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Eco-retreat: Club Med Cherating Beach
Club Med’s Eco-Nature resorts are the pinoeers of eco-chic. Designed and built to blend in seamlessly with their environment, these sustainable holiday destinations will immerse you in the very best nature has to offer, whilst allowing you to indulge in a little me-time. Because, while you might find yourself surrounded by rainforest, pig-tailed monkeys and gibbons, opulence and splendour is never far away.
Tucked up on the east coast of Malaysia, just an hour’s flight from Kuala Lumpur, Club Med Cherating Beach is a pocket of paradise shrouded by Malaysia’s tropical rainforest, and overflowing with natural beauty and abundant wildlife.
For those concerned about their carbon footprint, the resort has qualified as a globally recognised Green Globe Benchmarked Accommodation-Vacation Hotel. In fact, so green is this eco-chic resort that, earlier this year, it was named Most Innovative Sustainable Project at the prestigious HA+D 2011 Green Plus Awards for Sustainability, honouring creativity, excellence and sustainability in product innovation and project designs.
With a collection of bungalows built in the local style – on stilts – the resort’s accommodation is steeped in exoticism. Looking out toward the South China Sea, the resort’s (adult-only) Zen Space makes the most of its position on a natural peninsula. Surrounded by the sound of the lapping ocean, it is the perfect place to embrace relaxation – if not a little romance – before indulging in a delicious meal from the adjoining Le Rembulan restaurant.
The resort also caters to those travelling with young children. Based on the concept of ‘Happy Nature’, the new Baby Club at Cherating Beach is professionally staffed and expertly designed with materials and facilities that appeal to a baby’s five senses. Little ones enjoy a program that is specially tailored and adapted to their biological rhythms, with nutrition, sleep, play and ‘nature edutainment’ activities all perfectly balanced to keep each child in good spirits.
For the active holiday-makers, the resort runs Eco-Discovery Trails and Nature Activities for all ages, allowing guests the opportunity to get back in touch with nature while helping to protect the unspoiled wilderness.
Our pick of activities
Invigorating Jungle Walks venture through the rainforest and to amazing viewing platforms along the coast. Rock climbing promises exciting outdoor fun for all levels, as well as great family bonding as parents and children overcome obstacles in nature together.
Children can discover unique wildlife experiences through specialised, age-appropriate programs such as the Jungle walk, Turtle Sanctuary and Clean Art Planet. Children receive the “Rainforest Treasures” storybook upon registration at the Mini Club and can participate in an exciting discovery circuit, and with each successful test, get a stamp in their book. Once completed, they receive an official certificate recognizing them as a true Club Med Cherating Beach Kid and a friend of the environment.
The most popular activity – the Treetop Challenge Rope Course – carries on this eco-friendly tradition. Catering to young and old alike, the course is among the most innovative and effective tools for outdoor adventure learning. Challenges are ingeniously weaved into the unique design of this adventure facility. While fun is a key priority, safety is important too. All equipment and procedures comply with International Safety Standards. The Treetop Challenge Rope Course adds a level of excitement to tie-in with Club Med’s eco-friendly concept.
For more information, visit www.clubmed.com.au
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