Interview: Justine Cullen, Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Australia, shares her Maldives holiday tips

Interview: Justine Cullen, Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Australia, shares her Maldives holiday tips

Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Australia, Justine Cullen (@justine_cullen) recently discovered Club Med Kani with her family. We asked her some questions about her favourite moments and her top tips for a trip to the Maldives.

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

Why did you choose Club Med Kani for your holiday? 

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We had wanted to go the Maldives for ages and when we saw how much fun the island looked and heard how great the set up was for kids of all ages, it was hard to resist the call. My husband and I both work really hard and wanted a holiday that involved no thinking and lots of solid family time – we couldn’t have picked a better place.

What was your typical day in Club Med Kani? 

💤 Roll out of bed to breakfast – eat way too much food (can we talk about that chocolate bread?)

🌊 Swim in the lagoon – it was so quiet on that side it almost felt like our own private beach

👌 Do some yoga – or go for a walk.

🍴 Lunch time – Before you know it, it’s lunch. Eat way too much food again.

🐠 Activities – we all went parasailing and snorkelling and the boys did the FlyJet, which they absolutely loved, and the Kids Club always had something fun organised where everyone could get involved.

🍝 Dinner – and I don’t know how or why but we always had room for more…

What is your top tip for enjoying a romantic getaway while the kids are in tow?

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Pop the kids into Kids Club in the late afternoon so you get in some alone time for a glass or two of rosé before dinner. It’s a beautiful time of day on the island and if you find the right spot it almost feels like you have the whole place to yourselves.

What did your kids love most about their time in the Maldives?

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It really is a place where you can completely relax and give your family your undivided attention, so I think they appreciated having unstressed parents who weren’t running around like maniacs the way we do at home. To not even have to think about what to do for dinner was a dream. The older boys also loved having ‘boys nights’ with my husband – after I went to bed after dinner each night, they would go to the bar and drink mocktails and talk guy stuff. They felt so grown up and it was amazing bonding time the like of which you could never have at home. Although if you ask my youngest I’m pretty sure he would say the part he loved most was the dessert bar. (That might have been my favourite spot too.)

Anything else you’d like to add?

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I wasn’t sure what to expect from Club Med – if it would feel like a total party atmosphere or be too crowded and hard to relax. I was so pleasantly surprised. The resort was beautifully maintained and had the most engaging and lovely staff. Kani has struck an amazing balance between always having something happening alongside lots of spots that are peaceful and purely relaxing – and I’ve never seen water such a perfect shade of blue. All five of us felt that it was the perfect family holiday.

Looking for perfect family holidays as well? Discover Club Med Kani here.


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