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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.

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!

Take a look at the renovated Club Med Alpe d'Huez

Are you ready for a brand new experience in the French Alps? From December 2019, ski in and ski out from the renovated Club Med Alpe D’huez - located in one of the largest ski areas in Europe.

The existing 3-Trident resort will upgrade to a 4-Trident resort with 442 brand new renovated rooms, re-designed common spaces, a new spa as well as Baby and Petit Club in addition to the existing Kids Clubs. 

You’ll also be able to enjoy more than 300 days of sunshine per year, uncover the beauty of the Isere region or go for a 16-kilometre-long black slope. And families and friends will love relaxing in the brand new pool area overlooking the mountains, pure snow holidays happiness!

Check out below a sneak peak of Club Med Alpe D’Huez renovations:

The new swimming pool with a modern and bright setting

The new swimming pool with a modern and bright setting

Renovated and super cosy salon lobby

Renovated and super cosy salon lobby

Freshly renovated room part of the 442 brand new rooms

Freshly renovated room part of the 442 brand new rooms

Lounge in the suite room

Lounge in the suite room

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

Top tips to make your home a little piece of paradise

Have you ever wondered how your interior affects your mind and your body? What feelings do you have while entering your home? Does your home inspire you to be relaxed or creative? Is it reflecting your personality and your passions?

Allow your surrounding to tell a story, and let a simple smell, sight, sound, or taste take you back to your happy place.

Be inspired by your recent Club Med holiday and start a mood board for your home!

Here are our top 5 tips to help you make your home feel like your little piece of paradise:

1. Collect unique local items during your trip

The object will not only be an additional styling piece for your home but also a combination of stories and emotions you felt while buying it. Meeting with local designers will also encourage you to deepen your knowledge about the culture of the country, the materials and the techniques used to create these unique items. Cheap in price but valuable in worth! Make sure you’re careful with non-treated wooden items which may not be allowed through Customs at the airport.

Our favourite spots to visit here:

Less than 1 hour drive from Club Med Bali

Carga – perfect shop for gifts/homewares, cushions and textiles that will please both adults and kids. The kids handmade toys and dolls are even more than beautiful, they also help to raise money for street-kids in Bali.

Bungalow Living Bali - Designed and produced in Bali, these homewares are mostly all handmade products, we can’t resist!

Less than 30min by speedboat and ferry from Club Med Kani and Finolhu Villas

Oevaali Art Shop – you will find painting inspired by Maldivian culture, as well as cushions and candles.

Less than 1 hour drive from Club Med Guilin

Morningsun Gallery - Get an authentic taste of Yangshuo and find art pieces representing nature using traditional calligraphy art.

Less than 1 hour drive from Club Med Cancun Yucatan

Ki Huic Market - Dive into Mayan culture and unearth colourful serape fabrics, hand-crafted gifts and other accessories for your home such as traditional blankets.

2. Indoor plants

Adding indoor plants to your home is a great way to inject a pop of colour and hint of exoticism, while also providing the best Instagram picture. Indoor plants also improve air quality in your home - according to the NASA’s Clean Air study, some plants have positive benefits on health by eliminating harmful toxins, such as the Chlorophytum comosum (the spider plant), the bamboo palm, the Ficus elastica and benjamina. Create your own nature therapy and get some inspiration from the plants below:

3. Add a touch of blue

Blue is a colour that reflects trust, freedom and calm - doesn’t this sound like the perfect feel for a home?

The possibilities are endless so add as much or as little as your please - a splash of blue on your pillow, carpet, painting or even alternate some of your curtains with blue hues like below for some sweet Mediterranean vibes.

4. Candles and lighting

Lighting can help transform your home from a stark space into a haven of tranquility and calming atmosphere. Simply light a few scented candles and place them around your home, or get creative with some of the below ideas:

Bring a touch of nature into your home by wrapping leaves or vines around the base of your candles (careful not to place them too close to the flame). Very fairy-chic! Another great idea is to place flowers and leaves in a bowl of water and float your candle on top.

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Wondering what to do with all these rocks your kids collected for you from the beach?

5. Do It Yourself

Feeling creative or looking for a rainy day activity with your children? Sourcing materials that inspire you while on holiday and creating your own personalised decorations at home is the best way to get your interior as unique as you are. Feel the texture, shape your object as you imagine it to be, create your own style and find how the small irregularities add charm. You will soon find you value this object much more than something you’ve purchased in a store, especially if you enlist the help of your little ones. Let your imagination run wild and create your own pillow cases, a tablecloth, a small statue, or art for our wall.

At Club Med, we believe that holidays are the best time to free your creativity and explore new sides of your right brain. Join us for an arts and crafts must-try activity in Bali, Phuket and Kabira and meet local artists who will share their knowledge and expertise to help you to create a unique piece that you’ll be able to bring home afterwards.

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Looking for the temples of fabric in the world? We’ve pulled some recommendations for you:

Less than 30min drive from Club Med Phuket

Ban Boran Textile - where you will find cotton textiles from Chiang Mai as well as fabrics sourced from Southeast Asia's tribal communities.

Thai Silk Collection - vendor of quality silk fabrics for homeware and also fashion, everything you need to create soft bed sheets, pillow covers and ultra-soft cushions.

Approx. 1 hour drive from Club Med Bali

Jalan Sulawesi - Denpasar’s textile heaven selling Balinese fabrics such as cotton, Batik, silk and even delicate lace fabric.

Wardani Textiles - this textile temple has more than thousands of fabrics to choose from amongst silk, cottons, linen  and some traditional fabrics such as ikat, sarongs and sashes.

6. Not going on holiday yet?

You can also use your own surroundings as inspiration for your interior. Here are some of our favourite New Zealand home designers:

https://sundayhomestore.co.nz/

https://folklorestore.co.nz/

https://annabelles.nz/

https://www.moodstore.co.nz/

Discover more about our Club Med offers to travel to these destinations 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.


NEW can't-be-missed experiences and events in Asia

Here we are again, nearing the end of another year when we begin to reminisce on the accomplishments, encounters, experiences, personal or professional developments, and choices we made for the year.

Have you started considering what memories you want to make in 2019? Make it the year for new discoveries, experiences, and destinations with Club Med - with something for everyone, you’re guaranteed a year to remember!

1. Club Med Bintan Island, Indonesia

📅 From 17 February to 15 March 2019

Our Club Med Body and Soul weeks are back! Join us for a wellness journey through a variety of activities and culinary discoveries to revitalise your mind, body and soul. Learn healthy cooking tips to bring back home, new and fun ways to get your body moving, and tap into your inner Yogi at Club Med Bintan Island.

📅 From 7 to 9 June 2019

The Bintan Triathlon will take place in the tropics for a weekend combining challenge, sports and fun.

📅 All year-long

Experience unique island activities such as yoga by the beach or NEW aerial yoga, stand-up paddle boarding, or practice your swing on the most beautiful golf course in Asia. Discover the beauty of nature with the hatch and release of baby turtles, equal parts educational and adorable!

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2. Club Med Bali, Indonesia


📅 From 25 November to 14 December 2018 & 8 to 25 October 2019

Discover the soul of Bali through the NEW Eat, Play, Renew weeks including traditional and international culinary delights, Balinese dancing, cooking and painting classes, as well as time to relax and rejuvenate in paradise.


📅 All year-long

  • Who doesn’t love massages? Learn the skills to deliver the best in the business with a Balinese Massage Masterclass

  • Bali is renowned for it’s fabulous surfing spots, beginner or expert, there is space for everyone!

  • Meet Balinese locals to share a creative moment in the new Arts and Crafts studio. Learn how to craft traditional sculptures and contribute to supporting local Balinese associations.

  • Take a seat and enjoy a traditional dance show every Wednesday

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3. Club Med Phuket, Thailand

📅 From 13 to 17 February 2019

Discover The Bay Regatta, one of the worlds’s most unique sailing race courses, with spectacular scenery and a night full of celebrations

📅 From 21 to 23 February 2019

The Phuket Old Town Festival is the most cherished festival in Thailand. Light shows, parades, Chinese folk dancing troupes performing and free boat rides…entertainment galore!

📅 February 2019

The Wat Chalong Fair is returning next year to welcome visitors during 6 days filled with fun and festivities in Phuket’s most well-known temple

📅 All year-long

  • Get your heart pumping and learn new skills in the open-air thai boxing class, for beginners to experts and all ages invited

  • Become your own Master Chef and learn how to make the delicious Thai flavours that tantalize your taste buds with a Thai Cooking Class

  • Enjoy an evening performance made of lights, dance, food and animations.

4. Club Med Cherating Beach, Malaysia


📅 From 4 to 24 May 2019

Introduced for the first time at Club Med Cherating Beach, the Into The Wild Challenge helps you discover the hidden Jungle gems of Malaysia - fun for the whole family to enjoy.

📅 All year-long

Seeking thrilling activities? See the Malaysian jungle from the air with a tree top course or a rock-climbing adventure on the side of the beach.

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  • Nature lovers will be spoiled with the huge biodiversity existing in the jungle of Malaysia. With your family or your friends, join our Green G.O. during an educational and fun eco trek.

  • Jump on a riverboat through the mangroves and learn more about the beautiful flora and fauna including the colourful butterflies that live in the region.

  • Visit the turtle sanctuary and discover how we contribute to the protection of the endangered turtles

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Discover more on our website how you can make 2019 count.

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:

Competition: Moving #ForwardTogether for a more sustainable future

Do you have a great idea that can help us to spread happiness in a sustainable way?

For over 60 years, we've been committed to caring for our guests, environment, and communities around the world, and have implemented many ongoing sustainability initiatives in our resorts.

If you’ve recently travelled to one of the Club Med resorts in Asia, you probably found something missing in your cocktail… 🍸 Taste? Of course not, but a plastic straw! We’ve already removed them from our Asian resorts and aim to do the same in all 68 resorts worldwide by 2019!

We are super proud of our most recent actions and know there is even more we can do in our resorts to ensure we’re spreading happiness in a responsible and sustainable way and want YOU to help us move #ForwardTogether!

Thank you for submitting all your ideas!

The competition is now close, stay tuned for the winner!

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Pioneer in eco-construction:

We pay close attention to integrating our resorts harmoniously with their natural surroundings. In all Club Med resorts, the built-up surface only covers 7% of the total site surface. Club Med Finolhu Villas has over 6,000sqm of solar panels which provide solar energy to our resort in the Maldives.

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Eradicating single-use plastic:

Removing plastic straws from our resorts in Asia has been a huge success – we’ve already seen a decrease of 1,000 straws per day in Club Med Phuket! We are now working to eradicate all single-use plastic items from our resorts globally.

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Green Globe Certified:

74% of our resorts have achieved '“Green Globe Certification”, the highest and most thoroughly tested standard of responsible tourism. Our objective is to reach 100% certification across all resorts!

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Cleanup Days:

All year-round, our resorts gather their staff, guests, and local communities to clean the beaches of plastic and all other types of garbage or waste.

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Preserving biodiversity:

Protecting the biodiversity of our natural surroundings is a big focus for us. In the Maldives, we’ve created artificial reefs and fish refuges – giving our fish friends new homes – and at Club Med Bintan Island, our turtle nursery helps protect endangered turtle species.

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Reducing food wastage:

On average, only 100g of food is wasted per person, per meal – about the size of a kiwi fruit! We’ve also introduced a new innovative technology, Winnow, to help reduce food wastage even further – we’ve seen a 60% reduction at Club Med Bali already!

Read more about our environmental actions on Club Med Website here.

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Sourcing food from local farmers:

We know that food and culinary discoveries are a big part in the holiday experience and we aim to deliver the best to our guests. By supporting our local farmers, we can offer our guests fresh in-season, organic and pesticide-free products.

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Eco-activities to educate guests:

The reef underwater trail in Kani, the release program for the baby turtles in Bintan Island and ecological walks in Cherating Beach are a few examples of activities that enable guests to go home with a mind full of memories and knowledge, while giving back to their amazing environments.

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Fun and informative activities for children:

Children will learn about food growth and consumption in our dedicated pedagogical gardens and will be able to discover the local culture through cooking classes, painting workshops and excursions. We also regularly invite local children into our resorts to play sports and participate in our activities.

Read more about our sustainable actions on Club Med Website here.

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Partnership with NGOs:

For 10 years, we’ve been partnered with an NGO, Agrisud, to train farmers on food standards which they are now supplying to our resorts globally. We’ve also partnered with over 400 ecological farms worldwide in order to reduce our carbon footprint and deliver fresh products every day.

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Workplace equity and diversity:

  • Over 110 nationalities are represented in our resorts and offices worldwide

  • 75% of our jobs are created locally

  • Every year, more than 2,000 voluntary G.O.s take action to educate local communities on recycling, equality, and to bring them joy through entertainment and games



Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Club Med Foundation:

Supporting local charitable projects in childhood, education, integration through sports and sustainable development since 1978.

Read more about our social actions on Club Med Website here.

Competition Terms & Conditions:

Competition period: 27 September, 2018 - 8 November, 2018. Open to Australia and New Zealand residents only. The winner will be selected by the ESAP Sustainability Expert, ESAP Operations Manager, and Marketing Manager of Club Med Pacific region. The winning idea will be implemented into a Club Med resort in Asia. The prize is valid for 7 nights stay for 2 adults in a Club (Superior) Room at the resort of implantation. The prize holiday will be booked within 1 month before departure for high season and 3 months before departure for low season. Blackouts over peak travel periods apply, including but not limited to Christmas and New Year, school holidays, Chinese New Year and Golden Week, and other peak travel periods. Prize does not include: flights, transfers, local expenses, tours, exclusive honeymoon package, spa treatments, and all other activities that are available at extra cost. Prize is not redeemable for cash and not transferable. For other terms and conditions please contact Club Med.

5 minutes with Rachael, Club Med AU & NZ New General Manager

We have been thrilled to welcome Rachael Harding to our Club Med family as the new General Manager of Australia & New Zealand! Armed with 20 years in the industry, the title of 2018 Sales Woman of the Year, a passion for travel, and love for the brand – we’re excited to be joined by such a talented and inspiring woman.

Discover our 5 minutes with Rachael to get to know her more personally:

1. How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

❤️ Passionate

😊 Loyal

💪 Tenacious


2. What’s your motto?

If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.

3. The person who inspire you the most?

My mum! Despite life throwing a lot of curve balls, she continues to inspire everyone in her way.

4. What are you the most proud of?

I recently completed my first half marathon, I just wish I started running earlier in life!

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5. How do you find the balance between your busy professional life and your personal one?

I have to admit, I don’t do this well. If I find a focus (this year 1/2 marathon) and have to train toward a goal that takes care of me physically and I try and be present at home and always have a holiday to look forward to with the family for good quality time.

6. What has been your favourite family vacation?

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Definitely – Club Med Kani. 

Amazing island and activity options to make it an individual holiday for all of us to recharge and allowing us to have true quality family time. 

7. You travelled to 93 countries, which one impacted you the most and why?

Most recently, Jordan!

The juxtaposition of deep beauty, history, jaw dropping ancient ruins and the current political and social crisis, this country is fascinating!

8. If you would have a superpower, what would it be and why?

The ability to stay awake 24/7 so I could get everything done!


9. Finally, what excites you the most about being part of Club Med Australia and New Zealand?

I am truly excited to be a part of this iconic and innovative brand who pioneer amazing work across the globe – both in offering unique all-inclusive holidays, and in their pursuit of global environmental sustainability and social responsibility. We have an amazing team in Australia & NZ who works tirelessly to create seamless experiences for our trade partners and guests and I feel energised to be working alongside them.

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Want to discover more about Club Med? Head to our website www.clubmed.co.nz


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

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

1. What attracted you to a holiday in Mauritius?

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

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

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

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

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

Tropical 🌴  |   Restorative 🔋  |   Fun 😂

4. Describe your typical day at the resort:

🌞 6:30am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


9. What was the highlight of your trip?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Uncover the hidden gems of Japan

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From the Northernmost part to the far South, discover a different side of Japan with these two hidden gems. Consistently highlighted as the top must-see places to discover in Japan, travellers will be in awe of the stunning mountainscapes of Hokkaido and the incredible culture of Okinawa.

The perfect hidden getaway on the island of longevity

Club Med Kabira Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan

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Where is it? Part of the Okinawa region, Ishigaki is located in the far South of Japan in the East China Sea, not far from Taiwan.

Why go there? TripAdvisor elected the island of Ishigaki as the No.1 spot in the list of destinations on the rise for 2018. With incredible Okinawan culture, traditional sanshin music, crystal-clear water and stunning white sand beaches, it is the perfect place to explore! Discover the secret to longevity of the Okinawans, the longest living people on earth, and dive into this world-class protected Marine Park.

Why will you love it? Escaping to this untouched Japanese island gem will inspire the whole family. Between many options for water activities, healthy Okinawan cuisine, and fun Kids Clubs for children aged 2 years to 17 years – you’ll return home feeling renewed.

How to get there? Fly to Tokyo, catch a 2.5 hours connecting flight to Ishigaki Airport and arrive at destination with a Club Med transfer.

“I can’t believe just how gorgeous it is and the water is so, so clear and perfect temperature!!” @MumPackTravel

A stunning summer escape in the Japanese mountains

Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, Japan

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Where is it? Located in the Northernmost of Japan’s main islands, the Hokkaido region is known for its delicious gastronomy, unique countryside landscapes and nature adventures!

Why go there? Fresh flowers, pure air and incredible mountainscapes – the Hokkaido region truly shines in summer with the mildest climate of all of Japan. The flower fields themselves are truly impressive with lavender, poppies and more (usually blossoming in July).

Why will you love it? Sprawled across 358 acres around Tomamu Mount, there is boundless space for you to explore. Fresh seafood, premium Wagyu beef, and award-winning locally brewed spirits make this more than a destination, but a culinary journey to enjoy. From breath-taking mountain views from the Unkai Terrace to nature hiking and horseback riding, and to riding Japan’s largest indoor wave pool at nearby Hoshino Resort, you’ll experience summer excitement at its best in Japan’s Hokkaido region!

How to get there? Fly to Tokyo, catch a 2 hour connecting flight to Chitose Airport or Obihiro Airport and arrive at destination with a Club Med transfer.

Discover soon the summer extraordinaire event at Club Med Tomamu from 6-27 September 2019! More information to come on clubmed.com.nz

The Tribe in Paradise series, Part 3: Three Generations Reunite in Phuket

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The Brown family from Melbourne had the time of their lives in Club Med Phuket, Thailand with days packed with activities, discoveries and even a sports tournament for all 18 family members! While the kids loved competitive sports, the adults enjoyed spending well-deserved carefree time together. The family also has a love for dancing and made the most of the lively evenings on the dancefloor.

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

We have been to other Club Meds previously and loved the resort locations, facilities and activities and felt that the weather in February was perfect for Phuket.

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2. Who did you travel with during your stay?

My husband and 3 children, my husband’s 3 siblings and their families, and my mother- in- law.

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3. What was your typical day in the resort?

I started with the early group walk, met my family for breakfast then joined the Zumba and Pool Aerobics, often joined by other members of my family. After lunch I would relax by the pool. My husband and children loved the competitive sports and competitions. After dinner, we enjoyed the evening entertainment and of course the crazy signs and dancing each night. We also had our own table tennis tournament with all 18 family members. For a large family group of 3 generations, there was something for everyone and so many ways for us all to enjoy being together.

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4. What was your highlight from the trip?

I loved the dancing each night and seeing our family member enjoying their time together

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

The weather is consistently warm, the beaches stunning and the people so friendly.

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

The GO’s were amazing and really enhanced our experience. The central focal point of the pool, fun activity area and restaurant meant there was always a place to go to meet others and have fun.  The quality and variety of cuisines was a delight. The beautiful beach and the town are at your doorstep if you choose to explore It is perfectly located.

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

Participate in the activities offered – the GO’s are great and make the holiday much more fun

8. What were your favourite activities for a perfect family holiday in Club Med Phuket?

Zumba, Table tennis competition, pool aerobics and pool games

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

A good camera to capture all the fun memories 🎥

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10. Which Club Med are you going to next or would you like to try next?

Finding a future date and coordinating all the family is a big challenge but maybe Mauritius would be exciting.

Answers by Nicole Brown from Melbourne, thanks for your participation!

Planning on your next holiday? Discover more about Club Med Phuket here.

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

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

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

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

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

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2. Who did you travel with during your stay?

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

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3. What was your typical day in the resort?

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

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4. What was your highlight from the trip?

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

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

🌴 Beautiful spacious grounds

🌞 Gorgeous weather

😊 Lovely people

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

The food and the friendliness of the GO team.

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

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

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

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

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

Yoga pants, bathers and something white for White Night.

10. Which Club Med are you going to next?

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

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

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

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

Life in Snowy Hokkaido: Singaporean Mama Merlin Chelliah

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Home away from home in Hokkaido, we hear about this mama’s love for Japan’s beautiful food, people and four seasons

Merlin Chelliah, GM of Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido is a Singaporean mama to 6-year-old Noah. She lives with her son and husband in Hokkaido. We catch up with Merlin to hear about life in the snow and how she juggles motherhood and her career as a woman in authority.

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Can you tell us a little about yourself, your career and your family?

I currently serve as General Manager at Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, managing the resort and its 341 rooms, sprawled across 145 hectares of land on Tomamu Mountain. Apart from overseeing the day to day operations of the resort, I’m often seen cooking curries from Singapore and Sri Lanka, preparing Dorayaki on Japanese-themed days, and even hosting and dancing on stage for guests’ nightly entertainment. I have a total of 26 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. Prior to my stint at Club Med (where I’ve worked for the last 15 years), I was with Westin Singapore as Guest Relations Manager and worked my way up from my first job as luggage coordinator, to concierge, then Resident Manager in Westin Stamford Crest.

What brought you to Hokkaido? How long have you been living overseas?

Having the opportunity to manage the second Club Med in Japan was truly a dream come true for me. First of all, I love the country, the culture and the people; and to top it all off, it presented me with the biggest move in my career to date – how could I say no?! I’ve been away for 15 years now, and have travelled to more than 11 countries around the world since.

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What do you like best about living in Hokkaido/Japan?

It’s difficult to pin down any one reason! The food is amazing – the freshness and complexity of flavours is unmatched anywhere else. The culture is also incredible – everywhere you go, people are friendly, polite and considerate. I’m also a big fan of the vast natural landscapes that Hokkaido has to offer.

Did you give birth to your child in Japan?

I actually gave birth to Noah in Singapore, which was great because I got to be surrounded by my family and close friends, who were my pillars of strength throughout the entire experience.

Can you talk us through your career pre- and post-baby?

The biggest difference for me was the change in my management style. Post-baby, I was more heedful, more gentle in my mannerisms, less directive and more motivational in the way I led my teams.

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How have you found holding a position of authority as a woman in general, but also in relation to being in Japan?

It’s natural that some people might still hold on to preconceived gender stereotypes (plus I’m quite petite in size, so it doesn’t help), but as long as you keep a positive mindset and focus on delivering your best work, your guests won’t see gender come to play, but they will see the effort that goes into making their holiday experience as wonderful as it is.

Just remember to never take any negative comments personally, but as an opportunity to grow and better yourself.

Any tips on balancing the juggling act as a mum and in a career?

At first it did take a bit of adjusting, but I think it’s about prioritising your responsibilities. As much as I love the work I do, my family is incredibly important to me, and I would never compromise spending time with them. I’ve also learnt that it’s not just about the quantity of time, but the quality of time you spend with them. So even if it’s small things, like reading with Noah, or just talking to him about his day, it really makes a difference because he knows I’m not just physically present, but that I’m emotionally there for him as well, even when the days get busy.

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What are your favourite places in Hokkaido that you would recommend to parents traveling with kids?

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    1. Asahiyama Zoo

    2. Bear Mountain

    3. Horse-back Riding

    4. Hokkaido Farm Activities

    5. Shintoku Soba Hall – a wonderful restaurant that allows guests to try their hand at making authentic soba noodles using locally-produced soba flour from Shintoku – and they get to enjoy it right after with the help of professional chefs!

But many of these can be done as excursions with Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, so maybe Club Med should be number one!

What do you find is the hardest part of being a mother living in a foreign country?

Parenting away from home can sometimes be a challenge, as you’re constantly having to adapt to changing variables, like different lifestyles, environments and cultures – and of course, living in Japan, language differences can also be a barrier at times. But I always try to keep a positive mindset, find a routine that works best for my family and just try to ensure an easy transition for us all.

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What is your favourite holiday destination as a family?

A couple of destinations immediately come to mind – the first is of course, Singapore, because home is where the heart is. The second is Kani, Maldives – a perfect amalgamation of rustic and modern lifestyles that offers peace and serenity unmatched anywhere else.

What languages does your son speak? How have you managed to raise a multilingual child – any tips for other parents?

Noah can speak English, Japanese and French. My advice would be to not force your children to learn something they don’t want to, because if the interest isn’t there, it’s truly an uphill battle. Help them find something they’re genuinely interested in, help nurture that passion, and fluency and proficiency will come naturally after.

What mementos/local goodies do you always bring back from Singapore when you visit?

Laksa sauce kits, frozen Prata and Chicken Rice paste!

What’s the one thing you would miss about Hokkaido if you moved away?

The people, the food and the beautiful four seasons – without a doubt.

nteresting in hearing more? Discover more information about Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, Japan here.

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What’s New in Club Med Kani, Maldives

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Surrounded by crystal clear water, white sandy beaches, lively marine life and endless sunshine – there’s no wonder the Maldives gets compared to heaven on earth! With new additions to Club Med Kani this season, there’s even more reasons to tick this tropical lagoon resort off your bucket list.

Discover our new surf package and incredible Diving Centre, perfect for thrill lovers, and the new fun-filled Happy Kids’ Corner, perfect for the little ones!

Surf one of the best surf spots in the world

Did you know Club Med Kani is located just minutes from one of best surf spots in the world? Imaging waking up to a turquoise paradise, grabbing your board and heading for epic surf on world-class waves… Welcome to the perfect Maldives surf holiday!

With the surfing season starting end of May and finishing end of October, there’s plenty of time to get lots of waves - the biggest waves are between July and August, so thrill-seekers are advised to head for those months. Beginner? No worries! Surf lessons are available right from Club Med Kani for all levels, with English-speaking and professional instructors, in group or in private. Already surfing? No worries, you can pre-book (online or in-resort) an outing package with a boat taking you from Club Med Kani to the best waves around.  Not finding your perfect fit? Contact us directly on 1800 258 263 to personalise your Maldives surf package!

Need more information? Read all about our Maldives Surf Package right here.

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Little ones, explore new horizons from the new Happy Kids Corner

The kids can have just as much fun in the Maldives with Club Med Kani’s newest Happy Kids Corner – a wide indoor and outdoor playground making it the perfect wonderland for the little ones. With four themed rooms and different experiences for children aged 4 to 10 years old – the youngsters can enjoy immersive learning experiences about the surrounding marine life, develop their artistic side, participate in musical and theatrical workshops, or just play various games through active, collaborative, and hi-tech experiences. All of this with dedicated G.Os by their sides every step of the way!

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Discover more about family holidays and kids clubs here.

Enjoy the new diving centre - a gateway to the unforgettable wonders of the sea

Going to the Maldives without diving would be like going to the movies and not ordering popcorn! Now with the newly open overwater Diving Centre at Club Med Kani, both first-timers and diving veterans can enjoy an unforgettable dive of underwater wonders in the safest environment with certified, highly-trained instructors.  Fully equipped with guest showers and bathroom facilities, the diving centre is a hassle-free and comfortable way to learn a new skill in paradise!

Beyond the welcome area, you can discover the learning centre dedicated to marine life exploration and scuba diving activities. Each classroom provides a panoramic view of the lagoon, inviting you to take a plunge into the waters to witness the vibrant and elaborate marine life of the Maldives.

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Keen to explore more of the underwater worlds and surfing wonder of the Maldives? Discover more from Club Med Kani.

#5MinutesWith…Maddy & Laura from the Club Med Australia office

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The 8th March is a big day for women all around the world, it's International Women's Day!  This date commemorates the movement for women's rights and is also used to highlight acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in history. Its also the perfect opportunity to showcase some of the incredible women in our own lives!

At Club Med, we're surrounded by countless amazing women with female Chief of Villages running our resorts around the world, G.Os teaching and running sports and activities and taking care of our little ones, and our office G.Es which help deliver all the amazing Club Med news to you! For this special day, we sat down with two extraordinary female managers in the Club Med Australia office to learn more about their career, history with Club Med and beyond! Meet Maddy, our General Manager and Laura, our Finance Manger...

Madeleine Clow-Suares

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General Manager, Australia & New Zealand

Nationality: British

Qualifications & professional career: Leisure and Tourism Management Degree

What's your history & current role at Club Med? I worked for Disney, Forte Hotel Group, Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle), Vodafone, and now Club Med as General Manager Australia and New Zealand.

Why did you decide to work for Club Med? They were the creators of packaged holidays.

What is your favourite thing about Club Med and why? Its values: Multicultural and Kindness are my favourite.  Plus, there are no glass ceilings for woman and its a company which truly invest in it's employees.

Would you encourage other women to explore career opportunities with Club Med within Australia and the resorts? If so, why & what advice would you share? Yes totally.  Travel is a very feminine market and we will always need female insight.  Plus, as a company, we are used to not having fixed office hours and believe in flexible working conditions  like non-restrictive hours and working from anywhere in the world.. these things help when we have a family!

Whats your personal motto? Work like you don’t need money, love like you have never been hurt and dance like nobody is watching!

Anything else to share? Yes  - woman often feel they have to know 70% of a role before applying for a position, for men it is just 30%!  This often comes down to a hardworking ethic, level of confidence and honest approach.  For me, this just goes to show how much this world needs more woman to be present and at every level.

Laura Barioz

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Finance Manager, Australia & New Zealand

Nationality: French

Qualifications & professional career: French Business School Masters Degree.

What is your history & current role at Club Med? I started my career at Club Med as an intern 6 years ago in Paris office, and was hired afterwards on a permanent position in the internal audit team. Two years later, I have had the opportunity to come downunder as Finance Manager for the Pacific, and I did not hesitate one second!

Why did you decide to work for Club Med? I enjoyed a few Club Med holidays as a kid. So, when I started to look for opportunities in the tourism industry, I was so impressed to see the evolution of the brand and the shift of strategy, that I wanted to be part of the adventure.

What is your favourite thing about Club Med and why? It is hard to pick only one! The diversity. From resorts to offices worldwide you get to meet so many different cultures, profiles, experiences... it is fascinating.

Would you encourage other women to explore career opportunities with Club Med within Australia and the resorts? If so, why & what advice would you share? Of course! The team is kind, fun and talented. It does not matter if you are a man or a woman or where you come from, everyone is welcome to bring new ideas and take initiative. It makes it such a great environment to work and learn. Club Med invests in employee’s development and offers great opportunities all over the world!

Whats your personal motto? Life is short and the world is wide.

Top Snow Resorts to get you Pumped for the Games...No Matter your Ability

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An opportunity to gather nationalities, live the spirit of sport and follow incredible extreme sports achieved by high-level athletes...who doesn't love the Winter Games?! This year, the 2018 Winter Games kicked off on 9th February and will run up until 25th February, 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea, serving up a healthy dose of adrenaline to the athletes, and motivation for viewers to dust off the old skis or learn the skill of snow sports. Whether you're a just starting out or consider yourself a 'pro', Club Med has pulled together a list of the best ski resorts to get you snow-loving like an athlete.

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Just starting out and still a little shaky? With fluffy powder snow, runs for all ability and world-class instructors, Japan is for you!

Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido

Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, the trendiest new ski resort where you can experience the incredible mountains of the Hokkaido region, offers access to over 145 hectares of snow to explore. Perfect for all abilities and ages with ski lessons liked to the Kids Club, there's truly something for everyone on and off the slopes. Ski made easy thanks to free ski lift pass, small group lesson included for all levels with English-speaking and professional ski instructors, plus an indoor wave pool just 2 minutes from the resort - Club Med Tomamu is a winter wonderland!

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Club Med Sahoro

Don't forget the sensational Club Med Sahoro, awarded as one of the best travel destinations in Asia, Hokkaido promises a fun-filled family experience! This is the perfect setting for family snow holidays and to discover a little-known area of this fascinating country. Enjoy hassle-free skiing on powder snow without the crowds in a peaceful setting, perfect for beginners! Free ski lift pass for Sahoro domain is also included with ski lesson, ski from 4 years old and snow from 8 years old.

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Intermediate skiers

Club Med Grand Massif

Club Med Grand Massif located in the French Alps, is one of Club Med's new ski resorts opened in December 2017. This resort is the perfect destination to soak up the 360 view of the valley designed to blend in with the mountain top. You can also ski between two domains, among pine trees on the Massif side or with open views of Mont Blanc on the Flaine side. What could be better than skiing with a view? Slide non stop on the 14 kilometre long slope taking you from the mountain top to the Valley of Giffre. Combine there, amazing skiing experience and amazing views!

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Advanced skiers

Club Med Arcs Extreme (for adults-only)

Arcs Extreme located in the French Alps, is the only Club Med snow resort dedicated only to adults. For the very best in winter sports and festive fun, Club Med Arcs Extrême is the place to be! A ski-in-ski-out resort with more than 200kms of slopes available and at 2000 metres altitude, it's the ideal resort for those looking for the ultimate thrill!

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Club Med Val Thorens Sensations

Club Med Val Thorens Sensations, located in the ski station voted best in the world, offers ski-in-ski-out access to the 3 Vallees domain. Perfect for expert skier with the largest and possibly best ski areas on earth! Moreover, the resort stands at an altitude of 2,300 metres which guarantees snow until April.

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Ready to hit the slopes? Learn more about Club Med's 20+ snow resorts here!

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Club Med Accelerates International Ski Expansion

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For over 60 years, Club Med has committed to firmly positioning the brand as leaders in the ski tourism industry by offering easy, relaxing and all-inclusive holidays in the world’s best ski domains. Since the first ski resort opening in 1956, Club Med has expanded its reach across Europe and Asia to now being the world’s largest ski resort operator with over 20 ski resorts, from the soaring peaks of Mont-Blanc in the French Alps, to the powder perfect slopes of Hokkaido Japan, but their plans don’t stop there.

Club Med has proudly announced its international development strategy with the ambition to open three to five resorts per year globally by 2020. This will include one ski resort opening per year and will also be coupled with regular upgrades of key existing resorts.

Locally, Club Med is aiming to grow the Australian and New Zealand markets by 50 per cent over the next three years. Madeleine Clow-Suares, General Manager, Club Med Australia and New Zealand says, “these are ambitious targets which come in response to the strong appetite of Australians for the relaxing, active, social and carefree holidays Club Med offers. We have a lot of exciting activity planned moving towards 2020 to help meet these goals.”

“Our ski resorts are located in the most sought-after ski domains in France, Italy, Switzerland, Japan and China currently. We’re continually wanting to surprise our guests with new destinations, starting with our recent openings of exceptional new resorts: Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido in Japan, and Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon, in the French Alps,” says Madeleine Clow-Suares.

Future ski resort projects include the opening of Les Arcs Panorama, France, in December 2018 – a modern retreat immersed in the forest, at the doorstep of high-altitude mountains, boasting stunning views throughout, kids clubs for all ages, a very comprehensive wellbeing offer and luxury 5-Trident spaces within. Club Med Sahoro, Japan, will be renovated by November 2018 including updates to the rooms, bar and reception areas as well as a renovation of the main restaurant.

Discussions are also progressing for new openings in Tignes, France, Valloire, La Rosière and San Sicario in the Franco-Italian domain Vialattea and Saint-Gervais, Montgenèvre, France. Furthermore, Club Med will settle its first resort in Canada, in Charlevoix’s Massif (Quebec) and continues discussion on projects in China and South Korea.

The development of these properties will continue to reinforce Club Med’s major role in the ski industry internationally of facilitating and developing important tourism within these areas for years to come.

“These additional development projects will offer more exciting opportunities for families, groups and couples when travelling to snow destinations with Club Med. Our outstanding ski concept and signature snow services gives guests more time to spend on the slopes, from getting you to the resort, to having your lift pass ready, your lessons booked and your kids well looked-after, we take the hassle out of organising a ski holiday,” says Madeleine Clow-Suares.

Club Med’s Easy Arrivals service ensures everything is ready for guests before they arrive, including equipment hire fitted and ready in your locker, registration of children to Kids Clubs and allow pre-booking of experiences for the whole family. Ski lift passes are also pre-arranged and included within Club Med’s all-inclusive package so there’s no delay getting to the mountain.

The ski-in, ski-out design of most resorts gives direct access to the slopes for added convenience, maximising time spent skiing. Once on the slopes, there are over 19 levels of ski/snowboard lessons that are available with English speaking instructors also included within Club Med’s ski packages, perfect for first-timers, families or expert skiers alike. Amazing après ski activities and unique cultural experiences are also made available by Club Med, some as part of the premium all-inclusive offering, others arranged upon request, allowing guests to immerse themselves within the destination they visit.

“We start with a true all-inclusive concept making for a hassle-free holiday, polished with exceptional services for skiers and for little ones by our warm GOs, local, active, relaxing or gastronomic experiences and a generous mix of fun. We even include peace of mind with our travel insurance. All you have to think about is relaxing, enjoying and creating new memories with family and friends. We want to make your dream holiday a reality which is why we offer something for everyone at our ski resorts,” says Clow-Suares.

Since the company’s take over by Chinese conglomerate, Fosun, in 2015, Club Med has seen record growth and profitability, more specifically 6.6 per cent increase year on year in customers. This is a result of the successful strategy implemented with Fosun’s support — going local and focusing on digital.

NEW Club Med Ski Resorts

Club Med continues to reinforce its unique position as a world leader in premium all-inclusive snow holidays with the recent opening of its two newest snow resorts in December 2017 - Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, Japan and Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon, France. These premium resorts offer modern design and authentic cultural ties for Australian skiers looking for the ultimate winter destinations with amazing experiences, made easy.

Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido offers an upscale ski experience on powder snow, bringing to life modern Japanese culture. Designed by Jean-Philippe Nuel, the chic, modern aesthetic is reflective of the resorts picturesque surrounds, bringing the beauty of Japanese nature into the resort.

Located in Hokkaido, Japan’s most Northerly Island, the area is famous for its untouched nature and preserved wildlife with four distinctive seasons. The island is home to beautiful national parks, lakes, and hot springs. In the winter, due to its unique location, Hokkaido provides plenty of perfect powder snow, the ideal ski conditions for those of all ability.

At the resort, sumptuous breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in the main restaurant, the Itara, featuring Japanese and international cuisine included within Club Med’s all-inclusive package. From the resort, guests can explore the local ice village or Mina Mina beach, the largest indoor wave pool in Japan, in addition to a wide selection of snow activities. With 29 ski slopes to explore, a variety of après ski activities and children’s facilities available (kids clubs from 2 to 17 years old), Club Med Tomamu is the perfect destination for a family ski holiday.

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Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon is the new mountain flagship of Club Med in France offering 360 views on the impressive French Alps and exceptional skiing for all ages, all accessible within 1h30 from Geneva International airport.

Set within a preserved natural site in the heart of Grand Massif ski domain, the resort boasts an exceptional 360° panorama across the valley of Samoëns-Morillon. Most impressive of all, guests can ski from the resort’s gently sloping rooftop directly onto the snow. With this impressive ski-in, ski-out access to 265km of slopes both high alpine and pine tree forest terrain, this truly is a snow paradise.

Guests can dine in ski gondolas within the resort, enjoy relaxing modern baths within their room, or swim among the mountains at the heated pool, all with cliff-top views.

The resort also offers a wide range of activities including sports, well-being, culture and gourmet French Savoy dining as well as a comprehensive range of Kids Clubs, catering to guests from 4 months to 17 years old.

Club Med Les Arcs Panorama, Club Med’s recently announced new resort planned to open December 2018 will offer a modern forest retreat on the doorstep of high-altitude mountains.

Owing its name to the dramatic vistas of the Tarentaise Valley and summits it offers, the resort’s curvy architecture takes on the mountain’s form, blending into the well-preserved environment. Inside, the design revisits traditional mountain decoration, and integrates the forest in a modern way.

The resort will offer a holistic wellbeing experience to all guests through healthy gastronomic options, relaxing spaces like the quiet lounge, and its 390sqm wellbeing space including a heated indoor pool and SPA by CINQ MONDES.

Families are guaranteed an easy and fun stay with everything taken care of to make their trip easy and unforgettable, from the comprehensive range of Kids Clubs for little ones from 4 months to 17 years old, many services for babies and kids and the family concept restaurant Bread&Co where kids invite their parents to dinner.

For an even more exclusive stay, suites are available within the 5-Trident luxury space, located at the top of the resort to guarantee the best views. Guests of the 5-Trident luxury space will enjoy exclusive services like the access to a private Welcome Lounge offering champagne by the glass from 6pm, an amazing 390sqm terrace with a hot tub and a dedicated Conciergerie, offering the ideal choice for those who want to combine customised service and luxury comfort, with the warm and friendly Club Med spirit.

For further information visit www.clubmed.co.nz!

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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!

24 hours in Club Med Tomamu

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If you had one day at the new Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, Japan, what would it look like? Recently opened in December 2017, Tomamu is the trendiest ski resort you can experience in the incredible Japan Mountains of the Hokkaido region. Surrounding by perfect powder snow and apres-ski options aplenty, there’s so much to do at the resort in just a day!

Discover your perfect day in Club Med Tomamu and get ready to ride a different wave…

8am – Good morning magnificent landscape!

Right from your spacious bedroom, say hello to a snow-capped mountain view and the beauty of what the Hokkaido landscape has to offer. And breath-in the pure mountain air!

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9am – Hit the Hokkaido slopes

Are you ready to shred the Japanese slopes? Put on your ski boots and fly down the powder snow without crowds. Sprawled across over 145 hectares, the Tomamu ski domain is the perfect thrilling snow escape where every turn is a new discovery. You can also pre-arrange your ski gear using the Easy Arrival service, meaning everything is ready in your heated locker awaiting your arriveal, so you can really maximise your time on the slopes!

1pm – Lunch with a view

Savour a variety of international and Japanese delights from the main restaurant. Discover four distinct spaces, each inspired by Hokkaido regions with a unique gastronomic adventure to share. The setting will surely surprise you and so will the view!

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3pm – Relaxing family time in the largest indoor wave pool in Japan!

Located outside of Club Med's doorsteps, relax and play in the family-friendly Mina Mina Beach, the largest indoor wave pool in Japan! With a traditional Japanese onsen also attached to the facility, sample a piece of local culture during your visit.

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5pm – Re-energise in a cosy environment

After a day full of fun activities, there’s nothing better than curling up by the fire in a cosy and relaxing space. Come take a seat around the fireplace in Club Med Tomamu, grab a hot cocoa and snack from the nearby crepe station and dream away while you watch the snowflakes fall…

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7 pm – Discover traditional Japanese food with a specialty dinner at Haku

A culinary journey awaits you! The perfect place to taste the freshest seafood, premium Wagyu beef, and award-winning locally brewed spirits... After the specialty restaurant, wander next door to the Nest Bar for a sake and whisky tasting from the local produces.

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9pm - Discover new sensations

The fun continues after the sun sets in Tomamu! Head to the Ice Village and uncover all the activities on offer: ice bar, ice skating or just walking around before heading back to the resort for another drink at The Unkai Bar. Every night is magical in Tomamu!

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In just one day, you've experienced amazing new activities and sensations! But one day isn't enough, right? If you'd like explore more unique offering in and around Club Med Tomamu book your stay here!

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