This was our 2nd CM village (first was Bintan). Stayed for 4 days in the first week of June with my brother, my wife and 2 young daughters (4 and 2).
Welcoming party: Not as rapturous as the one we experienced in Bintan. It is perfectly understood as we traveled to the village via a taxi-van and reached the village close to 7pm, no thanks to the peak hour Thai traffic!
My rating = 7/10
The room: We were allocated 2 seperate rooms at the 2nd floor of Block R, which was around 10 minutes' walking distance from the main building. Was quite an exercise, especially with tired kids in tow. The conditions of the rooms were average at best. Fixtures and furnitures showed signs of aging. Some of the electrical sockets were either faulty or detached from the walls.
My rating = 6/10
The food & drinks: A pretty good mixture of cuisines at the main restaurant. Only complaint is the availability of tables as the village was pretty packed. Matters were made worse by the weird lay-out of the dining halls (3 indoors, 1 outdoor, i think?) which were separate from the building holding the buffet counters. Oh, the air-conditioning was weak, too. Be prepared to sweat it out while having lunch. Besides that, we noticed that the serving staff could not cope with the crowd too. Frequently saw quite a number of families standing patiently around tables which were just vacated, but filled with dirty utensils.
Food & drinks (quality) = 8/10
Food & drinks (ambiance) = 6/10
GOs: This time round, we did not manage to mingle with any GOs, at all. Unlike our trip to Bintan where we knew almost all the GOs by name. Could not fault them on their energy and enthusiasm, especially during the nightly performances.
Rating = 6/10
Wont be able to give much details on the other aspects of the village as we spent most of our time in the pools with the children. Both me and my wife were slightly disappointed with this trip, but it wont stop us from visiting other villages. As a matter of fact, just confirmed our trip to Bintan village (substituted from Cherating due to renovations) for the year-end holidays few moments before writing this review.
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- In Kata Bay, the Club Med Village on the island of Phuket stretches out under palm trees caressed by the breeze. Bungalows, built in the style of the local "long-houses" and decorated with teak, silk and marble, exude a Zen spirit in this idyllic garden where you can practice yoga beneath the frangipani trees. A warm and clear sea opens up its underwater depths, filled with colorful fish and abundant flora. Adults and children alike can find tranquility and discover the Thai culture. ... more less
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