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Best Places To Go For Easter Holidays

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Easter can be the perfect time to travel, both to get away from crowds and also get that last hit of sunshine before winter comes.As the weather warms up, it’s not just summer that has us all dreaming of holidays overseas. The Christmas break can be extremely busy for international travel, with thousands of holidaymakers trying to make the most of the holiday season. If you'd rather skip the crowds and rather plan ahead for your Easter holiday break, we’ve got some spots that are perfect for April!

Spring skiing in Europe

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You’d be amazed at the quality of snow on offer on the European peaks over Easter! April is considered low season, so you’ll avoid the queues and have the pistes all to yourself. At Val Thorens, Europe’s highest ski resort, it still snows well into Easter week, and the ski season often lasts until May.

Alternatively, other ski fields that are perfect over Easter include Les Deux Alpes and Tignes Val Claret, where glaciers keep temperatures relatively low up in the mountain.

Temperatures are warmer in spring, so resist the urge to pack your earmuffs! With days sitting at above 10 degrees Celsius, you might even find it a bit warm on the mountain – especially if you’re working up a sweat. Don’t forget to bring your swimmers too: resorts like Club Med Peisey-Vallandry have outdoor heated pools that are perfect to soak up the spring sun.

Travel Tip: If you’re travelling to Europe to ski, make sure to make the most of it and transit through Paris or Rome. Flowers bloom across the gardens in Paris in springtime, while the masses gather in St Peter’s Square for Easter in Rome.

Head to Malaysia for Easter sunshine

Looking to get that last burst of sunshine before the winter? Malaysia is a great holiday destination – plus, it’s just an 8 hour flight away. Experience a cultural immersion in Kuala Lumpur with Malay, Chinese and Indian influences creating a bustling, vibrant city.

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For a break from the densely packed cities, don’t miss Cherating Beach’s secluded shores, surrounded by lush Malaysian jungle. April falls between monsoon seasons, so you’re sure to have clear skies and warm waters. If you’re an avid surfer, you’ll find great waves over the Easter period as well.

Travel Tip: One of the best way to make the most of the jungle experience in Cherating Beach over Easter break is to spend a few days at Club Med Cherating and embark with your kids and the specialized staff in a treasure hunt in the surroundings of the resort...

Discover ancient Mayan relics and sunshine in Mexico

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Home to pristine beaches and one of the world’s seven wonders, Cancun is an ideal holiday destination for Easter. It’s always sunny, and you’ll be able to visit the Mayan ruins of the Chichen Itza, as well as snorkel in beautiful clear oceans.

While April is the time for Spring Break, the Yucatan Peninsula (where Club Med Cancun is located) is secluded, so you can enjoy your beach in peace!  What’s more, some of Mexico’s best snorkelling lies in the warm waters just beyond the shores…

Discover paradise on Earth in the Maldives

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Let’s be honest: when isn’t it a good time to visit the Maldives? With unmistakable turquoise waters and magnificent white sands, it’s the ideal holiday destination. In April you can expect perfect bluebird days, where the warm waters see vibrant sea life to flock to the coral reefs. Easter is considered the best time for scuba diving, so take a dip with the reef sharks and manta rays!

A short and sweet escape to Singapore

Singapore is less than eight hours direct flight from Sydney, so it’s perfect for a short Easter break! In April you’ll avoid the monsoons and it’s (a little bit) less humid, making it the perfect conditions to spend a few days exploring Singapore. Enjoy a meal on the Marina Bay, watch the Singapore Open Badminton tournament, spend a day at Universal Studios, or head to the Singapore Zoo…kids and adults alike will love it!

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Travel Tip: When you’re ready to hit the beach, skip Sentosa and take a short ferry to Bintan Island. Lie under the tropical sun by the warm waters of the South China Sea and relax…snorkel, swim, kayak, or practice your swing at the infamous Ria Bintan Golf Course.

🐇 Happy Easter Holiday! 🐣

All You Need To Know About A Holiday to Bintan Island

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Secluded beaches, raw nature and beautiful jungle… nope, you’re not dreaming. Bintan Island, just a short ferry ride from Singapore, has all of these things – and none of the crowds. Once a pirate’s island, Bintan Island is now a treasure trove of its own.

Best time to go to Bintan Island

For the best weather, venture to Bintan Island in the dry season from March – October.  We recommend sticking around for the Tanjung Pinang International Dragon Boat Festival in October!

How to get there

The easiest way to reach Bintan is via Singapore, which is only 8 hours from Sydney and 5 hours from Perth. Look for all-inclusive flights with Singapore Airlines and Qantas, or low-cost flights with Jetstar and Scoot. Once you’re in Singapore, Bintan Island is a short 50-minute ferry ride away. Too easy.

Visa and Vaccinations

Bintan Island is part of Indonesia, which means Aussie tourists won’t require a visa to visit Indonesia for less than 30 days.

Also, while it’s not a necessity, it’s a good idea to check up on your shots: Tetnus and Diptheria, Hepatitis A and B. At Club Med, Kids Clubs also require proof of immunisation for the little ones so make sure to get a certificate before heading off.

Your guide on what to do in Bintan Island

Whether you’re looking to rejuvenate, nourish, and refresh your body and mind, or to get active, Bintan Island literally has it all.

Here are our picks:

Rejuvenate and unwind

☼ Lie alongside pristine sandy shores under the warmth of the tropical sun

☼ Enlighten your mind, body and spirit with sunset yoga by the ocean

☼ Refresh with a fresh juice bar, or daily selections of vibrant tropical fruits

☼ Enjoy a serene couple’s massage at a spa in the clifftops or a facial all to yourself.

Have an active experience under the sun

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☼ Tee-off at the Ria Bintan, Bintan Island’s award-winning golf course just five minutes away from Club Med Bintan Island. With panoramic ocean views and spectacular greens atop ocean cliffs, its no wonder Ria Bintan is one of Asia’s best golf courses

☼ Soar through the air on a flying trapeze by the ocean at twilight. Perfection!

☼ Paddle a kayak out to sea, or glide over the waves on a windsurf

☼ Strap on a snorkel and explore the vibrant life beneath the waves

Extend your trip with a stopover in Singapore

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Located only 50 minutes ferry from Singapore, we recommend anyone visiting Bintan Island spend a few days exploring this vibrant city. Lost in the wonder of the big smoke? Check out our top picks:

☼ Take the family on the ride o their life at Universal Studios on Sentosa Island ☼ Get up close and personal with the animals at Singapore Zoo

☼ Enjoy a drink and the evening laser show at the iconic Marina Bay Sands ☼ Enlighten yourself on a spiritual visit to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

☼ A visit to Gardens by the Bay is a botanical experience like no other. This one’s a must do!

A few helpful tips before your trip…

✔️ Check your passport. Since you’ll need to get off your plane in Singapore, make sure your passport has at least 6 months validity!

✔️ Bintan Island is one hour away from Singapore…and one hour behind. Make sure to set back your watches appropriately!

✔️ Construction on an international airport will begin from 2017, and the island will become more accessible from then – so make sure you get in now!

✔️ Ferry timetables are available online and most of them line up nicely with flight arrivals. Keep up-to-date online at the Tanah Merah Ferry website.

A pirate’s life for me?

Bintan Island truly is an ideal wellness escape just a stone’s throw from Singapore, and makes for the perfect place to restore and refresh your body and mind. Plus, it’s still one of Asia’s best-kept secrets,making it the perfect place to recharge your batteries – without the crowds.

Discover more about this amazing holiday destination on the Club Med website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#4: Club Med Bintan Island is being redesigned…

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

#5: Find bliss and balance with wellness activities

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

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

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

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

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

#8: Fresh and healthy options? Yes please!

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

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

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

#10: …and the best part?

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

Learn more about Club Med Bintan Island here >

In the meantime... See it for yourself!

* at extra cost