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Multiverse; Fusions by Club Med. Testimonial by Kiara King at Club Med Finolhu

Kiara King, Art Director and owner of lifestyle blog Lion In The Wild, chose the Maldives to spend a memorable pre-wedding trip with her soon-to-be-husband. While staying at Club Med Finolhu Villas, Kiara experienced the first Club Med Fusions event; Multiverse, mixing food, light and sound during a magical evening ✨

We chatted to Kiara to find out about her experience…

Hi Kiara, it looks like you had an incredible time in Club Med Finolhu! What were the highlights?

Well, put simply, you cannot beat waking up to the view of the ocean, can you? The Overwater Sunrise Villa was by far one of the best accommodations we’ve had the pleasure of experiencing. We could’ve easily spent the entire 5-nights in our villa if not for the beautiful island and amazing inclusive activities.

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We really loved how social the vibe of Club Med Finolhu was, especially after the sunset at the bar where many guests gather for pre-dinner drinks, including the night of Fusions. What I love is that Finolhu caters to what you want whether you want to be social and meet other guests or enjoy a private experience. Overall, Finolhu seems more intimate and relaxed than many other resorts.

 

Sounds like the perfect balance! Can you tell us more about Fusions by Club Med?

Club Med Fusions was what brought us to the beautiful Club Med Finolhu Villas in the middle of the Indian Ocean, and we’re sure glad it did. In its essence, Fusions is a collaboration of senses and, on this particular inaugural Fusions event, we were delighted by the partnership of Michelin Chef Jozef Youssef and award-winning composer-pianist Tze Toh. As we experienced umami flavours across three key elements – water, fire and air – the evening was further enhanced not just by the storytelling, light show and wonderful company, but also the music that elevated our senses and enhanced the flavours of each course. It truly was a multi-sensory night of enchantment, indulgence and connection.

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Wow! A very unique experience. What was your favourite part?

I will always remember the burst of emotions I felt as we were sitting at our table with the chefs working meticulously in front of us preparing each course, the theatrical light that moved above us, the storytelling of Chef Youssef and the beautiful music of composer Toh in the middle of Motu Restaurant, knowing that we’d never experience an event so unique again.

As a self-confessed foodie, we thoroughly enjoyed the eight-course gourmet menu that shaped our evening. My favourite dish? Without a doubt, the tuna tataki paired with watermelon and pineapple. It was simply a heavenly combination, which seemed to be the theme of the night.

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What would you like to see at the next Fusions by Club Med?

The Maldives is simply one of the most beautiful places on Earth, so I can only imagine how amazing it would be to have a Club Med Fusions event that celebrates the beauty of nature; sea and land, flora and fauna. It could perhaps incorporate film, touch, sound and light to enhance the emotions of the event and educate guests in an exciting way about the island and the Maldives.

 

Apart from Fusions, what are the Top 5 things you experienced in the Maldives?

1.      Explore Club Med Finolhu. What do you do when you find yourself on a private tropical island? Explore it, of course! If you manage to pull yourself away from your own luxurious villa (it’s worth it, I promise!), you’ll discover the huge resort pool and bar, palm tree-lined walkways, Insta-worthy ocean swings, secret hammocks and pristine white beaches. If you get a chance, you should also get the quick speed boat to Club Med Kani.

2.      Enjoy a night to remember at Club Med Fusions. We thoroughly enjoyed our unforgettable evening immersing ourselves in the first Fusions event, which combined our passion for exemplary cuisine and beautiful music.

3.      Go on the Blue Lagoon Cruise. Wow, wow, wow! I believe that is the best way to describe our experience on the Blue Lagoon Tour as we discovered a tiny sand island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, snorkelled with lots of colourful fish and met friendly locals on a residential Maldivian island. Needless to say, it was so much fun! 

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4.      Swim with the friendly sharks and stingrays. One of the most incredible experiences we had was swimming with the reef sharks, stingrays and fish around our very own overwater villa. While they were very shy and rarely approached us, it was one of the most magical moments I’ve ever had. We also swam with a sea turtles on one of the inclusive snorkelling trips we went on too. Pinch me!

5.      Relax, relax, relax. There’s no better place to chill out than by your private pool overlooking the sparkling turquoise lagoon, immersing yourself in the natural beauty of Finolhu. Order room service, grab a book and rejuvenate in your very own paradise.

Sounds like the trip of a lifetime! What makes the Maldives stand out from other dream destinations?

I’ve been incredibly fortunate to travel to some truly beautiful destinations, but the Maldives tops the list for me with its clear turquoise waters, rich marine life and tropical islands. The all-inclusive delicious meals, free-flowing champagne, incredibly friendly staff (it was such a pleasure to get to know everyone!), fun activities and luxury of Club Med Finolhu are not to be missed. I mean, we’re already dreaming of our next visit! It truly is paradise.


And finally, any packing tips for anyone heading to the Maldives on their own amazing holiday?

Since you’re going to be spending your time by the water, make sure you fill your suitcase with plenty of swimsuits and beach cover-ups. For the evenings by the bar, take up the opportunity to have a little fun and pack a daring yet lightweight dress or jumpsuit. And don’t forget sunscreen…SPF50+ is my choice! Footwear, optional.

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Discover more about Fusions by Club Med.


Tribe in Paradise Part 2: A 50th birthday to remember in Bali

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What’s better than a special birthday surrounded by loved ones in paradise? With her group of 15 family members and friends, Jane Hamill celebrated her 50th in style in Club Med Bali, Indonesia. Her relaxing days consisted of sunrise walks with her mum, yoga by the beach, lazing by the pool and cocktails of course! The Zen pool was a big hit for adults while kids enjoyed the Junior Club. It was a perfect balance and successful time away for all family members!

1. Why did you choose to go to Club Med Bali?

I had been to Club Med Bali 5 times already and always loved it. The whole family enjoys being there and as a mum it is a true holiday for me as I can just relax and don't need to think about a thing. What better place to meet up with friends and family to celebrate my 50th Birthday!

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2. Who did you travel with during your stay?

We had a group of 15 including my husband, 13 year-old son and 10 year-old daughter. We met up with two other families, my best friend from school and my parents.

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3. What was your typical day in the resort?

Meeting my mum at 6:30am for a sunrise walk, yoga by the beach, breakfast and lazing by the pool, watching trapeze, lunch, more lazing by the pool, archery, afternoon pilates, cocktails by the beach. My son hung out with the junior club and enjoyed trapeze, archery and pool games. The child free couples were able to take advantage of the beautiful zen pool. Each night we met up for dinner in the restaurant and the staff made sure we had a table that could accommodate our group.

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4. What was your highlight from the trip?

My birthday dinner in The Deck restaurant. The staff were fantastic with our booking and I received the Club Med rendition of Happy Birthday! Spending relaxing time with my family and friends was the best gift of all.

5. What do you love most about Bali as a destination?

🌴 Beautiful spacious grounds

🌞 Gorgeous weather

😊 Lovely people

6. What did you enjoy the most in the resort?

The food and the friendliness of the GO team.

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7. What is your top tip for a successful family trip in Club Med Bali?

Just let everyone go their own way and meet up for meals. It is a safe environment for the kids to experience some independence.

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8. What are your favourite activities for a perfect family holiday in Club Med Bali?

Archery, table tennis and pool games are great for all the family, plus watching the shows at night.

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9. What could you pack in your suitcase for a family holiday in Club Med Bali?

Yoga pants, bathers and something white for White Night.

10. Which Club Med are you going to next?

We are looking forward to our first Club Med ski holiday to Pragelato Vialattea, Italy and coming home via Club Med Bintan.

Answers by Jane Hamill from Perth, thanks for your participation!

If you like to hear more about this destination, head to the Club Med Bali page to plan your next holiday.

And if you’d like to send us your Club Med experiences, feel free to drop us a note on hello.nz@clubmed.com

24 hours in La Plantation D’Albion, Mauritius

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On Monday 12th March, 2018,  Mauritius celebrated their 50th year of Independence! And with a mix of cultures from France, England, India, Africa and more, it’s a real melting pot full of culture, colour and smiles! What better way to mark this celebration than taking you on a journey to Mauritius with Club Med?! So close your eyes for a minute and imagine spending your day in the serenity and vibrant culture of Mauritius... …now open your eyes and discover just how amazing 24 hours at Club Med La Plantation d'Albion can be. Discover a warm and welcoming yet relaxing resort set within an unspoiled sun-soaked cove in the midst of beautiful gardens. Indulge in the beauty and serenity of exclusive services, the amazing Mauritian hospitality and dive head-first into that awesome Indian Ocean!

9am – Tropical fruits & yoga by the sea!

Start your morning in the most Zen way with a Yoga lesson overlooking the ocean. Continue you positive and rewarding vibe and choose from delicious tropical fruits and more breakfast yumminess at The Distillerie restaurant. You’ll be fully prepared for the fun day ahead!

11am – Kids fly while parents relax

The kids couldn’t wait to try the trapeze with their new friends so off they go to learn how to fly high in the sky! Nothing to worry about, they are accompanied by the attentive G.Os from the Mini and Junior Club and the awesome trapeze instructor. And this makes the perfect opportunity for the parents to take a bit of time off this morning and lay down by the infinity pool. Ahhh holiday bliss!

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1pm – A colourful lunch full of spices!

After an eventful morning, it’s time to reunite around some delicious local Mauritian food for lunch. Prepared with love and care by our local and international G.O team, let them show you the Mauritian way…

3pm – Endless wildlife discoveries

Whether you’re a culture vulture or wildlife warrior, Mauritius has it all! Why not go for a snorkel with the turtles or for a walk with real-life lions?  There’s always something fun to do and many opportunities to create new memories!

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6pm – Champagne time with a beach walk

After a day full of energy, it’s time to wind down and enjoy the unlimited Champagne by the glass in the intimate setting of the Alouda Bar while the kids get their favourite chocolate crepe at the nearby crepe station.  And to top off this magical moment as the sun goes down, go for a stroll along the beach.

8pm – Delicious dinner at the specialty restaurant before the kids put on a show!

Time to wrap up this beautiful day in Mauritius! Try the delicate flavours of vanilla and curry at the specialty restaurant, The Phare, among other Asian and International dishes. After dinner, don’t miss the show the kids are putting on just for you thanks to their fun times at the Mini Club!  Finally, get another cocktail or two to celebrate this wonderful day under the Mauritian sun.

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Want to hear more about Mauritius? Discover more about Club Med La Plantation D’Albion here.

7 Foodie Holiday Destinations You Won't Forget

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From the finest cheeses in Europe to the dynamic spices of South-East Asia, our world is home to an array of delectable dishes and culinary sensations. Explore seven of the best and most delicious foodie destinations in the world...

#1: A Trip to Italy

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Famous for its pasta, olive oil and pizza, Italy also boasts incredible mountain gastronomy. Mountain cheeses, bold red wines and charcuterie are all integral to the Italian ‘dolce vita’ (sweet life). After a day on the ski slopes, try pizzoccheri, a hearty dish made from buckwheat pasta, chard, potato and cheese.

#2: A Stay in Mexico

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Home to enchiladas, tacos and guacamole, Mexican cuisine has no shortage of tastes and flavours. Experience pozole, a spicy soup with meat and vegetables, toasted tortillas, or indulge in the patriotic chiles en nogada – poblano chillies filled with picadillo, a mix of meat, fruits and spices, topped off with a cream sauce. Whether you plan to discover Mexico by surfing in Cancun or by kayaking in Ixtapa, make sure you find a minute to live this unique (and spicy!) culinary escape.

#3: A Voyage to France

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France is not all snails and frog legs. With pains au chocolat (chocolate croissants) and delectable cheeses atop doughy bread, it’s pure foodie heaven. In winter, mountain fare in the French Alps is delicieux! Gather with friends around a glass of wine after a snowboarding day or around cheesy delights during your family holiday, in all cases you will be delighted by the French Cuisine.

#4: A Mauritian Getaway

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A blend of African, French, Asian and Indian flavours, Mauritian cuisine is as multicultural as it gets. Relish fresh grilled fish, dholl puri (a curry flatbread stuffed with peas), and rougaille (a tomato-based dish blended with Indian and European spices). Finish off your exotic meal in Mauritius with Victoria pineapples, the sweetest in the world!

#5: A food adventure in Thailand

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With an array of curries, herbs and spices, Thai cuisine tantalises tastebuds all over the world. Spicy Boat Noodle Soup (Kuaytiaw Reau), green or red curry, and tom yum soup served alongside rice and fresh coconut are just a few delights you’ll discover in the land of smiles.

#6: An Oriental Experience in Morocco

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Morocco is a melting pot of Arab, European, and Berber (indigenous North African) influences. Subtle spices are combined with lentils, grilled meats and couscous to create intriguing flavours unique to region. Try the quintessential Berber tagine with meat and vegetables. Scoop out the gravy with khobz (Moroccan bread) for a satisfying end to the meal! One thing Morroco can assure you is that even the finest food connoisseur will enjoy culinary surprises...

#7: Going beyond... Sushi in Japan

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While sushi is a staple in most major cities, Japanese cuisine is so much more than fresh salmon nigiri and soft shell crab hand rolls. Japan can lay claim to heart-warming ramen, udon and soba noodle dishes, okonomiyaki (a savoury pancake), and nabemono (Japanese hotpot) – all accompanied by sake, of course. Remember, your trip in Japan can only be more memorable if you also make it a gourmet discovery.

#TheBestPart? At Club Med, it's all included.

At Club Med, discover a culinary adventure all around the world with local and international recipes in all the resorts. Discover more below...

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