Couples Holidays

Finolhu Villas: Photo Diary from Sophie Monk

If you’re considering a trip to the Maldives, look no further. Sophie Monk (@sophiemonk) inspires with her romantic getaway trip to the Finolhu Villas in the Maldives, with new partner Joshua Gross (@joshuargross). A lady of many talents; the singer, actress, model, television presenter and media personality nailed her discovery of the Finolhu Villas. We can’t get enough of the candid, loved-up snaps. Take a look at the incredible pictures below documenting Sophie Monk’s amazing island experience

Note: All images below are courtesy of Sophie Monk and have been shared with permission.

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Don’t you love the holiday glow?!

Want to see more? Take a look at the beautiful Club Med Finolhu Villas

Have a sneak peek at the New Manta Lounge in Kani

Are you ready for an elevated experience in the beautiful Maldives?

In May 2019, the Manta Lounge and Bar of Club Med Kani are going to be renovated to welcome you at any time of your day in a real cozy living space perched on the edge of paradise. Come and discover Manta’s new look!

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The Manta Beach bar

A breakfast in the morning, some selected appetizers before noon, a delicious coffee after lunch, a healthy juice or a crepe in the afternoon, and a crafted cocktail to close the day, everything is made for you to experience the ultimate luxury experience right next to your overwater bungalow.

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The Manta Exclusive Collection bar

When sunset approaches, there is no better way to finish off an already perfect day with sipping on chilled Champagne and enjoy a selection of savoury appetizers like sushi rolls, finger sandwiches, and samosas from 6pm at the Manta Lounge Bar. All included!

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The resort

Situated above the crystal water of the Maldives, Club Med Kani offers the ultimate in tropical lagoon luxury whether you choose to stay in the overwater suites of the Manta Luxury Space or in a spacious deluxe room on the beach.

Looking for a variety of activities? From surfing the nearby renowned waves of the Maldives, to discovering the amazing underwater natural beauty through snorkelling tours, there are endless thrilling water sports and adventures to choose from.

This amazing playground will please couples, just as much as families or friends! Indulge the island pleasures, eating fresh fish and coconut, or unwind by the pool with a cocktail in-hand. Pure paradise!

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Discover our most luxurious sun resorts

Did you know you could stay in luxurious resorts all around the world with Club Med, and even indulge in your own overwater villa in the Maldives with a private pool?

At Club Med, make exceptional memories in exceptional places. With extra thoughtful touches to make your next holiday a once-in-a-lifetime experience, discover the Exclusive Collection resorts with villas and chalets as well as dedicated luxury space offering spacious accommodation, personalised services, dedicated friendly hosts and a wide range of experiences.

From the Maldives to Mexico, discover below some of the most luxurious Club Med sun resorts.

A glass of champagne, anyone?

Finolhu Villas, Maldives

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Enjoy a private eco-friendly Villa in the heart of the Maldives surrounded by turquoise waters, white sand beaches and endless ocean views. The Finolhu Villas is a true oasis of peace and privacy for your next holidays.

Your luxurious experience in the Finolhu Villas:

  • Floating breakfast in your private pool or free flowing champagne

  • Private snorkelling trips, see plane rides or super yacht adventures

  • Yoga class to rejuvenate body and mind or spa rituals in your private villa or at ILA Spa

Albion Villas, Mauritius

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By staying in the Albion Villas, wake up every day to a lush natural environment, shimmering seas and tropical gardens. Enjoy the luxury of having your own pool in your private 2 to 4-bedroom villa - all you need for a relaxing holiday.

Your luxurious experience in the Albion Villas:

  • Tee off to the Tamarina golf club with unlimited free access

  • Enjoy a seamless food experience with breakfast, morning tea, soft drinks, alcohol, champagne and dinner served in your villa

  • Access Club Med La Plantation d’Albion with an adult-only infinity Zen Pool and plenty other adventures, restaurants and bars to try from

Club Med 2, Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas

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Club Med 2 is a 5-mast sailing yacht providing a unique experience on sea. Sailing from the Mediterrean Sea in the European summer to the Carribean warm waters in the Northern hemisphere winter, discover this ultimate intimate and luxurious cruise with 2000m2 surface area and 8 different decks.

Your luxurious experience on the Club Med 2:

  • Dining and cocktails soirees

  • Water sports from waterskiing, wakeboarding and stand up paddle boarding

  • First class cabin with sea view

Available for booking for Australian and New Zealand residents soon

Cefalu, Sicily, Italy

Club Med Cefalu is a little escape to the Italian Dolce Vita. Discover the picturesque town of Cefalu and the treasures of the region of Sicily where red cliffs dive deep in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Your luxurious experience at Club Med Cefalu:

  • Waking up in your Villetta with a view over Cefalu Bay

  • Breakfast room service , free flowing champagne from 6pm, dinner devised by a Michelin star chef

  • Discovery of Sicily and the region from the discovery of Secret Palermo to driving a private Vespa Car

Rio das Pedras

La Reserve luxury space in Club Med Rio das Pedras is where you can experience the culmination of luxury, privacy and comfort. Nested in a nature reserve, this eco-friendly resort offers incredible views of the shimmering sea. Admire the Atlantic Ocean views from your private terrace.

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Your luxurious experience at Rio das Pedras:

  • Spacious penthouse suites perched above treetops with hot tub on your private terrace

  • Seafront infinity pool

  • Guided excursions in the rainforest or waterski in a sheltered creek

Cancun Yucatan

Club Med Cancun Yucatan is overlooking the protected waters of Cancun’s colourful coral reef. If you are seeking a luxurious and private retreat, let’s escape to the brand new Jade Exclusive Collection space of Club Med Cancun Yucatan!

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Your luxurious experience at Cancun Yucatan:

  • Experience the exclusive infinity pool with champagne service all evenings

  • Stay in luxury suites or deluxe rooms with a view on the Atlantic Ocean and the best beaches of the peninsula

  • With your 24h concierge, visit Mayan ruins to underground rivers

  • Taste the new Taco Arte Lounge or the oceanfront Argentinian steakhouse

Discover your luxurious experience here

New resort in Spain: a first look at Club Med Magna Marbella

Imagine yourself in the south of Spain: a region where culture, amazing food, stunning beaches and more are following the vibrant spanish rythm…

At the edge of Andalusia, Magna Marbella is a cool oasis protected by the Sierra Blanca mountains. Take the roads dotted with whitewashed villages and gaze at olive trees as far as the eye can see and discover the cultural and natural heritage of the beautiful region of Andalusia.

Discover more below about the destination and this new Spanish resort opening Marbella in 2020.

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Location of the resort

The new resort Club Med Magna Marbella is perfectly situated for exploring Andalusia’s historic cities. Here are some places you can explore from the resort to become imbued with the Spanish culture:

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  • Séville: capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region, the city is famous for its Alcázar castle, Plaza de España, the bell tower La Giralda, its grand arches and river banks.

  • Ronda: set dramatically above a deep gorge offer magnificent views over the surroundings.

  • Cádiz: magnificent coastal city poking into the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Córdoba: Roman city to discover the fascinating history through the Mosque, the Alcazar and the Medina.

  • Malaga: port city where you can explore the ruins and various beaches.

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Family paradise

Younger guests will love the new family waterpark!

Parents and couples can relax in a stylish zen zone with an adult’s only pool and bar next to a tranquil meditation and yoga gardens.

Families can enjoy different activities together like paddle tennis, flying trapeze, archery and more.

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Beautiful resort and design

Club Med Magna Marbella is a stunning building with planted structural elements, in the middle of twelve hectares of terraced gardens. With a very modern design of bedrooms, bars, restaurants, spa and relaxation zones, the resort blend in with the mountain background. The resort also includes 5 pools to enjoy, including a Zen Zone with an adults-only pool.

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The rooms are all in the same helix-shaped building. With 10 storeys, it offers spectacular views of the sea, mountains and city.

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Vamos?

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Spanish food is a must when you visit Marbella. From paella to pescado, we're obsessed with the food from Spain. With a Sangria glass in hand, some tapas, and Spanish wine-tasting: your taste buds will travel too!

Curious to know more? Get prepared for the new Club Med Magna Marbella in Spain here!

Top 5 Wedding Destinations to tie the knot

Incredible destinations, incredible moments to share with incredible people: why not having your dream wedding in paradise?

Club Med offers romantic and inspiring venues where your friends and family can celebrate in style. And with flawless event coordination, expert planners, tailor-made wedding packages, and all-inclusive convenience - it’s easy to turn your wedding into an unforgettable holiday.

Discover below a selection of our top 5 destinations to get married overseas and make unforgettable memories in paradise. Are you ready to say “I do”?

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1 - Finolhu and Kani in the Maldives

Why not celebrate your wedding in the idyllic natural surroundings of the Maldives located in the Indian Ocean. Azure waters, private overwater villas, white sand beaches and simple pleasures are waiting for you to make your special day a little bit more magical.

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Club Med Finolhu Villas

From sunrise to sunset, the discrete service of your personal butler and the unbelievable beauty all around will make your wedding day and holiday on Finolhu unforgettable in your totally private beach or overwater villa.

On the beach or on by the poolside, enjoy the perfect setting for your wedding with a touch of luxury. The day after, indulge with a floating breakfast in your private pool or free-flowing Champagne in the evening.

And for your honeymoon stay: don’t miss a private snorkelling trips, seaplane rides, superyacht adventures, private yoga class or spa rituals in the overwater spa.

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Club Med Kani

Wake up to stunning beach views upon a private island with two kilometres of white sand beach and say “I do” in front of the Turquoise water. For an elevated experience for your wedding and honeymoon, stay in the Manta overwater suites with exclusive services such as Champagne by the glass every day from 6pm, breakfast in bed and a private beach.

And for your honeymoon stay, indulge in the simple pleasures of the island such as fresh fish, fresh coconut or a glide through the air on the overwater swing or try some of the thrilling water sports activities - all included.

2 - Bali and Bintan Island in Indonesia

If you’re looking to reunite all of your loved ones for your destination wedding, Bali and Bintan Island in Indonesia are the top choices. Between Club Med Bali’s modern and spacious beachside oasis and the raw beauty of Club Med Bintan Island - you’re spoilt for choice.

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Club Med Bali is easily accessible from the four corners of the world. It is a peaceful oasis on the shores of Nusa Dua with masses of space to unwind, relax for your wedding day while Club Med take care of everything. Reunite your loved one around a beautiful ceremony with local floral decoration in the lush gardens or by the sea.

And for your honeymoon, enjoy guided pilates and yoga lessons, the adult-only Zen Pool, local Balinese culture discoveries, a jeep adventure through the black sand beaches or visit traditional temples.

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Club Med Bintan Island

Just an hour away by ferry from Singapore, make unique memories surrounded by astounding raw natural beauty from the white-sand beach to crystal-clear waters of Bintan Island. Plus, embrace the Zen vibes of Bintan for your wedding and honeymoon as it’s the perfect holistic wellness escape.

And for your honeymoon, enjoy yoga by the sea, aerial yoga, pilates, stand up paddle boarding, a beautiful spa visit perched on the rocks and golf on one of the best Asia’s golf course - Ria Bintan.

3 - Tomamu Hokkaido in Japan

Make your wedding day as unique as you are with the incredible destination that is Japan. Be amazed by sumptuous landscapes with mountains, plains, rivers and lakes and incredible powder snow in winter. Take off for the region of Hokkaido - stunning in summer with colourful flower fields, sumptuous in winter with uncrowded mountains, and delectable local cuisine all-year-long.

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Club Med Tomamu

Celebrate your wedding in a perfect winter wonderland in Japan with a snow escape to the mountains. Tie the knot the most magical way possible in an Ice Chapel with your loved ones and enjoy colourful fireworks to conclude the ceremony.

And for your honeymoon, try an authentic Japanese culinary experience, a guided whisky and sake tasting, romantic nights at the nearby Ice Village with ice fishing, ice skating, ice bar… And of course, don’t miss out on the endless snow with ski and snowboard lessons and après-ski activities in a resort influenced by the beauty of Japan.

4 - Trancoso in Brazil

Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Brazil is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. Tropical beaches, samba and the country’s fanatical passion for football make Brazil one of the most vibrant, lively and fascinating destinations on earth. From the rain forests of the Amazon to the white-sand beaches of Bahia, Brazil is a perfect wedding destination... Tudo bom!

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Club Med Trancoso

Have the most spectacular wedding day in Trancoso, located south of Salvador de Bahia in Brazil. Between forest and sea, be ready to experience a wedding for nature lovers, off the beaten track and perched on a sublime clifftop overlooking a vast and magnificent beach.

And for your honeymoon, enjoy the Terravista Golf Course, the nearby towns of Trancoso, Arraial d’Ajuda and Porto Seguro with some pristine beaches, cultural sights and shops.

5 - Cancun in Mexico

A vibrant country with a rich culture, Mexico is filled with iconic sights, fantastic beaches and sub-tropical climates - making it a must-do destination. So why not celebrate your most important day in a stunning place, with delicious food and vibrant culture?

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Club Med Cancun Yucatan

Say ‘I Do,’ surrounded by Cancun’s brilliant teal-blue seas, pristine white beach and magnificent sunsets. If you’re looking for the perfect blend of romance, culture, and adventure, Club Med Cancun Yucatán is the perfect wedding destination.

And for your honeymoon, savour delicious Mexican flavours, discover one of the Seven Wonders of the World: Chichen Itza and upgrade your wedding and honeymoon experience with the new Jade 5 Exclusive Space’s luxury suites.

Ready to tie the knot and curious to know more about Wedding Destinations at Club Med? Discover more about Weddings by Club Med here and our brand new Club Med Weddings Brochure here 👰

All wedding pictures have been shared with authorisation from the SE7EN Agency wedding planner for the Maldives and Bali, Ancila Weddings for Cancun, Your Overseas Wedding and Sun N Sea Hong Kong for Japan and Trancoso resort for Brazil.

Discover more about the new Club Med Les Arcs Panorama

Freshly open in December 2019, discover a new modern masterpiece surrounded by forest in the French Alps’ Savoie region: Club Med Les Arcs Panorama.

If you’re fond of incredibly long slopes, 360 degree snowy views and relaxing into Turkish baths - Les Arcs Panorama and the Paradiski ski domain are for you.

Curious to discover more about Les Arcs Panorama? Keep reading as you make your way through this enchanted winter wonderland!

Les Arcs Panorama is located in one of the largest ski domain in the world

Paradiski actually means ‘the ski paradise’ and it definitely seems like it with three inter-connecting valleys as well as 425 kilometres of downhill skiing. It’s literally a dream for all type of skiers and snowboarders.

Here’s more information about Paradiski:
Number of runs: 12 green runs, 132 blue runs, 65 red runs, 37 black runs
Domain altitude: from 1,250m to 3,250m
Resort altitude: 1,750m

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Enjoy beautiful views and modern architecture

You are immersed in the modern architecture and wide-open views upon arrival at the family-friendly Arcs 1600 ski resort.

If you prefer to stay at a more exclusive and intimate part of the resort, Le Belvedere exclusive Space is nestled at the top of Les Arcs Panorama resort. Take a dip in the hot tub on the exclusive 390m2 rooftop terrace with views on the peaks, stay in sophisticated suites, try ski, snowboard, snowshoe or Nordic walking and enjoy personal exclusive services from a concierge to priority access to facilities.

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Have fun with the family

Families are at the center of the resort. You can make the most of Club Med’s Kid’s Clubs from 4-months to 17-years old and enjoy the unique Family Experience restaurant, where the kids take their parents out to dinner, a true interactive experience. The restaurant also serve lunch exclusively for the Petit and Mini Club participants.

Indulge in apres-ski relaxation

For something a little more indulgent, Club Med Les Arcs Panorama offers a Wellness area with Cinq Mondes spa, heated indoor and outdoor pools, Turkish baths and more. You can chose from 5 different packages such as Relaxation, for Him, Energy, Made to Measure and Beauty.

Experience the resort during summer too!

What about staying there when the snow melts ? Les Arc Panorama is also a summer destination, a true alternative to sea holidays where you can experience hiking, nordic walking in the forest and incredible views of the Tarentaise Valley.

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Join the fun during the French winter

After a successful opening in December, our Club Med team is so ready to welcome you in this enchanted winter and summer wonderland with incredible views of the French Alps !

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Ready to slide on fresh snow ? Discover more of Club Med Les Arcs Panorama here!

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

Have a sneak peek at the new Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda

Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda is a brand-new resort situated along the Dominican Republic’s pristine north shore in an area with limited tourist development. The capital, Santo Domingo, UNESCO World Heritage Site is 200 kms from Club Med and La Romana is 90 kms from Club Med.

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Michès is a pristine ecological haven in a lush Dominican palm Grove. Local wonders provide various opportunities for you to discover new breathtaking sights and activities, such as: Laguna Limon, a natural reserve with stunning waterfalls; Samaná Bay, a group of protected islands with native flora and wildlife, well-known for humpback whale watching; as well as Montaña Redonda, a rounded mountain with 360-degree views of the surrounding flourishing landscape, known for its photo-famous swing.

An unspoiled world

With this new resort, Club Med invites you to more personalised, customisable and intimate experience.

Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda is one resort featuring four boutique villages. Each of the four boutique villages will present its own unique environment, activities and accommodations. The boutique villages include Explorer Cove, Emerald Jungle, Archipelago and Caribbean Paradise.

Explorer Cove is where the young and the young-at-heart come together to celebrate. Play with your kids all day or let them meet new friends at the nearby children’s clubs. Breathe a sigh of relief  in a yellow sunny shade inspiration.

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Emerald Jungle is a calm oasis environment. Located in the Dominican groves, this area is an adult-exclusive Zen Oasis steps away from the spa.

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Archipelago rooms immerse you in an endless hue of blue. From your own private pool to a personal outdoor shower : this is a perfect hideaway.

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Caribbean Paradise is full of festive colors. Choose your path: poolside activities, nightly shows and flavors from all four corners of the world await. Enjoy the Caribbean vibes back in your room with décor inspired by local exotic flora.

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An unmatched All-inclusive Luxury

Being part of the Exclusive Collection guarantee a personalized paradise where you can live intimate moments, gourmet experiences tailor made by world renowned designers.

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In a word…

This strikingly beautiful property balances nature preservation efforts with exclusive experiences. It’s a stunning, eco-chic resort featuring four boutique villages that rewards romantics, adventurers and wellness seekers with personalized attention and an unparalleled escape from the everyday.

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Curious to discover more ? Get more information of Club Med Michès here. Opening in December 2019 !

20 reasons to book an amazing snow holiday for 2020

It’s time to decide on your next holiday destination – so, which will it be: sun or snow? Although sipping cocktails pool-side and basking in the sun is always a great relaxing holiday, why not shake things up in 2020 and take your next holiday to new heights with an unforgettable snow escape?

From the soaring peaks of Mont Blanc in the French Alps to the perfect powder slopes of Hokkaido in Japan, there are so many reasons to make your next holiday one in the snow…and why you shouldn’t delay and book one NOW! So sit back and relax, we’ve listed 20 reasons why you should book a snow holiday for 2020 below…

1. Amazing snow conditions and resorts to experience

With over 20 on-snow resorts, you’ll be sure to experience the most incredible skiing and snowboarding conditions with kilometres and kilometres of fun.

Ski, snowboard or snowshoe in the 4th largest ski area worldwide from the brand new Club Med Les Arcs Panorama or slide nonstop on the 14-kilometre long slope from the mountain top at the new resort Club Med Grand Massif Samoens Morillon to the Valley of Giffre.

Thinking of somewhere a bit closer? Japan is known for its incredible powder snow and conditions are almost always great. No excuse not to go and glide on that fresh powder!

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2. Finally experience a European white winter of your dreams

If you’ve yet to experience a white winter in Europe… here’s your chance with more than 15 Club Med snow resorts in Europe. Whether you want to try skiing for the first time, just enjoy the mountain feel or discover a new experience - all kinds of activities are available and promise an amazing snow holiday in the mountains.

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3. Slide through the fresh powder of Japan

For an authentic Japanese experience and endless powder snow, the Hokkaido region is one of the best choices for a snow holiday that’s not too far from home. Need more convincing? Tomamu has just been awarded as the number 1 resort in Japan by international travellers on TripAdvisor and Sahoro as the Number 1 hotel for families in Japan by TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice.

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4. Try new destinations you’ve never thought about

Did you know that there are some ski resorts in China? If you’re looking for a bit of adventure, snow, and fun - Club Med Beidahu or Club Med Yabuli are waiting for you! Be a pioneer and discover skiing in China before everyone else. Taste a traditional Chinese fondue, a typical dish to share in a warm-hearted spirit, and hit uncrowded slopes in wonderland-like landscapes.

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5. Embark on a culinary journey

From cheesy tartiflette and fine wine in Europe or fresh sushi, Yakiniku BBQ and sake in Japan: your tastes buds will be tingling. More than just a ski holiday, embark on a culinary journey and discover local cuisine and specialties.

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6. You won’t believe how easy it is to organise

With Club Med, it’s all taken care of so you can just focus on relaxing, having fun and reconnecting with loved ones. Lift passes are ready, lessons are booked, and ski gear is even awaiting for you in your locker. It doesn’t get much better than this!

7. Beginner? Snow-worries…

Whether you’ve never set foot on snow or had only a couple of lessons, no worries at all – we’ve got you. From having small group lessons with English-speaking professional instructors to getting introduced to the mountain lifestyle - your first ski experience will be unforgettable. Check out our ultimate guide for the first time skier here for more information.

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8. Enjoy the mountain to the fullest

Even if you want to ski or snowboard, you can definitely have an amazing snow holiday by trying other activities such as snowshoeing in stunning landscapes or having a bit of fun with sledding or ice-skating. Plus, all of Club Med snow resorts have an array of unique adventures on offer as well as indoor activities.

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9. Ski where the Olympians do

As an official partner of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA), Club Med regularly have winter Olympic athletes training in the resorts. Are you ready to ski alongside our country’s athletes? You might pick up a tip or two!

10. Make lifelong memories with loved ones

Booking a snow holiday is also the occasion for you to reconnect with your loved ones. Everything is already taken care of, so take a moment to relax by the crackling fire, a tea or hot cocoa in-hand, and enjoy every moment with your loved ones.

11.  Kids will have the time of their lives

Kids at Club Med are in their winter element! Little ones can learn to ski from 4 years old and make new friends from around the world in the included Kids Clubs, teens can enjoy the slopes during the day and hang out with new friends in the evenings, and adults can enjoy the different mountain elements knowing their children are very well looked after. Families can also share amazing moments together with the new family experience restaurant in our new resorts, where children are inviting their parents to dinner for a fully interactive experience.

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12. Revive and relax after the slopes

After a big day shredding the powder slopes of Japan, Italy or France, there’s nothing more satisfying than relaxing in the sauna, getting a well-deserved massage at the spa or swimming in the heated indoor or outdoor pool.

Each Club Med snow resort has unique spa partnerships with the best well-being brands such as Nuxe, Cinq Mondes or L’Occitane. Post-ski bliss!

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13. Snap the ultimate Instagram shot

Warning: your friends might be a little bit jealous seeing the blue-bird snow days! With incredible landscapes, trendy design and delicious food, there are so many nice shots you can take during your holiday.

Start first by choosing the subject for your photo, get creative and find a new angle, take advantage of the golden hour for a nice light and there you go - you have the perfect shot! Here is one of the great shots that you could take during your next snow holiday.

14. Indulge in luxury

Thinking of going the extra mile for your snow holiday? Discover the Exclusive Collection by Club Med - a series of luxurious resorts set within stunning destinations such as Valmorel Chalet-Apartments, Le Belvedere Exclusive Space in Les Arcs Panorama, Le Lodge Exclusive Space in Valmorel resort and Le Refuge Exclusive Space in Val d’Isere.

All these exclusive spaces offer luxurious accommodation, services such as bottomless champagne from the bar from 6pm, dedicated friendly hosts and more…

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15. Here’s your excuse to look stylish on the slopes

A snow holiday also means… ski and snowboard gear! And what better excuse to buy new gear for your upcoming holiday? Rental shops are available at the resort so don’t worry about bringing skis and snowboards, but why not buy that cute beanie or warm puffer jacket and feel super comfortable as well as super stylish?

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16. Wake up to snowy views every single day 

Get cosy in your room and admire snowy views every single day. Designed by the world’s best architects and designers, feel comfortable in your home away from home with lazy morning sleep-ins, afternoon naps after skiing all morning or getting ready for an evening at the resort. It’s your own private space in paradise.

17. It feels good to plan the next holiday

Maybe you just came back from holidays but it always feels good to look forward to the next holiday, right? Even if it’s for 2020, don’t worry - just the thought of planning your dream snow holiday will make you feel good.

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18. The earlier you book, the more you save!

Great news - planning your holiday early means you get the best deals, especially for snow holidays with Club Med. If you book at sales opening on 30 January 2019, you can benefit from up to 30% off your dream holiday – the best offer guaranteed of the year. Which means all that’s left to do is sit back and relax until your holiday!

19. Planning in advance means more time to relax

Once you book your snow holiday with Club Med, it’s all taken care of. You just have to choose from a wide variety of activities, restaurants, and amazing experiences once you get there. Enjoy the all-inclusive convenience from accommodation, gourmet meals, open bar, sports and activities: with us, it is all included in one package. Easy!

20. Go once and you’ll want to come back every year!

The fresh air of the mountains, the warm and fun vibes, the fresh powder… you’ll quickly understand how addictive a snow holiday is and we promise you - you’ll definitely want to come back again.

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Convinced yet? Book your snow holiday here with Club Med!

Looking to be part of a like-minded snow community? Join the Club Med snow squad here and receive snow holidays tips, insider knowledge as well as prizes, exclusive deals and more.

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

Multiverse; Fusions by Club Med. Testimonial by Kiara King at Club Med Finolhu

Kiara King, Art Director and owner of lifestyle blog Lion In The Wild, chose the Maldives to spend a memorable pre-wedding trip with her soon-to-be-husband. While staying at Club Med Finolhu Villas, Kiara experienced the first Club Med Fusions event; Multiverse, mixing food, light and sound during a magical evening ✨

We chatted to Kiara to find out about her experience…

Hi Kiara, it looks like you had an incredible time in Club Med Finolhu! What were the highlights?

Well, put simply, you cannot beat waking up to the view of the ocean, can you? The Overwater Sunrise Villa was by far one of the best accommodations we’ve had the pleasure of experiencing. We could’ve easily spent the entire 5-nights in our villa if not for the beautiful island and amazing inclusive activities.

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We really loved how social the vibe of Club Med Finolhu was, especially after the sunset at the bar where many guests gather for pre-dinner drinks, including the night of Fusions. What I love is that Finolhu caters to what you want whether you want to be social and meet other guests or enjoy a private experience. Overall, Finolhu seems more intimate and relaxed than many other resorts.

 

Sounds like the perfect balance! Can you tell us more about Fusions by Club Med?

Club Med Fusions was what brought us to the beautiful Club Med Finolhu Villas in the middle of the Indian Ocean, and we’re sure glad it did. In its essence, Fusions is a collaboration of senses and, on this particular inaugural Fusions event, we were delighted by the partnership of Michelin Chef Jozef Youssef and award-winning composer-pianist Tze Toh. As we experienced umami flavours across three key elements – water, fire and air – the evening was further enhanced not just by the storytelling, light show and wonderful company, but also the music that elevated our senses and enhanced the flavours of each course. It truly was a multi-sensory night of enchantment, indulgence and connection.

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Wow! A very unique experience. What was your favourite part?

I will always remember the burst of emotions I felt as we were sitting at our table with the chefs working meticulously in front of us preparing each course, the theatrical light that moved above us, the storytelling of Chef Youssef and the beautiful music of composer Toh in the middle of Motu Restaurant, knowing that we’d never experience an event so unique again.

As a self-confessed foodie, we thoroughly enjoyed the eight-course gourmet menu that shaped our evening. My favourite dish? Without a doubt, the tuna tataki paired with watermelon and pineapple. It was simply a heavenly combination, which seemed to be the theme of the night.

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What would you like to see at the next Fusions by Club Med?

The Maldives is simply one of the most beautiful places on Earth, so I can only imagine how amazing it would be to have a Club Med Fusions event that celebrates the beauty of nature; sea and land, flora and fauna. It could perhaps incorporate film, touch, sound and light to enhance the emotions of the event and educate guests in an exciting way about the island and the Maldives.

 

Apart from Fusions, what are the Top 5 things you experienced in the Maldives?

1.      Explore Club Med Finolhu. What do you do when you find yourself on a private tropical island? Explore it, of course! If you manage to pull yourself away from your own luxurious villa (it’s worth it, I promise!), you’ll discover the huge resort pool and bar, palm tree-lined walkways, Insta-worthy ocean swings, secret hammocks and pristine white beaches. If you get a chance, you should also get the quick speed boat to Club Med Kani.

2.      Enjoy a night to remember at Club Med Fusions. We thoroughly enjoyed our unforgettable evening immersing ourselves in the first Fusions event, which combined our passion for exemplary cuisine and beautiful music.

3.      Go on the Blue Lagoon Cruise. Wow, wow, wow! I believe that is the best way to describe our experience on the Blue Lagoon Tour as we discovered a tiny sand island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, snorkelled with lots of colourful fish and met friendly locals on a residential Maldivian island. Needless to say, it was so much fun! 

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4.      Swim with the friendly sharks and stingrays. One of the most incredible experiences we had was swimming with the reef sharks, stingrays and fish around our very own overwater villa. While they were very shy and rarely approached us, it was one of the most magical moments I’ve ever had. We also swam with a sea turtles on one of the inclusive snorkelling trips we went on too. Pinch me!

5.      Relax, relax, relax. There’s no better place to chill out than by your private pool overlooking the sparkling turquoise lagoon, immersing yourself in the natural beauty of Finolhu. Order room service, grab a book and rejuvenate in your very own paradise.

Sounds like the trip of a lifetime! What makes the Maldives stand out from other dream destinations?

I’ve been incredibly fortunate to travel to some truly beautiful destinations, but the Maldives tops the list for me with its clear turquoise waters, rich marine life and tropical islands. The all-inclusive delicious meals, free-flowing champagne, incredibly friendly staff (it was such a pleasure to get to know everyone!), fun activities and luxury of Club Med Finolhu are not to be missed. I mean, we’re already dreaming of our next visit! It truly is paradise.


And finally, any packing tips for anyone heading to the Maldives on their own amazing holiday?

Since you’re going to be spending your time by the water, make sure you fill your suitcase with plenty of swimsuits and beach cover-ups. For the evenings by the bar, take up the opportunity to have a little fun and pack a daring yet lightweight dress or jumpsuit. And don’t forget sunscreen…SPF50+ is my choice! Footwear, optional.

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Discover more about Fusions by Club Med.


First holiday abroad with bub: Testimonial by Nikki Phillips at Club Med Bintan Island

First-time mum and long-time Club Med fan, Nikki Phillips recently returned from her first overseas trip as a new mum. Having visited both Club Med Finolhu Villas, Kani and Les Chalets Valmorel with her husband, Nikki looked towards Club Med and the amazing family services as the holiday of choice for her new family. Full of family fun and precious couple time, check out Nikki’s family vacation at Club Med Bintan below:

And discover her photo diary here:

Top 5 ultimate experiences in Finolhu Villas, Maldives

Are you ready for the ultimate luxury indulgence in the Maldives? Discover the Finolhu Villas where you can truly unwind and enjoy barefoot luxury at its best, while being constantly surrounded by breathtaking beauty from your private villa.

And no exceptional holiday can be complete without exceptional experiences! So let’s whisk you to a world of paradise, pleasures and peacefulness where every experience is unique.

Here are our top 5 of ultimate experiences you have to try in the Finolhu Villas, Maldives!

#1 - From day to night, indulge from your private villa

Every single morning, wake up with the most incredible view of the ocean from your private sanctuary. Hear the gentle sound of waves, look at the sparkling crystal clear blue ocean and feel the first rays coming in.

Slowly wake up while your butler is already setting up the most sumptuous breakfast on your terrace - probably the best view ever for breakfast! Truly indulge and relax before an exceptional day in Paradise ahead.

#2 - Get the ultimate spa experience with a view

Fancy having pampering time on your own or as a couple? You won’t be able to resist with such an incredible setting for your massage or treatment. You have two options and either will ensure you have the best experience:

Spa treatment from the spa center: enter a world of pleasure with private cabins overlooking the endless ocean while you get pampered. Plus, while on the massage table you can also look down at the glass bottom floor and observe fishes!

Spa treatment from your villa: that’s right, you can get your very own treatment in your villa! Isn’t it the ultimate luxury? Set a time and place with your butler and the spa comes to you!

#3 - Get your very own romantic dinner on the beach or villa

The two of you, a private and secluded spot, incredible ocean views, candlelight, delicious food and a bottle of champagne… it doesn’t go more romantic than that, right?

You call the time, the place and your personal butler will make it happen. This will be a night to remember!

#4 - Couple diving* into the wonders of the Indian Ocean

Whether it’s your first time diving or you are an experienced diver, you won’t stop reminiscing of how incredible your first Maldives diving experience was! Dive into clear blue waters by day and encounter colourful fish, graceful manta rays, reef sharks, and natural coral reefs.

With professional and friendly instructors from Euro-divers, average water temperature of 28 degrees and an abundant marine biodiversity waiting to be discovered, you’ll live an unforgettable couple dive around the resort.

Want to top up this experience with an even more thrilling dive? Don’t miss out of the night scuba diving experience to view manta rays up close, vibrant fluorescent corals and more as the underwater world comes to life after sundown.

#5 - Enjoy the best of both worlds with an extra island hop!

What if we told you that when you stay in the Finolhu Villas, you get not only one island to play with but two? That’s right and it’s all included too - catch the speedboat over and within 5 minutes, discover a whole new land of fun and play in Club Med Kani.

With even more ultimate experiences to try like surfing*, wakeboarding*, waterskiing*, tours like the blue lagoon tour*, scenic flights* and more…

You can even eat, drink and participate in the all-inclusive activities out there as well as evening shows and parties. Endless possibilities to spend your holiday really!

What ultimate experience are you willing to try in the Finolhu Villas? Let us know in the comments and if you’d like to discover more about this exceptional place - read about the Finolhu Villas directly on our website.

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

Experience that Sweet Endless European Summer

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

Luxury Dolce Vita in Club Med Cefalu, Sicily, Italy

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

Kids over 8 years old are welcome in Cefalu.

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

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

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

A Greek getaway to Club Med Gregolimano, Greece

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

Kids Clubs available from 4 years to 17 years old.

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Cliffside beauty in Club Med Da Balaia, Portugal

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

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

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

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

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

What’s New in Club Med Kani, Maldives

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

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

Surf one of the best surf spots in the world

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

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

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

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

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

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Discover more about family holidays and kids clubs here.

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

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

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

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

How did this man pull off the ultimate sunset proposal in the Maldives?

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It's all about planning, timing, ground support and...a few white lies ;) How did Kevin pull off the ultimate #ProposalGoals to his unsuspecting bride, Pauline, with an incredibly romantic sunset setup in Club Med Finolhu Villas, Maldives, with a breathtaking view overlooking the crystal clear blue water?

All will be revealed below!

The pictures and story have been re-posted with the authorisation of The Wedding Scoop and Kani Photo Shop. 

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“This trip was supposed to be a birthday trip for Kevin, but little did I know he actually planned the proposal about 6 months before we flew there. He contacted the Club Med staff and arranged everything prior to our arrival.

When we arrived, the staff told us that we were entitled a free massage (for one) and an hour photo shoot for his birthday. I totally did not suspect a single thing because I had expected some kind of perks since we were spending Kevin’s birthday during our stay at Club Med.

Apparently, he made use of the time while I was at the massage to arrange the proposal set-up and decor with the staff. During the photo shoot, the photographer brought me to the venue (while Kevin was away due to a “tummy ache”) and I was totally surprised when I saw the entire set up.

Kevin had made a video and I watched it on his iPad. He got all our loved ones to record their blessings and messages and I was literally bawling my eyes out! Everything was so beautiful, especially the view - an open ocean against the backdrop of the sunset. It was the perfect proposal!” ~ Pauline

Congratulations on your engagement, Kevin and Pauline, and thank you for sharing your proposal story with us!

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Discover more about the Finolhu Villas in the Maldives and its incredible sunset and sunrise Overwater villas.

7 Incredible Zen Pools

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

#1 Surrounded by palm trees in Bali, Indonesia

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

#2 Alongside turquoise lagoon in Punta Cana

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

#3 Dedicated to peace in Phuket, Thailand

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

#4 Natural Pool in Da Balaia, Portugal

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

#5 Into the wild in Cherating Beach

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

#6 Revitalize with nature in Rio Das Pedras

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

#7 Over water in Cancun Yucatan, Mexico

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

📖 I also love a great book…

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

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What was your typical day in Club Med Kani? 

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

What about Club Med Finolhu Villas?

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

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

What was your highlight from the trip?

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

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

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

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

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

What is your top tip for enjoying a romantic getaway?

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

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Anything else you’d like to add?

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

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

The Maldives: Photo Diary from Guy and Jules Sebastian

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The best thing about memories is making them. In January, famous Australian singer Guy Sebastian (@guysebastian) and his wife Jules (@julessebastian), Australian blogger, ventured to paradise at Club Med Kani and came back with incredible memories to share!

Note: All images below are courtesy of Guy and Jules Sebastian, and have been shared with permission. 

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Kani Overwater Suites with a panoramic view

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Exclusive Manta Lounge, over the turquoise waters

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Enjoying this pristine paradise with a fresh drink

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Magical sunset from the beach bar over Kani, Maldives

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No better way to end up the day in the Maldives

Want to know more about this slice of paradise? Read this blog article from @julessebastian

The French Alps: Photo diary from Nikki Phillips

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Traveling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

Recently, Nikki Phillips (@nikkikphillips), the New Zealand model and fashion blogger came with her partner Dane Rumble (@danerumble) to the Club Med Valmorel Chalets to enjoy an amazing ski experience in the French Alps and share some fantastic snaps of their trip. Have a look at their incredible pictures below!

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Note: All images below are courtesy of Nikki Phillips and have been shared with permission.

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Want to see more? Take a look at the beautiful Club Med Valmorel Chalets in this video tour, courtesy of @NikkiPhillips


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12 Travel Tips For Your Next Holiday

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While we all know there’s nothing better than being on holiday, but sometimes, getting ready to head overseas can be a little stressful! We’ve put together a list of our most important tips to get ahead on your next holiday…

1. Book your flights – early!

You’ll get the best price on your flights if you book them in advance, with savings that can often add up very quickly. Usually, you can book your trip up to 10 months out from departure – plus, if you book with accommodation you often get the best rate on flights available.

If you have your eye on flights and want to know when to buy, Hopper is the perfect tool! Plug in your travel dates and destinations, and the app will notify you whether you should buy now or wait.

2. Best time to go on holiday

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Really, it depends what you’re looking for:

  • For those looking to escape the crowds, avoid school holiday periods, especially the Christmas break! Airports and popular destinations can get extremely busy, and prices often skyrocket during this period.

  • To ski, head to the Northern Hemisphere in January to March for the best snow, or April for some incredible spring skiing.

  • If you’d prefer to avoid the wet season in tropical Asia, travel to Thailand between December and April, and to Malaysia and Indonesia between May and October.

  • Check the national holidays of the country you’re visiting before you book to make sure everything will be open. Keep an eye out for Chinese New Year, Bastille Day, Easter and other similar holidays.

 3. Planning your trip

  • Be sure to visit TripAdvisor before choosing your accommodation or tours, to read peer reviews or have your questions answered.

  • Google Trips is an app that will keep track of your bookings as you make them. No need to trawl through your emails! Too easy.

  • Have a look online for any 360 videos to get the full holiday experience, or use Google Street View to get a virtual tour of the destination.

4. Check your passport!

Probably the most important point on this list! It is absolutely essential that you make sure you have at least six months on your passport before leaving the country, otherwise your dream holiday may become just that – a dream. Acquiring a passport last minute is a stressful process, and can’t always promise results, so check your validity well before you jet off!

While we’re on this topic, make sure to look up visa requirements for the country you’re heading to. Australians can travel visa-free to plenty of countries, but it’s always better to triple check.

5. Where to exchange your money

  • Exchange some money before you go. While the rates may not be as promising, the language barrier overseas may make it difficult to exchange currency.

  • Check with your bank if you can get a travel card, or go to the local post office and grab one. It’s much easier than paying by credit card, plus you don’t pay currency conversion fees.

  • Don’t exchange money at the airport, and especially not after you clear security. Kiosks at international airports have notoriously poor exchange rates.

  • Be sure to notify your bank that you’re overseas, to avoid having issues with your card. Banks like ING allow you to notify them of travel in their online banking app.

6. How to pack

Forget folding! To save as much space as possible, roll all of your clothing inside your suitcase. Also, keep your luggage as light as possible to make sure your transit is as easy as possible- if in doubt, leave it out!.

7. Learn some basic phrases

Consider learning some basic language skills of the country you’re visiting as a courtesy to those you’re speaking to. Learn phrases such as “excuse me,” “may I please have…” and “no, thank you.” If you have any serious allergies, learn to articulate these too!

Apps like Duolingo are great to give you a rundown of the basics, and Google Translate will always come in handy while overseas.

8. Ditch the camera

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Let’s be honest: in today’s world, your smartphone is more than adequate to chronicle your travels. While your DSLR can take some incredible shots, you’ll also have to lug it around, including extra batteries for when it inevitably runs out of charge. If you want to travel light, invest in some add-ons for your smartphone to boost the quality of your images.

9. Pack some earplugs, or noise-cancelling headphones!

Whether you’re staying in a lavish resort or a hostel in the big smoke, you’ll want to bring some earplugs to safeguard your shut-eye. They’re invaluable on flights - especially if you’ve got the screaming child seated behind you! For frequent travellers, consider investing in a great pair of noise-cancelling headphones – Bose’s Quietcomfort series is a favourite amongst travellers.

10. Check if you need vaccinations before you go!

Check what vaccinations you need on Travel Doctor after you book your holiday. Some vaccines can take up to eight weeks to come into full effect, so get organised early. Plus, in many resorts like Club Med Bali, children require vaccination certificates for the Kids Clubs, so make sure you bring those along.

11. Travel insurance is essential

Travel insurance is an absolute must-have when travelling abroad, especially with children or on a ski holiday. Insurance can cover medical emergencies, travel costs incurred from some cancellations and will compensate you if your belongings go missing. Be sure to document your claim fully to make sure you get compensated.

Again, some holiday packages (including Club Med) offer travel insurance in the package – make sure to check before spending extra!

12. Travelling with kids?

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Travelling with young children is a different game all together. Consider these tips before you jet off:

  • Pre-order children’s meals on-board your flight.

  • The air pressure changes inside a plane’s cabin is more intense for young children. Make sure you bring something for the little ones to suck on to alleviate the pain.

  • Travel somewhere with a Kids Club. Not only will they have a ball, but you’ll get a break!

Discover more about Club Med all inclusive holidays by clicking here.

Nikki Phillips Found Paradise in The Maldives

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This article was reposted from bynikkiphillips.com. Read the original story here.Nikki Phillips, model and blogger, relates her memorable couple gateway at Club Med Finolhu Villas with her husband.

 I never, ever thought in my wildest dreams I would get the opportunity to visit this beautiful part of the world again.  My husband and I were fortunate enough to travel to the Maldives last year (2014) for our honeymoon, But here we are again and completely pinching ourselves.

We flew Singapore airlines, Sydney to Singapore and then onto the Maldives.

A trip that took 14 hours including a 3 hours stopover. I say this because some people think that the Maldives is miles away, extremely hard to get to and airfares expensive, but it’s actually not and a ticket price tag is around a thousand dollars. On arrival into Male (The capital) it’s a short 20 – 30 min boat ride to Paradise, also know as Club Med Finolhu.

The moment you lay eyes on this piece of paradise you are completely overwhelmed and breathless.

How can something so beautiful exist. The bluest oceans, whitest sands and general perfection is truly breathtaking. As you pull up to the wharf you are greeted by the staff and the general manger offering welcome drinks and extremely large smiles.

Club Med Finolhu officially opened January 31st 2015 and is designed by world renewed architect Yugi Yamakazi and is the first 100% solar run resort in the Maldives. Yup that’s right,  solar panels help electricity, air conditioning and hot water run the entire property.

Making it the ultimate in Eco-luxury resort. It has 52 villas on the entire Island, beach bungalows, sunset and sunrise over water bungalows.

Our villa was a sunset water bungalow and it didn’t disappoint as every morning we were greeted with the most epic sunrise. The beautiful flow of the villa brought the outside in, with doors and windows from the inside leading out onto the ocean. A generous sized living room, bedroom and bathroom and did I mention the outdoor bath!!!!!

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Each villa is private and has it’s own luxury plunge pool and a staircase leading from your your own private bungalow directly to the clear blue waters of the ocean, making your hardest decision for the day being…. to pool or sea?

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If you require anything for your stay, room service, waters, cocktails, information on activities, you can call your very own personal butler. We had Vikash, who was absolutely lovely and always made us laugh.

For those more active there is a gym, tennis court and yoga available.

You can also go deep sea snorkeling, fishing and jet skiing. We went Jet Skiing and watched a pod of over 50 dolphins dance around us effortlessly, a truly magical moment. A spa is also located on the island for those wanting a more relaxed vacation.

So If I haven’t sold you yet, just wait.

Club Med is known for its ‘All inclusive’ concepts which means the price you pay includes all your food and beverage for your entire stay. Breakfast (unless you want in room ) lunch and dinner is all served in the over water restaurant. This restaurant is a grand building and has a bar with a glass floor, so you can see the colourful sea life beneath while you sip on your chosen cocktail.

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At lunch a buffet is served bringing top chefs to prepare fresh seafood, or chosen cultured food. At night it’s an ala carte menu which changes daily.

I could honestly keep writing about this surreal part of the world, but I recommend you just go and visit it for yourself and I highly recommend Club Med Finolhu if you are wanting to spoil yourself in luxury.

A huge thank you to all the staff at Club Med Finolhu and our butler Vikash (that’s him on the left) I hope to one day go back.

A dream trip.

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Enjoy a few more seconds in The Maldives with this Instagram video from @nikkikphillips