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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.

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.

All You Need To Know About A Holiday to Bintan Island

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

Best time to go to Bintan Island

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

How to get there

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

Visa and Vaccinations

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

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

Your guide on what to do in Bintan Island

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

Here are our picks:

Rejuvenate and unwind

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

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

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

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

Have an active experience under the sun

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

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

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

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

Extend your trip with a stopover in Singapore

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

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

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

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

A few helpful tips before your trip…

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

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

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

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

A pirate’s life for me?

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

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