24 Hours in Sahoro Hokkaido, Japan

Have you heard about the hottest snow destination yet? 

Say hello to the Hokkaido region in Japan - an incredible blend of authentic Japanese culture and incredible snow experiences. Live the Hokkaido mountain charm right from Club Med Sahoro where delicious culinary discoveries meet fun days filled of powder snow adventures in an enchanted forest setting. Plus from this December, enjoy a fresh new look with renovated rooms and an enhanced restaurant which will elevate your experience.

Discover how just 24 hours in Club Med Sahoro can be amazing and just the start to an incredible time in Japan!

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As soon as you open the eyes, you will be surrounded by the magnificent view overlooking the mountains of Hokkaido, Japan. Fresh powder awaits but first let’s gain some energy with some delicious breakfast to start the day the right way!

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Guess who will never want to leave the kids club? We’ve got an idea! Whether your snow bunnies are an expert rider or a beginner, they’ll have endless fun and make new friends from all over the world. Starting the day with group ski lessons or exclusive activities, our G.Os will take care of your kids while you hit the slopes.

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Ready for Snow Trekking, Skiing or Snowboarding? With 22 kilometres of slopes and an altitude of up to 1,030m - the Sahoro Hokkaido ski domain has it all and will ensure your days never look the same. Don't worry if you are a first-time skier or snowboarder, our highly-trained instructors are here for you to have the most amazing experience ever while you enjoy the uncrowded slopes. And if you’re a specialist already, all you have to do is to enjoy the ride!

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Lunch is the best part after a morning in the snow, isn’t it? Plunge into Japanese culinary tradition with fresh ingredients imported from different parts of Hokkaido. Savour from a selection of freshly prepared delights highlighting the local flavours with fresh Hokkaido crabs, Japanese wagyu beef and many more. Wanting something different? Snow-worries, an array of international flavours are also available to satisfy your tastebuds.

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While the kids are have the time of their lives in the Kids Clubs, why not Indulge in our dedicated outdoor Canadian bath? Solo or with your other half, it’s the perfect to relax your muscles after intensive snow sports or to simply disconnect and get your mind lost in the endless snowy landscape.

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There are many adventures to try in Sahoro! Take time with your family to share happy moments and experience unique activities like Horse Riding* surrounded by the beautiful mountains, plains, rivers and lakes.

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Your magical day is almost over and your legs are probably asking for some rest - perfect timing to get a delicious Japanese dinner and then watch an incredible aerial performance put on by our GOs.

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We know how sleep is important when on holiday, the perfect time to recharge, relax and be full of energy for the next day ahead. Truly unwind in our new renovated rooms, combining Japanese minimalism with French chic, and get ready for a whole new day of fun and adventure in Sahoro!

Wanting to discover more? Discover everything here about Club Med Sahoro Hokkaido.

*Additional 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:

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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.

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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!

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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

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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).

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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.

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

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!

Photo diary: the Club Med family experience by @MumPackTravel

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They are quite the travel duo! Evie, family travel blogger of @MumPackTravel and her daughter Emmie, 8, have been travelling the world for two years now and are filled with the memories of their incredible experiences and encounters.   We chatted to Evie about her recent holidays at both Club Med Bintan Island and Kabira, two amazing tropical island destinations in Asia.

"One week-holiday to get a taste of Kabira and Bintan Island was a pure bliss! Discovering these destinations by experiencing water sports, getting lost in wonderful landscapes and immersing ourselves in the Asian culture was made perfect to re-energize and spend memorable moments with my dearest daughter," Evie.

The pastel colours of Bintan Island 🌅 

"It’s so peaceful here. Bintan has a certain calmness about it. The sunrises and sunsets are so soft and magic. Thus was our first visit to Club Med and we couldn’t have asked for more," Evie, MumPackTravel.

"I made lots of friends at the Mini Club Med and I even got to have breakfast with my friends, and sign myself in and out of the Mini Club. It was the best fun. At Bintan, we had a foam party and mum and I danced in the foam for ages. I love it when mum is having fun with me at Club Med,"  Emmie, 8 years old. 

Discovering Kabira's Hidden Treasures 🔷

"I think Kabira is the most beautiful resort…our time here was perfect. The resort and staff are wonderful, the water is incredibly clear and temperate and the guests are so much fun. We made so many friends from Japan, Korea and Taiwan. We will always treasure our memories from our stay at this beautiful resort," Evie, MumPackTravel. 

"There are so many sweet little nooks at Club Med, whether overlooking the water, surrounded by flowers or hidden away from the beach. I love that if you feel like you need some quiet time, it's easy to find your own space and just zone out (while the kids are having the time of their lives in Mini Club)," Evie, MumPackTravel.

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The ocean is your playground 🌊

"I feel safe in the water at Club Med because it is so blue and clear, and there are lots of lifeguards around me. Club Med is all about family and I love how everyone here is so happy playing in the water with their mums and dads. I love how the ocean makes me laugh like when my mum falls off the paddle boards. It’s so much fun," Emmie, 8 years old. 

"Stand Up Paddleboarding was so much fun, I had a race with some Japanese boys we made friends with and I won! Mum kept falling off," Emmie, 8 years old. 

Emmie: Stand Up Paddleboarding was so much fun, I had a race with some Japanese boys we made friends with and I won! Mum kept falling off.

"The snorkelling at Kabira is amazing. There are so, so many fish and delicate corals and sea grass. We would swim out to the buoy and float back in on the current, over so many colourful fish and corals, spotting the clown fish that live in the anemones. We also loved the water sports and tried wind surfing, standup paddle boarding and kayaking," Evie, MumPackTravel.

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"We were here every day for aqua fitness and pool games. It was the highlight of our day because Emmie and I had such a great time together…we had so, so many laughs with other guests and the vibe is just so warm and positive. Exercising is meant to be fun, right?" Evie, MumPackTravel. 

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Fun-filled days with activities & the Mini Club 😄

"One of the things I love about Club Med is how infectious the fun is - you are quite literally smiling all the time! Dancing around the swimming pool in my bikini, jumping in and playing team games - I never would have thought I’d be doing this! But it’s just so much fun and everyone is so happy - you can’t help but be part of it," Evie, MumPackTravel.

"I love how when you fall you get this feeling that is really good in your belly because you know you’re safe and that you did your best. And it feels so good to know you’re capable of doing tricks. Doing the batman where you hang on your toes is really fun. Everyone cheers you on and I love how all the people are really nice on the trapeze - the Circus Team is my favourite," Emmie, 8 years old.

Emmie: I love how when you fall you get this feeling that is really good in your belly because you know you’re safe and that you did your best. And it feels so good to know you’re capable of doing tricks. Doing the batman where you hang on your toes is really fun. Everyone cheers you on and I love how all the people are really nice on the trapeze - the Circus Team is my favourite.

"We made tie dye t-shirts, played slip and slide and did trapeze and so many other fun things at Mini Club. I love that at Club Med I can have fun with my friends and with my family. It feels like a home, but even more fun because you don't have to unload the dishwasher or clean your room," Emmie, 8 years old.

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"I love how the Mini Club always has exciting activities like the Mini Club Show. You get all dressed up and perform in the theatre. I like how everybody has a chance to do something in the show. It’s really fun and makes you confident. Sure you get stage fright but you complete things that you never thought you could do, like singing and dancing in front of a big audience," Emmie, 8 years old.

And...safety first of course! 👌

"Emmie had such freedom at Club Med because I felt so confident in the staff at Kabira. She checked herself in and out of Mini Club and ate meals with her friends. It’s so empowering for children to be able to make decisions for themselves, and it’s a super safe environment to let them take their first steps towards independence," Evie, MumPackTravel.

Lifeguards

"These lifeguards here make me feel so safe, they are always watching me at the beach and the pool. The ones at the pool are lots of fun too and they make funny jokes and make me laugh," Emmie, 8 years old.

Planning on a family holiday in Kabira or Bintan? Visit our pages Club Med Kabira Ishigaki and Club Med Bintan Island to discover more about those incredible destinations. 

The Tribe in Paradise series, Part 3: Three Generations Reunite in Phuket

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The Brown family from Melbourne had the time of their lives in Club Med Phuket, Thailand with days packed with activities, discoveries and even a sports tournament for all 18 family members! While the kids loved competitive sports, the adults enjoyed spending well-deserved carefree time together. The family also has a love for dancing and made the most of the lively evenings on the dancefloor.

1. Why did you choose to go to Club Med Phuket?

We have been to other Club Meds previously and loved the resort locations, facilities and activities and felt that the weather in February was perfect for Phuket.

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2. Who did you travel with during your stay?

My husband and 3 children, my husband’s 3 siblings and their families, and my mother- in- law.

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3. What was your typical day in the resort?

I started with the early group walk, met my family for breakfast then joined the Zumba and Pool Aerobics, often joined by other members of my family. After lunch I would relax by the pool. My husband and children loved the competitive sports and competitions. After dinner, we enjoyed the evening entertainment and of course the crazy signs and dancing each night. We also had our own table tennis tournament with all 18 family members. For a large family group of 3 generations, there was something for everyone and so many ways for us all to enjoy being together.

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4. What was your highlight from the trip?

I loved the dancing each night and seeing our family member enjoying their time together

5. What do you love most about Phuket as a destination?

The weather is consistently warm, the beaches stunning and the people so friendly.

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6. What did you enjoy the most in the resort?

The GO’s were amazing and really enhanced our experience. The central focal point of the pool, fun activity area and restaurant meant there was always a place to go to meet others and have fun.  The quality and variety of cuisines was a delight. The beautiful beach and the town are at your doorstep if you choose to explore It is perfectly located.

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7. What is your top tip for a successful family trip in Club Med Phuket?

Participate in the activities offered – the GO’s are great and make the holiday much more fun

8. What were your favourite activities for a perfect family holiday in Club Med Phuket?

Zumba, Table tennis competition, pool aerobics and pool games

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9. What could you pack in your suitcase for a family holiday in Club Med Phuket?

A good camera to capture all the fun memories 🎥

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10. Which Club Med are you going to next or would you like to try next?

Finding a future date and coordinating all the family is a big challenge but maybe Mauritius would be exciting.

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Answers by Nicole Brown from Melbourne, thanks for your participation!

Planning on your next holiday? Discover more about Club Med Phuket here.

And if you’d like to send us your Club Med experiences, feel free to drop us a note on hello.au@clubmed.com

Tribe in Paradise Part 2: A 50th birthday to remember in Bali

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What’s better than a special birthday surrounded by loved ones in paradise? With her group of 15 family members and friends, Jane Hamill celebrated her 50th in style in Club Med Bali, Indonesia. Her relaxing days consisted of sunrise walks with her mum, yoga by the beach, lazing by the pool and cocktails of course! The Zen pool was a big hit for adults while kids enjoyed the Junior Club. It was a perfect balance and successful time away for all family members!

1. Why did you choose to go to Club Med Bali?

I had been to Club Med Bali 5 times already and always loved it. The whole family enjoys being there and as a mum it is a true holiday for me as I can just relax and don't need to think about a thing. What better place to meet up with friends and family to celebrate my 50th Birthday!

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2. Who did you travel with during your stay?

We had a group of 15 including my husband, 13 year-old son and 10 year-old daughter. We met up with two other families, my best friend from school and my parents.

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3. What was your typical day in the resort?

Meeting my mum at 6:30am for a sunrise walk, yoga by the beach, breakfast and lazing by the pool, watching trapeze, lunch, more lazing by the pool, archery, afternoon pilates, cocktails by the beach. My son hung out with the junior club and enjoyed trapeze, archery and pool games. The child free couples were able to take advantage of the beautiful zen pool. Each night we met up for dinner in the restaurant and the staff made sure we had a table that could accommodate our group.

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4. What was your highlight from the trip?

My birthday dinner in The Deck restaurant. The staff were fantastic with our booking and I received the Club Med rendition of Happy Birthday! Spending relaxing time with my family and friends was the best gift of all.

5. What do you love most about Bali as a destination?

🌴 Beautiful spacious grounds

🌞 Gorgeous weather

😊 Lovely people

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6. What did you enjoy the most in the resort?

The food and the friendliness of the GO team.

7. What is your top tip for a successful family trip in Club Med Bali?

Just let everyone go their own way and meet up for meals. It is a safe environment for the kids to experience some independence.

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8. What are your favourite activities for a perfect family holiday in Club Med Bali?

Archery, table tennis and pool games are great for all the family, plus watching the shows at night.

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9. What could you pack in your suitcase for a family holiday in Club Med Bali?

Yoga pants, bathers and something white for White Night.

10. Which Club Med are you going to next?

We are looking forward to our first Club Med ski holiday to Pragelato Vialattea, Italy and coming home via Club Med Bintan.

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Answers by Jane Hamill from Perth, thanks for your participation!

If you like to hear more about this destination, head to the Club Med Bali page to plan your next holiday.

And if you’d like to send us your Club Med experiences, feel free to drop us a note on hello.au@clubmed.com

Tribe in Paradise Part 1: Family holidays in Cherating

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From Perth, all 17 members of the Lim family stayed in Club Med Cherating Beach, Malaysia for some well-deserved time away together. They enjoyed the exotic jungle surroundings, indulged in all-inclusive food and drinks - perfect for a group full of super energetic and hungry teens and extra-easy for everyone to enjoy their holiday! Discover their full interview and photographs below.

1. Why did you choose to go to Club Med Cherating Beach?

My family had been fortunate enough to have stayed at Club Med Bintan 5 years ago or so and we had always said we would love to go to another Club Med. We were also keen on going on a holiday with our good friends and my sister in laws family before all our kids grew up.

So in planning for this holiday we needed to stay at a place that was hassle free, full of activities for everyone and was also good value for money which is why Club Med was an obvious choice. We decided on Cherating Beach specifically as it was relatively close to Perth.

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2. Who did you travel with during your stay?

I have a family of six (kids aged 7,9,11,13) and we travelled with my nephew (aged 15),  our good friends ( kids aged 14,16) and also my sister in laws family (kids aged 9,11,13,15).

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3. What was your typical day in the resort?

Although the Kids Club was available, our children just loved spending time with their friends and cousins and even us adults! Our typical day in the resort started out with a fantastic breakfast over which we would plan out what everyone wanted to do for the day.

With activities being held at various times for different ages and at different locations,  and also having to cater for our group of 17 people,  we had to sort out the logistics of who was going where to do what and when !

After busy mornings, lunch and afternoons - we would then return back to our rooms, freshen up and meet back at the bar and Orchid lounge for pre-dinner drinks before having dinner.

After dinner, some of us would stay back to enjoy some more cocktails and watch the evening shows which were always entertaining.

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I would often head to the futsal pitch with most of the boys to kick the soccer ball around under lights as these facilities were actually available to use even at that time.  This was a great way to burn off any leftover energy from the day and definitely a fantastic way to burn off the calories consumed over dinner

4. What do you love most about Cherating as a destination?

Cherating is actually set amongst a really beautiful natural lush environment which is lovely. I would also say the staff (from the reception staff to the Chief of Village) really made our stay a very memorable and enjoyable one.

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5. What were your highlights from the trip?

There actually were plenty of highlights from the trip rather than just one single thing or event. Just seeing the families really enjoy their time together, relaxing and having fun was more than enough of a highlight. The activities were made even more enjoyable because of the staff who were in charge of them.  In fact, it was the staff and their pride in their job to make guests feel welcome that really made the trip a fantastic one.

Special mentions to go to:

  • Gitish who leads the circus team (Ray, Pascale, Candy and Ally). They were all so encouraging and friendly and our kids (and some of us adults) just loved going to the trapeze every day.
  • Gerard really hit it off with some of the kids  at the Archery range and also thanks to  Chico, Adam and  Kuga who made our time at rock climbing and   the tree top course lots of fun.
  • A personal impromptu dance class kindly organised for us by Mike, the Chief of the Village, was another highlight from the trip.
  • Guilherme the CM choreographer can truly move and his passion to teach has also inspired our kids to keep dancing.
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Participating in all the activities helped us meet lots of amazing people, create precious lifelong memories and we even made some new friends along the way! (A big hello to Andrew, Janelle, Kaitland and Molly Smith from South Australia!).

The food at Club Med Cherating was fantastic and another stand out highlight from the trip. There was always such a huge variety to satisfy everyone in our travel group and the attention to detail and quality of food was second to none.

6. What did you enjoy the most in the resort?

We managed to participate in all the activities during our 7 nights at CM Cherating and they were all enjoyable so it is really hard to pick out just one thing. If I had to choose,  I  probably enjoyed the Trapeze and Tennis (coached by Annie from Brisbane) and also of course the food the most. I think it really depends on your own interests though with regards to how one can best enjoy the resort. Some of our friends really loved going to the adults only zen pool to relax or having a massage ( not included in the package). Some of our kids really enjoyed the archery and trapeze whilst others enjoyed sailing and playing volleyball. The great thing about the resort was there was so much to do and everyone had ample opportunities to do whatever they preferred.

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7.  What is your top tip for a successful family trip in Club Med Cherating?

I would suggest staying for long enough (7 nights) to be able to try everything at least once or twice. Get involved in the activities on offer and interact with the fantastic GO's who are there, see what is on every day and then plan your day and night according to what you want to try and which part of the resort you want to spend time in.

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8. What are your favourite activities for a perfect family holiday in Club Med Cherating?

I would have to say the eating and drinking are definite favourite activities for a perfect holiday in CM Cherating, followed closely by the Trapeze, hanging out at the sports activity area or going to other side of the resort to enjoy the beach and water activities available there.

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9. Which Club Med are you going to next?

We are actually heading back to Club Med Bintan next year to celebrate my mother in law's 75th birthday with all her children and grandchildren. So for this trip, we will have 8 adults and 10 children in total and I am very keen to see how Club Med Bintan compares to our wonderful CM Cherating experience.

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Hopefully in the future I can also look at visiting one of the Club Meds in Japan for a snow holiday with my family but that is just a big dream in the pipeline at this stage!

Answers by Stephen Lim from Perth, thank you for your participation!

If you’d like more information about Club Med Cherating beach, discover all activities and about the destination here.

And if you’d like to send us your Club Med experiences, feel free to drop us a note on hello.au@clubmed.com

Club Med Cefalu Opening Event: Best Pictures and Moments

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Cefalu, the first 5-Trident Club Med Resort in the Mediterranean, opened its doors in June 2018. Let's check out the best moments from the opening event!

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Located on the northern coast of Sicily set upon a rugged cliff-top with 360 degrees views across the ocean, Club Med Cefalu played host to VIP guests from around the world for a private pre-opening party, before officially opening its doors on Sunday 10th June.

The champagne was flowing and the beats were jumping, with famous French DJ Bob Sinclar's tunes ensuring an electric atmosphere.

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Guests were also treated to a silk ribbon show and live orchestra under the stars.

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Amongst the crowd were some famous faces such as Matthew Lewis, the lovable wizard Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter film series, with his new wife Angela Jones.

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The event welcomed Michelin star chef Andrea Berton, who is the gastronomic genius of all three restaurants within the resort, beautifully reinterpreting local authentic dishes with a modern twist.

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“This is Club Med today and it’s a new chapter we are opening here together in Cefalu.” said Henri Giscard d'Estaing, CEO of Club Med during the symbolic cutting of the ribbon in the colours of the Italian flag, declaring Club Med Cefalu officially open!

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Here's a few more of our favourite shots from the event:

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Visit this luxury paradise in video just below and discover more information on our website!

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Meet Brandon, Aussie Snowboard Instructor at Club Med Sahoro, Japan

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Ever wondered what goes into being a ski or snowboard instructor G.O at one of our resorts?

Meet Brandon Creighton, Australian Snowboard Instructor who has called  Club Med Sahoro Hokkaido, Japan home for the past season. From snowboarding down perfect powder slopes, to being rewarded with the smiles of guests as they develop their skills, to making friends with people from around the world, eating delicious food, and crashing in comfortable accommodation; it’s all in a days work as a Club Med snow instructor.

Brandon shares his incredible snow season experience with us, and if you're interested: tips on how to apply to be a ski or snowboard instructor with Club Med.

If you find yourself inspired and think you’re ready to take your snow skills to new heights, we're currently recruiting ski and snowboard instructors for our Japan resorts so don't hesitate and apply here now!

Hey Brandon, tell us a little about yourself...

My name is Brandon, when I was 23 I decided that I’d had enough of office life, people just weren’t supposed to live in cubicles! So I saved up some money and became a snowboarding instructor, also studying archaeology at the same time. I’ve been travelling for snow and cold things ever since.

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Sounds like you're living the dream! Can you tell us about your past experience as a snowboard instructor and qualifications?

I got into snowboarding at 17 when I went on a school trip, after that it was in my blood for good. I didn’t get to a mountain again until I decided to become an instructor, this is when I went to Canada through SnowSkool – although I got Injured before my exam and finished my cert in New Zealand. My experience so far I guess has been a mixture of stubbornness and love for the sport, not to mention all of the awesome people I’ve met along the way.

After I got qualified in New Zealand, I taught someone how to link turns for a six-pack of beer, so it was Club Med who gave me my first real taste of instructing!

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After becoming a qualified instructor, how did you apply for a job at Club Med & which resort were you selected for?

My first season with Club Med was the 2017-2018 winter season at Club Med Sahoro, in Hokkaido, Japan.

I applied through a Facebook ad, after that I went through a series of phone interviews, and couldn’t believe it when I got offered the position! After that, I went through the visa application process, and thanks to some very patient guys in HR it got approved the second time around. Then it was a matter of flying to Melbourne to get my visa and waiting until November!

After finally arriving in Japan, it was a train from Chitose airport to Shintoku. When I got off the train, Ibu [another resort G.O] was waiting there for me in the van and I got introduced to the other early comers. It was awesome getting to the resort for the first time, everyone working there seemed really relaxed and friendly.

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Tell us about your experience as a snowboard instructor at Club Med Sahoro?

Being a snowboard instructor at Club Med Sahoro consisted of three things: having an absolute blast on the slopes with some great guests; meeting new people all the time at lunch and dinner/the bar; and being tired 5 out of 7 days of the week!

Some of the experiences I’ve had while teaching guests how to snowboard will stay with me forever, there’s a moment and you can see it, when snowboarding gets into someone’s blood. All of a sudden they start wanting to push their limit, and finish runs with attitude! It’s an awesome thing to see happen and even better when you know you got them hooked on this epic sport!

That being said, you don’t realize just how tired you are until you’re out as soon as your head hits the pillow! But the routine isn’t bad at all after the first week! I still wake up at 6am only to be disappointed that I can’t walk up to the mountain!

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What is your typical day as a G.O at Club Med Sahoro?

🌄 Wake up and walk up to the resort as the sun rises. 🍳 Eat a breakfast of pancakes, bacon, sausages, eggs, and danish(es). 🏂 Get kitted up and ready for lessons, and instruct until lunch. 🍛 Have lunch either with the guests (normally the group you taught), and hope it’s chicken with tartar sauce day! 🎿 Teach some more lessons. 🌠 NIGHT SKIING!! 🍸 Dinner with guests, followed by watching the show and hanging out at the bar until 10-12ish.

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Wow, that's a lot of snow time! Sounds like you enjoyed the snow quality in Sahoro?

I had to check myself into a clinic for withdrawals when I got back, that powder is something you need to experience.

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Describe the atmosphere at Club Med in 3 words:

Energetic, Fun, Clapping (so much clapping!)

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What’s your favourite memory while working at Club Med Sahoro?

There are so many, the one that stands out for me though was a series of one on one lessons I had, the guy worked in an office, and by the end of the couple of days we were shouting like lunatics while doing jumps, rails and black runs. The energy was crazy!

But the thing I won’t forget is when I was told that before he tried snowboarding on this trip he didn’t see the point, the rat race had him downtrodden and he didn’t have anything to look forward too, but after the snowboarding we had done he said he’s already planned his next trip and he’s got something to be excited over again!

It was an amazing feeling knowing that what I was doing had made such an impact on this one guest!

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What an amazing experience! Would you encourage others to apply as a ski/snowboard instructor G.O?

It was great! But you only get the most of it if you’re willing to go beyond just instructing and get involved! I’d encourage people to apply!

Any advice for future snowboard instructor G.Os?

Get involved and go to the shows, fireworks, and barbeques. There will be an adjustment period to the busy schedule, but when you get past that, it’s an epic opportunity!

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What’s next for you now?

I’ve accepted an offer for Club Med in Beidahu, China! Then maybe somewhere with palm trees, or sheep (I’m looking at you New Zealand!)

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Want to become one of our incredible ski and snowboard G.O. instructors? Send your application to hr.australia@clubmed.com and let's the adventure begin!

Discover more about our Ski Resorts Club Med Sahoro and Club Med Tomamu!

Life in Snowy Hokkaido: Singaporean Mama Merlin Chelliah

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Home away from home in Hokkaido, we hear about this mama’s love for Japan’s beautiful food, people and four seasons

Merlin Chelliah, GM of Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido is a Singaporean mama to 6-year-old Noah. She lives with her son and husband in Hokkaido. We catch up with Merlin to hear about life in the snow and how she juggles motherhood and her career as a woman in authority.

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Can you tell us a little about yourself, your career and your family?

I currently serve as General Manager at Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, managing the resort and its 341 rooms, sprawled across 145 hectares of land on Tomamu Mountain. Apart from overseeing the day to day operations of the resort, I’m often seen cooking curries from Singapore and Sri Lanka, preparing Dorayaki on Japanese-themed days, and even hosting and dancing on stage for guests’ nightly entertainment. I have a total of 26 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. Prior to my stint at Club Med (where I’ve worked for the last 15 years), I was with Westin Singapore as Guest Relations Manager and worked my way up from my first job as luggage coordinator, to concierge, then Resident Manager in Westin Stamford Crest.

What brought you to Hokkaido? How long have you been living overseas?

Having the opportunity to manage the second Club Med in Japan was truly a dream come true for me. First of all, I love the country, the culture and the people; and to top it all off, it presented me with the biggest move in my career to date – how could I say no?! I’ve been away for 15 years now, and have travelled to more than 11 countries around the world since.

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What do you like best about living in Hokkaido/Japan?

It’s difficult to pin down any one reason! The food is amazing – the freshness and complexity of flavours is unmatched anywhere else. The culture is also incredible – everywhere you go, people are friendly, polite and considerate. I’m also a big fan of the vast natural landscapes that Hokkaido has to offer.

Did you give birth to your child in Japan?

I actually gave birth to Noah in Singapore, which was great because I got to be surrounded by my family and close friends, who were my pillars of strength throughout the entire experience.

Can you talk us through your career pre- and post-baby?

The biggest difference for me was the change in my management style. Post-baby, I was more heedful, more gentle in my mannerisms, less directive and more motivational in the way I led my teams.

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How have you found holding a position of authority as a woman in general, but also in relation to being in Japan?

It’s natural that some people might still hold on to preconceived gender stereotypes (plus I’m quite petite in size, so it doesn’t help), but as long as you keep a positive mindset and focus on delivering your best work, your guests won’t see gender come to play, but they will see the effort that goes into making their holiday experience as wonderful as it is.

Just remember to never take any negative comments personally, but as an opportunity to grow and better yourself.

Any tips on balancing the juggling act as a mum and in a career?

At first it did take a bit of adjusting, but I think it’s about prioritising your responsibilities. As much as I love the work I do, my family is incredibly important to me, and I would never compromise spending time with them. I’ve also learnt that it’s not just about the quantity of time, but the quality of time you spend with them. So even if it’s small things, like reading with Noah, or just talking to him about his day, it really makes a difference because he knows I’m not just physically present, but that I’m emotionally there for him as well, even when the days get busy.

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What are your favourite places in Hokkaido that you would recommend to parents traveling with kids?

    • Sapporo Snow Festival
    • Asahiyama Zoo
    • Bear Mountain
    • Horse-back Riding
    • Hokkaido Farm Activities
    • Shintoku Soba Hall – a wonderful restaurant that allows guests to try their hand at making authentic soba noodles using locally-produced soba flour from Shintoku – and they get to enjoy it right after with the help of professional chefs!

But many of these can be done as excursions with Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, so maybe Club Med should be number one!

What do you find is the hardest part of being a mother living in a foreign country?

Parenting away from home can sometimes be a challenge, as you’re constantly having to adapt to changing variables, like different lifestyles, environments and cultures – and of course, living in Japan, language differences can also be a barrier at times. But I always try to keep a positive mindset, find a routine that works best for my family and just try to ensure an easy transition for us all.

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What is your favourite holiday destination as a family?

A couple of destinations immediately come to mind – the first is of course, Singapore, because home is where the heart is. The second is Kani, Maldives – a perfect amalgamation of rustic and modern lifestyles that offers peace and serenity unmatched anywhere else.

What languages does your son speak? How have you managed to raise a multilingual child – any tips for other parents?

Noah can speak English, Japanese and French. My advice would be to not force your children to learn something they don’t want to, because if the interest isn’t there, it’s truly an uphill battle. Help them find something they’re genuinely interested in, help nurture that passion, and fluency and proficiency will come naturally after.

What mementos/local goodies do you always bring back from Singapore when you visit?

Laksa sauce kits, frozen Prata and Chicken Rice paste!

What’s the one thing you would miss about Hokkaido if you moved away?

The people, the food and the beautiful four seasons – without a doubt.

nteresting in hearing more? Discover more information about Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, Japan here.

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Meet Jen Dugard, Body & Soul instructor at Club Med Bintan Island

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Jen Dugard, personal trainer, founder of mum-focused fitness business Body Beyond Baby and creator of Fitness Professional education Safe Return to Exercise, took part in Body & Soul 2018 in Club Med Bintan Island just a few weeks ago! She tells us everything about her experience and top tips for an amazing Body & Soul experience.

Body & Soul is a two-weeks wellness journey where participant can come at any time to revitalise mind, body and soul in Club Med Bintan Island, near Singapore. On top of the Must-Try Experiences, you can look forward to additional activities, specially curated by our wellness instructors and partners. Whether with friends or family get ready to Eat Well, Move Well, Play Well and Feel Well to your heart’s content at Club Med Bintan Island, just a one-hour ferry ride from Singapore.

Interested on hearing more about Body & Soul? Head over to our page explaining the concept and stay tuned for the 2019 edition!

Hi Jen, can you please introduce yourself? 

I’m a mum of two, Personal Trainer, founder of mum-focused fitness business Body Beyond Baby and creator of Fitness Professional education Safe Return to Exercise. I am a self-confessed adventurer, love taking part in challenging fitness events and exploring the world. Within my mission to ensure women are exercising safely and effectively after becoming a mother I hope this gives them the strength within to go out there on their own adventures, connect with their family and partners and accomplish all the things they dream of.

Congrats on participating in the Body & Soul 2018 event, how did you find the experience?

Thank you! I had a ball and it’s such a beautiful place to be ‘working’ in. I found all of the Club Med staff and guests to be very welcoming and enthusiastic about Body & Soul. I also gave the classes of some of the other international trainers a go and loved them!

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

Interestingly, I actually met a lot of Australians along with those from other parts of the world. Energy within our classes was great and I loved spending time with the guests. I especially loved being able to spend some one on one time with a few of the mums that came to my classes and we could talk about their own unique postnatal experiences and follow ups they might do once they got home.

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Describe your typical day in Club Med Bintan Island during Body & Soul?

My typical day involved getting up anywhere between 6.30 am and 7.30 am depending on what I had planned; a run or my own training session followed by sampling one of the other trainers classes; yoga or beast move for example. Then heading to breaky to enjoy the amazing Club Med buffet! I would then work for a few hours on my computer (it wasn’t all a holiday for me) though I did take the weekend off and on these two days I relaxed and read by the pool instead of keeping up to date with my computer work. I would eat lunch around 1.30 and at 2 pm it was time to get ready for my mums-only class at 3 pm. An hour’s downtime in-between sessions and then set up for my Bootcamp / Circuit class at 5.15 pm. After this a quick swim, then shower and time for dinner! Some evenings we would then catch the show and others jump in to bed for an early (kid-free) sleep!

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What were your highlights of Body & Soul?

Definitely the amazing people I got to meet and the beautiful location!

Where were your favourite spots to relax?

I LOVE spending time by the pool (but with the sun lounger facing the ocean rather than the pool ;) and also on the beach. I also found a couple of quiet hide spots where I could both sit and work but also take in the beautiful surroundings.

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What is your top tip to enjoy an active yet relaxing holiday – whether with the family or not?

My top tip would be to make sure you also relax and enjoy yourself and ALLOW yourself some down time as well as activity time. I think we sometimes forget to allow ourselves to just STOP, have fun, read a book or simply do nothing. I’m a big advocate for continuing activity or training on holidays but I like to make sure there’s relaxing too.

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What did you pack in your bag for the event?

My bag was FULL of training clothes - both for training myself AND for running sessions. I also had a great book with me for down-time. My computer and notes to stay up to date at work. Ear-plugs and my own pillow - if I can’t sleep I’m grumpy and frustrated so these two things have become a vital part of my travel pack!

How did you feel once the event was finished?

I felt satisfied; excited from the awesome time we had and also a little tired. I was also pretty excited to be heading home to my family too by the end!

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What Club Med would you like to try next?

This is a tough one - if it was just my choice I’d be off to the Maldives or Mauritius but I also know my husband is super keen to head to Japan for the snow!

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Interested in knowing more about Club Med Bintan Island? Hear over to the resort page for more information!

Five things you didn't know about Mauritius

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Recently visiting Mauritius, our Design & Content Specialist at Club Med Australia, Marine Raynard shared a bit more about her discovery of the incredible Mauritian culture. This article was written by Marine Raynard and reposted from The Frenchie Escapes' original story. (@thefrenchieescapes). Note: All images below are courtesy of Marine Raynard, and have been shared with permission. For more information about Club Med in Mauritius, discover our two resorts here. 

Five things you didn't know about Mauritius

A tropical paradise located in the Indian Ocean, near Madagascar and the French Island La Reunion, Mauritius is a destination on the rise and has a lot to offer if you are looking to relax, explore diverse landscapes from lush nature to incredible blue waters and discover its amazing culture.

Going from North to South of the island will take only an hour and fifteen minutes but don’t mistake Mauritius’ tiny scale for not a lot to discover and do! With an incredible mix of culture, many different places to discover and even micro-climates following one region to another, it will surely surprise you as it did surprise me on my recent trip!

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Eureka House near Black River, Mauritius.

Here are five things which you might not know about Mauritius and which I hope will make you want to discover this beautiful place.

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1. Mauritius has an incredible mix of cultures

I went to Mauritius when I was actually 2 years old but when I came back I didn’t realise how heavily French-influenced the island is. And not only! Mauritius proudly mix all of the cultures which have been present through its history from the early times to colonisation to the independence 50 years ago. You’ll discover the incredible Creole culture, full of flavours and colours, mixing both French and English cultures. For a French-speaking person, it’s quite funny to try to understand Creole language but it’s pretty hard! Mauritian kids have to learn French and English as a first-language and then can choose a third-language of their choice, often being Mauritian Creole.

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Another culture very heavily influenced in Mauritius is the Indian culture. Indo-Mauritians actually make up to 60% of the population which you can imagine is huge! You’ll see many Hindou temples around Mauritius and delicious Indian food as well. More than Hinduism, there are also Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and Baha’is… An amazing melting pot of culture, all living in peace!

2.  It’s a small island but with so much to see

Mauritius has an area of only 2,040m2 – which makes it a whopping 3,795 times smaller than Australia! But with more than a million people living there and many many places to discover, there’s a lot to see on this tiny island!

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 The seven coloured earth, Mauritius

The seven coloured earth, Mauritius

Some famous places are Black River Gorges National Park with a stunning waterfall, the seven coloured earth, Rhum Distilleries to discover, Port-Louis for a day, L’Ile aux Cerf for the most incredible blue bay, Flic-en-Flac for some beach time, Grande Baie for shopping, Majestic Le Morne Brabant which you can hike… So much to discover!

 Delicious Chamarel Rhum in Mauritius. 

Delicious Chamarel Rhum in Mauritius.

 Me in Club Med Albion, Mauritius 

Enjoying Club Med La Plantation d'Albion, Mauritius

3. Tourism and Travel is the first industry among others

Being such a small island with no natural exploitable resources, Mauritius has managed to be a champion in many industries over the years. And tourism is now one of the biggest! Take anyone who’s been in Mauritius and they will tell you about the incredible Mauritian hospitality, how nice and helpful people are and all of the incredible places you can stay in! Mauritius is good to explore but also really nice to relax.

Other significant industries in Mauritius are textiles, agriculture with sugar cane (and delicious Rhum) and more and more Information Technology Services.

 Incredible sunset over the Zen Pool in Club Med Albion. 

Incredible sunset over the Zen Pool in Club Med La Plantation D'Albion, Mauritius

4. Mauritius has over 27 microclimates!

When talking with Mauritians during my trip, they explained to me how driving from region to region, we could experience very different climates and temperatures. Quite crazy for such a small island! I totally noticed it when we went from the west to the north, where it barely rained during our few days.

 Blue water and ski in Club Med La Pointe aux Cannoniers, Mauritius

Blue water and Waterski jetty in Club Med La Pointe aux Cannoniers, Mauritius

According to Mauritius Inside Out, there’s that much to know about the local weather as there is:

  • a tropical climate in summer
  • a subtropical climate in winter
  • a maritime climate throughout the year
  • a cyclone season
  • a rainy season
  • southeast trade winds from March to November

There are definitely ways to enjoy a sunny holiday in Mauritius but it could rain from time to time! Again according to Mauritius Inside Out, October is the best month to visit.

 Beautiful lush green in Mauritius

Beautiful lush green in Mauritius

5. The late Dodo bird is a national symbol

Fun fact, when I went to Mauritius for the first time as a 2-year old I was absolutely obsessed with the story of the Dodo bird. But the history on how the Dodo bird disappeared is quite sad actually.  The Dodo bird was a beautiful big bird (23 kgs) which couldn’t fly having any predators in over 4 million years. When the Arabs arrived as the first people to set foot in Mauritius and Portuguese as well in 1505, Mauritius was a big destination in the spice trade and the Dodo bird was hunted for its meat.

 The Dodo of Mauritius - it's about that big!

The Dodo of Mauritius – it’s about that big!

And later as the Dutch colons arrived, they brought other species with them: rats, monkeys, and pigs – which all ate the egg of the Dodo bird. Unfortunately, the Dodo bird was laying only one egg per year so its population quickly diminished and the last was seen in 1681.

However, the Dodo bird proudly remains in Mauritius’ culture as a symbol in the coat of arms of Mauritius and in pretty much everything that you’ll see in Mauritius.

 Myself in Club Med Albion, Mauritius. 

Enjoying sunset at the Zen Pool in Club Med La Plantation D'Albion, Mauritius.

Overall Mauritius is a great destination to explore and discover more about its history. I really enjoyed discovering different landscapes, tasting delicious Mauritius food and Rhum, and talking with the local. I must say thanks to my work with Club Med for sending me there, discovering both beautiful Club Med La Plantation D'Albion and La Pointe aux Canonniers and re-discovering the Mauritian Culture all over again!

Bugaboo Strolls into Club Med Bali

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New partnership with Bugaboo prams making family holidays even easier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Your next Family Holiday is waiting you just here!

Club Med provides winter Olympians and Paralympians with slopes to success

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Partnership with OWIA to support winter athletes in the lead up to 2022 games

Club Med is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) – a coming together of two organisations with a shared passion for winter sports and supporting Australia’s elite winter athletes in the lead up to the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Club Med will begin providing the OWIA access to their 20+ mountain resorts to support athletes with international training and recovery within Club Med’s expertly-appointed resorts. During grueling World Cup competitions, athletes will be treated to Club Med’s comfortable accommodation, vast selection of nutritious gourmet food and activities to help relax and unwind including yoga, après ski and spa facilities, all assisting them to perform at their best.

Through the partnership, Club Med will also provide recognition for athlete’s hard training, outstanding performance, and positive attitude aligning with the OWIA / Club Med shared values of kindness, responsibility, and passion, by rewarding athletes with truly relaxing holidays at their 70+ resorts worldwide from the Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico and more.

 

On working with the OWIA, Madeleine Clow-Suares, General Manager, Club Med Australia and New Zealand says, “For over 60 years we’ve committed to being a leader in the ski industry by offering a world-class snow experience in the best ski domains for all guests. We’re proud to be building on this with our Olympic Winter Institute of Australia partnership to support both the training and growth of Australia’s snow athletes. Together we’ll work with the OWIA to spread the joy of snow holidays and foster the passion of today’s and tomorrow’s Olympians and snow lovers, creating long lasting memories.”

Since opening its first snow resort in 1956, Club Med has been passionate in pioneering its world-renowned snow experience for guests worldwide. Today, Club Med is an industry leader in ski holidays, operating over 20 snow resorts in the most iconic ski domains in Europe and Asia, with a Canadian resort on the horizon. Many of the resorts’ qualified ski and snowboard instructors include top-level athletes, from World Champions to Olympians.

When it comes to training Olympians and World Champions, the OWIA are Australia’s leading organisation, preparing Australia’s elite winter athletes for their participation in Olympic Winter Games, World Championships and World Cup events. OWIA Chief Executive Officer, Geoff Lipshut  says, “We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Club Med, helping to support and reward our high performing Australian athletes.”

“We believe this partnership will drive awareness of, and engagement with, snow sports among Australian enthusiasts and we’re excited for our relationship with Club Med to grow well into the future.”

Club Med works with a number of renowned partners across the globe, including iconic ski schools (ESF, Scuolasci, Swiss Ski School), as well as having an exclusive relationship with leading ski and snowboard equipment manufacturer, Rossignol. This latest partnership with the OWIA will further enhance Club Med’s leading ski position.

Madeleine Clow-Suares says, “Our outstanding snow concept attracts ski and snowboard lovers from across the globe from novices through to aspiring Olympians. We combine the most beautiful settings in the world with an authentic ski experience that includes food, drinks and après ski, kids clubs, ski lessons for all ages, lift passes and more. We take care of it all so all our guests have to do is enjoy!”

What’s New in Club Med Kani, Maldives

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

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

Surf one of the best surf spots in the world

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

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

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

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

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

Discover more about family holidays and kids clubs here.

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

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

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

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

#MeetOurG.Os - VIDEO: Incredible G.O stories from Club Med Bali

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This month people all around the world recognised World Heritage Day,  a celebration of unique cultural heritage, a value that Club Med encompasses every day in their resorts.

On this special day Club Med Bali interviewed a few of our amazing G.Os, allowing them to share insights into their unique and multicultural background - check it out below!

 

Want to become one of our passionate G.Os? Club Med is always on the look out for new amazing individuals to join our team! Discover all job offers now on clubmedjobs.com.au

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

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

All will be revealed below!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24 hours in La Plantation D’Albion, Mauritius

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

9am – Tropical fruits & yoga by the sea!

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

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11am – Kids fly while parents relax

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

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1pm – A colourful lunch full of spices!

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

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3pm – Endless wildlife discoveries

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

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6pm – Champagne time with a beach walk

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

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

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

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

#5MinutesWith…Maddy & Laura from the Club Med Australia office

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The 8th March is a big day for women all around the world, it's International Women's Day!  This date commemorates the movement for women's rights and is also used to highlight acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in history. Its also the perfect opportunity to showcase some of the incredible women in our own lives!

At Club Med, we're surrounded by countless amazing women with female Chief of Villages running our resorts around the world, G.Os teaching and running sports and activities and taking care of our little ones, and our office G.Es which help deliver all the amazing Club Med news to you! For this special day, we sat down with two extraordinary female managers in the Club Med Australia office to learn more about their career, history with Club Med and beyond! Meet Maddy, our General Manager and Laura, our Finance Manger...

Madeleine Clow-Suares

General Manager, Australia & New Zealand

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Nationality: British

Qualifications & professional career: Leisure and Tourism Management Degree

What's your history & current role at Club Med? I worked for Disney, Forte Hotel Group, Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle), Vodafone, and now Club Med as General Manager Australia and New Zealand.

Why did you decide to work for Club Med? They were the creators of packaged holidays.

What is your favourite thing about Club Med and why? Its values: Multicultural and Kindness are my favourite.  Plus, there are no glass ceilings for woman and its a company which truly invest in it's employees.

Would you encourage other women to explore career opportunities with Club Med within Australia and the resorts? If so, why & what advice would you share? Yes totally.  Travel is a very feminine market and we will always need female insight.  Plus, as a company, we are used to not having fixed office hours and believe in flexible working conditions  like non-restrictive hours and working from anywhere in the world.. these things help when we have a family!

Whats your personal motto? Work like you don’t need money, love like you have never been hurt and dance like nobody is watching!

Anything else to share? Yes  - woman often feel they have to know 70% of a role before applying for a position, for men it is just 30%!  This often comes down to a hardworking ethic, level of confidence and honest approach.  For me, this just goes to show how much this world needs more woman to be present and at every level.

Laura Barioz

Finance Manager, Australia & New Zealand

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Nationality: French

Qualifications & professional career: French Business School Masters Degree.

What is your history & current role at Club Med? I started my career at Club Med as an intern 6 years ago in Paris office, and was hired afterwards on a permanent position in the internal audit team. Two years later, I have had the opportunity to come downunder as Finance Manager for the Pacific, and I did not hesitate one second!

Why did you decide to work for Club Med? I enjoyed a few Club Med holidays as a kid. So, when I started to look for opportunities in the tourism industry, I was so impressed to see the evolution of the brand and the shift of strategy, that I wanted to be part of the adventure.

What is your favourite thing about Club Med and why? It is hard to pick only one! The diversity. From resorts to offices worldwide you get to meet so many different cultures, profiles, experiences... it is fascinating.

Would you encourage other women to explore career opportunities with Club Med within Australia and the resorts? If so, why & what advice would you share? Of course! The team is kind, fun and talented. It does not matter if you are a man or a woman or where you come from, everyone is welcome to bring new ideas and take initiative. It makes it such a great environment to work and learn. Club Med invests in employee’s development and offers great opportunities all over the world!

Whats your personal motto? Life is short and the world is wide.