, green flickers of light.
The kids were absolutely fascinated, delighted and awestruck. And so were we. Now we can tell people that we have not just seen, but even touched and held real fireflies in our lives! We went to tree after tree and did the same thing for at least an hour, yet every time it happened, it still felt so extraordinary and breathtaking. You know how lucky were we? We were the only boat out that night and had the whole river and all the beautiful fireflies to ourselves. Yippee.
Words won't do this spectacular tour enough justice and the only way you can feel what I mean is to experience it when you get a chance to. I sure hope you do.
The fun-filled night activities
As many of you know, we are a family of night owls and somehow, my kids are always bursting with energy after dinner. Remember how they made an impression and became the talk of many GOs (why, even the Chef Du Village knew their names and invited them up the stage) when they boogied every night in Club Med Bintan?
On our last night, there was also a cocktail party by the pool and while there were alcoholic drinks for adult enjoyment, there were also mocktails dedicated for kids (and pregnant women like me), much to our delight!
Now, rather than just telling you about our experience using words and photos, let me show you all the fun we had in this video montage. Push Push by Kat Deluna was one of the Crazy Signs songs and the girls just couldn't stop singing it even after the trip!
GIVING OUR FAMILY ALL THESE HAPPY, PRECIOUS MEMORIES!
Club Med Cherating Beach
29th miles, Jalan Kuantan-Kemamam
26080 Kuantan Pahang Darul Makmur
Phone: 1800 2582633
To find out more about Club Med Cherating Beach, visit their website or Facebook page.
Now, is this the moment you have been waiting for? For those who desire to go for a family vacation, A Happy Mum is now giving away a 4D3N all-inclusive resort stay for 2A2C in Club Med Cherating! Yes, it can't get more awesome than this, can it?
a Rafflecopter giveaway Terms and Conditions
- The winner has to book the trip and travel by April 2016
- Redemption is subject to room availability and excludes high season travel (peak seasons)
- This is an all-inclusive 2A2C resort stay package which includes accommodation on twin sharing in deluxe connection room, daily buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner with free flow of wine, beer and soft drinks, bar and snacking at selected timings, sports activities with tuition, kids club (Baby Club Med and Petit Club Med come at extra cost) and nightly entertainment
- Excludes flights, taxes and return airport transfers
Best of luck!
Disclosure: This is Part II of a two-part series of conversations between Club Med and A Happy Mum. We were sponsored a 4D3N resort stay in Club Med Cherating Beach in writing this review. All opinions are our own.