Welcome into Club Med’s world! With our 70+ resorts all over the world, it’s not an easy task to keep-up with all of our exciting news. Whether you’re just discovering our resorts, a one-time guest or a big fan…here’s 6 pieces of recent news you might have missed.
Happy Friendship Day! As today is the International Friendship Day, it’s time to prove to your friends how much you care about them… to express your gratefulness, why not suggest taking the most unforgettable girls trip EVER?
Planning a trip together is not an easy task, picking a date is the first step but then comes the hardest part: agree on a destination. We don’t want you to mess-up your friendship over holiday planning, especially during this special day, so we’re here to help you choose the right place depending on your holiday mood.
And don’t forget that whichever destination you choose, the most important thing is to have your friend(s) by your side and have lots of fun!
Life’s a beach
What’s better than having your best friend with you to go on a sea and sun holiday? You’ll share wonderful moments together tanning atop the whitest sand you’ve ever seen, having some relaxing massages under the palm-trees, discovering the underwater world equipped with your mask and snorkel. Come live your dream holiday with your BFF in Club Med Kani all-inclusive resort!
Memories with margaritas
If your idea of the ultimate girls trip includes loads of fun and a great vibe, you should select a place where festive atmosphere is part of the destination! At Club Med Cancun Yucatan in Mexico, you and your party mate(s) can enjoy the open bar during the night, part of the all-inclusive formula of the resort, and discover the wonders of the Mayan culture during the day : Chichen Itza, Valladolid, Tulum…
Do you consider yourselves eco-warriors? Good news, you can experience an eco-friendly way of life in one of our Green Globe certified resorts, Club Med Cherating Beach in Malaysia. This jungle escape destination will be the perfect place to relax and have fun: boat-ride in the Mangrove, yoga class in a peaceful environment, sailing lessons to reach Pantai Beach… And it won’t keep you from doing good for the planet: you’ll have the opportunity to take part in the turtle conservation or cleaning the beaches of the region.
If you’re sporty people and are keen to try new activities like flying trapeze, one of our best resorts for acrobatic activities is Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Its partnership with the famous “Cirque du Soleil” will be the perfect place to test your friendship up in the air, and to forget about the gravity laws. If at some point you want to get back on the ground, you can still enjoy a lot of other land activities from a various range of choices: golf, archery, tennis, basketball, beach volleyball… And where to recover from the effort? Either in our Zen Oasis, by the zen pool, or by the quiet white sanded beaches.
Ready to fly into a new adventure with your favorite(s) companion(s)? Have a look on our website to discover our latest offers, and don’t hesitate to share pictures of your friendship moments with the hashtag #ClubMed.
Become a new you and take the opportunity to grow mind, body & soul and take part in unique experiences with our new special events and retreats happening at Club Med in 2019 and 2020.
Curious to know which events you could participate in? We’ve made them more visible now with a brand new events section on this blog - compiling all the special events at Club Med with information, dates, locations and even a feature to add those to your calendar!
We’ve also done a quick summary below for you of four upcoming events at Club Med: Adventure into the wild, Eat, Play, Renew, Christmas at Club Med and Body and Soul in 2020. With many more to come soon!
Adventure into the Wild
What: Adventure into the wild
When: 13 July 2019 - 2 August 2019
How: Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or nature-lover, immerse yourself amidst the 80 hectares of the magnificent Malaysian forest, flora and fauna surrounding the resort. The event is organised along 3 main topics: nature playground, green spirit and adventures.
Enjoy nature activities and dance in the jungle, picnic at the beach, learn massage classes and try healing, forest or paddle board yoga.
Live the green spirit during your stay with activities such as coconut hask planter, firefly jar and fun food preparation.
Adventure and enjoy a beach bootcamp, a trail workshop or a rock climbing experience!
Eat, Play, Renew
What: Eat, Play, Renew
When: 8 October 2019 - 29 October 2019
Where: Club Med Bali
How: The program is an exciting and revitalising welness retreat. The retreat is designed with foodies in mind: experience fruit carving lessons, nutrition workshops, cooking lessons… Wellbeing does not mean boring: experience balinese gamelan music classes, kecak fire dance show, balinese koreo dance classes… this retreat is not your usual retreat - also experience meditation and laughing yoga!
Christmas at Club Med
What: Christmas at Club Med
When: 24th - 25th December 2019
Where: All Club Med resorts
How: Open your precious gifts surrounded by a magical decor and spend quality time with the family around delicious food and fun activities. Experiencing a white Christmas with Club Med is super easy, you have nothing to organise and you will remember this magical and unique holiday forever!
From the Christmas magical atmosphere to the Christmas food and Christmas show,… you will have a lot of activities to choose from!
Body and Soul 2020
What: Body and Soul 2020
When: 26th May - 24th June
Where: Club Med Bintan Island
How: Join us on a wellness journey where you revitalise your mind, body and soul. The 4 thematics are Moving well, Eating well, Playing well and Feeling well.
Become a new You with our international wellness instructors and partners!
More events inside the resorts and around are coming soon! To keep you updated with the latest events, have a look at our Events section on the blog here!
From forest yoga to learning how to create a firefly jar - Adventures Into the Wild is the latest special event which will run for the first time from Club Med Cherating Beach in Malaysia between July 13 and August 2nd 2019.
Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or nature-lover, immerse yourself amidst the 80 hectares of the magnificent Malaysian forest, flora and fauna surrounding the resort.
With a whole lot of activities and nature escapes, discover below what Adventure Into the Wild has in store for you.
Nature is your playground
Dance in the jungle
This is the opportunity to get in touch with your primal side with internationally-acclaimed dancer Adelene Stanley. It is a 60 minute movement workshop in the great outdoors. You will be paying attention to primal movement, weight shifts and traveling across the ground in a very unique way.
Picnic at the beach
Picnics are a great family activity. Especially with the pleasant view at the beach, soothing music from the acoustic band and well-selection of picnic food with basket Club Med provide.
This is a 15-min massage class to explore different massage movements. You will learn how to apply it to various parts of your body.
Learn how to connect your breathing with body and mind through fluid movement. This is a grounding vinyasa based class where different breathing techniques will be introduced, and you will learn how to flow to the indigenous sounds of earth.
Start with a trek to the forest followed by an energising yoga session surrounded by the sights and sounds of the lush greenery and wildlife in Cherating Beach.
Restore and revitalize yoga
This class is a combination of slow movements, restorative and Yin-Inspired postures. This class will incorporate the use of the Singing Bowl and a playlist which frequencies help to heal and relax. A class recommended for all through incorporating movement, relaxation and mindfulness.
Paddle board yoga
This is a fun and challenging yoga class combined with Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP). During your 60-min classes, beginner and experienced yogis, you will enjoy the many benefits of yoga practice and SUP while basking in the elements. Both yoga and SUP are great for building full-body strength and improving balance, coordination and endurance.
Green is the spirit
Do it yourself: Coconut husk planter
Try your hand at this eco-friendly project that raises awareness of sustainable cultivation by decreasing the ecological footprint.
Do it yourself: Firefly jar
Get acquainted with one of Nature’s most exclusive and enigmatic creatures at this one-of-a-kind workshop. Learn how to create a terrarium home for plants and painted glowing fireflies – an exquisite display of beauty and sustainability.
Fun food preparation
Come and learn more about Cherating’s diverse fauna with Laleh Mohmedi. She will teach you how to use fresh local produce to create adorable images of endemic wildlife such as monkeys and sea turtles. Besides being a fun activity for all ages, this educational session on the eco-diversity is also line with Club Med’s ethos of providing sustainable tourism that cares for the environment. At the end of the lesson, you even get to savour and indulge in your very own food creations.
Adventure is your benefit
Indulged a bit too much during your stay, our beach bootcamp is here to remedy that! This beach bootcamp by the sea is a 60-minute session of running, jumping and lifting. They teach you the basics, keep you safe but challenge you to your utmost limit. So come ready to do some sports on the beach!
How many of us take the time to connect with nature, and get out on a trail to run or hike?
This workshop will provide beginner tips on how to get started, some challenges for those already au fait with trail running, as well as incorporating techniques to be mindful and truly one with nature.
All other activities all year long
Nature activities like Botanical Trail, Nature walk, Painting classes
Step into an eco-friendly haven where you can truly be one with nature. From idyllic yoga sessions amidst the forest flora and fauna, to relaxing on the beach with musical accompaniment, our range of immersive programmes are bound to leave you with a deeper appreciation of mother nature’s beauty.
Green spirit activities like Turtle encounter, fireflies discovery, pedagogical garden
Enrich your knowledge on environmental conservation and sustainability. Whether it is engaging in DIY workshops, or getting up close and personal with magnificent turtles – there is something for all to learn, and a part for all to give back.
Adventure activities like tree top challenge, digital treasure hunt, rock climbing
Everyday at Club Med is an adventure, an exciting and remarkable experience where you discover more on yourself, the others and the world around you.
For more activities of Into the Wild, check our page here!
From Perth, all 17 members of the Lim family stayed in Club Med Cherating Beach, Malaysia for some well-deserved time away together. They enjoyed the exotic jungle surroundings, indulged in all-inclusive food and drinks - perfect for a group full of super energetic and hungry teens and extra-easy for everyone to enjoy their holiday! Discover their full interview and photographs below.
1. Why did you choose to go to Club Med Cherating Beach?
My family had been fortunate enough to have stayed at Club Med Bintan 5 years ago or so and we had always said we would love to go to another Club Med. We were also keen on going on a holiday with our good friends and my sister in laws family before all our kids grew up.
So in planning for this holiday we needed to stay at a place that was hassle free, full of activities for everyone and was also good value for money which is why Club Med was an obvious choice. We decided on Cherating Beach specifically as it was relatively close to Perth.
2. Who did you travel with during your stay?
I have a family of six (kids aged 7,9,11,13) and we travelled with my nephew (aged 15), our good friends ( kids aged 14,16) and also my sister in laws family (kids aged 9,11,13,15).
3. What was your typical day in the resort?
Although the Kids Club was available, our children just loved spending time with their friends and cousins and even us adults! Our typical day in the resort started out with a fantastic breakfast over which we would plan out what everyone wanted to do for the day.
With activities being held at various times for different ages and at different locations, and also having to cater for our group of 17 people, we had to sort out the logistics of who was going where to do what and when !
After busy mornings, lunch and afternoons - we would then return back to our rooms, freshen up and meet back at the bar and Orchid lounge for pre-dinner drinks before having dinner.
After dinner, some of us would stay back to enjoy some more cocktails and watch the evening shows which were always entertaining.
I would often head to the futsal pitch with most of the boys to kick the soccer ball around under lights as these facilities were actually available to use even at that time. This was a great way to burn off any leftover energy from the day and definitely a fantastic way to burn off the calories consumed over dinner
4. What do you love most about Cherating as a destination?
Cherating is actually set amongst a really beautiful natural lush environment which is lovely. I would also say the staff (from the reception staff to the Chief of Village) really made our stay a very memorable and enjoyable one.
5. What were your highlights from the trip?
There actually were plenty of highlights from the trip rather than just one single thing or event. Just seeing the families really enjoy their time together, relaxing and having fun was more than enough of a highlight. The activities were made even more enjoyable because of the staff who were in charge of them. In fact, it was the staff and their pride in their job to make guests feel welcome that really made the trip a fantastic one.
Special mentions to go to:
Gitish who leads the circus team (Ray, Pascale, Candy and Ally). They were all so encouraging and friendly and our kids (and some of us adults) just loved going to the trapeze every day.
Gerard really hit it off with some of the kids at the Archery range and also thanks to Chico, Adam and Kuga who made our time at rock climbing and the tree top course lots of fun.
A personal impromptu dance class kindly organised for us by Mike, the Chief of the Village, was another highlight from the trip.
Guilherme the CM choreographer can truly move and his passion to teach has also inspired our kids to keep dancing.
Participating in all the activities helped us meet lots of amazing people, create precious lifelong memories and we even made some new friends along the way! (A big hello to Andrew, Janelle, Kaitland and Molly Smith from South Australia!).
The food at Club Med Cherating was fantastic and another stand out highlight from the trip. There was always such a huge variety to satisfy everyone in our travel group and the attention to detail and quality of food was second to none.
6. What did you enjoy the most in the resort?
We managed to participate in all the activities during our 7 nights at CM Cherating and they were all enjoyable so it is really hard to pick out just one thing. If I had to choose, I probably enjoyed the Trapeze and Tennis (coached by Annie from Brisbane) and also of course the food the most. I think it really depends on your own interests though with regards to how one can best enjoy the resort. Some of our friends really loved going to the adults only zen pool to relax or having a massage ( not included in the package). Some of our kids really enjoyed the archery and trapeze whilst others enjoyed sailing and playing volleyball. The great thing about the resort was there was so much to do and everyone had ample opportunities to do whatever they preferred.
7. What is your top tip for a successful family trip in Club Med Cherating?
I would suggest staying for long enough (7 nights) to be able to try everything at least once or twice. Get involved in the activities on offer and interact with the fantastic GO's who are there, see what is on every day and then plan your day and night according to what you want to try and which part of the resort you want to spend time in.
8. What are your favourite activities for a perfect family holiday in Club Med Cherating?
I would have to say the eating and drinking are definite favourite activities for a perfect holiday in CM Cherating, followed closely by the Trapeze, hanging out at the sports activity area or going to other side of the resort to enjoy the beach and water activities available there.
9. Which Club Med are you going to next?
We are actually heading back to Club Med Bintan next year to celebrate my mother in law's 75th birthday with all her children and grandchildren. So for this trip, we will have 8 adults and 10 children in total and I am very keen to see how Club Med Bintan compares to our wonderful CM Cherating experience.
Hopefully in the future I can also look at visiting one of the Club Meds in Japan for a snow holiday with my family but that is just a big dream in the pipeline at this stage!
Answers by Stephen Lim from Perth, thank you for your participation!
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Our G.Os are ambassadors of the Club Med spirit - they contribute to the premium service and lively atmosphere in our 70+ resorts and make the Club Med experience truly unique.
Last October, Michael Clarke, Australian G.O born in New-Zealand, became our first Aussie Chief of Village at the beautiful Club Med Cherating Beach, Malaysia. After graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of International Hotel & Tourism Management, Mike joined the Club Med family in 2004. We asked him some questions about his Club Med experience.
What is your history at Club Med?
I started in golf and moved to Sports Manager, Entertainment Manager and Leisure Manager. I was Chief of Village at Lindeman, Bintan Island, Turks and Caicos, Sahoro and now Cherating. I also did 18 months in the Miami Corporate office as a Human Resource Business Partner.
How do you think Club Med is different from other resorts or hotels you may have worked for?
The staff make it different. The vibe, the ambiance, the interaction between staff and guests in a friendly, international environment.
How and why did you become a Chief of Village at Club Med?
I like to think through hard work and results, I wanted to lead and inspire a team. Happiness is my business!
How and why did you choose Club Med Cherating?
I wanted to return to Asia, this place is a green paradise, combines the jungle with the beach, the location is stunning!
What are you in charge of in an average day?
Management: Team briefing to begin the day, my goal is to unify the team to work on one goal – delivering an exceptional vacation to our GMs, happiness is our business, I believe in something called MBWA – Management By Walking Around –I am hands on, on the field and have a passion for what I do.
What are the most important qualities you look for in your Club Med Cherating Team?
To work as 1 team, to engage our GMs, to work in a friendly professional manner and to have fun!
What are your tricks to keep your team engaged?
You need to reward when need and also to simply say thank you to your team. I also like to be involved in the life of the resort.
A Club Med Chief of Village is much more than just sitting behind a desk... Tell us how you interact with guests?
I love mixing with other cultures, I have learnt some small phrases in various languages and get great joy out seeing the guests react when you can bust out some phrases in their language. I can guarantee the atmosphere will be very energetic this season.
Any favourite memory of being at the resort so far?
Becoming Chief of Village, it was a dream of mine. To be able to reach it was my career highlight.
How did your team welcome you to the Resort? Any funny ‘initiation traditions’?
Haha…. Not that I can share ;) kidding, I was greeted with a cold beer and a pretty awesome traditional dragon dance. The best welcome was the smiling faces of the team.
What are some challenges of being a Club Med Chief of Village?
We work quite long days and 6 days a week. Working for Club Med is a lifestyle. I like the saying “find the job you love and you will never have to work a day in our life” – I can tell you I love what I do. Also, this property is an older resort, we may not have the newest room or facilities but we do have the best atmosphere and location.
What is your favourite thing about Cherating? Why do you think Australians should visit?
The amount of activities here is awesome for active Aussies. From tennis lessons, trapeze, archery, rock climbing, treetop courses, sailing, kayaking, to relaxing at either of our 2 pools (family and adult-only Zen pool) you will always have something to do. We also have one of the best spas in Club Med so after an active day you can relax with a traditional massage.
What is your personal motto?
"Work hard, play hard, party hard!"
Would you encourage other Australians to work at Club Med?
Yes for sure, it is an excellent training school, you will discover new cultures, meet new people, understand customer service – all while working in some amazing locations all over the world – what are you waiting for!
Anything else to share?
The only thing missing is YOU!
Want to join Mike for unforgettable holidays at Club Med Cherating? Stop thinking, start booking!
"To be a parent is to sacrifice! Yes, of course the rewards are worth it, BUT when it comes to family holidays all parents of young children must face the inevitable growth and development of their kids to a level that comes with strong opinions and their own set of needs and checklists that make for a fun and rewarding vacation. Having become a convert to the joys of the 5 Star luxury resort, I have feared for some time that our children’s experience was less satisfying than that of their parents.
Whilst their taste and style is highly sophisticated and refined (thanks primarily to the influence of their designer mother) they have begun to grumble about being bored and over the last few holidays have often pulled out the dreaded iPads for entertainment. Our son and daughter recently turned 11 and with advice of close friends with a similar dynamic echoing in my ears, we decided to build a holiday with their needs foremost in mind – we booked a week at Club Med Cherating Beach, Malaysia.
Club Med comes with a certain reputation – it’s brand is universal, unequivocal: Family Fun in the Sun - Action, Noise, Sport, People, People, People! Not my idea of relaxing, rejuvenating down-time. But with an open mind and our kids smiles as the goal, we bit the bullet, made our travel arrangements and prepared ourselves to sacrifice seven days of our precious annual holiday budget – with gritted teeth we hoped they appreciated it.
WELL, we were wrong! Not about our kids appreciating our efforts or about them enjoying, in fact revelling, in this action-packed adventure – their smiles attested to the ‘blast’ they had. We were wrong about this holiday being a sacrifice, a compromise. Club Med gave us some of the finest family holiday memories and deeply rewarding experiences of our lives, both individually and collectively as a family.
It really was a life-changing holiday. Now, before you start questioning my sanity and accuse me of being easily impressed or overly dramatic, consider the following story and whether a similar experience for you might not elicit the same emotions and praise. The first ever Club Med in Asia, opening its doors in 1980, the Cheating Beach Resort is embraced by 85 hectares of rainforest, and caressed by a lazy, calm expanse of sea which, in the mornings, reflects the yawning sun and appears as a shimmering silver blanket rustling in the mild breeze over a bed of sandy beach.
Between the beach and accommodation complex (a labyrinthine network of bungalows on stilts) lays a spread of verdant, manicured lawn – soft and moist with dew underfoot as you stroll to your pre-breakfast dip. The location is idyllic, the accommodation (make sure to get one of the large beachfacing suites) is rustic but in keeping with the jungle treehouse vibe. The photos in this article will attest to the beauty of its location, the cornucopia of sports and activities available, the multinational, all-day offering of food and beverages all-inclusive in the daily accommodation rate, and the adult, zen spaces that allow for stylish, pampered, secluded repose.
What is almost impossible to convey in pictures, however, and also hard to do in writing, is the deep developmental impact that Club Med’s unique and well-crafted holiday experience had on our children, how it had an enduring effect in boosting their self-confidence, adding new layers to their personalities whilst providing moments of powerful connection between us all. Our children have never been ones for kids clubs and I don’t blame them nor do I want to offload them to kite making and puppet show baby-sitting.
At Club Med, however, our 11 year olds got to learn and experience trapeze ‘flying’, jungle mountain hiking, snorkelling, archery, hatchling turtle ocean release and even to conquer fears in the death defying Treetop Challenge – a maze of high wire and ziplines slicing through the trees and providing anxiety for overprotective dads like me and exhilaration for freshly minted daredevils. Some of these activities the kids did on their own, or should I say with their fellow resort gang members, and some with my wife and I – hitting a bullseye at the archery range had me claiming bragging rights for the rest of our stay. Some activities provided one-on-one bonding with our kids.
Although perhaps a little cliché, my wife and daughter spent three afternoons creating an exquisite batik bed spread, whilst my son and I sweated it out at our daily squash and table tennis tournaments – his skill at both improving dramatically to give me a real run for my money. We couldn’t shut them up every evening over dinner – the conversation overflowing and crisscrossing in the re-telling of fresh adventures amid squeals of excitement and anticipation of the next day. Wide-eyed, my wife and I marvelled at the growth in their self-confidence as they tentatively tackled and quickly mastered new challenges – not the least daunting of which (for our kids) was socialisation with others their age as well as the adult instructors at the resort.
Club Med provided some of the best fun our kids have ever had on holiday as well as delivering pleasantly surprising milestones in their journey to self-reliance and young adult actualisation. That’s not tosay that us fully fledged adults didn’t get what we needed also. Apart from the family fun, there was a seemingly endless offering of fine food and beverages, and indulgent opportunities for rejuvenation of body and soul in adult only retreats overlooking exceptional panoramic views of un-spoilt beaches and tropical jungle. Having exhausted ourselves from relaxing during the day, our nights routinely commenced with obligatory, heavenly spa treatments, followed by pre-dinner cocktails on the beach and a delectably maddening choice of cuisine from the four corners of the world.
Over and over I was reminded of the conversation that inspired the development of The Private Practice Education and Publishing program. It was with a retiring ENT Surgeon and we were examining regret and the characteristics of the truly successful doctor. This doctors’ greatest regret was that he had not had enough family holidays whilst his kids were still young and wanting to vacation with him. It’s the family holiday, he said, that most efficiently affords deep bonding experiences and lasting memories to be cherished throughout life. This was certainly the case for our family holiday at Club Med Cherating Beach and we all look forward to our next Club Med experience...maybe Mauritius this year."
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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.
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.
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.
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!
And for the ultimate end to the year… head to the Maldives
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.
Now that you hold the key to enjoy amazing last minute holidays, discover the best Club Med Offers here and start packing!
Easter can be the perfect time to travel, both to get away from crowds and also get that last hit of sunshine before winter comes.As the weather warms up, it’s not just summer that has us all dreaming of holidays overseas. The Christmas break can be extremely busy for international travel, with thousands of holidaymakers trying to make the most of the holiday season. If you'd rather skip the crowds and rather plan ahead for your Easter holiday break, we’ve got some spots that are perfect for April!
Spring skiing in Europe
You’d be amazed at the quality of snow on offer on the European peaks over Easter! April is considered low season, so you’ll avoid the queues and have the pistes all to yourself. At Val Thorens, Europe’s highest ski resort, it still snows well into Easter week, and the ski season often lasts until May.
Temperatures are warmer in spring, so resist the urge to pack your earmuffs! With days sitting at above 10 degrees Celsius, you might even find it a bit warm on the mountain – especially if you’re working up a sweat. Don’t forget to bring your swimmers too: resorts like Club Med Peisey-Vallandry have outdoor heated pools that are perfect to soak up the spring sun.
Travel Tip: If you’re travelling to Europe to ski, make sure to make the most of it and transit through Paris or Rome. Flowers bloom across the gardens in Paris in springtime, while the masses gather in St Peter’s Square for Easter in Rome.
Head to Malaysia for Easter sunshine
Looking to get that last burst of sunshine before the winter? Malaysia is a great holiday destination – plus, it’s just an 8 hour flight away. Experience a cultural immersion in Kuala Lumpur with Malay, Chinese and Indian influences creating a bustling, vibrant city.
For a break from the densely packed cities, don’t miss Cherating Beach’s secluded shores, surrounded by lush Malaysian jungle. April falls between monsoon seasons, so you’re sure to have clear skies and warm waters. If you’re an avid surfer, you’ll find great waves over the Easter period as well.
Travel Tip: One of the best way to make the most of the jungle experience in Cherating Beach over Easter break is to spend a few days at Club Med Cherating and embark with your kids and the specialized staff in a treasure hunt in the surroundings of the resort...
Discover ancient Mayan relics and sunshine in Mexico
Home to pristine beaches and one of the world’s seven wonders, Cancun is an ideal holiday destination for Easter. It’s always sunny, and you’ll be able to visit the Mayan ruins of the Chichen Itza, as well as snorkel in beautiful clear oceans.
While April is the time for Spring Break, the Yucatan Peninsula (where Club Med Cancun is located) is secluded, so you can enjoy your beach in peace! What’s more, some of Mexico’s best snorkelling lies in the warm waters just beyond the shores…
Discover paradise on Earth in the Maldives
Let’s be honest: when isn’t it a good time to visit the Maldives? With unmistakable turquoise waters and magnificent white sands, it’s the ideal holiday destination. In April you can expect perfect bluebird days, where the warm waters see vibrant sea life to flock to the coral reefs. Easter is considered the best time for scuba diving, so take a dip with the reef sharks and manta rays!
A short and sweet escape to Singapore
Singapore is less than eight hours direct flight from Sydney, so it’s perfect for a short Easter break! In April you’ll avoid the monsoons and it’s (a little bit) less humid, making it the perfect conditions to spend a few days exploring Singapore. Enjoy a meal on the Marina Bay, watch the Singapore Open Badminton tournament, spend a day at Universal Studios, or head to the Singapore Zoo…kids and adults alike will love it!
Travel Tip: When you’re ready to hit the beach, skip Sentosa and take a short ferry to Bintan Island. Lie under the tropical sun by the warm waters of the South China Sea and relax…snorkel, swim, kayak, or practice your swing at the infamous Ria Bintan Golf Course.
🐇 Happy Easter Holiday! 🐣
Craving an escape to nature? Cherating Beach ticks all the boxes with warm water, tropical rainforests and wildlife at every turn. Straddling Malaysia’s east coast, Cherating Beach’s lush jungles and secluded beaches make it the ideal holiday for couples and families.
So if you’re planning a holiday to Cherating Beach, here’s everything you need to get your Malaysian jungle experience underway…
Best time to visit Malaysia
Cherating Beach is hot, humid and sunny for the majority of the year, with temperatures ranging between 22 and a balmy 32 degrees. Monsoon season is between November and February, but Malaysia’s east coast is generally drier than the rest of the peninsula.
How to get there
Fly direct from Sydney to Singapore on Singapore Airlines and connect on Firefly to Kuantan, or fly Malaysia Airlines to Kuala Lumpur then connect on to Kuantan. From there, it’s an easy 45-minute drive to Cherating Beach.
If you’re the road-tripping type, Cherating Beach is less than three hours by road from Kuala Lumpur.
Visas and Vaccinations
Make sure everyone has had your routine vaccinations for Mumps, Measles and Rubella, as well as Diphtheria. While it’s not required, check with your doctor if you should also get shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A.
Aside from that, just hop on the plane! Aussies and Kiwis can stay in Malaysia for up to 3 months without a visa, as long as your passport has at least 6 months validity.
Your guide on what to see and do in Cherating Beach
The Malaysian jungle is filled with endless adventures, and Cherating Beach is no exception! Explore this incredible part of the world in an almost endless number of ways…
Get back to nature
☼ Visit the Turtle Sanctuary and release turtle hatchlings into the sea
☼ Go on a magical firefly excursion on the Cherating River, and learn how and why these mysterious glowing beetles communicate using light
☼ Discover the Cherating Mangroves with an hour boat ride through this natural haven
☼ Pick a sunbed and relax on one of the many private beaches! Three are located just outside Club Med Cherating Beach, and stretch over four kilometres
☼ Get your hiking boots for a jungle adventure trek
Get your blood pumping
☼ Get some height and climb the treetop adventure circuit in the jungle
☼ Soar with the monkeys on the flying trapeze in the heart of the forest
☼ Grab a kayak or boat and venture out onto the clear waters of Cherating Beach
Learn from the locals
☼ Visit Kuantan, the east coast’s largest city, located 30km south of Cherating Beach
☼ Take a trip to the nearby traditional villages to experience the culture and meet the locals
A few more helpful tips before you go to Cherating Beach
✔️ The monkeys are adorable, but don’t get too comfortable! You’ll find monkeys at every corner of the jungle, and they’re a sneaky bunch. Leave your luggage unattended or your food lying out, and you can be assured before long you’ll have a group of monkey friends.
✔️ The turtle sanctuary is closed on Mondays so plan ahead. The sanctuary is just 5 minutes from Cherating Beach, so it’s easy to get there – if you’re keen to release some hatchlings it’s always best to call ahead to ensure you get a spot.
✔️ Bring plenty of sunscreen and mozzie repellant. With such tropical temperatures, the sun can be a scorcher!
See you on the beach! ☀🌴
Discover more about Club Med Cherating Beach in the video below, or by clicking here.
The best holiday memories are those that are shared – whether it’s reminiscing during a family dinner, exchanging stories over a drink, or uploading your photos and videos on social media to share with friends. We spoke to clients in our Resorts to discover their favourite memories during their Club Med holiday.
Little ones share their favourite moments on a holiday to Bali
“My favorite food is ice cream, especially the one with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. I have it every day.” - Charlie at #ClubMedBali.
“You see your friends every morning, and wake up to a nice breeze and golden sunshine.” - Ella at Club Med Bali
“My favorite place in the resort is the flying trapeze […], this is not something you can do every day in Melbourne.” - Samuel at Club Med Bali
A getaway into the wild on a holiday to Malaysia
“I think spending time together has been the greatest thing. There is something here for everybody, so everybody is doing what they love […], and then you all come back together again, have your meals together, that’s been really good, really relaxing.” Ross, Patricia and Lucinda on a multigenerational family holiday to #ClubMedCherating
“I have to say it was really amazing to leave the kids with the Mini Club and they had an absolutely fabulous time… And they gave them a medal too, but while this we got to go to the Zen Pool which was fantastic!” Martha, John, Samuel and Emily on a family holiday to Club Med Cherating
A piece of paradise on a holiday to the Maldives
“They did their first dive with me, they did a tri-dive in the lagoon, they came out on the boat with me, and we did a dive together… That was pretty important and special. Out of all the dives, that’s my favourite one.” Darren, Nat, Maddie and Luke on a family holiday at Club Med Kani
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