Design

7 Incredible Zen Pools

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Whether it is in the wild or next to the sea, there are so many ways to relax in a Zen Pool at Club Med!Exclusively for adults, our Zen Pools are designed for people looking for peace and well-being. Here is our selection of 7 incredible zen pools you'll want to dive in.

#1 Surrounded by palm trees in Bali, Indonesia

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Overlooking a lush field of palm trees, the design of this incredible Zen Pool of Club Med Bali is inspired by the local culture.

#2 Alongside turquoise lagoon in Punta Cana

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Located in the Dominican Republic, Club Med Punta Cana offers a brand new Zen Oasis Space for adults only. This luxurious Zen Pool is the perfect hideaway for peace, harmony and relaxation.

#3 Dedicated to peace in Phuket, Thailand

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Enhanced by lawn and teak, this Zen Pool in Club Med Phuket is dedicated to peace and relaxation.

#4 Natural Pool in Da Balaia, Portugal

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In Portugal, perched on a red clifftop in the south of the country, Club Med Da Balaia offers a Zen Natural Pool with pristine water naturally cleaned by plants.

#5 Into the wild in Cherating Beach

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Perched on the edge of Malaysia and in the middle of the jungle, the Zen Pool of Club Med Cherating Beach also offers an incredible view over the water.

#6 Revitalize with nature in Rio Das Pedras

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Beautifully located in the Mata Atlantica nature reserve, this Zen Pool of Club Med Rio Das Pedras in Brazil is between the forest and a fine sandy beach.

#7 Over water in Cancun Yucatan, Mexico

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Alongside the world's second largest coral reef, indulge in this brand new Zen Pool of the Jade 5 Trident Luxury Space. Between the Caribbean Sea and the lagoon, Club Med Cancun Yucatan offers a luxurious and exclusive retreat.

Plan your holiday to dive into all these incredible Zen Pools here and enjoy up to 40% with our Early Bird Offer!

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.

Discover our Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido resort here.

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Exquisite Design at Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido

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Perfect ski conditions meet world-class design at the brand new Club Med Tomamu. Get ready to ride a different wave at Hokkaido’s newest and most exciting ski resort opening this December.

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Zip down ice slides, go ice skating, or enjoy a drink in the ice bar at the neighbouring ice village.

Nestled among a perfectly scenic winter wonderland in Hokkaido, Japan, the brand new Tomamu ski resort has been designed with en vogue style and traditional Japanese culture in mind.

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Surrounding nature influences the interior décor including this magnificent cherry blossom tree.

Jean Phillippe Nuel is the man behind the designs of some of the world’s most glamourous resorts in Dubai, India and France, and now he employs his design expertise to bring the magnificent Club Med Tomamu resort to life. The award-winning French designer provides a twist to traditional Japanese style with a modern, contemporary take on the interiors of the resort.

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Nuel employs a modern take on traditional architecture in his designs.

Inspired by Hokkaido’s four distinct seasons, Nuel captures the wonders of the beautiful surrounding nature indoors, like cherry blossoms in spring to décor lighting setting the mood for some winter magic. The four seasons are brought to life with vivid colours, shapes and textures resulting in a unique clash of Japan’s natural wonder and Nuel’s contemporary architectural flair.

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A different season sets the tone for the design of each room.

Clean, modern décor and spacious interiors are a theme throughout the rooms, offering scenic views of Tomamu and the surrounding wilderness. Every detail of design has been thoroughly thought through, ensuring a memorable snow getaway in a resort that oozes warmth and Japanese sophistication.

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Traditional Japan meets contemporary design throughout the whole resort.

Be one of the first to experience the brand new chic resort opening this December and discover Club Med Tomamu here.

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An Alpine Experience with Chic Euro Style

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This article was reposted from journalist Dan Avila’s post on justluxe.com. All photos below are courtesy of Dan Avila Photography.  Read the original story here. Dan Avilais a frequent traveler across the globe, camera in hand - shooting unique people and places. He relates below his great experience of spending a week during the snow season at Club Med in Valmorel.

To many, the Alps are the prime locations for snow sport excellence. Endless runs in pristine conditions, fabulous infrastructures and picturesque villages with a chic Euro style; it is ski heaven. The tiny Alpine town of Valmorel, set high in the French Alps, is transformed in the winter. Valmorel village may be small, but it punches above its weight in premium offerings. Some of the finest French cheese, wine and produce are from this region and the skiing is simply sublime.

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Set above this town is Club Med Valmorel's latest resort village. No expense has been spared ($113 million was spent) to create a truly stunning alpine experience which, in addition to the main resort village, includes a few stand-alone chalets. Club Med Valmorel has direct access to over 93 miles of ski runs reaching an altitude of over 9,800 feet. From the highest ski lift, views extend across three countries and even the most committed skier must pause in appreciation of these unforgettable vistas.

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The property’s chalets are removed from the main hotel in a secluded area above the resort village. The accommodations are built to the highest-certified environmental standards and are designed in an authentic alpine style. Exclusive to chalets are in-house meals. Each morning, breakfast is prepared by your butler who gets to know you so they can tailor the service to your exact preference. On returning to the chalet after a solid day of carving up the slopes, our butler had prepared a decadent afternoon tea including the finest local produce and a special daily pastry from Maryan, awarded as one of the finest pastry chefs in France. The chalets also have exclusive access to a range of premium features including The Welcome Lounge. The club is beautifully constructed and features a fireplace and premium wine and spirits. A chauffeur is also available any time of day for those wanting to explore the area.

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Club Med’s holiday experience is seamless, and allows guests more time to do what they go there to do. Group ski classes are part of the package and are highly recommended. The Valmorel ski fields are so expansive that just getting familiar with the runs can take days. The nationally-accredited instructors also double as guides, as small groups of similarly skilled skiers or snow-boarders are expertly instructed and guided throughout the reaches of this expansive region. From a very beginner seeing snow for the first time to competitive experts looking to hone their off-piste ability, all skill levels are catered to with group or one-on-one lessons.

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After a glorious morning on the slopes, ski in and kick off your skis at the exclusive chalet ski room, near the restaurant while a smiling waiter offers fresh juice or Champagne even before you step inside. The chefs ensure a luxuriant spread for lunch before satisfied guests again succumb to the call of the mountains. Being on the slopes is a great way of experiencing a view of the Alps. Low altitude flying above them is even better, and there are a couple of options to get airborne, which include parasailing or flying in a microlight at 80 mph before setting down on the slopes to ski onto the next thrill.

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Club Med controls a substantial portion of the European Alpine vacation market and this dominance has provided opportunity to refine their craft into what has culminated into the Valmorel experience. It is a total package of carefree fun that leaves guests satisfied and yearning to return.

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10 Reasons Why You Need to Holiday at Bintan Island… Now!

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With white sand beaches, rocky cliffs, crystal clear waters and dense jungles, we think Bintan Island is Asia’s best-kept secret. Whether on a family holiday or on a romantic getaway, there are countless reasons why now is the time to head to this island paradise off the coast of Singapore. Here are 10 of them.

#1: You will be visiting a Pirate's Island

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With its strategic location, Bintan Island was once a central trading post between China and India, and from the 12th century onwards, the island became home to Malay smugglers and buccaneers who looted passing ships. At that time, Bintan Island was then known as Pirate's Island.

While these days, Bintan is much more peaceful, the island’s cliffs and jungles make it easy to imagine the rugged landscape that made it the perfect settlement for pirates and traders.

#2: The island is home to Asia’s best golf course

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If you’ve heard of Bintan Island, it’s most likely in a sentence that mentions the Ria Bintan Golf Course*. Just 5 minutes from Club Med Bintan Island, courses in Ria Bintan make the most of the island’s beautiful native jungle and incredible coastlines. Golf enthusiasts, paradise is right there!

#3: It’s just a ferry ride away from Singapore

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Although technically part of Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago, Bintan Island is most accessible from Singapore. Hop on a ferry at Singapore’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, and in less than an hour you’ll be on Bintan Island – plus, Bintan is one hour behind Singapore, so it’s like you haven’t lost any time at all on the journey!

#4: Club Med Bintan Island is being redesigned…

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…and it’s well worth a visit. From the 27th of November 2016, the resort will re-open with a new design inspired by the island’s culture and nature, a bar and lounge that flows outdoors, and a newly redesigned pool.

#5: Find bliss and balance with wellness activities

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Surrounded by beautiful stretches of beach and jungles, there’s no better place to relax, rejuvenate, and restore your body and mind than on a holiday to Bintan Island. Escape the daily grind with yoga by the sea, pilates, and the incredible Spa by Amsara*, perched on the clifftops.

#6: There’s no better time for a twilight catch

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Picture yourself soaring through the air on Club Med’s flying trapeze, with a magnificent sunset sinking into the horizon as a backdrop… The perfect ‘grammable moment, a twilight catch on the flying trapeze is an unforgettable experience for adults and kids alike.

#7: It’s an incredible spot for watersports and activities

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Don your snorkeling gear and explore Bintan’s oceans, filled with coral reefs and fish darting about, windsurf on clear waters, or learn to sail in the South China Sea. There’s literally no end to the ocean adventures you can have!

#8: Fresh and healthy options? Yes please!

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From an all-day juice bar to local produce, Club Med Bintan Island’s restaurants are home to delicious fresh ingredients to nourish your body. Paired with Zen yoga and a rejuvenating spa treatment, your body will never feel better.

#9: Bintan Island is still a hidden gem…for now

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Bintan Island has enjoyed a relatively low profile in recent years, making it the perfect spot for an island getaway where you truly feel like the place is yours. However, now’s the best time to go – in the coming years, the Indonesian government is developing chartered

#10: …and the best part?

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A holiday to Club Med Bintan Island is all-included, and includes accommodation, gourmet meals, an open bar, sports and activities, Kids Clubs for children aged 4-17, and evening entertainment.

Learn more about Club Med Bintan Island here >

In the meantime... See it for yourself!

* at extra cost

Finolhu Villas Voted Best Beach Hotel

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Perched upon the shimmering Indian Ocean in the Maldives, it is little wonder the Club Med Finolhu Villas won the Beach Hotel Global Category of the 2015 International Hotel & Property Awards.

Choose between beach or overwater villas

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Combining eco-friendly chic with opulent design features, Club Med Finolhu Villas was creatively conceived to create poignant moments for guests that linger in the memory for a lifetime. Featuring individual private terraces, gleaming pools, as well as the on-call service of personalized Villa Hosts, the luxury solar-powered Villas exude an ambiance of exclusivity and supreme comfort.

The International Hotel & Property Awards recognize superior design that inspires the senses and pushes the boundaries of what is possible.

Enjoy a luxury design in line with nature

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Meriem Hall, designer of the Resort, explains it as a harmonisation of relaxed luxury, nature and worldwide culture, “fun and happiness were the elements of Club Med that I sought to inject in the design concept while also highlighting the Resort’s magnificent natural surroundings with luxurious textures, refined details and plush surfaces to create a premier establishment. Our design was deeply authentic and expertly crafted to reflect the natural wonders of the surrounding islands and create a distinct atmosphere for guests that is unforgettable.”

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Club Med Finolhu Villas won the award ahead of some of the world’s top architects and hospitality operators, with voting open to industry professionals and readers of design et al, a leading UK interior design magazine.

Trip AdvisorTrip Advisor August 2015: "An unforgettable experience in paradiseWe highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a relaxing and peaceful vacation in the most beautiful and exotic place in the world. We would like to give a big shout-out to our amazing Villa Host, Vikash. Your professional, kind and friendly service made us feel at home and at ease."

Discover Club Med Finolhu Villas in video:

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The design inspiration behind Club Med Bali

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Whether you're on a family holiday or heading on a romantic couples getaway, a resort's design and decor is a major part of your holiday experience. Marc Hertrich, a world-renowned hotel architect, has transformed Club Med's holiday resorts for the past decade, and shares his insights and inspirations for his design of Club Med Bali below.

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A Bali resort with harmony between culture and modernity

From the very first 5-Trident Resort at Plantation d’Albion in Mauritius, to Club Med’s first resort in China (Guilin), I have always garnered deep satisfaction from the fresh creative challenges of each extraordinary location of Club Med Resorts. The magic of the Balinese island provided wonderful inspiration for the renovation of Club Med Bali Nusa Dua.

My aim was to allow the cultural wealth of Indonesia to mingle with modernity, and to create a strong, innovative design by drawing on the traditional materials, shapes and colours of the region. I wanted to give these elements a contemporary twist by making them less ornate and more functional.

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Reinventing the all-inclusive holiday experience in Bali

The Deck restaurant was designed to transport guests to another world by utilising traditional Balinese houses and surrounding them with water. We renovated the houses, playing with customary materials such as wood, together with sleek chrome, shiny glazed tiles, and unique furniture lifted up from the floor. This new concept restaurant’s design complements the inventive, international cuisine and premium open bar available on a holiday to Bali.

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Club Med resorts always have beautiful grounds, much larger than conventional hotels. This helped me to imagine very separate zones, each one expressing an individual theme. Club Med is known for offering maximum freedom to all of its guests, whether travelling on a holiday with kids, a romantic getaway, or a honeymoon. It was important to reflect this in the design.

The separate areas allow guests to easily choose from quiet spaces, such as the Zen pool and lounges, or a range of energetic sports activities and dynamic areas, like the Kids Clubs, family pool and local excursions. Ultimately, it means guests can find moments of tranquillity in a family village and children can explore to their heart’s content.

Creativity and culture: family holidays reimagined

When travelling to Bali with kids, the whole family needs to be catered for. The new family space in Club Med Bali includes a Baby Club Med for babies aged 4 – 23 months and novel children’s facilities, including a music academy, local art studio and games factory. These are devised to encourage fun and friendship, while celebrating this island paradise.

By infusing the Balinese culture into these renovations, guests are inspired to explore beyond the resort on excursions into the local village tailored to suit the guests’ wishes.

Ultimately, it was most important that the new design model was captured in each section of Club Med Bali to ensure the harmony between modernity and Balinese culture remains consistent throughout the resort.

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Want to know more? Discover holiday packages at Club Med Bali here.