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6 reasons a European Alps ski holiday needs to be on your list

Hundreds of kilometers to ski and snowboard on, charming historical villages, high peaks and blue skies… There are so many reasons to choose the European Alps for your next holidays and experience what a white winter is really about. Whether you want to try skiing for the first time, enjoy the mountain feel or discover a new experience – here’s our top reasons why you should make your European ski trip a reality.

#1 - Surround yourself with the most beautiful mountains in the world

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There’s nothing quite like the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. Ask anyone who has been and they’ll tell you the view is quite literally breathtaking. With mountains peaking through the clouds from 4,800m high – you’ll feel on top of the world.

#2 - Indulge in authentic European food & wine

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Cheese fondue, fresh crispy bread, al dente pasta, local cheeses and more local fresh produce from France, Italy and Switzerland… it doesn’t get any better than this! Plus, with a choice of French and Italian wines to taste, your holiday will be a full food feast.

#3 - Ski down the biggest ski domains in the world

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#1 - Les 3 Vallées domain, France:  600km of slopes / 335 ski runs / Club Med Val Thorens

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Paradiski domain, France: 425km of slopes / 253 ski runs / Club Med Arcs Extreme, Club Med Peisey-Vallandry, Club Med La Plagne 2100, Club Med Aime La Plage

#3 - Via Lattea domain, Italy: with 400km of slopes / 240 ski runs / Club Med Pragelato Vialattea

#4 - Wander through charming local villages

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Experience a whole new world, local cultures, traditions and languages from charming snowy and sleepy villages. Stay in authentic wooden chalets, discover the unique charm of the valley you are staying in and learn about the thousands of years of history and age-old architecture.

#5 - Maximum slope-time, minimum wait-time

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For any passionate skier and snowboarder – great conditions and maximising time on the slopes is super important. With fast-speed gondolas designed to deal with crowds and all weather conditions, queuing time is reduced and you can get to the top in no time. Qualified instructors will also give any beginner, intermediate or advanced snow sport lover an amazing experience - they’re your key to the mountain!

#6 - Experience the thrills of spring skiing

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Have you ever heard of spring skiing? From the end of March till the end of April – you can still ski in many of our resorts and experience beautiful weather with great snow conditions, minus the crowds!

Bonus: We recently launched flexible stays in our European snow resorts for 2020 departures. This means you can just pop in our resorts for just a few days of snow experience even if part of a bigger European trip! No excuses to not book that dream European ski holiday.

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.

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

10 facts you didn’t know about Club Med for families

Holidays are meant to be the perfect balancing time for you and for them. At Club Med, we really believe in helping you having the holiday of a lifetime by taking care of everything so you only have to focus on making unique memories.

From amazing Kids Clubs to services and equipment- discover below in 10 facts on how we got your back so you can focus on enjoying your time together as a family, as a couple or with anyone that can have a proper adult conversation!

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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.

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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 our most luxurious sun resorts

Did you know you could stay in luxurious resorts all around the world with Club Med, and even indulge in your own overwater villa in the Maldives with a private pool?

At Club Med, make exceptional memories in exceptional places. With extra thoughtful touches to make your next holiday a once-in-a-lifetime experience, discover the Exclusive Collection resorts with villas and chalets as well as dedicated luxury space offering spacious accommodation, personalised services, dedicated friendly hosts and a wide range of experiences.

From the Maldives to Mexico, discover below some of the most luxurious Club Med sun resorts.

A glass of champagne, anyone?

Finolhu Villas, Maldives

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Enjoy a private eco-friendly Villa in the heart of the Maldives surrounded by turquoise waters, white sand beaches and endless ocean views. The Finolhu Villas is a true oasis of peace and privacy for your next holidays.

Your luxurious experience in the Finolhu Villas:

  • Floating breakfast in your private pool or free flowing champagne

  • Private snorkelling trips, see plane rides or super yacht adventures

  • Yoga class to rejuvenate body and mind or spa rituals in your private villa or at ILA Spa

Albion Villas, Mauritius

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By staying in the Albion Villas, wake up every day to a lush natural environment, shimmering seas and tropical gardens. Enjoy the luxury of having your own pool in your private 2 to 4-bedroom villa - all you need for a relaxing holiday.

Your luxurious experience in the Albion Villas:

  • Tee off to the Tamarina golf club with unlimited free access

  • Enjoy a seamless food experience with breakfast, morning tea, soft drinks, alcohol, champagne and dinner served in your villa

  • Access Club Med La Plantation d’Albion with an adult-only infinity Zen Pool and plenty other adventures, restaurants and bars to try from

Club Med 2, Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas

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Club Med 2 is a 5-mast sailing yacht providing a unique experience on sea. Sailing from the Mediterrean Sea in the European summer to the Carribean warm waters in the Northern hemisphere winter, discover this ultimate intimate and luxurious cruise with 2000m2 surface area and 8 different decks.

Your luxurious experience on the Club Med 2:

  • Dining and cocktails soirees

  • Water sports from waterskiing, wakeboarding and stand up paddle boarding

  • First class cabin with sea view

Available for booking for Australian and New Zealand residents soon

Cefalu, Sicily, Italy

Club Med Cefalu is a little escape to the Italian Dolce Vita. Discover the picturesque town of Cefalu and the treasures of the region of Sicily where red cliffs dive deep in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Your luxurious experience at Club Med Cefalu:

  • Waking up in your Villetta with a view over Cefalu Bay

  • Breakfast room service , free flowing champagne from 6pm, dinner devised by a Michelin star chef

  • Discovery of Sicily and the region from the discovery of Secret Palermo to driving a private Vespa Car

Rio das Pedras

La Reserve luxury space in Club Med Rio das Pedras is where you can experience the culmination of luxury, privacy and comfort. Nested in a nature reserve, this eco-friendly resort offers incredible views of the shimmering sea. Admire the Atlantic Ocean views from your private terrace.

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Your luxurious experience at Rio das Pedras:

  • Spacious penthouse suites perched above treetops with hot tub on your private terrace

  • Seafront infinity pool

  • Guided excursions in the rainforest or waterski in a sheltered creek

Cancun Yucatan

Club Med Cancun Yucatan is overlooking the protected waters of Cancun’s colourful coral reef. If you are seeking a luxurious and private retreat, let’s escape to the brand new Jade Exclusive Collection space of Club Med Cancun Yucatan!

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Your luxurious experience at Cancun Yucatan:

  • Experience the exclusive infinity pool with champagne service all evenings

  • Stay in luxury suites or deluxe rooms with a view on the Atlantic Ocean and the best beaches of the peninsula

  • With your 24h concierge, visit Mayan ruins to underground rivers

  • Taste the new Taco Arte Lounge or the oceanfront Argentinian steakhouse

Discover your luxurious experience here

A Day in Kids Club Part 2: Petit Club

Travelling with kids is quite an adventure!

Are you dreaming of a perfect family holiday with your toddler? 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 to little ones!

Discover below, Part 2 of our “A Day in Kids Clubs” series where you can understand how Club Med’s Kids Clubs work from babies to teenagers.

The Petit Club at Club Med welcomes little ones from 2 to 3 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.

Tots are invited to discover the world and socialise through age-appropriate activities featuring sports, art and crafts and games. They can even take part in a show…

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

The beginning of a full day of fun for the little ones, and a day of relaxation for parents.

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10am

Kick-start the day with creative arts and craft activities. According to their age, Club Med offers activities such as sport, creation, expression and games. Club Med also propose the baby gym: a path on a mini-trampoline, an activity mat. They will learn coordination, balance, location in space in order to help body awareness.

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11am

Quiet time for all- if your little one naps or wants to rest.

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12pm

Refuelling the energy sources through healthy food shared with new friends and G.Os. or parents if you’d like to pick up your little one.

3pm

Beach time! Sand castle building, crab hunting and various other fun-filled activities.

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5pm

Bubs reunite with parents around the main pool and share stories of their amazing day.

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💡 Did you know? Kids under 4 stay for free at Club Med! Don’t miss out!

Discover here all the activities for your little ones at Club Med. Find more of our special series for Babies here, Mini Club and Junior/Passworld here!

A Day in Kids Club Part 1: Baby Club

Travelling with kids is quite the adventure!

Are you dreaming of having a holiday but thinking bringing baby 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 babies!

Discover below, Part 1 of our “A Day in Kids Clubs” series where you can understand how Club Med’s Kids Clubs work from babies to teenagers.

The Baby Club at Club Med welcomes babies from 4 months to 2 years old. Professional childcare staff will take care of your baby all day, providing gentle and expert care and allowing relaxed holidays and discoveries for everyone. Tailored activity programs include baby gym, nursery rhymes, musical games… Every day is filled with discovery and tenderness. You can also opt to drop off and pick up your baby at a convenient time - it’s all flexible and fun!

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.

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9am

The littlest of guests start the day with gentle age-appropriate activities playing or singing! It goes from a walk in the fresh air to the baby gym, rhymes, softplay playgrounds and musical awakening.

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12pm

Yummy time! Bubs can eat with the G.Os and their new friends or their parents, it’s up to you!

A baby corner is included! Area of the main restaurant featuring a choice of baby food like sweet or savoury purees, as well as the equipment to prepare your baby’s meal such as a blender, steriliser, bottle warmer, microwave and more…

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2pm

Well deserved nap time, full of sweet dreams.

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4pm

Bubs join their parents for a family fun afternoon with games, grass slides, snacks and more…

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6:30pm

Enjoy a delicious family dinner at the main restaurant.

The baby restaurant is an appropriate restaurant for babies where they can eat meals prepared for them with you or with part of Baby Club Med. You also have access to a baby feeding room: a 24 hour access to the necessary facilities to prepare baby meals including a blender, steriliser, microwave, refrigerator, bottle warmer and supplementary products such as mineral water, fruit, long-life milk.

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💡 Did you know? Little ones under 4 stay for free at Club Med! Don’t miss out!

💼 Did you know? A baby welcome pack is included upon arrival. All the essential equipment you need to take care of your baby such as cot, a baby bathtub, bottle warmers and prams are provided

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

Ski were Olympians do

Do you wonder where snow Olympians go train? Some of them might be at Club Med - just like you! Discover more below and ski or snowboard where Olympians do!

Club Med is happy to be an official partner of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA). The OWIA takes care of the training of athletes and the coaching in sports involved in the winter Olympics.

This partnership means Aussie snow Olympians can perform at their best by staying, training, and recovering in Club Med’s ski resorts worldwide. And also have fun in the process!

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Curious to know in which resorts our Aussie Olympians have been?

Here’s how it works: ski cross champions practice at Club Med Val Thorens Sensations in France, snowboard cross shredders also enjoy the French Alps slopes from Club Med Valmorel, and aerial ski stars rise in the air at Club Med Beidahu in China.

So here’s your chance chance to ski beside Australia’s elite winter athletes, and even pick up a tip or two!

Discover below Sami Kennedy-Sim’s experience on Club Med slopes with a series of four videos. The Australian freestyle skier made her second Olympic appearance at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games.

Sami tells the story of her ski cross memories, failures and successes: from her best memory (first podium on world cup) to her aspirations to see more and more people to join the team and the Olympics.

Balancing olympian ski life and personal life is not always easy as Sami explains here. She shows how lucky she is to have been for 15 years on the road now and also 7 years of marriage. The ambition and drive to be at her best keeps her going in life.

The importance of having a team which is a kind of family on the road is a necessity to be successful together. Sami is happy to share these incredible experiences with her team.

Club Med brought all the support to the athletes for their training, eating and recovering needs. Sami highlighted the importance of the environment where you evolve in and all the necessity Club Med could offer such as excellent nutrition, gym, direct access to the hills - all in one spot.

Interested in knowing more about Club Med snow resorts? Discover more information about perfect ski holidays here.

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

New resort in Spain: a first look at Club Med Magna Marbella

Imagine yourself in the south of Spain: a region where culture, amazing food, stunning beaches and more are following the vibrant spanish rythm…

At the edge of Andalusia, Magna Marbella is a cool oasis protected by the Sierra Blanca mountains. Take the roads dotted with whitewashed villages and gaze at olive trees as far as the eye can see and discover the cultural and natural heritage of the beautiful region of Andalusia.

Discover more below about the destination and this new Spanish resort opening Marbella in 2020.

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Location of the resort

The new resort Club Med Magna Marbella is perfectly situated for exploring Andalusia’s historic cities. Here are some places you can explore from the resort to become imbued with the Spanish culture:

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  • Séville: capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region, the city is famous for its Alcázar castle, Plaza de España, the bell tower La Giralda, its grand arches and river banks.

  • Ronda: set dramatically above a deep gorge offer magnificent views over the surroundings.

  • Cádiz: magnificent coastal city poking into the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Córdoba: Roman city to discover the fascinating history through the Mosque, the Alcazar and the Medina.

  • Malaga: port city where you can explore the ruins and various beaches.

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Family paradise

Younger guests will love the new family waterpark!

Parents and couples can relax in a stylish zen zone with an adult’s only pool and bar next to a tranquil meditation and yoga gardens.

Families can enjoy different activities together like paddle tennis, flying trapeze, archery and more.

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Beautiful resort and design

Club Med Magna Marbella is a stunning building with planted structural elements, in the middle of twelve hectares of terraced gardens. With a very modern design of bedrooms, bars, restaurants, spa and relaxation zones, the resort blend in with the mountain background. The resort also includes 5 pools to enjoy, including a Zen Zone with an adults-only pool.

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The rooms are all in the same helix-shaped building. With 10 storeys, it offers spectacular views of the sea, mountains and city.

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Vamos?

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Spanish food is a must when you visit Marbella. From paella to pescado, we're obsessed with the food from Spain. With a Sangria glass in hand, some tapas, and Spanish wine-tasting: your taste buds will travel too!

Curious to know more? Get prepared for the new Club Med Magna Marbella in Spain here!

The hottest destinations to travel to in 2019

Looking for inspiration about the hottest destination to travel to in 2019?

Look no further, the beloved younger generation voted for their top travel destinations for 2019 from Portugal to the Philippines and it’s giving us a lot of wanderlust feelings right now. After all, who knows better than the travel-addicted Millenial generation?

Bali in Indonesia, Hokkaido in Japan, Yucatan in Mexico and Guilin in China also made it in the top 30 destinations so we’ve summed up below why you should also visit these destinations with Club Med.

Destination ranked number 2: Bali

Why also love Club Med Bali?

  • Cultural activities: you can learn how to cook, taste delicious local dishes and learn the basics of the Bahasa Indonesia language. A lot of discoveries are also waiting: don’t miss the rice fields, visit of nearby temples, and experience a cultural ceremony.

  • Thrilling activities: it’s pure Bali bliss with various activities such as Paddle boarding, kayaking, surf, tennis, gym, yoga, trapeze and more…

  • Natural landscape: the Adults-only Zen Pool is surrounded by immaculate gardens and palm trees, the perfect place to relax and soak in the Bali Zen vibes.

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Key discoveries around the resort

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  • Tanah Lot Temple, perched at the peak of a rock face hanging over the ocean , this temple is dedicated to the god of sea.

  • Ayung River, a 12 km rafting descent to discover sculpted rocks and stunning waterfalls.

  • Gianyar traditional market, a festival of sense where you have to try babi guling, a local speciality of suckling pig cooked on a spit-roast.

  • Jatiluwih rice paddy, the most famous rice paddies of Bali was recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

  • Jemeluk Bay, climb on board a jukung and discover ghost fish and mimic octopus.

  • Lake Bratan, along the shores, get the chance to discover the majestic Pura Ulun Danu Buddhist temple.

  • Mount Batur, rising to over 1700m, this volcano is the best spot to admire the rising sun.

  • Tegallalang Rice paddies, enchanted promenades to discover terraced landscape, rampant palm trees and straw hat-wearing locals.

  • Ubud, city where you can stroll in the Monkey Forest or opt for relaxation by the sacred Tirta Empul water sources.

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Destination ranked number 13: Hokkaido

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Why also love Club Med Tomamu and Club Med Sahoro?

  • Cultural discoveries: Plunge into Japanese culinary traditions like whisky and sake tasting, as well as an authentic Yakiniku Barbecue.

  • Japan Powder: 145 hectares of playground to play in, click in and ride Japan’s renowned slopes.

  • Relaxing activities: After a good day on the slopes, enjoy Mina Mina Beach, Japan’s largest indoor pool or relax at the Japanese public bath Kirin-no Yu.

  • Nightlife: Sparkling nights are waiting for you at nearby Ice Village, where cool evenings meet heart-warming moments with ice fishing, ice skating, ice bar and dining.

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Key discoveries around the resort

  • Daisetsuzan National Park, Hokkaido's largest national park, paradise for hikers, outdoor lovers, deer and brown bears.

  • Kasumi waterfall, accessible by doing a trek through snow covered woods.

  • Shakotan Peninsula, mountainous peninsula which projects some 30 kilometres into the Sea of Japan.

  • Shikisai-no-oka flower fields, a spectacular view across fifteen hectares of land where you can enjoy the fragrance of the blossoms.

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Destination ranked number 22: Yucatan

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Why also love Club Med Cancun Yucatan?

  • Cultural discoveries: Discover one of the seven wonders of the world: Chichen Itza and vibrant Mexican Culture through activities, food and excursions.

  • Food: Savour delicious Mexican flavours while facing the oceans from the Brand new Taco Arte Beach Lounge or drink a margarita from the Maya Lounge all-Inclusive open-bar

  • Thrilling activities: Enjoy various activities such as paddle-boarding, waterskiing, kayaking, snorkelling, flyboarding and many more !

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Key discoveries around the resort

  • Chichen Itza, a complex of Mayan ruin and Valladolid, charming and colonial town.

  • Whale Sharks, in the north of Isla Mujeres, over the summer months, a large number of them come to visit the region.

  • Tulum,pre-Columbian Mayan walled city and Playa del Carmen, known for its palm-lined beaches and coral reefs.

  • Ancient Kingdom of Ek Balam, Yucatec-Maya archaeological site to soak in the Mexican Culture.

  • Coba Ruins, an archaeological site from the top of an ancient pyramid.

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Destination ranked number 24: Guilin

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Why also love Club Med Guilin?

  • Cultural aspect: the resort is an outdoor museum in itself, 100 contemporary sculptures made by international artists are located in this vast park, ranked as the leading modern art collection in Asia.

  • Sensation activities in the nature rock climbing, mountain biking, archery, tennis are an example of activities you can experience there.

  • Heritage: Guilin is a UNESCO protected region.

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Key discoveries around the resort

  • The River Li, a place with dramatic karst peaks and dense vegetation.

  • The Ping'an Zhuang Village Terraced Fields, fields stretch from the bottom to the top of the mountains, creating a grand and magnificent view.

  • The Pagodas, sun and moon twin pagodas around Guilin’s two central lakes.

  • Karst Hills Caves and Mountains, eroded limestone terrain characterised by caves, sinkholes, rocky ground,…

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Curious to discover the full top 30 destinations? Discover it all in the Insider article here.

Interview : Emma Isaacs and her Bali Family Experience

Founder and Global CEO of Business Chicks, supporting Australian business women, and Author of “Winging It” book, Emma Isaacs is a busy entrepreneur. She is passionate about encouraging women to be bold, to be courageous and to take risks.

As a Mum of 5 (enough for a basketball team, she says) Emma Isaacs needed a break from her never-stopping schedule of Mum-Entrepreneur and chose Club Med Bali for her well-deserved me and family time.

Want to know more about Emma’s holidays in Bali as well as tips to disconnect and how to have a successful holiday? We had the pleasure to ask her a few questions about her relaxing stay.

Note: All images below are courtesy of Emma Isaacs, and have been shared with permission. 

If you could describe your family holiday to Club Med Bali in 3 words, what would they be and why?

🙌 I’d say “freeing” because to be able to choose how much I have my kids with me or away from me brings a huge sense of freedom.

🎉 Then “fun” because we always love the array of activities from circus school through to the nightly concerts.

😌 And finally “stress free” as I love how everything is included at Club Med and you don’t have to worry about receiving a massive bill at the end of the vacation.  

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Tell us about your Club Med Bali experience as a family with 5 young children.

It was awesome because of the affordable childcare for our baby. The local nannies at Club Med Bali are true dedicated to what they do and we always feel happy being able to leave the baby knowing she's in great hands. 

What were some of the activities your family did at Club Med Bali?

The kids were really into the Kids Club and they did the trapeze every day. They also made friends from other countries and spent a lot of time exploring the resort. 

Did you manage to find a balance between "us" time and "me" time while on holiday at the resort?

Yes that’s the beauty of Club Med! We found ourselves with many free hours during the day (guilt free!) and would congregate as a family over meals. 

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With such a busy work and family schedule, how do you find time to organise and take holidays? Any tips for fellow busy mums?

My advice would be to sit down and plan the year ahead. Even though you know there’s going to be an expense and lots of organisation, just rip the band-aid off and book a holiday in. Breaks like this one, to Club Med, keep you motivated to work hard knowing that there is a holiday at the end. 

What are your top tips to disconnect from business/routine while on holidays?

I’ve been en entrepreneur my whole life so there is no such thing as truly switching off and I’m absolutely ok with that. I actually find it less stressful if I can check in with the office for a tiny bit of time during the holiday and then I find I’m free to focus on recharging when I’m sure everything is taken care of back home (which it always is!) 

How does travel effect the way you work, your creativity, productivity and view on priorities?

I always find I’m far more creative and inspired when I prioritise vacation time.  

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What country / holiday has inspired you the most in your life and why?

I’m fortunate enough to have experienced a safari in Africa, exploring the raids in Morocco, sipping cocktails on Necker Island in the Caribbean and frequently visiting New York with girlfriends, but anywhere that I’m able to make sure the kids are having fun and I’m also getting a break will be top of my list. 

What is the next Club Med resort you would like to experience and why?

Cancun in Mexico! Living in LA means we often get to Mexico but I have not yet made it to Cancun so that’s next on my list. 

Discover more about this sanctuary for families and friends at Club Med Bali here!

Travelling with young children… without the stress!

Tizzie Hall is an internationally renowned baby whisperer and bestselling author of Save Our Sleep. With experience and expertise working with babies, toddlers, and their parents for over 22 years, she gathered for us some precious tips to make sure you and your little ones make the most of their holidays!

💼 Before you go

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1. Establish a good routine a couple of weeks before you go. Travelling with a baby or toddler is very different to travelling alone. The main difference is you will need to plan things well in advance. I have clearly observed over years of sleep consulting that children in a routine adapt faster and more easily to any new environment. This applies equally to children that are travelling across time zones or within their usual time zone.

2. BYO Sunscreen. Pack a sunscreen from home that you have tried on your baby or toddler. This way you know it will not react with their delicate skin and that the SPF works. It’s a good idea to bring two so you can leave one in your pool bag or at the Kid’s Club.

In The Air

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3. Plan your feeds strategically. As far as routines for babies go, I generally recommend giving your baby a milk feed two hours before the plane is due to take-off or land so they will be hungry enough to take breast or bottle on the plane (a sucking baby’s ears will also be more comfortable during take-offs and landings). For example, if you are booked on a 4pm flight, feed your baby at 2pm rather than the usual 3pm feed, so when you offer your baby milk after take-off at 4pm they will take it.

4. Always sit your toddler further away from the aisle than you. This is for two reasons. First, it avoids hot drinks or meals having to be passed over your toddler to you and ensures you can open the meals and only pass them on when the food is not too hot to burn them; second, if you have two children, it is much easier in an emergency to drag two children behind you than to push one and drag the other.

 

⛱️ When you get there

Photo taken at  Club Med Bintan Island

Photo taken at Club Med Bintan Island

5. Learn the local time-zone. On the first morning, put your baby or toddler straight back onto their normal routine at local time if you have crossed time zones, regardless of how often or how early they woke the previous night or that morning.

6. Have them socialise. Holidays are a great place for little ones to learn some confidence when interacting with others. By taking advantage of Kids Clubs at Club Med, my kids have met other children from all over the world and participated in mentally-stimulating activities. They always leave with a happy face!

Want to know more about family holidays? Discover how Club Med can be your family’s happy place.

A special Club Med Playlist for you

Looking for some music inspiration that make you feel good this end of year?

Here’s our little Christmas present to you with a Spotify playlist created by our little elves at Club Med Australia & New Zealand.

Pump up the volume and get ready for those feel good vibes! 🎵💃

Benefits of living more sustainably

8 million tonnes of plastic finds it way to the ocean each year and more than half comes from Asia. CRAZY right?! Although scientists, engineers and researchers are actively trialing powerful machines to cleanup the oceans, removing plastic is not 100% efficient and takes more time than to stop producing it.

Did you know?

500 million*

plastic bottles used every year

1 trillion*

plastic bags discarded every year

100,000 tones*

gums (made of synthetic rubber coming from plastic) discarded every year

3 billion tonnes**

quantity of plastic produced by Australia,

91%

of plastic is not recycled

Everyone can make an impact at their own scale, so why not starting now?

At Club Med, we believe that our daily habits can slightly be tweaked in order to make a positive impact together, here are some of our quick ways to reduce plastic waste:

  • Reusable coffee cups for a guilt-free coffee

One cup per person can reduce the production of 1 billion disposable cups (number of cups used by Australian each year according to the ABC News) - sounds pretty easy right? We also took the occasion to gift our loyal customers and top partners, a perfect way to thank them with a sustainable gift. Good tip: some coffee shops reward earth-conscious customers by offering a discount on the price of their coffee, another reason to live more sustainably!

The Club Med office proud of their re-usable coffee cups!

The Club Med office proud of their re-usable coffee cups!

  • Say no to plastic cuttlery

When buying lunch, don’t take the plastic cutlery the takeaway shop gives you and use instead the cutlery you have in your office or at home.

  • Reusable water bottles, do good for you and for the planet

No need to buy new plastic bottles everyday, what if we you could save money and time just with a reusable water bottle? Plastic bottles are not only bad for the planet but they also contain chemicals called endocrine disruptors which can be also harmful for your health.

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  • Buy in bulk at the supermarket (and save money!)

Bringing your own containers to buy your pasta, cereals, rice and more… will help you make great savings on your grocery budget and will also cut down considerably the packaging waste! Modern jars can be integrated in the decoration of your kitchen, organised on shelves and ready for you to use. If you are a DIY person, you can also customize them with your kids!

  • Make your beach trip count for the environment

Still not convinced that every small personal action can make a big impact on our planet? Take 3 For The Sea is proving the contrary! This Australian charity founded by surfers and marine biologists emphasizes on the impact of collective efforts on the plastic pollution reduction. Each time you go to the beach, for a morning swim or just an evening walk, grab three pieces of rubbish you find on your way and yes, you’ve already made a difference!

Curious to learn more about the sustainable actions that Club Med has implemented for over 60 years now, check more information in our post here.

*Discover more statistic about plastic pollution here

** Discover how Australia has an impact on plastic pollution here

The ultimate guide for the first time skier

New to snow resort holidays and not sure what to expect? We’ve got you. Here’s all you need to know before you go and if you have any questions, feel free to join our Facebook Club Med Snow Squad Group, we’ll happily share our advice!


What to expect during your first ski holidays?

Be ready to taste amazing gourmet mountain food and experience activities that you won’t find anywhere else.

  • Gourmet mountain food

At Club Med, when it comes to food we’ve got you sorted! Enjoy a subtle mix between local cuisine and French know-how that will have your taste buds tingling. Gather with your family and friends and choose from cheesy fondue, tartiflette, cheese platters or even Japanese hotpot or ramen. It will also be the perfect place to warm up around a cosy wood fire and enjoy a few toasted marshmallows…yum!

Discover the mountain cuisine served at    Club Med European Ski Resorts.

Discover the mountain cuisine served at Club Med European Ski Resorts.

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Discover the mountain cuisine served at    Club     Med Japan Resorts.

Discover the mountain cuisine served at Club Med Japan Resorts.

Apres-ski activities


🛀 Apres-ski treats: you’ll love relaxing in our hot tubs, saunas or indoor heated swimming pools, perfect for releasing muscle tension and enjoying a moment to reconnect with yourself in a relaxing environment

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🐕 Dog sledding: experience this unique and thrilling way to hit the snow through the pristine landscape of the European Alps.

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🏇 Horse riding in Japan: surrounded by the beautiful mountains, plains, rivers and lakes, experience a memorable ride.

Want to learn more about what’s on offer? Check out our range of activities.


What to pack for the perfect ski trip?

  • Ski essentials

1. Prioritise waterproof clothes (jacket, trousers) to be both cosy and remain dry until the end of the day.

2. Wear warm thermal clothes underneath and dress in layers, like an onion so you can adapt your body temperature according to the weather and activity.

3. Waterproof gloves, a must-have!

4. Sun cream and lip balm with UV protection will be useful to avoid sunburn and cracking lips.

5. Take your ski goggles to protect against sun and the bright reflection off the snow.

6. Finally, your snow equipment! ⛷️ With the Easy Arrival service enjoy a worry-free ski trip. Simply fill in your information 30 days prior to your arrival and our GOs will take care of preparing your equipment and make it ready to collect as soon as you step into the resort. You will also be able to book the Kids Club according to the age of your child. No need to queue, your holiday starts from the second you arrive at Club Med - too easy!

Service available in all Club Med European resorts.

Join in the fashion fun

Booking an active holiday doesn’t mean that fashion goes out the window. Snow venues are the best places to express your creativity and flare for fashion. Don’t be afraid of colours, this is the perfect occasion to wear your fancy warm beanie, unicorn costume or even your Christmas wool jumper (it also deserves a second life!). Bright colours make you more visible to other skiers on the slopes, and easier to spot by your friends and family!

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How to get physically ready to make the most of your ski holiday?

Start conditioning your body in order to get a certain level of cardiovascular and strength to hit the slopes every day. A short preparation before you head off will also ensure you get the energy to enjoy all the apres-ski activities and treats!

1. Squats

Your legs will be the main part of the body that will work out during a ski session, squats will help building strength in your thighs.

  • Stand with feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart

  • Push your hips back until your thighs are parallel to the floor

  • Make sure your knees are in front of your toes

  • Stand up and repeat (4 times 20 rep - 1 min rest break between each)

2. Alternating lunges

Perfect for building strength but also training balance, and avoid falling on the slopes!

  • Step one leg forward and bend it down to an angle of 90 degrees

  • Bring the leg back and switch to the other leg

  • Repeat for 15 rep each leg for 4 times - 1 min rest break between each

3. Forearm plank

Strong core will protect your back and allow you to push easier with your ski poles.

  • Place the forearms on the ground with the elbows aligned below the shoulders

  • Ground the toes into the floor and squeeze the glutes to stabilize the body

  • Hold the position for 45 sec

  • Repeat 3 times and increase the duration gradually

Want to one-up your ski buddies? Be one of the first to experience our new resort Club Med Les Arcs Panorama

Located in one of the biggest ski areas in the world Paradiski®, the new resort will amaze you by its modern mountain architecture and wide-open views of endless snow-capped mountains. Opening 16th December! ❇️

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

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

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

We chatted to Kiara to find out about her experience…

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Discover more about Fusions by Club Med.


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:

Discover vibrant cultures and designs

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With so many destinations to choose from around the world, why not experience something new and totally unexpected? Make 2019 the year you escape to vibrant Mauritius, Mexico or the Caribbean, where you’ll discover new feelings, new tastes and new cultures. With totally redesigned spaces taking your exotic experience to new levels of amazing, allow yourself to feel relaxed, re-energised and inspired by the beauty around you. Where will you choose to go?

Experience a vibrant creole cultural escape fully redesigned in La Pointe Aux Canonniers

With bright colours, unique cultural discoveries, warm smiles, and exotic landscapes - immerse yourself in the spirit of Mauritius at Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers. Discover a totally redesigned resort influenced by the raw beauty of this stunning Indian Ocean Island. Lose yourself between the tropical gardens, turquoise water, enjoy the Zen pool, open-air restaurant, lively atmosphere, and cultural discoveries. Fully renovated and re-opening from November 2018! Kids Clubs available from 4 months* to 17 years old.

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Soak up the colourful Mexican vibes with an extended family space in Club Med Cancun

Explore the best of the Yucatan region with hidden underwater treasures, Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza and of course, breathtaking beaches. Discover Club Med Cancun’s newly redesigned facilities made perfect for families with dedicated spaces: 60 deluxe rooms with direct access to a new family ocean front pool, a playground with outdoor cabana, and delicious new flavours from the Taqueria and the crepe restaurants. For those seeking a luxurious, exclusive retreat, indulge in the brand new Jade 5 Trident Luxury Space. Kids Clubs available from 2 years* to 17 years old.

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Treat your senses to the unique beauty of the French West Indies

Lap up the fabulous Caribbean sun, stroll down the white-sand beach, and discover rare volcanic islands from this spectacular family-friendly destination in Guadeloupe. This little piece of paradise is a treat for the senses with the surrounding coral reef, markets full of spices, rum, and unique local music. At the heart of the island is Club Med La Caravelle, which reopened with enhanced features including a redesigned oceanfront spa, a relaxation area, beauty salon and an upscale dining experience. Kids Clubs available from 2 years* to 17 years old. Sales will open for La Caravelle in October 2018.

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A Carribean haven for adults on the best beach in the world

Located in Grace Bay of Providenciales, South of the Bahamas, lays Club Med Turquoise, Turks and Caicos. This adults-only resort is the perfect place to reconnect barefoot in paradise, discover beautiful coral reef and indulge in delicious food and cocktails under the stars. The resort has been totally upgraded with a brand new infinity pool, a vibrant main bar, as well as a redesigned reception area, and new Deluxe Rooms. Please note, this is an adults-only resort.

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Ready to make your next Holiday count? Learn more about Club Med Vibrant Destinations here!

Bugaboo Strolls into Club Med Bali

New partnership with Bugaboo prams making family holidays even easier

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In a move which once again positions the award-winning Bali resort as the top pick for travelling families, Club Med is proud to announce its latest partnership with renowned Dutch mobility company, Bugaboo. Adding to the long list of services already included for little ones, the all-inclusive holiday provider now offers Bugaboo prams within its Club Med Bali resort, ensuring a hassle-free holiday for families with young children.

Bali continues to be a favourite destination for Australian families with over 6,500 guests (47,600 hotel nights) visiting Club Med Bali alone last year. Meeting the demands of modern travelling families and alleviating the need to bring their own baby equipment, Club Med provides many helpful family services and in-room amenities - known as a Baby Welcome - including a sleeping cot, baby bath, bottle warmer and now – Bugaboo prams – designed to make holidays easy for families.

Guests of Club Med Bali will now have access to a number of Bugaboo’s stylish prams including the ‘Cameleon3 Kite’, a versatile and easy to use pram that adapts to various terrains. This pram will allow parents to travel effortlessly between the footpaths around the resort, across the manicured lawns to the children’s playground or down to the sandy beach for a dip in the ocean.

Madeleine Clow-Suares, General Manager, Club Med Australia and New Zealand says, “At Club Med, we believe family holidays should be fun, memorable experiences, not stressful ones. We strive to create a happy environment for the whole family and we’re pleased to be partnering with Bugaboo to add to our current family services, helping parents have the easiest holiday possible.”

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On the exciting partnership, Justine Furman, Australian Country Manager of Bugaboo says, “Bali continues to be a must-visit destination for Aussie families but we know flying a pram overseas can be a hassle. Club Med are known for making holidays easy for families and we’re proud to support this through offering our products within their Bali resort alleviating this common pain point. We love nothing more than seeing a well-travelled Bugaboo with sand or dirt on its wheels and a story to tell. We’re looking forward to helping families make memories that will last them a lifetime.”

Further ensuring a hassle-free and enjoyable holiday for the whole family (including time-out for parents), Club Med Bali’s all-inclusive package includes Kids Club for 4-17 year olds (services for 4-23 month available at extra cost) with highly-trained and certified G.Os (staff) featuring age-appropriate activity programs focused on making friends and creating memories. The resort also includes 24/7 access to baby feeding areas and changing rooms, Baby Corner in the restaurant featuring high chairs and an array of baby food and equipment to prepare baby meals such as a blender, steriliser, microwave and more. It’s clear to see why this resort has been voted Best Family Resort in Bali by Holiday with Kids and Out & About with Kids magazine readers.

The Club Med Baby Welcome is included within Club Med’s renowned all-inclusive packages which also include gourmet meals and snacks with international delicacies and traditional local cuisine, an open bar, a vast selection of activities, entertainment and Kids Clubs for 4 year olds and up, in addition to accommodation – taking the planning out of holidays, so families have more time for fun.

Your next Family Holiday is waiting you just here!