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SpAwN^
11-10-2009, 01:02 AM
Hi, i'm planning for a big family( plus uncles & aunties la...) vacation in Cherating near end of December. ~Not worried bout the monsoon season!! :rolleyes:
The plan was to go to Club Med although its bit pricy. 2 nights alone can fetch about RM 900 - RM1100 :eek: inclusive of b'fast, lunch & dinner with an ample of activities and a private beach. So, i guess its a new experience for the family.

These infos are from what i read from the net and a few articles about the place. If any of you who have been to Cherating and know of what to expect from the trip, do drop a line. Probably some do's and dont's and maybe some tips too!! Thanks

Sentinel
11-10-2009, 01:38 AM
I don't think Club Med Chearting is open for business during the month of December... have they changed their operations? I always thought they are closed during the North East Monsoon season? :confused:

lady-o-leisure
11-10-2009, 08:14 AM
Some 20+ years ago, i worked at Club Med as GO. As i know, they are closed from OCt till Feb. Did u check with Club Med office in KL regarding their operating times?
For GMs (that would be you), all you need to do is pack all the swimwear u can pack, shorts and tshirts, and some light night wear for dining at night. GOs are always on hand to make sure u are well entertained. Food is fantastic. No need to think about what to eat. It's all there! Freshly baked croissants are a huge hit. If u miss breakfast time due to too much late night drinking, no worries, there will be a small brunch counter set up. Kids are usually left with the Kids Club GOs to watch and entertain your kids with loads of activities. Kids also dine slightly earlier than the rest of the GMs so that you wouldnt hv to worry about kids bugging adults at meal times. Once a week, the kids are encouraged to join in the after-dinner show. They will be trained by the GOs for the show. So depending on when you are there, you might hv a chance to catch that event.
You can check with the Club Med office for updates. The last time i was there, i think it might hv been almost 14 years ago with my kids. That was probably in Club Med Bali or Phuket. Not sure which was the last one. Basically all the clubs are the same in asian region.

MasterQ
11-10-2009, 01:03 PM
Some 20+ years ago, i worked at Club Med as GO.
Wah........ looking at you today, I can't imagine how dashing you look 20+ years ago working as a GRO in such a hip holiday resort. Ooooops pardon me for my slip. Must have got taken away when I read you said "GOs are always on hand to make sure u are well entertained." You can't blame me for the slip as both their objectives are still the same. A thousand apologies. By the way, can you tell me what is the ratio of GRO ........ I mean GO to GMs. By the way what is GM? Are they G string Men??

I have not been there though I wanted to. I always remember they are closed during the North East Monsoon period and it is during this time that most of their refubishing and maintenance work are done. And I guess their foodstuff going stale. So the best time is to gro is when they are open again where every is spick and span. And their GRO.... there I gro again. Their GO will not be worned out and are fresher looking. Am I right?

flamethrower
11-10-2009, 11:05 PM
Hi, i'm planning for a big family( plus uncles & aunties la...) vacation in Cherating near end of December. ~Not worried bout the monsoon season!! :rolleyes:
The plan was to go to Club Med although its bit pricy. 2 nights alone can fetch about RM 900 - RM1100 :eek: inclusive of b'fast, lunch & dinner with an ample of activities and a private beach. So, i guess its a new experience for the family.

These infos are from what i read from the net and a few articles about the place. If any of you who have been to Cherating and know of what to expect from the trip, do drop a line. Probably some do's and dont's and maybe some tips too!! Thanks
My opinion is that it is not too suitable if you are not the out going type . At club med you dont expect to be pamper instead you 'participate ' and entertain each other . Frankly , if your group is not on the 'young ' categerory ..very susah . ! if typical chinaman family ..lagi susah. And somemore during monsoon period ..macam penjara !

chsum
11-10-2009, 11:07 PM
err.. last been there last year, they say due to the change in weather, they r open during the monsoon season as the monsoon is not so intense as compare to years ago.
My advice to those going there, try as many sports there as possible, enjoy the free flow of beer n wine as much as possible, go out to the sailing beach early in the morning n enjoy the quiteness n scene b4 they open shop, relax by the pool or beach n let the time pass u by n wonder why the hell u r still in this rat race.

My lady, u a go in club med 20 yrs ago? u got character, cool mem.

my relax sense

lady-o-leisure
12-10-2009, 02:33 AM
hahah.. MasterQ.... Maybe u should try a stint in Club Med with that happy funny personality of yours. hehehe...
GO= Gentils Organisateur / Garcious Organizers
GM= Gentils Membres / Gracious Members
As for how they entertain.. that is up to individual lah. :D No further comment on that from me :D

Flamethrower... Some people may be not so open about having loads of fun and joining in all the activities, but there are so many things to do there even for the less sociable ones. If all they want is to eat, relax, do nothing all day, paint batik, watch the others do water aerobics, play volleyball, and watch the shows at night... then no problems. If they expect to go shopping and sightseeing, they need to organize it at the office and expect to pay quite a bit for the outside sightseeing. Club Med is basically a no-brainer. U leave your brains behind and go wild! That's the way to do it :)

chsum... I was young and had plenty of energy then. hehehe.. Actually, given half the chance, i would still go work there now. I just love the place. I used to dine with some very interesting people at the time, including the big boss of 7-11 corporation. And a former race car driver, and loads more fascinating people. I remember getting dressed up as a can-can dancer for the shows, and a pirate too. Taught the little girls how to do the split for the shows too. Sometimes i'd hv some free time, so i;d grab a tray of snacks and walk into the sea to serve some of the GMs who were learning to wind surf. :D They'd all hv a big laugh about it. Of course, my normal 'uniform' would be my swimwear. So all i'd do was yank off the pareo, walk into the water.. serve with a straight face.. then laugh like mad with the GM. Then walk out of the water, put the pareo back on.. and continue..

At the dining table during meals, GOs are encouraged to join the GM for makan and chit chat, making sure they are well entertained, and also taking the opportunity to inform them of the activities around the club. Money is not used in the grounds. U leave all your money in a safe place and buy 'beads' instead. The beads hv different colors to show the value. I think now they use coupons instead? I am not sure. Give archery a go, do some water aerobics, and maybe even try out the flying trapeze. Best way to hv loads of fun, chat with the GOs to get all the news on what's going on. they will be happy to hook u up with the right activities. :D

No worries about the staff being burnt-out. There are constantly a flow of fresh blood who come in for a short stint mid during peak seasons. If they are not doing a good job.. they will be 'advised' to do better or go home. The Chief of Village keeps an eye on everything there. Going in a big group is fun, the moment u arrive in the 'village'.. you will be greeted with song and welcome drink by the GOs.

Like chsum says... try out as much of the games there. You are paying for no limit acitivities anyway, might as well make the most of it. Free flowing wine with all the meals, just dont overdo it or u end up sleeping too much and miss out the activities. But the glorious fooooood!!! Aiyoo.. so so much to pick from. Fresh croissants still in my mind. siighh... I miss Club Med.

SpAwN^
12-10-2009, 02:52 AM
Thanks for the tips guys!!! I might have missed the part about the closure during the monsoon period. I'll have to change my plans now....Hmmm..
Oh man, seaviews are always a good thing though. Damn..

lady-o-leisure
12-10-2009, 10:04 AM
No worries Spawn, if you and your fml are willing to spend just a little bit more, you might want to try getting Air Asia fares are low rates, then book Club Med Phuket, Bali or maybe even Bintan. Worth considering? :)

vsat
12-10-2009, 11:18 AM
Hey all,

I used to be a GO too some 13 years back before I got into uni. It was the best 6 months of my life. I was a tennis GO back then and I've never felt anything so amazing before.

We not only had our day jobs but at night, we were needed to perform on stages. Perform on stage meant doing funny skits, sometimes they rope you in a circus trapeze act and many performances which interacts with the crowd.

I believe I can attribute my social graces today with people to Club Med. CLub Med is amazing for both families and single people. It's catered for both actually.

I speak a little French now because Club Med is French and I meet people of different nationalities every day. Being a timid 20 year old boy from Kelantan, Club Med really got me out of my timid box because I had to interact with people everyday. You cannot be a dull person to work in Club Med. I have to thank Club Med for making me into an interesting and adventurous person that I am today.

Hands Up.... Lady O Leisure

lady-o-leisure
12-10-2009, 11:29 AM
Hands Up.... Lady O Leisure
lmao... I havent heard that in ages! hahaha... Hands up!! give me your heart...
Those memories are really good. Yup. Great way to learn french and japanese too. My roomates were japanese girls who carried a dictionary all the time. They were hilarious and sweet.
When i applied for my next job at a hotel, the mention of Club Med landed me a job immediately.

Back to topic tho, Club Med is a place to experience at least once in your life, so different yet so near, in our own tanah air. The place to de-stress, kick back your heels and taken in all the fun under the sun.

vsat
12-10-2009, 11:41 AM
I also learnt to juggle (3 ball cascade) in Club Med. Just part of the job. Awesome x 3. Check out my blog under Advance Open Water in Perhentian and there's a video of my juggling on the beach. Got that complex skill from Club Med....

firefox
12-10-2009, 03:06 PM
Roughly how long does it take to drive to Kuantan from SJaya?

flamethrower
12-10-2009, 03:56 PM
Hey all,

I used to be a GO too some 13 years back before I got into uni. It was the best 6 months of my life. I was a tennis GO back then and I've never felt anything so amazing before.

We not only had our day jobs but at night, we were needed to perform on stages. Perform on stage meant doing funny skits, sometimes they rope you in a circus trapeze act and many performances which interacts with the crowd.

I believe I can attribute my social graces today with people to Club Med. CLub Med is amazing for both families and single people. It's catered for both actually.

I speak a little French now because Club Med is French and I meet people of different nationalities every day. Being a timid 20 year old boy from Kelantan, Club Med really got me out of my timid box because I had to interact with people everyday. You cannot be a dull person to work in Club Med. I have to thank Club Med for making me into an interesting and adventurous person that I am today.

Hands Up.... Lady O Leisure

Just curions does 'GO' evolves into 'GRO' (karooeke) ..the terms I mearnt .

Sentinel
12-10-2009, 04:08 PM
Just curions does 'GO' evolves into 'GRO' (karooeke) ..the terms I mearnt .Friend, you're the one with a 'death wish'... gentil organiseurs and guest relations officers are entirely different lah, don't get whacked by these ex-GOs ok!

flamethrower
12-10-2009, 04:13 PM
Friend, you're the one with a 'death wish'... gentil organiseurs and guest relations officers are entirely different lah, don't get whacked by these ex-GOs ok!

where got ? ask only ...GO =GRO .same same what ?? ..dont think crooked mah !

Sentinel
12-10-2009, 04:21 PM
where got ? ask only ...GO =GRO .same same what ?? ..dont think crooked mah !C'mon lah, wise up a bit lah. A Go organises and manage events at Club Med and they are entertainers on stage and are good enough in either archery, tennis, sailing to coach you... a GRO pours and drinks the cognac with you in a dark room... aiyoh...

flamethrower
12-10-2009, 04:43 PM
C'mon lah, wise up a bit lah. A Go organises and manage events at Club Med and they are entertainers on stage and are good enough in either archery, tennis, sailing to coach you... a GRO pours and drinks the cognac with you in a dark room... aiyoh...

I think GRO also got many talents you know ? Not sure they can shoot with bow & arrows but they are good at booasting your self esteem . I can't verify or vouch for that info. as I deduct it from watching HK movies .

hezron
12-10-2009, 05:04 PM
Roughly how long does it take to drive to Kuantan from SJaya?

its depend on your skill & speed... :D

btw, 1~2 hours will need to cross thru the KL city...
another 2~3 hours on the East coast expressway...
half an hour from Kuantan to Club Med...

Sentinel
12-10-2009, 05:05 PM
I think GRO also got many talents you know ? Not sure they can shoot with bow & arrows but they are good at booasting your self esteem . I can't verify or vouch for that info. as I deduct it from watching HK movies .If I continue this discourse with you, we will digress from Club Med thread and hijack the thread. Thats not right, okay, so lets stop this here.

firefox
12-10-2009, 05:14 PM
its depend on your skill & speed... :D

btw, 1~2 hours will need to cross thru the KL city...

another 2~3 hours on the East coast expressway...
half an hour from Kuantan to Club Med...

Thanks alot.

AllUrban
12-10-2009, 05:35 PM
its depend on your skill & speed... :D

btw, 1~2 hours will need to cross thru the KL city...
another 2~3 hours on the East coast expressway...
half an hour from Kuantan to Club Med...I had a colleague who claimed that he could leave Subang on a Friday afternoon at 1:00 pm and be in Cherating before the afternoon shift staff (who finished at 3:30) left for home.

He said that he could call back to the office around 4:30 and find a way to casually mention that he was lying on the beach of Club Med.

Cheers, m

Sentinel
12-10-2009, 05:55 PM
I had a colleague who claimed that he could leave Subang on a Friday afternoon at 1:00 pm and be in Cherating before the afternoon shift staff (who finished at 3:30) left for home.

He said that he could call back to the office around 4:30 and find a way to casually mention that he was lying on the beach of Club Med.

Cheers, m3.30? Difficult but 4.00pm quite plausible... depending on car type and driving style. I did 3 hours in a Golf GTI 2 years back... :D

currymee
12-10-2009, 07:30 PM
If it is ONLY the beach that you want - better off (cheaper) to go next door at Impiana Cherating since it shares the same stretch of beach as Club Med - but seriously Monsoon season now for East Coast - you are better off going to Langkawi - bad timing IMHO - your holiday may be RAINED OUT - but for food suggest you go to Chukai/Kemaman to Hai Peng (for best coffee, roti bakar and nasi lemak in town) and TJ (stuff crab) - Impaiana food sucks bigtime !!

Sentinel
12-10-2009, 08:31 PM
Unless you are an active and young person, forget Club Med lah.... moreover its the monsoon season. Why want to spend rainy days at the beach? Better off to take a Firefly flight to Langkawi... Subang airport is just a shout from USJ too.

shthang
12-10-2009, 08:40 PM
Unless you are an active and young person, forget Club Med lah.... moreover its the monsoon season. Why want to spend rainy days at the beach? Better off to take a Firefly flight to Langkawi... Subang airport is just a shout from USJ too.

agreed. I came back from Club Med Cherating in last Apr and spent 3D2N there. The GO concept is new experience but no big deal and lack of "WoW" appeal. I think Redang or Langkawi is better for the same price. Just a personal opinion here and nothing against the GOs.

hezron
13-10-2009, 09:54 AM
I had a colleague who claimed that he could leave Subang on a Friday afternoon at 1:00 pm and be in Cherating before the afternoon shift staff (who finished at 3:30) left for home.

He said that he could call back to the office around 4:30 and find a way to casually mention that he was lying on the beach of Club Med.

Cheers, m


3.30? Difficult but 4.00pm quite plausible... depending on car type and driving style. I did 3 hours in a Golf GTI 2 years back... :D


my timing just follow the speed limit set on the highway... :D
if I drive alone (no HM seat beside) in that 200hp car and don't care about any possible location for speed camera...
I think I can achieve that timing... :p

SpAwN^
14-10-2009, 12:43 AM
If it is ONLY the beach that you want - better off (cheaper) to go next door at Impiana Cherating since it shares the same stretch of beach as Club Med - but seriously Monsoon season now for East Coast - you are better off going to Langkawi - bad timing IMHO - your holiday may be RAINED OUT - but for food suggest you go to Chukai/Kemaman to Hai Peng (for best coffee, roti bakar and nasi lemak in town) and TJ (stuff crab) - Impaiana food sucks bigtime !!


The thing about the other hotels like Impiana, legend & Holiday villa is that their coffee house menu got not much options and i read very bad reviews from them about not being friendly too. :(

Did you know there's a Chalet beside Club Med which is called Ruby's Chalet
and they allow pets in it. Good news for pet owners!!!!! :eek:

lady-o-leisure
14-10-2009, 01:04 AM
That is really nice to know Spawn. Thanks for the info. When i was working at Club Med, once of the foreign GOs brought his little terrier along. 'Woodstock' stayed in his room and was very quiet, being an older doggie with barely any teeth left. It was rescued by the GO back home in Belgium from the street after it was attacked by bigger dogs. Whether guests are allowed to bring pets.. i hv no idea tho. Would be nice to hv more resorts that accommodate pets.

USJ27Resident
14-10-2009, 01:10 AM
Unless you are an active and young person, forget Club Med lah.... moreover its the monsoon season. Why want to spend rainy days at the beach?.

You can never say too soon... monsoon nowadays is totally unpredictable - like the weather all around world.... family was in Kuantan in 2007 [Dec 20-26] It rained cats and dogs all along the highway.... but the moment we hit Inderamahkota and into Kuantan town.... dry as a bone... and it didn't rain for the next 5 days... blimey!! kids were having a ball at the pool in Hyatt TC everyday.... even the carwash fellas outside Hyatt were having a great business, cleaning up all those dirty cars... then on the 26th... day of departure... the heavens opened up... and it rained all the way back to KL... :p

Sentinel
15-10-2009, 11:29 PM
You can never say too soon... monsoon nowadays is totally unpredictable - like the weather all around world.... family was in Kuantan in 2007 [Dec 20-26] It rained cats and dogs all along the highway.... but the moment we hit Inderamahkota and into Kuantan town.... dry as a bone... and it didn't rain for the next 5 days... blimey!! kids were having a ball at the pool in Hyatt TC everyday.... even the carwash fellas outside Hyatt were having a great business, cleaning up all those dirty cars... then on the 26th... day of departure... the heavens opened up... and it rained all the way back to KL... :pI have always loved Hyatt Kuantan... maybe can access the various food locations. :D Have been patronising the place since 1984... almost every year without fail. Love the driving there too...

cskok8
19-10-2009, 10:44 AM
Just back from 3D2N trip to Redang. Good weather all the way except for light drizzle on the night of 17 Oct. Calm seas too. But according to the boatmen, last week it rained for 3-4 days continuously.

hezron
19-10-2009, 01:23 PM
saw the advertisment at The Star (last Friday) on their cooporate conference package...
guess they will still open even the monson is coming...

patrick
19-10-2009, 03:50 PM
My opinion is that it is not too suitable if you are not the out going type . At club med you dont expect to be pamper instead you 'participate ' and entertain each other . Frankly , if your group is not on the 'young ' categerory ..very susah . ! if typical chinaman family ..lagi susah. And somemore during monsoon period ..macam penjara !

Never mind lah...auntie2 can also can discover hidden talent for the trapeze, windsurfing or archery mah!! ;-) Who knows....maybe they can beat this water badminton champion?? ;-)

patrick
19-10-2009, 03:53 PM
its depend on your skill & speed... :D

btw, 1~2 hours will need to cross thru the KL city...
another 2~3 hours on the East coast expressway...
half an hour from Kuantan to Club Med...

Dont have to go into Kuantan now with the new E-W Highway. From the Karak Highway, you can get onto the Cherating Road.

chewie
19-10-2009, 04:17 PM
I thought GO stands for Games Officer :P

I wanted to go to Club Med but my friends are not interested as its expensive. They claim is not as interesting as other club med. I dont know about this. Hope those who had been to the Malaysia Club Med and other club med around the world to share their experience.

hezron
19-10-2009, 08:15 PM
I thought GO stands for Games Officer :P

I wanted to go to Club Med but my friends are not interested as its expensive. They claim is not as interesting as other club med. I dont know about this. Hope those who had been to the Malaysia Club Med and other club med around the world to share their experience.

only visited Club Med in Malaysia... twice...
due to wife' company trip...

its quite relaxing and good for a family retreat...
at least you no need to border what to eat/play/visit to...

for their activities, no comment as we bring along young kids...
we only used the swimming pool :P

patrick
19-10-2009, 09:10 PM
I thought GO stands for Games Officer :P

I wanted to go to Club Med but my friends are not interested as its expensive. They claim is not as interesting as other club med. I dont know about this. Hope those who had been to the Malaysia Club Med and other club med around the world to share their experience.

It's not really that expensive when you consider that the club will be babysitting your kids, providing you all the meals and drinks (during meals) beside pampering you with all kinds of activities. It's also a good opportunity for one to take up activities which you wont think of doing or may never have the opportunity. eg. windsurfing, trapeze, archery etc etc. I am sure they will list all their activities at their website. Furthermore, they even entertain you at night with shows etc! Now, doesnt that sound fun? ;-)

SpAwN^
19-10-2009, 09:55 PM
I thought GO stands for Games Officer :P

I wanted to go to Club Med but my friends are not interested as its expensive. They claim is not as interesting as other club med. I dont know about this. Hope those who had been to the Malaysia Club Med and other club med around the world to share their experience.


For the money you're paying i guess there's nothing to worry in terms of activity, meals and entertainment coz its all covered. I think you should give it a try for the sake of your friends/family and enjoy a new experience at Club Med. I know i would coz im going there myself with the whole motley crew end of this year hopefully if all goes well. It gives me time to test my shiny new digital camera...It is a private beach. Get it? Hehehe.. :D ;)