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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12  Tell us about your upcoming project, EMBRACE Kids.

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

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

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

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

 How can we get involved?

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

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

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

Does the term ‘active holiday’ leave you cringing? Here’s 5 experiences at Club Med that might change your mind.

Thought an active holiday wasn’t your cup of tea? Well, at Club Med, you might be surprised: it’s possible to exercise in paradise and have fun while you’re doing it.

Here’s 5 unique experiences so fun that you won’t even realise you’re being super active. Better yet, these experiences are included in your package!

#1 Horse ride into the sunset

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Do you have hearts for hooves? Fulfil your Saddle Club fantasies in our brand new resort Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda with horse-riding on the beach at sunset! Bring home ever-lasting memories of this free-feeling moment with your majestic mate.

#2 Sail in the Indian Ocean

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Although you might automatically think an island getaway is just about relaxing, don’t forget the ocean is the ultimate playground! Sailing is the perfect combination of adrenaline, enjoying the sea, and collecting wonderful moments with your loved ones.

Take advantage of the gentle Indian winds to sail your own catamaran around the lagoon, between the beach and the coral reefs of Mauritius at Club Med La Pointe aux Cannoniers.

#3 Elevate your yoga practice

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The beauty of all-inclusive activities is that you can try anything you want without paying extra. So, why not give it a shot? You never know, it might be the beginning of a new passion…

At Club Med Bintan Island you have the unique opportunity to revitalise your mind, body and soul with an aerial yoga lesson. Accompanied by a breathtaking view of the beach with the calming sound of the waves crashing, enjoy this peaceful and relaxing floating moment in paradise.

Still not sure its for you? Bring a buddy, give it a go, and have a few laughs anyway!

#4 Ski on the freshest powder

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Calling all snow-lovers! What’s the best way to enjoy pure mountain happiness? Riding your way through it of course! Enjoy the mountain to the fullest, get your adrenaline levels-up, and soak up the breathtaking views.

Skiing in Japan, known worldwide to be the powder paradise, is definitely a bucket-list experience! Enjoy skiing on the slopes with fresh powder snow at Club Med Tomamu and Club Med Sahoro, located in idyllic Hokkaido. Our mountain resorts are the perfect place for a ski-holiday made easy: put your boots on, everything is taken care of!

#5 Paddle atop a turquoise paradise

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A gem of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are home to hundreds of marine life species. At Club Med Kani, you can enjoy the beautiful turquoise water and the discover the underwater sea life at the same time thanks to our amazing glass bottom kayak! Glide above the water while watching stunning colourful fish, turtles, and rays in their natural habitat. How’s that for an amazing experience?!

Discover more about our unique experiences and premium all-inclusive holidays here. Don’t forget to share your experiences on social media with the #ClubMed :)

Island Getaways: Club Med 2019 Gold List

Daydreaming about a beach getaway to have your perfect winter escape but wondering where to go?

There’s sooooo many destinations to choose from and yet it’s super hard to pick one that’ll feel like the perfect holiday.

To help you find your little paradise, we’ve selected our favourite beach holiday destinations in some of the most beautiful islands of the world!

Picture yourself amongst clear blue water and white-sand beaches with palm-trees … Paradise awaits you!

Club Med Finolhu Villas - Maldives

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Maldives is the home of hundreds of marine life species - it’s a paradise for those who love snorkelling. You’ll have an amazing time discovering the wonders of the ocean and swimming with colorful fish, graceful manta rays and reef sharks.

Its uniqueness

In this Exclusive Collection resort, enjoy the peace and quiet of a private infinity pool. It’s the perfect place to relax in the middle of the crystal blue lagoon, or enjoy a floating breakfast...tastes like luxury!

Club Med La Plantation d’Albion - Mauritius

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Mauritius is a beach-lovers’s dream! Discover natures treasures by walking along the coastline of the resort, with the breathtaking view of the preserved coves: blue depths of the Indian Ocean, black lava rocks…with no one else around. Our Green Globe certified resort is an ideal place to reconnect with nature, relax on the beach, and enjoy the authentic Mauritian hospitality.

Its uniqueness

At Club Med la Plantation d’Albion, experience the close encounters with the dolphins in their natural habitat: an unforgettable time that you can share with your friends and family for ever-lasting memories.

Club Med Bali - Indonesia

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Explore the hidden gems of Indonesia at Club Med Bali! Dive into Balinese culture with a range of different experiences: water-sports, jungle discoveries, temple visits, Balinese dances, the list goes on… After your exciting adventures, you can relax by our Zen pool or soak in the delightful spa.

Its uniqueness

Club Med Bali, renowned as the best family resort, offers a brand-new Amazing family program to give parents the opportunity to create special memories with their little ones, with a daily choice of outdoors activities that family can do all together.

Club Med Punta Cana - Dominican Republic

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Your turquoise playground awaits you at Club Med Punta Cana. In the middle of the Carribean sea, Dominican Republic it’s the best place to experience your dream beach holiday with its white-sand beaches bathed in crystalline waters.

Its uniqueness

Thanks to our partnership with Cirque du Soleil, Club Med Punta Cana is offering the activity Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil. If you are tempted by a circus experience near the beach, enjoy the acrobatic & artistic activities and express your creativity up in the air!

Feeling inspired? All you have to do is escape the winter and fly to one of these exquisite destinations! Don’t forget to share your island memories on Instagram with us! #ClubMed

Your guide to the most incredible Girls Trip

Happy Friendship Day! As today is the International Friendship Day, it’s time to prove to your friends how much you care about them… to express your gratefulness, why not suggest taking the most unforgettable girls trip EVER?

Planning a trip together is not an easy task, picking a date is the first step but then comes the hardest part: agree on a destination. We don’t want you to mess-up your friendship over holiday planning, especially during this special day, so we’re here to help you choose the right place depending on your holiday mood.

And don’t forget that whichever destination you choose, the most important thing is to have your friend(s) by your side and have lots of fun!

Life’s a beach

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What’s better than having your best friend with you to go on a sea and sun holiday? You’ll share wonderful moments together tanning atop the whitest sand you’ve ever seen, having some relaxing massages under the palm-trees, discovering the underwater world equipped with your mask and snorkel. Come live your dream holiday with your BFF in Club Med Kani all-inclusive resort!

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If your idea of the ultimate girls trip includes loads of fun and a great vibe, you should select a place where festive atmosphere is part of the destination! At Club Med Cancun Yucatan in Mexico, you and your party mate(s) can enjoy the open bar during the night, part of the all-inclusive formula of the resort, and discover the wonders of the Mayan culture during the day : Chichen Itza, Valladolid, Tulum…

Nature getaway

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Do you consider yourselves eco-warriors? Good news, you can experience an eco-friendly way of life in one of our Green Globe certified resorts, Club Med Cherating Beach in Malaysia. This jungle escape destination will be the perfect place to relax and have fun: boat-ride in the Mangrove, yoga class in a peaceful environment, sailing lessons to reach Pantai Beach… And it won’t keep you from doing good for the planet: you’ll have the opportunity to take part in the turtle conservation or cleaning the beaches of the region.

Fully Active

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If you’re sporty people and are keen to try new activities like flying trapeze, one of our best resorts for acrobatic activities is Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Its partnership with the famous “Cirque du Soleil” will be the perfect place to test your friendship up in the air, and to forget about the gravity laws. If at some point you want to get back on the ground, you can still enjoy a lot of other land activities from a various range of choices: golf, archery, tennis, basketball, beach volleyball… And where to recover from the effort? Either in our Zen Oasis, by the zen pool, or by the quiet white sanded beaches.

Ready to fly into a new adventure with your favorite(s) companion(s)? Have a look on our website to discover our latest offers, and don’t hesitate to share pictures of your friendship moments with the hashtag #ClubMed.

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

Discover the brand new Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers

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

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

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Family Pool

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

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

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New Spa

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

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

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New Rooms

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

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Discover here the new La Pointe Resort!

The essentials for a surfer in Bali

Famous for its temples, Bali is also known for surfing. Its position in the Indian Ocean makes it a surfer's paradise. Why not mixing relaxing places, beautiful beaches, local culture and experience something different! Stop by Club Med Bali, a sanctuary for families and friends on the shores of Nusa Dua, with masses of space to unwind.

We made a selection of our favorite surf spots inside and outside the resort so that you can enjoy your Bali bliss at its best. Plus, if you travel in May, don’t miss the World Surf League Championship Tour on the 13th-14th May!

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Surf at…

  • The front of the resort along the Sri Lanka Wave. Just after your breakfast, take your board and enjoy a sunrise session before the resort gets up.

  • Uluwatu wave. Uluwatu is more than one of the world’s best surf breaks. It is also one of Bali’s most magnificent temples, Pura Uluwatu Temple.

  • Padang Padang wave. Padang Padang is known as the balinese pipeline as it is very similar to Hawaaii's very own pipeline.

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Relax at…

  • The adults-only Zen pool surrounded by immaculate gardens. The Adult zen pool

  • The Club Med Spa by Mandara at the private quiet Pool.

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Eat at…

  • Agung Restaurant for Balinese and international delights at the elegant buffet-style.

  • The Deck specialty restaurant where you can try local flavours, fresh seafood, perfectly prepared fish surrounded by sparkling pools.

  • Local places on Bali Island such as Motel Mexicola for fish tacos.

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Stretch at…

  • The beach with view on the ocean and enjoy a guided pilates session.

  • The pergola for a yoga session.

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Party at…

  • UNIQUE rooftop bar, Bali's go-to spot for fun parties by the pool.

  • Single Fin Bar, Uluwatu's hippest cliff-top bar.

  • Kuta Beach, dancing with the sunset colors.

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Ready to be immersed in the treasures of Bali? So many activities are here to show you that there is not one way to live this moment.

This is your time to discover Club Med Bali, perfect balance between culture and well-being!

What meditation is like on Eat Play Renew weeks in Bali with Joannie Lemay

Joannie Lemay is a certified mind-body practitioner and a yoga therapist working at Club Med as a meditation instructor. Through mindfulness trainings, Joannie delivers tools and tactics to enhance your happiness and maximise your potential to live your best life.

Joannie recently took part in Eat, Play, Renew weeks in Club Med Bali where she guided guests through a workshop to carry out daily meditation practice and also gave nutrition advice.

Eat, Play and Renew program, an exciting and revitalising welness retreat. The retreat is designed with foodies in mind: experience fruit carving lessons, nutrition workshops, cooking lessons… Wellbeing does not mean boring: experience balinese gamelan music classes, kecak fire dance show, balinese koreo dance classes… this retreat is not your usual retreat - also experience meditation and laughing yoga!

Discover a bit more about Joannie’s experience at Eat Play Renew in Club Med Bali below.

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Hi Joannie, can you please introduce yourself?

I am a wellbeing consultant and the co founder of In Bloom. My aim is to inspire people and businesses to thrive by delivering tailored health strategies that not only improve performance, but also optimise individual’s mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

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Congrats on participating to the first edition of Eat, Play, Renew – how did you find the experience?

It was an absolute pleasure to deliver some wellbeing workshops to guests. GM’s were really engaged with the topics and sessions, and created meaningful connections through their time at Club Med by interacting with like minded people and sharing some stories about their wellbeing journey.

Can you tell us more about your meditation and nutrition trainings during the event?

I hosted daily morning and evening meditations, which were simply a wonderful way to get more out of your vacation by being present to every moment of the day. People told me many times that they felt more connected throughout their days.

The nutrition seminars were delivered at lunch time, and really  gained in popularity throughout the week from world of mouth! This is the best way to know that people enjoy the sessions when they come back and tell other guests about their own positive experience! All the nutrition workshops have a different topics, such as Nutrition 101, achieve optimal digestion on vacation and understand one’s relationship with food.

How did you interact with the participants, who were they and how did they respond to your training?

I am actually still in conversation with some of the participants! A sense of trust and support was created and I had people sharing powerful insights from what they’ve realised through the workshops and how they will change their approach to their everyday life back at home.

Describe your typical day in Club Med Bali during Eat, Play, Renew?

All days were blissful, healthy and truly relaxing!

From morning meditations, to interacting with guests at meal times, mid day water based activities to sunset yoga sessions, I felt like the days flew by! 

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Where were your favourite spots to relax?

Right under the Frangipani tree, overlooking the ocean! And the Zen pool, so enjoyable.

What did you pack in your bag for the event?

Yoga clothing, swimwear, books, sunnies and my hat!

How did you feel once the event was finished?

Fulfilled and relaxed, peaceful and joyful! Ready to come back and deliver more Eat, Play, Renew Retreats around the world!

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What Club Med would you like to try next?

Club Med Kani, Club Med Magna Marbella and Club Med Cefalu!

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the next session of Eat Play Renew in Club Med Bali from 8 to 29 October 2019. Discover more about Club Med Bali here.

Why Aerial Yoga is good for you

Imagine yourself suspended off the ground by a hammock with a light breeze and an amazing view in the background… This is fun, totally different and a little bit crazy - it’s called Aerial Yoga.

This new activity appeared in the last few years after Yoga really taking off all over the world. Aerial yoga is involving more challenging postures to help improve alignment and flexibility - yet still accessible for all levels. And it is now available at Club Med Bintan Island!

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What is aerial yoga

Aerial yoga is also called anti-gravity yoga as for the session you are suspended off the ground. It combines traditional yoga postures and core strengthening exercises with the use of silk hammock that lifts you off the ground.

Benefits

  • It relieves compression in the spine instead of the natural downward compression produced by gravity. It allows you to relax and reduce pressure!

  • It challenges central nervous system, mental capacity and proprioception. It requires focus and patience to learn to move your body through the different poses.

  • It increases pulling strength. This movement isn’t find in the traditional yoga practice. It is a great way to keep your shoulders balanced!

  • It improves flexibility. You will be able to refine and improve your alignment and relax into the pose.

  • It is beginner-friendly! You can play with the different postures and build the strength to execute the different yoga poses.

Yoga in Bintan Island

From Club Med Bintan Island, take time to rejuvenate body and soul with an aerial yoga session facing the sea, just upside down! You’ll definitely get addicted quicker than you think.

Just a short ferry ride from Singapore, Bintan Island is surrounded by raw natural beauty: the perfect place to relax and experience wellness activities: a beautiful spa perched on the rocks, flying trapeze or new yoga poses.

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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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A new design

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!

The hottest destinations to travel to in 2019

Looking for inspiration about the hottest destination to travel to in 2019?

Look no further, the beloved younger generation voted for their top travel destinations for 2019 from Portugal to the Philippines and it’s giving us a lot of wanderlust feelings right now. After all, who knows better than the travel-addicted Millenial generation?

Bali in Indonesia, Hokkaido in Japan, Yucatan in Mexico and Guilin in China also made it in the top 30 destinations so we’ve summed up below why you should also visit these destinations with Club Med.

Destination ranked number 2: Bali

Why also love Club Med Bali?

  • Cultural activities: you can learn how to cook, taste delicious local dishes and learn the basics of the Bahasa Indonesia language. A lot of discoveries are also waiting: don’t miss the rice fields, visit of nearby temples, and experience a cultural ceremony.

  • Thrilling activities: it’s pure Bali bliss with various activities such as Paddle boarding, kayaking, surf, tennis, gym, yoga, trapeze and more…

  • Natural landscape: the Adults-only Zen Pool is surrounded by immaculate gardens and palm trees, the perfect place to relax and soak in the Bali Zen vibes.

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Key discoveries around the resort

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  • Tanah Lot Temple, perched at the peak of a rock face hanging over the ocean , this temple is dedicated to the god of sea.

  • Ayung River, a 12 km rafting descent to discover sculpted rocks and stunning waterfalls.

  • Gianyar traditional market, a festival of sense where you have to try babi guling, a local speciality of suckling pig cooked on a spit-roast.

  • Jatiluwih rice paddy, the most famous rice paddies of Bali was recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

  • Jemeluk Bay, climb on board a jukung and discover ghost fish and mimic octopus.

  • Lake Bratan, along the shores, get the chance to discover the majestic Pura Ulun Danu Buddhist temple.

  • Mount Batur, rising to over 1700m, this volcano is the best spot to admire the rising sun.

  • Tegallalang Rice paddies, enchanted promenades to discover terraced landscape, rampant palm trees and straw hat-wearing locals.

  • Ubud, city where you can stroll in the Monkey Forest or opt for relaxation by the sacred Tirta Empul water sources.

Destination ranked number 13: Hokkaido

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Why also love Club Med Tomamu and Club Med Sahoro?

  • Cultural discoveries: Plunge into Japanese culinary traditions like whisky and sake tasting, as well as an authentic Yakiniku Barbecue.

  • Japan Powder: 145 hectares of playground to play in, click in and ride Japan’s renowned slopes.

  • Relaxing activities: After a good day on the slopes, enjoy Mina Mina Beach, Japan’s largest indoor pool or relax at the Japanese public bath Kirin-no Yu.

  • Nightlife: Sparkling nights are waiting for you at nearby Ice Village, where cool evenings meet heart-warming moments with ice fishing, ice skating, ice bar and dining.

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Key discoveries around the resort

  • Daisetsuzan National Park, Hokkaido's largest national park, paradise for hikers, outdoor lovers, deer and brown bears.

  • Kasumi waterfall, accessible by doing a trek through snow covered woods.

  • Shakotan Peninsula, mountainous peninsula which projects some 30 kilometres into the Sea of Japan.

  • Shikisai-no-oka flower fields, a spectacular view across fifteen hectares of land where you can enjoy the fragrance of the blossoms.

Destination ranked number 22: Yucatan

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Why also love Club Med Cancun Yucatan?

  • Cultural discoveries: Discover one of the seven wonders of the world: Chichen Itza and vibrant Mexican Culture through activities, food and excursions.

  • Food: Savour delicious Mexican flavours while facing the oceans from the Brand new Taco Arte Beach Lounge or drink a margarita from the Maya Lounge all-Inclusive open-bar

  • Thrilling activities: Enjoy various activities such as paddle-boarding, waterskiing, kayaking, snorkelling, flyboarding and many more !

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Key discoveries around the resort

  • Chichen Itza, a complex of Mayan ruin and Valladolid, charming and colonial town.

  • Whale Sharks, in the north of Isla Mujeres, over the summer months, a large number of them come to visit the region.

  • Tulum,pre-Columbian Mayan walled city and Playa del Carmen, known for its palm-lined beaches and coral reefs.

  • Ancient Kingdom of Ek Balam, Yucatec-Maya archaeological site to soak in the Mexican Culture.

  • Coba Ruins, an archaeological site from the top of an ancient pyramid.

Destination ranked number 24: Guilin

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Why also love Club Med Guilin?

  • Cultural aspect: the resort is an outdoor museum in itself, 100 contemporary sculptures made by international artists are located in this vast park, ranked as the leading modern art collection in Asia.

  • Sensation activities in the nature rock climbing, mountain biking, archery, tennis are an example of activities you can experience there.

  • Heritage: Guilin is a UNESCO protected region.

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Key discoveries around the resort

  • The River Li, a place with dramatic karst peaks and dense vegetation.

  • The Ping'an Zhuang Village Terraced Fields, fields stretch from the bottom to the top of the mountains, creating a grand and magnificent view.

  • The Pagodas, sun and moon twin pagodas around Guilin’s two central lakes.

  • Karst Hills Caves and Mountains, eroded limestone terrain characterised by caves, sinkholes, rocky ground,…

Curious to discover the full top 30 destinations? Discover it all in the Insider article here.

Interview : Emma Isaacs and her Bali Family Experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 !

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

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

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

1. Club Med Bintan Island, Indonesia

📅 From 17 February to 15 March 2019

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

📅 From 7 to 9 June 2019

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

📅 All year-long

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

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2. Club Med Bali, Indonesia


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

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


📅 All year-long

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

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

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

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

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3. Club Med Phuket, Thailand

📅 From 13 to 17 February 2019

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

📅 From 21 to 23 February 2019

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

📅 February 2019

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

📅 All year-long

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

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

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

4. Club Med Cherating Beach, Malaysia


📅 From 4 to 24 May 2019

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

📅 All year-long

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

1. What attracted you to a holiday in Mauritius?

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

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

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

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

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

Tropical 🌴  |   Restorative 🔋  |   Fun 😂

4. Describe your typical day at the resort:

🌞 6:30am

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

🌴 9am 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


9. What was the highlight of your trip?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maldives

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

Uncover the hidden gems of Japan

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

The perfect hidden getaway on the island of longevity

Club Med Kabira Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan

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

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

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

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

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

A stunning summer escape in the Japanese mountains

Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, Japan

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

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

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

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

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

Discover vibrant cultures and designs

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With so many destinations to choose from around the world, why not experience something new and totally unexpected? Make 2019 the year you escape to vibrant Mauritius, Mexico or the Caribbean, where you’ll discover new feelings, new tastes and new cultures. With totally redesigned spaces taking your exotic experience to new levels of amazing, allow yourself to feel relaxed, re-energised and inspired by the beauty around you. Where will you choose to go?

Experience a vibrant creole cultural escape fully redesigned in La Pointe Aux Canonniers

With bright colours, unique cultural discoveries, warm smiles, and exotic landscapes - immerse yourself in the spirit of Mauritius at Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers. Discover a totally redesigned resort influenced by the raw beauty of this stunning Indian Ocean Island. Lose yourself between the tropical gardens, turquoise water, enjoy the Zen pool, open-air restaurant, lively atmosphere, and cultural discoveries. Fully renovated and re-opening from November 2018! Kids Clubs available from 4 months* to 17 years old.

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Soak up the colourful Mexican vibes with an extended family space in Club Med Cancun

Explore the best of the Yucatan region with hidden underwater treasures, Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza and of course, breathtaking beaches. Discover Club Med Cancun’s newly redesigned facilities made perfect for families with dedicated spaces: 60 deluxe rooms with direct access to a new family ocean front pool, a playground with outdoor cabana, and delicious new flavours from the Taqueria and the crepe restaurants. For those seeking a luxurious, exclusive retreat, indulge in the brand new Jade 5 Trident Luxury Space. Kids Clubs available from 2 years* to 17 years old.

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Treat your senses to the unique beauty of the French West Indies

Lap up the fabulous Caribbean sun, stroll down the white-sand beach, and discover rare volcanic islands from this spectacular family-friendly destination in Guadeloupe. This little piece of paradise is a treat for the senses with the surrounding coral reef, markets full of spices, rum, and unique local music. At the heart of the island is Club Med La Caravelle, which reopened with enhanced features including a redesigned oceanfront spa, a relaxation area, beauty salon and an upscale dining experience. Kids Clubs available from 2 years* to 17 years old. Sales will open for La Caravelle in October 2018.

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A Carribean haven for adults on the best beach in the world

Located in Grace Bay of Providenciales, South of the Bahamas, lays Club Med Turquoise, Turks and Caicos. This adults-only resort is the perfect place to reconnect barefoot in paradise, discover beautiful coral reef and indulge in delicious food and cocktails under the stars. The resort has been totally upgraded with a brand new infinity pool, a vibrant main bar, as well as a redesigned reception area, and new Deluxe Rooms. Please note, this is an adults-only resort.

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Ready to make your next Holiday count? Learn more about Club Med Vibrant Destinations here!