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INTERVIEW: Taryn Brumfitt, author, film director & mother on embracing your body, setting a positive example, & having your best family holiday yet

We all know kids learn by example. They pick up social, emotional, and vocal queues from their parents at a scary rate which can then go onto form life-long attitudes and values.

When it comes to holidays, especially beach-side ones, the thought of standing bikini-clad on a beach has many scrambling for a few vigorous last-minute workouts in hopes of being “bikini body ready”. But what is this teaching our children?

Well, after spotting her on a beautiful family getaway to Club Med Bintan Island in Indonesia, we spoke directly with a woman who is dedicating her life to making sure the ones leading by example (that’s you folks, the parents!) are understanding what this is not only teaching ourselves, but teaching our children too.

Taryn Brumfitt is an Australian-born, internationally-loved, author and director of the social-change documentary, Embrace. After creating her award-winning documentary encouraging women worldwide to embrace their bodies, Taryn identified the need to also ensure we’re learning this important value from a much younger age. Ever since, Taryn has been running marathons, writing books, and much, much more, all to raise money for her next big project: the Embrace Kids documentary. Did we mention she’s also a mum of three?

So, what’s Taryn’s secret to staying so positive with so many life and societal pressures? Here’s what we found out:

You’ve had quite a busy start to the year! Tell us a little bit about what’s been happening in your world over the past few months.

As I write this I scratch my head and think ‘What HAVEN’T we been doing!”. One of the missions of the Body Image Movement is to create content and products that inspire people to embrace their bodies, so we’ve been flat out creating and launching earrings, necklaces, yoga mats, embrace warrior woman prints, we’ve really had our creative on! The best thing about all of our products is that 100% of proceeds goes towards the next film we are currently financing – Embrace Kids documentary. We also wrote and recorded a kid’s song (https://abcmusic.lnk.to/Embrace) I’m writing my third and fourth book simultaneously (don’t ask me why!) and we’ve taken over 1000 women on the journey to embrace through the online program – Embrace You. I also ran a marathon, which was crazy and hard but we raised over $50,000 for Embrace Kids so it was worth the pain!

2    Wow, you have achieved so much AND managed to fit in a family holiday to Club Med between it all! Knowing you had so much going on, why did you feel this was the moment to take a holiday?

 I am sure any parent reading this agrees with me when I say life with kids is so fast-paced, there’s always something to make, somewhere to go, a present to buy, sport, sport, sport. SO. MANY. DEMANDS!!  So, I actually think ANY moment is a good moment to sneak away!

3    A recent study* found that a staggering 40% of shared ‘family time’ is spent checking smart devices, and parents are looking towards holidays as a chance to spend quality time with their loved ones. Is that one of your major travel motivators? Did this holiday allow you to spend quality time with your family?

 My children are 13, 11 and 9, they have grown up with screens so this figure whilst staggering actually doesn’t surprise me. I think it’s a constant battle for a lot of parents to manage screen time, it’s also quite frankly exhausting! Our Bintan holiday helped us to reconnect with one another through quality time in the pool, in the ocean and playing lots of soccer! I think the holiday reminded the kids of how much fun there is to experience off the games and screens!

 4    Did you notice any changes in your family on holiday? Did you bring home any healthy habits or learnings from your holiday that you’ve integrated into your family home life?

 I really noticed how connected the kids were with each other.  I remember lying by the pool one afternoon watching them play harmoniously together for over an hour – this never happens at home! They were laughing, having conversations and using their imaginations by making up games, it was actually really beautiful to watch.

 One thing that we did bring home is the importance of eating together. My boys have soccer training 4 nights during the week so it’s rare that we can all sit down together for a family meal. Our holiday in Bintan reminded me of how much I missed this time, so now we eat together as often as we can however we can, it might be brekky or lunch on the weekend, sometimes it’s afternoon tea!

5    The mark of a successful holiday is one that caters for every member of the family, allowing you to spend time together, but also to have precious time with yourself and partner. Did Club Med tick all these boxes for you?

 I call it the holiday trifecta, time for me, time for us as a family and time for my husband and I. Yes, a mighty big tick in all of the boxes!

 To be honest I usually find family holidays quite exhausting, this trip to Club Med was the first time I’ve EVER come home from a holiday not needing a holiday.

 What I loved most about Club Med is that we didn’t have to think about mealtime, the enormous buffet with several choices of cuisine meant that everyone’s needs were catered for.  Best of all - you don’t have to wait, you arrive at the restaurant and a minute later you’re eating, this is key (for peace and harmony) when you have kids who are starving because they’ve been on the go all day.

6    Holidays are a great opportunity for some screen-free downtime however, it’s easy to be inspired by your beautiful surroundings and share each minute of your holiday on social media. Do you have any holiday rules for screen time on holiday?

 Yes, we did, rules are essential when it comes to screen time! We had roughly half an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening. We would take photos throughout the day only on my phone (for our own keepsake) but sharing was kept to a minimum, maybe one or two images a day.

 I think it’s really important to acknowledge how easily it is to become wrapped up in sharing every single moment of our lives but what I try to do for myself (and teach my kids) is to experience the beauty of a moment through the lens of your eyes, not always through your camera.

7    You’re a big believer in being your true, authentic self on social media. Why is this so important and how do you approach this with your own family?

 If you are not being yourself, who are you being? If you are pretending to be something that you’re not, what does that say about you? There is a great quote from a guy called Steve Furtick, he says “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel.” Oh so true, and even more so on social media. I have over half a million followers across a number of social media channels and I thinks its my responsibility in a sea of photoshopped ‘picture-perfect’ images to show some of the messiness of life. I think people appreciate and feel comforted by seeing someone else’s wheels fall off occasionally!

8    You’ve dedicated your life to encouraging people of all ages to embrace themselves and concentrate on feeling their best, not simply looking their best. What are your tips for feeling confident on holiday?

 Practicing gratitude is key. Every morning on your holiday, before the day starts, take a couple of minutes to be still and grounded and reflect on how fortunate you are to be on holidays - no work, no washing, no cooking, no stress! What a privilege! If you have a tendency to be self conscious about what you look like on holidays (hello bikini for a lot of women), create a mantra to help set the intention for the day, it might be something like this:

 “Today I am going to enjoy my body and seek out adventures. My body is not an ornament; it is the vehicle to my dreams.”

 Worrying about your body on holiday can rob you of the whole entire beautiful experience of being on holiday. Remember that no one actually cares if you have a bit of cellulite on your thighs or some extra jiggle on your butt. NO ONE CARES and nor should you. It is NOT the soul purpose of your life to be at war with your body, especially when you’re on a beach with a mojito in your hand! 

9    Did you feel that Club Med enables people to be their ‘best self’ while on holiday?

Absolutely! You don’t need to think about a thing, I’ve never been more relaxed. What I love most about Club Med is how it’s all inclusive, there’s no stress about the cost of 5 burgers for lunch or a round of cocktails by the pool. A couple of years ago, on holiday at a resort I ordered 3 milkshakes by the pool for the kids, when I got the bill I nearly died, it cost $21. These kinds of expenses put pressure on families, Club Med takes all of that worry away.

Another example of how the ‘all-inclusive’ structure helps people connect with their best self is if you enjoy doing an activity you can do it again and again and again, with no charges. Snorkeling was our ‘again and again’ activity, we did it as a family every day. The kids loved cruising in the ocean on a boat and they had so much fun with the instructors. Usually on holidays these kinds of activities would be a once off, not at Club Med, we were serial snorkelers!

10   What is your message to anyone feeling like they need to get ‘bikini body ready’ before a jetting off on a beach-side holiday?

Try not to get too caught up with how you are going to look on your holiday, rather spend more time on how you want to feel on your holiday. I hear so many stories of people who get sick on holidays and I’m pretty certain it’s because they are so focused on punishing their bodies in the lead up to a holiday to look a certain way. Smashing their bodies to get toned, dieting to lose kilos, obsessing over calories and engaging in dysfunctional eating. I’m sure these people start their holidays and their bodies are simply exhausted. Getting ready for a holiday is stressful enough – where will the dog go, who will housesit, finishing off the work to-do list, we DON’T need another pressure added to the list!

11   You speak about finding ‘Sparkle Moments’ in life. Did you experience any on your holiday?

 Yes, lots! I am always seeking out adventure. I was 3 weeks away from running my second marathon whilst in Bintan so I had to keep my training schedule up in between the Pina Coladas! One morning I went for a run through the jungle, what made it a sparkle moment was that I had a bum bag full of mini bananas and the jungle was full of monkeys! Every time I heard a noise in the bushes I imagined a monkey jumping out and attacking me!

My biggest sparkle moment in Bintan was going for a skinny dip in the ocean! I strangely woke up at 5am (strange because I like my bed in the morning!) and with the family asleep I decided to go meditate on the beach. The beach was so peaceful, the water was so warm and there wasn’t a single soul in sight. I got the urge to swim, so ungracefully and in a panicked state I undressed, threw my clothes on a rock and dove in. It was pure bliss and felt very sparkly! 

12  Tell us about your upcoming project, EMBRACE Kids.

 I am currently financing Embrace Kids, it’s a documentary on body image for 8-12 year olds. My first film Embrace was seen by millions of people around the world and had a profound impact on how people felt about their bodies. The feedback I received over and over was “If only I had seen Embrace when I was a child”. We know that negative body image is the number concern of children, we also have the data that proves the ‘cut through’ of education through film.

No child should spend their life at war with their body like so many of us have, the cycle has to end now. We need to encourage our children to know that their bodies are not ornaments in life but rather the vehicles to their dreams.

 Embrace Kids doco will have the same heart and soul as Embrace, just without the f-bombs and vulva scene!

 This film is so important; once made we will give it away to schools across the globe as a FREE resource.

 How can we get involved?

We need to finance this film, so far we’ve raised just over $150,000 towards our $500K target, so lots of work to be done but there are many ways everyBODY can be involved…  

Firstly, make sure you sign up to Body Image Movement at www.bodyimagemovement.com and connect with us on socials. Then go check out the GoFund me page  https://au.gofundme.com/f/embrace-kids-documentary and make a contribution, even just a fiver will help! If you are a business and would like to make a tax deductible donation, head here: https://documentaryaustralia.com.au/project/embrace-kids/  If you want to partake in some guilt-free shopping with 100% of proceeds going to Embrace Kids, check out our products  here: https://bodyimagemovement.com/shop/

And one tip for any parent reading this, know that in the eyes of your child you are Kings and Queens, they are looking to you to model positive body image behavior, they are sponges, they are taking it all in. So nourish your body with food for energy, move your body for pleasure and not punishment and always, always speak positively about your incredible and magical body.

5 must try experiences at the new GREEN BEATS eco festival

If you haven’t already heard, Green Beats is a brand new eco-festival with a special mission: to inspire a more sustainable way of living.

Hosted at our most recently awarded Green Globe Certified resort, Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido in Japan; Green Beats will welcome DJs, bands and musicians from all over the world. You’ll have the ultimate summer festival experience around 4 different themes ; BEATS, BITES, FEEL & CARE.

The purpose of this very unique festival is to create fun for everyone and make a difference all together towards nature protection. Our commitment is also yours : buy a 4-day ticket and 4% of the total cost will be donated to local initiatives for environment preservation.

With fun for the whole family, allow the musical rhythm and beauty of Hokkaido summer inspire your creativity through a range of eco-centric activities.

With so much fun to have in only 3 days, we’ve selected our top 5 experiences that you don’t want to miss at the new Green Beats festival:

#1 Discover new sounds

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Come listen to the hottest music from Asia's best underground music scene : internationally revered DJs, bands, and musicians from Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan – including crowd-favorite bands from Sapporo itself. You’ll have the best time dancing over these music beats.

DON’T MISS:

Umbra, Mr Ho for House lovers

Kapiw & Apappo for traditional music

#2 Enjoy the finest Japanese cuisine

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The Green Beats festival in our Tomamu Hokkaido resort is the perfect opportunity to discover new flavours from Japanese cuisine : fresh seafood, handmade soba, ramen or curry soups, local sake...This tasteful experience includes savouring all amazing specialties of Hokkaido , sipping a delicious cocktail with the sunset, sharing a yakiniku barbecue of grilled Wagyu beef… yummy!

DON’T MISS:

Become a cooking master thanks to the step-by-step demonstration of the art of Japanese cooking by our Chef.

#3 Celebrate local eco-projects

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In the heart of the Japanese mountains , you will enjoy many exciting eco-activities proposed by local artists.

DON’T MISS :

At Green Beats, being both trendy and respectful toward nature is possible thanks to eco-glitter makeovers! The glitter is sourced responsibly, providing a plastic-free and zero waste alternative within the festival market.

You’ll end-up shining like a star!

#4 Escape in nature

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A 100% eco-friendly festival like Green Beats is the perfect event to reconnect with nature. Our resort is perfectly located in the beautiful mountains of Hokkaido, providing the best location to escape in nature.

DON’T MISS :

Hike up to the Unkai terrace with breathtaking views of Mount Tomamu covered with multicoloured flowers; an unforgettable moment that will leave you speechless.

#5 Express your creativity in art workshops

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Learn to capture Hokkaido through a lense or with a paint brush during art and photography workshops. Express your creativity thanks to traditional Japanese bingata art, nature photography, painting… You may bring home a new passion !

DON’T MISS :

Nature photography workshops with the Grand Prize Winner of the National Geographic Nature photographer of the year 2017.

Save the date: 14th/15th/ 16th September to enjoy our unique Green Beats festival experience by Club Med in Tomamu.

Don’t forget to share your amazing experiences and eco-festival vibes with us on social media : #GreenBeatsByClubMed #ClubMedTomamu .

Top 10 events to put in your diary for 2020

Already planning your 2020 holidays? Are you an art, sport, fashion or food lover? Why not combine your relaxing resort escape with an unforgettable cultural experience!

We get it, with so many amazing destinations on offer, it’s tough to pick just one! Throw into the mix trying to decide on dates and it all seems a bit too hard. Don’t fret: we’ve got you covered.

To help you plan your trip ahead, we selected our top 10 unmissable events to mark in your calendar and make the most of your precious holiday time.

#1 Bahamas Carnival

1st - 2nd - 3rd May

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On an island in the middle of the Caribbean sea, the Bahamas carnival is one of the most festive carnivals that you can do either with friends or family. You can expect to hear local bands playing, watch beautiful parades in multi-coloured disguises and dance shows.

Where to stay:

Save the date of Bahamas Carnival: May 1st/2nd/3rd 2020.

Our advice is to stay in the Bahamas a few days more to enjoy the island getaway in the Club Med Colombus Isle all-inclusive resort: resting on white sand beaches, scuba diving in the turquoise water, boat tour of San Salvador Island…

#2 Body & Soul , Club Med Bintan Island

11th May - 8th June

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Need to revitalize under the palm trees? We’re proud to announce that Club Med is hosting its own wellness journey in Club Med Bintan Island, Indonesia. This retreat, part of the all-inclusive package is the best way to revitalize your mind, body and soul thanks to international wellness instructors and special partners. In a tropical environment, Body & Soul is the best event to experience a healthy holistic lifestyle (it’s all about balance) around 4 themes : feel well, eat well, move well and play well.

Where to stay:

Body & Soul 2020 from the 11th May until the 8th June, inside Club Med Bintan Island. Simply book your holiday within those dates and let your health journey begin!

#3 Ubud Food Festival

26th - 27th - 28th May

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A gastronomic event with a special mission: showcase diverse Indonesian cuisine thanks to innovative chefs and extraordinary local products. The little extra that makes the difference? It’s a sustainable event!

Where to stay:

Continue your culinary journey from Club Med Bali with its many delicious dining options!

#4 Laguna Phuket Marathon

13th - 14th June

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During the 13th-14th June, join fellow sport-lovers in Phuket for the Laguna Marathon! This marathon offers many races for different runners and different distances. For an experience mixing amazing landscape and sport, the sunrise race is a must-do!

Where to stay:

Phuket is well-known for being the right place to dive into Thai culture : don’t miss discovering the cultural gems of Thailand through thrilling excursions, and all other activities proposed by our Club Med Phuket all-inclusive resort.

#5 Taomoda, Sicily

13th - 20th July

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Taomoda is the place to be next July in Sicily: an international fashion event happening in Sicily, in the authentic city of Taormina. You’ll spend your evenings watching spectacular fashion shows on the catwalks and attending cultural events. The week ends with the Tao Awards in the splendid Greek-Roman ancient theater.

Where to stay:

Come live the Italian Dolce Vita and spend your amazing holiday in Club Med Cefalu, Sicily.

#6 Tokyo Olympics

24th July - 9th August

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This year, it’s time to fulfill your dream and attend the biggest sport event in the world! Be part of history and see the world’s best athletes up close.

Where to stay:

After a few days in the buzzing energy of Tokyo, head to Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido and finish your trip amongst nature and relaxation.

#7 Art Marbella

30th July - 3rd August

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Calling all art-lovers! There’s an art event happening on the Spanish coast under the Andalusian sun that you don’t want to miss! From the 30th July until 3rd August, the first major international art fair in Marbella is the place to see the best exhibitions of Modern & Contemporary Art. Escape the heat and wander through the galleries to contemplate the beautiful artwork.

Where to stay:

In the south of Andalusia, the wonderful all-inclusive Club Med Marbella resort will be your perfect hideaway to tan by the pool and enjoy the Spanish sun.

#8 Kite Festival , Bali

July-August

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If you’re thinking about family holidays in Bali, the Kite Festival is the perfect event to be reunited and have lots of fun all together! This religious festival happening during July and August is ideal to experience an authentic Indonesian celebration. In beautiful rice paddies, you’ll admire the traditional giant kites flying in a multi-coloured sky. Balinese are making figures with these 10 meter kites with such ability, it’ll blow your mind. The Gamelan orchestra playing local music with percussive instruments will turn the place into a festive atmosphere.

Where to stay:

We highly recommend Bali Kite festival, happening all over the island. A stay in our Club Med Bali all-inclusive resort will offer the opportunity to participate in your own kite competition thanks to our New Amazing Family Program.

#9 Mexican Independence Day

16th September

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The ultimate cultural experience in Mexico is celebrating the Independence Day on the 16th September! Between fireworks, dance music, Mexican food, flags and flowers all over the city, the celebration is impressive and will leave you with unforgettable memories.

Where to stay:

Keep the festive atmosphere alive and choose between both of our all-inclusive resorts in Mexico: Club Med Ixtapa Pacific and Club Med Cancun Yucatan.

#10 Sapporo Autumn Fest

19th October

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If you love gourmet food and you are planing to travel this summer make sure to go to Hokkaido in Japan.

With its own unique atmosphere, the Autumn fest is all about amazing tastes and delicious food that will simply make you happy. You’ll experience the flavors of dishes made from local products of Hokkaido, straight out of the oven, with a glass of Japanese wine or Sake. This giant gastronomical outdoor picnic in the city center is the best excuse to go on a summer mountain vacation.

Where to stay:

The perfect summer mountain holiday awaits you: combine Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido with its all-inclusive mountain activities (excursions, trapeze…) and the Sapporo Autumn Fest.

Feeling inspired? Visit the event section of our website to discover more events and get the right inspiration to choose your perfect summer holidays!

Discover the brand new Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers

The 4-Trident Club Med La Pointe is a vibrant, colorful getaway among lush palm trees and tropical gardens. You will be able to experience at this resort a multitude of choices: from the sand beach, the amazing pools, water skiing, the new spa and the excursions that you can discover around the resort, be amazed by a perfect holiday in Mauritius!

Find below some of the novelty our resort has to offer!

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Family Pool

A new water sports pool is coming to La Pointe resort!

Adults and kids alike will love this revolutionary new swimming pool. There are water play activities, slip and slide areas, water jets, water guns and more, all within a single large pool with sections at different depths.

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New Spa

Club Med La Pointe is happy to welcome a totally brand new spa at the resort. With energy points stimulated and body and mind totally relaxed, immerse yourself in total wellness.

Club Med Spa by Cinq Mondes arrives in La Pointe aux Canonniers, to offer you the best treatments and massage techniques from around the world.
CINQ MONDES invites you to a journey of discovery, quite simply the best beauty rituals in the world.

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New Rooms

Relax and enjoy the Mauritian way of life inside your accommodation. From your room, you see the sea, glinting in every shade of blue, and then the statuesque palm trees catch your eye. Our rooms and suites are dotted across several small colonial-style buildings. Bois Chéri, Baie du Cap, Tamarin: even names of the buildings give you that holiday feeling.

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Discover here the new La Pointe Resort!

5 surprising ways your kids grow from overseas travel

Travelling is so enriching for kids. Apart from being a break from the digital world, young ones can discover the world with new eyes and learn the ways of the world. Discover below 5 reasons why you should definitively take your kids on an international adventure and let them learn about the rich experience of travel.

#1 - Appreciating new cultures

Appreciating new cultures starts with the discovery of new surroundings, new food, new climate,… This total new environment is the perfect opportunity to appreciate what the words has to offer out there.

At Club Med, our G.Os, G.Es and GM’s embrace the word “multicultural”. More than 100 different nationalities are represented within the 75 villages of Club Med worldwide. With a culture of open-mindedness and tolerance, Club Med creates an environment that facilitates interaction, learning and discoveries of other cultures.

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#2 - Making new friends

At Club Med, you can meet new people every day thanks to the activities, the Kids Club, sports and much more. They will learn that friendship is everywhere!

What about learning a new language with new friends from all over the world. Plus, they can keep in touch when they’re back home and bring all these friendship memories with them.

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#3 - Spending real time with their families

Back to basics! With phones and computers switched off, it is time for real family time. From the activities, sports and also special programs, you can be sure you will make for lost time at Club Med! Also, discover the Amazing family program launched by Club Med to create new memories together and strengthen bonds with fun activities.

The bond families share thanks to their travels is unbreakable and has created memories that will last a lifetime.

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#4 - Learning about nature and the environment

Learning outside from textbooks, your kids can see, feel and live each experience in direct contact with nature and learn how the environment and the planet are important factors to take into account in our everyday life.

Our “Super Radish” programs and Pedagogical Garden sensitize children to healthy and responsible nutrition, teaching them about plants’ needs and how to grow fresh vegetables.

We believe in helping kids better understand and appreciate the local environment through fun and inspiring activities. They’ll never forget seeing the turtles hatch at Club Med Bintan Island, or discovering fishes’ ecosystem on the underwater trail at Club Med Kani.

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#5 - It’s making them grow even better

It’s all about what they learn and new “soft skills” they experience for the first time in their lives.

The kids gain skills like being adaptable, being kind, curious, open to new things, open to multiculturalism,…

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Discover more about all the initiatives Club Med is doing for the kids and their parents for a full family experience together!

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

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

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

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A Day in Kids Club Part 3: Mini Club

Travelling with kids is quite an adventure!

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

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

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

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

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

9am

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

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11am

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

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1pm

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

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3pm

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

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5pm

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

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8pm

Learn about the unique culture through traditional dance performances.

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

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

Discover the Amazing Family program

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

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

What is the Amazing Family Program

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

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Time to Move

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

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

  • Soccer Bumper

  • Kite Competition

  • Olympic Games

  • Slip & Slide

  • Sand Castle Competition

  • Water inflatable Challenges

  • Water Wheel

  • Family Sports Tournament

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Time to Play

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

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

  • Giant Jenga

  • Molky

  • Giant Board Games

  • Twister

  • Connect 5

  • Pallina

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Time to Care

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

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

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Time to Quest

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

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

  • Finding Mulan (Sanya)

  • Nature Discovery with Club Med Play App in Guilin

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Time to Celebrate

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

  • Colour party

  • Foam party

  • Inflatable Castle party

  • Family snacks around the Amazing Family area

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

A Day in Kids Club Part 2: Petit Club

Travelling with kids is quite an adventure!

Are you dreaming of a perfect family holiday with your toddler? No worries - young families are more than welcomed in all Club Med resorts. And some resorts even offer dedicated services adapted to all ages - and of course to little ones!

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

The Petit Club at Club Med welcomes little ones from 2 to 3 years old. Professional childcare staff will take care of your little kids all day, providing gentle and expert care and allowing relaxed holidays and discoveries for everyone.

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

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

9am

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

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10am

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

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11am

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

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12pm

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

3pm

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

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5pm

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

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

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

A Day in Kids Club Part 1: Baby Club

Travelling with kids is quite the adventure!

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

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

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

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

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9am

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

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12pm

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

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

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2pm

Well deserved nap time, full of sweet dreams.

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4pm

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

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6:30pm

Enjoy a delicious family dinner at the main restaurant.

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

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

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

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

Interview : Emma Isaacs and her Bali Family Experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Into the wild - a Family Holiday to Malaysia

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This article on Club Med Cherating Beach, Malaysia first appeared in The Private Practice Magazine - by Steven Macarounas.

"To be a parent is to sacrifice! Yes, of course the rewards are worth it, BUT when it comes to family holidays all parents of young children must face the inevitable growth and development of their kids to a level that comes with strong opinions and their own set of needs and checklists that make for a fun and rewarding vacation. Having become a convert to the joys of the 5 Star luxury resort, I have feared for some time that our children’s experience was less satisfying than that of their parents.

Whilst their taste and style is highly sophisticated and refined (thanks primarily to the influence of their designer mother) they have begun to grumble about being bored and over the last few holidays have often pulled out the dreaded iPads for entertainment. Our son and daughter recently turned 11 and with advice of close friends with a similar dynamic echoing in my ears, we decided to build a holiday with their needs foremost in mind – we booked a week at Club Med Cherating Beach, Malaysia.

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Club Med comes with a certain reputation – it’s brand is universal, unequivocal: Family Fun in the Sun - Action, Noise, Sport, People, People, People! Not my idea of relaxing, rejuvenating down-time. But with an open mind and our kids smiles as the goal, we bit the bullet, made our travel arrangements and prepared ourselves to sacrifice seven days of our precious annual holiday budget – with gritted teeth we hoped they appreciated it.

WELL, we were wrong! Not about our kids appreciating our efforts or about them enjoying, in fact revelling, in this action-packed adventure – their smiles attested to the ‘blast’ they had. We were wrong about this holiday being a sacrifice, a compromise. Club Med gave us some of the finest family holiday memories and deeply rewarding experiences of our lives, both individually and collectively as a family.

It really was a life-changing holiday. Now, before you start questioning my sanity and accuse me of being easily impressed or overly dramatic, consider the following story and whether a similar experience for you might not elicit the same emotions and praise. The first ever Club Med in Asia, opening its doors in 1980, the Cheating Beach Resort is embraced by 85 hectares of rainforest, and caressed by a lazy, calm expanse of sea which, in the mornings, reflects the yawning sun and appears as a shimmering silver blanket rustling in the mild breeze over a bed of sandy beach.

Between the beach and accommodation complex (a labyrinthine network of bungalows on stilts) lays a spread of verdant, manicured lawn – soft and moist with dew underfoot as you stroll to your pre-breakfast dip. The location is idyllic, the accommodation (make sure to get one of the large beachfacing suites) is rustic but in keeping with the jungle treehouse vibe. The photos in this article will attest to the beauty of its location, the cornucopia of sports and activities available, the multinational, all-day offering of food and beverages all-inclusive in the daily accommodation rate, and the adult, zen spaces that allow for stylish, pampered, secluded repose.

What is almost impossible to convey in pictures, however, and also hard to do in writing, is the deep developmental impact that Club Med’s unique and well-crafted holiday experience had on our children, how it had an enduring effect in boosting their self-confidence, adding new layers to their personalities whilst providing moments of powerful connection between us all. Our children have never been ones for kids clubs and I don’t blame them nor do I want to offload them to kite making and puppet show baby-sitting.

At Club Med, however, our 11 year olds got to learn and experience trapeze ‘flying’, jungle mountain hiking, snorkelling, archery, hatchling turtle ocean release and even to conquer fears in the death defying Treetop Challenge – a maze of high wire and ziplines slicing through the trees and providing anxiety for overprotective dads like me and exhilaration for freshly minted daredevils. Some of these activities the kids did on their own, or should I say with their fellow resort gang members, and some with my wife and I – hitting a bullseye at the archery range had me claiming bragging rights for the rest of our stay. Some activities provided one-on-one bonding with our kids.

Although perhaps a little cliché, my wife and daughter spent three afternoons creating an exquisite batik bed spread, whilst my son and I sweated it out at our daily squash and table tennis tournaments – his skill at both improving dramatically to give me a real run for my money. We couldn’t shut them up every evening over dinner – the conversation overflowing and crisscrossing in the re-telling of fresh adventures amid squeals of excitement and anticipation of the next day. Wide-eyed, my wife and I marvelled at the growth in their self-confidence as they tentatively tackled and quickly mastered new challenges – not the least daunting of which (for our kids) was socialisation with others their age as well as the adult instructors at the resort.

Club Med provided some of the best fun our kids have ever had on holiday as well as delivering pleasantly surprising milestones in their journey to self-reliance and young adult actualisation. That’s not tosay that us fully fledged adults didn’t get what we needed also. Apart from the family fun, there was a seemingly endless offering of fine food and beverages, and indulgent opportunities for rejuvenation of body and soul in adult only retreats overlooking exceptional panoramic views of un-spoilt beaches and tropical jungle. Having exhausted ourselves from relaxing during the day, our nights routinely commenced with obligatory, heavenly spa treatments, followed by pre-dinner cocktails on the beach and a delectably maddening choice of cuisine from the four corners of the world.

Over and over I was reminded of the conversation that inspired the development of The Private Practice Education and Publishing program. It was with a retiring ENT Surgeon and we were examining regret and the characteristics of the truly successful doctor. This doctors’ greatest regret was that he had not had enough family holidays whilst his kids were still young and wanting to vacation with him. It’s the family holiday, he said, that most efficiently affords deep bonding experiences and lasting memories to be cherished throughout life. This was certainly the case for our family holiday at Club Med Cherating Beach and we all look forward to our next Club Med experience...maybe Mauritius this year."

Discover our Club Med Cherating Beach resort here.

Christmas and New Year's Eve in Club Med

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Ever wondered what really goes on in Club Med when it's the silly season? Take a sneak peek at what Christmas and New Year's Eve look like in our resorts around the world...

Christmas Eve in Club Med

Nothing makes the festive season more magical than being submerged in family fun, whether it's in our ski resorts or sun resorts. With a visit from Santa, Christmas tree decorating activities and a decadent Christmas feast, the kids will say it's the best Christmas ever!

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4:30pm: Wherever you are staying, Santa never forgets to visit our resorts. He usually arrives with his sleigh...but we have already seen him arriving by jet-ski in Phuket or by elephant in Bintan.

7pm: Start your Christmas Eve evening by enjoying pre-dinner drinks and gourmet snacks, with Christmas elves...

8:30pm: ...then, discover a sumptuous buffet where turkey, oyster, pudding and Christmas log will be waiting for you.

10:30pm: After dinner, enjoy a unique Christmas show, put on by our professional staff with Christmas music, caroling and of course a unique entertainment program.

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Christmas Day, all wrapped up in a bow

8am - 12:30am: Savour mouthwatering gourmet Christmas meals prepared by international chefs... with the peace-of-mind knowing we're doing it all - the planning, cooking and clean-up - so you can just sit back and enjoy spending time with your family.

5pm: Kids are sometimes nervous about holidaying away from home at Christmas. How will Santa know where they are? But we know how important Christmas is. During the day your children (under 12) will receive a Club Med gift, so they know Santa's thinking of them!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style

What better way is there to kick off the New Year than in one of the world's most beautiful spots? Yep, New Year's Eve in Club Med is certainly something to behold.

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7pm: Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and gourmet snacks, with foie gras and festive cocktails.

8:30pm: Enjoy an evening buffet dinner with all the finest food you could wish for.

10pm: An amazing New Year show takes place after dinner, for both kids and adults. Lots of surprises are waiting for you, including fountains of champagne and, of course, fireworks.

12:15pm: For more traditional end-of-year enthusiasts, we organize reading of prayers in different languages. After that, the party continues at the main bar.

See you in Club Med this festive season! 🎁🎄🎅