Kids Club

10 facts you didn’t know about Club Med for families

Holidays are meant to be the perfect balancing time for you and for them. At Club Med, we really believe in helping you having the holiday of a lifetime by taking care of everything so you only have to focus on making unique memories.

From amazing Kids Clubs to services and equipment- discover below in 10 facts on how we got your back so you can focus on enjoying your time together as a family, as a couple or with anyone that can have a proper adult conversation!

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A Day in Kids Club Part 3: Mini Club

Travelling with kids is quite an adventure!

Are you dreaming of having a holiday but thinking bringing kids with you might be too hard? No worries - young families are more than welcomed in all Club Med resorts. And some resorts even offer dedicated services adapted to all ages - and of course kids!

Discover below, Part 3 of our “A Day in Kids Clubs” series where you can understand how Club Med’s Kids Clubs work from babies to teenagers.

The Mini Club at Club Med is for children from 4 to 11 years old. Professional childcare staff will take care of your little kids all day, providing gentle and expert care and allowing relaxed holidays and discoveries for everyone.

With their fellow age group (4-5 years, 6-7 years, and 8-10 years), kids will explore have fun and make new friends through a daily program crafted by expert G.Os balancing sports, creativity, expression and games.

Kids Clubs from 4 years old to 17 years old are included in the all-inclusive package, Baby and Petit Club from 4 months to 3 years old are at an extra cost. This program is only an example and schedule may vary.

9am

Start the day outside learning about plants , gardening and where our food comes from.

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11am

Mini master chefs cook their first recipe through the Petit Chef Program.

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1pm

Healthy lunch by the pool with new friends from all over the world.

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3pm

Quiet story-time in the shade to relax before new adventures

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5pm

Time to conquer fears and learn new trapeze skills with the Circus G.Os.

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8pm

Learn about the unique culture through traditional dance performances.

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💡 Did you know? Your children can start ski lessons as young as 3 years old. At that pace, they will be pro in no time!

Discover here all the activities for your children at Club Med. Find more of our special series for Baby Club, Petit Club and Junior/Passworld here!

A Day in Kids Club Part 2: Petit Club

Travelling with kids is quite an adventure!

Are you dreaming of a perfect family holiday with your toddler? No worries - young families are more than welcomed in all Club Med resorts. And some resorts even offer dedicated services adapted to all ages - and of course to little ones!

Discover below, Part 2 of our “A Day in Kids Clubs” series where you can understand how Club Med’s Kids Clubs work from babies to teenagers.

The Petit Club at Club Med welcomes little ones from 2 to 3 years old. Professional childcare staff will take care of your little kids all day, providing gentle and expert care and allowing relaxed holidays and discoveries for everyone.

Tots are invited to discover the world and socialise through age-appropriate activities featuring sports, art and crafts and games. They can even take part in a show…

Kids Clubs from 4 years old to 17 years old are included in the all-inclusive package, Baby and Petit Club from 4 months to 3 years old are at an extra cost. This program is only an example and schedule may vary.

9am

The beginning of a full day of fun for the little ones, and a day of relaxation for parents.

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10am

Kick-start the day with creative arts and craft activities. According to their age, Club Med offers activities such as sport, creation, expression and games. Club Med also propose the baby gym: a path on a mini-trampoline, an activity mat. They will learn coordination, balance, location in space in order to help body awareness.

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11am

Quiet time for all- if your little one naps or wants to rest.

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12pm

Refuelling the energy sources through healthy food shared with new friends and G.Os. or parents if you’d like to pick up your little one.

3pm

Beach time! Sand castle building, crab hunting and various other fun-filled activities.

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5pm

Bubs reunite with parents around the main pool and share stories of their amazing day.

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💡 Did you know? Kids under 4 stay for free at Club Med! Don’t miss out!

Discover here all the activities for your little ones at Club Med. Find more of our special series for Babies here, Petit Club and Junior/Passworld here!

A Day in Kids Club Part 1: Baby Club

Travelling with kids is quite the adventure!

Are you dreaming of having a holiday but thinking bringing baby with you might be too hard? No worries - young families are more than welcomed in all Club Med resorts. And some resorts even offer dedicated services adapted to all ages - and of course babies!

Discover below, Part 1 of our “A Day in Kids Clubs” series where you can understand how Club Med’s Kids Clubs work from babies to teenagers.

The Baby Club at Club Med welcomes babies from 4 months to 2 years old. Professional childcare staff will take care of your baby all day, providing gentle and expert care and allowing relaxed holidays and discoveries for everyone. Tailored activity programs include baby gym, nursery rhymes, musical games… Every day is filled with discovery and tenderness. You can also opt to drop off and pick up your baby at a convenient time - it’s all flexible and fun!

Kids Clubs from 4 years old to 17 years old are included in the all-inclusive package, Baby and Petit Club from 4 months to 3 years old are at an extra cost. This program is only an example and schedule may vary.

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9am

The littlest of guests start the day with gentle age-appropriate activities playing or singing! It goes from a walk in the fresh air to the baby gym, rhymes, softplay playgrounds and musical awakening.

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12pm

Yummy time! Bubs can eat with the G.Os and their new friends or their parents, it’s up to you!

A baby corner is included! Area of the main restaurant featuring a choice of baby food like sweet or savoury purees, as well as the equipment to prepare your baby’s meal such as a blender, steriliser, bottle warmer, microwave and more…

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2pm

Well deserved nap time, full of sweet dreams.

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4pm

Bubs join their parents for a family fun afternoon with games, grass slides, snacks and more…

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6:30pm

Enjoy a delicious family dinner at the main restaurant.

The baby restaurant is an appropriate restaurant for babies where they can eat meals prepared for them with you or with part of Baby Club Med. You also have access to a baby feeding room: a 24 hour access to the necessary facilities to prepare baby meals including a blender, steriliser, microwave, refrigerator, bottle warmer and supplementary products such as mineral water, fruit, long-life milk.

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💡 Did you know? Little ones under 4 stay for free at Club Med! Don’t miss out!

💼 Did you know? A baby welcome pack is included upon your arrival. All the essential equipment you need to take care of your baby such as cot, a baby bathtub, bottle warmers and prams are provided

Discover here all the activities for your baby at Club Med. Find more of our special series for Petit Club, Mini Club and Junior/Passworld here!

A family holiday in Club Med Bintan Island

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Club Med has met the lovely Tara Morgan, a Melbourne-based Mobile Travel Agent, who travelled to Bintan Island with her family in October 2017. There, Tara celebrated her daughter's 10th birthday, relaxed and discovered new experiences! She was kind enough to answer our questions and share with us her experience at Club Med Bintan Island in Indonesia. Hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed interviewing her!

1. Why did you choose to go Club Med Bintan Island?

We needed a family holiday that wasn’t too far to travel from Melbourne which had a great beach and where everything was included (activities, food and drinks) and Club Med Bintan delivered.

2. What was your typical day in the resort?

My children couldn’t wait to go to kids club after breakfast each morning to do archery followed by circus school where they flew through the air on the trapeze. It gave my children amazing opportunities and they were able to meet children from countries all over the world as well as the incredible staff members who also came from countries from all over the world – it truly broadened their horizons.

We would then spend part of the afternoon at the beach. When we were there they had the most perfect waves which were just big enough to be able to body surf. And then in between swimming we would hop on a paddle board, kayak or catamaran with the children and go out on the water. There are so many activities on offer and to take part in if you want too. As a family we played tennis, badminton, family archery, basketball, water polo, water aerobics, golf just to name a few.

Then each night they put on different shows which were fantastic especially the white night!

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3. What was your highlight from the trip?

Celebrating my daughters 10th birthday whilst we were there with a specially made Club Med cake followed by the children performing on stage. Also, being located next to the Ria Bintan golf course was also fantastic as we had the opportunity to play at this first class golf course which was additional but worth every cent. Back at Club Med Bintan they have a putting green and also you can hit in the nets and be taught by a golf pro.

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4. What did you enjoy the most in Bintan Island?

Definitely all of the activities that were available, the beach, then the food – oh my goodness where do I start……the choices were incredible. Being such a multi cultural resort the food also represented this diversity. From Italian to Korean to Indian to Japanese and then American to name a few.

We were so spoilt for choice and then desserts….thank goodness we did so many activities during the day! I loved that my children had such an amazing variety of food and dishes to choose from and that they could go up and get it themselves. Being all inclusive made our family holiday so very easy. We didn’t have to worry when the children wanted another banana milkshake – they just went up and ordered it themselves. Or we wanted another Pina Colada - no nasty bill at the end of our stay as it is all part of our package.

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5. What is your top tip for a family trip in Bintan Island?

Always check the activity board for the next day so that you don’t miss out on any of the fantastic activities that are offered on each day.

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6. What are your must-dos for a perfect family holiday in Bintan?

Enjoy and try the activities and new experiences that Club Med Bintan has to offer and also enjoy the precious family time together.

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7. Which Club Med would you like to try next?

We would absolutely love to take the children skiing in Japan to Club Med Sahoro

My family and I have just recently returned from the most wonderful 7 night family holiday at Club Med Bintan.

This was the family holiday we needed and Club Med Bintan delivered! It has something for everyone – an amazing kids club catering to all different ages and activities. My children couldn’t wait to go to kids club after breakfast each morning to do archery followed by circus school where they flew through the air on the trapeze. There were so many activities for all children to choose from including being part of the stage production which was just fantastic. It gave my children amazing opportunities and they were able to meet children from countries all over the world as well as the incredible staff members who also came from countries from all over the world – it truly broadened their horizons.

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Then the food – oh my goodness where do I start……the choices were incredible. Being such a multi cultural resort the food also represented this diversity. From Italian to Korean to Indian to Japanese and then American to name a few. We were so spoilt for choice and then desserts….thank goodness we did so many activities during the day! I loved that my children had such an amazing variety of food and dishes to choose from and that they could go up and get it themselves.

Being all inclusive made our family holiday so very easy. We didn’t have to worry when the children wanted another banana milkshake – they just went up and ordered it themselves. Or we wanted another Pina Colada - no nasty bill at the end of our stay as it is all part of our package.

Club Med Bintan has the most beautiful beach and the water temperature is just divine. When we were there they had the most perfect waves which were just big enough to be able to body surf. And then inbetween swimming we would hop on a paddle board, kayak or catamaran with the children and go out on the water. Bliss!

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Being located next to the Ria Bintan golf course was also fantastic as we had the opportunity to play at this first class golf course which was additional but worth every cent. Back at Club Med Bintan they have a putting green and also you can hit in the nets and be taught by a golf pro.

There are so many activities on offer and to take part in if you want too. As a family we played tennis, badminton, family archery, basketball, water polo, water aerobics, golf just to name a few. Then each night they put on different shows which were fantastic especially the white night!

We absolutely loved our stay at Club Med Bintan and it definitely exceeded our expectations. It was the perfect holiday for us.

Thank-you to all the wonderful staff who made our stay so memorable.

We are now looking forward to planning our next Club Med holiday!

Curious to know more? Discover all what you can do at Club Med Bintan Island and plan your next family holiday!

Interview: The Sporty Family Holiday Of Pip Edwards At Club Med Cancun

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In July, the P.E Nation Co-founder Pip Edwards (@pip_edwards1) ventured to Club Med Cancun with her family. We asked her some questions on how to have an active family trip to Cancun.

Note: All images below are courtesy of Pip Edwards, and have been shared with permission. 

Why did you choose Club Med Cancun Yucatan for your holiday?

We spent time in LA either side of our week in Cancun so it was the perfect choice for a little downtime. It was very easy to get to and nothing beats the Caribbean blue waters of Cancun!

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What are your must-haves when travelling to an adventure-meets-relaxation location like Club Med Cancun Yucatan?

👟 Make sure you pack your training gear and trainers as there are soooooo many activities to tick off!!

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☀️ Sunscreen...

👙 Swimsuits...

🏃‍ And activewear are all must haves for a holiday like this.

What was your typical day in Club Med Cancun Yucatan?

Breakfast was always spent sizing up which activities to tackle for the day. Stand up paddle boarding, snorkelling, flying fox, pool basketball, ping pong and tennis were all regular favourites which kept our days very full. It's amazing how many activities you can jam into one day!!!

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What was your highlight from the trip?

Watching my son receive all of his Club Med Medals on awards night. He was so pumped and excited. It really made the holiday.

What did your son like the best about Club Med Cancun Yucatan?

EVERY SINGLE ACTIVITY!!! From tennis to snorkelling, basketball to tennis. He made a whole heap of new friends and was addicted to pool basketball. He never wanted to leave.

What is your top tip for enjoying a romantic getaway while also travelling with a child?

Go to Club Med because it's so focused on the kids and the staff are so incredible with them, that you can actually get some time off to enjoy one on one time with your partner!!!! Basically, everybody is happy !!!!!

Want a dream family holiday like Pip Edwards? Discover our Cancun freshly renovated resort here.

Absolute Family Heaven in Mauritius

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This article was reposted from Where's Sharon. Read the original story here. Note: All images below are courtesy of Sharon Gourlay, and have been shared with permission.

Absolute Family Heaven at Club Med La Plantation d’Albion Mauritius

I needed a holiday.

With my own business and three young kids, life is crazy. I’m constantly busy, exhausted and dying for a break.

When we booked our trip to Mauritius it seemed like the perfect time to book ourselves an actual break. One where things wouldn’t be crazy, we wouldn’t feel like we were herding our kids around attractions constantly and Josh and I could actually have some quality time together and by ourselves.

When I started researching the perfect place to do this, the answer popped up immediately.

Club Med.

I have always wanted to stay at Club Med because they always sound luxurious and easy. Since having kids, I absolutely love all inclusive and how easy that makes everything and I had heard that Club Med had the best kids club of anywhere.

There’s also plenty to do at Club Med. Since we get bored easily and are definitely not the type to be happy just lying on a beach, it sounded perfect for us.

Mauritius has two Club Meds and we decided to give it a go.

We are so happy we did!

What is Club Med?

A small part of the coastal areas around our resort

A small part of the coastal areas around our resort

Club Med is the perfect solution if you are looking for a Mauritius all inclusive (or for an all inclusive experience in the other countries where they operate). Everything is included from meals to activities to cocktails to entertainment to kids club.

We have stayed at a few all inclusive resorts and, honestly, none have measured up to Club Med. They definitely take all-inclusive holidays to Mauritius to another level with fabulous food, all day dining, generosity with drinks and an amazing activities program.

The only things you pay extra for is premium alcohol (like if you want to pick your bottle of wine), purchases from the shop, room service, excursions and the day spa.

Enjoying a room service breakfast on our balcony. It is included for breakfast for our room type as well

For those of us with kids, Club Med has a real focus on families and all kids are welcome. There is an outstanding kids club (all the details below!). The general rule is kids 4+, but many Club Meds have a toddler program and some a baby program which are at an extra cost.

Club Med also distinguishes itself with top rate staff. Everyone I came into contact with was at least bilingual and all were friendly. Club Med staff are called G.O.s (Great Organisers) and go out of their way to get to know you and make you feel welcome and included.

Club Med Albion review

The beach first thing in the morning

The beach first thing in the morning

Club Med La Plantation d’Albion is simply fantastic. If you are looking for resorts in Mauritius, you cannot go wrong with this option. From arrival to check out, everything was smooth and easy.

Below, I step through all the different aspects of a stay here including transfers, our room, activities, entertainment and Mini Club.

Transfers

Our Club Med experience started the second after we walked through customs at the airport before we entered the public area. We saw a sign for the resort and were given cold water and whisked out a side exit into a waiting van which was complete with a baby car seat and booster seat for the kids.

The driver answered our questions and was soon driving us the 50 minutes to the resort. It is perhaps the easiest arrival experience I have ever had!

Our room

We stayed in connecting Club and Suite rooms with a sea view. They were both great!

You can see the inside and outside of the rooms here:

Both rooms were clean, comfortable and well furnished with fun extras – like towel animals! The kids loved seeing the different animals every day.

The Club Room is the cheapest room type but is still lovely and a good size. There’s plenty of cupboard space, day bed, couch, TV, desk, and a fabulous bath tub.

Inside the Club Med room

Inside the Club Med room

The suite is amazing with a separate living area with day bed, couches and a big coffee table. There’s a separate toilet off the living area as well as a big cupboard which was perfect for our baby gear.

The bedroom has a desk area, king size bed, lots of cupboards and a huge bathroom with twin vanities, massive bath tub and candles. There’s also a door that leads to an outdoor shower.

This crab was waiting for us one day when we returned!

This crab was waiting for us one day when we returned!

Both rooms have mini bars and, thanks to having a suite, these were full and replenished daily included in the price. We also had fruit delivered to the room every afternoon.

Our rooms from the beach

Our rooms from the beach

The best part, however, was definitely the furnished terraces which were right on the beach. We loved having this outdoor space right by the ocean. It was also surprisingly private thanks to it not being a swimming beach. I spent a lot of time sitting out on the terrace and I highly recommend paying the extra to get a room with this feature especially if you have a kid that naps.

Club Med Albion Villas

The backyard of one of the villas

The backyard of one of the villas

Club Med La Plantation d’Albion also has a separate section of villas (called Club Med Albion on their site). There’s the option to do a tour of one of the villas and I did this.

The villas are just amazing. They come in 2, 3 and 4 bedroom configurations. Each bedroom has its own bathroom with outside access so they are quite private.

Each villa has a large living area in the middle with a kitchen to the side (with fully stocked fridge) where a private butler cooks your breakfast and prepares tea in the late afternoon.

The best part, however, is definitely the beautiful yard which is complete with private swimming pool and an amazing outdoor living area with dining and lounging space. If you have young kids, they even set up a pool fence.

Guests use all the facilities of the main resort and also have a private butler for two periods twice a day who take care of everything for them.

Food

A small part of the main buffet

A small part of the main buffet

The only thing that concerned me about booking a week in Club Med was the food.

Since living in Penang, we have become really fussy about good quality food and when I think about all inclusive resorts and buffets, good quality is not what comes to mind. Quite the opposite.

Thankfully, Club Med Plantation d’Albion proved me wrong. Buffets can be fabulous! We ate at the main buffet restaurant for most meals and everything I ate was superb.

Yummm dessert. Not what you expect from a buffet

Yummm dessert. Not what you expect from a buffet

There’s great variety and there are chefs working at the different sections making sure the food is always fresh. There are options which are made to order and some dishes are already plated and taste extra fantastic. There’s a good range of western food with some Asian options. There’s also a section of Mauritian food which is mostly Indian and I loved it.

There are eating options all day long, but the best food options are at meal times.

There are two main restaurants. We mostly ate at the main one, Restaurant La Distillerie, as the other one, Restaurant Le Phare, is adults only except at dinner time and it wasn’t open all nights when we visited.

Restaurant La Phare is just gorgeous though. We had dinner here one night right by the ocean and the scenery and sounds of the ocean made for a special experience. The food was also great and it was nice to be served.

A special dinner at Restaurant La Phare

A special dinner at Restaurant La Phare

The service was great in both restaurants. Even at the buffet, the attendants get drinks, help carry plates and help with entertaining Baby J. We had a waitress in the main restaurant who became quite attached to Baby J and would be brilliant with getting him food and making sure we were happy. She would also set up the table ready for us in her section so she got to serve us.

You can order special wine with your meals (for extra cost) or have the house drinks which come out by the bottle if you want.

The snacks during the day are quite simple. We loved the bar by the pool as they would have fruit and bakery items so Baby J could have some fruit while we had a cocktail. It was lovely.

Dinner time usually had a theme – like “white” or “blue and white”. Nothing difficult and you don’t have to do it. We usually didn’t and we didn’t feel weird.

All in all, I am very impressed by the food at Club Med La Plantation d’Albion. I never got bored of it, as I feared, quite the opposite. I really enjoyed meal time.

Facilities

S takes aim at Archery

S takes aim at Archery

Club Med La Plantation d’Albion is full of facilities.

The resort is basically split into two areas – one is the Zen area which is focused on peace and tranquility and one is the main village area.

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Each of the areas has a main focal point where there is a pool, a restaurant and some other things. The main pool and dining area is also home to reception, a shop, a tour desk and a theatre. It’s also the entry to the swimming beach.

In the Zen area, there is another pool (with absolutely superb views at sunset), restaurant, gym and day spa. Kids are only allowed in this area to go to the restaurant at dinner time.

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Zen area pool.

Across the middle of the resort are various sporting facilities. There’s tennis, golf, trapeze, archery and soccer.

On the beach, there are water sports. There’s also a dive centre, fitness centre and table tennis near the main pool.

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The main beach

There are so many things, in fact, that I have no doubt left many things off this list.

The resort itself is quite big, not that you would realise it initially. It’s been very well constructed to blend into the surroundings.

There are electric golf carts to get around and we found one at our door within minutes of ringing for them. It’s also very nice to walk around with beautiful landscaping and many paths.

Of course, there is also the beach. It’s a lovely stretch of coastline which is nice and calm and worked well with our kids. There are many lounge chairs and day beds to relax on as well.

There are also many nice touches – like a stand by the beach with drinks and towels where you can help yourself. Towels are also sitting on many of the lounge chairs that line the beach areas.

There is also an infirmary which is staffed 24 hours by knowledgable nurses and they have a doctor on call. We tried out this facility as I brought a chest infection with me to Mauritius.

It is incredibly well run and professional and they had a doctor to see me within an hour and a half. The doctor brought all medications with him and it was all very easy and a good price.

Activities

Watching the sunset at the Zen pool is a must do experience

Watching the sunset at the Zen pool is a must do experience

There are so many activities at Club Med La Plantation d’Albion. You really can be as busy or quiet as you want to be.

There are schedules around the place but I recommend downloading the Club Med app for your phone and then you can see it all including the opening hours of the restaurants.

It’s a great place for kayaking – nice and calm!

It’s a great place for kayaking – nice and calm!

There are classes for basically all the sporting facilities mentioned above. You can have tennis/golf/sailing/etc lessons. There are fitness classes all day long. You can even learn how to fly on a trapeze!

There’s live music, games, tournaments, pilates, many things.

We tried archery, tennis, kayaking and some other water sports. There are plenty of people to help and make sure you learn and have a great time.

There’s also the option to book many day tours from the tour excursion desk and a taxi stand just outside the hotel if you would prefer to organise it yourself. Mauritius is a beautiful country to explore and it’s definitely worth making the effort to get out and see more.

You can read our list of things to do in Mauritius here.

Mini Club and Club Med with kids

S flying through the air on a trapeze while Z jumps on the trampoline. All part of a day in Mini Club!

S flying through the air on a trapeze while Z jumps on the trampoline. All part of a day in Mini Club!

It’s not just the adults that have activities all day long, so do the kids with their own activity program through the Mini Club (Club Med for kids’ club).

Mini Club deserves its own section as it’s amazing.

Seriously, amazing.

Our kids never wanted to leave.

One of the biggest reasons I first started looking at booking a Club Med vacation is that I had heard such good things about their kids club.

It’s all true.

This is no run of the mill kids club. The kids get to do tons of cool stuff and learn new things too. It’s an incredibly engaging and fun activity schedule and the kids never wanted to leave.

The staff are also top rate, multilingual and do their best to accommodate everyone’s needs. I was impressed by the feedback and questions they asked.

There is a Mini Club area but the kids are also taken to the facilities around the resort and do such awesome things as archery, flying on a trapeze, going on boat rides and paddling on kayaks.

Z plays soccer at one of the Mini Club activities

Z plays soccer at one of the Mini Club activities

Of course, the exact activities depend on the kids’ ages and preferences. 7 year old S did everything, 5 year old Z is more hesitant and stuck to soccer over archery and trapeze.

Kids under 4 have their own area of the Mini Club. 12 month old Baby J was able to join in with this when we paid for a baby sitter which was a reasonable price, professional and incredibly easy to organise. 2 and 3 year olds have their own special (paid) program.

S and Z absolutely loved all the choices at the buffets

Around the resort, kids are also very welcome (except in the Zen pool area). Baby J was treated like a rock star. Many people must work at this Club Med and it felt like the majority of them were calling him by name after a couple of days.

You can also arrange a “Baby Welcome” pack which includes a whole lot of baby equipment in your room. We had a cot, sleeping bag, baby bath, change mat, bottle warmer and nappy bin.

I often find buffets quite difficult with kids. It’s hard to help them, carry everything and get a moment to actually eat and enjoy the experience. This was very easy at Club Med as the staff are around all the time to help and are very proactive in doing so.

Entertainment

Amazing circus performance over the pool

Amazing circus performance over the pool

There is some fabulous entertainment at Club Med La Plantation D’Albion. Every night there was some type of show or event to attend as well as live music at different times of the day by the pool.

The nightly dinner was sometimes set up around the show. For example, for the circus performance pictured above, dinner was outside around the pool with tables arranged all around. Everything was stunningly presented and stuck to the white theme of the night.

Another night, there was a Las Vegas theme where dinner was served in the theatre so you could eat and drink while watching the show.

The staff are very friendly and often around to help you with anything or join in. The idea is that the G.O.s’ sit, eat, play, perform and do everything with and for you. It’s a nice set up.

Our verdict

Club Med La Plantation d’Albion totally exceeded all our expectations – and our expectations were very high.

I expected an easy, fun holiday, what I didn’t expect was just how top rate everything would be, primarily because I have never experienced anything as good before.

Everything was superb from the room to the food to the staff to the facilities, grounds, entertainment, everything.

We loved meal time at Club Med

The attention to every single detail in this Mauritius accommodation is amazing and it leads to an amazing experience.

We have travelled a lot and stayed in many fabulous places but Club Med La Plantation d’Albion wins. Holidays don’t get easier, more quality and better than this.

The kids absolutely loved it. They wanted to be in Mini Club all the time. They were able to try so many things and have new experiences in a safe environment while Josh and I had a chance to relax and have a break.

It was perfect.

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We visited this resort in June. This is winter in Mauritius and I worried that it was going to be too cold for us.

This wasn’t the case and actually the weather was perfect. I found 22 degrees here felt much warmer than it does back in Melbourne. We were shorts, t shirts and dresses during the day with a light jacket or cardigan in the evening.

I think June is a great time to visit as there aren’t as many other people and it was nice to have plenty of privacy and most things to ourselves. There were still enough people to give the place atmosphere when we wanted this though.

Baby Z’s first time in the water at the beach. It was perfect!

If I have to complain about something, it is the meal times. They do start half an hour earlier for families but 7pm is a bit late for us – usually the kids are in bed by then.

It wasn’t too much of a problem for the big kids. We would get them to have a nap and then they were ok. It was harder with Baby J though who we couldn’t get to sleep extra in the day to make up for it.

Definitely one of the biggest positives of Club Med are the staff. Everyone we came into contact with was friendly, helpful and just brilliant. As I mentioned above, we had a favourite attendant at meals who just made things so easy for us.

The ladies who would clean our room were brilliant. Not just because they made our rooms look amazing but because they would help out if we were in there. One day, I was there alone with Baby J and Z and struggling to get them out of the door. She helped.

These are just two examples of what every staff member was like.

If you are considering family holidays to Mauritius, you would be crazy not to consider staying here.

We loved the Club Med experience and we can’t wait to do it again. I’ve already been checking out the ones in Asia and working out when we can next visit one. I can see a lot more Club Meds in our future! And I can see us returning to La Plantation d’Albion.

It is the most beautiful, wonderful holiday I have ever had.

You can read our full guide for Mauritius here.

Disclaimer: We were guests of Club Med. As always, all views are my own.

Have you stayed in Club Med? Would you like to?

Into the wild - a Family Holiday to Malaysia

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This article on Club Med Cherating Beach, Malaysia first appeared in The Private Practice Magazine - by Steven Macarounas.

"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.

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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."

Discover our Club Med Cherating Beach resort here.

12 Travel Tips For Your Next Holiday

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While we all know there’s nothing better than being on holiday, but sometimes, getting ready to head overseas can be a little stressful! We’ve put together a list of our most important tips to get ahead on your next holiday…

1. Book your flights – early!

You’ll get the best price on your flights if you book them in advance, with savings that can often add up very quickly. Usually, you can book your trip up to 10 months out from departure – plus, if you book with accommodation you often get the best rate on flights available.

If you have your eye on flights and want to know when to buy, Hopper is the perfect tool! Plug in your travel dates and destinations, and the app will notify you whether you should buy now or wait.

2. Best time to go on holiday

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Really, it depends what you’re looking for:

  • ✔️ For those looking to escape the crowds, avoid school holiday periods, especially the Christmas break! Airports and popular destinations can get extremely busy, and prices often skyrocket during this period.

  • ✔️ To ski, head to the Northern Hemisphere in January to March for the best snow, or April for some incredible spring skiing.

  • ✔️ If you’d prefer to avoid the wet season in tropical Asia, travel to Thailand between December and April, and to Malaysia and Indonesia between May and October.

  • ✔️ Check the national holidays of the country you’re visiting before you book to make sure everything will be open. Keep an eye out for Chinese New Year, Bastille Day, Easter and other similar holidays.

 3. Planning your trip

  • ✔️ Be sure to visit TripAdvisor before choosing your accommodation or tours, to read peer reviews or have your questions answered.

  • ✔️ Google Trips is an app that will keep track of your bookings as you make them. No need to trawl through your emails! Too easy.

  • ✔️ Have a look online for any 360 videos to get the full holiday experience, or use Google Street View to get a virtual tour of the destination.

4. Check your passport!

Probably the most important point on this list! It is absolutely essential that you make sure you have at least six months on your passport before leaving the country, otherwise your dream holiday may become just that – a dream. Acquiring a passport last minute is a stressful process, and can’t always promise results, so check your validity well before you jet off!

While we’re on this topic, make sure to look up visa requirements for the country you’re heading to. Australians can travel visa-free to plenty of countries, but it’s always better to triple check.

5. Where to exchange your money

  • 💰 Exchange some money before you go. While the rates may not be as promising, the language barrier overseas may make it difficult to exchange currency.

  • 💰 Check with your bank if you can get a travel card, or go to the local post office and grab one. It’s much easier than paying by credit card, plus you don’t pay currency conversion fees.

  • 💰 Don’t exchange money at the airport, and especially not after you clear security. Kiosks at international airports have notoriously poor exchange rates.

  • 💰 Be sure to notify your bank that you’re overseas, to avoid having issues with your card. Banks like ING allow you to notify them of travel in their online banking app.

6. How to pack

Forget folding! To save as much space as possible, roll all of your clothing inside your suitcase. Also, keep your luggage as light as possible to make sure your transit is as easy as possible- if in doubt, leave it out!.

7. Learn some basic phrases

Consider learning some basic language skills of the country you’re visiting as a courtesy to those you’re speaking to. Learn phrases such as “excuse me,” “may I please have…” and “no, thank you.” If you have any serious allergies, learn to articulate these too!

Apps like Duolingo are great to give you a rundown of the basics, and Google Translate will always come in handy while overseas.

8. Ditch the camera

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Let’s be honest: in today’s world, your smartphone is more than adequate to chronicle your travels. While your DSLR can take some incredible shots, you’ll also have to lug it around, including extra batteries for when it inevitably runs out of charge. If you want to travel light, invest in some add-ons for your smartphone to boost the quality of your images.

9. Pack some earplugs, or noise-cancelling headphones!

Whether you’re staying in a lavish resort or a hostel in the big smoke, you’ll want to bring some earplugs to safeguard your shut-eye. They’re invaluable on flights - especially if you’ve got the screaming child seated behind you! For frequent travellers, consider investing in a great pair of noise-cancelling headphones – Bose’s Quietcomfort series is a favourite amongst travellers.

10. Check if you need vaccinations before you go!

Check what vaccinations you need on Travel Doctor after you book your holiday. Some vaccines can take up to eight weeks to come into full effect, so get organised early. Plus, in many resorts like Club Med Bali, children require vaccination certificates for the Kids Clubs, so make sure you bring those along.

11. Travel insurance is essential

Travel insurance is an absolute must-have when travelling abroad, especially with children or on a ski holiday. Insurance can cover medical emergencies, travel costs incurred from some cancellations and will compensate you if your belongings go missing. Be sure to document your claim fully to make sure you get compensated.

Again, some holiday packages (including Club Med) offer travel insurance in the package – make sure to check before spending extra!

12. Travelling with kids?

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Travelling with young children is a different game all together. Consider these tips before you jet off:

  • ✔️ Pre-order children’s meals on-board your flight.

  • ✔️ The air pressure changes inside a plane’s cabin is more intense for young children. Make sure you bring something for the little ones to suck on to alleviate the pain.

  • ✔️ Travel somewhere with a Kids Club. Not only will they have a ball, but you’ll get a break!

Discover more about Club Med all inclusive holidays by clicking here.

#HowTo... Give Kids and Teens the Best Holiday

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At Club Med, you can be sure that your children will leave happy. From 4 months to 17 years old, we have Kids Clubs with dedicated activities for each age, all under the watchful eye of professionals. You won't feel guilty to let your kids at Kids Clubs because they will beg you to let them go!

Kids Club for all ages

Baby Club Med keeps babies from 4–23 months safe and engaged under the watchful eye of caring, trained professionals. The tiniest member of the family benefits from special attention, indoor and outdoor playtime and naptime. The baby room, open 24-hours, includes sterilisers, blenders and bottle-warmers for convenience.

In other words, yes it's truly possible: you can feel relaxed and enjoy hassle-free holidays with a baby.

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The kids' clubs … helped to keep the little ones entertained, allowing the adults to laze by the pool, read a book, sip cocktails and generally do nothing... HanLynEan, Singapore @ Club Med Bintan Island

Petit Club Med Parents can savour guilt free relaxation while toddlers aged 2–3 years have the time of their life with professional, trained staff (G.Os). Innovative activities stimulate creativity, like face painting, puppet shows, arts and crafts. When they are worn out with fun, they unwind with pyjama parties.

Watch your young kids on holidays making the most of it!

Mini Club Med Children aged 4–10 years have their own unique adventures at Mini Club Med hosted by trained professionals. From Petit Chef cooking experiments, to sailing and ski lessons, new activities keep curious minds engaged and entertained. Lasting memories are created each day, and cemented over supervised meals with new friends.

Happy kids make for happy parents, right?

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Where else can the adults relax knowing that our kids are not only well taken care of, but are enjoying themselves tremendously? – Tsing, Singapore @ Club Med Bali

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Teens aged 11–17 revel in a dedicated teenage paradise. Here they forge new friendships and bond over shared experiences like mastering new sports and exploring creative arts, including film editing, jewellery making, and design, using state-of-the-art equipment. Professional staff, or G.Os, supervise movie nights, discos and teens-only excursions.

Trust us: at Club Med, you won't hear a word about boring holidays from your teenagers!

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Every season is full of exciting discoveries, with water sports and marine exploration at Club Med resorts in Bali, Phuket, Bintan, Cherating Beach, La Plantation d’Albion and La Pointe, as well as all-inclusive snow sports at Hokkaido, Valmorel, and Peisey Vallandry.

Creating family holiday memories

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Nikki Hills, publisher of the popular Mouths of Mums parenting site, recounts her memorable family holiday at Club Med Bali with her husband and three children, Toby (14), Emma (11), and Abby (9):

From theme nights, to excursions and activities, there’s always so much on offer at Club Med. We ate breakfast together every morning and then the children were off to Kids Club, ready for a soccer tournament, golf lessons, tennis or ‘dance spectacular’ rehearsals. Toby loved Juniors Club Med, which is a ‘hang out’ area for teenagers, with lounges, pool tables and X-Box machines, right by the pool and bar so they could order as many soft drinks as they like!

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My husband and I spent blissful mornings running along Nusa Dua, or relaxing by the Zen pool. Mid-morning, we would grab a barista-made coffee and sit by the huge trapeze to watch the girls show off their new tricks. The G.Os are so engaged with the children and we felt safe knowing they had the wellbeing of our family at heart. Toby was free to hang out with his new mates, and we knew he was safe in the Resort. Club Med is like a break from life! No one has to worry about what’s for dinner or how much things cost. I don’t think my kids have ever seen me so relaxed. It was a week of total freedom – mind, body and spirit.

Want to see it for yourself? Click here to discover why Club Med is ideal for families or check out this short video!