eco-friendly

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!

Life’s a beach

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credits : @elle_fit

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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credits: @paulienriemis

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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credits: @thefrenchieescapes

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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credits: @oliviayoga.paris

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 the sustainable initiatives directly from our resorts

What if for your next holiday - you could also experience our sustainable initiatives straight from our resorts?

Since our creation, sustainability has always been the forefront of our actions in our resorts. Today, we’re proud to announce that all plastic straws will be removed from all 68 Club Med resorts worldwide by 2019 and that 90% of our Asian resorts have been rewarded with the Green Globe Certification.

We also want to closely share all the eco-initiatives we have with our guests to you can participate and be proud to be contributing to sustainable tourism. Learn more below about what’s happening in our resorts worldwide.

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Meet the farmers growing Club Med’s vegetables in Bali

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Get ready for an immersive journey into Balinese culture with meeting the farmers feeding Club Med’s guests. From farm to fork, learn more about the real Balinese flavours and get to know the locals. Then visit UNESCO classified rice terraces and splendid temples. This excursion is in partnership with the NGO Agrisud, an organisation that Club Med has been actively supporting since 2008, helping to increase the farming knowledge and skills of local producers to improve their productions and supply our resorts to support the local economy.

Protect wildlife with our turtle sanctuary in Indonesia and Malaysia

Playing a vital role in local fauna conservation, our Turtle Sanctuary at Club Med Bintan Island protects the beachside breeding grounds of two endangered species, the Green and Leatherback turtles. The Sanctuary also acts as a research facility, and as a sickbay for injured turtles to be nursed back to health.

Last summer alone, over 200 baby turtles have been successfully released from our turtle sanctuary at Club Med Bintan Island!

You can also take care of turtles in Malaysia in Club Med Cherating Beach with a beautiful turtle sanctuary where you can release the turtles on the beach and learn about their very important conservation.

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Protect the reef in the Maldives

The Maldivian marine life is suffering from global warming and pollution. At Club Med Kani, we’ve partnered with marine biologists to create the Mobi Reef Underwater Trail, a snorkelling tour teaching Club Med guests all about underwater life and how to preserve it.

We also have an artificial reef installation, sheltering fishes and marine life in our resort’s perimeter. Furthermore, guests can sponsor replantation of coral plants with our coral propagation program.

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Gather with the Green G.O at Cherating Beach for a jungle trek

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What about the experience of a Jungle trek in Malaysia with our green G.O? First, you might wonder what is the job of our green G.O? The Green G.O position aims to develop, promote and animate the nature experience in a jungle paradise having much to offer to Club Med guests! More than 15,000 G.O.s are trained each year on sustainability, learning how to help preserve our environment. Our G.O.s then raise awareness among our guests through eco-initiatives, bring forward new ideas on how Club Med can become more sustainable, and coordinate the environmentally-friendly initiatives in our resorts. Go on an adventure and discover all the green initiatives inside the resort with a sustainability specialist.

More eco-friendly initiatives

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  • Club Med Finolhu Villas has over 6,000sqm of solar panels which provide solar energy to our resort in the Maldives.

  • Beach clean ups at multiple resorts

    o   Recently, at Club Med Bintan Island, Indonesia, 60 staff and resort guests, together with 300 locals, successfully removed 450kg of waste from the beaches around the island and over 2,500kg at Lagoi Bay, in conjunction with other Bintan Island resorts.

    o   Club Med also organises beach clean ups in partnership with 4Oceans, where guests receive 4Ocean bracelets (made from 100% recycled materials) for participating in the cleanup activity.

  • Protecting over 1,000ha of forest near Club Med Rio das Pedras, Brazil, and over 60ha near Club Med Cherating Beach, Malaysia.

    o   Protecting endangered species and reefs with a turtle nursery at Club Med Bintan Island, artificial reef at Club Med Kani and fish refuge at Club Med Finolhu Villas  in the Maldives.

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Get engaged with us for a more sustainable future and follow the charity actions of La Fondation.

All You Need to Know About a Holiday to Cherating Beach, Malaysia

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Craving an escape to nature? Cherating Beach ticks all the boxes with warm water, tropical rainforests and wildlife at every turn. Straddling Malaysia’s east coast, Cherating Beach’s lush jungles and secluded beaches make it the ideal holiday for couples and families.

So if you’re planning a holiday to Cherating Beach, here’s everything you need to get your Malaysian jungle experience underway…

Best time to visit Malaysia

Cherating Beach is hot, humid and sunny for the majority of the year, with temperatures ranging between 22 and a balmy 32 degrees. Monsoon season is between November and February, but Malaysia’s east coast is generally drier than the rest of the peninsula.

How to get there

Fly direct from Sydney to Singapore on Singapore Airlines and connect on Firefly to Kuantan, or fly Malaysia Airlines to Kuala Lumpur then connect on to Kuantan. From there, it’s an easy 45-minute drive to Cherating Beach.

If you’re the road-tripping type, Cherating Beach is less than three hours by road from Kuala Lumpur.

Visas and Vaccinations

Make sure everyone has had your routine vaccinations for Mumps, Measles and Rubella, as well as Diphtheria. While it’s not required, check with your doctor if you should also get shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

Aside from that, just hop on the plane! Aussies and Kiwis can stay in Malaysia for up to 3 months without a visa, as long as your passport has at least 6 months validity.

Your guide on what to see and do in Cherating Beach

The Malaysian jungle is filled with endless adventures, and Cherating Beach is no exception! Explore this incredible part of the world in an almost endless number of ways…

Get back to nature

Visit the Turtle Sanctuary and release turtle hatchlings into the sea

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Go on a magical firefly excursion on the Cherating River, and learn how and why these mysterious glowing beetles communicate using light

Discover the Cherating Mangroves with an hour boat ride through this natural haven

Pick a sunbed and relax on one of the many private beaches! Three are located just outside Club Med Cherating Beach, and stretch over four kilometres

Get your hiking boots for a jungle adventure trek

Get your blood pumping

Get some height and climb the treetop adventure circuit in the jungle

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Soar with the monkeys on the flying trapeze in the heart of the forest

Grab a kayak or boat and venture out onto the clear waters of Cherating Beach

Learn from the locals

Visit Kuantan, the east coast’s largest city, located 30km south of Cherating Beach

Take a trip to the nearby traditional villages to experience the culture and meet the locals

A few more helpful tips before you go to Cherating Beach

✔️ The monkeys are adorable, but don’t get too comfortable! You’ll find monkeys at every corner of the jungle, and they’re a sneaky bunch. Leave your luggage unattended or your food lying out, and you can be assured before long you’ll have a group of monkey friends.

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✔️ The turtle sanctuary is closed on Mondays so plan ahead. The sanctuary is just 5 minutes from Cherating Beach, so it’s easy to get there – if you’re keen to release some hatchlings it’s always best to call ahead to ensure you get a spot.

✔️ Bring plenty of sunscreen and mozzie repellant. With such tropical temperatures, the sun can be a scorcher!

See you on the beach! ☀🌴

Discover more about Club Med Cherating Beach in the video below, or by clicking here.

An Alpine Experience with Chic Euro Style

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want to discover more? Watch this video below, or hop on our website to learn more about the Club Med Valmorel Chalets.

Club Med announces new resort in 2019: Club Med Lombok, Indonesia

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Club Med, the pioneer of the Premium All-Inclusive holiday concept, has announced plans to open Club Med Lombok, the third resort in Indonesia following Club Med Bali and Club Med Bintan Island. Situated in the tranquil waters and abundant nature of Lombok, the new island resort offers families, couples, and corporate groups an exotic and eventful holiday experience filled with authentic and rich discoveries.

Creating growth opportunities in Mandalika Lombok

Club Med expects to cultivate and drive a huge impact to the region with the opening of the brand new resort.

“In present day, Club Med has received over 80,000 guests on an annual basis, from more than 30 nationalities to Club Med Bali and Bintan Island,” shared Mr. Henri Giscard d’Estaing, CEO of Club Med.

“We foresee Club Med Lombok to receive a high volume of international attention and clients, and raise global awareness for Lombok as a premium holiday destination. The opening of this resort will also directly create over 350 jobs locally, contributing to the growth of the tourism industry.”

Partnership with Indonesian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC)

Working in partnership with ITDC, Club Med commits to managing and operating the upscale resort as part of a concentrated effort to bring in more visitors to Indonesia. Taking into account various qualities such as diverse and unique cultures, exceptional nature and a keen sense of hospitality, Indonesia’s tourism industry exhibits vast growth potential, having grown at an average of 7% per year since 2010 and targeted to surpass 10 million visitors in 2016.

Historically, Club Med has actively sought and developed resorts in then undiscovered gems, such as Cancun, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, and more. Having worked with the government for 30 years since the launches of the first two resorts in Indonesia, Club Med is the first international operator to recognize the possibilities in Indonesian destinations.

The beautiful island of Lombok is part of a development plan, the Mandalika project, an initiative launched by the Indonesian government and ITDC to groom and cultivate the Mandalika into a new world class luxury ecotourism destination.

With over 40 years of experience in managing and developing a world-class tourism destination that is Nusa Dua, ITDC has already started delivering on the next prestigious development in the Mandalika with the aim of recreating the same global success that all the visitors are continuing to enjoy in Bali, Nusa Dua. The new destination will offer a unique experience that is different from other locations around the world. Located in the southern part of Lombok Island with more than 16 km of sparkling white sandy beach, the Mandalika has been designed as an ecotourism destination from the offset, incorporating Clean Solar Cell Energy, Water Desalination Plants, and keeping over 51% of the resort as an open ‘Green Space’, which will not only maintain and protect the natural beauty of the Mandalika scenery but also enhance the life and culture of the local people.

Contemporary nature-inspired resort with lively atmosphere

Spanning over a preserved site of 15 hectares with 650 metres of pristine aquamarine waters with powdery white sand, the new Club Med Lombok offers guests a plethora of sea activities, such as snorkelling, surfing*, diving* and more. *at extra cost

Guests to the new eco-chic designed resort will be able to enjoy:

✔️  350 rooms across a wide range of categories for all types of travelers, from superior to suite,

✔️ A refined 5 Trident Luxury Space offering dedicated concierge and personalized services for suite guests,

✔️  Restaurants serving international cuisine or offering “a la carte” menus with unparalleled view of the ocean,

✔️  Bars serving free-flow drinks and alcoholic beverages,

✔️Children’s Club facilities and dedicated services for ages 2 – 12.

✔️MICE facilities for companies seeking a professional yet unconventional & exceptional retreat for their employees,

✔️  And over 50 activities within the resort, including opportunities to discover the beauteous culture and nature of Lombok Island.

Highly accessible with direct flights to the newly constructed Lombok International Airport for international and domestic guests, Club Med Lombok is a mere 30 minute drive away.

Lombok, the undiscovered gem of Indonesia

Lombok is a well-preserved island located east of Bali with fine destinations in the south, such as Mandalika. Blessed with over 16 kilometres of stunning natural landscapes and the rich culture of Indonesia, it is the ideal retreat for weary city dwellers and worldly travellers who seek an escape from the hectic schedule of city life. Guests at Club Med Lombok can look forward to reclining on the serene shores, or immersing themselves into the traditions and ways of exotic Indonesia.

Discover Club Med current resorts in Indonesia here and more on our Asian resorts below:

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.

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

Finolhu Villas Voted Best Beach Hotel

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

Choose between beach or overwater villas

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

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

Enjoy a luxury design in line with nature

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

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

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

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