holidays

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!

A special Club Med Playlist for you

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

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

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

Sneak Peek at the New Bintan Island

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It's finally here! We know that you can't wait to discover the brand new face of Club Med Bintan Island,  and we have a sneak peek below of all that's happening in our redesign. From a new pool to a new boutique, theatre and yoga pergola, paradise has gotten even more beautiful.Plus, we're just getting started! Follow us here and on Facebook @ClubMedAustralia to see more updates as they unfold...

From a new pool...

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...to a new boutique, theatre and photo centre...

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...and a new restaurant

Unwind in the new Yoga Pergola

Get ready, yogis! We have a beautiful new spot for you to practice your downward dogs- take a look in this video below.

Discover the incredible mannequin challenge of Club Med Bintan team in the video below and more about the resort.

Discover more about the resort here.

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

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

Kids Club for all ages

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy kids make for happy parents, right?

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

Club Med Passworld/Juniors Club Med

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

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

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

Creating family holiday memories

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

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

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

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

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