Maldives

Your guide to the most incredible Girls Trip!

Happy Friendship Day! As today is the International Friendship Day, it’s time to prove to your friends how much you care about them… to express your gratefulness, why not suggest taking the most unforgettable girls trip EVER?

Planning a trip together is not an easy task, picking a date is the first step but then comes the hardest part: agree on a destination. We don’t want you to mess-up your friendship over holiday planning, especially during this special day, so we’re here to help you choose the right place depending on your holiday mood.

And don’t forget that whichever destination you choose, the most important thing is to have your friend(s) by your side and have lots of fun!

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What’s better than having your best friend with you to go on a sea and sun holiday? You’ll share wonderful moments together tanning atop the whitest sand you’ve ever seen, having some relaxing massages under the palm-trees, discovering the underwater world equipped with your mask and snorkel. Come live your dream holiday with your BFF in Club Med Kani all-inclusive resort!

Memories with margaritas

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If your idea of the ultimate girls trip includes loads of fun and a great vibe, you should select a place where festive atmosphere is part of the destination! At Club Med Cancun Yucatan in Mexico, you and your party mate(s) can enjoy the open bar during the night, part of the all-inclusive formula of the resort, and discover the wonders of the Mayan culture during the day : Chichen Itza, Valladolid, Tulum…

Nature getaway

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Do you consider yourselves eco-warriors? Good news, you can experience an eco-friendly way of life in one of our Green Globe certified resorts, Club Med Cherating Beach in Malaysia. This jungle escape destination will be the perfect place to relax and have fun: boat-ride in the Mangrove, yoga class in a peaceful environment, sailing lessons to reach Pantai Beach… And it won’t keep you from doing good for the planet: you’ll have the opportunity to take part in the turtle conservation or cleaning the beaches of the region.

Fully Active

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If you’re sporty people and are keen to try new activities like flying trapeze, one of our best resorts for acrobatic activities is Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Its partnership with the famous “Cirque du Soleil” will be the perfect place to test your friendship up in the air, and to forget about the gravity laws. If at some point you want to get back on the ground, you can still enjoy a lot of other land activities from a various range of choices: golf, archery, tennis, basketball, beach volleyball… And where to recover from the effort? Either in our Zen Oasis, by the zen pool, or by the quiet white sanded beaches.

Ready to fly into a new adventure with your favorite(s) companion(s)? Have a look on our website to discover our latest offers, and don’t hesitate to share pictures of your friendship moments with the hashtag #ClubMed.

Discover our most luxurious sun resorts

Did you know you could stay in luxurious resorts all around the world with Club Med, and even indulge in your own overwater villa in the Maldives with a private pool?

At Club Med, make exceptional memories in exceptional places. With extra thoughtful touches to make your next holiday a once-in-a-lifetime experience, discover the Exclusive Collection resorts with villas and chalets as well as dedicated luxury space offering spacious accommodation, personalised services, dedicated friendly hosts and a wide range of experiences.

From the Maldives to Mexico, discover below some of the most luxurious Club Med sun resorts.

A glass of champagne, anyone?

Finolhu Villas, Maldives

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Enjoy a private eco-friendly Villa in the heart of the Maldives surrounded by turquoise waters, white sand beaches and endless ocean views. The Finolhu Villas is a true oasis of peace and privacy for your next holidays.

Your luxurious experience in the Finolhu Villas:

  • Floating breakfast in your private pool or free flowing champagne

  • Private snorkelling trips, see plane rides or super yacht adventures

  • Yoga class to rejuvenate body and mind or spa rituals in your private villa or at ILA Spa

Albion Villas, Mauritius

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By staying in the Albion Villas, wake up every day to a lush natural environment, shimmering seas and tropical gardens. Enjoy the luxury of having your own pool in your private 2 to 4-bedroom villa - all you need for a relaxing holiday.

Your luxurious experience in the Albion Villas:

  • Tee off to the Tamarina golf club with unlimited free access

  • Enjoy a seamless food experience with breakfast, morning tea, soft drinks, alcohol, champagne and dinner served in your villa

  • Access Club Med La Plantation d’Albion with an adult-only infinity Zen Pool and plenty other adventures, restaurants and bars to try from

Club Med 2, Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas

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Club Med 2 is a 5-mast sailing yacht providing a unique experience on sea. Sailing from the Mediterrean Sea in the European summer to the Carribean warm waters in the Northern hemisphere winter, discover this ultimate intimate and luxurious cruise with 2000m2 surface area and 8 different decks.

Your luxurious experience on the Club Med 2:

  • Dining and cocktails soirees

  • Water sports from waterskiing, wakeboarding and stand up paddle boarding

  • First class cabin with sea view

Available for booking for Australian and New Zealand residents soon

Cefalu, Sicily, Italy

Club Med Cefalu is a little escape to the Italian Dolce Vita. Discover the picturesque town of Cefalu and the treasures of the region of Sicily where red cliffs dive deep in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Your luxurious experience at Club Med Cefalu:

  • Waking up in your Villetta with a view over Cefalu Bay

  • Breakfast room service , free flowing champagne from 6pm, dinner devised by a Michelin star chef

  • Discovery of Sicily and the region from the discovery of Secret Palermo to driving a private Vespa Car

Rio das Pedras, Brazil

La Reserve luxury space in Club Med Rio das Pedras is where you can experience the culmination of luxury, privacy and comfort. Nested in a nature reserve, this eco-friendly resort offers incredible views of the shimmering sea. Admire the Atlantic Ocean views from your private terrace.

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Your luxurious experience at Rio das Pedras:

  • Spacious penthouse suites perched above treetops with hot tub on your private terrace

  • Seafront infinity pool

  • Guided excursions in the rainforest or waterski in a sheltered creek

Cancun Yucatan, Mexico

Club Med Cancun Yucatan is overlooking the protected waters of Cancun’s colourful coral reef. If you are seeking a luxurious and private retreat, let’s escape to the brand new Jade Exclusive Collection space of Club Med Cancun Yucatan!

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Your luxurious experience at Cancun Yucatan:

  • Experience the exclusive infinity pool with champagne service all evenings

  • Stay in luxury suites or deluxe rooms with a view on the Atlantic Ocean and the best beaches of the peninsula

  • With your 24h concierge, visit Mayan ruins to underground rivers

  • Taste the new Taco Arte Lounge or the oceanfront Argentinian steakhouse

Discover your luxurious experience here

Top 5 Wedding Destinations to tie the knot

Incredible destinations, incredible moments to share with incredible people: why not having your dream wedding in paradise?

Club Med offers romantic and inspiring venues where your friends and family can celebrate in style. And with flawless event coordination, expert planners, tailor-made wedding packages, and all-inclusive convenience - it’s easy to turn your wedding into an unforgettable holiday.

Discover below a selection of our top 5 destinations to get married overseas and make unforgettable memories in paradise. Are you ready to say “I do”?

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1 - Finolhu and Kani in the Maldives

Why not celebrate your wedding in the idyllic natural surroundings of the Maldives located in the Indian Ocean. Azure waters, private overwater villas, white sand beaches and simple pleasures are waiting for you to make your special day a little bit more magical.

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Club Med Finolhu Villas

From sunrise to sunset, the discrete service of your personal butler and the unbelievable beauty all around will make your wedding day and holiday on Finolhu unforgettable in your totally private beach or overwater villa.

On the beach or on by the poolside, enjoy the perfect setting for your wedding with a touch of luxury. The day after, indulge with a floating breakfast in your private pool or free-flowing Champagne in the evening.

And for your honeymoon stay: don’t miss a private snorkelling trips, seaplane rides, superyacht adventures, private yoga class or spa rituals in the overwater spa.

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Club Med Kani

Wake up to stunning beach views upon a private island with two kilometres of white sand beach and say “I do” in front of the Turquoise water. For an elevated experience for your wedding and honeymoon, stay in the Manta overwater suites with exclusive services such as Champagne by the glass every day from 6pm, breakfast in bed and a private beach.

And for your honeymoon stay, indulge in the simple pleasures of the island such as fresh fish, fresh coconut or a glide through the air on the overwater swing or try some of the thrilling water sports activities - all included.

2 - Bali and Bintan Island in Indonesia

If you’re looking to reunite all of your loved ones for your destination wedding, Bali and Bintan Island in Indonesia are the top choices. Between Club Med Bali’s modern and spacious beachside oasis and the raw beauty of Club Med Bintan Island - you’re spoilt for choice.

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Club Med Bali

Club Med Bali is easily accessible from the four corners of the world. It is a peaceful oasis on the shores of Nusa Dua with masses of space to unwind, relax for your wedding day while Club Med take care of everything. Reunite your loved one around a beautiful ceremony with local floral decoration in the lush gardens or by the sea.

And for your honeymoon, enjoy guided pilates and yoga lessons, the adult-only Zen Pool, local Balinese culture discoveries, a jeep adventure through the black sand beaches or visit traditional temples.

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Club Med Bintan Island

Just an hour away by ferry from Singapore, make unique memories surrounded by astounding raw natural beauty from the white-sand beach to crystal-clear waters of Bintan Island. Plus, embrace the Zen vibes of Bintan for your wedding and honeymoon as it’s the perfect holistic wellness escape.

And for your honeymoon, enjoy yoga by the sea, aerial yoga, pilates, stand up paddle boarding, a beautiful spa visit perched on the rocks and golf on one of the best Asia’s golf course - Ria Bintan.

3 - Tomamu Hokkaido in Japan

Make your wedding day as unique as you are with the incredible destination that is Japan. Be amazed by sumptuous landscapes with mountains, plains, rivers and lakes and incredible powder snow in winter. Take off for the region of Hokkaido - stunning in summer with colourful flower fields, sumptuous in winter with uncrowded mountains, and delectable local cuisine all-year-long.

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Celebrate your wedding in a perfect winter wonderland in Japan with a snow escape to the mountains. Tie the knot the most magical way possible in an Ice Chapel with your loved ones and enjoy colourful fireworks to conclude the ceremony.

And for your honeymoon, try an authentic Japanese culinary experience, a guided whisky and sake tasting, romantic nights at the nearby Ice Village with ice fishing, ice skating, ice bar… And of course, don’t miss out on the endless snow with ski and snowboard lessons and après-ski activities in a resort influenced by the beauty of Japan.

4 - Trancoso in Brazil

Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Brazil is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. Tropical beaches, samba and the country’s fanatical passion for football make Brazil one of the most vibrant, lively and fascinating destinations on earth. From the rain forests of the Amazon to the white-sand beaches of Bahia, Brazil is a perfect wedding destination... Tudo bom!

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Club Med Trancoso

Have the most spectacular wedding day in Trancoso, located south of Salvador de Bahia in Brazil. Between forest and sea, be ready to experience a wedding for nature lovers, off the beaten track and perched on a sublime clifftop overlooking a vast and magnificent beach.

And for your honeymoon, enjoy the Terravista Golf Course, the nearby towns of Trancoso, Arraial d’Ajuda and Porto Seguro with some pristine beaches, cultural sights and shops.

5 - Cancun in Mexico

A vibrant country with a rich culture, Mexico is filled with iconic sights, fantastic beaches and sub-tropical climates - making it a must-do destination. So why not celebrate your most important day in a stunning place, with delicious food and vibrant culture?

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Club Med Cancun Yucatan

Say ‘I Do,’ surrounded by Cancun’s brilliant teal-blue seas, pristine white beach and magnificent sunsets. If you’re looking for the perfect blend of romance, culture, and adventure, Club Med Cancun Yucatán is the perfect wedding destination.

And for your honeymoon, savour delicious Mexican flavours, discover one of the Seven Wonders of the World: Chichen Itza and upgrade your wedding and honeymoon experience with the new Jade 5 Exclusive Space’s luxury suites.

Ready to tie the knot and curious to know more about Wedding Destinations at Club Med? Discover more about Weddings by Club Med here and our brand new Club Med Weddings Brochure here 👰

All wedding pictures have been shared with authorisation from the SE7EN Agency wedding planner for the Maldives and Bali, Ancila Weddings for Cancun, Your Overseas Wedding and Sun N Sea Hong Kong for Japan and Trancoso resort for Brazil.

Luxury Travel in the Maldives by Eryn Krouse

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This article was reposted from Eryn Krouse(@erynkrouse). Read the original story here. Note: All images below are courtesy of Eryn Krouse and her photographer Trent Mitchell, and have been shared with permission.

Luxury Travel in the Maldives

After nine days of all-inclusive gourmet food and drinks, staying in two different overwater villa suites, having a personal boat to go to epic surf, and a whole lot of rest and relaxation, you can bet I got a taste of the good life.

Here is what a luxury surf trip in the Maldives looks like.

After a disorienting period of time where I reached the point where I felt as if I had spent my entire life confined to the cramped insides of an airplane, I finally began to spot the infamous atolls that make up the Maldives out the window. Bright, circular, marble-looking blobs surrounded by rings of different shades of blue that looked more like giant eyeballs than little islands, just floating on the surface of the Earth. I touch down on Malé and hear the pilot say, “Welcome to the Maldives”. Finally, I made it to paradise.

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So, picture this. You wake up on a king-size canopy bed with the sunrise peeking through white curtains lightly blowing from the sea breeze. You climb out of bed and step out on to the deck to admire the vibrant blue sheen of the water below you. You might even see a school of fish, or an occasional ray or reef shark swim by. The water looks inviting, so you jump in. Taking a few strokes before turning over on to your back to float, you close your eyes and relax. You hear your significant other calling out your name to let you know that room service has arrived, so you swim back to your dock, rinse off in the outdoor shower, and don a robe from the bathroom. A server is carrying two trays of breakfast items, and he asks you, “Where would you like to eat your breakfast today?” to which you respond “On the front deck, please”. You take a seat outside and uncover the lids to reveal plates of fresh croissants, steaming eggs, crisp bacon, maybe even some warm crepes, and it all smells so good that your mouth waters in anticipation as you pour yourself a hot cup of coffee…

It’s 7:30 am and the day has just begun.

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 Every day in the Maldives brought a new adventure. With the sun out, the water would shine as a bright, turquoise blue, and I’d eagerly admire the view as I waxed up my board. I’d walk the path from the overwater villa down to the dock with my surfboard in one hand, and my boyfriend’s hand in the other. Once in the boat, we’d speed away into the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. It was a common sight to see spotted, lone manta rays cruising by, or a pod of jumping dolphins. Every moment was a different adventure out at sea.

Surfing in the Maldives is a magical experience. The water is so clear that you can see fish swimming under you as you ride a wave of almost transparent looking water. It’s pure stoke. For a complete guide on surfing in the Maldives, click here.

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Salty, happy, and surfed out, I take a moment to soak in the sun. It feels so good to lay on the sand, feeling the warm rays on my skin while listening to the soft lapping of the waves onto the coquina shore. I close my eyes in absolute contentment, the kind of content I get only after spending blissful hours in the ocean.  This stretch of beach is quiet. The only visible signs of life are the little sand crabs bustling around, bumping into each other.

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Back at the villa… my body is sore and a bit sunburnt from surfing all morning. I run the water in the tub for an afternoon of rest and relaxation. On the walk back from the beach, I picked plumeria and hibiscus flowers to put in the bath to create a personal spa in the privacy of my villa. To really pamper myself, I open my brand new products from Malie Organics, including a plumeria scented body scrub and body polish moisturizer… the ultimate pampering experience.

CLUB MED FINOLHU

After spending a week at Club Med KaniClub Med Finolhu was just a short boat hop away; a continuation of our experience of luxury travel. Our new overwater villa was equipped with a personal pool, an outdoor shower and spa-inspired bath tub, a butler, and a chauffeur to take us to the various all-inclusive restaurants and amenities located at the resort.

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Tea time at Club Med Finolhu is an event in itself. Originally established in England in the 1800s by aristocratic British society, the concept of afternoon tea is the very embodiment of comforting luxury, every detail from the china to the atmosphere to the finger food, all adding to the overall experience of mid-afternoon pleasantry.

Wrapped up in soft, white robes, my boyfriend and I sat on the couch in the front room; floor-length doors opened up to the outside deck and the expanse of crystal blue ocean, smooth jazz softly playing through the speakers. Tropical rain quietly fell outside as our butler brought in a selection of Ceylon tea, specially packed in nearby Sri Lanka. Names such as Darjeeling Black, English Breakfast and Moroccan Mint labeled the cloth tea bags, all neatly stacked together in a wooden box. I chose English Breakfast, my personal favorite tea, and Michael chose Darjeeling black, carefully stirring in sugar crystals and organic milk until the tea was a rich, chocolate brown liquid. Bringing the cup of tea up to my mouth, a warm sensation runs through my body as the deep aroma slowly creeps up my nose, traceable hints of spices of the orient. The tea serves as a palette cleanser; the perfect balance of sweet and savory to go with the finger sandwiches, cookies, and tropical fruits.

One could argue that tea is just tea, but there is something special when it transforms into a whole experience; the feeling of being in your own world with no land for as far as you can see; just a muted turquoise ocean blending into the soft grey of the rainy sky. It became an emotional experience that transported me into a state of euphoria that comes only when I feel completely free, without a worry in the world.

It’s amazing the power tea can have, isn’t it? (;

Interview: Australian Photographer Trent Mitchell Captures the Beauty of the Maldives

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Surrounded by endless ocean, colourful coral and epic surf breaks. Its no surprise Australian photographer Trent Mitchell (@trent_mitchell_) produced some serious wanderlust-inducing photographs from his recent Maldives trip at the Manta Exclusive Spacewith model Eryn Krouse (@erynkrouse). Trent's deep love for the ocean and the Maldives settings made the perfect backdrop for his snaps. We asked him some questions about his experience as a photographer.

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

What makes the Maldives so 'photographable'?

As a passionate water-based lifestyle and travel photographer I’d have to say the water’s colour, clarity and diversity in colour! I’ve never seen so many different blues. I can’t wait to head back and explore and shoot more in the waters and on the islands of the Maldives. It’s just incredible.

What makes Club Med Kani in particular, so great to photograph?

The single best attribute islands have for photography is the flexibility of having a 360 degree field of view to work with. Putting a resort of Club Med Kani’s standards on an Island gives a photographer an unlimited canvas for creating beautiful images all day. There’s always somewhere incredible to shoot no matter what the day brings.

What separates the Maldive beaches from others?

I’d have to say the pure whites of the sand and the vibrant water colour. Everything just pops. Simply put, some days it feels like your living inside a postcard. It’s overwhelmingly beautiful.

What were your favourite activities at Club Med Kani when you weren’t shooting?

I was staying in the Manta overwater suites at Club Med Kani and I’m a morning person so my favourite thing was quite possibly the simplest thing given the seemingly unlimited activities available. Waking to the sun rising over the water, throwing on my board shorts and going for my morning swim in the crystal clear waters was without a doubt my favourite thing to do. Most people sleep in, so some days it felt like I had the resort to myself! I actually can’t think of a better way to start a day, anywhere.

Share with us your favourite shot – what makes it great?

I couldn’t select just one from my shoot so I picked a single image from three different perspectives of the resort. Eye level, above and below the water. The photos are all of Eryn Krouse enjoying her time in Kani.

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📷 The first shot reminds me of how beautiful and relaxing it is to live over the water for a week.

📷 The second photo is Eryn paddling out to the surf break named Ninja’s located on the outside reef behind the resort. I like the feel of the crisp blue waters.

📷 Lastly, the final shot is taken under the waves at Ninja’s. It’s a beautiful moment of Eryn gracefully navigating through the surf between waves.

Which Club Med resort would you like to photograph next, and why?

I’d love to revisit the Maldives to be perfectly honest! It’s a bucket list location for me and I’d love to indulge in the Club Med Finolhu Villas experience for the extreme luxury and the waters surrounding the resort offer endless photographic opportunities. If I had to choose a different country it seems so hard to choose but I’d have to go with snowboarding in Japan. I’ve never been to Japan and I can’t think of a better culture to experience, things to do and photograph! Let’s go!

Want to see more about the Maldives? Jump on to Trent Mitchell's official website.

A Guide To Surfing In The Maldives By Eryn Krouse

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This article was reposted from Eryn Krouse(@erynkrouse). Read the original story here. Note: All images below are courtesy of Eryn Krouse and her photographer Trent Mitchell, and have been shared with permission.

A Guide To Surfing In The Maldives

Last August, I discovered a surfing paradise in the Indian Ocean, known as the Maldives. I had such an amazing time, that I spent the entire year daydreaming about returning, up until the day I finally found myself back again.  Thanks to Club Med, my boyfriend and I packed our bags in anticipation of scoring epic waves in an epic place…

For those who have never been to the Maldives, it can seem like a fantasy location, somewhere far away on the other side of the world. It’s certainly not an easy journey from Los Angeles; consisting of a 16 hour flight to Dubai, a 7 hour layover, a 4 hour flight to Malé, and then a boat ride to whichever atoll you’re resort is situated in. However, the journey is doable and highly recommended for those seeking the ultimate ocean paradise in an exotic destination.

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Guide to Surfing in the Maldives

The Maldives is a special place. Made up of more than 1000 islands, there are endless surf breaks to score long, perfect, head-high waves to your heart’s desire. On the rare chance that is is too flat to surf, the Maldives is home to incredible marine life, making free diving a favorable alternative.

The archipelago is made up of three main areas: Malé Atolls, Central Atolls, and South Atolls.

Club Med Kani is located within the Malé Atolls, and there’s a helpful, on-site Excursions team that will take you (and your group) on a chartered motorboat to any surf or dive spot you wish to go to. All you need to do is set up a time and then meet your boat at the dock. Once on board, you can ask your driver to check a few spots before deciding where to surf. Most of the spots located in the Malé Atolls are very close to each other, so hopping from spot to spot is easy. Unfortunately, the Malé Atolls can be quite crowded, especially between May and August. However, with access to a boat and with some patience, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have a great surf session.

Surf Spots in the Malé Atolls

Chickens This wave is known to hold swell size from 3ft -10ft+ and provides for a long, left-hand wave with 2 sections where getting barreled is possible on the last section of the wave. When wind conditions line up perfectly with a big swell, this is a stellar wave for experienced surfers. However, the wave breaks near a wall of rocks that can look intimidating. I thought this spot was called Chickens because of a surfer’s reactions to the rocks, but it’s actually due to a nearby poultry farm on the island.

Cokes This is a hollow, right-handed wave recommended for experienced surfers when the swell is on the larger side. It breaks over a shallow reef and is known for its tubular waves. The wave’s name comes from a nearby Coca-Cola factory.

Guru’s This left-hand wave picks up plenty of swell and is a popular spot within locals because it is accessible from the shore. It is an easy ride recommended to all surf levels.

Honky’s This wave is a long, left-hand wave with two sections. If nearby Sultans is crowded, this spot can be a good alternative.

Jailbreaks This right-hand wave is located right across the national jail. It is known for being a fast wave with 3 tube sections.

Lohi’s A consistent left-hand wave with two sections, this is a goofy footer’s paradise. Named after the island resort Lohifushi, it is also considered to be a “private wave”, and those not staying at the resort may be discouraged to surf.

Ninjas A slow right-hander with both an outside and inside break, it is good for beginners and long-boarders. This spot doesn’t hold big swell and becomes too walled off. This spot is accessible from the Club Med Kani resort, though walking through the reef on low tide may cut up your feet. It’s not fun to walk to the spot, but it’s possible to surf it without a boat.

Sultans A quick right-hand wave that works better with bigger swell. It is one of the most consistent waves and there will always be something to surf.

… and after a long day of being out in the ocean, there is no better remedy for that surfed-out feeling than filling up a bath tub with warm water, soaking your tired body, and overlook the fish swimming below. Talk about a surfer’s paradise!

Surf photography by Trent Mitchell 



Zoe And Benji Marshall's Top Tips For A Couple Getaway In The Maldives

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Recently, rugby league legend Benji Marshall, and his wife Zoe Marshall (@zoebmarshall) escaped for a romantic getaway in the Maldives. Together, the couple discovered paradise at Club Med Kani and Club Med FinolhuWe asked Zoe some questions about her experience and her best tips for a seamless trip to the Maldives.

Note: All images below are courtesy of Benji and Zoe Marshall, and have been shared with permission.

Why did you choose Club Med Kani and Club Med Finolhu for your holiday?

Benji and I had never been on a Club Med Holiday, let alone to the Maldives, and it has been on my bucket list for years. I had seen friends and even celebrities have the most incredible time and I knew when we found some time off, it was the first place we wanted to go. Kani is all about the Club Med Culture and I wanted to experience that first hand. Finolhu is pure luxury and apart of Club Meds Exclusive range. I wanted to experience the difference between the two.

What are your must-haves when travelling to an island destination like Club Med Kani and Club Med Finolhu?

👙 A Bikini. You can pretty much make do with everything else but you need your Bikini!

📖 I also love a great book…

💑 Oh and my husband... He is a definite "Must have".

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What was your typical day in Club Med Kani? 

At Kani we woke up early each morning to catch the sunrise in our room- we ordered breakfast at 7:30am in the Villa and had a glorious time eating and watching the sea life pass our Villa. We then went down to the beach for a few hours, swam, read and would only realise it was lunch when our tummys started rumbling. We would feast at lunch and then head back to our room for a little nap before we would get ready for dinner. We would stop for cocktails and canapés at 7pm each night before our dinner booking.

What about Club Med Finolhu Villas?

In Finolhu the days are almost similar. Early start to catch the sunrise, breakfast in the room and then down to the main pool bar/lounge area. We would swim, paddle board in the ocean and read our books, we popped back to the room for lunch and swam in our own private pool overlooking the water for the rest of the afternoon. We did pop out for the most incredible crepes at the main pool at 4pm.

Dinner was in our room so we dined in our bathrobes, sun kissed and blissful.

What was your highlight from the trip?

I would say watching the sunrise every morning over the most exquisite backdrop your eyes have ever seen. It’s almost too much beauty to take in. Whether you are at Kani or Finolhu it's just as mesmerizing.

Your recommendation for a bucket list to tick off in the Maldives?

There is nowhere in the world like Finolhu. Benji and I have stayed at some of the most exquisite places in the world and Finohlu takes the cake.

Which resort would you recommend for a romantic getaway from the stress of city living?

I would say Finolhu as it's pure luxury but Kani meets your needs if you want romance-staying in the over water Villas are a great option to be away from families and partying.

What is your top tip for enjoying a romantic getaway?

Phones off! Be present with your loved one. These trips don’t come around that often. Soak it all in.

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Anything else you’d like to add?

Club Med looks after everything. There are no hidden costs so you feel free to indulge on your holiday. Life is expensive so I think it’s nice to feel looked after and that there's no terrifying bill when you check out.

Want to discover more? Jump on Zoe Marshall's blog to know more about Club Med Kani and Finolhu. ☀️

All You Need To Know About A Holiday To The Maldives

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Crystal clear oceans, beautiful white sand, and seas teeming with marine life…we’re pretty sure the Maldives is high up on everyone’s bucket list, and why wouldn’t it be? Also known as paradise on earth, this small nation of islands is the ultimate escape for those seeking luxury, romance and relaxation.

If you’re planning your dream Maldives getaway, we’ve put together all you need to know for your holiday to paradise.

Best time to go to the Maldives

In terms of weather, the best time to head to the Maldives is the dry season, between December and April, where you’ll enjoy beautiful blue skies and little rain. However, keen divers and surfers should head to the Maldives between May to November.

How to get there

While there are no direct flights available from Australia’s capital cities, the Maldives is quite easy to reach. Expect a travel time of around 14 hours from Sydney, transiting through Singapore to Male; alternatively, take Etihad Airways and transit in Abu Dhabi. Once you reach Male Airport, speedboats await to take you to your final destination.

Visas and Vaccinations

Upon arrival at Male Airport, you’ll be issued a free thirty-day tourist visa. There are no additional required vaccinations to enter the Maldives at this stage.

What to do and see in the Maldives

Play and paddle in paradise

The Maldives is an endless turquoise paradise, where warm waters are brimming with coral and sea life. You can do as much, or as little, as you like…consider it your playground, where you can swim, relax, surf or dive; spending your days by the water.

• The reefs are abundant with sea life, so the adventurous can take a dive trip! The Maldives has some of the best diving spots in the world, and you’ll swim amongst manta rays, as well as explore underwater caverns. • Stand-up paddleboarding is a fun way to stay fit while on holidays, especially when you have beautiful calm oceans. • Explore the coral reefs beneath the tropical lagoons, and snorkel amongst lionfish and baby reef sharks. • Make a lasting impact and give back to this wonderful island nation by helping with coral rebuilding.

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Catch a break with incredible surf breaks

For the surfers out there, the Maldives boasts some of the best reef breaks in the word. Catch the best waves from April through to October, and get in early to avoid drop-ins!

Chickens is considered one of the best waves in the world, especially on big swell days. Intermediate and advanced surfers can expect to ride these spectacular barrels for over 500m. This is certainly one to tick off the bucket list! • Named after the local Coca-Cola factory, Cokes is awesome for good swell and a long ride. • If you’re a beginner, consider riding a wave at You’ll find smaller breaks, perfect for cruising over the turquoise waters.

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Rejuvenate your body and treat your tastebuds

There’s nothing better than to relax and disconnect when you’re on an island and far, far away from the daily grind. Use your trip to the Maldives as a great opportunity to treat your body and soul, and to indulge in fresh food.

• Enjoy a massage on the tranquil beaches, and let the sound of the waves lapping at the ocean lull you into bliss. • Begin your morning with yoga on the beach. You’ll find no better way to kick start your day! • Savour incredible fresh produce – we’re talking about fruit cut from the tree in the morning and served in the afternoon. • Enjoy your seafood caught fresh from the ocean. Sashimi has never tasted better!

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Our best travel tips

• The Maldives is not just for honeymooners! It’s also a great destination for families, considering the private islands, shallow beaches and calm, clear waters. • For the ultimate romantic escape, couples simply can’t go past the overwater villas at Club Med Kani or the Finolhu Villas. Think privacy, luxury and romance – plus, you’ll have a staircase or ladder that descends straight into the ocean. • The national currency of the Maldives is the Rufiyaa, however it’s more useful to have US Dollars handy. Many resorts, including Club Med, accept credit cards, which minimises the need to change your money. • The Maldives is an Islamic nation, and as such visitors aren’t allowed to bring liquor into the country. If you do have liquor with you, often it will be confiscated or held at the airport, so we’d recommend leaving your duty free shopping for when you return to Australia.

Discover Club Med’s Indian Ocean holidays here.

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

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

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

Take the whole family to beautiful Indonesia

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

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

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Cool down with skiing in China

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

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

Adventure in the Malaysian jungle

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

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

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

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

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

Nikki Phillips fell in love with the Indian Ocean

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This article was reposted from bynikkiphillips.com. Read the original story here. Note: All images below are courtesy of Nikki Phillips, and have been shared with permission.Nikki Phillips, model and blogger, relates her romantic gateway at Club Med Kani with her husband.

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A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

In winter we all crave those tropical escapes every year. Somewhere we can relax and take some time away from our hectic schedules whilst basking in the sunshine under those lush green swinging palm trees. But where to go, options are endless. Fiji, Noumea, Vanuatu, Miami, Bali all these places incredible and offer the above, however it’s hard to compete with the place that offers whiter-than-white powder sand and luminous cyan-blue water!

I first came to the Maldives with no idea how different it was to the rest of the world, it’s a place that draws in over a million people a year to it’s tiny, remote and otherwise little-known Indian Ocean paradise. I have fallen so madly in love with this place, it’s drawn me back three times now and as my trip comes to an end I can confidently say, I’ll be back for many years to come. Each time I have visited the Maldives, I’ve left with even greater memories of the islands paradise then before and not only is it because of the islands drop dead beauty, but due to the accommodations and experience we have endured while in this place that represents paradise.

Every resort in the Maldives is it’s own private island, and with over 100 to choose from the only problem is selecting where you want to stay. But let me solve that problem! Welcome to Club Med.

Club Med has two resorts on separate islands, located a short 30min boat ride from Male. Both offering separate options for that “ultimate holiday”.

Club Med Finolhu is Club Med’s luxury Maldives Resort. From a butler that caters discreetly to all your needs to a personal plunge pool and a staircase that descends straight into what feels like your own piece of ocean. Nestled in beautiful natural surroundings, the award-winning [Club Med] Finolhu Villas are an oasis of peace and privacy. I had the opportunity to stay here last year and it was magical ( Read all about it here ) Eager to see if it had changed within a year and eager to be apart of such a resort again we added on a few extra nights. Happy to report, it had changed… the garden’s greener and more mature, the villa’s even more incredible then I remembered and the food was first class along with the service. It truly is an exquisite place.

But I’m getting off track, so as I said earlier Club Med has two resorts in the Maldives, even though I could talk about Finolhu till the cows come home, let me introduce you to an equally fantastic, beautiful and magical place. Now if you’re looking for something that offers a luxury holiday but with different price points, so you can fit within your budget without maxing out the old trusty credit cards. If you enjoy a holiday with the options of constant daily activities and entertainment, then Club Med Kani is for you! Club Med Kani is the island over from Finolhu, only a five-minute speedboat. Club Med Kani offers a Kids Club also, so perfect for families wanting to enjoy a trip together while sneaking in some one on one time occasionally. There’s a good reason why the Club Med Kani Maldives Resort is known as Heaven on Earth. The pristine cyan-blue waters stretch out to the horizon, palm trees sway in the breeze, and there are so many fun ways to enjoy this idyllic scenery. Whether it’s snorkelling with colorful fish, paddling through crystal clear waters, diving, surfing this place offers some of the world’s finest breaks; every day will be a perfect day in the Maldives. Accommodation is also available in the 5 Trident Luxury Space Overwater Suites, for the ultimate indulgence – dive straight from your Suite into the ocean, or have the alpine sand at your doorstep. Life doesn’t get better than this! Oh but it does on this little island. Premium open bar set on the beach offering the most memorizing sunsets. Fresh all day dining that features local and international cuisines available from three restaurants.

Club med Kani offers the opportunity to divulge yourself into the holiday of your dreams for the perfect price, as it’s all-inclusive. Enjoy a holiday rid of stress, drink those cocktails, eat to your hearts content while not being worried of the end bill.

Some activities and the Club Med spa come at an extra cost, but that’s what spoiling yourself is all about, you're on holiday after all. I do recommend a one-hour Balinese massage, at the start of your trip, it left me feeling automatically relaxed, unwound and ready to enjoy my break in paradise.  It will be your match made in heaven just watch the video below to see what I mean.

Discover more about Club Med Kani here or in the video below:

Eryn Krouse's Top Tips For A Holiday In The Maldives

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In August, model and surfing enthusiast Eryn Krouse (@erynkrouse) visited Club Med Kani with Reef Girls. We asked her some questions to get the best tips for a trip in the Maldives. Note: All images below are courtesy of Eryn Krouse and Chris Delorenzo, and have been shared with permission.

What are your must-haves when travelling to an island destination like Club Med Kani?

🏄 Surfboard: The Maldives is the prefect surfing holiday destination. There are amazing spots to surf empty waves.

🐠 Snorkel mask and fins: I have never seen a water that clear. The Indian Ocean is the paradise for tropical fishes and giant sting rays.

📷 Gopro and camera: Pictures and videos are the best souvenirs you can bring from the Maldives… It is the only way to remind you that it was not a dream!

☀ Sunscreen: With such tropical temperatures and sunny weather, I make sure to protect my skin.

👙 Swimsuits: Probably the most important part of my outfit at Club Med Kani. I could dive straight from my premium suite to the ocean!

👗 Summer clothe:Reef Girls sandals, a few pairs of shorts, tshirts and tank tops.

📖 Abook: I love reading a book in the plane, time goes so fast! So, all the time I saved looking for a flight (it's included with Club Med), I spent it looking for the perfect book.

What was your typical day in Club Med Kani?

Since I was pretty jetlagged, I'd be up from 3 or 4 am which I didn't mind too much. I'd take a relaxing bath while listening to music and watch the sunrise. I'd usually dive in with my snorkel gear and explore around before showering back in my room and walking over to the breakfast buffet with my photographer, Chris Delorenzo. We would spend some time in the buffet, eating the different cuisines and talked about what we wanted to do that day.

Usually it involved some fun adventure such as going on a seaplane and chartering a boat to go surf or dive somewhere. We spent most of the day roaming the beautiful resort and swimming in the ocean, and would stop our adventuring only to go to the buffets (which we enjoyed immensely).

What were your favourite surf breaks in the Maldives?

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My favorite surf break was right outside the resort, a right breaking wave called Ninja. I didn't get to surf it as much as I wanted to because it involved a boat to get around the shallow reef, but the two times I did get to surf the spot were amazing. I had the waves to myself for about half an hour before some other surfers would join me in the line-up.

Absolutely nothing can beat surfing in the Maldives.

It's a perfect, glassy wave and the size of the wave was perfect for me... just a little over head high. It was amazing to take off a wave and see all the way to the bottom while surfing because the water was so clear. My homebreak is Malibu, CA which is probably one of the most crowded surf spots in the world, so it was such a treat to have a perfect wave to share with only a handful of friendly surfers.

What was your highlight from the trip?

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The highlight of my trip was the day we chartered a boat to go explore the various islands outside of Club Med Kani. That day we swam with hundreds of dolphins, and even spotted a lone manta ray majestically floating close to the surface. The best part of this day, however was going to a dive spot right next to a tunafish factory where I swam with a whole school of gigantic sting rays.

Your recommendation for a bucket list to tick off in the Maldives?

✔️ Stay in an overwater bungalow

✔️ Ride in a seaplane

✔️ Explore the various dive spots and swim with dolphins, manta rays, and stingrays

✔️ Explore a local Maldivian village

See you soon for my next traveling adventure...

Want to tick off the Maldives from your own bucket list?

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The Maldives: Photo Diary from Eryn Krouse and Chris Delorenzo

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If that's the case, we have an incredible, beautiful novel for you!Recently, model Eryn Krouse (@erynkrouseand photographer Chris Delorenzo (@chris_delorenzoventured to Club Med Kani, and shared some incredible snaps of their time in paradise. Dive in below! 💦🐠

Note: All images below are courtesy of Eryn Krouse and Chris Delorenzo, and have been shared with permission.

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Dive into the Indian Ocean by watching this Instagram video from @erynkrouse

Nikki Phillips Found Paradise in The Maldives

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This article was reposted from bynikkiphillips.com. Read the original story here. Nikki Phillips, model and blogger, relates her memorable couple gateway at Club Med Finolhu Villas with her husband.

 I never, ever thought in my wildest dreams I would get the opportunity to visit this beautiful part of the world again.  My husband and I were fortunate enough to travel to the Maldives last year (2014) for our honeymoon, But here we are again and completely pinching ourselves.

We flew Singapore airlines, Sydney to Singapore and then onto the Maldives.

A trip that took 14 hours including a 3 hours stopover. I say this because some people think that the Maldives is miles away, extremely hard to get to and airfares expensive, but it’s actually not and a ticket price tag is around a thousand dollars. On arrival into Male (The capital) it’s a short 20 – 30 min boat ride to Paradise, also know as Club Med Finolhu.

The moment you lay eyes on this piece of paradise you are completely overwhelmed and breathless.

How can something so beautiful exist. The bluest oceans, whitest sands and general perfection is truly breathtaking. As you pull up to the wharf you are greeted by the staff and the general manger offering welcome drinks and extremely large smiles.

Club Med Finolhu officially opened January 31st 2015 and is designed by world renewed architect Yugi Yamakazi and is the first 100% solar run resort in the Maldives. Yup that’s right,  solar panels help electricity, air conditioning and hot water run the entire property.

Making it the ultimate in Eco-luxury resort. It has 52 villas on the entire Island, beach bungalows, sunset and sunrise over water bungalows.

Our villa was a sunset water bungalow and it didn’t disappoint as every morning we were greeted with the most epic sunrise. The beautiful flow of the villa brought the outside in, with doors and windows from the inside leading out onto the ocean. A generous sized living room, bedroom and bathroom and did I mention the outdoor bath!!!!!

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Each villa is private and has it’s own luxury plunge pool and a staircase leading from your your own private bungalow directly to the clear blue waters of the ocean, making your hardest decision for the day being…. to pool or sea?

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If you require anything for your stay, room service, waters, cocktails, information on activities, you can call your very own personal butler. We had Vikash, who was absolutely lovely and always made us laugh.

For those more active there is a gym, tennis court and yoga available.

You can also go deep sea snorkeling, fishing and jet skiing. We went Jet Skiing and watched a pod of over 50 dolphins dance around us effortlessly, a truly magical moment. A spa is also located on the island for those wanting a more relaxed vacation.

So If I haven’t sold you yet, just wait.

Club Med is known for its ‘All inclusive’ concepts which means the price you pay includes all your food and beverage for your entire stay. Breakfast (unless you want in room ) lunch and dinner is all served in the over water restaurant. This restaurant is a grand building and has a bar with a glass floor, so you can see the colourful sea life beneath while you sip on your chosen cocktail.

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At lunch a buffet is served bringing top chefs to prepare fresh seafood, or chosen cultured food. At night it’s an ala carte menu which changes daily.

I could honestly keep writing about this surreal part of the world, but I recommend you just go and visit it for yourself and I highly recommend Club Med Finolhu if you are wanting to spoil yourself in luxury.

A huge thank you to all the staff at Club Med Finolhu and our butler Vikash (that’s him on the left) I hope to one day go back.

A dream trip.

xxxx 

Enjoy a few more seconds in The Maldives with this Instagram video from @nikkikphillips

#FollowUsTo... The Maldives!

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Heard of the magnificent Maldives, but not sure what to expect? No worries! Three media personalities are here to share their all-inclusive Maldives holiday experience with you, straight from in our resorts. Whether on a couples escape or a family vacation, each of their stays was unique and speaks the natural charm of these islands.

Three stories from three Australians...

When Samantha Wills gives something the nod, the rest of the world takes notice. A renowned jewelry designer and Australian icon, Samantha was quick to inform her fans that her experience at Club Med Finolhu Villas, Maldives, “had me lost for words and catching my breath”.

She’s not the only one. Australian newsreader and journalist, Tracey Spicer, took her whole family to Club Med Kani for the holiday of a lifetime and describes the over-water villas as, “fanning across the lagoon like giant palm trees.”

Likewise, Australian/Kiwi model Nikki Phillips was a guest at the Club Med Finolhu Villas, and described her reaction to the tropical paradise as leaving her "completely overwhelmed and breathless".

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A perfect couples vacation

For those looking for the ultimate couple’s retreat, like Samantha, or a place to unwind with yoga, great food and endless serenity, like Nikki, the luxurious Club Med Finolhu Villas ticks all the boxes and our guests are only too happy to spread the word.

“One of my favourite things about the villa is the staircase that literally takes you from the back deck into the ocean,” says Samantha. Along with every guest at Club Med Finolhu Villas, Samantha and her partner were provided with their own villa host, for the ultimate tailor-made service.

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Samantha Wills at Finolhu Villas

The solar-powered villas are the last word in luxury, perched upon the crystal Indian Ocean, teeming with marine life. “From the electricity, air conditioning and hot water, to run the entire property produces zero emissions,” says Samantha. “It truly is the ultimate in eco-luxury.”

Nikki Phillips and her partner lost track of time in the heavenly Maldives. From indulging in yoga on the beach to relaxing by their overwater plunge pool, Club Med Finolhu Villas was the ultimate getaway.

The couple savoured long dinners in their villa, designed by their own villa host and personal chef. Samantha agrees that local flavours and regional specialities were a 5 star gastronomic adventure. “Dining is done in an over-water restaurant,” she says. “The restaurant bar has a glass floor, so you can see the sea life beneath.”

An unforgettable family holiday

Tracey Spicer’s two young children found the ultimate tropical playground at Club Med Kani. The friendly G.O’s (specialized staff) introduced Tracey’s family to the wondrous oceanic world of the Maldives’ colourful marine life. Long days were spent carving up the surf and swimming with new friends from all over the world in the glittering pool.

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Tracey Spicer in Club Med Kani

Club Med’s all-inclusive package means the children could graze on delicious treats throughout the day. Family dinners were a highlight – a culinary feast of international dishes, designed to entice young palates and impress more mature ones.

Samantha, Nikki and Tracey created three very different holidays, each one a dream come true, all three summed up in one word: Happiness.

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