Travelling with young children… without the stress!

Tizzie Hall is an internationally renowned baby whisperer and bestselling author of Save Our Sleep. With experience and expertise working with babies, toddlers, and their parents for over 22 years, she gathered for us some precious tips to make sure you and your little ones make the most of their holidays!

💼 Before you go

1. Establish a good routine a couple of weeks before you go. Travelling with a baby or toddler is very different to travelling alone. The main difference is you will need to plan things well in advance. I have clearly observed over years of sleep consulting that children in a routine adapt faster and more easily to any new environment. This applies equally to children that are travelling across time zones or within their usual time zone.

2. BYO Sunscreen. Pack a sunscreen from home that you have tried on your baby or toddler. This way you know it will not react with their delicate skin and that the SPF works. It’s a good idea to bring two so you can leave one in your pool bag or at the Kid’s Club.

In The Air

3. Plan your feeds strategically. As far as routines for babies go, I generally recommend giving your baby a milk feed two hours before the plane is due to take-off or land so they will be hungry enough to take breast or bottle on the plane (a sucking baby’s ears will also be more comfortable during take-offs and landings). For example, if you are booked on a 4pm flight, feed your baby at 2pm rather than the usual 3pm feed, so when you offer your baby milk after take-off at 4pm they will take it.

4. Always sit your toddler further away from the aisle than you. This is for two reasons. First, it avoids hot drinks or meals having to be passed over your toddler to you and ensures you can open the meals and only pass them on when the food is not too hot to burn them; second, if you have two children, it is much easier in an emergency to drag two children behind you than to push one and drag the other.

 

⛱️ When you get there

Photo taken at  Club Med Bintan Island

Photo taken at Club Med Bintan Island

5. Learn the local time-zone. On the first morning, put your baby or toddler straight back onto their normal routine at local time if you have crossed time zones, regardless of how often or how early they woke the previous night or that morning.

6. Have them socialise. Holidays are a great place for little ones to learn some confidence when interacting with others. By taking advantage of Kids Clubs at Club Med, my kids have met other children from all over the world and participated in mentally-stimulating activities. They always leave with a happy face!

Want to know more about family holidays? Discover how Club Med can be your family’s happy place.

2019 Calendar: our favourite destinations

A new year also means new opportunities to explore the world! We know how hard it is to choose your next destination with the endless options that the world has to offer. So to make this a little bit easier, we selected the best places to visit for each month of 2019. Plan ahead and live your holidays fully: weather, activities and local aspects included!

📅 JANUARY: JAPAN

What’s best than starting the New Year with some JaPOW?! With approximately 600 centimetres of snowfall, Hokkaido is the best place to hit the slopes in January. There will also be way enough snow to enjoy snowball fight with your family and friends!

Photo taken at    Club Med Tomamu

Photo taken at Club Med Tomamu

📅 FEBRUARY: MEXICO

Cancun offers in February the perfect mix of fantastic weather and sightseeing activities such as visiting the Chichen Itza or the jungle adventure parks. Due to its ideal beach conditions, it is also the best month to do snorkeling or scuba diving and explore the seabed made of colourful and varied sea life.

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📅 MARCH: THE MALDIVES


The ultimate getaway island paradise - Maldives is the perfect destination if you want to be surrounded by coconut palms, endless turquoise ocean views and relaxing vibes. March is part of the dry season so you can make the most of each beach day! It is also a great time to go surfing, snorkeling and enjoy great visibility for scuba diving 🐠.

Photo taken at    Club Med Kani

Photo taken at Club Med Kani

📅 APRIL: THE CARIBBEAN

Always thought that the Caribbean was out of your budget? Do the Dominican Republic or the Bahamas make your dream? Good news, the third week of April is the best time to go as it’s the “shoulder season” - right after the craziness or spring break . In other words, it’s the best period to get affordable flight prices! And obviously with sunny days and moderate temperatures., you won’t need much more to enjoy the sweet Caribbean life and all the activities this little piece of heaven has to offer.

Photo taken at    Club Med Turquoise

Photo taken at Club Med Turquoise

📅 MAY: MAURITIUS

Sun, dry and cool - the perfect holiday weather for Mauritius! May is also be the best time to experience exotic and adventurous sights from waterfalls to lush gardens. We recommend visiting La Pointe aux Cannoniers for perfect beachfront holidays with crystal-clear waters or Albion, an oasis of tranquility and luxury, surrounded by magnificent gardens.

📅 JUNE: INDONESIA

Indonesia is a popular destination for its idyllic landscape and cultural discoveries. June is the best time of the year to enjoy the great weather conditions of Bali without the crowds. Feel immersed in the Indonesian culture from visiting temples to trying local dishes. Or if you want more adrenaline fuelled activities, nothing can’t beat the Bali surf spots or 4x4 adventures with views over the rice paddies.

Photo taken at    Club Med Bali

Photo taken at Club Med Bali

📅 JULY: PORTUGAL

Warm sun, little ocean breeze and the sweet sound of waves… It’s the perfect place and time of the year for terrace dining or wine tasting in the South of Portugal! And for the golf lovers, it’s also perfect to practice your swing on one of the Algarve's most prestigious courses. Coming with your family? Golden beaches, water parks and dolphins are just an added bonus to the breathtaking landscapes and nature that awaits you there.

Photos taken at Club Med Da Balaia

📅 AUGUST: BRAZIL

Between forest and white sandy beaches, Brazil is the ideal destination to practice land and water sports while discovering the vibrant local culture. Enjoy the nature as your playing field, experiencing family or couple activities such as tennis, archery, trapeze or water-skiing.

Photo taken at    Club Med Rio Das Pedras

📅 SEPTEMBER: SICILY, ITALY

Who doesn’t want to live the dolce vita,? If we had to choose the perfect month to travel to Italy, it would definitely be September, warm enough to enjoy a swim in the Mediterranean sea and and cool enough to enjoy a hike on the beautiful Italian coast. Last but not least, once school holidays are passed - the prices will decrease so watch this space as you may be lucky with cheaper air fares.

Photo taken at    Club Med Cefalu

Photo taken at Club Med Cefalu

📅 OCTOBER: GREECE

October is be the best time for sightseeing, with sunny days and fewer crowds! Enjoying the warm days from the Indian Summer , Greece is THE place to experience new water activities such as water-skiing, sailing or windsurfing 🌊 as well as picturesque local little villages.

Photo taken at    Club Med Gregolimano

Photo taken at Club Med Gregolimano

📅 NOVEMBER: THAILAND

A happy escape with 8 hours of sun per day, and between 24 and 31 degrees that will amaze you by it’s deep cultural identity. November officially marks the start of the high season, and the best time to enjoy a family holiday exploring Buddhist temples or attend traditional Thai dancing performances in costumes.

Photo taken at    Club Med Phuket

Photo taken at Club Med Phuket

📅 DECEMBER: FRENCH ALPS

Sun or snow to end the year, the choice is yours! Our preference for 2019 will would be a White Christmas in the French Alps with delicious local delicacies like fresh bread, cheese, wines… to enjoy all day long. Experience a real Winter Wonderland! ❄️

A special Club Med Playlist for you

Looking for some music inspiration that make you feel good this end of year?

Here’s our little Christmas present to you with a Spotify playlist created by our little elves at Club Med Australia & New Zealand.

Pump up the volume and get ready for those feel good vibes! 🎵💃

Benefits of living more sustainably

8 million tonnes of plastic finds it way to the ocean each year and more than half comes from Asia. CRAZY right?! Although scientists, engineers and researchers are actively trialing powerful machines to cleanup the oceans, removing plastic is not 100% efficient and takes more time than to stop producing it.

Did you know?

500 million*

plastic bottles used every year

1 trillion*

plastic bags discarded every year

100,000 tones*

gums (made of synthetic rubber coming from plastic) discarded every year

3 billion tonnes**

quantity of plastic produced by Australia,

91%

of plastic is not recycled

Everyone can make an impact at their own scale, so why not starting now?

At Club Med, we believe that our daily habits can slightly be tweaked in order to make a positive impact together, here are some of our quick ways to reduce plastic waste:

  • Reusable coffee cups for a guilt-free coffee

One cup per person can reduce the production of 1 billion disposable cups (number of cups used by Australian each year according to the ABC News) - sounds pretty easy right? We also took the occasion to gift our loyal customers and top partners, a perfect way to thank them with a sustainable gift. Good tip: some coffee shops reward earth-conscious customers by offering a discount on the price of their coffee, another reason to live more sustainably!

The Club Med office proud of their re-usable coffee cups!

The Club Med office proud of their re-usable coffee cups!

  • Say no to plastic cuttlery

When buying lunch, don’t take the plastic cutlery the takeaway shop gives you and use instead the cutlery you have in your office or at home.

  • Reusable water bottles, do good for you and for the planet

No need to buy new plastic bottles everyday, what if we you could save money and time just with a reusable water bottle? Plastic bottles are not only bad for the planet but they also contain chemicals called endocrine disruptors which can be also harmful for your health.

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  • Buy in bulk at the supermarket (and save money!)

Bringing your own containers to buy your pasta, cereals, rice and more… will help you make great savings on your grocery budget and will also cut down considerably the packaging waste! Modern jars can be integrated in the decoration of your kitchen, organised on shelves and ready for you to use. If you are a DIY person, you can also customize them with your kids!

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  • Make your beach trip count for the environment

Still not convinced that every small personal action can make a big impact on our planet? Take 3 For The Sea is proving the contrary! This Australian charity founded by surfers and marine biologists emphasizes on the impact of collective efforts on the plastic pollution reduction. Each time you go to the beach, for a morning swim or just an evening walk, grab three pieces of rubbish you find on your way and yes, you’ve already made a difference!

Curious to learn more about the sustainable actions that Club Med has implemented for over 60 years now, check more information in our post here.

*Discover more statistic about plastic pollution here

** Discover how Australia has an impact on plastic pollution here

The ultimate guide for the first time skier

New to snow resort holidays and not sure what to expect? We’ve got you. Here’s all you need to know before you go and if you have any questions, feel free to join our Facebook Club Med Snow Squad Group, we’ll happily share our advice!


What to expect during your first ski holidays?

Be ready to taste amazing gourmet mountain food and experience activities that you won’t find anywhere else.

  • Gourmet mountain food

At Club Med, when it comes to food we’ve got you sorted! Enjoy a subtle mix between local cuisine and French know-how that will have your taste buds tingling. Gather with your family and friends and choose from cheesy fondue, tartiflette, cheese platters or even Japanese hotpot or ramen. It will also be the perfect place to warm up around a cosy wood fire and enjoy a few toasted marshmallows…yum!

Discover the mountain cuisine served at Club Med European Ski Resorts.

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Discover the mountain cuisine served at Club Med Japan Resorts.

  • Apres-ski activities


🛀 Apres-ski treats: you’ll love relaxing in our hot tubs, saunas or indoor heated swimming pools, perfect for releasing muscle tension and enjoying a moment to reconnect with yourself in a relaxing environment.

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🐕 Dog sledding: experience this unique and thrilling way to hit the snow through the pristine landscape of the European Alps.

🏇 Horse riding in Japan: surrounded by the beautiful mountains, plains, rivers and lakes, experience a memorable ride.

Want to learn more about what’s on offer? Check out our range of activities.


What to pack for the perfect ski trip?

  • Ski essentials

1. Prioritise waterproof clothes (jacket, trousers) to be both cosy and remain dry until the end of the day.

2. Wear warm thermal clothes underneath and dress in layers, like an onion so you can adapt your body temperature according to the weather and activity.

3. Waterproof gloves, a must-have!

4. Sun cream and lip balm with UV protection will be useful to avoid sunburn and cracking lips.

5. Take your ski goggles to protect against sun and the bright reflection off the snow.

6. Finally, your snow equipment! ⛷️ With the Easy Arrival service enjoy a worry-free ski trip. Simply fill in your information 30 days prior to your arrival and our GOs will take care of preparing your equipment and make it ready to collect as soon as you step into the resort. You will also be able to book the Kids Club according to the age of your child. No need to queue, your holiday starts from the second you arrive at Club Med - too easy!

Service available in all Club Med European resorts.

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  • Join in the fashion fun

Booking an active holiday doesn’t mean that fashion goes out the window. Snow venues are the best places to express your creativity and flare for fashion. Don’t be afraid of colours, this is the perfect occasion to wear your fancy warm beanie, unicorn costume or even your Christmas wool jumper (it also deserves a second life!). Bright colours make you more visible to other skiers on the slopes, and easier to spot by your friends and family!

How to get physically ready to make the most of your ski holiday?

Start conditioning your body in order to get a certain level of cardiovascular and strength to hit the slopes every day. A short preparation before you head off will also ensure you get the energy to enjoy all the apres-ski activities and treats!

1. Squats

Your legs will be the main part of the body that will work out during a ski session, squats will help building strength in your thighs.

  • Stand with feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart

  • Push your hips back until your thighs are parallel to the floor

  • Make sure your knees are in front of your toes

  • Stand up and repeat (4 times 20 rep - 1 min rest break between each)

2. Alternating lunges

Perfect for building strength but also training balance, and avoid falling on the slopes!

  • Step one leg forward and bend it down to an angle of 90 degrees

  • Bring the leg back and switch to the other leg

  • Repeat for 15 rep each leg for 4 times - 1 min rest break between each

3. Forearm plank

Strong core will protect your back and allow you to push easier with your ski poles.

  • Place the forearms on the ground with the elbows aligned below the shoulders

  • Ground the toes into the floor and squeeze the glutes to stabilize the body

  • Hold the position for 45 sec

  • Repeat 3 times and increase the duration gradually

Want to one-up your ski buddies? Be one of the first to experience our new resort Club Med Les Arcs Panorama

Located in one of the biggest ski areas in the world Paradiski®, the new resort will amaze you by its modern mountain architecture and wide-open views of endless snow-capped mountains. Opening 16th December! ❇️

5 ideas to shop ethically this Christmas  

Christmas… a wonderful time of the year where family reunites, delicious food is on the table and gifts are exchanged. At Club Med, we’re all about giving love and gifts to family and friends but we’re also conscious of the impact this can have on our environment in our continuous commitment towards sustainability.

Discover below five ideas on how to make your Christmas shopping a little bit more sustainable this year while still pleasing your loved ones with ethical Christmas gifts they’ll never forget about!

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1.      Give unique memories

Holidays

Who wouldn’t want a holiday for Christmas?! Surprise your loved one with a weekend away or a relaxing week somewhere in the world – the perfect way to create unique memories. Looking for inspiration? Discover many destinations this way.

Events ticket

Music lover? Festivals or concert ✔
Food lover? Cooking lesson ✔
Art lover? Art gallery or exhibit tickets ✔

You get the idea. Keep an eye out for local events and make it your amazing Christmas gift.

Experiences

Always wanted to go whale watching or bungee jumping? There are so many experiences to try both locally and overseas, it makes the perfect gift for all budgets. And why not treat yourself to the same gift so you can also share the joy?

Memberships

Whether your loved ones are gym junkies or beauty box addicts, there are many options of memberships to choose from. Rather than one gift in December, they’ll love receiving this gift all year long.

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2.      Give your time

This is not always the most common way of gifting but sometimes giving your own time can go a long way. Have a special skill you can help with like gardening or painting? Create your own voucher to give away some of your time!

Know friends that need a babysitter few times a year or a car to borrow? Organise it and surprise them with your kindness!

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3.      Upcycle existing objects

Before you throw away old furniture or toys, think to yourself if it could have a second chance with a bit of a touch-up? You’d be surprised how easy it is to repaint small furnishing or repurpose objects for a brand new life.

Not sure where to start? Check these awesome upcycling ideas from a new lamp to a jewelry frame organizer. They will make amazing ethical Christmas gifts.

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4.      Bake some yummy treats

Something as simple as food can make someone’s Christmas! And why not learn a skill too? Between cupcakes and savoury cakes, there are many yummy treats to please your loved ones.

Not really into cooking? Look in your local chocolate store, gifting delicious chocolate made with love can only go right.

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5.      Buy ethical and local

Of course, we’re not all crafty with an ever-lasting supply of old furniture to upcycle lying around.

So for eco-friendly gifts, why not find a local artisan and buy something you know has been created with love and with a great story behind it.

Check your local artists selling paintings, sculptures, home decoration… Get information on any organic stores nearby or local wine producers.  

So remember for this Christmas, it’s all about giving sustainably and ethically. Give unique memories, give your time, give something you made, give to the local community by buying something different.

Happy holidays!

Take a look at the renovated Club Med Alpe d'Huez

Are you ready for a brand new experience in the French Alps? From December 2019, ski in and ski out from the renovated Club Med Alpe D’huez - located in one of the largest ski areas in Europe.

The existing 3-Trident resort will upgrade to a 4-Trident resort with 442 brand new renovated rooms, re-designed common spaces, a new spa as well as Baby and Petit Club in addition to the existing Kids Clubs. 

You’ll also be able to enjoy more than 300 days of sunshine per year, uncover the beauty of the Isere region or go for a 16-kilometre-long black slope. And families and friends will love relaxing in the brand new pool area overlooking the mountains, pure snow holidays happiness!

Check out below a sneak peak of Club Med Alpe D’Huez renovations:

The new swimming pool with a modern and bright setting

The new swimming pool with a modern and bright setting

Renovated and super cosy salon lobby

Renovated and super cosy salon lobby

Freshly renovated room part of the 442 brand new rooms

Freshly renovated room part of the 442 brand new rooms

Lounge in the suite room

Lounge in the suite room

Club Med Hosts Mega Famil in Bali

Are you tired of dated conference facilities, uninspiring breakout rooms with stale sandwiches and singular-wrapped mints, and an event organiser who, by the third eye-roll, is making you question whether your money was better spent elsewhere?

Wouldn’t you rather an event on a sun-soaked island, snowy mountain peak, or wild jungle? At Club Med, we’ve reserved the best spots in the world’s most beautiful locations. With 70 Sun and Snow Resorts worldwide, we have endless choices for your next meeting, event or incentive.

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Stop settling and start organising the event you’ve been dreaming of. With a variety of accommodation, all-day gourmet dining, premium open bar, and endless activities, our all-inclusive packages guarantee stress-free planning.

Family reunion or big birthday celebration? What about a work conference, sport training, or wellness retreat? Planning your unique event has never been easier.

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Discover the unlimited possibilities at Club Med through the highlights of our recent mega Meetings & Events famil below!

Plus, get the best rate for your group with our Limited Bali event offer: 5% off the best market rate + some further discounts as listed below. 

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days

15

exclusive events

100

participants from 10 countries

1000+

cocktails consumed

This November, the Club Med Meetings & Events team hosted the biggest famil event of the year with more than 100 whose-who in the MICE space from the APAC region. 

Travel agents, professional conference organisers, media and direct clients from 10 different countries attended this 3-day trip to Club Med Bali to experience the ease of planning and executing meetings and events with Club Med.

In typical Club Med-style, it certainly wasn’t ‘all work and no play’, as workshops in the newly renovated conference rooms and team building activities on the spacious lawn were blended with seaside yoga and exclusive cocktail parties under the stars.

A warm welcome by the Meeting & Events team at Club Med Bali

A warm welcome by the Meeting & Events team at Club Med Bali

Welcome cocktails served beside the traditional temple

Welcome cocktails served beside the traditional temple

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Chef-prepared canapes

Chef-prepared canapes

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Resort tour with the Meetings & Events Manager

Resort tour with the Meetings & Events Manager

Worktainment workshop in the newly renovated meeting rooms

Worktainment workshop in the newly renovated meeting rooms

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Team building - new digital treasure hunt activity

Team building - new digital treasure hunt activity

Beach-side yoga

Beach-side yoga

Conquering fears and learning new skills on the flying trapeze

Conquering fears and learning new skills on the flying trapeze

Stand up paddle boarding

Stand up paddle boarding

White night under the stars

White night under the stars

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Email: australiagroupsales@clubmed.com

Email: australiagroupsales@clubmed.com

What's new at Club Med Sahoro?

Club Med Sahoro Hokkaido in Japan has reopened its doors for the new snow season and is ready to welcome its guests for fun, food, and thrills!

1. Freshly renovated rooms

During the off season, the resort underwent a complete refreshment and is now offering renovated rooms and new fun experiences that will make your holiday extra-memorable. Combining Japanese minimalism with French chic, perfect to rest and get ready for a whole new exciting day in Sahoro!


2. Enhanced restaurant

The Daichi restaurant has been expanded and redesigned with origami shapes representing longevitiy and good luck. Taste a selection of Asian flavours with a view over the mountains of Sahoro Hokkaido. The restaurant also offers a baby corner and a live cooking station where you can find out the well-kept secret of chef cooking soba, ramen and noodles.

3. New unique activities

Climb the augmented reality wall of fun

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Interactive and captivating, the rock climbing experience is the first one of its kind at Club Med. Enter a world of fun and compete against your friends while taking part in different games projected on the wall.

From 12 years old and above

Learn new skills or refine old ones on the ski simulator

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Perfect for beginners to learn the basics, for intermediates to master technique or for experts to discover off-piste terraine, the new ski simulator is fun for the whole family. Choose from a variety of slopes and sensations as if you were on the slopes! From 10 years old and above

Find your ski legs on the magic carpet

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While learning speed management and improving mobility, this carpet located just in front of the resort will bring you and your kids at the top of the training slopes. Our GOs will be there to make sure your kids have a fun from top to bottom.


Take home traditional culinary skills for 2 new cooking classes

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Learn how to master the art of cooking Temari sushi and take new skills home to impress and delight your friends or your family.

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What tastes better than good food cooked with good people? Following the advice and tips of our dedicated chef, prepare your own fresh Soba noodles. As soon as they get ready, sit down and enjoy your meal in the traditional Japanese way.

Want to discover more about a magical snow holiday in Japan, check out more information on Club Med Sahoro website page.

Top tips to make your home a little piece of paradise

Have you ever wondered how your interior affects your mind and your body? What feelings do you have while entering your home? Does your home inspire you to be relaxed or creative? Is it reflecting your personality and your passions?

Allow your surrounding to tell a story, and let a simple smell, sight, sound, or taste take you back to your happy place.

Be inspired by your recent Club Med holiday and start a mood board for your home!

Here are our top 5 tips to help you make your home feel like your little piece of paradise:

1. COLLECT UNIQUE LOCAL ITEMS DURING YOUR TRIP

The object will not only be an additional styling piece for your home but also a combination of stories and emotions you felt while buying it. Meeting with local designers will also encourage you to deepen your knowledge about the culture of the country, the materials and the techniques used to create these unique items. Cheap in price but valuable in worth! Make sure you’re careful with non-treated wooden items which may not be allowed through Customs at the airport.

Our favourite spots to visit here:

Less than 1 hour drive from Club Med Bali

Carga – perfect shop for gifts/homewares, cushions and textiles that will please both adults and kids. The kids handmade toys and dolls are even more than beautiful, they also help to raise money for street-kids in Bali.

Bungalow Living Bali - Designed and produced in Bali, these homewares are mostly all handmade products, we can’t resist!

Less than 30min by speedboat and ferry from Club Med Kani and Finolhu Villas

Oevaali Art Shop – you will find painting inspired by Maldivian culture, as well as cushions and candles.

Less than 1 hour drive from Club Med Guilin

Morningsun Gallery - Get an authentic taste of Yangshuo and find art pieces representing nature using traditional calligraphy art.

Less than 1 hour drive from Club Med Cancun Yucatan

Ki Huic Market - Dive into Mayan culture and unearth colourful serape fabrics, hand-crafted gifts and other accessories for your home such as traditional blankets.

2. INDOOR PLANTS

Adding indoor plants to your home is a great way to inject a pop of colour and hint of exoticism, while also providing the best Instagram picture. Indoor plants also improve air quality in your home - according to the NASA’s Clean Air study, some plants have positive benefits on health by eliminating harmful toxins, such as the Chlorophytum comosum (the spider plant), the bamboo palm, the Ficus elastica and benjamina. Create your own nature therapy and get some inspiration from the plants below:

3. ADD A TOUCH OF BLUE

Blue is a colour that reflects trust, freedom and calm - doesn’t this sound like the perfect feel for a home?

The possibilities are endless so add as much or as little as your please - a splash of blue on your pillow, carpet, painting or even alternate some of your curtains with blue hues like below for some sweet Mediterranean vibes.

4. CANDLES AND LIGHTING

Lighting can help transform your home from a stark space into a haven of tranquility and calming atmosphere. Simply light a few scented candles and place them around your home, or get creative with some of the below ideas:

Bring a touch of nature into your home by wrapping leaves or vines around the base of your candles (careful not to place them too close to the flame). Very fairy-chic! Another great idea is to place flowers and leaves in a bowl of water and float your candle on top.

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Wondering what to do with all these rocks your kids collected for you from the beach?

5. DO IT YOURSELF

Feeling creative or looking for a rainy day activity with your children? Sourcing materials that inspire you while on holiday and creating your own personalised decorations at home is the best way to get your interior as unique as you are. Feel the texture, shape your object as you imagine it to be, create your own style and find how the small irregularities add charm. You will soon find you value this object much more than something you’ve purchased in a store, especially if you enlist the help of your little ones. Let your imagination run wild and create your own pillow cases, a tablecloth, a small statue, or art for our wall.

At Club Med, we believe that holidays are the best time to free your creativity and explore new sides of your right brain. Join us for an arts and crafts must-try activity in Bali, Phuket and Kabira and meet local artists who will share their knowledge and expertise to help you to create a unique piece that you’ll be able to bring home afterwards.

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Looking for the temples of fabric in the world? We’ve pulled some recommendations for you:

Less than 30min drive from Club Med Phuket

Ban Boran Textile - where you will find cotton textiles from Chiang Mai as well as fabrics sourced from Southeast Asia's tribal communities.

Thai Silk Collection - vendor of quality silk fabrics for homeware and also fashion, everything you need to create soft bed sheets, pillow covers and ultra-soft cushions.

Approx. 1 hour drive from Club Med Bali

Jalan Sulawesi - Denpasar’s textile heaven selling Balinese fabrics such as cotton, Batik, silk and even delicate lace fabric.

Wardani Textiles - this textile temple has more than thousands of fabrics to choose from amongst silk, cottons, linen  and some traditional fabrics such as ikat, sarongs and sashes.

6. NOT GOING ON HOLIDAY YET?

You can also use your own surroundings as inspiration for your interior. Here are some of our favourite Australian home designers:

https://www.stilllife.net.au

https://www.jardan.com.au/

https://communebondi.com/

https://arrivalhall.com.au/

https://www.designtwins.com/

http://www.westelm.com.au/

Discover more about our Club Med offers to travel to these destinations here.

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

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

We chatted to Kiara to find out about her experience…

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Discover more about Fusions by Club Med.

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

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

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

1. Club Med Bintan Island, Indonesia

📅 From 17 February to 15 March 2019

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

📅 From 7 to 9 June 2019

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

📅 All year-long

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

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2. Club Med Bali, Indonesia

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

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

📅 All year-long

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

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

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

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

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3. Club Med Phuket, Thailand


📅 From 13 to 17 February 2019

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

📅 From 21 to 23 February 2019

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

📅 February 2019

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

📅 All year-long

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

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

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

4. Club Med Cherating Beach, Malaysia


📅 From 4 to 24 May 2019

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

📅 All year-long

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And discover her photo diary here:

Competition: Moving #ForwardTogether for a more sustainable future

Do you have a great idea that can help us to spread happiness in a sustainable way?

For over 60 years, we've been committed to caring for our guests, environment, and communities around the world, and have implemented many ongoing sustainability initiatives in our resorts.

If you’ve recently travelled to one of the Club Med resorts in Asia, you probably found something missing in your cocktail… 🍸 Taste? Of course not, but a plastic straw! We’ve already removed them from our Asian resorts and aim to do the same in all 68 resorts worldwide by 2019!

We are super proud of our most recent actions and know there is even more we can do in our resorts to ensure we’re spreading happiness in a responsible and sustainable way and want YOU to help us move #ForwardTogether!

Thank you for submitting all your ideas!

The competition is now close, stay tuned for the winner!

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Pioneer in eco-construction:

We pay close attention to integrating our resorts harmoniously with their natural surroundings. In all Club Med resorts, the built-up surface only covers 7% of the total site surface. Club Med Finolhu Villas has over 6,000sqm of solar panels which provide solar energy to our resort in the Maldives.

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Eradicating single-use plastic:

Removing plastic straws from our resorts in Asia has been a huge success – we’ve already seen a decrease of 1,000 straws per day in Club Med Phuket! We are now working to eradicate all single-use plastic items from our resorts globally.

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Green Globe Certified:

74% of our resorts have achieved '“Green Globe Certification”, the highest and most thoroughly tested standard of responsible tourism. Our objective is to reach 100% certification across all resorts!

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Cleanup Days:

All year-round, our resorts gather their staff, guests, and local communities to clean the beaches of plastic and all other types of garbage or waste.

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Preserving biodiversity:

Protecting the biodiversity of our natural surroundings is a big focus for us. In the Maldives, we’ve created artificial reefs and fish refuges – giving our fish friends new homes – and at Club Med Bintan Island, our turtle nursery helps protect endangered turtle species.

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Reducing food wastage:

On average, only 100g of food is wasted per person, per meal – about the size of a kiwi fruit! We’ve also introduced a new innovative technology, Winnow, to help reduce food wastage even further – we’ve seen a 60% reduction at Club Med Bali already!

Read more about our environmental actions on Club Med Website here.

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Sourcing food from local farmers:

We know that food and culinary discoveries are a big part in the holiday experience and we aim to deliver the best to our guests. By supporting our local farmers, we can offer our guests fresh in-season, organic and pesticide-free products.

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Eco-activities to educate guests:

The reef underwater trail in Kani, the release program for the baby turtles in Bintan Island and ecological walks in Cherating Beach are a few examples of activities that enable guests to go home with a mind full of memories and knowledge, while giving back to their amazing environments.

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Fun and informative activities for children:

Children will learn about food growth and consumption in our dedicated pedagogical gardens and will be able to discover the local culture through cooking classes, painting workshops and excursions. We also regularly invite local children into our resorts to play sports and participate in our activities.

Read more about our sustainable actions on Club Med Website here.

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Partnership with NGOs:

For 10 years, we’ve been partnered with an NGO, Agrisud, to train farmers on food standards which they are now supplying to our resorts globally. We’ve also partnered with over 400 ecological farms worldwide in order to reduce our carbon footprint and deliver fresh products every day.


Workplace equity and diversity:

  • Over 110 nationalities are represented in our resorts and offices worldwide

  • 75% of our jobs are created locally

  • Every year, more than 2,000 voluntary G.O.s take action to educate local communities on recycling, equality, and to bring them joy through entertainment and games


Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Club Med Foundation:

Supporting local charitable projects in childhood, education, integration through sports and sustainable development since 1978.

Read more about our social actions on Club Med Website here.

Competition Terms & Conditions:

Competition period: 27 September, 2018 - 8 November, 2018. Open to Australia and New Zealand residents only. The winner will be selected by the ESAP Sustainability Expert, ESAP Operations Manager, and Marketing Manager of Club Med Pacific region. The winning idea will be implemented into a Club Med resort in Asia. The prize is valid for 7 nights stay for 2 adults in a Club (Superior) Room at the resort of implantation. The prize holiday will be booked within 1 month before departure for high season and 3 months before departure for low season. Blackouts over peak travel periods apply, including but not limited to Christmas and New Year, school holidays, Chinese New Year and Golden Week, and other peak travel periods. Prize does not include: flights, transfers, local expenses, tours, exclusive honeymoon package, spa treatments, and all other activities that are available at extra cost. Prize is not redeemable for cash and not transferable. For other terms and conditions please contact Club Med.

Top 5 ultimate experiences to try in Finolhu Villas, Maldives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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#2 - Get the ultimate spa experience with a view

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



5 minutes with Rachael Harding, Club Med AU & NZ New General Manager

We have been thrilled to welcome Rachael Harding to our Club Med family as the new General Manager of Australia & New Zealand! Armed with 20 years in the industry, the title of 2018 Sales Woman of the Year, a passion for travel, and love for the brand – we’re excited to be joined by such a talented and inspiring woman.

Discover our 5 minutes with Rachael to get to know her more personally:

1. How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

❤️ Passionate

😊 Loyal

💪 Tenacious


2. What’s your motto?

If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.

3. The person who inspire you the most?

My mum! Despite life throwing a lot of curve balls, she continues to inspire everyone in her way.

4. What are you the most proud of?

I recently completed my first half marathon, I just wish I started running earlier in life!

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5. How do you find the balance between your busy professional life and your personal one?

I have to admit, I don’t do this well. If I find a focus (this year 1/2 marathon) and have to train toward a goal that takes care of me physically and I try and be present at home and always have a holiday to look forward to with the family for good quality time.

6. What has been your favourite family vacation?

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Definitely – Club Med Kani. 

Amazing island and activity options to make it an individual holiday for all of us to recharge and allowing us to have true quality family time. 

7. You travelled to 93 countries, which one impacted you the most and why?

Most recently, Jordan!

The juxtaposition of deep beauty, history, jaw dropping ancient ruins and the current political and social crisis, this country is fascinating!

8. If you would have a superpower, what would it be and why?

The ability to stay awake 24/7 so I could get everything done!


9. Finally, what excites you the most about being part of Club Med Australia and New Zealand?

I am truly excited to be a part of this iconic and innovative brand who pioneer amazing work across the globe – both in offering unique all-inclusive holidays, and in their pursuit of global environmental sustainability and social responsibility. We have an amazing team in Australia & NZ who works tirelessly to create seamless experiences for our trade partners and guests and I feel energised to be working alongside them.

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Want to discover more about Club Med? Head to our website www.clubmed.com.au

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!

Experience that Sweet Endless European Summer

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

Luxury Dolce Vita in Club Med Cefalu, Sicily, Italy

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

Kids over 8 years old are welcome in Cefalu.

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

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

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

A Greek getaway to Club Med Gregolimano, Greece

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

Kids Clubs available from 4 years to 17 years old.

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Cliffside beauty in Club Med Da Balaia, Portugal

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

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

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

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

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

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!

Maldives

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

Uncover the hidden gems of Japan

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

The perfect hidden getaway on the island of longevity

Club Med Kabira Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan

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Where is it?

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

Why go there?

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

Why will you love it?

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

How to get there?

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

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

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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.