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Island Getaways: Club Med 2019 Gold List

Daydreaming about a beach getaway to have your perfect winter escape but wondering where to go?

There’s sooooo many destinations to choose from and yet it’s super hard to pick one that’ll feel like the perfect holiday.

To help you find your little paradise, we’ve selected our favourite beach holiday destinations in some of the most beautiful islands of the world!

Picture yourself amongst clear blue water and white-sand beaches with palm-trees … Paradise awaits you!

Club Med Finolhu Villas - Maldives

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Maldives is the home of hundreds of marine life species - it’s a paradise for those who love snorkelling. You’ll have an amazing time discovering the wonders of the ocean and swimming with colorful fish, graceful manta rays and reef sharks.

Its uniqueness

In this Exclusive Collection resort, enjoy the peace and quiet of a private infinity pool. It’s the perfect place to relax in the middle of the crystal blue lagoon, or enjoy a floating breakfast...tastes like luxury!

Club Med La Plantation d’Albion - Mauritius

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credits: @chloebarryhang

Mauritius is a beach-lovers’s dream! Discover natures treasures by walking along the coastline of the resort, with the breathtaking view of the preserved coves: blue depths of the Indian Ocean, black lava rocks…with no one else around. Our Green Globe certified resort is an ideal place to reconnect with nature, relax on the beach, and enjoy the authentic Mauritian hospitality.

Its uniqueness

At Club Med la Plantation d’Albion, experience the close encounters with the dolphins in their natural habitat: an unforgettable time that you can share with your friends and family for ever-lasting memories.

Club Med Bali - Indonesia

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Explore the hidden gems of Indonesia at Club Med Bali! Dive into Balinese culture with a range of different experiences: water-sports, jungle discoveries, temple visits, Balinese dances, the list goes on… After your exciting adventures, you can relax by our Zen pool or soak in the delightful spa.

Its uniqueness

Club Med Bali, renowned as the best family resort, offers a brand-new Amazing family program to give parents the opportunity to create special memories with their little ones, with a daily choice of outdoors activities that family can do all together.

Club Med Punta Cana - Dominican Republic

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Your turquoise playground awaits you at Club Med Punta Cana. In the middle of the Carribean sea, Dominican Republic it’s the best place to experience your dream beach holiday with its white-sand beaches bathed in crystalline waters.

Its uniqueness

Thanks to our partnership with Cirque du Soleil, Club Med Punta Cana is offering the activity Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil. If you are tempted by a circus experience near the beach, enjoy the acrobatic & artistic activities and express your creativity up in the air!

Feeling inspired? All you have to do is escape the winter and fly to one of these exquisite destinations! Don’t forget to share your island memories on Instagram with us! #ClubMed

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? (;