Kids on Holiday

A Day in Kids Club Part 4: Junior Club/ Passworld

Travelling with kids is an adventure!

Are you dreaming of having a holiday but not sure how to entertain your teens so they also have a good time? No worries - families are more than welcomed in all Club Med resorts. And some resorts even offer dedicated services adapted to all ages - and of course teenagers!

Discover below, Part 4 of our “A Day in Kids Clubs” series where you can understand how Club Med’s Kids Clubs work from babies to teenagers.

The Junior Club/Passworld at Club Med is for teenagers from 12 to 17 years old. Professional staff will take care of your teens allowing relaxed holidays and discoveries for everyone.

From Junior Club to Passworld spaces, everything is proposed and nothing is imposed. Teens can participate in fun activities like movie design, DJ mixing, dancing or in sporting activities.

Kids Clubs from 4 years old to 17 years old are included in the all-inclusive package, Baby and Petit Club from 4 months to 3 years old are at an extra cost. This program is only an example and schedule may vary.

9am

Young Thai Boxers will get their hearts racing with excitement when learning new movements.

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11am

Let’s go on a snorkelling trip with the G.Os, so many colourful fish to observe!

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1pm

Feast on delicious treats with new besties at lunch.

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3pm

Times to uncover new skills: windsurfing, golf, tennis, archery and more…

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5pm

Fresh fruit to share with the family at the beach to recharge before a delicious white night dinner

9pm

Turn up the volume and enjoy a memorable disco night

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💡 Did you know? Teen clubs are all flexible, there is no obligation and it’s a safe space for teens!

Passworld propose specific sport and artistic activities in places designed for them: making of movies, audio mixing, DJ booth, dancefloor, video games...

Junior Club propose activities between sport and discoveries: wake board, flying trapeze, beach parties, movie night,…

Discover here all the activities for your teens at Club Med. Find more of our special series for Babies here, Petit Club and Mini Club here!

A Day in Kids Club Part 3: Mini Club

Travelling with kids is quite an adventure!

Are you dreaming of having a holiday but thinking bringing kids with you might be too hard? No worries - young families are more than welcomed in all Club Med resorts. And some resorts even offer dedicated services adapted to all ages - and of course kids!

Discover below, Part 3 of our “A Day in Kids Clubs” series where you can understand how Club Med’s Kids Clubs work from babies to teenagers.

The Mini Club at Club Med is for children from 4 to 11 years old. Professional childcare staff will take care of your little kids all day, providing gentle and expert care and allowing relaxed holidays and discoveries for everyone.

With their fellow age group (4-5 years, 6-7 years, and 8-10 years), kids will explore have fun and make new friends through a daily program crafted by expert G.Os balancing sports, creativity, expression and games.

Kids Clubs from 4 years old to 17 years old are included in the all-inclusive package, Baby and Petit Club from 4 months to 3 years old are at an extra cost. This program is only an example and schedule may vary.

9am

Start the day outside learning about plants , gardening and where our food comes from.

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11am

Mini master chefs cook their first recipe through the Petit Chef Program.

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1pm

Healthy lunch by the pool with new friends from all over the world.

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3pm

Quiet story-time in the shade to relax before new adventures

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5pm

Time to conquer fears and learn new trapeze skills with the Circus G.Os.

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8pm

Learn about the unique culture through traditional dance performances.

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💡 Did you know? Your children can start ski lessons as young as 3 years old. At that pace, they will be pro in no time!

Discover here all the activities for your children at Club Med. Find more of our special series for Baby Club, Petit Club and Junior/Passworld here!

Discover the Amazing Family program

When on a family holiday, there’s nothing more magical than creating new memories together and strengthen bonds with fun activities.

Because we love bringing happiness to families at Club Med, we created a new program including a fun-filled weekly agenda of activities for all the family.

What is the Amazing Family Program

The Amazing family program is divided in 5 categories Time to Play, Time to Move, Time to Care, Time to Quest, and Time to Celebrate. These various activities are all made to share an incredible moment together and to be fun for all ages. Don’t worry about coming up with ideas to entertain the kids during the holidays or how for parents to also have fun together - discover below in more details the different activities you can experience.

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Time to Move

There’s no better time than holidays to move a little bit more than usual. And with all the fun sports already on offer at Club Med, the extra selection of energising activities for the Amazing Family program will bring the adrenaline up for the whole family!

Stay energised as a family while you enjoy active activities such as:

  • Soccer Bumper

  • Kite Competition

  • Olympic Games

  • Slip & Slide

  • Sand Castle Competition

  • Water inflatable Challenges

  • Water Wheel

  • Family Sports Tournament

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Time to Play

Forget about the traditional board games and experience together giant board games, making your time to play fully interactive, fun and collaborative.

Disconnect from your digital devices and take the time to bond while enjoying giant life-size board games such as:

  • Giant Jenga

  • Molky

  • Giant Board Games

  • Twister

  • Connect 5

  • Pallina

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Time to Care

Sustainability is something close to our hearts at Club Med and we love sharing with guests our passion about the local environment and culture around the resort.

Participate in meaningful activities with your kids to learn more about going green as well as local culture.

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Time to Quest

What about trying something different and going on a treasure hunt for the whole family?

Take a walk in our resort and discover the rich local heritage with your little ones during the exciting digital treasure hunt, Club Med Play.

  • Finding Mulan (Sanya)

  • Nature Discovery with Club Med Play App in Guilin

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Time to Celebrate

It’s also important to celebrate good times and the joy of being together when on a holiday. Take time just for you and your family and experience these events part of the Amazing Family program:

  • Colour party

  • Foam party

  • Inflatable Castle party

  • Family snacks around the Amazing Family area

Ready to move, play, care, quest and celebrate? Experience our Amazing family program in Club Med Bali, Indonesia, Club Med Cancun Yucutan, Mexico, Club Med Marrakech La Palmeraie, Morroco, Club Med Sanya, China and Club Med Kamarina, Italy. Coming soon to Club Med Phuket, Thailand and many more resorts!

Discover more about the new Club Med Les Arcs Panorama

Freshly open in December 2019, discover a new modern masterpiece surrounded by forest in the French Alps’ Savoie region: Club Med Les Arcs Panorama.

If you’re fond of incredibly long slopes, 360 degree snowy views and relaxing into Turkish baths - Les Arcs Panorama and the Paradiski ski domain are for you.

Curious to discover more about Les Arcs Panorama? Keep reading as you make your way through this enchanted winter wonderland!

Les Arcs Panorama is located in one of the largest ski domain in the world

Paradiski actually means ‘the ski paradise’ and it definitely seems like it with three inter-connecting valleys as well as 425 kilometres of downhill skiing. It’s literally a dream for all type of skiers and snowboarders.

Here’s more information about Paradiski:
Number of runs: 12 green runs, 132 blue runs, 65 red runs, 37 black runs
Domain altitude: from 1,250m to 3,250m
Resort altitude: 1,750m

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Enjoy beautiful views and modern architecture

You are immersed in the modern architecture and wide-open views upon arrival at the family-friendly Arcs 1600 ski resort.

If you prefer to stay at a more exclusive and intimate part of the resort, Le Belvedere exclusive Space is nestled at the top of Les Arcs Panorama resort. Take a dip in the hot tub on the exclusive 390m2 rooftop terrace with views on the peaks, stay in sophisticated suites, try ski, snowboard, snowshoe or Nordic walking and enjoy personal exclusive services from a concierge to priority access to facilities.

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Have fun with the family

Families are at the center of the resort. You can make the most of Club Med’s Kid’s Clubs from 4-months to 17-years old and enjoy the unique Family Experience restaurant, where the kids take their parents out to dinner, a true interactive experience. The restaurant also serve lunch exclusively for the Petit and Mini Club participants.

Indulge in apres-ski relaxation

For something a little more indulgent, Club Med Les Arcs Panorama offers a Wellness area with Cinq Mondes spa, heated indoor and outdoor pools, Turkish baths and more. You can chose from 5 different packages such as Relaxation, for Him, Energy, Made to Measure and Beauty.

Experience the resort during summer too!

What about staying there when the snow melts ? Les Arc Panorama is also a summer destination, a true alternative to sea holidays where you can experience hiking, nordic walking in the forest and incredible views of the Tarentaise Valley.

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Join the fun during the French winter

After a successful opening in December, our Club Med team is so ready to welcome you in this enchanted winter and summer wonderland with incredible views of the French Alps !

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Ready to slide on fresh snow ? Discover more of Club Med Les Arcs Panorama here!

Want to discover our Facebook Snow Squad Group? Join us here!

20 reasons to book an amazing snow holiday for 2020

It’s time to decide on your next holiday destination – so, which will it be: sun or snow? Although sipping cocktails pool-side and basking in the sun is always a great relaxing holiday, why not shake things up in 2020 and take your next holiday to new heights with an unforgettable snow escape?

From the soaring peaks of Mont Blanc in the French Alps to the perfect powder slopes of Hokkaido in Japan, there are so many reasons to make your next holiday one in the snow…and why you shouldn’t delay and book one NOW! So sit back and relax, we’ve listed 20 reasons why you should book a snow holiday for 2020 below…

1. Amazing snow conditions and resorts to experience

With over 20 on-snow resorts, you’ll be sure to experience the most incredible skiing and snowboarding conditions with kilometres and kilometres of fun.

Ski, snowboard or snowshoe in the 4th largest ski area worldwide from the brand new Club Med Les Arcs Panorama or slide nonstop on the 14-kilometre long slope from the mountain top at the new resort Club Med Grand Massif Samoens Morillon to the Valley of Giffre.

Thinking of somewhere a bit closer? Japan is known for its incredible powder snow and conditions are almost always great. No excuse not to go and glide on that fresh powder!

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2. Finally experience a European white winter of your dreams

If you’ve yet to experience a white winter in Europe… here’s your chance with more than 15 Club Med snow resorts in Europe. Whether you want to try skiing for the first time, just enjoy the mountain feel or discover a new experience - all kinds of activities are available and promise an amazing snow holiday in the mountains.

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3. Slide through the fresh powder of Japan

For an authentic Japanese experience and endless powder snow, the Hokkaido region is one of the best choices for a snow holiday that’s not too far from home. Need more convincing? Tomamu has just been awarded as the number 1 resort in Japan by international travellers on TripAdvisor and Sahoro as the Number 1 hotel for families in Japan by TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice.

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4. Try new destinations you’ve never thought about

Did you know that there are some ski resorts in China? If you’re looking for a bit of adventure, snow, and fun - Club Med Beidahu or Club Med Yabuli are waiting for you! Be a pioneer and discover skiing in China before everyone else. Taste a traditional Chinese fondue, a typical dish to share in a warm-hearted spirit, and hit uncrowded slopes in wonderland-like landscapes.

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5. Embark on a culinary journey

From cheesy tartiflette and fine wine in Europe or fresh sushi, Yakiniku BBQ and sake in Japan: your tastes buds will be tingling. More than just a ski holiday, embark on a culinary journey and discover local cuisine and specialties.

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6. You won’t believe how easy it is to organise

With Club Med, it’s all taken care of so you can just focus on relaxing, having fun and reconnecting with loved ones. Lift passes are ready, lessons are booked, and ski gear is even awaiting for you in your locker. It doesn’t get much better than this!

7. Beginner? Snow-worries…

Whether you’ve never set foot on snow or had only a couple of lessons, no worries at all – we’ve got you. From having small group lessons with English-speaking professional instructors to getting introduced to the mountain lifestyle - your first ski experience will be unforgettable. Check out our ultimate guide for the first time skier here for more information.

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8. Enjoy the mountain to the fullest

Even if you want to ski or snowboard, you can definitely have an amazing snow holiday by trying other activities such as snowshoeing in stunning landscapes or having a bit of fun with sledding or ice-skating. Plus, all of Club Med snow resorts have an array of unique adventures on offer as well as indoor activities.

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9. Ski where the Olympians do

As an official partner of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA), Club Med regularly have winter Olympic athletes training in the resorts. Are you ready to ski alongside our country’s athletes? You might pick up a tip or two!

10. Make lifelong memories with loved ones

Booking a snow holiday is also the occasion for you to reconnect with your loved ones. Everything is already taken care of, so take a moment to relax by the crackling fire, a tea or hot cocoa in-hand, and enjoy every moment with your loved ones.

11.  Kids will have the time of their lives

Kids at Club Med are in their winter element! Little ones can learn to ski from 4 years old and make new friends from around the world in the included Kids Clubs, teens can enjoy the slopes during the day and hang out with new friends in the evenings, and adults can enjoy the different mountain elements knowing their children are very well looked after. Families can also share amazing moments together with the new family experience restaurant in our new resorts, where children are inviting their parents to dinner for a fully interactive experience.

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12. Revive and relax after the slopes

After a big day shredding the powder slopes of Japan, Italy or France, there’s nothing more satisfying than relaxing in the sauna, getting a well-deserved massage at the spa or swimming in the heated indoor or outdoor pool.

Each Club Med snow resort has unique spa partnerships with the best well-being brands such as Nuxe, Cinq Mondes or L’Occitane. Post-ski bliss!

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13. Snap the ultimate Instagram shot

Warning: your friends might be a little bit jealous seeing the blue-bird snow days! With incredible landscapes, trendy design and delicious food, there are so many nice shots you can take during your holiday.

Start first by choosing the subject for your photo, get creative and find a new angle, take advantage of the golden hour for a nice light and there you go - you have the perfect shot! Here is one of the great shots that you could take during your next snow holiday.

14. Indulge in luxury

Thinking of going the extra mile for your snow holiday? Discover the Exclusive Collection by Club Med - a series of luxurious resorts set within stunning destinations such as Valmorel Chalet-Apartments, Le Belvedere Exclusive Space in Les Arcs Panorama, Le Lodge Exclusive Space in Valmorel resort and Le Refuge Exclusive Space in Val d’Isere.

All these exclusive spaces offer luxurious accommodation, services such as bottomless champagne from the bar from 6pm, dedicated friendly hosts and more…

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15. Here’s your excuse to look stylish on the slopes

A snow holiday also means… ski and snowboard gear! And what better excuse to buy new gear for your upcoming holiday? Rental shops are available at the resort so don’t worry about bringing skis and snowboards, but why not buy that cute beanie or warm puffer jacket and feel super comfortable as well as super stylish?

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16. Wake up to snowy views every single day 

Get cosy in your room and admire snowy views every single day. Designed by the world’s best architects and designers, feel comfortable in your home away from home with lazy morning sleep-ins, afternoon naps after skiing all morning or getting ready for an evening at the resort. It’s your own private space in paradise.

17. It feels good to plan the next holiday

Maybe you just came back from holidays but it always feels good to look forward to the next holiday, right? Even if it’s for 2020, don’t worry - just the thought of planning your dream snow holiday will make you feel good.

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18. The earlier you book, the more you save!

Great news - planning your holiday early means you get the best deals, especially for snow holidays with Club Med. If you book at sales opening on 30 January 2019, you can benefit from up to 30% off your dream holiday – the best offer guaranteed of the year. Which means all that’s left to do is sit back and relax until your holiday!

19. Planning in advance means more time to relax

Once you book your snow holiday with Club Med, it’s all taken care of. You just have to choose from a wide variety of activities, restaurants, and amazing experiences once you get there. Enjoy the all-inclusive convenience from accommodation, gourmet meals, open bar, sports and activities: with us, it is all included in one package. Easy!

20. Go once and you’ll want to come back every year!

The fresh air of the mountains, the warm and fun vibes, the fresh powder… you’ll quickly understand how addictive a snow holiday is and we promise you - you’ll definitely want to come back again.

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Convinced yet? Book your snow holiday here with Club Med!

Looking to be part of a like-minded snow community? Join the Club Med snow squad here and receive snow holidays tips, insider knowledge as well as prizes, exclusive deals and more.

Want to discover our Facebook Snow Squad Group? Join us here!

First holiday abroad with bub: Testimonial by Nikki Phillips at Club Med Bintan Island

First-time mum and long-time Club Med fan, Nikki Phillips recently returned from her first overseas trip as a new mum. Having visited both Club Med Finolhu Villas, Kani and Les Chalets Valmorel with her husband, Nikki looked towards Club Med and the amazing family services as the holiday of choice for her new family. Full of family fun and precious couple time, check out Nikki’s family vacation at Club Med Bintan below:

And discover her photo diary here:

Grant and Chezzi Denyer's well-deserved family holiday at Club Med in Mauritius

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A few days after his Gold Logie triumph, Grant Denyer, his wife Chezzi, and their 2 daughters, Scout and Sailor, escaped to Mauritius for a well-deserved family holiday at Club Med La Plantation d'Albion. We chatted to Chezzi to get the inside scoop on their Mauritian getaway and gathered a few travel tips and adorable family snaps along the way!

1. What attracted you to a holiday in Mauritius?

Grant I and have always had Mauritius on our list of must see places. I’ve known a few people who have travelled there over the years and they have always said it was incredible. With its French history and rich local culture, we thought it would be an ideal location to visit with the kids. Also it’s incredibly exotic and tropical; and considering the winter weather in Bathurst (minus 5 the morning we arrived home) why wouldn’t you want to go to somewhere as warm and sunny as Mauritius!

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2. What’s on your packing list when travelling to an exotic destination like Mauritius?

Because Grant and I had the Logies a few nights before we left for Mauritius, and things were so hectic preparing for that, I was really relieved that we didn’t need an extensive packing list to head to Mauritius.. Also that really is a big plus when travelling to Club Med - they ensure they have you covered if you forget to pack something..

First thing I got out and dusted the cob webs off was our swimmers. And a few spare pairs for the girls and their goggles. I wanted to pack light so put in two dresses for them to wear to dinner one night, a few t-shirts which they could wear to kids club, a few pairs of shorts, one light jumper or jacket for them each, and p.j’s (a sleep suit for Scout). For Grant and I, I packed two nice dressier options for us to wear to have a special dinner together, and the rest was very causal! One thing I remembered to pack was a small bag for each of the girls to take to Kids Club each. I learnt that the first time we went to Club Med.

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3. Describe Club Med La Plantation d’Albion in 3 words:

Tropical 🌴  |   Restorative 🔋  |   Fun 😂

4. Describe your typical day at the resort:

🌞 6:30am

The girls would wake  and would be hungry straight away… So we would all get up and would head outside to have our breakfast beside the pool. We had a fabulous butler named Sandy in the villa and the girls were obsessed by him. They would follow him around for the first hour while Grant and I would try to wake up, asking him if he had children, if he had a girlfriend, if he liked dogs and ice cream. Sandy put together the most extraordinary breakfast, and we would all sit down to enjoy it together. This was such a beautiful way to start the day. Then we would get dressed and call for a buggy to take us to the main resort.

🌴 9am 

Most days we would head straight to the beach until Kids Club or Mini Club opened up. On the beach, we would go for a gentle walk and collect shells, or just play in the sand for a while with the girls. We would head up to Mini Club as Sailor wanted to go every single minute of every day and night, however Scout wasn’t as convinced. She would go every second day.

🎾  11:30am

On the days when we were kidless we would really try to live it up. We would go for a walk around the resort, or we would go to Archery or play tennis, then we would head over to have a luxurious long lunch followed by some cocktails by the pool.

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Some afternoons we would hear back to the villa and have an hours nap, and in the afternoon we would head to the spa for some relaxation treatments which was heaven! We then met up with the girls and would join in the afternoon activities with Mini Club and the kids.

🛀  5:30pm

We would all head back to the Villa to bath and get ready for dinner.

🍴  7pm

Some nights the girls would do activities with Mini Club where they would be fed dinner too, so Grant and I could have a date night! We would meet up with the kids again about 9ish. We had a few really lovely and romantic dinners with the kids enjoying their time with Mini Club. And some nights the Mini Club put on shows for the parents. It’s just such a great experience.

5. Did you enjoy your experience in the luxury private villa, why?

The luxury private villa was just absolute heaven. When we first arrived at the villa, Grant thought it was the lobby for the entire resort it was so grand and flash. And it was so private. We felt like we were on our own tropical island it was so private, which suited us perfectly at this point. It’s not like anything I have ever experienced before. It was just so special. Both the girls had their own room and extravagant bathrooms in separate wings of the villa. We also had Sandy on call 24/7 and that was wonderful to know, as he really helped us find out feet and discover some unknown parts of Mauritius. Sandy would arrive about an hour before breakfast each morning and you wouldn’t hear a thing, he would just be working away in the kitchen and you’d start to smell delicious fresh croissants being made before you knew he was there.

The villa had a sparkling plunge pool however I have to admit the water wasn’t warm enough for us to swim in unfortunately. Whilst Mauritius is tropical and warm, we didn’t realise we were visiting in winter until we arrived, but the beach was warm and lovely and really salty to swim in, the villa pool was just too cold unfortunately.

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One thing you notice too while staying in the villa is the exceptional service you get all around the resort. The villa have their own exclusive buggy’s for travelling to and from the main resort and these come at lighting speed.

On the days that the girls stayed with us, we would hang out in the villa and have afternoon tea or aperitifs around the pool on the glorious day bed. The girls thought this was so special - crêpes with real melted chocolate on a luxurious day bed in our own private outdoor setting.

6. Tell us about your girls’ experience in Kids Club

Sailor loved everything she did at Mini Club or Kids Club. She had tried her hand at trapeze while we were at Cherating Beach last year, and so was keen to improve on what she learnt back then. And she nailed it first go. She was so proud of herself that she was able to do swing up so high and turn around and then swing upside down and finish with a somersault onto the mat. I think this was a highlight of her trip!

The other thing that really stands out is the fabulous shows that Club Med put on with the Kids Club. Our first night there Sailor was up on the stage in a Moana show that the kids had rehearsed during the day for. Scout also got to do a dance and thought she was so special. They have full costumes and makeup too. And the shows are fully choreographed and loved by all the parents watching in the audience. Even Daddy Grant got to play a part in the Daddy daughter dance.

Overall I think what we love about Club Med the most is that the kids have such a phenomenal experience. Sailor learnt French words, she participated in specifically designed group activities for her age, she learnt about different cultures, she swam, painted, played dress ups, met friends from around the world. In fact she has so much fun she cried when we said we were leaving. She made three really good friends from South Africa and Perth that we’re staying in touch with.

7. What is your favourite thing about Mauritius and why?

Mauritius feels untouched. It’s not spoilt or overpopulated like other holiday destinations we have been to. There’s a real sincerity amongst the locals. There is also really rich culture, and Club Med definitely allows that to shine through. Mauritius is surrounded by volcanic rock and we loved getting out of the resort and visiting different parts on day excursions. Our favourite took us down south to visit the local zoo and the girls got to feed the giant tortoises and the baby tortoises. This was an incredible experience. There were so many and they were just gorgeous. We also went to little shopping villages and got to buy some local arts and craft which was really interesting. Especially seeing how they weave baskets. We got to see sugar cane and the produce created from the sugar cane which was more interesting for Grant and I than the girls. And we visited some temples and religious statues which was very intriguing. We bought a lot of gifts for family and friends because the Mauritian products were so unique, we had to purchase another bag to fit everything in to come home.

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8. Would you recommend Club Med La Plantation d’Albion and Albion Villas to others and why?

Without a doubt I would recommend Club Med La Plantation d’Albion and Albion Villas for a wonderful holiday. I think it caters so well for all different types of holidays depending on the person or family. If you want to relax, it’s perfect. There’s plenty of nice quiet spots near the beach or private beaches for you to lay and read.

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If you want full Adrenalin and activity, they’ve got you covered with golf, tennis, archery, trapeze and circus skills plus also they have water sports and an extensive range of aerobics and fitness classes too. If you want to have spa treatments looking over the magnificent ocean view you can. They have a great gym.. apparently haha! No, I did see it and it looked full of equipment to tickle your fitness fancy. If you’re more like us, and want to take time out, this Club Med is perfect because it’s not overpopulated like other resorts. As with all Club Med’s you have incredible spreads for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you pay for the level of inclusiveness you want before you leave so there’s no surprises. You can have a trillion cocktails each day if you wish, and you never have to pay a thing while you’re there so there’s no worry about going over your budget. You have plenty of GO’s available to help. You have a fully stocked shop with anything and everything you might need or want on hand. A great excursion office covering some really interesting excursions like walking with Lions, exploring a deep sea submarine, atv tours around the island, cultural trips, deep sea fishing etc...

everyone who worked at this Club Med loved it, and this love shone through in all our dealings.

There’s not a lot of Australians at this Club Med either, well there wasn’t when we were there. So you really feel like you’re on the other side of the planet.


9. What was the highlight of your trip?

The highlight of our trip was definitely swimming with the Dolphins. This was incredible. We had asked at the excursion office about something we could all do as a family, and we decided to go with this one. It sounded fun, but we had no idea what we were in for until we got out into the ocean on our boat with another 10 people from the resort. And then in the water we saw a pod of Dolphins swimming towards us and we were told to jump out. So Grant and I holding our girls with life vests and floaties on, jumped out into the water and watched and felt the pod of Dolphins swim right up to us and around us. It was amazing. I was able to see them underwater for a bit, however the girls just watched from above the water. It was such a special moment. Grant and I kept looking at each other as we realised this was a once in a lifetime experience.

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10. How do you ensure you spend time with your family but also have time for yourself (and as a couple) while on holiday?

I think Club Med has this covered. As mentioned above, we were able to spend quality time together at points and then Grant and I could spend quality time alone without the kids all because of Kids Club and the activities provided by Club Med. We chose to put our girls into kids club every second day (Sailor fought us on this though) so we could spend time together as a family, which is rare with our work situation at the moment, but it also allowed us a break from the kids which is also important on holiday.

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11. What are your top tips for travelling with a family?

Just relax. Try to savour everything. Every moment together. If you have a long flight with little kids take plenty of things to try keep them occupied and entertained with. Books, things to draw on and with, video games if you have them, iPads with movies, plus things for kids to chew on when you’re descending on the plane. Also If you’re travelling to another time zone and you have little kids, be prepared for some bumps. We weren’t even contemplating jet lag until it hit, so we weren’t prepared at all and it was exhausting when we got home and the kids wouldn’t sleep for 5 days.

12. This is your second Club Med holiday as a family. What keeps you coming back?

They say that Club Med is addictive and I have to attest it is. We can’t get enough of the whole experience. It’s not just one thing, it’s the collective that makes it so great for us. And as our kids get a little bigger, we want to try out even more Club Meds because they are fantastic holidays and you can feel like you’ve had a month off just in a week.

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I love the fact that they’re easy more than anything. That everything had been thought of for you, and you just need to turn up and decide each day how you want to spend your time. There’s no worries about being bored as there’s heaps to do. There’s no stress about blowing the budget accidentally because it’s all inclusive. There’s a mix of activities to cater for everyone. The kids have a blast with kids club. The adults get to try different meals from around the world and you come back at least 3 kilos heavier each time you visit, which just shows you how much you enjoy yourself. It’s also safe and you feel supported and welcomed by all the staff.

13. Which Club Med resort would you love to go to next?

Without the children - I would LOVE to go to the Maldives because it looks sensational!

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With the kids - I would love to try maybe a ski Club Med next or I think there’s one opening up in Vietnam soon? That’s definitely on my list of places to see with the family. My girls would also love to go to France now they can say some French words, so who knows!!!

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.

A family holiday in Club Med Bintan Island

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Club Med has met the lovely Tara Morgan, a Melbourne-based Mobile Travel Agent, who travelled to Bintan Island with her family in October 2017. There, Tara celebrated her daughter's 10th birthday, relaxed and discovered new experiences! She was kind enough to answer our questions and share with us her experience at Club Med Bintan Island in Indonesia. Hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed interviewing her!

1. Why did you choose to go Club Med Bintan Island?

We needed a family holiday that wasn’t too far to travel from Melbourne which had a great beach and where everything was included (activities, food and drinks) and Club Med Bintan delivered.

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2. What was your typical day in the resort?

My children couldn’t wait to go to kids club after breakfast each morning to do archery followed by circus school where they flew through the air on the trapeze. It gave my children amazing opportunities and they were able to meet children from countries all over the world as well as the incredible staff members who also came from countries from all over the world – it truly broadened their horizons.

We would then spend part of the afternoon at the beach. When we were there they had the most perfect waves which were just big enough to be able to body surf. And then in between swimming we would hop on a paddle board, kayak or catamaran with the children and go out on the water. There are so many activities on offer and to take part in if you want too. As a family we played tennis, badminton, family archery, basketball, water polo, water aerobics, golf just to name a few.

Then each night they put on different shows which were fantastic especially the white night!

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3. What was your highlight from the trip?

Celebrating my daughters 10th birthday whilst we were there with a specially made Club Med cake followed by the children performing on stage. Also, being located next to the Ria Bintan golf course was also fantastic as we had the opportunity to play at this first class golf course which was additional but worth every cent. Back at Club Med Bintan they have a putting green and also you can hit in the nets and be taught by a golf pro.

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4. What did you enjoy the most in Bintan Island?

Definitely all of the activities that were available, the beach, then the food – oh my goodness where do I start……the choices were incredible. Being such a multi cultural resort the food also represented this diversity. From Italian to Korean to Indian to Japanese and then American to name a few.

We were so spoilt for choice and then desserts….thank goodness we did so many activities during the day! I loved that my children had such an amazing variety of food and dishes to choose from and that they could go up and get it themselves. Being all inclusive made our family holiday so very easy. We didn’t have to worry when the children wanted another banana milkshake – they just went up and ordered it themselves. Or we wanted another Pina Colada - no nasty bill at the end of our stay as it is all part of our package.

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5. What is your top tip for a family trip in Bintan Island?

Always check the activity board for the next day so that you don’t miss out on any of the fantastic activities that are offered on each day.

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6. What are your must-dos for a perfect family holiday in Bintan?

Enjoy and try the activities and new experiences that Club Med Bintan has to offer and also enjoy the precious family time together.

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7. Which Club Med would you like to try next?

We would absolutely love to take the children skiing in Japan to Club Med Sahoro

My family and I have just recently returned from the most wonderful 7 night family holiday at Club Med Bintan.

This was the family holiday we needed and Club Med Bintan delivered! It has something for everyone – an amazing kids club catering to all different ages and activities. My children couldn’t wait to go to kids club after breakfast each morning to do archery followed by circus school where they flew through the air on the trapeze. There were so many activities for all children to choose from including being part of the stage production which was just fantastic. It gave my children amazing opportunities and they were able to meet children from countries all over the world as well as the incredible staff members who also came from countries from all over the world – it truly broadened their horizons.

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Then the food – oh my goodness where do I start……the choices were incredible. Being such a multi cultural resort the food also represented this diversity. From Italian to Korean to Indian to Japanese and then American to name a few. We were so spoilt for choice and then desserts….thank goodness we did so many activities during the day! I loved that my children had such an amazing variety of food and dishes to choose from and that they could go up and get it themselves.

Being all inclusive made our family holiday so very easy. We didn’t have to worry when the children wanted another banana milkshake – they just went up and ordered it themselves. Or we wanted another Pina Colada - no nasty bill at the end of our stay as it is all part of our package.

Club Med Bintan has the most beautiful beach and the water temperature is just divine. When we were there they had the most perfect waves which were just big enough to be able to body surf. And then inbetween swimming we would hop on a paddle board, kayak or catamaran with the children and go out on the water. Bliss!

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Being located next to the Ria Bintan golf course was also fantastic as we had the opportunity to play at this first class golf course which was additional but worth every cent. Back at Club Med Bintan they have a putting green and also you can hit in the nets and be taught by a golf pro.

There are so many activities on offer and to take part in if you want too. As a family we played tennis, badminton, family archery, basketball, water polo, water aerobics, golf just to name a few. Then each night they put on different shows which were fantastic especially the white night!

We absolutely loved our stay at Club Med Bintan and it definitely exceeded our expectations. It was the perfect holiday for us.

Thank-you to all the wonderful staff who made our stay so memorable.

We are now looking forward to planning our next Club Med holiday!

Curious to know more? Discover all what you can do at Club Med Bintan Island and plan your next family holiday!

Club Med Celebrates 50 Years of Kids Club: A winning concept backed by a string of awards

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Club Med is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its iconic Kids Club. That’s 50 years of offering children of all ages, holidays that allow them to explore and be creative in a fun, safe, informal atmosphere.

In that 50 years, Club Med Kids Clubs have set the standard for what a relaxing, inclusive family holiday should be. It’s not just about keeping the children amused so the adults can relax, Club Med Kids Clubs focus on fun, discovery and creativity so children also have a holiday to remember.

It is a winning formula. Club Med Resorts around the world were consistently voted in the top 10 family resorts by voters of the Readers’ Choice Awards 2017 held by Holidays With Kids, specialists in family travel.

One of the main reasons Club Med rates so highly with families is the wide variety of activities for children and the adaptation of activities for each age bracket – from 4 months to 17 years - so every member of the family is able to relax and enjoy a holiday while discovering new things about themselves, as well as the country they’re visiting.

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Each child can learn new skills, uncover talents they did not know they had and share experiences with new friends as well as family. Children as young as 3 years old are encouraged to participate in activities such as golf and tennis, overcome fear with the flying trapeze or circus activities, and gain confidence in performing on stage for resort guests including professional (but fun!) rehearsal, lights,  costumes and make up.

Behind all the amazing services and activities at Kids Club are the highly trained and passionate G.Os (Gentil Organisateurs) who staff the resorts, and are why visitors return year after year.

 “One of the most rewarding things is having families extend their stay because of the Kids Clubs – we have had three this season!” says Tamarra van der Zweep, an Australian Petit Club Manager at Club Med Phuket. Tamara has an Advanced Diploma in Child Care and Community Services, as well as over 11 years’ experience in child care.

Kids Club G.Os are focused on ensuring each child feels unique yet included and comfortable with a range of activities suitable for all personalities, big and small. Kids Club also provides a chance to meet kids from other countries, learn their language and culture with help from the G.Os, many of which speak multiple languages, including English.

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Dario Latuary, Mini Club Manager at Club Med Bintan Island, says one of the reasons children love Kids Clubs is because each carer takes time to bond with the children when they arrive at the club. “That’s why there’s many repeat visitors and why they remember us, even when they grow up."

Being a Mini Club G.O and working with the kids is the most important job. And it’s not just a job it’s your life. My personal motto is: Live the life you love, and love the life you live. In this case, it’s my job.

As well as the different Kids’ Clubs, many Club Med resorts feature a kids’ only pool, and Mini Club kids also have the opportunity to eat early meals in a special section of the restaurant in most resorts.

Club Med resorts also offer babysitting services and evening Pyjama Club for children aged 2 to 10 years.

The different Club Med Kids Clubs are:

▪️ Baby Club Med: For children aged from 4 to 23 months. Baby Club Med focuses on senses and feelings, with engaging play areas and a staff ratio that ensures each baby receives special attention.

▪️ Petite Club Med: For children aged 2 to 3 years. Petite Club Med focuses on discovery and socialising with activities such as face painting, pyjama parties, and puppet shows.

▪️ Mini Club Med: For children aged 4 to 10. Mini Club Med focuses on energy and fun activities such as Club Med’s famous Circus School programme, arts and crafts and sports.

▪️ Club Med Passworld and Junior's Club Med: For older kids, aged 11 to 17. Club Med Passworld and Junior's Club Med are dedicated teen spaces offering everything from creative activities to movie and disco nights, as well as sports and technical arts.

For further information visit our website.

Award-Winning Family Holidays

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Looking for inspiration for your next family holiday? Five of our resorts have been chosen byHolidays with Kids Magazine Readers in 2017 as the best family resorts! We couldn’t be more grateful to have been chosen and trusted by the magazine readers and win this award. Discover or re-discover below the chosen resorts:

Top Indonesia Family Resort: #2 Club Med Bali

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Between fields of rice paddies and temples, Club Med Bali Nusa Dua is a bliss oasis for families with masses of space to unwind, reconnect and explore. Little ones can spend the day at the Kids Clubs, fly on the trapeze or enjoy the splash pool while parents can explore nearby temples or take some time off at the adult-only Zen pool.

Read more about Club Med Bali

Top Indonesia Family Resort: #7 Club Med Bintan Island

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Just 55 minutes away from Singapore, families can discover a little slice of heaven in Club Med Bintan Island. It is the ultimate wellbeing getaway to rejuvenate body & soul, discover healthy and yummy culinary experiences and try on new activities. Plus, with so many water and land sports options, artistic and cultural activities for kids aged 2 to 17, this stunning island has something for everyone!

Read more about Club Med Bintan Island

Top Malaysia Family Resort: #5 Club Med Cherating Beach

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Between jungle and ocean, Club Med Cherating Beach is an eco-friendly beach resort in Malaysia filled with treetop adventures and endless wildlife discoveries, offering the perfect setting for an unforgettable family holiday. You can fly with the monkeys on the flying trapeze, savour local and international cuisine, release turtles into the ocean and more… With fun experiences, days fly by in Cherating Beach!

Read more about Club Med Cherating Beach

Top Thailand Family Resort: #5 Club Med Phuket

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Located in Phuket’s most beautiful bay and amidst green fields and frangipani trees, Club Med Phuket is the perfect family playground. With must-try experiences like Thai boxing lessons, cooking classes and discoveries of Thai temples and treasures, there’s endless fun for the whole family.

Read more about Club Med Phuket

Top International Family Resort: #10 Club Med Aimee La Plagne

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Sitting on top of a mountain facing the magnificent Mont-Blanch, Club Med Aimee La Plagne is the winter destination to ski-in, ski-out easily and enjoy the great outdoors! While the little ones enjoy the snow garden and learn new skills, parents can try on new slopes or relax après-ski in the homely warm stone and wood Resort.

Read more about Club Med aimee La Plagne

And if you'd like to discover more about why families holidays are unique at Club Med, discover more on our Best Family Holidays page!

Absolute Family Heaven in Mauritius

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This article was reposted from Where's Sharon. Read the original story here. Note: All images below are courtesy of Sharon Gourlay, and have been shared with permission.

Absolute Family Heaven at Club Med La Plantation d’Albion Mauritius

I needed a holiday.

With my own business and three young kids, life is crazy. I’m constantly busy, exhausted and dying for a break.

When we booked our trip to Mauritius it seemed like the perfect time to book ourselves an actual break. One where things wouldn’t be crazy, we wouldn’t feel like we were herding our kids around attractions constantly and Josh and I could actually have some quality time together and by ourselves.

When I started researching the perfect place to do this, the answer popped up immediately.

Club Med.

I have always wanted to stay at Club Med because they always sound luxurious and easy. Since having kids, I absolutely love all inclusive and how easy that makes everything and I had heard that Club Med had the best kids club of anywhere.

There’s also plenty to do at Club Med. Since we get bored easily and are definitely not the type to be happy just lying on a beach, it sounded perfect for us.

Mauritius has two Club Meds and we decided to give it a go.

We are so happy we did!

What is Club Med?

A small part of the coastal areas around our resort

A small part of the coastal areas around our resort

Club Med is the perfect solution if you are looking for a Mauritius all inclusive (or for an all inclusive experience in the other countries where they operate). Everything is included from meals to activities to cocktails to entertainment to kids club.

We have stayed at a few all inclusive resorts and, honestly, none have measured up to Club Med. They definitely take all-inclusive holidays to Mauritius to another level with fabulous food, all day dining, generosity with drinks and an amazing activities program.

The only things you pay extra for is premium alcohol (like if you want to pick your bottle of wine), purchases from the shop, room service, excursions and the day spa.

Enjoying a room service breakfast on our balcony. It is included for breakfast for our room type as well

For those of us with kids, Club Med has a real focus on families and all kids are welcome. There is an outstanding kids club (all the details below!). The general rule is kids 4+, but many Club Meds have a toddler program and some a baby program which are at an extra cost.

Club Med also distinguishes itself with top rate staff. Everyone I came into contact with was at least bilingual and all were friendly. Club Med staff are called G.O.s (Great Organisers) and go out of their way to get to know you and make you feel welcome and included.

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The beach first thing in the morning

The beach first thing in the morning

The beach first thing in the morning

Club Med La Plantation d’Albion is simply fantastic. If you are looking for resorts in Mauritius, you cannot go wrong with this option. From arrival to check out, everything was smooth and easy.

Below, I step through all the different aspects of a stay here including transfers, our room, activities, entertainment and Mini Club.

Transfers

Our Club Med experience started the second after we walked through customs at the airport before we entered the public area. We saw a sign for the resort and were given cold water and whisked out a side exit into a waiting van which was complete with a baby car seat and booster seat for the kids.

The driver answered our questions and was soon driving us the 50 minutes to the resort. It is perhaps the easiest arrival experience I have ever had!

Our room

We stayed in connecting Club and Suite rooms with a sea view. They were both great!

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Both rooms were clean, comfortable and well furnished with fun extras – like towel animals! The kids loved seeing the different animals every day.

The Club Room is the cheapest room type but is still lovely and a good size. There’s plenty of cupboard space, day bed, couch, TV, desk, and a fabulous bath tub.

Inside the Club Med room

Inside the Club Med room

Inside the Club Room

The suite is amazing with a separate living area with day bed, couches and a big coffee table. There’s a separate toilet off the living area as well as a big cupboard which was perfect for our baby gear.

The bedroom has a desk area, king size bed, lots of cupboards and a huge bathroom with twin vanities, massive bath tub and candles. There’s also a door that leads to an outdoor shower.

This crab was waiting for us one day when we returned!

This crab was waiting for us one day when we returned!

Both rooms have mini bars and, thanks to having a suite, these were full and replenished daily included in the price. We also had fruit delivered to the room every afternoon.

Our rooms from the beach

Our rooms from the beach

The best part, however, was definitely the furnished terraces which were right on the beach. We loved having this outdoor space right by the ocean. It was also surprisingly private thanks to it not being a swimming beach. I spent a lot of time sitting out on the terrace and I highly recommend paying the extra to get a room with this feature especially if you have a kid that naps.

Club Med Albion Villas

The backyard of one of the villas

The backyard of one of the villas

Club Med La Plantation d’Albion also has a separate section of villas (called Club Med Albion on their site). There’s the option to do a tour of one of the villas and I did this.

The villas are just amazing. They come in 2, 3 and 4 bedroom configurations. Each bedroom has its own bathroom with outside access so they are quite private.

Each villa has a large living area in the middle with a kitchen to the side (with fully stocked fridge) where a private butler cooks your breakfast and prepares tea in the late afternoon.

The best part, however, is definitely the beautiful yard which is complete with private swimming pool and an amazing outdoor living area with dining and lounging space. If you have young kids, they even set up a pool fence.

Guests use all the facilities of the main resort and also have a private butler for two periods twice a day who take care of everything for them.

Food

A small part of the main buffet

A small part of the main buffet

The only thing that concerned me about booking a week in Club Med was the food.

Since living in Penang, we have become really fussy about good quality food and when I think about all inclusive resorts and buffets, good quality is not what comes to mind. Quite the opposite.

Thankfully, Club Med Plantation d’Albion proved me wrong. Buffets can be fabulous! We ate at the main buffet restaurant for most meals and everything I ate was superb.

Yummm dessert. Not what you expect from a buffet

Yummm dessert. Not what you expect from a buffet

There’s great variety and there are chefs working at the different sections making sure the food is always fresh. There are options which are made to order and some dishes are already plated and taste extra fantastic. There’s a good range of western food with some Asian options. There’s also a section of Mauritian food which is mostly Indian and I loved it.

There are eating options all day long, but the best food options are at meal times.

There are two main restaurants. We mostly ate at the main one, Restaurant La Distillerie, as the other one, Restaurant Le Phare, is adults only except at dinner time and it wasn’t open all nights when we visited.

Restaurant La Phare is just gorgeous though. We had dinner here one night right by the ocean and the scenery and sounds of the ocean made for a special experience. The food was also great and it was nice to be served.

A special dinner at Restaurant La Phare

A special dinner at Restaurant La Phare

The service was great in both restaurants. Even at the buffet, the attendants get drinks, help carry plates and help with entertaining Baby J. We had a waitress in the main restaurant who became quite attached to Baby J and would be brilliant with getting him food and making sure we were happy. She would also set up the table ready for us in her section so she got to serve us.

You can order special wine with your meals (for extra cost) or have the house drinks which come out by the bottle if you want.

The snacks during the day are quite simple. We loved the bar by the pool as they would have fruit and bakery items so Baby J could have some fruit while we had a cocktail. It was lovely.

Dinner time usually had a theme – like “white” or “blue and white”. Nothing difficult and you don’t have to do it. We usually didn’t and we didn’t feel weird.

All in all, I am very impressed by the food at Club Med La Plantation d’Albion. I never got bored of it, as I feared, quite the opposite. I really enjoyed meal time.

Facilities

S takes aim at Archery

S takes aim at Archery

Club Med La Plantation d’Albion is full of facilities.

The resort is basically split into two areas – one is the Zen area which is focused on peace and tranquility and one is the main village area.

Hanging out at the pool with Baby J

Each of the areas has a main focal point where there is a pool, a restaurant and some other things. The main pool and dining area is also home to reception, a shop, a tour desk and a theatre. It’s also the entry to the swimming beach.

In the Zen area, there is another pool (with absolutely superb views at sunset), restaurant, gym and day spa. Kids are only allowed in this area to go to the restaurant at dinner time.

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Zen area pool.

Across the middle of the resort are various sporting facilities. There’s tennis, golf, trapeze, archery and soccer.

On the beach, there are water sports. There’s also a dive centre, fitness centre and table tennis near the main pool.

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The main beach

There are so many things, in fact, that I have no doubt left many things off this list.

The resort itself is quite big, not that you would realise it initially. It’s been very well constructed to blend into the surroundings.

There are electric golf carts to get around and we found one at our door within minutes of ringing for them. It’s also very nice to walk around with beautiful landscaping and many paths.

Of course, there is also the beach. It’s a lovely stretch of coastline which is nice and calm and worked well with our kids. There are many lounge chairs and day beds to relax on as well.

There are also many nice touches – like a stand by the beach with drinks and towels where you can help yourself. Towels are also sitting on many of the lounge chairs that line the beach areas.

There is also an infirmary which is staffed 24 hours by knowledgable nurses and they have a doctor on call. We tried out this facility as I brought a chest infection with me to Mauritius.

It is incredibly well run and professional and they had a doctor to see me within an hour and a half. The doctor brought all medications with him and it was all very easy and a good price.

Activities

Watching the sunset at the Zen pool is a must do experience

Watching the sunset at the Zen pool is a must do experience

There are so many activities at Club Med La Plantation d’Albion. You really can be as busy or quiet as you want to be.

There are schedules around the place but I recommend downloading the Club Med app for your phone and then you can see it all including the opening hours of the restaurants.

It’s a great place for kayaking – nice and calm!

It’s a great place for kayaking – nice and calm!

There are classes for basically all the sporting facilities mentioned above. You can have tennis/golf/sailing/etc lessons. There are fitness classes all day long. You can even learn how to fly on a trapeze!

There’s live music, games, tournaments, pilates, many things.

We tried archery, tennis, kayaking and some other water sports. There are plenty of people to help and make sure you learn and have a great time.

There’s also the option to book many day tours from the tour excursion desk and a taxi stand just outside the hotel if you would prefer to organise it yourself. Mauritius is a beautiful country to explore and it’s definitely worth making the effort to get out and see more.

You can read our list of things to do in Mauritius here.

Mini Club and Club Med with kids

S flying through the air on a trapeze while Z jumps on the trampoline. All part of a day in Mini Club!

S flying through the air on a trapeze while Z jumps on the trampoline. All part of a day in Mini Club!

It’s not just the adults that have activities all day long, so do the kids with their own activity program through the Mini Club (Club Med for kids’ club).

Mini Club deserves its own section as it’s amazing.

Seriously, amazing.

Our kids never wanted to leave.

One of the biggest reasons I first started looking at booking a Club Med vacation is that I had heard such good things about their kids club.

It’s all true.

This is no run of the mill kids club. The kids get to do tons of cool stuff and learn new things too. It’s an incredibly engaging and fun activity schedule and the kids never wanted to leave.

The staff are also top rate, multilingual and do their best to accommodate everyone’s needs. I was impressed by the feedback and questions they asked.

There is a Mini Club area but the kids are also taken to the facilities around the resort and do such awesome things as archery, flying on a trapeze, going on boat rides and paddling on kayaks.

Z plays soccer at one of the Mini Club activities

Z plays soccer at one of the Mini Club activities

Of course, the exact activities depend on the kids’ ages and preferences. 7 year old S did everything, 5 year old Z is more hesitant and stuck to soccer over archery and trapeze.

Kids under 4 have their own area of the Mini Club. 12 month old Baby J was able to join in with this when we paid for a baby sitter which was a reasonable price, professional and incredibly easy to organise. 2 and 3 year olds have their own special (paid) program.

S and Z absolutely loved all the choices at the buffets

Around the resort, kids are also very welcome (except in the Zen pool area). Baby J was treated like a rock star. Many people must work at this Club Med and it felt like the majority of them were calling him by name after a couple of days.

You can also arrange a “Baby Welcome” pack which includes a whole lot of baby equipment in your room. We had a cot, sleeping bag, baby bath, change mat, bottle warmer and nappy bin.

I often find buffets quite difficult with kids. It’s hard to help them, carry everything and get a moment to actually eat and enjoy the experience. This was very easy at Club Med as the staff are around all the time to help and are very proactive in doing so.

Entertainment

Amazing circus performance over the pool

Amazing circus performance over the pool

There is some fabulous entertainment at Club Med La Plantation D’Albion. Every night there was some type of show or event to attend as well as live music at different times of the day by the pool.

The nightly dinner was sometimes set up around the show. For example, for the circus performance pictured above, dinner was outside around the pool with tables arranged all around. Everything was stunningly presented and stuck to the white theme of the night.

Another night, there was a Las Vegas theme where dinner was served in the theatre so you could eat and drink while watching the show.

The staff are very friendly and often around to help you with anything or join in. The idea is that the G.O.s’ sit, eat, play, perform and do everything with and for you. It’s a nice set up.

Our verdict

Club Med La Plantation d’Albion totally exceeded all our expectations – and our expectations were very high.

I expected an easy, fun holiday, what I didn’t expect was just how top rate everything would be, primarily because I have never experienced anything as good before.

Everything was superb from the room to the food to the staff to the facilities, grounds, entertainment, everything.

We loved meal time at Club Med

The attention to every single detail in this Mauritius accommodation is amazing and it leads to an amazing experience.

We have travelled a lot and stayed in many fabulous places but Club Med La Plantation d’Albion wins. Holidays don’t get easier, more quality and better than this.

The kids absolutely loved it. They wanted to be in Mini Club all the time. They were able to try so many things and have new experiences in a safe environment while Josh and I had a chance to relax and have a break.

It was perfect.

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We visited this resort in June. This is winter in Mauritius and I worried that it was going to be too cold for us.

This wasn’t the case and actually the weather was perfect. I found 22 degrees here felt much warmer than it does back in Melbourne. We were shorts, t shirts and dresses during the day with a light jacket or cardigan in the evening.

I think June is a great time to visit as there aren’t as many other people and it was nice to have plenty of privacy and most things to ourselves. There were still enough people to give the place atmosphere when we wanted this though.

Baby Z’s first time in the water at the beach. It was perfect!

If I have to complain about something, it is the meal times. They do start half an hour earlier for families but 7pm is a bit late for us – usually the kids are in bed by then.

It wasn’t too much of a problem for the big kids. We would get them to have a nap and then they were ok. It was harder with Baby J though who we couldn’t get to sleep extra in the day to make up for it.

Definitely one of the biggest positives of Club Med are the staff. Everyone we came into contact with was friendly, helpful and just brilliant. As I mentioned above, we had a favourite attendant at meals who just made things so easy for us.

The ladies who would clean our room were brilliant. Not just because they made our rooms look amazing but because they would help out if we were in there. One day, I was there alone with Baby J and Z and struggling to get them out of the door. She helped.

These are just two examples of what every staff member was like.

If you are considering family holidays to Mauritius, you would be crazy not to consider staying here.

We loved the Club Med experience and we can’t wait to do it again. I’ve already been checking out the ones in Asia and working out when we can next visit one. I can see a lot more Club Meds in our future! And I can see us returning to La Plantation d’Albion.

It is the most beautiful, wonderful holiday I have ever had.

You can read our full guide for Mauritius here.

Disclaimer: We were guests of Club Med. As always, all views are my own.

Have you stayed in Club Med? Would you like to?

When is the best time to book international flights for a family holiday?

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When it comes time to plan an international family holiday, one of the most important questions after “where to go?” is “when to book?” With increased competition and low-cost carriers, airfares are getting cheaper and cheaper; however, when you’re booking flights for the entire tribe, it’s still important to snag the best deal possible. So when is the best time to book flights for an international family holiday? The short answer is sooner rather than later! While last minute deals could be tempting, tickets fluctuate in price so frequently that it’s a bit of a gamble – plus, school holidays sell out very quickly.

If you want to keep your eye out for your next holiday, we’ve put together a list of the most popular destinations from Australia, the best times to book, and airlines that offer deals frequently.

Best time to book flights to Bali

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Bali is Australia’s favourite holiday destination, and as a result, you can usually snatch up a great deal on flights to Denpasar. However, because the route is so popular, you’re best to book flights to Bali at least five months in advance for peak periods, as seats fill up quickly.

Full service airlines like Garuda have made a comeback in recent years, offering reasonable fares year-round as well as great baggage allowance and meals. However, the firm favourite is Jetstar – especially given the short flight time. To get the best deal, sign up to Jetstar’s email newsletters and book on a Friday, as their ‘Friday Fare Frenzy’ often includes great offers.

Best time to book flights to Phuket

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Phuket is quickly becoming one of the hottest holiday destinations in Asia, and this demand is driving down prices as there are multiple flights departing daily. But, like Bali, you have to get in quick for a good deal, as often seats on sale are snatched up quickly leaving only the more expensive allocations – especially for travel in December and January.

If you’re looking for a full service airline, book with Singapore Airlines or Malaysia Airlines, which have great deals in the off-season and are great with families.

Best time to book flights to the Maldives

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There aren’t any direct flights available from Australia to the Maldives as of yet, however the connections are relatively easy and the total flight takes around 14 hours at its shortest. When booking the Maldives, often you’re best looking for flights with Singapore Airlines, Etihad or Cathay Pacific, as they can arrange connecting flights directly to Male.

Cathay Pacific have early bird airfares in August for flights heading to the Maldives in peak season (January to April). Similarly, Singapore Airlines and Etihad open early bird sales in September of every year – a great opportunity to grab a good deal on your flight.

Best time to book flights to Europe

If you’re travelling within school holidays to Europe, it’s recommended that you you’re your flights well in advance as prices can soar as your departure looms closer. Generally, flights can be booked just under one year prior to departure, and the sooner the better to Europe.

The best deals for Europe in summer often pop up from September through to November, for travel the following year. If you’re looking to hit the slopes for a European ski holiday, book a flight just before July for the best prices for the upcoming ski season.

Best time to book flights to the USA

The early bird catches the worm when flying to the US! According to research by Skyscanner.com.au, the best time to book your US adventure is 28 weeks in advance, which could save you almost $500 per ticket.

Qantas and Virgin are firm favourites for direct flights to the East Coast, offering reputable service for a good price.

Additional tips to help you book your family’s flights

We know it can be pretty overwhelming when looking for the best deal on flights, especially with the whole family in tow. Use these clever tips to make your life a little easier…

  • ✔️ Hopper’s Airfare Predictions App uses historical data to tell you when the best time is to book your flight. It’ll also notify you when your desired route is about to go up in price.

  • ✔️ Sites such as Skycanner, Kayak and Webjet allow you to compare flight costs and times to help you make the right call. They’re also great if you want to book multi-city trips or to combine airlines.

  • ✔️ Subscribe to the email list of all the major airlines if you’re gearing up for a holiday. They’ll send their best flights to you first – especially if you’re in their frequent flyer program!

  • ✔️ Search for the best deals on different IP addresses. Cookies stored in your computer allow airlines can track which routes you’re interested in and hike up the prices accordingly!

  • ✔️ Book package deals with hotels and accommodation to get a discounted airfare.

Ready to jet off on holiday? Discover Club Med’s family holiday packages by clicking here.

12 Travel Tips For Your Next Holiday

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While we all know there’s nothing better than being on holiday, but sometimes, getting ready to head overseas can be a little stressful! We’ve put together a list of our most important tips to get ahead on your next holiday…

1. Book your flights – early!

You’ll get the best price on your flights if you book them in advance, with savings that can often add up very quickly. Usually, you can book your trip up to 10 months out from departure – plus, if you book with accommodation you often get the best rate on flights available.

If you have your eye on flights and want to know when to buy, Hopper is the perfect tool! Plug in your travel dates and destinations, and the app will notify you whether you should buy now or wait.

2. Best time to go on holiday

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Really, it depends what you’re looking for:

  • For those looking to escape the crowds, avoid school holiday periods, especially the Christmas break! Airports and popular destinations can get extremely busy, and prices often skyrocket during this period.

  • To ski, head to the Northern Hemisphere in January to March for the best snow, or April for some incredible spring skiing.

  • If you’d prefer to avoid the wet season in tropical Asia, travel to Thailand between December and April, and to Malaysia and Indonesia between May and October.

  • Check the national holidays of the country you’re visiting before you book to make sure everything will be open. Keep an eye out for Chinese New Year, Bastille Day, Easter and other similar holidays.

 3. Planning your trip

  • Be sure to visit TripAdvisor before choosing your accommodation or tours, to read peer reviews or have your questions answered.

  • Google Trips is an app that will keep track of your bookings as you make them. No need to trawl through your emails! Too easy.

  • Have a look online for any 360 videos to get the full holiday experience, or use Google Street View to get a virtual tour of the destination.

4. Check your passport!

Probably the most important point on this list! It is absolutely essential that you make sure you have at least six months on your passport before leaving the country, otherwise your dream holiday may become just that – a dream. Acquiring a passport last minute is a stressful process, and can’t always promise results, so check your validity well before you jet off!

While we’re on this topic, make sure to look up visa requirements for the country you’re heading to. Australians can travel visa-free to plenty of countries, but it’s always better to triple check.

5. Where to exchange your money

  • Exchange some money before you go. While the rates may not be as promising, the language barrier overseas may make it difficult to exchange currency.

  • Check with your bank if you can get a travel card, or go to the local post office and grab one. It’s much easier than paying by credit card, plus you don’t pay currency conversion fees.

  • Don’t exchange money at the airport, and especially not after you clear security. Kiosks at international airports have notoriously poor exchange rates.

  • Be sure to notify your bank that you’re overseas, to avoid having issues with your card. Banks like ING allow you to notify them of travel in their online banking app.

6. How to pack

Forget folding! To save as much space as possible, roll all of your clothing inside your suitcase. Also, keep your luggage as light as possible to make sure your transit is as easy as possible- if in doubt, leave it out!.

7. Learn some basic phrases

Consider learning some basic language skills of the country you’re visiting as a courtesy to those you’re speaking to. Learn phrases such as “excuse me,” “may I please have…” and “no, thank you.” If you have any serious allergies, learn to articulate these too!

Apps like Duolingo are great to give you a rundown of the basics, and Google Translate will always come in handy while overseas.

8. Ditch the camera

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Let’s be honest: in today’s world, your smartphone is more than adequate to chronicle your travels. While your DSLR can take some incredible shots, you’ll also have to lug it around, including extra batteries for when it inevitably runs out of charge. If you want to travel light, invest in some add-ons for your smartphone to boost the quality of your images.

9. Pack some earplugs, or noise-cancelling headphones!

Whether you’re staying in a lavish resort or a hostel in the big smoke, you’ll want to bring some earplugs to safeguard your shut-eye. They’re invaluable on flights - especially if you’ve got the screaming child seated behind you! For frequent travellers, consider investing in a great pair of noise-cancelling headphones – Bose’s Quietcomfort series is a favourite amongst travellers.

10. Check if you need vaccinations before you go!

Check what vaccinations you need on Travel Doctor after you book your holiday. Some vaccines can take up to eight weeks to come into full effect, so get organised early. Plus, in many resorts like Club Med Bali, children require vaccination certificates for the Kids Clubs, so make sure you bring those along.

11. Travel insurance is essential

Travel insurance is an absolute must-have when travelling abroad, especially with children or on a ski holiday. Insurance can cover medical emergencies, travel costs incurred from some cancellations and will compensate you if your belongings go missing. Be sure to document your claim fully to make sure you get compensated.

Again, some holiday packages (including Club Med) offer travel insurance in the package – make sure to check before spending extra!

12. Travelling with kids?

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Travelling with young children is a different game all together. Consider these tips before you jet off:

  • Pre-order children’s meals on-board your flight.

  • The air pressure changes inside a plane’s cabin is more intense for young children. Make sure you bring something for the little ones to suck on to alleviate the pain.

  • Travel somewhere with a Kids Club. Not only will they have a ball, but you’ll get a break!

Discover more about Club Med all inclusive holidays by clicking here.

#HowTo... Make The Most of a Bali Holiday With Kids

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Bustling streets, beautiful beaches and wonderful Indonesian culture… who wouldn’t want to visit Bali?With direct flights from Sydney and a travel time of less than 7 hours, it’s a great place to take your family. Here, we line up our top tips for taking the kids on a Balinese adventure…

Basic tips for going to Bali with kids

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  • ✔️ Stay at a resort out of the hustle and bustle of Kuta. The busy streets will only make travelling with the kids more difficult.

  • ✔️ Check if your accommodation in Bali offers child-minding services or a Kids Club. Ensure the staff are qualified in childcare services, especially for babies, and also check the children-to-staff ratio.

  • ✔️ Choose a resort with an adults-only pool! Sometimes on holidays you’ve got to take some time for yourself.

  • ✔️ Get the family up-to-date with their vaccines. In Bali it’s recommended you have a Tetanus and Diphtheria shot, as well as Hepatitis A. Some Kids Clubs will ask for your child’s vaccinations records (including Club Med), so make sure to bring them with you.

  • ✔️ Book your transfers before you arrive! Take the worry out of finding a taxi and cramming the whole family inside, and organise a bus to take you to the resort or hotel.

Best spots for families in Bali

So you want to see the sights, but you’ve got the kids in tow. Take a look at these family friendly activities that everyone will love!

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  • ✔️ Temple of Tanah Lot: Take the family on an adventure to a traditional Indonesian temple, filled with cultural significance.

  • ✔️ Kintamani: What could be cooler than visiting a volcano? At 1500m, The Kintamani area is a beautiful place to appreciate Bali’s natural beauty. Meet the residents and experience local traditions first hand.

  • ✔️ White Water Rafting: Maybe one for the older kids! Take a thrilling plunge in a raft down the Ayung River and through the Indonesian jungle.

  • ✔️ Ubud Monkey Forest: Get up close and personal with the macaques in the mountains.

  • ✔️ Waterbom: This Kuta waterpark is popular with the kids, whether they’re young or teens. With loads of waterslides and rides for all ages, it’s a great place for fun in the sun.

Tips for families travelling with younger children

  • ✔️ When choosing a resort with child-minding facilities, be sure to pick one with a small staff-to-children ratio to ensure the little ones will be properly taken care of.

  • ✔️ Find out what activities are on offer ahead of time! Resorts like Club Med will have an app or web pages dedicated to information on what is available for the kids.

  • ✔️ No doubt you’ll be spending in the water, so bring the floaties and Aqua Nappies for the younger kids.

  • ✔️ Even if your toddler can walk, bring a stroller for the busy streets of Kuta. With uneven footpaths and crazy motorcyclists, it’ll be much easier to push them around.

What about the big kids?

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  • ✔️ Choose a resort with a dedicated teens club to allow your older kids to socialise and meet others.

  • ✔️ Consider booking a second adjoining room to give your teens space on holiday. After all, you might need it too!

Plus, some general tips for travelling to Bali…

  • ✔️ The Balinese are accustomed to Aussies, but don’t get too comfortable! Don’t be afraid to haggle at markets.

  • ✔️ Make sure you lather up the kids (and yourself) in sunscreen to protect yourself against harsh UV rays. Don’t be fooled: in tropical climates, you can still get sunburn.

  • ✔️ Don’t feed the monkeys. They might look friendly, but they can bite.

  • ✔️ Not everyone gets ‘Bali Belly’! Try and drink from sealed bottled water to keep the family free of sickness. Also, you can trust resorts like Club Med Bali to provide you with fresh gourmet dining.

Discover more about Club Med Bali in the video below or by clicking here.

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#ThoseHolidayMoments Around The World

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The best holiday memories are those that are shared – whether it’s reminiscing during a family dinner, exchanging stories over a drink, or uploading your photos and videos on social media to share with friends. We spoke to clients in our Resorts to discover their favourite memories during their Club Med holiday.

Little ones share their favourite moments on a holiday to Bali

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“My favorite food is ice cream, especially the one with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. I have it every day.” - Charlie at #ClubMedBali.

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“You see your friends every morning, and wake up to a nice breeze and golden sunshine.” - Ella at Club Med Bali

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“My favorite place in the resort is the flying trapeze […], this is not something you can do every day in Melbourne.” - Samuel at Club Med Bali

A getaway into the wild on a holiday to Malaysia

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“I think spending time together has been the greatest thing. There is something here for everybody, so everybody is doing what they love […], and then you all come back together again, have your meals together, that’s been really good, really relaxing.” Ross, Patricia and Lucinda on a multigenerational family holiday to #ClubMedCherating

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“I have to say it was really amazing to leave the kids with the Mini Club and they had an absolutely fabulous time… And they gave them a medal too, but while this we got to go to the Zen Pool which was fantastic!” Martha, John, Samuel and Emily on a family holiday to Club Med Cherating

A piece of paradise on a holiday to the Maldives

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“[My favourite moment] is sundowners… watching the sun go down, listening to some music on the deck, it’s lovely. It’s just a great end to a day on the beach.” Kelly and Natalino on a honeymoon at #ClubMedKani

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“They did their first dive with me, they did a tri-dive in the lagoon, they came out on the boat with me, and we did a dive together… That was pretty important and special. Out of all the dives, that’s my favourite one.” Darren, Nat, Maddie and Luke on a family holiday at Club Med Kani

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#FollowUsTo...Mauritius for a Luxury Family Holiday!

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Imagine this: you’re holidaying in an exotic destination with your entire extended family, having the time of your life.Sounds like a dream? Richard and Hilda Kingston, along with their children and grandchildren, show us how it’s done.

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Live private moments with your family on holiday

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When Richard and Hilda planned their multigenerational holiday to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, they searched for a resort to suit all 10 members of the family, with ages ranging 13 months to 67 years! Their daughter, Emma, hit the nail on the head when she suggested Club Med Albion Villas in Mauritius.

“We wanted a mix of activities for the kids and a high level of accommodation with peaceful surroundings,” says Emma

Discover beautiful decor with local inspiration

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When the family arrived at the Resort, they were immediately struck by the warm hospitality of our specialized staff (the G.Os) and the rich landscape of African forest and tropical rainforest. From the well-appointed villas to the lavish facilities and cuisine, the Resort exudes pure luxury.

“The villas were absolutely first-class with premium decor,” says Richard. “We’ve stayed in some top hotels around the world and this compared favourably to our previous experiences.”Emma soon discovered the villas perfectly catered for her baby Elliot, 13-month-old, with amenities including a washing machine, high chair and baby bath, and baby food.

A large choice of activities

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Each morning, the family would spend time together in their private villa pool, planning the day and sharing memories. Later, they would gather at the main pool.

“The pool area never seemed crowded,” said Richard. “There were activities for all ages and the beach area had lovely shade and soft sand, ideal for the children.”

Everyone made the most of canoes, sail boats and paddle boards, while the grandchildren, aged 13, 11 and 8 years-old, developed their circus skills on the flying trapeze under the watchful guidance of professional G.Os.

The exclusive offerings at Club Med Albion Villas allowed adult members of the family totruly unwind. Whether reading by the infinity Zen pool overlooking superb ocean views, or indulging in a spa treatment at Cinq Mondes, the realities of everyday life seemed far, far away.

“Our Villa Hosts did a superb job,” says Emma. “They were attentive and friendly, without being overbearing. They made us delicious breakfasts, delivered snacks whenever we asked, and even organised a private barbecue and a trip to the golf course.”

Enjoy perfect gourmet meals

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Finding meals to suit everyone can be one of the biggest issues when travelling with family members of varying ages. The diverse food stations at Club Med Albion Villas eliminated this challenge.

“The all-inclusive food was of a very high quality with plenty of variety and theme nights,” says Richard.“We loved watching the food being freshly prepared in front of us at the various food stations.” 

The whole family feels that this special time in Mauritius will remain alive in their hearts forever.

“It is rare to find a place that caters for everyone and I will never forget spending time on the beach together, with the crystal blue waters and vast mountain ranges,” says Emma.

“It was the perfect way to spend our special 40th anniversary,” says Richard. “We will never forget it!”

 

☼ What does Club Med Albion Villas look like? ☼ Watch this short video and feel like you are on holidays in the Indian Ocean.

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#HowTo... Give Kids and Teens the Best Holiday

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At Club Med, you can be sure that your children will leave happy. From 4 months to 17 years old, we have Kids Clubs with dedicated activities for each age, all under the watchful eye of professionals. You won't feel guilty to let your kids at Kids Clubs because they will beg you to let them go!

Kids Club for all ages

Baby Club Med keeps babies from 4–23 months safe and engaged under the watchful eye of caring, trained professionals. The tiniest member of the family benefits from special attention, indoor and outdoor playtime and naptime. The baby room, open 24-hours, includes sterilisers, blenders and bottle-warmers for convenience.

In other words, yes it's truly possible: you can feel relaxed and enjoy hassle-free holidays with a baby.

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The kids' clubs … helped to keep the little ones entertained, allowing the adults to laze by the pool, read a book, sip cocktails and generally do nothing... HanLynEan, Singapore @ Club Med Bintan Island

Petit Club Med Parents can savour guilt free relaxation while toddlers aged 2–3 years have the time of their life with professional, trained staff (G.Os). Innovative activities stimulate creativity, like face painting, puppet shows, arts and crafts. When they are worn out with fun, they unwind with pyjama parties.

Watch your young kids on holidays making the most of it!

Mini Club Med Children aged 4–10 years have their own unique adventures at Mini Club Med hosted by trained professionals. From Petit Chef cooking experiments, to sailing and ski lessons, new activities keep curious minds engaged and entertained. Lasting memories are created each day, and cemented over supervised meals with new friends.

Happy kids make for happy parents, right?

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Where else can the adults relax knowing that our kids are not only well taken care of, but are enjoying themselves tremendously? – Tsing, Singapore @ Club Med Bali

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Teens aged 11–17 revel in a dedicated teenage paradise. Here they forge new friendships and bond over shared experiences like mastering new sports and exploring creative arts, including film editing, jewellery making, and design, using state-of-the-art equipment. Professional staff, or G.Os, supervise movie nights, discos and teens-only excursions.

Trust us: at Club Med, you won't hear a word about boring holidays from your teenagers!

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Every season is full of exciting discoveries, with water sports and marine exploration at Club Med resorts in Bali, Phuket, Bintan, Cherating Beach, La Plantation d’Albion and La Pointe, as well as all-inclusive snow sports at Hokkaido, Valmorel, and Peisey Vallandry.

Creating family holiday memories

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Nikki Hills, publisher of the popular Mouths of Mums parenting site, recounts her memorable family holiday at Club Med Bali with her husband and three children, Toby (14), Emma (11), and Abby (9):

From theme nights, to excursions and activities, there’s always so much on offer at Club Med. We ate breakfast together every morning and then the children were off to Kids Club, ready for a soccer tournament, golf lessons, tennis or ‘dance spectacular’ rehearsals. Toby loved Juniors Club Med, which is a ‘hang out’ area for teenagers, with lounges, pool tables and X-Box machines, right by the pool and bar so they could order as many soft drinks as they like!

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My husband and I spent blissful mornings running along Nusa Dua, or relaxing by the Zen pool. Mid-morning, we would grab a barista-made coffee and sit by the huge trapeze to watch the girls show off their new tricks. The G.Os are so engaged with the children and we felt safe knowing they had the wellbeing of our family at heart. Toby was free to hang out with his new mates, and we knew he was safe in the Resort. Club Med is like a break from life! No one has to worry about what’s for dinner or how much things cost. I don’t think my kids have ever seen me so relaxed. It was a week of total freedom – mind, body and spirit.

Want to see it for yourself? Click here to discover why Club Med is ideal for families or check out this short video!

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#FollowUsTo... The Maldives!

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Heard of the magnificent Maldives, but not sure what to expect? No worries! Three media personalities are here to share their all-inclusive Maldives holiday experience with you, straight from in our resorts. Whether on a couples escape or a family vacation, each of their stays was unique and speaks the natural charm of these islands.

Three stories from three Australians...

When Samantha Wills gives something the nod, the rest of the world takes notice. A renowned jewelry designer and Australian icon, Samantha was quick to inform her fans that her experience at Club Med Finolhu Villas, Maldives, “had me lost for words and catching my breath”.

She’s not the only one. Australian newsreader and journalist, Tracey Spicer, took her whole family to Club Med Kani for the holiday of a lifetime and describes the over-water villas as, “fanning across the lagoon like giant palm trees.”

Likewise, Australian/Kiwi model Nikki Phillips was a guest at the Club Med Finolhu Villas, and described her reaction to the tropical paradise as leaving her "completely overwhelmed and breathless".

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A perfect couples vacation

For those looking for the ultimate couple’s retreat, like Samantha, or a place to unwind with yoga, great food and endless serenity, like Nikki, the luxurious Club Med Finolhu Villas ticks all the boxes and our guests are only too happy to spread the word.

“One of my favourite things about the villa is the staircase that literally takes you from the back deck into the ocean,” says Samantha. Along with every guest at Club Med Finolhu Villas, Samantha and her partner were provided with their own villa host, for the ultimate tailor-made service.

Samantha Wills at Club Med Finolhu Villas

The solar-powered villas are the last word in luxury, perched upon the crystal Indian Ocean, teeming with marine life. “From the electricity, air conditioning and hot water, to run the entire property produces zero emissions,” says Samantha. “It truly is the ultimate in eco-luxury.”

Nikki Phillips and her partner lost track of time in the heavenly Maldives. From indulging in yoga on the beach to relaxing by their overwater plunge pool, Club Med Finolhu Villas was the ultimate getaway.

The couple savoured long dinners in their villa, designed by their own villa host and personal chef. Samantha agrees that local flavours and regional specialities were a 5 star gastronomic adventure. “Dining is done in an over-water restaurant,” she says. “The restaurant bar has a glass floor, so you can see the sea life beneath.”

An unforgettable family holiday

Tracey Spicer’s two young children found the ultimate tropical playground at Club Med Kani. The friendly G.O’s (specialized staff) introduced Tracey’s family to the wondrous oceanic world of the Maldives’ colourful marine life. Long days were spent carving up the surf and swimming with new friends from all over the world in the glittering pool.

Tracey Spicer at Club Med Kani

Club Med’s all-inclusive package means the children could graze on delicious treats throughout the day. Family dinners were a highlight – a culinary feast of international dishes, designed to entice young palates and impress more mature ones.

Samantha, Nikki and Tracey created three very different holidays, each one a dream come true, all three summed up in one word: Happiness.

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3 Family Adventures To Try During Your Next Holidays

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Choosing the perfect family holiday destination can be a challenge. It can be hard to please everyone...but thankfully, we've found three new adventures that will satisfy everyone, from kids to parents, tan-addicts to snow enthusiasts! From the wild acrobat to the dreamy star-gazer, here are 3 awesome family holidays to try now.

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#1: Wander through a winter wonderland

Strap on snowshoes at Club Med Peisey Vallandry and take a family stroll through sparkling forests, adorned with ice crystals and fresh trails of the softest powder. Tread quietly and watch for rabbit footprints in the snow, and keep the camera poised for deer, foxes and majestic eagles overhead!

Two women skiing at Club Med

#2: Take off on the adrenalin-fuelled flying trapeze

It is great to try something completely new - like trapeze and bungee., A TripAdvisor Traveller @ Club Med Punta Cana, 6.5.16

Up, up and away! The Flying Trapeze Academy allows beginners and advanced acrobats to hone their skills in safety. Specialized staff in 16 Club Med Resorts make this the highlight of your family’s vacation - and not just for your children, but also for you!

Happy girl doing trapeze for the first time!

#3: Enjoy the Kids Snow Garden

Watch with pride as your children conquer the obstacle course in Club Med Pragelato Vialattea’s Snow Garden. Little ones learn to skirt around figurines, duck under hoops and use the ski tow without mum or dad’s help. It’s never too early to book your end-of-year holiday.

Kids in the snow garden with Club Med GOs

#TheBestPart: at Club Med it's all included

All those new activities are part of Club Med family holiday packages, along with your transfers, meals, drinks and much more!

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