Sunday, August 12, 2018

Club Med

Family vacations create long lasting memories, don't you agree?

Over the years, vacations with the boys have become less frequent since they became teens. The mere mention of a family vacation induces a lot of moaning and complaining!

But I want to create memories. I want to enjoy my boys for as long as I can before they fly the nest. I want to create tons of happy memories together as a family.

So this year, I insisted on a family vacation. There were a lot of protests but I enticed them with a vacation I knew they couldn't pass up – a weekend getaway at Club Med Cherating!

Yep! We were there in a heartbeat and are now back: rejuvenated, de-stressed and ready to take on the world again.

Jungle meets beach

The South China Sea is on one side and a lush tropical jungle on the other. Don't be surprised if you find  monitor lizards, macaques, squirrels...  among the guests!

Club Med Cherating is one of the 80+ holiday villages worldwide and is Asia's first Club Med.
The wooden structure, built from teak, and standing on stilts is designed to resemble a traditional Malay sultanate palace.
Club Med Cherating is in the Guinness Book Of World Records for the longest building on stilts with a 850m long corridor.

Catching a little R&R
Cabanas are everywhere
Oh, did I mention it's an all-inclusive package? Think buffet meals, bottomless drinks and unlimited sport activities!

It's free flow at the bar!
The main bar. There are 3 in the resort
Buffet meals at either the Rembulan or Mutiara. There is also a noodle bar for small appetites. 
Japanese? Chinese? Korean? Indian or Italian?
The dessert corner

The main pool

Soaking up those wonderful, blissful moments when a gentle breeze caresses your face.
Sitting  here, listening to the sounds of leaves rustling and waves lapping on the shore is balm to my soul.

Great bonding time for the boys.
The hubs and Rodney (center)
Josh and Rodney playing volleyball with a family from Korea.


While hubby and the boys participated in the various sports, I took a buggy ride to another part of the beach to find my zen

The Zen Zone
Shhhhh! The Zen Pool is an adults-only quiet zone. There is also a bottomless bar near the pool. The silence is surreal. It is so peaceful you can almost hear a pin drop! I've never felt more tranquil. 
This is what zen looks like!
No loud music or chatter – just a sense of absolute peace and quiet.

My favorite spot at the Zen Zone – a wooden island with rattan lounges. A wading pool surrounds the platform.
It's good to just get away from the day to day drudgery
Getting my Vitamin Sea

Me and Josh. The Hubs and Rodney are camera-shy.

I went on a turtle release expedition. More in my upcoming post.
Batik painting classes are available

Club Med 2001
Josh and Rodney
Vacations end. But memories last forever.

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday


Sandee said...

What a fun family getaway. You look so very happy.

Have a fabulous day, Veronica. ♥

betty said...

What a great place to go for a family vacation! I like all the activities that they feature there too and the fact that everything is inclusive in one price. It would be hard to stay away from the food and the bar, LOL :)

I think my favorite place would be the adults only area too. The quiet would be so soothing and comforting.

Good idea, Veronica, that you decided for a family vacation this y ear. You are right, won't be too long before these will just be a memory, but what a great memory they will be.


Alex said...

WOW! Veronica, that looks surreal and stunning. Just my kind of holiday destination. Especially with a zen, quiet zone. My idea of heaven. And all the activities? Perfect for a family too. It looks like a fab place to go. A place to put on my Bucket List if ever there was one. :D

Claire Rocks said...

No this looks like my type of holiday. Sun and family time, perfect!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Looks like a great place for a holiday!

Hena Tayeb said...

Oh I am so happy you were able to convince your boys to take a vacation.. looks like a wonderful time.

Lin said...

OMG... you are adorable! And I know that your boys secretly love those vacations...or they will when they cease. Emma will still go with us, but Colin only comes every now and again. BUT...he goes, so I don't fret. Must be a "boy thing" to not want to do family vacations all the time.

I would love the Zen Zone! All that quiet and no kids splashing me....ahhhhhh!!

LOVE the turtle!

Lydia C. Lee said...

Love the turtle! Can you believe I stayed there in 1982!! #Globalblogging

Mellie said...

What lovely pictures and you have such a nice family! I like taking vacations and making memories too. I'm glad you had a nice trip.

Heather Keet said...

Some of my favorite childhood memories are from our vacations, I'm so glad you insisted on another for your family. It looked like a marvelous time with plenty of activities for all! #GlobalBlogging

stevebethere said...

Wow! what a fabulous place looks like a lot of fun too :-)

Have a resorttastic week :-)

NanaHood said...

Wow, now that's somewhere I would LOVE to go!. So glad you did!
Have a good week!

Tracy Albiero said...

Next time please take me!!! #bloggerclubUK

pilch92 said...

That looks like a wonderful place to vacation. Glad you had a great time with your family.

An Apel a Day said...

I want to go on vacation with you. ;) It does look like fun. I love the little turtle image. It's been too long, since I'd been on a beach. I live in the middle of the US, so only rivers around me.

XmasDolly said...

Oh my gosh, would you adopt me please??? Wow, love, love, love your vacations... I promise not to be a burden & only speak when I'm spoken too & I'll be a good girl PROMISE! WOW! GREAT PICS, And thank you so much for sharing! These look like fun places & wonderful memories! You really know how to live it up girlfriend! Look at all those happy, happy faces! HUGS & HAVE A GREAT WEEK & WEEKEND! HUGS.....

Kathe W. said...

very nice photos.....good call on your part to insist on family time!
They will tell you Thanks in the future!

Claire Justine said...

What lovely photos. Looks like a great holiday :)

Thanks for sharing at The Wednesday Blog Hop :)

mail4rosey said...

I like that striped dress! Fun that you included their cute little selves in a pic too. I can see how everyone would have a good time there. Glad you got some R&R. :)

Mary (cactus catz) said...

Wow, it looks like an awesome place to vacation!

Aditya Narayan Mohanty said...

Great and cute shots . Please tell something about my capture on my blog.

Aditya Narayan Mohanty said...

I really say thanks to God if I able to visit this place.

Dad said...

Wow, that looks like an incredible place! #ThatFridayLinky

Joanne said...

Wow! That looks like an incredible vacation; even for moody teens! :) #FabFridayPost.

Aditya Narayan Mohanty said...

Lovely toy trains.

Lisa Pomerantz said...

WOw, this looks like fun for everyone. What a beautiful place. I can;t wait to hear about the turtles. The island we always go to is a turtle sanctuary! I am so glad you all had such a good tie! #fabfridaypost xo

Su said...

OMG! That looks like the ultimate paradise! Please take me there! I'd love to take the kids turtle release one day. That would be sooo super awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with us on #FabFridayPost xx

Coombe Mill - Fiona said...

Looks like a lot of fun for all the family

betty-NZ said...

What a great place to make family memories. I'm pretty sure the food made a big difference for the boys! Great images, now I'd love to go, too!

It's great to see you at 'My Corner of the World' this week!
My Corner of the World

Mummy and the Mexicans said...

That looks incredible! I love the sound of the zen zone and I'd love to read more about the turtles. Thanks for linking up with #kcacols, join us again next time!

tiredbutcraftymummy said...

What a fantastic holiday. It looks beautiful and there's clearly plenty to keep everyone entertained! #KCACOLS

Jade said...

Wow this place looks amazing. I would love to be on those loungers enjoying the view and the bar! #KCACOLS