Christmas

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!

Planning a Last-Minute Summer Holiday? Here Are The Best Spots to Go.

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Where has the year gone?! There are less than 9 Fridays to go until Christmas (bring it on!), and it’s the time of year when our minds start drifting to dreams of time away with the family or your loved ones. With the average cost of hotels skyrocketing to $500 per night, and Airbnb houses in Bondi reaching $1100 a night over this period, often it’s better to skip the domestic holidays and jetset off on an international adventure.

If you’re dreaming of a last-minute international adventure over the Christmas and New Year break, we’ve put together a list of holidays that are still available – and that won’t break the bank.

Take the whole family to beautiful Indonesia

As one of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations, Indonesia is the perfect blend of sun, sand, sea, and culture. Accessible via direct flight from Australia’s capital cities, Bali and Bintan Island are perfect for short Christmas breaks that’ll give you maximum R&R for your precious annual leave.

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If you’re heading to Bali, make sure to check out a traditional Balinese dance, learn Bahasa, and hit the surf breaks in Nusa Dua. A trip to Kintamani and the Temple of Tanah Lot are also must-sees. Meanwhile, avid golfers will be in heaven at Bintan Island, while yogis and health enthusiasts will fall in love with the beautiful beach, spa, fresh produce, and juice bar.

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Cool down with skiing in China

If you ever want a story to tell and to be ahead of the curve, go and ski in China! An up-and-coming ski destination, China will host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games – and the country is definitely gearing up to grow the local ski scene.

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Ski resorts like Yabuli have been graced by the likes of Shaun White – plus you can head to the neighbouring city of Harbin and tick the Ice and Snow Festival off your bucket list. Alternatively, China’s latest ski resorts, including Club Med Beidahu, are ideal for skiing in January, with runs that snake through forests.

Adventure in the Malaysian jungle

Hello Malaysia! Head to Cherating Beach, and enjoy a holiday which combines jungle adventures with beautiful secluded beaches. Kids will have a blast meeting the locals, from monkeys scampering around to lizards roaming about – plus, the neighbouring turtle sanctuary is a must-see. For adults, yoga and treetop adventure circuits are perfect to help burn off Christmas dinner. Winner!

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And for the ultimate end to the year… head to the Maldives

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Okay, we’re being a bit cheeky here but hear us out: 2016 is officially Visit Maldives Year, so there really is no better way to finish off the year than a trip to heaven on Earth. You’ve worked hard this year, and now’s the time to treat yourself with a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to the beautiful Maldives.

Indulge with an overwater suite in Kani, or get the ultimate luxury experience in the Finolhu Villas. Go on, you deserve it.

Now that you hold the key to enjoy amazing last minute holidays, discover the best Club Med Offers here and start packing!

All You Need to Know About Skiing in the Italian Alps

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Ciao Bella! Villages with cobblestones covered in white, mountains blanketed in fresh powder snow and even bigger mountains of pasta… what more could you want on a holiday? The Italian Alps are truly something all skiers and boarders have to experience, and we have the lowdown on all you need to know for your ski holiday here.

Best time to go to Italy

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The best snow on the Italian Alps is between January and February, when skiers can expect consistently fresh snowfall and cold temperatures. If you really can’t wait to hit the slopes, December is still a good time to visit, especially as you’ll get to experience some Christmas charm.

Remember to book well in advance for trips around Christmas and New Year, and for February (French, Belgian and Swiss school holidays).

How to get there

Flights to Italy are around 26 hours from Sydney, depending on your stopover. For a ski trip, we recommend Emirates, Singapore Airlines or Qantas – you’ll need the luggage allowance for all your ski gear! Consider flying into Turin with an airline such as Air Italia when booking a trip to the Italian Alps, as transfers to the slopes are less than 2 hours. If not, Milan is your next best bet.

Visas for Australians heading to Italy

You won’t need a visa to travel to Italy, unless you’re planning on spending over 90 days in the Schengen area.

An out of this world ski holiday: The Milky Way

There’s nothing more authentically Italian than a romantic snow-covered valley…it’s truly bellissimo! Home to the 2006 Winter Olympics, Pragelato Via Lattea is a ski area of champions.

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There are runs for skiers of all levels, with 42 black runs, 118 red runs, 54 blue runs and 30 green runs – it’s Europe’s second largest ski domain so you’ll never get bored!

Follow the tracks of champions, and ski Olympic courses at your own pace.

Convenience is key! At Pragelato, you can take a gondola from the ski room at Club Med straight to the heart of the mountain.

Stay in private cosy chalets in a protected valley, with romantic cobblestone streets amongst snow-covered fir trees.

Ski on the edge… literally!

Breuil-Cervinia-Valtournenche-Zermatt…it’s a bit of a mouthful, but it’s one heck of a ski area! Located on the very edge of Italy, you’ll be able to ski the pistes between Cervinia (Italy) and Zermatt (Switzerland) with ease!

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The Australian Alps have nothing on these ranges! Get some serious altitude, as this mountain soars up to 3920m.

Take the challenge of ‘Nero Cervino’, a black run with a 65 degree drop. This one’s not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure…

There are ski areas dedicated for the little ones. Valtournenche has jumping castles and a wild west snow play area!

Don’t forget to take a pic with the Matterhorn!

Italian cuisine after a day on the slopes

Pizza, pasta, prosciutto, risotto, minestrone, gelato, cannoli…really, the list of incredible Italian foods could go on forever. Italians are known for their extraordinary cuisine and where better to enjoy the art of Italian food than in the Alps?

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While you’ll get the classics such as Spaghetti Bolognese and Pasta alla Carbonara everywhere, indulge in a local specialty, Pasta al Tartufo (pasta with truffles), at Club Med Pragelato. What’s more, there are freshly sliced Italian cured meats at every meal, and of course - vino!

Apres-ski aplenty in the Italian Alps

There’s a certain charm about the Italian Alps that has captured the hearts of so many, but not just for the skiing. Europeans invented apres-ski, so it’s no surprise that there are plenty of things to do if you need a break from the slopes:

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Take a stroll through the snow-covered cobblestone roads of Via Lattea or Cervinia, and don’t forget to stop for an Italian espresso!

Get active and explore the mountain on snowshoes with a guide

Looking for romance? Take a sleigh ride through the snowy glades

After a long day on the slopes, warm up in a Turkish Bath.

Other spots to visit on a holiday to Italy

Make the most of your ski trip to Italy by taking some time to see some of this beautiful country. Here are our top picks:

Florence, Italy

✔️ They do say all roads lead to Rome! Discover culture and history at The Colosseum, the Forum, the Trevi Fountain and St Peter’s Basilica

✔️ Explore the lost city of Pompeii, only a short train trip from Naples

✔️ Shop ‘til you drop for the world’s finest high-fashion in Milan

✔️ Take a food tour of Florence…your tastebuds will thank us!

Bella Italia!

There’s no doubt about it: the skiing in Italy is some of the best in the world. While you’re at it, indulge in Italian tradition; whether it be food, art or history.

Learn more about Club Med’s Italian ski resorts here and discover Club Med Pragelato Vialattea in the video below.

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Christmas and New Year's Eve in Club Med

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Ever wondered what really goes on in Club Med when it's the silly season? Take a sneak peek at what Christmas and New Year's Eve look like in our resorts around the world...

Christmas Eve in Club Med

Nothing makes the festive season more magical than being submerged in family fun, whether it's in our ski resorts or sun resorts. With a visit from Santa, Christmas tree decorating activities and a decadent Christmas feast, the kids will say it's the best Christmas ever!

Christmas Eve at Club Med

4:30pm: Wherever you are staying, Santa never forgets to visit our resorts. He usually arrives with his sleigh...but we have already seen him arriving by jet-ski in Phuket or by elephant in Bintan.

7pm: Start your Christmas Eve evening by enjoying pre-dinner drinks and gourmet snacks, with Christmas elves...

8:30pm: ...then, discover a sumptuous buffet where turkey, oyster, pudding and Christmas log will be waiting for you.

10:30pm: After dinner, enjoy a unique Christmas show, put on by our professional staff with Christmas music, caroling and of course a unique entertainment program.

Christmas Day, all wrapped up in a bow

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8am - 12:30am: Savour mouthwatering gourmet Christmas meals prepared by international chefs... with the peace-of-mind knowing we're doing it all - the planning, cooking and clean-up - so you can just sit back and enjoy spending time with your family.

5pm: Kids are sometimes nervous about holidaying away from home at Christmas. How will Santa know where they are? But we know how important Christmas is. During the day your children (under 12) will receive a Club Med gift, so they know Santa's thinking of them!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style

What better way is there to kick off the New Year than in one of the world's most beautiful spots? Yep, New Year's Eve in Club Med is certainly something to behold.

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7pm: Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and gourmet snacks, with foie gras and festive cocktails.

8:30pm: Enjoy an evening buffet dinner with all the finest food you could wish for.

10pm: An amazing New Year show takes place after dinner, for both kids and adults. Lots of surprises are waiting for you, including fountains of champagne and, of course, fireworks.

12:15pm: For more traditional end-of-year enthusiasts, we organize reading of prayers in different languages. After that, the party continues at the main bar.

See you in Club Med this festive season! 🎁🎄🎅

Merry Christmas!

The Best Places To Go For Christmas and January Holidays

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The weather is warming up and summer is on the horizon… and that means it’s the perfect time to start dreaming of blissful end-of-year holidays. From January school holidays to snowy Christmas holidays, we have the best spots for you.

Have a White Christmas in the French Alps

For those chasing a warm climate closer to home, you can’t go past a Singapore holiday over the Christmas break. Bring your partner or the kids and head down to Orchard Road to admire the beautiful Christmas decorations, then celebrate the New Year in style at the Marina Bay Sands.

Afterwards, recover from the festivities with a stay at Club Med Bintan Island, where sun, sand and sea are aplenty. New Year’s Resolution to treat your body and soul… Check!

The ultimate Christmas present: a trip to the Maldives

While the bright blue waters of Western Australia and white sand beaches of Jervis Bay are incredible, nothing quite compares to a Maldives holiday. With azure waters, palm trees swaying in the breeze, and fresh seafood and fruit, you’d struggle to find somewhere quite as idyllic as the Maldives.

Ring in the New Year with champagne*, and celebrate with exciting evening entertainment – then recover the next day on the balcony of your overwater suite. Paradise in 2016? Yep, it’s here.

Tip: Club Med Kani is perfect for a summer holiday with kids, while The Finolhu Villas are the ideal romantic holiday destination and couples getaway.

*only available in the Manta Lounge

Celebrate Christmas with a family holiday to Bali


Rally the troops and head off on a family holiday to Club Med Bali over the summer break! With endless festivities, a visit from Santa, and beautiful cultural discoveries including tea ceremonies and Bahasa lessons, Bali is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a year of hard work. Cheers!

Celebrate Christmas on China’s best ski slopes

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Christmas, ski… and China? Yes, you read that correctly. As hosts of the 2022 Olympics, the recent years have seen China develop their ski fields to a world-class level. Beidahu, located in the Jilin province north of Beijing, is a winter wonderland over Christmas and January holidays. Home to the 2007 Winter Olympic Games, the ski runs snake through a beautiful national forest – and in the evenings, Club Med Beidahu offers local Northern hotpot, noodle, and dim sim dining.

Plus, if you’ve ever wanted to go to China, Christmas is great: the majority of Chinese cities are bustling over the Christmas and New Year break and don’t close until Chinese New Year.