Club Med Hokkaido

The hottest destinations to travel to in 2019

Looking for inspiration about the hottest destination to travel to in 2019?

Look no further, the beloved younger generation voted for their top travel destinations for 2019 from Portugal to the Philippines and it’s giving us a lot of wanderlust feelings right now. After all, who knows better than the travel-addicted Millenial generation?

Bali in Indonesia, Hokkaido in Japan, Yucatan in Mexico and Guilin in China also made it in the top 30 destinations so we’ve summed up below why you should also visit these destinations with Club Med.

Destination ranked number 2: Bali

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Why also love Club Med Bali?

  • Cultural activities: you can learn how to cook, taste delicious local dishes and learn the basics of the Bahasa Indonesia language. A lot of discoveries are also waiting: don’t miss the rice fields, visit of nearby temples, and experience a cultural ceremony.

  • Thrilling activities: it’s pure Bali bliss with various activities such as Paddle boarding, kayaking, surf, tennis, gym, yoga, trapeze and more…

  • Natural landscape: the Adults-only Zen Pool is surrounded by immaculate gardens and palm trees, the perfect place to relax and soak in the Bali Zen vibes.

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Key discoveries around the resort

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  • Tanah Lot Temple, perched at the peak of a rock face hanging over the ocean , this temple is dedicated to the god of sea.

  • Ayung River, a 12 km rafting descent to discover sculpted rocks and stunning waterfalls.

  • Gianyar traditional market, a festival of sense where you have to try babi guling, a local speciality of suckling pig cooked on a spit-roast.

  • Jatiluwih rice paddy, the most famous rice paddies of Bali was recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

  • Jemeluk Bay, climb on board a jukung and discover ghost fish and mimic octopus.

  • Lake Bratan, along the shores, get the chance to discover the majestic Pura Ulun Danu Buddhist temple.

  • Mount Batur, rising to over 1700m, this volcano is the best spot to admire the rising sun.

  • Tegallalang Rice paddies, enchanted promenades to discover terraced landscape, rampant palm trees and straw hat-wearing locals.

  • Ubud, city where you can stroll in the Monkey Forest or opt for relaxation by the sacred Tirta Empul water sources.

Destination ranked number 13: Hokkaido

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Why also love Club Med Tomamu and Club Med Sahoro?

  • Cultural discoveries: Plunge into Japanese culinary traditions like whisky and sake tasting, as well as an authentic Yakiniku Barbecue.

  • Japan Powder: 145 hectares of playground to play in, click in and ride Japan’s renowned slopes.

  • Relaxing activities: After a good day on the slopes, enjoy Mina Mina Beach, Japan’s largest indoor pool or relax at the Japanese public bath Kirin-no Yu.

  • Nightlife: Sparkling nights are waiting for you at nearby Ice Village, where cool evenings meet heart-warming moments with ice fishing, ice skating, ice bar and dining.

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Key discoveries around the resort

  • Daisetsuzan National Park, Hokkaido's largest national park, paradise for hikers, outdoor lovers, deer and brown bears.

  • Kasumi waterfall, accessible by doing a trek through snow covered woods.

  • Shakotan Peninsula, mountainous peninsula which projects some 30 kilometres into the Sea of Japan.

  • Shikisai-no-oka flower fields, a spectacular view across fifteen hectares of land where you can enjoy the fragrance of the blossoms.

Destination ranked number 22: Yucatan

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Why also love Club Med Cancun Yucatan?

  • Cultural discoveries: Discover one of the seven wonders of the world: Chichen Itza and vibrant Mexican Culture through activities, food and excursions.

  • Food: Savour delicious Mexican flavours while facing the oceans from the Brand new Taco Arte Beach Lounge or drink a margarita from the Maya Lounge all-Inclusive open-bar

  • Thrilling activities: Enjoy various activities such as paddle-boarding, waterskiing, kayaking, snorkelling, flyboarding and many more!

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Key discoveries around the resort

  • Chichen Itza, a complex of Mayan ruin and Valladolid, charming and colonial town.

  • Whale Sharks, in the north of Isla Mujeres, over the summer months, a large number of them come to visit the region.

  • Tulum,pre-Columbian Mayan walled city and Playa del Carmen, known for its palm-lined beaches and coral reefs.

  • Ancient Kingdom of Ek Balam, Yucatec-Maya archaeological site to soak in the Mexican Culture.

  • Coba Ruins, an archaeological site from the top of an ancient pyramid.

Destination ranked number 24: Guilin

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Why also love Club Med Guilin?

  • Cultural aspect: the resort is an outdoor museum in itself, 100 contemporary sculptures made by international artists are located in this vast park, ranked as the leading modern art collection in Asia.

  • Sensation activities in the nature rock climbing, mountain biking, archery, tennis are an example of activities you can experience there.

  • Heritage: Guilin is a UNESCO protected region.

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Key discoveries around the resort

  • The River Li, a place with dramatic karst peaks and dense vegetation.

  • The Ping'an Zhuang Village Terraced Fields, fields stretch from the bottom to the top of the mountains, creating a grand and magnificent view.

  • The Pagodas, sun and moon twin pagodas around Guilin’s two central lakes.

  • Karst Hills Caves and Mountains, eroded limestone terrain characterised by caves, sinkholes, rocky ground,…

Curious to discover the full top 30 destinations? Discover it all in the Insider article here.

Interview: Jean-Philippe Nuel, Designer of Club Med Tomamu

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Jean-Philippe Nuel is the designer and architect behind the new Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido snow resort in Japan. Passionate about creativity, and with a particular desire to work on projects of all scales, from architecture to design, Jean-Philippe Nuel sees each project as a human adventure, rich in encounters and exchange. Very quickly, before turning 30, he had designed a hotel in Paris, its architecture and interior decoration, which would orientate his work towards this sector of activity.

#1. What was the overall concept that you had in mind when designing Club Med Tomamu?

I tried to create a unique signature for this project: the decor is directly inspired by the Japanese culture and especially the Hokkaïdo island, where mountains are the natural environment of the site. Plus, of course, [I tried to bring to life] the Club Med spirit, as it is a brand with a very strong DNA.

#2. Part of what you bring to your design is a sense of place. Can you tell us a bit about what inspired you most about Tomamu’s natural and cultural surroundings, and how this translated into your design?

I love Japanese culture and I already had the chance to work in projects in Tokyo and Osaka - one has even been awarded by the Japanese Society of Commercial Space Designer. This culture blends both refinement and simplicity, and it inspires me a lot. Mother Nature also inspired me. It is always present both in the traditional and modern Japan.

#3. What is your favourite part of the resort in Tomamu, and why?

I really like the [Resort] center with its bar. This place is home to the peppy and lively spirit that expresses the Club Med’s identity. My design tries to bring this peppy and very friendly atmosphere to life through architecture.

#4. What experience are you hoping people will have when they stay at Club Med Tomamu?

I do hope that guests will live a unique experience focused on nature, sports and also with a human touch.

#5. You also designed the cozy Club Med Peisey-Vallandry in the French Alps. What are the main differences and similarities you experienced when designing the modern resort of Tomamu, compared to designing the chalet-style resort of Peisey-Vallandry?

For each project, I do think that focusing on the specificities of the site is essential. By site, I mean the country, the region, but also the architecture of the premises. For Peisey-Vallandry, we were in the French Alps, and more precisely in the Tarentaise Valley, and in the Alps, each valley has its own architectural tradition. I have made some research not to copy or reproduce this particular architectural style, but to find the spirit of the place through its materials and their implementation.

#6. What’s your favourite part of a resort to create and why?

I really care of the arrival area, because it immediately plunges the guests in the atmosphere of the resort. We could compare this to the very first cuts of a movie, that carry us to another reality. And for a resort, thanks to the experience the guest will live during his stay, they will continue to write the story of its own movie.

#7. And finally, which is your favourite Club Med resort to stay at?

I really like the Club Med Gregolimano in Greece (that I have refurbished). The site is so outstanding, especially when you arrive there by boat: there is all the magic in the holidays spent in the Mediterranean countries.

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New Ski Resort Opening in 2017: Club Med Tomamu, Japan

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A Bountiful Ski Resort with Modern Chic Design

A continuous business expansion in Asia positions Club Med as the global leader of ski resorts.

Club Med, the pioneer of the Premium All-Inclusive holiday concept, has announced plans to open a ski resort in Tomamu, Hokkaido in a joint signing ceremony in Shanghai today by Mr. Henri Giscard d’Estaing, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Club Med and Guo Guangchang, Chairman of Fosun International Limited. With China-based ski resort Club Med Beidahu slated to open in December this year, the expansion of ski resorts in Asia signifies a marked move by Club Med to become the global leader in ski resorts and the premium ski holiday experience.

Growth Opportunities in Hokkaido and Asia

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The opening of Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido is an ambitious move in response to the consistent growth of international tourism to Hokkaido over the past few years. Due to varying factors such as easier visa processes, new international flights into Hokkaido and more, markets such as Taiwan, Thailand, China, and South Korea are experiencing heavier travel trends into Hokkaido.

“We see an increasing number of people visiting Hokkaido, and recognize the opportunity to provide a truly premium holiday experience to our guests in Japan,” shared Mr. Henri Giscard d’Estaing, CEO of Club Med. “Young affluent families and couples enjoy resorts with bountiful sports and activities, and Club Med is the foremost leader in providing a hassle-free holiday experience.”

Faced with an increasing demand for quality ski holidays in Asia, Club Med has announced plans to develop more ski resorts in the near future. The group will continue to employ a consistently upscale and premium product strategy to attract more travellers.

Vibrant Ski Resort in Japan with inexhaustible activities

Designed for families and couples who are adrenaline loving ski holiday-goers, Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido spans across 145 hectares of ski slopes.

Guests to the newly constructed resort will enjoy:

  • ✔️ A wide range of categories for all types of travellers, from superior to suite

  • ✔️ Free ski lessons for all guests and access to 28 ski slopes of varying difficulty levels and brand new ski facilities such as ski lifts and gondolas

  • ✔️ Children’s Club facilities to enjoy the beauty of Hokkaido nature

  • ✔️ International and local cuisine, free-flow drinks and alcoholic beverages at the Gourmet Lounge, main restaurant and bar

  • ✔️ Exciting spaces such as the Ofuro, Fitness Centre, Lounge, Mina Mina Beach* etc

  • ✔️ Meetings & Events facilities for MICE*

  • ✔️ Romantic Wedding Chapel* designed by Ando Tadao

The second ski resort in Japan, guests at Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido will be spoilt for choice over the plethora of activities. Set in the breathtakingly picturesque backdrop of Northern Japan, the resort is only 30 minutes away from existing Club Med Sahoro Hokkaido, but offers a wholly different experience. Club Med Tomamu is highly accessible, with direct flights to New Chitose Airport, where a mere 90 minute bus ride or 50 minute JR express train ride will whisk guests to the new resort.

In summer, the resort offers endless fun with land sports activities such as golf* on a sprawling course, as well as cultural and nature discoveries. Guests can visit the Unkai Terrace* for an ethereal and magnificent panoramic view of clouds, or head to Furano* for the famous fields of blooms. Guests to the resort can also expect brand new facilities with a nature-inspired modern chic design, including meeting venues* for a fun and productive business retreat, as well as an exceptional water chapel* for the perfect winter wedding.

*at extra cost

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Japan or Europe: Which Is Better for Skiers?

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Are you a powder-hound? Or perhaps a professional après skier? Whether you like to hit the parks or the piste, we’re sure you’re dreaming of fresh tracks – especially now that the Australian ski season is winding down to a close.

To find the world’s best snow you’ll have to venture north from the Australian Alps, where incredible powder peaks come to life between December to May, in Japan and Europe. The Northern hemisphere is a playground for skiers, but it can be hard to decide which slopes to take on. Luckily, we’ve done all the research for you! Read on to see which region is best for skiers…

Chase soft powder and cultural discovery in Japan

Japan is renowned for its incredible powder snow, with promises of over 15 meters in some prefectures! Regardless of where you ski, you’re guaranteed the world’s driest, lightest and deepest powder snow. Be sure to take in the beautiful mountain landscapes and the wonderfully unique culture that makes Japan one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido, is peppered with phenomenal ski slopes that promise reliable snowfall, which makes it a popular destination for tourists. Ski fields like Niseko are often crowded, meaning queues for lifts; for a quieter ski field, head to Sahoro and enjoy mountains all to yourself – literally!

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With a flight times of less than 13 hours from Sydney, the Japanese slopes are ideal for those travelling with young families. What’s more, parents can make the most of the mountains while the little ones are having a ball in professional ski lessons.

Japan is also the perfect place to combine skiing with a longer holiday. You could easily spend days in the shrines and temples of Kyoto, or head to Tokyo and Osaka to soak in bright lights and unique cityscapes.

Get serious altitude in the French, Italian and Swiss Alps

There’s no mistaking it, the French, Swiss and Italian Alps offer some of the best skiing in the world. Paired with enchanting European charm, delicious mountain food (tartiflette, anyone?) and a long season with reliable snowfall, a ski holiday to Europe is one you’ll never forget.

Europe has an incredibly diverse range ski fields for skiing and snowboarding holidays, and includes: ❅ The world’s biggest ski area, Les Trois Vallees in the French Alps, featuring over 600km of terrain and 335 runs.. ❅ A natural glacier at Paradiski in the French Alps, where there are 425km of slopes with 139 runs, suited for every level. ❅ Another one of Europe’s largest ski areas, the Via Lattea in the Italian Alps, is home to over 400km of ski slopes and 92 runs. ❅ Beautiful alpine skiing trails in Haute-Engadine in the Swiss Alps, with over 570km of slopes and 56 runs.

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Given the sheer size of the European Alps, it’s hard to know where to start. Make the most by booking in professional lessons with the ESF National Ski School – they know the ski conditions and can take you to the best locations, as well as give you the best tips.

The best thing about skiing in Europe is that… well, it’s not all about the skiing! Europeans invented après ski, after all, so it’s no surprise that the world’s best après ski can be found here.

From hearty dishes including tartiflette and raclette, to restaurants and bars on the mountains and outdoor heated pools, there’s no shortage of things to do. Mountain clubs such as the iconic La Folie Douce are definitely not to be missed! A European ski trip is the ideal escape for people who want world class ski fields… and world class après-ski.

So between Europe and Japan, which is better?

It really depends on what you’re after! Located so close to home, the Japanese ski fields are ideal for families and friends who want to discover unique culture and incredible powder. But if you’re seeking the ultimate ski experience, there’s nothing quite like the iconic European Alps. Trust us – it’s worth it.

See you on the slopes! ⛄ ❄️ 🎿 Learn more about Club Med’s all-inclusive ski holidays in the video below, or on the Club Med website here.

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