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2019 Calendar: our favourite destinations

A new year also means new opportunities to explore the world! We know how hard it is to choose your next destination with the endless options that the world has to offer. So to make this a little bit easier, we selected the best places to visit for each month of 2019. Plan ahead and live your holidays fully: weather, activities and local aspects included!


📅 JANUARY: JAPAN

What’s best than starting the New Year with some JaPOW?! With approximately 600 centimetres of snowfall, Hokkaido is the best place to hit the slopes in January. There will also be way enough snow to enjoy snowball fight with your family and friends!

Photo taken at    Club Med Tomamu

Photo taken at Club Med Tomamu

📅 FEBRUARY: MEXICO

Cancun offers in February the perfect mix of fantastic weather and sightseeing activities such as visiting the Chichen Itza or the jungle adventure parks. Due to its ideal beach conditions, it is also the best month to do snorkeling or scuba diving and explore the seabed made of colourful and varied sea life.

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📅 MARCH: THE MALDIVES


The ultimate getaway island paradise - Maldives is the perfect destination if you want to be surrounded by coconut palms, endless turquoise ocean views and relaxing vibes. March is part of the dry season so you can make the most of each beach day! It is also a great time to go surfing, snorkeling and enjoy great visibility for scuba diving 🐠.

Photo taken at    Club Med Kani

Photo taken at Club Med Kani

📅 APRIL: THE CARIBBEAN

Always thought that the Caribbean was out of your budget? Do the Dominican Republic or the Bahamas make your dream? Good news, the third week of April is the best time to go as it’s the “shoulder season” - right after the craziness or spring break . In other words, it’s the best period to get affordable flight prices! And obviously with sunny days and moderate temperatures., you won’t need much more to enjoy the sweet Caribbean life and all the activities this little piece of heaven has to offer.

Photo taken at    Club Med Turquoise

Photo taken at Club Med Turquoise

📅 MAY: MAURITIUS

Sun, dry and cool - the perfect holiday weather for Mauritius! May is also be the best time to experience exotic and adventurous sights from waterfalls to lush gardens. We recommend visiting La Pointe aux Cannoniers for perfect beachfront holidays with crystal-clear waters or Albion, an oasis of tranquility and luxury, surrounded by magnificent gardens.


📅 JUNE: INDONESIA

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Photo taken at Club Med Bali

Indonesia is a popular destination for its idyllic landscape and cultural discoveries. June is the best time of the year to enjoy the great weather conditions of Bali without the crowds. Feel immersed in the Indonesian culture from visiting temples to trying local dishes. Or if you want more adrenaline fuelled activities, nothing can’t beat the Bali surf spots or 4x4 adventures with views over the rice paddies.


📅 JULY: PORTUGAL

Warm sun, little ocean breeze and the sweet sound of waves… It’s the perfect place and time of the year for terrace dining or wine tasting in the South of Portugal! And for the golf lovers, it’s also perfect to practice your swing on one of the Algarve's most prestigious courses. Coming with your family? Golden beaches, water parks and dolphins are just an added bonus to the breathtaking landscapes and nature that awaits you there.

Photos taken at    Club Med Da Balaia

Photos taken at Club Med Da Balaia


📅 AUGUST: BRAZIL

Between forest and white sandy beaches, Brazil is the ideal destination to practice land and water sports while discovering the vibrant local culture. Enjoy the nature as your playing field, experiencing family or couple activities such as tennis, archery, trapeze or water-skiing.

Photo taken at    Club Med Rio Das Pedras


📅 SEPTEMBER: SICILY, ITALY

Who doesn’t want to live the dolce vita,? If we had to choose the perfect month to travel to Italy, it would definitely be September, warm enough to enjoy a swim in the Mediterranean sea and and cool enough to enjoy a hike on the beautiful Italian coast. Last but not least, once school holidays are passed - the prices will decrease so watch this space as you may be lucky with cheaper air fares.

Photo taken at    Club Med Cefalu

Photo taken at Club Med Cefalu

📅 OCTOBER: GREECE

October is be the best time for sightseeing, with sunny days and fewer crowds! Enjoying the warm days from the Indian Summer , Greece is THE place to experience new water activities such as water-skiing, sailing or windsurfing 🌊 as well as picturesque local little villages.

Photo taken at    Club Med Gregolimano

Photo taken at Club Med Gregolimano


📅 NOVEMBER: THAILAND

A happy escape with 8 hours of sun per day, and between 24 and 31 degrees that will amaze you by it’s deep cultural identity. November officially marks the start of the high season, and the best time to enjoy a family holiday exploring Buddhist temples or attend traditional Thai dancing performances in costumes.

Photo taken at    Club Med Phuket

Photo taken at Club Med Phuket


📅 DECEMBER: FRENCH ALPS

Sun or snow to end the year, the choice is yours! Our preference for 2019 will would be a White Christmas in the French Alps with delicious local delicacies like fresh bread, cheese, wines… to enjoy all day long. Experience a real Winter Wonderland! ❄️













24 Hours in Sahoro Hokkaido, Japan

Have you heard about the hottest snow destination yet? 

Say hello to the Hokkaido region in Japan - an incredible blend of authentic Japanese culture and incredible snow experiences. Live the Hokkaido mountain charm right from Club Med Sahoro where delicious culinary discoveries meet fun days filled of powder snow adventures in an enchanted forest setting. Plus from this December, enjoy a fresh new look with renovated rooms and an enhanced restaurant which will elevate your experience.

Discover how just 24 hours in Club Med Sahoro can be amazing and just the start to an incredible time in Japan!

As soon as you open the eyes, you will be surrounded by the magnificent view overlooking the mountains of Hokkaido, Japan. Fresh powder awaits but first let’s gain some energy with some delicious breakfast to start the day the right way!

Guess who will never want to leave the kids club? We’ve got an idea! Whether your snow bunnies are an expert rider or a beginner, they’ll have endless fun and make new friends from all over the world. Starting the day with group ski lessons or exclusive activities, our G.Os will take care of your kids while you hit the slopes.

Ready for Snow Trekking, Skiing or Snowboarding? With 22 kilometres of slopes and an altitude of up to 1,030m - the Sahoro Hokkaido ski domain has it all and will ensure your days never look the same. Don't worry if you are a first-time skier or snowboarder, our highly-trained instructors are here for you to have the most amazing experience ever while you enjoy the uncrowded slopes. And if you’re a specialist already, all you have to do is to enjoy the ride!

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Lunch is the best part after a morning in the snow, isn’t it? Plunge into Japanese culinary tradition with fresh ingredients imported from different parts of Hokkaido. Savour from a selection of freshly prepared delights highlighting the local flavours with fresh Hokkaido crabs, Japanese wagyu beef and many more. Wanting something different? Snow-worries, an array of international flavours are also available to satisfy your tastebuds.

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While the kids are have the time of their lives in the Kids Clubs, why not Indulge in our dedicated outdoor Canadian bath? Solo or with your other half, it’s the perfect to relax your muscles after intensive snow sports or to simply disconnect and get your mind lost in the endless snowy landscape.

There are many adventures to try in Sahoro! Take time with your family to share happy moments and experience unique activities like Horse Riding* surrounded by the beautiful mountains, plains, rivers and lakes.

Your magical day is almost over and your legs are probably asking for some rest - perfect timing to get a delicious Japanese dinner and then watch an incredible aerial performance put on by our GOs.

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We know how sleep is important when on holiday, the perfect time to recharge, relax and be full of energy for the next day ahead. Truly unwind in our new renovated rooms, combining Japanese minimalism with French chic, and get ready for a whole new day of fun and adventure in Sahoro!

Wanting to discover more? Discover everything here about Club Med Sahoro Hokkaido.

*Additional service at an extra fee - everything else is included!

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

Experience that Sweet Endless European Summer

A smell, a taste, a sound… those are the memories we bring back from amazing places. Escape to the Mediterranean and engage your senses through tasting delicious olive oil in the South of France, watching an incredible sunset in Greece or feeling the warm golden sun on your skin in Portugal - take it all in and live that sweet endless European summer with Club Med in 2019.

Luxury Dolce Vita in Club Med Cefalu, Sicily, Italy

Located just an hour north from Palermo, Cefalu is the new perfect spot to rejuvenate and reconnect. This beautiful coastal village shines with its Duomo made of beautiful mosaics and its breathtaking panoramic view at the top of La Rocca. From fine-dining gastronomy expertly created by Michelin star chef, Andrea Berton, to days filled with watersports or sunbathing on the wooden deck - life is sweet in Cefalu!

Kids over 8 years old are welcome in Cefalu.

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A taste of Provence in Club Med Opio en Provence, France

Prepare for a journey rich in flavours, smells and colours. Opio is surrounded by beautiful villages such as Vence, Antibes and Nice that will give you an amazing taste to the local French life. After exploring, recharge your batteries in the Provencestyle rooms, get access to the 9-hole golf course nearby, the three pools, various tennis courts and the dedicated playground space; ‘Creactive’ by Cirque du Soleil.

Kids Clubs available from 4 months* to 17 years old.

A Greek getaway to Club Med Gregolimano, Greece

From visiting traditional small Greek villages to the big Athenes capital or exploring the blue water of the Sporades archipelago – discover the beauty of Greece at Club Med Gregolimano. From the heart of the resort, experience a new trendy Mediterranean dining experience from the new Olea Gourmet Lounge along with many more activities to try!

Kids Clubs available from 4 years to 17 years old.

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Cliffside beauty in Club Med Da Balaia, Portugal

Discover a naturally raw Portuguese region: the Algarve. Perched along red cliffs with panoramic views on golden sandy beaches, treat yourself by the natural adults-only Zen pool or at the nearby stunning golf course while the kids are having fun at the Kids Club. Plus, discover newly renovated areas making your stay even more relaxing.

Kids Clubs available from 4 months* to 17 years old.

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Spanish riviera in Club Med Marbella, Spain. Coming in 2019!

At the foot of the Sierra Bianca, Club Med Magna Marbella will bring you stylish and cosy design from the second part of 2019. You’ll enjoy the incredible Andalusian culture along 360 degree views of the mountains, gardens and ocean. With family or friends, enjoy aquatic slides, a huge lagoon pool, yoga classes, and many more land sports.

Plan the trip of a lifetime in Europe with Club Med now!

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!

Top inspiring destinations for your next exotic adventure!

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Why not try something new this winter and discover a new destination off the beaten track? Get your inner explorer out and venture through our 70+ resorts worldwide. Here, we also escape to our top two Club Med resorts in Japan and China - some inspiration for your next winter escape! Use Club Med Kabira, Japan or Club Med Guilin, China as your base and go explore your surroundings. Be bold, be surprised, create new memories and come back to the comfort of your premium all-inclusive package. True bliss!

Let's discover where you might explore this winter:

Amazing Destinations, Unique Playgrounds...

Club Med has been travelling the world to uncover the most amazing places and create little paradises in the best spots. Each resort has its own personality and offers a unique choice of experiences to make the best of each destination. Explore the magic of nature, rejuvenate mind and body, unlock your inner explorer, indulge in local gastronomy or give back to the environment, the local communities, and to yourself.

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JAPAN'S MOST BREATHTAKING ISLAND AND MARINE PARK

Perched on the south edge of Okinawa islands in Japan, Kabira island is a preserved gem and the perfect setting for an unforgettable family holiday. Discover the secret of longevity of the Okinawans, the longest living people on earth, and dive in this world-class protected Marine park. Plus, the resort has been voted best Japan family resort in 2017 and "Travelers Choice 2018" winner!

Children aged 2 years to 17 years can also discover nature and Japanese culture with our Kids Clubs.

Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido 

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INCREDIBLE HOKKAIDO LANDSCAPES IN NEW RESORT

After a winter full of powder, discover a new side of Tomamu at the height of the Japanese Spring and Summer! Between incredible landscapes, boundless activities for all and vibrant excursions, it's a thrilling Japanese mountain escape. Plus, enjoy the culinary journey with fresh seafood and premium Wagyu beef - yum!

Kids Clubs available from 2 years to 17 years and small group lesson included from 4 years for ski and 8 years for snowboard.

Club Med Sanya, China

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A GLAMOUROUS SUN-KISSED ISLAND IN A TROPICAL SETTING

Located at the southern tip of Hainan Island in China, Sanya is the ideal setting for a family holiday between lush gardens and a wide beach. Sports enthusiasts will have an array of activities from sailing to rock climbing, and explorers will love discovering the Hainanese culture with ancient traditions and temples.

Kids Clubs available from 2 years old to 17 years old.

Club Med Guilin, China

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MAGNIFICIENT CULTURAL DISCOVERIES AT EVERY TURN

Discover a majestic, beautifully preserved site and the most beautiful spot in China: the River Li with its terraced rice fields, mysterious caves and karst mountains. Find your zen or unlock new thrills with trapeze and rock climbing with the little ones in Club Med Guilin. Or just admire over 100 contemporary sculptures and multiple excursions in this splendid part of China.

Kids Clubs available from 2 years old to 17 years old.

Want to know more about these exotic destinations or get inspired? Take a look at our destinations page and choose your dream holiday!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

Interview: Meet Mike Clarke, our first Aussie Chief of Village at Club Med Cherating

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Our G.Os are ambassadors of the Club Med spirit - they contribute to the premium service and lively atmosphere in our 70+ resorts and make the Club Med experience truly unique.

Last October, Michael Clarke, Australian G.O born in New-Zealand, became our first Aussie Chief of Village at the beautiful Club Med Cherating Beach, Malaysia. After graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of International Hotel & Tourism Management, Mike joined the Club Med family in 2004. We asked him some questions about his Club Med experience.

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What is your history at Club Med?

I started in golf and moved to Sports Manager, Entertainment Manager and Leisure Manager. I was Chief of Village at Lindeman, Bintan Island, Turks and Caicos, Sahoro and now Cherating. I also did 18 months in the Miami Corporate office as a Human Resource Business Partner.

How do you think Club Med is different from other resorts or hotels you may have worked for?

The staff make it different. The vibe, the ambiance, the interaction between staff and guests in a friendly, international environment.

How and why did you become a Chief of Village at Club Med?

I like to think through hard work and results, I wanted to lead and inspire a team. Happiness is my business!

How and why did you choose Club Med Cherating?

I wanted to return to Asia, this place is a green paradise, combines the jungle with the beach, the location is stunning!

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What are you in charge of in an average day?

Management: Team briefing to begin the day, my goal is to unify the team to work on one goal – delivering an exceptional vacation to our GMs, happiness is our business, I believe in something called MBWA – Management By Walking Around –I am hands on, on the field and have a passion for what I do.

What are the most important qualities you look for in your Club Med Cherating Team?

To work as 1 team, to engage our GMs, to work in a friendly professional manner and to have fun!

What are your tricks to keep your team engaged?

You need to reward when need and also to simply say thank you to your team. I also like to be involved in the life of the resort.

A Club Med Chief of Village is much more than just sitting behind a desk... Tell us how you interact with guests?

I love mixing with other cultures, I have learnt some small phrases in various languages and get great joy out seeing the guests react when you can bust out some phrases in their language. I can guarantee the atmosphere will be very energetic this season.

Any favourite memory of being at the resort so far?

Becoming Chief of Village, it was a dream of mine. To be able to reach it was my career highlight.

How did your team welcome you to the Resort? Any funny ‘initiation traditions’?

Haha…. Not that I can share ;) kidding, I was greeted with a cold beer and a pretty awesome traditional dragon dance. The best welcome was the smiling faces of the team.

What are some challenges of being a Club Med Chief of Village?

We work quite long days and 6 days a week. Working for Club Med is a lifestyle. I like the saying “find the job you love and you will never have to work a day in our life” – I can tell you I love what I do. Also, this property is an older resort, we may not have the newest room or facilities but we do have the best atmosphere and location.

What is your favourite thing about Cherating? Why do you think Australians should visit?

The amount of activities here is awesome for active Aussies. From tennis lessons, trapeze, archery, rock climbing, treetop courses, sailing, kayaking, to relaxing at either of our 2 pools (family and adult-only Zen pool) you will always have something to do. We also have one of the best spas in Club Med so after an active day you can relax with a traditional massage.

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What is your personal motto?

"Work hard, play hard, party hard!"

Would you encourage other Australians to work at Club Med?

Yes for sure, it is an excellent training school, you will discover new cultures, meet new people, understand customer service – all while working in some amazing locations all over the world – what are you waiting for!

Anything else to share?

The only thing missing is YOU!

Want to join Mike for unforgettable holidays at Club Med Cherating? Stop thinking, start booking!

Luxury Travel in the Maldives by Eryn Krouse

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This article was reposted from Eryn Krouse(@erynkrouse). Read the original story here. Note: All images below are courtesy of Eryn Krouse and her photographer Trent Mitchell, and have been shared with permission.

Luxury Travel in the Maldives

After nine days of all-inclusive gourmet food and drinks, staying in two different overwater villa suites, having a personal boat to go to epic surf, and a whole lot of rest and relaxation, you can bet I got a taste of the good life.

Here is what a luxury surf trip in the Maldives looks like.

After a disorienting period of time where I reached the point where I felt as if I had spent my entire life confined to the cramped insides of an airplane, I finally began to spot the infamous atolls that make up the Maldives out the window. Bright, circular, marble-looking blobs surrounded by rings of different shades of blue that looked more like giant eyeballs than little islands, just floating on the surface of the Earth. I touch down on Malé and hear the pilot say, “Welcome to the Maldives”. Finally, I made it to paradise.

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So, picture this. You wake up on a king-size canopy bed with the sunrise peeking through white curtains lightly blowing from the sea breeze. You climb out of bed and step out on to the deck to admire the vibrant blue sheen of the water below you. You might even see a school of fish, or an occasional ray or reef shark swim by. The water looks inviting, so you jump in. Taking a few strokes before turning over on to your back to float, you close your eyes and relax. You hear your significant other calling out your name to let you know that room service has arrived, so you swim back to your dock, rinse off in the outdoor shower, and don a robe from the bathroom. A server is carrying two trays of breakfast items, and he asks you, “Where would you like to eat your breakfast today?” to which you respond “On the front deck, please”. You take a seat outside and uncover the lids to reveal plates of fresh croissants, steaming eggs, crisp bacon, maybe even some warm crepes, and it all smells so good that your mouth waters in anticipation as you pour yourself a hot cup of coffee…

It’s 7:30 am and the day has just begun.

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 Every day in the Maldives brought a new adventure. With the sun out, the water would shine as a bright, turquoise blue, and I’d eagerly admire the view as I waxed up my board. I’d walk the path from the overwater villa down to the dock with my surfboard in one hand, and my boyfriend’s hand in the other. Once in the boat, we’d speed away into the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. It was a common sight to see spotted, lone manta rays cruising by, or a pod of jumping dolphins. Every moment was a different adventure out at sea.

Surfing in the Maldives is a magical experience. The water is so clear that you can see fish swimming under you as you ride a wave of almost transparent looking water. It’s pure stoke. For a complete guide on surfing in the Maldives, click here.

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Salty, happy, and surfed out, I take a moment to soak in the sun. It feels so good to lay on the sand, feeling the warm rays on my skin while listening to the soft lapping of the waves onto the coquina shore. I close my eyes in absolute contentment, the kind of content I get only after spending blissful hours in the ocean.  This stretch of beach is quiet. The only visible signs of life are the little sand crabs bustling around, bumping into each other.

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Back at the villa… my body is sore and a bit sunburnt from surfing all morning. I run the water in the tub for an afternoon of rest and relaxation. On the walk back from the beach, I picked plumeria and hibiscus flowers to put in the bath to create a personal spa in the privacy of my villa. To really pamper myself, I open my brand new products from Malie Organics, including a plumeria scented body scrub and body polish moisturizer… the ultimate pampering experience.

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After spending a week at Club Med KaniClub Med Finolhu was just a short boat hop away; a continuation of our experience of luxury travel. Our new overwater villa was equipped with a personal pool, an outdoor shower and spa-inspired bath tub, a butler, and a chauffeur to take us to the various all-inclusive restaurants and amenities located at the resort.

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Tea time at Club Med Finolhu is an event in itself. Originally established in England in the 1800s by aristocratic British society, the concept of afternoon tea is the very embodiment of comforting luxury, every detail from the china to the atmosphere to the finger food, all adding to the overall experience of mid-afternoon pleasantry.

Wrapped up in soft, white robes, my boyfriend and I sat on the couch in the front room; floor-length doors opened up to the outside deck and the expanse of crystal blue ocean, smooth jazz softly playing through the speakers. Tropical rain quietly fell outside as our butler brought in a selection of Ceylon tea, specially packed in nearby Sri Lanka. Names such as Darjeeling Black, English Breakfast and Moroccan Mint labeled the cloth tea bags, all neatly stacked together in a wooden box. I chose English Breakfast, my personal favorite tea, and Michael chose Darjeeling black, carefully stirring in sugar crystals and organic milk until the tea was a rich, chocolate brown liquid. Bringing the cup of tea up to my mouth, a warm sensation runs through my body as the deep aroma slowly creeps up my nose, traceable hints of spices of the orient. The tea serves as a palette cleanser; the perfect balance of sweet and savory to go with the finger sandwiches, cookies, and tropical fruits.

One could argue that tea is just tea, but there is something special when it transforms into a whole experience; the feeling of being in your own world with no land for as far as you can see; just a muted turquoise ocean blending into the soft grey of the rainy sky. It became an emotional experience that transported me into a state of euphoria that comes only when I feel completely free, without a worry in the world.

It’s amazing the power tea can have, isn’t it? (;

Interview: Samantha Wills' girls trip at the Zen Oasis of Club Med Punta Cana

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Last July, jewellery creator Samantha Wills (@samanthawills), discovered the new Zen Oasis space of Club Med Punta Cana, alongside a fabulous turquoise lagoon in the Dominican Republic. We asked her some questions for a perfect relaxed girls' trip in Punta Cana.

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

What was it about Club Med Punta Cana that made you want to visit the resort?

Being based in NYC, the Caribbean is so close! I had never visited the Dominican republic before, and when I saw the Zen Oasis private beach, my ticket was booked!

What was your typical day in the Zen Oasis?

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I would like to tell you I was up with the sun to join the 5:30am yoga class! But I don’t want to lie to you!

🍳🍊 About 9am, we would walk along the beach to the restaurant at the end of the property & get some fresh scrambled eggs prepared by the chef & freshly squeezed juice.

☕🌊Grab a take away coffee to go and follow our footsteps back along the beach, to the private Zen Oasis beach beds. That is were you would find me most of the day. I loved the thatched umbrellas, and the beach team where never too far away with a cocktail or sparkling water! I packed my bag with a few good beach reads, so between those & ocean dips – it was the ultimate relaxation holiday!

🍤🍴 Lunch was always local seafood…and dinner we would go to the champagne bar, pop a bottle of our favorite bubbles (which grants you access to the private dining area!)  where the waves literally lap in underneath the deck. It was perfect.

🍸🎶 We stopped by the beach parties, and live music, but in the full relaxation mode we were in, we took our sun kissed bodies to bed before midnight each night.

It was definitely a holiday we returned from feeling refreshed & rejuvenated.

What was your highlight from the trip?

The Club Med Spa was INCREDIBLE. The massages transcended you to an out of body experience. Thatched huts with billowing white cheese cloth & just the sound of the ocean drifting thru. It was truly incredible.

What did you enjoy the most in the brand new Zen Oasis Space?

Access to the private beach. The gardens in the Zen Oasis where also really beautiful.

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What is your top tip for a girls’ trip in Punta Cana?

I think its great, if some of your girlfriends have families with young kids. There is so much stuff for kids to do, but also very separate from the private adult areas of the resort.

While there is buffet style catering for lunch & dinner, you can also choose to eat a la carte, which means there is always on option, because with groups not everyone runs on the same schedule.

What are your must-dos for a holiday to Club Med Punta Cana?

The Champagne Bar is the perfect dinner (and lunch!) spot. The massage in the Club Med Spa is also a must do, (daily if you can!)

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

Morocco looks incredible, but Finolhu in the Maldives will always have my heart!

Are you craving for a peaceful hideaway in Punta Cana like Samantha Willis? Book now to discover the new Zen Oasis space, exclusively for adults.

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.

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.

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.

Interview: Australian Photographer Trent Mitchell Captures the Beauty of the Maldives

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Surrounded by endless ocean, colourful coral and epic surf breaks. Its no surprise Australian photographer Trent Mitchell (@trent_mitchell_) produced some serious wanderlust-inducing photographs from his recent Maldives trip at the Manta Exclusive Spacewith model Eryn Krouse (@erynkrouse). Trent's deep love for the ocean and the Maldives settings made the perfect backdrop for his snaps. We asked him some questions about his experience as a photographer.

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

What makes the Maldives so 'photographable'?

As a passionate water-based lifestyle and travel photographer I’d have to say the water’s colour, clarity and diversity in colour! I’ve never seen so many different blues. I can’t wait to head back and explore and shoot more in the waters and on the islands of the Maldives. It’s just incredible.

What makes Club Med Kani in particular, so great to photograph?

The single best attribute islands have for photography is the flexibility of having a 360 degree field of view to work with. Putting a resort of Club Med Kani’s standards on an Island gives a photographer an unlimited canvas for creating beautiful images all day. There’s always somewhere incredible to shoot no matter what the day brings.

What separates the Maldive beaches from others?

I’d have to say the pure whites of the sand and the vibrant water colour. Everything just pops. Simply put, some days it feels like your living inside a postcard. It’s overwhelmingly beautiful.

What were your favourite activities at Club Med Kani when you weren’t shooting?

I was staying in the Manta overwater suites at Club Med Kani and I’m a morning person so my favourite thing was quite possibly the simplest thing given the seemingly unlimited activities available. Waking to the sun rising over the water, throwing on my board shorts and going for my morning swim in the crystal clear waters was without a doubt my favourite thing to do. Most people sleep in, so some days it felt like I had the resort to myself! I actually can’t think of a better way to start a day, anywhere.

Share with us your favourite shot – what makes it great?

I couldn’t select just one from my shoot so I picked a single image from three different perspectives of the resort. Eye level, above and below the water. The photos are all of Eryn Krouse enjoying her time in Kani.

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📷 The first shot reminds me of how beautiful and relaxing it is to live over the water for a week.

📷 The second photo is Eryn paddling out to the surf break named Ninja’s located on the outside reef behind the resort. I like the feel of the crisp blue waters.

📷 Lastly, the final shot is taken under the waves at Ninja’s. It’s a beautiful moment of Eryn gracefully navigating through the surf between waves.

Which Club Med resort would you like to photograph next, and why?

I’d love to revisit the Maldives to be perfectly honest! It’s a bucket list location for me and I’d love to indulge in the Club Med Finolhu Villas experience for the extreme luxury and the waters surrounding the resort offer endless photographic opportunities. If I had to choose a different country it seems so hard to choose but I’d have to go with snowboarding in Japan. I’ve never been to Japan and I can’t think of a better culture to experience, things to do and photograph! Let’s go!

Want to see more about the Maldives? Jump on to Trent Mitchell's official website.

Club Med announces its first Canada resort to open in Le Massif, Charlevoix Ski Region

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The renowned pioneer of all-inclusive resorts announced the much-anticipated return of its world-famous ski offering to North America through the creation of its first-ever Canadian resort.

November, 2017 – Club Med brings its unique all-inclusive mountain holiday offering to the heart of an already renowned ski region situated at the highest point in Eastern Canada, including a unique ski experience with spectacular waterfront views overlooking the Saint Laurence River. Club Med and Groupe Le Massif plan to open this new resort by the end of 2020.

Daniel Gauthier, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Groupe Le Massif, and Xavier Mufraggi, President and CEO, Club Med North America, have officially announced the opening of the first Club Med resort in Canada.

“It’s often said that you’ll only ever find a Club Med resort in the most beautiful places in the world. Charlevoix doesn’t need to have a Club Med to be included on this select list. That said, it is an honour and privilege to be amongst those creating worldwide awareness for this spectacular part of the country,” states Xavier Mufraggi. “Club Med is the world leader in all-inclusive mountain hotels and resorts. With more than 20 sites already established in France, Italy, Switzerland, Japan and China counting for more than 6000 rooms, we’re excited to add Canada (and specifically Quebec) to the list. Each season will reveal the wonders of this natural site, offering an international clientele a place of beauty to discover. Also, this project serves as a strategic symbol of rapid growth around the world for Club Med, with fifteen openings taking place through 2019, representing one to two mountain resorts openings per year.”

“The announcement is in direct alignment with the continued development of this significant project that will position Le Massif, Charlevoix, among one of the greatest international destinations,” comments Daniel Gauthier, the initiator of the project. “Club Med is a world-recognized symbol, promoting an active lifestyle, family and well-being. With shared values, the partnership between Club Med and Le Massif, Charlevoix, is one of authenticity.”

The project represents a $120 million investment with the objective of developing 300 rooms including 4-Trident Club and Deluxe-level rooms with a 5-Trident luxury space. The future resort promises to be a haven for family and couple getaways as well as ideal for groups, with spaces provided to accommodate seminars and events.

Investment and positive economic impact

While this recreational tourism project is born of a great vision, it is based on a solid economic outcome. Partners, including the governments of Quebec and Canada, Guy Laliberté and Lune Rouge, Investissement Québec, Pierre Thabet, Groupe Germain all have confirmed their investment, while Desjardins and the National Bank of Canada have established their support. The project also counts on Bell a long standing major sponsor of the Massif de Charlevoix.

Groupe Le Massif and Club Med aim to offer a four-season product that emphasizes Quebec’s strongest touristic features of the region from Quebec to Tadoussac. The announcement of these plans will also stimulate real estate development within the region and on the mountain.

This project forecasts the creation of 325 direct jobs and 400 indirect jobs. The construction of the hotel will generate near 700 jobs. The agreement with partners guarantees a mutually profitable endeavour for all.

This much-anticipated project will benefit several major players within the regions of Quebec and Charlevoix, including the Quebec airport, which forecasts a 6% increase in flights directly connected to this project. From day one Club Med plans to develop partnerships with a variety of local suppliers. The resort will be easily accessible; a mere 90 minutes from the International Airport of Quebec.

About Club Med

Club Med FIRST CANADA RESORT TO OPEN IN LE MASSIF, CHARLEVOIX SKI REGION

Club Med, founded in 1950, is recognized as the pioneer of the all-inclusive market, offering nearly 70 premium resorts in stunning locations around the world including North and South America, Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean.

Club Med operates more than 70 resorts. Established in 26 countries across five continents, the group employs more than 23,000 employees comprised of 110 varied nationalities. Club Med has had a corporate presence in Canada for over 40 years and employs a staff of more than 50 team members in their Montreal head office.

Club Med Le Massif will reinforce the link between Quebec residents with the Club Med concept. More than 40,000 Canadians stay at a Club Med resort each year, with the biggest majority coming from Quebec. Every year, close to 300 Canadian G.O.s are recruited (“Gentil Organizers” - an internal, endearing term used for all Club Med employees), again with the majority coming from the province of Quebec. “In many ways, Quebec has been at the heart of Club Med. Now, finally, Club Med will be at the heart of Quebec,” states Mr. Mufraggi.

About Groupe Le Massif

The Massif de Charlevoix project was launched in 2002 by Quebec developer, Daniel Gauthier. Mr. Gauthier is a recognized co-founder of the world-leading Quebec sensation known worldwide: Cirque du Soleil.

As the first Club Med mountain resort in North America, and by virtue of the symbiosis between creativity, authenticity, an appreciation for culture, society and tourism, Le Massif, Charlevoix, promises to be awe-inspiring with a picturesque setting, an outstanding line-up of activities, excellent food and unsurpassed reputation for service.

This magnificent project is built on a foundation of three pillars with the objective to provide an experience that is deeply personal, emotional, original, and environmental, while focusing on the development of sustainable tourism within one of Quebec’s most popular regions, and designated as a world biosphere reserve in 1989 by Unesco.

For more information, visit https://www.clubmed.ca/l/le-massif-resort

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What could your snow holiday look like in Club Med Tomamu?

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Think Hokkaido, and powder snow pops to mind... Blanketed in a sheet of pristine white, winter has never looked more captivating! Arguably the best winter holiday destination in Japan, beautiful natural landscapes meet with magnificent volcanic origins to create a mystical wonderland - Welcome to Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido!

Scheduled to open in December 2017, here's a little foretaste of all the Must Try Experiences available in this brand new all-inclusive resort for your next family snow holidays!

The ultimate powder snow experience

Strap on your skis or snowboard and hit the slopes! Gear up with rental equipment and take to the slopes for endless half pipes, table tops, kickers, rails, and boxes – why glide on the snow when you can ride a different wave?

Can’t ski? Experience the rush of wintry winds on snow sleds or ice slides. Snowshoe across soft powder with the mountainscape as your backdrop. With 145 hectares of snow to frolic in, state-of-the-art equipment, and expert instructors to guide you with group lessons, Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido caters to both beginners and experienced snow sportsmen. For the adventurous at heart, night skiing is also available at an extra cost from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm every weekend.

 Memorable (or maybe not so...) nights at the Ice Village

The magical Ice Village is available during the winter in Tomamu, where temperature can drop as low as -30°C. Our guests enjoy convenient access to this gorgeous village illuminated by deep blue lights. Create the perfect memory of ice skating, ice slides and dining at the ice restaurant.

Enjoy an icy tipple in hand-carved ice glasses. After all, how often have you hung out at a bar made completely out of ice? Trendy, unique, and eye-catching, it ticks all boxes for an Insta-worthy visit.

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Paddock-to-plate Yakiniku barbecue

Savour an authentic Yakiniku barbecue experience, grilled right at your table at Haku, our specialty restaurant. Choose from a variety of mouth-watering meats including premium cuts such as Japanese Wagyu beef – all perfectly prepared to add some sizzle to your meal. Tenderly chargrilled meats that melt in your mouth – a truly authentic Japanese culinary experience.

Hokkaido is also renowned for its delectable local seafood. Haku offers a selection of fresh seafood such as crabs, sea urchins and scallops for guests looking for an unforgettably fresh dining experience.

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Guided whiskey & sake tasting

The zen-themed Nest Bar is the perfect location to unwind after an exhilarating day on the mountains. What better way to relax than by sinking into a cosy chair with a glass of sake in hand?

Guests can also indulge in a sensory journey with tasting sessions of locally-sourced whiskey and sake. Here, enjoy 5 premium Japanese whiskies such as the award-winning Nikka and Suntory’s single malt Yamazaki or Hakushu, as well as local artisanal sakes.

Japan’s largest indoor wave pool

Make a splash at Mina Mina beach, Japan’s largest indoor wave pool. Paddle board in balmy waters in the 80m long and 30m wide wave pool, or laze in the cradle of gentle waves. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it?

The Mina Mina Beach bustles with activity during the daytime, but transforms into a peaceful respite after 8:00 p.m. when it is lit up with soft, romantic lights.

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Relax in an open air onsen

Hokkaido is home to a great variety of onsen – unique hot springs dotted around the region for travellers who prefer a more relaxing experience. Soak in a warm outdoor bath while taking in the wintry landscapes. In the daytime, be treated to a sight of endless fields of unspoiled natural beauty. Come nightfall, admire constellations overhead. A delight for both mind and body, Kirin-no Yu in the neighbouring Hoshino resort is located just adjacent to the Mina Mina beach.

Aromatherapy is also offered, where essential oils extracted from Hokkaido vegetation are heated. Guests can enjoy wafts of fragrant natural oils for a soothing experience. Aroma profiles are refreshed monthly, making it both a surprise and a whole new experience every visit!

Double the fun with Club Med Sahoro Hokkaido

If you can’t get enough of Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, swing by Club Med Sahoro Hokkaido, located just 30 mins away. Tackle the advanced ski trails or simply relish in a more traditional Japanese experience.

Hokkaido has a plethora of sights and activities for visitors all year round, but winter is when the destination truly shines. With its unspoiled natural beauty and inexhaustible list of exciting winter activities, Hokkaido is the ultimate destination for a fun-filled winter vacation.

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So if you are looking for the best time to visit Hokkaido, why not now? Start planning your trip for an unforgettable winter vacation.

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New Resort: Club Med Ho Tram, the Undiscovered Jewel of Vietnam

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18th October 2017 – Club Med, the pioneer of the Premium All-Inclusive holiday concept, has announced plans to open Club Med Ho Tram, its first resort in Vietnam. Located in Vung Tau Province, in southern Vietnam, the premium resort is located near Ho Chi Minh City and is a 90 minute drive from Ho Chi Minh international airport. Guests will also have easy access to the new resort once the new and upcoming Long Thanh International Airport is completed. A premium holiday resort for families and other guests, Club Med Ho Tram is scheduled to open in 2021 and will offer guests an unprecedented cultural and natural experience.

Vietnam amazed us in many ways – the breath-taking natural beauty and unique heritage showcases the raw potential of the destination. We are excited to venture into a new market and introduce our expertise in creating amazing experiential holidays to the destination. With our partner, Dynasty Investments, we are confident to grow Club Med Ho Tram into the region’s premium holiday destination,” commented Mr Xavier Desaulles, CEO of Club Med East and South Asia Pacific.

Club Med Ho Tram – A Tropical Tranquil Retreat in Vietnam

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A haven for the senses, Club Med Ho Tram provides a sublime seascape for all guests with a gorgeous private beach tucked away from from the hustle-bustle of Ho Chi Minh City.

The 32 acre resort will offer guests an abundance of sea and land activities, including the Club Med signature Flying Trapeze. Activities designed to create fun and enriching experiences for children will be available at the Children’s Club, a signature feature of the Club Med holiday. Club Med Ho Tram will reflect Vietnam’s unique culture and cuisine, vibrant traditional colours, bustling lifestyle for guests to experience and will be the starting point to the discovery of the surrounding breath-taking landscapes, rich wildlife and brilliant heritage sites of Vietnam.

Keeping in line with Club Med’s sustainability and green initiatives, the resort will be built to the standards of the Green Globe certification. As an organisation that is devoted to the environment, Club Med has successfully undertaken a string of green initiatives this year, including ongoing efforts to preserve the natural conditions of resorts locations. All 8 resorts in Club Med East and South Asia Pacific have been awarded Green Globe certifications.

Guests will be able to enjoy:

✔️ 300 rooms across a wide range of categories for all types for travellers, from deluxe to suites;

✔️ Restaurants serving international cuisine or a la carte menus ;

✔️ Bars serving free flow of drinks and alcoholic beverages;

✔️ Children’s Club facilities and dedicated services for children – Baby, Petit & Mini Club;

✔️ MICE facilities for companies seeking an exceptional retreat for employees;

✔️ Over 30 activities within the resort, including the Must-try experiences, signature flying trapeze, archery, water sports, yoga and many more.

Partnership with Dynasty Investments

With a flair for leading the way in discovering and developing resorts in undiscovered idyllic locations across Asia, such as the recently announced Club Med Ceylon, the brand’s first resort in Sri Lanka and Club Med Lombok, the third resort in Indonesia, Club Med has proven to be a tour de force within the hospitality industry.

Club Med’s development plans go beyond East and South Asia Pacific. With the planned launch of the first two Club Med Joyview resorts in China (Club Med Joyview Golden Coast and Club Med Joyview Anji) as well as Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido in late 2017, Club Med is well on their way to carrying out an ambitious programme of expansion. This includes plans to open 15 new resorts worldwide over the next three years, and also includes the upgrading or extension of 9 existing resorts.

In Vietnam, Club Med is working in partnership with Dynasty Investments to focus on unique opportunities in Vietnam. This strategic partnership will not only create jobs for the local community and boost the local tourism industry, but also bring to light the hidden wonders of Vietnam.

Managing Partner of Dynasty Investments Group, Mr Olivier Do Ngoc commented, “We are thrilled to bring the Club Med brand to Vietnam and have no doubt that its world class unique all-inclusive hospitality concept combined to Vietnam’s natural beauty, rich history and culture will make this a one of kind tourism offering for both the domestic and international market.

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A Guide To Surfing In The Maldives By Eryn Krouse

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This article was reposted from Eryn Krouse(@erynkrouse). Read the original story here. Note: All images below are courtesy of Eryn Krouse and her photographer Trent Mitchell, and have been shared with permission.

A Guide To Surfing In The Maldives

Last August, I discovered a surfing paradise in the Indian Ocean, known as the Maldives. I had such an amazing time, that I spent the entire year daydreaming about returning, up until the day I finally found myself back again.  Thanks to Club Med, my boyfriend and I packed our bags in anticipation of scoring epic waves in an epic place…

For those who have never been to the Maldives, it can seem like a fantasy location, somewhere far away on the other side of the world. It’s certainly not an easy journey from Los Angeles; consisting of a 16 hour flight to Dubai, a 7 hour layover, a 4 hour flight to Malé, and then a boat ride to whichever atoll you’re resort is situated in. However, the journey is doable and highly recommended for those seeking the ultimate ocean paradise in an exotic destination.

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Guide to Surfing in the Maldives

The Maldives is a special place. Made up of more than 1000 islands, there are endless surf breaks to score long, perfect, head-high waves to your heart’s desire. On the rare chance that is is too flat to surf, the Maldives is home to incredible marine life, making free diving a favorable alternative.

The archipelago is made up of three main areas: Malé Atolls, Central Atolls, and South Atolls.

Club Med Kaniis located within the Malé Atolls, and there’s a helpful, on-site Excursions team that will take you (and your group) on a chartered motorboat to any surf or dive spot you wish to go to. All you need to do is set up a time and then meet your boat at the dock. Once on board, you can ask your driver to check a few spots before deciding where to surf. Most of the spots located in the Malé Atolls are very close to each other, so hopping from spot to spot is easy. Unfortunately, the Malé Atolls can be quite crowded, especially between May and August. However, with access to a boat and with some patience, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have a great surf session.

Surf Spots in the Malé Atolls

Chickens This wave is known to hold swell size from 3ft -10ft+ and provides for a long, left-hand wave with 2 sections where getting barreled is possible on the last section of the wave. When wind conditions line up perfectly with a big swell, this is a stellar wave for experienced surfers. However, the wave breaks near a wall of rocks that can look intimidating. I thought this spot was called Chickens because of a surfer’s reactions to the rocks, but it’s actually due to a nearby poultry farm on the island.

Cokes This is a hollow, right-handed wave recommended for experienced surfers when the swell is on the larger side. It breaks over a shallow reef and is known for its tubular waves. The wave’s name comes from a nearby Coca-Cola factory.

Guru’s This left-hand wave picks up plenty of swell and is a popular spot within locals because it is accessible from the shore. It is an easy ride recommended to all surf levels.

Honky’s This wave is a long, left-hand wave with two sections. If nearby Sultans is crowded, this spot can be a good alternative.

Jailbreaks This right-hand wave is located right across the national jail. It is known for being a fast wave with 3 tube sections.

Lohi’s A consistent left-hand wave with two sections, this is a goofy footer’s paradise. Named after the island resort Lohifushi, it is also considered to be a “private wave”, and those not staying at the resort may be discouraged to surf.

Ninjas A slow right-hander with both an outside and inside break, it is good for beginners and long-boarders. This spot doesn’t hold big swell and becomes too walled off. This spot is accessible from the Club Med Kani resort, though walking through the reef on low tide may cut up your feet. It’s not fun to walk to the spot, but it’s possible to surf it without a boat.

Sultans A quick right-hand wave that works better with bigger swell. It is one of the most consistent waves and there will always be something to surf.

… and after a long day of being out in the ocean, there is no better remedy for that surfed-out feeling than filling up a bath tub with warm water, soaking your tired body, and overlook the fish swimming below. Talk about a surfer’s paradise!

Surf photography by Trent Mitchell 


Interview: The Sporty Family Holiday Of Pip Edwards At Club Med Cancun

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In July, the P.E Nation Co-founder Pip Edwards (@pip_edwards1) ventured to Club Med Cancun with her family. We asked her some questions on how to have an active family trip to Cancun.

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

Why did you choose Club Med Cancun Yucatan for your holiday?

We spent time in LA either side of our week in Cancun so it was the perfect choice for a little downtime. It was very easy to get to and nothing beats the Caribbean blue waters of Cancun!

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What are your must-haves when travelling to an adventure-meets-relaxation location like Club Med Cancun Yucatan?

👟 Make sure you pack your training gear and trainers as there are soooooo many activities to tick off!!

😎 Sunglasses...

👒 Cap...

☀️ Sunscreen...

👙 Swimsuits...

🏃‍ And activewear are all must haves for a holiday like this.

What was your typical day in Club Med Cancun Yucatan?

Breakfast was always spent sizing up which activities to tackle for the day. Stand up paddle boarding, snorkelling, flying fox, pool basketball, ping pong and tennis were all regular favourites which kept our days very full. It's amazing how many activities you can jam into one day!!!

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What was your highlight from the trip?

Watching my son receive all of his Club Med Medals on awards night. He was so pumped and excited. It really made the holiday.

What did your son like the best about Club Med Cancun Yucatan?

EVERY SINGLE ACTIVITY!!! From tennis to snorkelling, basketball to tennis. He made a whole heap of new friends and was addicted to pool basketball. He never wanted to leave.

What is your top tip for enjoying a romantic getaway while also travelling with a child?

Go to Club Med because it's so focused on the kids and the staff are so incredible with them, that you can actually get some time off to enjoy one on one time with your partner!!!! Basically, everybody is happy !!!!!

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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!

7 Incredible Zen Pools

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Whether it is in the wild or next to the sea, there are so many ways to relax in a Zen Pool at Club Med! Exclusively for adults, our Zen Pools are designed for people looking for peace and well-being. Here is our selection of 7 incredible zen pools you'll want to dive in.

#1 Surrounded by palm trees in Bali, Indonesia

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Overlooking a lush field of palm trees, the design of this incredible Zen Pool of Club Med Bali is inspired by the local culture.

#2 Alongside turquoise lagoon in Punta Cana

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Located in the Dominican Republic, Club Med Punta Cana offers a brand new Zen Oasis Space for adults only. This luxurious Zen Pool is the perfect hideaway for peace, harmony and relaxation.

#3 Dedicated to peace in Phuket, Thailand

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Enhanced by lawn and teak, this Zen Pool in Club Med Phuket is dedicated to peace and relaxation.

#4 Natural Pool in Da Balaia, Portugal

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In Portugal, perched on a red clifftop in the south of the country, Club Med Da Balaia offers a Zen Natural Pool with pristine water naturally cleaned by plants.

#5 Into the wild in Cherating Beach

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Perched on the edge of Malaysia and in the middle of the jungle, the Zen Pool of Club Med Cherating Beach also offers an incredible view over the water.

#6 Revitalize with nature in Rio Das Pedras

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Beautifully located in the Mata Atlantica nature reserve, this Zen Pool of Club Med Rio Das Pedras in Brazil is between the forest and a fine sandy beach.

#7 Over water in Cancun Yucatan, Mexico

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Alongside the world's second largest coral reef, indulge in this brand new Zen Pool of the Jade 5 Trident Luxury Space. Between the Caribbean Sea and the lagoon, Club Med Cancun Yucatan offers a luxurious and exclusive retreat.

Plan your holiday to dive into all these incredible Zen Pools here.

New Resort: Club Med Ceylon will be Sri Lanka’s hidden gem

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31 August 2017 – With 17 per cent growth in Australians travelling to Sri Lanka*, Club Med, the pioneer of the Premium All-Inclusive holiday concept, has announced its plans to open Club Med Ceylon, its first resort in the tropical country. The all-inclusive resort will be located in Sri Lanka’s South West Province in the small town of Beruwela, only a 90 minute drive from Colombo International Airport, and is scheduled to open in August 2019. Positioned as a 4 Trident resort, Club Med Ceylon will offer Australian guests a slice of upscale refinement and active rejuvenation amidst its lush vegetation and sun-kissed beach.

We are very excited to venture into a new market with such potential – Sri Lanka is a beautiful and mystical country with rich history and culture. I am delighted to welcome Club Med Ceylon into the Club Med family. Together with our partner LOLC, we are very excited at the prospect of our resort in Sri Lanka growing into the region’s premium holiday destination in time to come,” commented Henri Giscard d’Estaing, President of Club Med.

The Deputy Chairman of LOLC, Ishara Nanayakkara said the historic venture would be a mutually-rewarding partnership that would add immense value to Sri Lanka tourism.

As a destination, Sri Lanka has a diverse culture offering spanning nature, culture, religion, adventure and eco-tourism, and we are confident that it will ascend in popularity and profitability to become one of Club Med’s premier properties,” he said.

Club Med Ceylon – a tropical jewel in Sri Lanka

Club Med Ceylon will aim to provide all Australian guests – from families to couples – an unprecedented wholesome Sri Lankan experience, complemented by the resort’s eco-chic and vivid aesthetic that will feature wide airy spaces. Keeping in line with Club Med’s sustainability and green initiatives, the resort will be built to the standards of the Green Globe certification. As an organisation devoted to green causes, Club Med has successfully undertaken a string of green initiatives this year, including its ongoing efforts to preserve the natural conditions of the beautiful locations its resorts are located in.

Club Med Ceylon will be tucked away from the hustle-bustle along the aptly named Golden Beach, a 1.5km-long pristine beach, sheltered by palm groves that spread along the direction of the ocean. The resort will offers guests a plethora of sea and land activities including the Club Med signature Flying Trapeze as well as tennis, football, archery and more. The resort will reflect Sri Lanka’s unique culture and cuisine, vibrant traditional colours, bustling lifestyle for guests to experience and will be the starting point for Australian guests to discover the surrounding breath-taking landscapes, rich wildlife and brilliant heritage sites of Sri Lanka.

Guests to the new eco-chic resort will enjoy:

✔️ 372 rooms across a wide range of categories for all types for travellers, from deluxe to suites

✔️ Restaurants serving gourmet international cuisine or a la carte menus

✔️ Bars serving a range of drinks and alcoholic beverages

✔️ Kid’s Club facilities and dedicated for services for children

✔️ MICE facilities for companies seeking a professional yet unconventional and exceptional retreat for their employees

✔️ Over 20 activities within the resort, including opportunities to discover the uniqueness of Club Med Ceylon

Partnership with Lanka Orix Leasing Company (LOLC)

Historically, Club Med has shown a flair for leading the way in discovering and developing resorts in undiscovered idyllic locations such as Cancun, Punta Cana and Phuket among many others. In Sri Lanka, Club Med is working in partnership with LOLC, Sri Lanka’s largest non-banking financial institution with a diverse portfolio that includes leisure, health care, plantations, agri-inputs, renewable energy, construction, manufacturing and trading. The strategic partnership will help promote tourism to the island while creating jobs to boost and grow local tourism industry.

Discover the other 70 Club Med resorts around the world here.

Zoe And Benji Marshall's Top Tips For A Couple Getaway In The Maldives

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Recently, rugby league legend Benji Marshall, and his wife Zoe Marshall (@zoebmarshall) escaped for a romantic getaway in the Maldives. Together, the couple discovered paradise at Club Med Kani and Club Med FinolhuWe asked Zoe some questions about her experience and her best tips for a seamless trip to the Maldives.

Note: All images below are courtesy of Benji and Zoe Marshall, and have been shared with permission.

Why did you choose Club Med Kani and Club Med Finolhu for your holiday?

Benji and I had never been on a Club Med Holiday, let alone to the Maldives, and it has been on my bucket list for years. I had seen friends and even celebrities have the most incredible time and I knew when we found some time off, it was the first place we wanted to go. Kani is all about the Club Med Culture and I wanted to experience that first hand. Finolhu is pure luxury and apart of Club Meds Exclusive range. I wanted to experience the difference between the two.

What are your must-haves when travelling to an island destination like Club Med Kani and Club Med Finolhu?

👙 A Bikini. You can pretty much make do with everything else but you need your Bikini!

📖 I also love a great book…

💑 Oh and my husband... He is a definite "Must have".

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What was your typical day in Club Med Kani? 

At Kani we woke up early each morning to catch the sunrise in our room- we ordered breakfast at 7:30am in the Villa and had a glorious time eating and watching the sea life pass our Villa. We then went down to the beach for a few hours, swam, read and would only realise it was lunch when our tummys started rumbling. We would feast at lunch and then head back to our room for a little nap before we would get ready for dinner. We would stop for cocktails and canapés at 7pm each night before our dinner booking.

What about Club Med Finolhu Villas?

In Finolhu the days are almost similar. Early start to catch the sunrise, breakfast in the room and then down to the main pool bar/lounge area. We would swim, paddle board in the ocean and read our books, we popped back to the room for lunch and swam in our own private pool overlooking the water for the rest of the afternoon. We did pop out for the most incredible crepes at the main pool at 4pm.

Dinner was in our room so we dined in our bathrobes, sun kissed and blissful.

What was your highlight from the trip?

I would say watching the sunrise every morning over the most exquisite backdrop your eyes have ever seen. It’s almost too much beauty to take in. Whether you are at Kani or Finolhu it's just as mesmerizing.

Your recommendation for a bucket list to tick off in the Maldives?

There is nowhere in the world like Finolhu. Benji and I have stayed at some of the most exquisite places in the world and Finohlu takes the cake.

Which resort would you recommend for a romantic getaway from the stress of city living?

I would say Finolhu as it's pure luxury but Kani meets your needs if you want romance-staying in the over water Villas are a great option to be away from families and partying.

What is your top tip for enjoying a romantic getaway?

Phones off! Be present with your loved one. These trips don’t come around that often. Soak it all in.

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Anything else you’d like to add?

Club Med looks after everything. There are no hidden costs so you feel free to indulge on your holiday. Life is expensive so I think it’s nice to feel looked after and that there's no terrifying bill when you check out.

Want to discover more? Jump on Zoe Marshall's blog to know more about Club Med Kani and Finolhu. ☀️