summer holiday

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!

Bugaboo Strolls into Club Med Bali

New partnership with Bugaboo prams making family holidays even easier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your next Family Holiday is waiting you just here!

24 hours in La Plantation D’Albion, Mauritius

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On Monday 12th March, 2018,  Mauritius celebrated their 50th year of Independence! And with a mix of cultures from France, England, India, Africa and more, it’s a real melting pot full of culture, colour and smiles! What better way to mark this celebration than taking you on a journey to Mauritius with Club Med?! So close your eyes for a minute and imagine spending your day in the serenity and vibrant culture of Mauritius... …now open your eyes and discover just how amazing 24 hours at Club Med La Plantation d'Albion can be. Discover a warm and welcoming yet relaxing resort set within an unspoiled sun-soaked cove in the midst of beautiful gardens. Indulge in the beauty and serenity of exclusive services, the amazing Mauritian hospitality and dive head-first into that awesome Indian Ocean!

9am – Tropical fruits & yoga by the sea!

Start your morning in the most Zen way with a Yoga lesson overlooking the ocean. Continue you positive and rewarding vibe and choose from delicious tropical fruits and more breakfast yumminess at The Distillerie restaurant. You’ll be fully prepared for the fun day ahead!

11am – Kids fly while parents relax

The kids couldn’t wait to try the trapeze with their new friends so off they go to learn how to fly high in the sky! Nothing to worry about, they are accompanied by the attentive G.Os from the Mini and Junior Club and the awesome trapeze instructor. And this makes the perfect opportunity for the parents to take a bit of time off this morning and lay down by the infinity pool. Ahhh holiday bliss!

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1pm – A colourful lunch full of spices!

After an eventful morning, it’s time to reunite around some delicious local Mauritian food for lunch. Prepared with love and care by our local and international G.O team, let them show you the Mauritian way…

3pm – Endless wildlife discoveries

Whether you’re a culture vulture or wildlife warrior, Mauritius has it all! Why not go for a snorkel with the turtles or for a walk with real-life lions?  There’s always something fun to do and many opportunities to create new memories!

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6pm – Champagne time with a beach walk

After a day full of energy, it’s time to wind down and enjoy the unlimited Champagne by the glass in the intimate setting of the Alouda Bar while the kids get their favourite chocolate crepe at the nearby crepe station.  And to top off this magical moment as the sun goes down, go for a stroll along the beach.

8pm – Delicious dinner at the specialty restaurant before the kids put on a show!

Time to wrap up this beautiful day in Mauritius! Try the delicate flavours of vanilla and curry at the specialty restaurant, The Phare, among other Asian and International dishes. After dinner, don’t miss the show the kids are putting on just for you thanks to their fun times at the Mini Club!  Finally, get another cocktail or two to celebrate this wonderful day under the Mauritian sun.

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Want to hear more about Mauritius? Discover more about Club Med La Plantation D’Albion here.

All You Need To Know About A Holiday To The Maldives

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Crystal clear oceans, beautiful white sand, and seas teeming with marine life…we’re pretty sure the Maldives is high up on everyone’s bucket list, and why wouldn’t it be? Also known as paradise on earth, this small nation of islands is the ultimate escape for those seeking luxury, romance and relaxation.

If you’re planning your dream Maldives getaway, we’ve put together all you need to know for your holiday to paradise.

Best time to go to the Maldives

In terms of weather, the best time to head to the Maldives is the dry season, between December and April, where you’ll enjoy beautiful blue skies and little rain. However, keen divers and surfers should head to the Maldives between May to November.

How to get there

While there are no direct flights available from Australia’s capital cities, the Maldives is quite easy to reach. Expect a travel time of around 14 hours from Sydney, transiting through Singapore to Male; alternatively, take Etihad Airways and transit in Abu Dhabi. Once you reach Male Airport, speedboats await to take you to your final destination.

Visas and Vaccinations

Upon arrival at Male Airport, you’ll be issued a free thirty-day tourist visa. There are no additional required vaccinations to enter the Maldives at this stage.

What to do and see in the Maldives

Play and paddle in paradise

The Maldives is an endless turquoise paradise, where warm waters are brimming with coral and sea life. You can do as much, or as little, as you like…consider it your playground, where you can swim, relax, surf or dive; spending your days by the water.

• The reefs are abundant with sea life, so the adventurous can take a dive trip! The Maldives has some of the best diving spots in the world, and you’ll swim amongst manta rays, as well as explore underwater caverns. • Stand-up paddleboarding is a fun way to stay fit while on holidays, especially when you have beautiful calm oceans. • Explore the coral reefs beneath the tropical lagoons, and snorkel amongst lionfish and baby reef sharks. • Make a lasting impact and give back to this wonderful island nation by helping with coral rebuilding.

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Catch a break with incredible surf breaks

For the surfers out there, the Maldives boasts some of the best reef breaks in the word. Catch the best waves from April through to October, and get in early to avoid drop-ins!

Chickens is considered one of the best waves in the world, especially on big swell days. Intermediate and advanced surfers can expect to ride these spectacular barrels for over 500m. This is certainly one to tick off the bucket list! • Named after the local Coca-Cola factory, Cokes is awesome for good swell and a long ride. • If you’re a beginner, consider riding a wave at You’ll find smaller breaks, perfect for cruising over the turquoise waters.

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Rejuvenate your body and treat your tastebuds

There’s nothing better than to relax and disconnect when you’re on an island and far, far away from the daily grind. Use your trip to the Maldives as a great opportunity to treat your body and soul, and to indulge in fresh food.

• Enjoy a massage on the tranquil beaches, and let the sound of the waves lapping at the ocean lull you into bliss. • Begin your morning with yoga on the beach. You’ll find no better way to kick start your day! • Savour incredible fresh produce – we’re talking about fruit cut from the tree in the morning and served in the afternoon. • Enjoy your seafood caught fresh from the ocean. Sashimi has never tasted better!

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Our best travel tips

• The Maldives is not just for honeymooners! It’s also a great destination for families, considering the private islands, shallow beaches and calm, clear waters.

• For the ultimate romantic escape, couples simply can’t go past the overwater villas at Club Med Kani or the Finolhu Villas. Think privacy, luxury and romance – plus, you’ll have a staircase or ladder that descends straight into the ocean.

• The national currency of the Maldives is the Rufiyaa, however it’s more useful to have US Dollars handy. Many resorts, including Club Med, accept credit cards, which minimises the need to change your money.

• The Maldives is an Islamic nation, and as such visitors aren’t allowed to bring liquor into the country. If you do have liquor with you, often it will be confiscated or held at the airport, so we’d recommend leaving your duty free shopping for when you return to Australia.

Discover Club Med’s Indian Ocean holidays here.

Bucket List Diving: 10 Places You Need to Dive in Your lifetime

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Whether you're strapping on a snorkel for the first time, or you're an experienced scuba diver crossing sites off your bucket list; whether you want to swim with manta rays, or see shipwrecks up close...a diving holiday is one you won't forget in a hurry.Beneath the surface you'll find beautiful marine life, magnificent reefs and coral gardens. Plus you can get up close and personal with manta rays, barracudas, sharks, whales, turtles and schools of colourful fish.

It's time to jump in - here are 10 spots to dive in your lifetime.

 1. Okinawa, Japan

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The hundreds of islands in Okinawa boast some of the world’s most incredible and diverse dive sites, and a great spot to start is Ishigaki Island. Yonehara, Sukuji and Sunset beaches offer fantastic snorkelling, while numerous dive sites are close by, including ‘Manta Scramble’, which has depths of 15 metres and majestic manta rays to swim alongside.

2. The Maldives


The 26 natural atolls of the Maldives form a tropical paradise, and dive sites here are plentiful! From Club Med Kani, there are a multitude of different spots for all levels, ranging from 5 metres to 50 metres. The marine life in the Maldives is truly world-class, and divers can expect to see beautiful coral, manta rays, eagle rays, parrot fishes, and white/black tip reef sharks.

Divers should head to the Maldives in February – April for the best visibility and eagle rays, or June – November for manta ray season.

3. Mauritius

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As well as incredible beaches and beautiful oceans, Mauritius is home to an amazing underwater world with reefs teeming with marine life. The dive sites are diverse, with a few must-dives: Cathedral is known for its magnificent underwater cave housing angelfish, lionfish and lobsters at depths of 20-35 metres, while Colline Bambou has an underwater cliff.

4. Cancun, Mexico

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For a Mexican dive with a difference, head to the Cancun Underwater Museum. As well as hundreds of submerged statues, the artificial reef teems with barracudas, lobsters and eels. With visibility of around 30 metres and depths of 10 metres, the site sits off Isla Mujeres.

5. Punta Cana

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Punta Cana has a host of coral and artificial reefs to explore. Catalina Island is a nature reserve home to two popular dive sites. The Wall drops to 30 metres and features black coral and fast-moving fish. The Aquarium offers shallow depths and scores of colourful creatures.

6. Phuket, Thailand

Long a favourite destination for Aussies, Phuket offers amazing dives. The Phi Phi Islands, known worldwide thanks to 'The Beach', offers spots such as Bida Nok. With dramatic walls and colourful coral, the waters are filled with eels, octopuses and leopard sharks.

7. Corsica

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The French island of Corsica offers some of Europe's best diving. The UNESCO World Heritage listed Lavezzi Marine Reserve has 40 dive sites with depths of up to 60 metres and visibility of up to 30 metres. Barracudas and eagle rays are common in the fast-moving waters, particularly close to the many large granite boulders.

8. Belize

This small Central American country is home to the World Heritage-listed Blue Hole. Plunging to enormous depths of over 120 metres, there are multi-hued stalactites and stalagmites, plus turtles, reef sharks and giant groupers to see. Visibility ranges between 15 and 30 metres. 

9. Yongala, Queensland, Australia

Located in the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, the eerie wreck of the SS Yongala is Australia’s most intact shipwreck. Accessible as a day trip from the city of Ayr, the Yongala plays host to manta rays, sea snakes and tiger sharks, and in winter, migrating whales. The wreck is at a depth of 30 metres with visibility of 10-15 metres.

10. Palau

A chain of 200 islands in the Pacific Ocean, Palau’s dive sites are renowned for underwater photography enthusiasts and lovers of marine life. Palau's world-famous Blue Wall has reef sharks, turtles and tropical fish, and depths range to 30 metres with visibility of up to 40 metres. Palau also offers a host of shipwrecks and coral reefs, with the waters home to some 1500 different species of fish.

Discover all Club Med sports in the video below or by clicking here.