Cherating Beach Club Med is a Green Globe Resort in Malaysia
Club Med has come a long way since their early beginnings, over 60 years ago. For a while they mainstreamed the concept of all-inclusive holidays when their opposition were still running holiday camp-style stays.
Club Med’s first foray into eco-tourism looks exciting and I can’t wait to go there. Cherating Beach is about midway down Malaysia’s East Coast, north of Kuantan, in an area that was pretty popular with the travelling hippy brigade twenty-odd years ago. It’s a one hour flight from Kuala Lumpur. It’s been a Club Med site since 1977 and is just finishing a major change of image as they bring their Green / Zen image to completion.
Cherating Beach was Club Med’s first Eco Nature resort and was recently awarded Green Globe Silver certification, having achieved Bronze back in 2009. The resort is set in 80 hectares of exotic jungle surroundings which includes four kilometres of beach. The architecture matches the setting with a heavy use of natural timbers, natural colours and indigenous kampong-style design features. As do the activities, with options like jungle walks, rock-climbing and an exciting rope challenge course through the forest. There’s also sailing, kayaking and swimming, golf, cookery demos, tennis, yoga and climbing.
But it’s for things like their work with a local turtle conservation program that make this resort so interesting. Endangered green sea turtles come to lay their eggs on the beach at night and guests can ask to be woken and taken to watch this very intimate event. The nearby Cherating Turtle Sanctuary is recognised nationally for its work in turtle conservation and is well worth a visit while you’re there.
Other local endangered species around the resort include the Clouded Monitor lizard and the Hornbill bird, and there are also macaque monkeys running wild through the jungle.
The resort employs all the usual ‘green’ policies expected at complying hospitality venues including wise water management (despite the area having a pronounced monsoon season), recycling, composting and sourcing product from responsible suppliers.
But if you’re there purely for the pampering then there’s a Mandara day spa, a revamped menu offering healthy cuisine options and a new adults-only Zen space, designed for ultimate relaxation. Like I said, I can’t wait to go there.
(C) by Sue Farley