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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credits: @raxxan

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

Foodies delight: food that’s good for you, the environment and seriously delicious

Did you know that what you eat has an impact on your happiness? Studies have shown that good nutrition will not only be good for your general health but also for your well-being.

Traveling abroad is a journey of discovery and that of course includes…food! Discovering local gastronomy is an experience you can’t miss whilst abroad. It’s the perfect way to explore expressions of culture, and experience the destination in a sustainable way. Food brings people together, fuels the adventure and therefore brings greater happiness.

We’ve compiled a few tips to eat well and thus, feel well. Be your best-self while traveling overseas on holiday and feel good after!

Foodie’s delight

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You know the feeling when you finally satisfy that something you’ve been craving for? A great holiday is that feeling. Choosing an all-inclusive holiday at Club Med is that feeling.

What’s yummy at Club Med

If you’re looking for international cuisine, local gastronomy, or something fresh…look no further! Club Med takes you on your own personal culinary journey. You’ll find it hard to choose between the authentic local dishes, international cuisine and scrumptious delicacies… But fear not, you can have it all, everyday! Enjoy the exciting flavours of each dish and get a taste of your destination. It’s a recipe for the most delicious holiday!

Wellness gastronomy

The value of good food is immeasurable for your mind, body and soul. The goal of a great holiday is to find the perfect balance of being happy and healthy, without sacrificing too much on either side.

Healthy body, healthy mind at Club Med

We’re proud to launch a partnership with the incredibly talented Samantha Gowing, a renowned Australian chef and clinical nutritionist. Gowing has teamed up with Club Med and designed delicious and healthy menus for nine Club Med resorts over the Asia Pacific region. The new dishes served are inspired by her wellness gastronomy philosophy.

Responsibly sourced ingredients

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Minimising your environmental footprint by eating locally produced food helps contribute to a healthier world and a healthier you. If your meal is sourced locally, it’s fresher and it’s hands down going to be tastier!

Freshest ingredients at Club Med

At Club Med, we are committed to using organic, local produce in the dishes we prepare when we can. Local produce benefits your health, peace of mind, and the world around us. To improve your dining experience and thus, your holiday, we’ve partnered with local and agro-ecological suppliers across all of our resorts around the world.

Want to know why those fresh veggies that you ate at Club Med Bali tasted soooo delicious? They were delivered directly from the Balinese farm by locals!

You don’t have to worry about what’s on your plate at Club Med, we do it for you! Last thing, don’t forget to share your foodie pics and all your holiday happy snaps with #ClubMed for a chance to be featured on our Instagram page.

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!

Memories with margaritas

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credits: @paulienriemis

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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credits: @thefrenchieescapes

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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credits: @oliviayoga.paris

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.

Top 10 events to put in your diary for 2020

Already planning your 2020 holidays? Are you an art, sport, fashion or food lover? Why not combine your relaxing resort escape with an unforgettable cultural experience!

We get it, with so many amazing destinations on offer, it’s tough to pick just one! Throw into the mix trying to decide on dates and it all seems a bit too hard. Don’t fret: we’ve got you covered.

To help you plan your trip ahead, we selected our top 10 unmissable events to mark in your calendar and make the most of your precious holiday time.

#1 Bahamas Carnival

1st - 2nd - 3rd May

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On an island in the middle of the Caribbean sea, the Bahamas carnival is one of the most festive carnivals that you can do either with friends or family. You can expect to hear local bands playing, watch beautiful parades in multi-coloured disguises and dance shows.

Where to stay:

Save the date of Bahamas Carnival: May 1st/2nd/3rd 2020.

Our advice is to stay in the Bahamas a few days more to enjoy the island getaway in the Club Med Colombus Isle all-inclusive resort: resting on white sand beaches, scuba diving in the turquoise water, boat tour of San Salvador Island…

#2 Body & Soul , Club Med Bintan Island

11th May - 8th June

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Need to revitalize under the palm trees? We’re proud to announce that Club Med is hosting its own wellness journey in Club Med Bintan Island, Indonesia. This retreat, part of the all-inclusive package is the best way to revitalize your mind, body and soul thanks to international wellness instructors and special partners. In a tropical environment, Body & Soul is the best event to experience a healthy holistic lifestyle (it’s all about balance) around 4 themes : feel well, eat well, move well and play well.

Where to stay:

Body & Soul 2020 from the 11th May until the 8th June, inside Club Med Bintan Island. Simply book your holiday within those dates and let your health journey begin!

#3 Ubud Food Festival

26th - 27th - 28th May

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A gastronomic event with a special mission: showcase diverse Indonesian cuisine thanks to innovative chefs and extraordinary local products. The little extra that makes the difference? It’s a sustainable event!

Where to stay:

Continue your culinary journey from Club Med Bali with its many delicious dining options!

#4 Laguna Phuket Marathon

13th - 14th June

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During the 13th-14th June, join fellow sport-lovers in Phuket for the Laguna Marathon! This marathon offers many races for different runners and different distances. For an experience mixing amazing landscape and sport, the sunrise race is a must-do!

Where to stay:

Phuket is well-known for being the right place to dive into Thai culture : don’t miss discovering the cultural gems of Thailand through thrilling excursions, and all other activities proposed by our Club Med Phuket all-inclusive resort.

#5 Taomoda, Sicily

13th - 20th July

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Taomoda is the place to be next July in Sicily: an international fashion event happening in Sicily, in the authentic city of Taormina. You’ll spend your evenings watching spectacular fashion shows on the catwalks and attending cultural events. The week ends with the Tao Awards in the splendid Greek-Roman ancient theater.

Where to stay:

Come live the Italian Dolce Vita and spend your amazing holiday in Club Med Cefalu, Sicily.

#6 Tokyo Olympics

24th July - 9th August

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This year, it’s time to fulfill your dream and attend the biggest sport event in the world! Be part of history and see the world’s best athletes up close.

Where to stay:

After a few days in the buzzing energy of Tokyo, head to Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido and finish your trip amongst nature and relaxation.

#7 Art Marbella

30th July - 3rd August

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Calling all art-lovers! There’s an art event happening on the Spanish coast under the Andalusian sun that you don’t want to miss! From the 30th July until 3rd August, the first major international art fair in Marbella is the place to see the best exhibitions of Modern & Contemporary Art. Escape the heat and wander through the galleries to contemplate the beautiful artwork.

Where to stay:

In the south of Andalusia, the wonderful all-inclusive Club Med Marbella resort will be your perfect hideaway to tan by the pool and enjoy the Spanish sun.

#8 Kite Festival , Bali

July-August

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If you’re thinking about family holidays in Bali, the Kite Festival is the perfect event to be reunited and have lots of fun all together! This religious festival happening during July and August is ideal to experience an authentic Indonesian celebration. In beautiful rice paddies, you’ll admire the traditional giant kites flying in a multi-coloured sky. Balinese are making figures with these 10 meter kites with such ability, it’ll blow your mind. The Gamelan orchestra playing local music with percussive instruments will turn the place into a festive atmosphere.

Where to stay:

We highly recommend Bali Kite festival, happening all over the island. A stay in our Club Med Bali all-inclusive resort will offer the opportunity to participate in your own kite competition thanks to our New Amazing Family Program.

#9 Mexican Independence Day

16th September

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The ultimate cultural experience in Mexico is celebrating the Independence Day on the 16th September! Between fireworks, dance music, Mexican food, flags and flowers all over the city, the celebration is impressive and will leave you with unforgettable memories.

Where to stay:

Keep the festive atmosphere alive and choose between both of our all-inclusive resorts in Mexico: Club Med Ixtapa Pacific and Club Med Cancun Yucatan.

#10 Sapporo Autumn Fest

19th October

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If you love gourmet food and you are planing to travel this summer make sure to go to Hokkaido in Japan.

With its own unique atmosphere, the Autumn fest is all about amazing tastes and delicious food that will simply make you happy. You’ll experience the flavors of dishes made from local products of Hokkaido, straight out of the oven, with a glass of Japanese wine or Sake. This giant gastronomical outdoor picnic in the city center is the best excuse to go on a summer mountain vacation.

Where to stay:

The perfect summer mountain holiday awaits you: combine Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido with its all-inclusive mountain activities (excursions, trapeze…) and the Sapporo Autumn Fest.

Feeling inspired? Visit the event section of our website to discover more events and get the right inspiration to choose your perfect summer holidays!

5 must try experiences at the new GREEN BEATS eco festival

If you haven’t already heard, Green Beats is a brand new eco-festival with a special mission: to inspire a more sustainable way of living.

Hosted at our most recently awarded Green Globe Certified resort, Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido in Japan ; Green Beats will welcome DJs, bands and musicians from all over the world. You’ll have the ultimate summer festival experience around 4 different themes ; BEATS, BITES, FEEL & CARE.

The purpose of this very unique festival is to create fun for everyone and make a difference all together towards nature protection. Our commitment is also yours : buy a 4-day ticket and 4% of the total cost will be donated to local initiatives for environment preservation.

With fun for the whole family, allow the musical rhythm and beauty of Hokkaido summer inspire your creativity through a range of eco-centric activities.

With so much fun to have in only 3 days, we’ve selected our top 5 experiences that you don’t want to miss at the new Green Beats festival:

#1 Discover new sounds

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Come listen to the hottest music from Asia's best underground music scene : internationally revered DJs, bands, and musicians from Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan – including crowd-favorite bands from Sapporo itself. You’ll have the best time dancing over these music beats.

DON’T MISS:

Umbra, Mr Ho for House lovers

Kapiw & Apappo for traditional music

#2 Enjoy the finest Japanese cuisine

The Green Beats festival in our Tomamu Hokkaido resort is the perfect opportunity to discover new flavours from Japanese cuisine : fresh seafood, handmade soba, ramen or curry soups, local sake...This tasteful experience includes savouring all amazing specialties of Hokkaido , sipping a delicious cocktail with the sunset, sharing a yakiniku barbecue of grilled Wagyu beef… yummy!

DON’T MISS:

Become a cooking master thanks to the step-by-step demonstration of the art of Japanese cooking by our Chef.

#3 Celebrate local eco-projects

In the heart of the Japanese mountains , you will enjoy many exciting eco-activities proposed by local artists.

DON’T MISS :

At Green Beats, being both trendy and respectful toward nature is possible thanks to eco-glitter makeovers! The glitter is sourced responsibly, providing a plastic-free and zero waste alternative within the festival market.

You’ll end-up shining like a star!

#4 Escape in nature

A 100% eco-friendly festival like Green Beats is the perfect event to reconnect with nature. Our resort is perfectly located in the beautiful mountains of Hokkaido, providing the best location to escape in nature.

DON’T MISS :

Hike up to the Unkai terrace with breathtaking views of Mount Tomamu covered with multicoloured flowers; an unforgettable moment that will leave you speechless.

#5 Express your creativity in art workshops

Learn to capture Hokkaido through a lense or with a paint brush during art and photography workshops. Express your creativity thanks to traditional Japanese bingata art, nature photography, painting… You may bring home a new passion !

DON’T MISS :

Nature photography workshops with the Grand Prize Winner of the National Geographic Nature photographer of the year 2017.

Save the date: 14th/15th/ 16th September to enjoy our unique Green Beats festival experience by Club Med in Tomamu.

Don’t forget to share your amazing experiences and eco-festival vibes with us on social media : #GreenBeatsByClubMed #ClubMedTomamu .

Bastille Festival Competition: WIN a magical snow holiday to the French Alps with Club Med

Now you’ve experience a taste of the Alps at the Bastille Festival, this is your chance to experience the real deal!

THE PRIZE: 7 night all-inclusive holiday for a family of 4 (2 adults & 2 kids OR 2 adults only) to your choice from our 25+ snow resorts in the French Alps!

To participate, simply tell us in 25 words or less, why you want to experience an unforgettable snow holiday just below ⬇️

Complete this form to WIN:

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6 reasons why you’ll love a Club Med snow holiday

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#1 Logistics? All sorted

Enjoy maximum time on the slopes with your lift pass ready, small group lessons for ski or snowboard all organised with professional instructors and the kids all taken care of in Kids Clubs or in ski and snowboard lessons. And it's all included!

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#2 Tailored services for maximum fun

We've thought of everything to make your holiday easy: a ski rental shop available in the resort, our Easy Arrival service with your equipment ready to go in your own heated locker, and services for the little ones with from baby clubs to babysitting.

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#3 A kid’s paradise

Kids will have endless fun during their snow holidays! All activities and age-specific clubs were created with them in mind so they can enjoy the very best of their holiday away. Whether they take part in a group ski or snowboard lessons for all levels of experience with English-speaking instructors or have fun in the Kids Clubs - we’ll take care of everything to make their time amazing.

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#4 From Ski to Apres Ski

Get the real mountain experience at your doorstep. Go snowshoeing, nordic walking or just dive in the pool. Parents can relax in the hot tub while bub is in the Kids Club or reunite for a fun time together in the indoor heater pool with a view. All included!

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#5 Foodie delights

From cheese fondue to Savoyard specialities like pierrade (meat barbecue), we bring the winter experience to life through tantalising local gourmet discoveries and a full open bar. With an extensive choice over breakfast, lunch and dinner - there's so much to indulge in, it's time to enjoy it all. And it's all included!

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#6 Our amazing snow resorts

With a Club Med holiday, your alpine experience will be fulfilled thanks to our well-located resorts. Each destination will treat you to a traditional chalet experience or a modern mountain masterpiece and take your breath away with amazing views.

Feeling inspired? Now learn more about our amazing snow holidays

Prize terms and conditions:

Prize is valid for a 7 nights stay for 2 adults and 2 children (17 years old and under) in superior rooms at your choice of Club Med snow resorts in France, excluding Valmorel Chalets and Grand Massif Samoens Chalets. Prize winner will be drawn 24th July and contacted by e-mail. Your holiday must be booked within 1 month before departure for high season and 3 months before departure for low season. Prize valid until 1 August 2020. Blackouts over peak travel periods apply, including but not limited to Christmas and New Year, school holidays, Chinese New Year and Golden Week, and other peak travel periods. Prize does not include: flights, transfers, local expenses, tours, rental gear, exclusive honeymoon package, additional child minding services, spa treatments, motorized sports and other activities that are available at extra cost. For other terms and conditions please contact Club Med.

Become a new you at these Club Med events in 2019

Become a new you and take the opportunity to grow mind, body & soul and take part in unique experiences with our new special events and retreats happening at Club Med in 2019 and 2020.

Curious to know which events you could participate in? We’ve made them more visible now with a brand new events section on this blog - compiling all the special events at Club Med with information, dates, locations and even a feature to add those to your calendar!

We’ve also done a quick summary below for you of four upcoming events at Club Med: Adventure into the wild, Eat, Play, Renew, Christmas at Club Med and Body and Soul in 2020. With many more to come soon!

Adventure into the Wild

What: Adventure into the wild

When: 13 July 2019 - 2 August 2019

Where: Club Med Cherating Beach, Malaysia

How: Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or nature-lover, immerse yourself amidst the 80 hectares of the magnificent Malaysian forest, flora and fauna surrounding the resort. The event is organised along 3 main topics: nature playground, green spirit and adventures.

Enjoy nature activities and dance in the jungle, picnic at the beach, learn massage classes and try healing, forest or paddle board yoga.

Live the green spirit during your stay with activities such as coconut hask planter, firefly jar and fun food preparation.

Adventure and enjoy a beach bootcamp, a trail workshop or a rock climbing experience!

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Eat, Play, Renew

What: Eat, Play, Renew

When: 8 October 2019 - 29 October 2019

Where: Club Med Bali

How: The program is 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!

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Christmas at Club Med

What: Christmas at Club Med

When: 24th - 25th December 2019

Where: All Club Med resorts

How: Open your precious gifts surrounded by a magical decor and spend quality time with the family around delicious food and fun activities. Experiencing a white Christmas with Club Med is super easy, you have nothing to organise and you will remember this magical and unique holiday forever!

From the Christmas magical atmosphere to the Christmas food and Christmas show,… you will have a lot of activities to choose from!

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Body and Soul 2020

What: Body and Soul 2020

When: 26th May - 24th June

Where: Club Med Bintan Island

How: Join us on a wellness journey where you revitalise your mind, body and soul. The 4 thematics are Moving well, Eating well, Playing well and Feeling well.

Become a new You with our international wellness instructors and partners!

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More events inside the resorts and around are coming soon! To keep you updated with the latest events, have a look at our Events section on the blog here!

Finolhu Villas: Photo Diary from Sophie Monk

Recently, Sophie Monk (@sophiemonk), actress, model, television presenter and media personality came with her partner Joshua Gross (@joshuargross) to the Finolhu Villas in the Maldives to enjoy an amazing island experience and share some fantastic snaps of their trip. Have a look at their incredible pictures below!

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

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And a funny recap of what a holiday looks like with her:

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!

Don't ski? No Worries! - We've got your perfect snow holiday covered.

Let’s be honest: a mountain holiday isn’t only about skiing - it’s also about the après-ski. From sipping a hot chocolate right off the slopes to a soak in the heated pool, here’s a selection of activities you can do that don’t involve the ski or snow boots, and they will have you totally refuelled!

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Discover more snow activities

Other than skiing and snowboarding, Club Med offers various unforgettable activities in the snow. From sledding or snowshoe walking on the french slopes, to horseback riding through the snow-sprinkled trees in Japan! These unique adventures will offer you unforgettable memories and fill your days with fun for the whole family.

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Treat yourself all day, every day with quality provisions

From cheesy Tartiflette with fine wine in the Europe Alps to fresh sushi and sake in Japan; there is plenty of food to keep you satisfied during your snow holiday.

Choose from the different food experiences available in our main restaurants and specialty restaurants. We don’t discriminate At the main restaurant, you will be able to find the best local delicacies among which fresh bread and pastries. At the specialty restaurants, you will be able to discover amazing flavours of your surrounding destination, whether it be cheesy fondue or Japanese barbecue.

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Revive and relax

After a cold day outside, there is no better feeling than taking care of yourself. Soak in a hot tub with a stunning view of the mountains, relax in the sauna or get a well-deserved massage.

Many of our ski resorts also have amazing indoor and outdoor pools, so perfect for families to wind down together in a warm environment while still being surrounded by snow. Magical!

If you wish a more dynamic snow holiday, fitness lessons, yoga lessons and a cardio-training room are also available in-resort.

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Explore the surrounding traditional villages

You will be amazed by the charm of the local villages, especially in France and Italy. Discover more about their culture, history, architecture and enjoy the cosy and warm spirit of these authentic regions such as French Savoy, Vialattea and more…

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A well deserved Tea Time

Warm crepes and hot choccie? Yes please!

When the little ones come back from their ski day, this is the perfect time to gather everyone around a hot and delicious warm beverage. At the resort bar, the amazing team of G.O.s will be delighted to also serve you delicious tea time snacks. Perfect to relax and talk about all the day adventures so far.

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Let your hair down

If you still have energy after the sun sets behind the mountains, join the relaxed and friendly evening atmosphere. With entertainment including live music, performances and themed parties - you can dance the night away! And after all, if you don’t have any ski course commitment the next day, you can really enjoy to the fullest.

Want to know more? Discover our 20+ snow resorts around the world here.

Don’t miss the opportunity to discover our snow resorts around the world!

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

5 surprising ways your kids grow from overseas travel

Travelling is so enriching for kids. Apart from being a break from the digital world, young ones can discover the world with new eyes and learn the ways of the world. Discover below 5 reasons why you should definitively take your kids on an international adventure and let them learn about the rich experience of travel.

#1 - Appreciating new cultures

Appreciating new cultures starts with the discovery of new surroundings, new food, new climate,… This total new environment is the perfect opportunity to appreciate what the words has to offer out there.

At Club Med, our G.Os, G.Es and GM’s embrace the word “multicultural”. More than 100 different nationalities are represented within the 75 villages of Club Med worldwide. With a culture of open-mindedness and tolerance, Club Med creates an environment that facilitates interaction, learning and discoveries of other cultures.

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#2 - Making new friends

At Club Med, you can meet new people every day thanks to the activities, the Kids Club, sports and much more. They will learn that friendship is everywhere!

What about learning a new language with new friends from all over the world. Plus, they can keep in touch when they’re back home and bring all these friendship memories with them.

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#3 - Spending real time with their families

Back to basics! With phones and computers switched off, it is time for real family time. From the activities, sports and also special programs, you can be sure you will make for lost time at Club Med! Also, discover the Amazing family program launched by Club Med to create new memories together and strengthen bonds with fun activities.

The bond families share thanks to their travels is unbreakable and has created memories that will last a lifetime.

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#4 - Learning about nature and the environment

Learning outside from textbooks, your kids can see, feel and live each experience in direct contact with nature and learn how the environment and the planet are important factors to take into account in our everyday life.

Our “Super Radish” programs and Pedagogical Garden sensitize children to healthy and responsible nutrition, teaching them about plants’ needs and how to grow fresh vegetables.

We believe in helping kids better understand and appreciate the local environment through fun and inspiring activities. They’ll never forget seeing the turtles hatch at Club Med Bintan Island, or discovering fishes’ ecosystem on the underwater trail at Club Med Kani.

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#5 - It’s making them grow even better

It’s all about what they learn and new “soft skills” they experience for the first time in their lives.

The kids gain skills like being adaptable, being kind, curious, open to new things, open to multiculturalism,…

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Discover more about all the initiatives Club Med is doing for the kids and their parents for a full family experience together!

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Adventure Into the Wild: special event at Club Med Cherating Beach

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From forest yoga to learning how to create a firefly jar - Adventures Into the Wild is the latest special event which will run for the first time from Club Med Cherating Beach in Malaysia between July 13 and August 2nd 2019.

Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or nature-lover, immerse yourself amidst the 80 hectares of the magnificent Malaysian forest, flora and fauna surrounding the resort.

With a whole lot of activities and nature escapes, discover below what Adventure Into the Wild has in store for you.

Nature is your playground

Dance in the jungle

This is the opportunity to get in touch with your primal side with internationally-acclaimed dancer Adelene Stanley. It is a 60 minute movement workshop in the great outdoors. You will be paying attention to primal movement, weight shifts and traveling across the ground in a very unique way.

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Picnic at the beach

Picnics are a great family activity. Especially with the pleasant view at the beach, soothing music from the acoustic band and well-selection of picnic food with basket Club Med provide.

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Massage classes

This is a 15-min massage class to explore different massage movements. You will learn how to apply it to various parts of your body.

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Healing yoga

Learn how to connect your breathing with body and mind through fluid movement. This is a grounding vinyasa based class where different breathing techniques will be introduced, and you will learn how to flow to the indigenous sounds of earth.

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Forest yoga

Start with a trek to the forest followed by an energising yoga session surrounded by the sights and sounds of the lush greenery and wildlife in Cherating Beach.

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Restore and revitalize yoga

This class is a combination of slow movements, restorative and Yin-Inspired postures. This class will incorporate the use of the Singing Bowl and a playlist which frequencies help to heal and relax. A class recommended for all through incorporating movement, relaxation and mindfulness.

Paddle board yoga

This is a fun and challenging yoga class combined with Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP). During your 60-min classes, beginner and experienced yogis, you will enjoy the many benefits of yoga practice and SUP while basking in the elements. Both yoga and SUP are great for building full-body strength and improving balance, coordination and endurance.

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Green is the spirit

Do it yourself: Coconut husk planter

Try your hand at this eco-friendly project that raises awareness of sustainable cultivation by decreasing the ecological footprint.

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Do it yourself: Firefly jar

Get acquainted with one of Nature’s most exclusive and enigmatic creatures at this one-of-a-kind workshop. Learn how to create a terrarium home for plants and painted glowing fireflies – an exquisite display of beauty and sustainability.

Fun food preparation

Come and learn more about Cherating’s diverse fauna with Laleh Mohmedi. She will teach you how to use fresh local produce to create adorable images of endemic wildlife such as monkeys and sea turtles. Besides being a fun activity for all ages, this educational session on the eco-diversity is also line with Club Med’s ethos of providing sustainable tourism that cares for the environment. At the end of the lesson, you even get to savour and indulge in your very own food creations.

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Adventure is your benefit

Beach bootcamp

Indulged a bit too much during your stay, our beach bootcamp is here to remedy that! This beach bootcamp by the sea is a 60-minute session of running, jumping and lifting. They teach you the basics, keep you safe but challenge you to your utmost limit. So come ready to do some sports on the beach!

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Trail/Hike workshop

How many of us take the time to connect with nature, and get out on a trail to run or hike?

This workshop will provide beginner tips on how to get started, some challenges for those already au fait with trail running, as well as incorporating techniques to be mindful and truly one with nature.

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Nature activities like Botanical Trail, Nature walk, Painting classes

Step into an eco-friendly haven where you can truly be one with nature. From idyllic yoga sessions amidst the forest flora and fauna, to relaxing on the beach with musical accompaniment, our range of immersive programmes are bound to leave you with a deeper appreciation of mother nature’s beauty.

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Green spirit activities like Turtle encounter, fireflies discovery, pedagogical garden

Enrich your knowledge on environmental conservation and sustainability. Whether it is engaging in DIY workshops, or getting up close and personal with magnificent turtles – there is something for all to learn, and a part for all to give back.

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Adventure activities like tree top challenge, digital treasure hunt, rock climbing

Everyday at Club Med is an adventure, an exciting and remarkable experience where you discover more on yourself, the others and the world around you.

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For more activities of Into the Wild, check our page here!

Discover the sustainable initiatives directly from our resorts

What if for your next holiday - you could also experience our sustainable initiatives straight from our resorts?

Since our creation, sustainability has always been the forefront of our actions in our resorts. Today, we’re proud to announce that all plastic straws will be removed from all 68 Club Med resorts worldwide by 2019 and that 90% of our Asian resorts have been rewarded with the Green Globe Certification.

We also want to closely share all the eco-initiatives we have with our guests to you can participate and be proud to be contributing to sustainable tourism. Learn more below about what’s happening in our resorts worldwide.

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Meet the farmers growing Club Med’s vegetables in Bali

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Get ready for an immersive journey into Balinese culture with meeting the farmers feeding Club Med’s guests. From farm to fork, learn more about the real Balinese flavours and get to know the locals. Then visit UNESCO classified rice terraces and splendid temples. This excursion is in partnership with the NGO Agrisud, an organisation that Club Med has been actively supporting since 2008, helping to increase the farming knowledge and skills of local producers to improve their productions and supply our resorts to support the local economy.

Protect wildlife with our turtle sanctuary in Indonesia and Malaysia

Playing a vital role in local fauna conservation, our Turtle Sanctuary at Club Med Bintan Island protects the beachside breeding grounds of two endangered species, the Green and Leatherback turtles. The Sanctuary also acts as a research facility, and as a sickbay for injured turtles to be nursed back to health.

Last summer alone, over 200 baby turtles have been successfully released from our turtle sanctuary at Club Med Bintan Island!

You can also take care of turtles in Malaysia in Club Med Cherating Beach with a beautiful turtle sanctuary where you can release the turtles on the beach and learn about their very important conservation.

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Protect the reef in the Maldives

The Maldivian marine life is suffering from global warming and pollution. At Club Med Kani, we’ve partnered with marine biologists to create the Mobi Reef Underwater Trail, a snorkelling tour teaching Club Med guests all about underwater life and how to preserve it.

We also have an artificial reef installation, sheltering fishes and marine life in our resort’s perimeter. Furthermore, guests can sponsor replantation of coral plants with our coral propagation program.

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Gather with the Green G.O at Cherating Beach for a jungle trek

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What about the experience of a Jungle trek in Malaysia with our green G.O? First, you might wonder what is the job of our green G.O? The Green G.O position aims to develop, promote and animate the nature experience in a jungle paradise having much to offer to Club Med guests! More than 15,000 G.O.s are trained each year on sustainability, learning how to help preserve our environment. Our G.O.s then raise awareness among our guests through eco-initiatives, bring forward new ideas on how Club Med can become more sustainable, and coordinate the environmentally-friendly initiatives in our resorts. Go on an adventure and discover all the green initiatives inside the resort with a sustainability specialist.

More eco-friendly initiatives

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  • Club Med Finolhu Villas has over 6,000sqm of solar panels which provide solar energy to our resort in the Maldives.

  • Beach clean ups at multiple resorts

    o   Recently, at Club Med Bintan Island, Indonesia, 60 staff and resort guests, together with 300 locals, successfully removed 450kg of waste from the beaches around the island and over 2,500kg at Lagoi Bay, in conjunction with other Bintan Island resorts.

    o   Club Med also organises beach clean ups in partnership with 4Oceans, where guests receive 4Ocean bracelets (made from 100% recycled materials) for participating in the cleanup activity.

  • Protecting over 1,000ha of forest near Club Med Rio das Pedras, Brazil, and over 60ha near Club Med Cherating Beach, Malaysia.

    o   Protecting endangered species and reefs with a turtle nursery at Club Med Bintan Island, artificial reef at Club Med Kani and fish refuge at Club Med Finolhu Villas  in the Maldives.

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Get engaged with us for a more sustainable future and follow the charity actions of La Fondation.

5 reasons to experience a White Christmas once in your life

Just imagine… It’s Christmas morning, you’re just waking up and you look at the window to see… a beautiful blanket of bright white snow as the sun is rising on the snow-capped mountains. You’re not dreaming - you really are experience you first white Christmas!

But what would be a white Christmas like away from home? Two words: easy and fun!

Open your precious gifts surrounded by a magical decor and spend quality time with the family around delicious food and fun activities. Experiencing a white Christmas with Club Med is super easy, you have nothing to organise and you will remember this magical and unique holiday forever!

Here are the 5 reasons why you should experience a white Christmas with Club Med for your next holidays!

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#1 - It’s like feeling like home but with a view on the slopes

Kids are sometimes nervous about holidaying away from home at Christmas. How will Santa know where they are? But we know how important Christmas is. During the day your children (under 12) will receive a Club Med gift, so they know Santa's thinking of them! The rest of the holiday, they’ll have so much fun meeting new friends, trying new experiences and mostly play in the snow - it’ll be the best time of their lives (and so it is for you too!)

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#2 - The festive atmosphere is truly magical

What would be Christmas without its trees, snow decoration and warm lights? Walk along the resort and feel the Christmas magical atmosphere everywhere! Our teams will make sure your stay is stunning from start to end and that you’ll truly feel the Christmas spirit wherever you go.

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#3- Christmas food is the best

Discover a sumptuous Christmas lunch and dinner where turkey, oyster, pudding and Christmas log will be waiting for you. Savour mouthwatering gourmet Christmas meals prepared by international chefs... with the peace-of-mind knowing we're doing it all - the planning, cooking and clean-up - so you can just sit back and enjoy spending time with your family.

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#4 - Festive activities awaits the whole family

From the decoration of the Christmas Tree to a visit from Santa, arriving with his sleigh: a range of activities are planned so that you can spend a magical Christmas Day.

On Christmas Eve, after dinner, you will enjoy a Christmas show, put on by our professional staff with Christmas music, carolling and of course a unique entertainment program!

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#5 - Memories you will make that will last a lifetime

More than the food, the decoration, and the snow - Christmas is also all about reuniting with family and share exceptional moments. Whether it’s with the grand-parents, the cousins, the aunties, uncles and all the children - spend amazing moments together and create new memories while Club Med takes care of it all.

So are you ready to live a White Christmas at one of our snow resorts? Find more about our snow destinations here!

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

Why you should totally go spring skiing in the Alps

Warm sunny days, empty slopes and great quality of snow - is this even real? Spring skiing is definitely something to experience once in your life.

In Europe, the Spring season stars end of March until end of May. But this doesn’t mean the ski season is over, you can' still enjoy sliding down the mountains in May and most of April. Some resorts even close early May! With more space to have fun, great conditions, and more time to enjoy the activities - this is your opportunity to enjoy a different kind of snow experience.

Take in the best of the spring light

Spring is the ideal period to enjoy the mountains with longer days (up to 12 hours of daylight). It means more time to enjoy snow activities. Sunrise is around at 6:48am and sunset around 7:00pm - plenty of time to enjoy the day!

Longer days also mean more time to enjoy the all-inclusive offer at Club Med ski resorts: ski and snowboard all day long, try non-ski activities from snowshoe walking and sledding, to après-ski treats including hot tubs, saunas or outdoor heated swimming pools.

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Milder and less icy temperatures

The warmer weather allow you to practice activities with temperatures above 0 at this time of the year. The average temperature at Les Arcs, just as an example is approximately around 5 degrees.

This is the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities like snowshoe walking, Nordic walking or sledding on the French slopes, horseback riding through the snow-sprinkled trees or ice -fishing in Japan, paragliding or dog-sledding in Italy Each destination offers an array of unique adventures to make unique memories.

And no need to bundle up for the cold - you’ll be able to enjoy the warmer weather and be comfortable.

Less crowded mountains

Travel after the major European school holidays, and the mountain is all yours. Discover the domain and its charming surroundings with privileged conditions.

It’s ideal for beginners wanting to learn without the crowds as well as for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders - so much fun and almost no waiting time at the chair lift!

Plus less people around also mean you might even be able to get a private lesson or reduced group lessons i- everyone is winning!

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Greater value packages

Another great advantage on going spring skiing is that you can also get better deal! Stay duration might be more flexible and special spring prices from flights to accommodation might make it easier to finally book that snow holiday.

And of course, less people also mean even more time to indulge in all what the all-inclusive package offers: from our food selection to a premium open bar, sports and activities, kids club, entertainment…

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Want to book your next spring ski holidays? Have a look at our ski destinations here!

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

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!

2019 snow season: here are the awards for best...

The ski season is already over in the Northern hemisphere… and what a great season it was! If you are a Club Med snow fan, we know you may be feeling the withdrawals already… And if you’re yet to experience a snow holiday, maybe you’re curious to see a bit more of what happened at Club Med snow resorts this year!

Here’s your luck – we collected a few images and videos and gave our awards to the bests of the bests! Best selfie, best pose, best bub in the snow… Did you make the cut? We hope the following will make you seriously smile, laugh and maybe longing for another (or a future) snow holiday with us!

Best pose

@kipperadamm at Club Med Sahoro

@kipperadamm at Club Med Sahoro

Best fall

The coolest kid

@tinafranca892 at Club Med Valmorel

@tinafranca892 at Club Med Valmorel

The best mascot

@mumtobeparty at Club Med Peisey Vallandry

@mumtobeparty at Club Med Peisey Vallandry

The best selfie

@lw_mag at Club Med Peisey Vallandry

@lw_mag at Club Med Peisey Vallandry

The best ski outfit

@coocooningaddict at Club Med Val Thorens

@coocooningaddict at Club Med Val Thorens

The best sunset

@marieluvpink at Club Med Val Thorens

@marieluvpink at Club Med Val Thorens

The craziest group

@lukedutton at Club Med Peisey Vallandry

@lukedutton at Club Med Peisey Vallandry

The best snowman

@kathrynjaneee at Club Med Sahoro

@kathrynjaneee at Club Med Sahoro

The best bub in the snow

@capucinegoalard at Club Med Les Arcs Panorama

@capucinegoalard at Club Med Les Arcs Panorama

The best ski jump

The best visual

@lovepaperplane at Club Med Tomamu

@lovepaperplane at Club Med Tomamu

We hope your enjoyed our awards selection for the 2019 snow season at Club Med and we can’t wait to see you next ski season on the slopes – starting this November.

Wanting to find out more? Discover all of our ski destinations here.

And if you’d like to connect with like-minded snow fans – join our Snow Squad Facebook group here for exclusive snow content, deals and more…

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.

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.

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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.