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Foodies delight: food that’s good for you, the environment and seriously delicious

Did you know that what you eat has an impact on your happiness? Studies have shown that good nutrition will not only be good for your general health but also for your well-being.

Traveling abroad is a journey of discovery and that of course includes…food! Discovering local gastronomy is an experience you can’t miss whilst abroad. It’s the perfect way to explore expressions of culture, and experience the destination in a sustainable way. Food brings people together, fuels the adventure and therefore brings greater happiness.

We’ve compiled a few tips to eat well and thus, feel well. Be your best-self while traveling overseas on holiday and feel good after!

Foodie’s delight

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You know the feeling when you finally satisfy that something you’ve been craving for? A great holiday is that feeling. Choosing an all-inclusive holiday at Club Med is that feeling.

What’s yummy at Club Med

If you’re looking for international cuisine, local gastronomy, or something fresh…look no further! Club Med takes you on your own personal culinary journey. You’ll find it hard to choose between the authentic local dishes, international cuisine and scrumptious delicacies… But fear not, you can have it all, everyday! Enjoy the exciting flavours of each dish and get a taste of your destination. It’s a recipe for the most delicious holiday!

Wellness gastronomy

The value of good food is immeasurable for your mind, body and soul. The goal of a great holiday is to find the perfect balance of being happy and healthy, without sacrificing too much on either side.

Healthy body, healthy mind at Club Med

We’re proud to launch a partnership with the incredibly talented Samantha Gowing, a renowned Australian chef and clinical nutritionist. Gowing has teamed up with Club Med and designed delicious and healthy menus for nine Club Med resorts over the Asia Pacific region. The new dishes served are inspired by her wellness gastronomy philosophy.

Responsibly sourced ingredients

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Minimising your environmental footprint by eating locally produced food helps contribute to a healthier world and a healthier you. If your meal is sourced locally, it’s fresher and it’s hands down going to be tastier!

Freshest ingredients at Club Med

At Club Med, we are committed to using organic, local produce in the dishes we prepare when we can. Local produce benefits your health, peace of mind, and the world around us. To improve your dining experience and thus, your holiday, we’ve partnered with local and agro-ecological suppliers across all of our resorts around the world.

Want to know why those fresh veggies that you ate at Club Med Bali tasted soooo delicious? They were delivered directly from the Balinese farm by locals!

You don’t have to worry about what’s on your plate at Club Med, we do it for you! Last thing, don’t forget to share your foodie pics and all your holiday happy snaps with #ClubMed for a chance to be featured on our Instagram page.

A family holiday in Club Med Bintan Island

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

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

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

2. What was your typical day in the resort?

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

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

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

3. What was your highlight from the trip?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: Samantha Wills' girls trip at the Zen Oasis of Club Med Punta Cana

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Last July, jewellery creator Samantha Wills (@samanthawills), discovered the new Zen Oasis space of Club Med Punta Cana, alongside a fabulous turquoise lagoon in the Dominican Republic. We asked her some questions for a perfect relaxed girls' trip in Punta Cana.

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

What was it about Club Med Punta Cana that made you want to visit the resort?

Being based in NYC, the Caribbean is so close! I had never visited the Dominican republic before, and when I saw the Zen Oasis private beach, my ticket was booked!

What was your typical day in the Zen Oasis?

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I would like to tell you I was up with the sun to join the 5:30am yoga class! But I don’t want to lie to you!

🍳🍊  About 9am, we would walk along the beach to the restaurant at the end of the property & get some fresh scrambled eggs prepared by the chef & freshly squeezed juice.

☕🌊 Grab a take away coffee to go and follow our footsteps back along the beach, to the private Zen Oasis beach beds. That is were you would find me most of the day. I loved the thatched umbrellas, and the beach team where never too far away with a cocktail or sparkling water! I packed my bag with a few good beach reads, so between those & ocean dips – it was the ultimate relaxation holiday!

🍤🍴 Lunch was always local seafood…and dinner we would go to the champagne bar, pop a bottle of our favorite bubbles (which grants you access to the private dining area!)  where the waves literally lap in underneath the deck. It was perfect.

🍸🎶 We stopped by the beach parties, and live music, but in the full relaxation mode we were in, we took our sun kissed bodies to bed before midnight each night.

It was definitely a holiday we returned from feeling refreshed & rejuvenated.

What was your highlight from the trip?

The Club Med Spa was INCREDIBLE. The massages transcended you to an out of body experience. Thatched huts with billowing white cheese cloth & just the sound of the ocean drifting thru. It was truly incredible.

What did you enjoy the most in the brand new Zen Oasis Space?

Access to the private beach. The gardens in the Zen Oasis where also really beautiful.

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What is your top tip for a girls’ trip in Punta Cana?

I think its great, if some of your girlfriends have families with young kids. There is so much stuff for kids to do, but also very separate from the private adult areas of the resort.

While there is buffet style catering for lunch & dinner, you can also choose to eat a la carte, which means there is always on option, because with groups not everyone runs on the same schedule.

What are your must-dos for a holiday to Club Med Punta Cana?

The Champagne Bar is the perfect dinner (and lunch!) spot. The massage in the Club Med Spa is also a must do, (daily if you can!)

Which Club Med resort would you love to go to next?

Morocco looks incredible, but Finolhu in the Maldives will always have my heart!

Are you craving for a peaceful hideaway in Punta Cana like Samantha Willis? Book now to discover the new Zen Oasis space, exclusively for adults.

Into the wild - a Family Holiday to Malaysia

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

"To be a parent is to sacrifice! Yes, of course the rewards are worth it, BUT when it comes to family holidays all parents of young children must face the inevitable growth and development of their kids to a level that comes with strong opinions and their own set of needs and checklists that make for a fun and rewarding vacation. Having become a convert to the joys of the 5 Star luxury resort, I have feared for some time that our children’s experience was less satisfying than that of their parents.

Whilst their taste and style is highly sophisticated and refined (thanks primarily to the influence of their designer mother) they have begun to grumble about being bored and over the last few holidays have often pulled out the dreaded iPads for entertainment. Our son and daughter recently turned 11 and with advice of close friends with a similar dynamic echoing in my ears, we decided to build a holiday with their needs foremost in mind – we booked a week at Club Med Cherating Beach, Malaysia.

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Club Med comes with a certain reputation – it’s brand is universal, unequivocal: Family Fun in the Sun - Action, Noise, Sport, People, People, People! Not my idea of relaxing, rejuvenating down-time. But with an open mind and our kids smiles as the goal, we bit the bullet, made our travel arrangements and prepared ourselves to sacrifice seven days of our precious annual holiday budget – with gritted teeth we hoped they appreciated it.

WELL, we were wrong! Not about our kids appreciating our efforts or about them enjoying, in fact revelling, in this action-packed adventure – their smiles attested to the ‘blast’ they had. We were wrong about this holiday being a sacrifice, a compromise. Club Med gave us some of the finest family holiday memories and deeply rewarding experiences of our lives, both individually and collectively as a family.

It really was a life-changing holiday. Now, before you start questioning my sanity and accuse me of being easily impressed or overly dramatic, consider the following story and whether a similar experience for you might not elicit the same emotions and praise. The first ever Club Med in Asia, opening its doors in 1980, the Cheating Beach Resort is embraced by 85 hectares of rainforest, and caressed by a lazy, calm expanse of sea which, in the mornings, reflects the yawning sun and appears as a shimmering silver blanket rustling in the mild breeze over a bed of sandy beach.

Between the beach and accommodation complex (a labyrinthine network of bungalows on stilts) lays a spread of verdant, manicured lawn – soft and moist with dew underfoot as you stroll to your pre-breakfast dip. The location is idyllic, the accommodation (make sure to get one of the large beachfacing suites) is rustic but in keeping with the jungle treehouse vibe. The photos in this article will attest to the beauty of its location, the cornucopia of sports and activities available, the multinational, all-day offering of food and beverages all-inclusive in the daily accommodation rate, and the adult, zen spaces that allow for stylish, pampered, secluded repose.

What is almost impossible to convey in pictures, however, and also hard to do in writing, is the deep developmental impact that Club Med’s unique and well-crafted holiday experience had on our children, how it had an enduring effect in boosting their self-confidence, adding new layers to their personalities whilst providing moments of powerful connection between us all. Our children have never been ones for kids clubs and I don’t blame them nor do I want to offload them to kite making and puppet show baby-sitting.

At Club Med, however, our 11 year olds got to learn and experience trapeze ‘flying’, jungle mountain hiking, snorkelling, archery, hatchling turtle ocean release and even to conquer fears in the death defying Treetop Challenge – a maze of high wire and ziplines slicing through the trees and providing anxiety for overprotective dads like me and exhilaration for freshly minted daredevils. Some of these activities the kids did on their own, or should I say with their fellow resort gang members, and some with my wife and I – hitting a bullseye at the archery range had me claiming bragging rights for the rest of our stay. Some activities provided one-on-one bonding with our kids.

Although perhaps a little cliché, my wife and daughter spent three afternoons creating an exquisite batik bed spread, whilst my son and I sweated it out at our daily squash and table tennis tournaments – his skill at both improving dramatically to give me a real run for my money. We couldn’t shut them up every evening over dinner – the conversation overflowing and crisscrossing in the re-telling of fresh adventures amid squeals of excitement and anticipation of the next day. Wide-eyed, my wife and I marvelled at the growth in their self-confidence as they tentatively tackled and quickly mastered new challenges – not the least daunting of which (for our kids) was socialisation with others their age as well as the adult instructors at the resort.

Club Med provided some of the best fun our kids have ever had on holiday as well as delivering pleasantly surprising milestones in their journey to self-reliance and young adult actualisation. That’s not tosay that us fully fledged adults didn’t get what we needed also. Apart from the family fun, there was a seemingly endless offering of fine food and beverages, and indulgent opportunities for rejuvenation of body and soul in adult only retreats overlooking exceptional panoramic views of un-spoilt beaches and tropical jungle. Having exhausted ourselves from relaxing during the day, our nights routinely commenced with obligatory, heavenly spa treatments, followed by pre-dinner cocktails on the beach and a delectably maddening choice of cuisine from the four corners of the world.

Over and over I was reminded of the conversation that inspired the development of The Private Practice Education and Publishing program. It was with a retiring ENT Surgeon and we were examining regret and the characteristics of the truly successful doctor. This doctors’ greatest regret was that he had not had enough family holidays whilst his kids were still young and wanting to vacation with him. It’s the family holiday, he said, that most efficiently affords deep bonding experiences and lasting memories to be cherished throughout life. This was certainly the case for our family holiday at Club Med Cherating Beach and we all look forward to our next Club Med experience...maybe Mauritius this year."

Discover our Club Med Cherating Beach resort here.

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:

All You Need to Know About Skiing in the Italian Alps

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Ciao Bella! Villages with cobblestones covered in white, mountains blanketed in fresh powder snow and even bigger mountains of pasta… what more could you want on a holiday? The Italian Alps are truly something all skiers and boarders have to experience, and we have the lowdown on all you need to know for your ski holiday here.

Best time to go to Italy

The best snow on the Italian Alps is between January and February, when skiers can expect consistently fresh snowfall and cold temperatures. If you really can’t wait to hit the slopes, December is still a good time to visit, especially as you’ll get to experience some Christmas charm.

Remember to book well in advance for trips around Christmas and New Year, and for February (French, Belgian and Swiss school holidays).

How to get there

Flights to Italy are around 26 hours from Sydney, depending on your stopover. For a ski trip, we recommend Emirates, Singapore Airlines or Qantas – you’ll need the luggage allowance for all your ski gear! Consider flying into Turin with an airline such as Air Italia when booking a trip to the Italian Alps, as transfers to the slopes are less than 2 hours. If not, Milan is your next best bet.

Visas for Australians heading to Italy

You won’t need a visa to travel to Italy, unless you’re planning on spending over 90 days in the Schengen area.

An out of this world ski holiday: The Milky Way

There’s nothing more authentically Italian than a romantic snow-covered valley…it’s truly bellissimo! Home to the 2006 Winter Olympics, Pragelato Via Lattea is a ski area of champions.

There are runs for skiers of all levels, with 42 black runs, 118 red runs, 54 blue runs and 30 green runs – it’s Europe’s second largest ski domain so you’ll never get bored!

Follow the tracks of champions, and ski Olympic courses at your own pace.

Convenience is key! At Pragelato, you can take a gondola from the ski room at Club Med straight to the heart of the mountain.

Stay in private cosy chalets in a protected valley, with romantic cobblestone streets amongst snow-covered fir trees.

Ski on the edge… literally!

Breuil-Cervinia-Valtournenche-Zermatt…it’s a bit of a mouthful, but it’s one heck of a ski area! Located on the very edge of Italy, you’ll be able to ski the pistes between Cervinia (Italy) and Zermatt (Switzerland) with ease!

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The Australian Alps have nothing on these ranges! Get some serious altitude, as this mountain soars up to 3920m.

Take the challenge of ‘Nero Cervino’, a black run with a 65 degree drop. This one’s not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure…

There are ski areas dedicated for the little ones. Valtournenche has jumping castles and a wild west snow play area!

Don’t forget to take a pic with the Matterhorn!

Italian cuisine after a day on the slopes

Pizza, pasta, prosciutto, risotto, minestrone, gelato, cannoli…really, the list of incredible Italian foods could go on forever. Italians are known for their extraordinary cuisine and where better to enjoy the art of Italian food than in the Alps?

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While you’ll get the classics such as Spaghetti Bolognese and Pasta alla Carbonara everywhere, indulge in a local specialty, Pasta al Tartufo (pasta with truffles), at Club Med Pragelato. What’s more, there are freshly sliced Italian cured meats at every meal, and of course - vino!

Apres-ski aplenty in the Italian Alps

There’s a certain charm about the Italian Alps that has captured the hearts of so many, but not just for the skiing. Europeans invented apres-ski, so it’s no surprise that there are plenty of things to do if you need a break from the slopes:

Take a stroll through the snow-covered cobblestone roads of Via Lattea or Cervinia, and don’t forget to stop for an Italian espresso!

Get active and explore the mountain on snowshoes with a guide

Looking for romance? Take a sleigh ride through the snowy glades

After a long day on the slopes, warm up in a Turkish Bath.

Other spots to visit on a holiday to Italy

Make the most of your ski trip to Italy by taking some time to see some of this beautiful country. Here are our top picks:

✔️ They do say all roads lead to Rome! Discover culture and history at The Colosseum, the Forum, the Trevi Fountain and St Peter’s Basilica

✔️ Explore the lost city of Pompeii, only a short train trip from Naples

✔️ Shop ‘til you drop for the world’s finest high-fashion in Milan

✔️ Take a food tour of Florence…your tastebuds will thank us!

Bella Italia!

There’s no doubt about it: the skiing in Italy is some of the best in the world. While you’re at it, indulge in Italian tradition; whether it be food, art or history.

Learn more about Club Med’s Italian ski resorts here and discover Club Med Pragelato Vialattea in the video below

Want to discover our Facebook Snow Squad Group? Join us here!

All You Need To Know About A Holiday to Phuket

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What's the ideal spot for a quick getaway from home? An island brimming with beautiful beaches, kind-hearted people to meet and a vibrant cultural history to discover, also known as Phuket. Phuket is the ultimate hub for exploring the customs, community, culture and the phenomenal beauty of Thailand… all while getting a sun tan. 

Best time to go to Phuket

Phuket is warm all year round, but the dry season falls between December and March and is generally most popular. Don’t worry though, even in the wet season you’ll still see the sun.

Visas and Vaccinations

Unless you plan on staying for more than 30 days, Australian and New Zealand passport holders can travel to Thailand visa-free.

It’s recommended that travellers get vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B before travelling to Thailand. Also, kids will need their immunisation history on arrival at the Kids Clubs, whether at Club Med or other resorts.

How to get there

Jetstar is the only airline to fly direct to Phuket, with a flight time of 9 hours from Sydney. Alternatively, enjoy a stopover with Singapore Airlines, Qantas or Thai Airways, with flight times of around 12 hours.

Your guide on what to see and do in Phuket

When it comes to combining culture with sun-soaked fun, Phuket is the perfect spot. Discover Phuket through local flavours, activities, and excursions to beautiful shores…

More than just beautiful beaches

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✔️ Relax your body with a traditional Thai massage. ✔️ Take on the challenge of Muay Thai, Thailand’s favourite combat sport!

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✔️ Soar above vibrant gardens and frangipani trees on the flying trapeze. ✔️ Take a Thai cooking class and learn how to create Homok Talay and Tom Yam Goong – not just Pad Thai. ✔️ Calm your mind and body with yoga classes. ✔️ Take a Ruea Hang Yao (long-tail boat) to secret snorkeling spots, and discover untouched coral reef.

Explore it all in Phuket

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✔️ Phang Nga Bay has unbelievable emerald waters, with towering cliffs rising from the sea.

✔️ Get up close and personal at an Elephant Safari Park.

✔️ Swim with colourful fish while diving or snorkelling at Racha Yai Island. If you’re lucky, you might see a few dolphins.

✔️ Learn about Buddhism and spirituality at the Big Buddha, a landmark with 360-degree views of the island.

✔️ A holiday to Phuket isn’t complete without a speedboat trip to Phi Phi Island… it’ll look great on your Instagram.

Survival Thai Tips

📝 Hi: sa-was-dee

📝 Welcome: yin-dee-ton-rab

📝 How are you?: sa-bai-dee-mai

📝 Thank you: kob-kun-mak

📝 Goodbye: la-kor

📝 Excuse me: kor-tang-noi-ka

A few more helpful tips

Tips Club Med Phuket

✔️ To avoid getting sick on your holiday, make sure you always drink bottled water. Many hotels and resorts, like Club Med, will offer safe bottled drinking water in your room or at the bar. Also, don’t eat food cooked on the footpath.

✔️ Don’t be afraid to barter with your taxi or tuk tuk driver. Feel free to negotiate a price to avoid getting overcharged. Your driver will often wait for you at your destination, so make sure you decide on a return-trip price.

✔️ When visiting Buddhist temples, ditch the beach clothes and thongs, and opt for more modest clothing to respect local customs.

There’s so much more to Thailand than Pad Thai and Satay Chicken – you really have to experience this incredible country and its beautiful people for yourself. Pack your bags and head for the seaside at Kata Bay.

Discover more about Club Med Phuket in the video below or by clicking here.

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?

Discover Club Med's resorts in the Maldives here and From beginners to advanced, get the best Maldives surfing experience while enjoying Club Med Kani's all-inclusive package and postcard-perfect facilities. Discover Club Med’s surfing packages here!

All You Need to Know About a Holiday to Mauritius

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The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius is a tropical paradise, home to ancient volcanoes, lush green forests and a gorgeous coastline dotted with palm-fringed beaches. With a flat ocean for wakeboarders and waterskiers, and some of the most warm-hearted hosts you’ll ever come across, you’l never want to leave. Convinced? Yep, we thought so! Here's everything you need to know to plan your holiday to Mauritius.

Best time to go to Mauritius

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Diving and snorkelling is best from October to March, and from May to October, the surf is top-notch on pristine waters!

If you are really looking for the highest temperatures, you might want to go in December, January or February but keep in mind that it will be rainy season...

How to get to Mauritius

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It takes about 8 hours to fly from Perth to Mauritius. From Sydney and other Australian cities, you'll need to first catch a domestic flight through to Perth.

From Perth or Singapore, you can fly with Air Mauritius but if by any chance you find yourself in Kuala Lumpur, Air Asia can also provide you a direct flight!

Visas and Vaccinations

Australians don't require a visa for stays up to 3 months in Mauritius, as long as you have the appropriate travel documents and have an onward or return passage ticket.

Before you go, make sure to check up on your routine vaccinations. As with most island nations, your doctor will most likely also recommend Typhoid, Hepatitis, Rabies and Yellow Fever vaccinations. If in doubt, just check in with your GP before heading on holiday.

Your guide on what to do and see in Mauritius

Hit the water

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☼ Scuba divers from all over the world flock to Mauritius. On the island's south coast, Blue Bay offers ideal conditions for beginners. More experienced divers head to the north and east coasts for reefs, shipwrecks and amazing concentrations of tropical fish.

☼ The north western tip of the island (where Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers is located) plays host to waterskiing and wakeboarding, thanks to smooth coastal waters formed by a natural lagoon.

☼ Trou aux Biches is family-friendly beach with a reef teeming with marine life – in other words, it’s the perfect spot for avid snorkelers!

☼ Still not wet enough? Tick off an experience on your bucket list and swim with dolphins in Bénitier Lagoon, kitesurf and windsurf at Le Morne, or parasail off Belle Mare.

Fun on dry land

☼ Hiking the island's hilly terrain is popular with the trek to the summit of Le Morne one of the most popular hikes.

Kids and grown-ups alike will love Casela Safari, a 14-hectare nature park home to elephants, rhinos and big cats. The popular Walking with Lions one-hour guided walking tour allows you to get astonishingly close to lions, tigers and cheetahs.

☼ The island boasts some breathtaking golf courses overlooking the sea. Most courses are located within the island's resorts, including near Club Med Albion Villas.

Discover an exotic melting-pot

☼ Port-Louis, that most people know as 'Por Lowee' is Mauritius capital and the first stop you should make on your cultural tour. The diverse cultures of Mauritius can be found everywhere, especially when you gaze over churches, mosques, and Indian temples from the citadel. Most of them are also open to visitors so feel free to step inside, while respecting the local customs!

☼ The Chamarel Village is also a local gem that you must visit. In the midst of the jungle, you will find one of the finest Mauritian Rhum distillery and local coffee plantations. The cherry on the cake? Iconic natural wonders like the Seven Colored Earths or the Chamarel Falls, are also located in this small village of 700.

Must-see local festivals. The Mauritian melting-pot also allows you to enjoy several celebrations, from different religions and influences all year round. If you have the opportunity to be there in November, you will see the Muslim celebration of the Goons, the Hindu's lights for Diwali and the rythmic Festival Kreol to name a few!

What to eat in Mauritius

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With influences from Africa, France, India and China, the cuisine of Mauritius is a delicious, spice-laden journey of unique flavours. Must-try dishes include:

🍜 Fish Vindaye: fish preserved with spices and served with rice, dhal and pickles.

🍜  Octopus Curry: Mauritian curries differ from their Indian counterparts by including unusual meat and seafoods - octopus is a favourite

🍜  Dholl Puris: the island's national dish of a flatbread topped with yellow split peas.

Before you plan your Mauritius getaway...

A few more helpful tips from locals

✔️  Unlike Oz, Mauritius is pleasingly free of venomous reptiles or dangerous animals. The only things to worry about are a few feisty sea creatures like stonefish – just mind where you are stepping.

✔️  Falling asleep under a coconut tree might be the quintessential tropical paradise activity – but beware, sometimes coconuts fall, and you don't want to be underneath when that happens!

✔️  If you want to take the extended family on a holiday in Mauritius, renting a villa will allow you and your loved ones the chance to soak up the sun for that little bit longer.

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Quite simply put, Mauritius equals tropical bliss. Whether for fun and adventure on land or on water, whether you want an adrenaline rush every day, or whether you want to simply lie back and relax in paradise, Mauritius literally has it all.

Discover all our Club Med resorts in Mauritius here, or start by watching a video of Club Med La Plantation d'Albion below:

How to Have the Perfect Wellness Holiday

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Want to feel relaxed and rejuvenated? The answer’s easy…go on holiday!When it comes to feeling refreshed, blissful, and totally Zen, there are few remedies that work as well as a wellness getaway. From doing yoga with kids on the beach to nourishing your body with fresh local produce, we’ve got the lowdown on how to turn your holiday into the perfect wellness retreat.

Fuel your body right on holiday

Holidays are often a time to splurge, leaving you with that heavy feeling on the flight back home. It’s easy to get carried away, especially when a buffet is awaiting you… but buffets are actually the perfect opportunity to load up on superfoods that your body will thank you for.

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Eating well on holiday all comes down to the ‘B’ word: balance. All-inclusive meals can actually be the perfect opportunity to indulge yourself in tons of salads and veggies, as well as lean protein. Help yourself to a plate of salad and meat before reaching for that pasta – trust us, your body will thank you! Resorts often also have tropical fruit in abundance, making it the perfect dessert option.

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If you’re the kind of person that prefers fresh-squeezed juices, resorts like Club Med Bintan also have DIY juice bars, so there’s no end to the variety of healthy, veggie and fruit-packed juices you can try.

Move your body!

They say as long as you’re having new experiences, you’re forever young. And really, there’s no better time to try new things than on holiday. The list is endless, but here are some of our favourite ideas:

✔️ Holiday yoga is truly something special. Stretching and strengthening your body on the beach can instill a sense of balance that you just can’t get anywhere else.

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✔️ Snorkel in new spots every day! Pick a destination with plenty of coral and sea life, such as the Maldives, and you’ll be swimming for hours every day!

✔️ Conquer the skies and soar on the flying trapeze. If you’re really in the mood to challenge yourself, head on to CREACTIVE and try your hand at a range of circus arts – there’s nothing like flying through the air to make you feel free!

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Our destination picks for the best wellness holiday

✔️ Bali: Long known as the ultimate wellness and retreat destination, the Balinese place a strong emphasis on yoga, relaxation, and meditation. Be sure to discover local temples as well while you’re there.

✔️ Guilin, China: A coveted destination due to its breathtaking landscape and scenery, Guilin is still to this day considered the most beautiful spot in China. With its famous River Li, terraced rice fields, caves and majestic mountains, Guilin as a region has a strong focus on wellness and Zen activities such as Tai Chi Chuan and reflexology.

✔️ Bintan Island: A short ferry ride from Singapore, Bintan Island has astounding raw natural beauty, and a wide array of opportunities to rejuvenate and restore. Relax with yoga at sunrise or adventure through the forest to a Spa on the clifftops.

✔️ French Alps: Who says wellness holidays need to be tropical? Ski holidays are the perfect time to get active. In the French Alps, there are incredible slopes to ski from Val Thorens to Chamonix Mont Blanc – plus, a spa treatment or a Turkish bath is perfect to soothe your body and soul.

Don’t forget…

✔️ Stay hydrated on the plane by avoiding alcohol and drinking plenty of water, especially if you want to get some shut-eye! ✔️ Start your wellness holiday early – many flights like Qantas allow you to pre-order your meal. Pick a light option with plenty of veggies, and try to request fruit for dessert whenever possible. ✔️ Bring your yoga mat on the plane, and stretch out into downward dog at regular intervals. Your body will thank us! ✔️ Sunscreen, a book to read, and hydrating beauty products. Moisturiser and lip balm go a long way, especially if you’re spending plenty of time in the sun or on the slopes.

Ready to embark on your own wellness holiday? Discover our top wellness destinations in the video below, or by clicking here.

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:

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

#FollowUsTo...Mauritius for a Luxury Family Holiday!

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Imagine this: you’re holidaying in an exotic destination with your entire extended family, having the time of your life. Sounds like a dream? Richard and Hilda Kingston, along with their children and grandchildren, show us how it’s done.

Club Med La Plantation D'Albion

Live private moments with your family on holiday

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When Richard and Hilda planned their multigenerational holiday to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, they searched for a resort to suit all 10 members of the family, with ages ranging 13 months to 67 years! Their daughter, Emma, hit the nail on the head when she suggested Club Med Albion Villas in Mauritius.

“We wanted a mix of activities for the kids and a high level of accommodation with peaceful surroundings,” says Emma

Discover beautiful decor with local inspiration

Club Med Albion Villas

When the family arrived at the Resort, they were immediately struck by the warm hospitality of our specialized staff (the G.Os) and the rich landscape of African forest and tropical rainforest. From the well-appointed villas to the lavish facilities and cuisine, the Resort exudes pure luxury.

“The villas were absolutely first-class with premium decor,” says Richard. “We’ve stayed in some top hotels around the world and this compared favourably to our previous experiences.”Emma soon discovered the villas perfectly catered for her baby Elliot, 13-month-old, with amenities including a washing machine, high chair and baby bath, and baby food.

A large choice of activities

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Each morning, the family would spend time together in their private villa pool, planning the day and sharing memories. Later, they would gather at the main pool.

“The pool area never seemed crowded,” said Richard. “There were activities for all ages and the beach area had lovely shade and soft sand, ideal for the children.”

Everyone made the most of canoes, sail boats and paddle boards, while the grandchildren, aged 13, 11 and 8 years-old, developed their circus skills on the flying trapeze under the watchful guidance of professional G.Os.

The exclusive offerings at Club Med Albion Villas allowed adult members of the family totruly unwind. Whether reading by the infinity Zen pool overlooking superb ocean views, or indulging in a spa treatment at Cinq Mondes, the realities of everyday life seemed far, far away.

“Our Villa Hosts did a superb job,” says Emma. “They were attentive and friendly, without being overbearing. They made us delicious breakfasts, delivered snacks whenever we asked, and even organised a private barbecue and a trip to the golf course.”

Enjoy perfect gourmet meals

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Finding meals to suit everyone can be one of the biggest issues when travelling with family members of varying ages. The diverse food stations at Club Med Albion Villas eliminated this challenge.

“The all-inclusive food was of a very high quality with plenty of variety and theme nights,” says Richard.“We loved watching the food being freshly prepared in front of us at the various food stations.” 

The whole family feels that this special time in Mauritius will remain alive in their hearts forever.

“It is rare to find a place that caters for everyone and I will never forget spending time on the beach together, with the crystal blue waters and vast mountain ranges,” says Emma.

“It was the perfect way to spend our special 40th anniversary,” says Richard. “We will never forget it!”

☼ What does Club Med Albion Villas look like? 

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7 Foodie Holiday Destinations You Won't Forget

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From the finest cheeses in Europe to the dynamic spices of South-East Asia, our world is home to an array of delectable dishes and culinary sensations. Explore seven of the best and most delicious foodie destinations in the world...

#1: A Trip to Italy

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Famous for its pasta, olive oil and pizza, Italy also boasts incredible mountain gastronomy. Mountain cheeses, bold red wines and charcuterie are all integral to the Italian ‘dolce vita’ (sweet life). After a day on the ski slopes, try pizzoccheri, a hearty dish made from buckwheat pasta, chard, potato and cheese.

#2: A Stay in Mexico

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Home to enchiladas, tacos and guacamole, Mexican cuisine has no shortage of tastes and flavours. Experience pozole, a spicy soup with meat and vegetables, toasted tortillas, or indulge in the patriotic chiles en nogada – poblano chillies filled with picadillo, a mix of meat, fruits and spices, topped off with a cream sauce. Whether you plan to discover Mexico by surfing in Cancun or by kayaking in Ixtapa, make sure you find a minute to live this unique (and spicy!) culinary escape.

#3: A Voyage to France

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France is not all snails and frog legs. With pains au chocolat (chocolate croissants) and delectable cheeses atop doughy bread, it’s pure foodie heaven. In winter, mountain fare in the French Alps is delicieux! Gather with friends around a glass of wine after a snowboarding day or around cheesy delights during your family holiday, in all cases you will be delighted by the French Cuisine.

#4: A Mauritian Getaway

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A blend of African, French, Asian and Indian flavours, Mauritian cuisine is as multicultural as it gets. Relish fresh grilled fish, dholl puri (a curry flatbread stuffed with peas), and rougaille (a tomato-based dish blended with Indian and European spices). Finish off your exotic meal in Mauritius with Victoria pineapples, the sweetest in the world!

#5: A food adventure in Thailand

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With an array of curries, herbs and spices, Thai cuisine tantalises tastebuds all over the world. Spicy Boat Noodle Soup (Kuaytiaw Reau), green or red curry, and tom yum soup served alongside rice and fresh coconut are just a few delights you’ll discover in the land of smiles.

#6: An Oriental Experience in Morocco

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Morocco is a melting pot of Arab, European, and Berber (indigenous North African) influences. Subtle spices are combined with lentils, grilled meats and couscous to create intriguing flavours unique to region. Try the quintessential Berber tagine with meat and vegetables. Scoop out the gravy with khobz (Moroccan bread) for a satisfying end to the meal! One thing Morroco can assure you is that even the finest food connoisseur will enjoy culinary surprises...

#7: Going beyond... Sushi in Japan

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While sushi is a staple in most major cities, Japanese cuisine is so much more than fresh salmon nigiri and soft shell crab hand rolls. Japan can lay claim to heart-warming ramen, udon and soba noodle dishes, okonomiyaki (a savoury pancake), and nabemono (Japanese hotpot) – all accompanied by sake, of course. Remember, your trip in Japan can only be more memorable if you also make it a gourmet discovery.

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