BYKidO Moments: Sharing of articles from fellow Mummies (and Daddies), to help you Bring Your Kid Out. A write-up of a playground visit, a video of a trip overseas or even something educational to help you Bring Your Kid Out! BYKidO Moments are moments for your Parenting Journey!
This week's BYKidO Moment is was made possible with the invitation by Club Med Bintan to stay at the resort. There is no monetary sponsorship for this review.
BYKidO Moments: Club Med Bintan
Located just an hour away by ferry, Bintan is a popular destination for families looking for a short-trip away. Families will usually choose to stay in one of the many resorts on the island, and we take a look at one of these resorts, Club Med Bintan.
The Family and Kids Friendly Programmes
The focus of our review will be on the family and kids friendly activities happening at Club Med Bintan, in particular, this review will share more about the Mini Club, the Spy Academy for Kids and the Amazing Family Programmes. We will start with a brief introduction of Club Med Bintan and key pointers, before jumping into the focus of the review.
We traveled to Bintan via Bintan Resorts Ferries that plies a regular ferry service between Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Singapore and Bandar Bentan Telani (BBT) Ferry Terminal, Bintan.
Our ferry tickets for 2 Adults and 2 Kids came up to SGD $236.00 for an evening departure on Friday. Do note that Bintan is an hour behind Singapore, so you will arrive the "same time" you departed.
When you arrive in Bintan, simply head over to the Club Med counter, nearest to the exit, to check-in. You will be given your key tag (you will also use this tag for any spending at the resort) and you are now ready to board the bus for the 15 - 20 min ride to the resort.
Plan your ferry times with the check-in and out times below.
Check-in Time: 3 pm
Check-out Time: 11 am (late check-out is available at approx. $18 per hour per room, subject to availability)
One of the key highlights of staying at Club Med is that it is all-inclusive. You will enjoy full meals, an open bar and most activities as part of your stay. Meals are served (almost) throughout the day and we had a wide variety of food over the 4 days that we stayed.
Screenshot from clubmed.com.sg
The concept is rather similar to cruising but for Club Med, kids below 4 stay for free! A quick check on the website shows that it cost about SGD 800 per adult for 3 nights.
Club Med Bintan boast 2 restaurants, The Waterfall and The Terrasse.
The Waterfall serves a buffet at regular hours, and in our opinion more appropriate for families as there are more kids-friendly food, think pizza, pasta, cold noodle, fruits, and it is generally noisier and lively (making it more forgiving for screaming little ones).
On occasions and when the weather permits, the buffet is moved to the beach or poolside for a BBQ lunch or dinner. You can even enjoy a performance on the pool while having dinner! Simply open a bottle of premium wine (chargeable) to reserve a front role table too!
The Terrasse serves course meals and is available for late breakfast, late lunch and late dinner. Due to it's limited space, you will need to reserve for dinners. It's a great chance to enjoy a romantic dinner for two while the kids are at the Junior, Mini or Petite club!
The Kids Club - Junior, Mini and Petite Club Med
For parents looking for a relaxing time on the beach or to re-ignite the sparks of passion, you will be glad to know that Club Med provides Kids Clubs for toddlers, kids and teenagers!
The Petite Club (for 2 - 3 yrs old), this is a chargeable service since the toddlers and babies came for free (see above on pricing) and it's available at SGD $93 per day. We did not engage the services but we saw the toddlers around with 2 GOs (guest officers) to 5 kid (this is not the official ratio but what we observed).
The Mini Club (for 4 - 7 yrs and 8 -10 yrs old), included as part of the package, kids will be grouped according to age and given the opportunity to experience various activities, such as the flying trapeze, archery, various land and water sports, and workshops under the watchful eyes of the GOs (our experience below).
Note: kids above 8 yrs old have the option of self sign-out. So you can allow them to leave and enter the club at will.
The Junior Club (for 11 - 17 yrs old), included as part of the package, the teenagers will be brought around by a GO to the various activities around the resort. A great chance for your teen to meet new friends and have fun.
Brand-New Mini Club Experience: The Spy Academy
This new Mini Club experience, Spy Academy, takes place in celebration of the new animated spy comedy, "Spies in Disguise". By joining the Mini Club, your kids will automatically be enrolled into the spy training school and be imparted detective skills to graduate as "young spies"!
Upon enrolling into the Mini Club, the kids will be receive a Spy Passport (stamped with their fingerprints) and a Spy Academy Bracelet to symbolise them joining the exclusive academy.
Each day of the week, the Mini Club will have a "top-secret" mission and completing this mission will earn you a stamp on the spy passport. Collect all 7 stamps to become the ultimate spy!
Spy Academy is available at selected resorts in Asia.
Our Mini Club (Spy Academy) and Amazing Family Experience
One of the best part of the Mini Club is that you can actually register the kids at anytime during the program, simply find the group at their activity venue to register (and similarly for signing-out). For a full day experience, you may register in the morning (it starts at 8.30 am) at Level 4, and the activities will start from 9 am.
Registration (8.30 am)
You will need to sign a waiver and also indicate your preferences. Will the kids have lunch with the group or with you? Will you allow the kids to sign-out by themselves (an option for those above 8 yrs old)? Does he have any allergies? Can he swim?
Circus School @ Trapeze Garden (9 am)
One of the highlights is the Flying Trapeze. Climb up the tall ladder, stand on the top of the structure, hold onto the bar and GOOOoooo! It is indeed quite a scary experience for the kids and itis surprising to see so many kids give it a try! If you like to go onto the Flying Trapeze, family time at the Trapeze is at 10 am.
For those who are too young or do not wish to go on the Trapeze, they will play other ball games around the garden.
Archery @ Sports Center (10 am)
Those aged 6 and above will have the opportunity to try out Archery (I think the boys loved this the most). The instructor will teach you the basics of how to hold the bow, place the arrow, draw, aim and shoot!
While the older ones are shooting arrows, the younger ones are shooting hoops and other other ball games at the Sports Center. Families may also try their hands at Archery at 11 am.
Break / Free Play / Lunch (11 am - 2 pm)
The Mini Club heads back to the room to take a break and to play with their new-found friends before heading out to The Waterfall for lunch at 12 pm. The kids will be seated around the table with a GO each to watch over them and if you want something, the GOs will help you too!
When back at the Mini-Club the kids can choose to either watch a Cartoon or take part in an Art & Craft activity. Or to play with their friends again!
Tip: Listen out for the army-like singing as the troop of kids from the Mini Club move from place to place. Its your chance to spot your kids in a "no-parent" environment
Aqua Fun @ Mini Club Pool (2 pm)
Remember to pack a set of swimming attire, equipment and towel because the kids will head to the pool! In case you were waiting by the resort's pool (like us), the kids will be playing at their own private pool at the Mini Club!
When we found the right pool, the kids were halfway through their treasure search for lost coins under the "sea"!
Snack and Free Play (3 pm - 4 pm)
This is basically to allow the GOs to prepare the Mini Club Special Afternoon event which starts at 4 pm.
Mini Club Special Afternoon Event (4 pm)
The event changes everyday. The day we arrived, we saw the kids doing a dancing / game competition at the Disco room. On our 1st full day, the kids got to bake their own cookie, and on the 2nd day, they had an outdoor picnic with foam party!
Parents were invited to join in the foam party too! and after that the Amazing Family's Slip & Slide opened for everyone to just get wet and have fun!
Sign-out and Pick-up (5 pm)
Get your kids back at 5 pm. It is time to head for dinner or take part in the Amazing Family programme planned. Different activities are planned for each day.
Mini Club Special Evening Event (6.30 pm)
It was a very interesting Show and Tell event where the kids got on stage to perform! They could choose to sing, dance, do aerobics, tell a joke or even just skip! And every kid was so brave and amazing - an adult would have had stage fright with a proper audience of 50 - 100 watching from down the stage!
And after this, it's time to catch the resort's main performance and return the next day for another Mini Club experience again!
Spy Academy @ Check-Out
At the end of your stay, your Spy Academy certificate awaits you at the lobby. Here you receive the certificate and tag to certify you as a Mini Club Super Spy! This also marks the end of the trip, and to start your journey back to the ferry terminal and back to Singapore!
Have any questions? Ask us in the comments below!