ski holidays

A sneak peek at... Grand Massif Chalets-Apartments

Picture this: you’re standing on the balcony of your cosy and stylish Chalet taking in the panoramic views over the French Alps… This is the scene of your future snow holiday at the heart of the Grand Massif Domain.

The new Grand Massif Chalets-Apartments, just next-door to the recently open Club Med Grand Massif Samoens Morillon is located in Upper Savoie region in the northern French Alps.

From 2021, experience the new chalets-apartments, a collection of picturesque hamlets with a charming spirit, that blend harmoniously with their exceptional natural surroundings.

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About Grand Massif Samoens Morillon

Samoens is a picturesque and preserved village perfect to discover true Savoyard spirit. Three charming and popular cities are also close to the resort: Annecy, Chamonix and Geneva.

At Club Med Grand Massif Samoens Morillon, you can choose between a high alpine experience or ski in the middle of pine tree forest. When you come off the slopes, enjoy time at the pool with the children or chill out at Club Med Spa by CARITA.

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The French chalet-apartments experience

The chalet-apartments will be perfectly integrated into the landscape and pine forest just next door to the main resort. It combines a warm design of the traditional chalet spirit, colourful touches and modern materials.

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3 reasons why you should try the chalets-apartments

  1. Experience your own Chalet in the mountains; a cozy nest with unparalleled vistas of the surrounding French Alps.

  2. Indulge in the personalised service of the Chalet Master, providing assistance at every key moment of your entire stay (delicious treats in your room, unpacking your suitcase, arranging excursions…).

  3. Unwind in the atmosphere of the adjacent 4 Trident Resort and experience the benefits of two resorts in one.

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Little touches to make your experience exceptional

  • King Size Beds by Simmons

    In the chalets, you will sleep on a premium Renergie Beautyres mattress, 25cm-thick with multiple hypo-allergenic layers. These are designed to provide maximum comfort.

  • Suspended pivoting focus fireplace

    The Slimfocus is a product of a designer’s quest for aesthetic fluidity. Minimum volume and excellent heat performance, experience a revolution in contemporary fireplaces.

  • Trendy food in your Chalet

    Waiting for you in your chalet, morning, lunch, after ski or dinner is home made local food, hot chocolate, macaroons, blueberry tart, raclette or fondue: the ultimate French food experience!

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Must-Try Experiences

  • 360° Views at Skyline Terrace

    On the terrace of the Skyline Gourmet Lounge of Club Med Grand Massif Samoens Morillon, enjoy a hot chocolate while wrapped in a cozy quilt. The highest point of the Resort offers unparalleled 360° views across the valley and alpine mountains. In the evening, foodies can enjoy an “à la carte” dinner offering new takes on regional specialties.

  • The Waterfalls ski run

    Located above Flaine, starting at 2480 meters, the Waterfalls ski run is one you can’t miss. In the early hours, take the ski lift of Grandes Platières and marvel at the pink-orange sky reflected against the northern face of Mont Blanc. Ski with your family across 14 kilometers of a protected nature reserve, leading to the village of Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval and its picturesque shepherds’ huts.

  • Mini Master Chef Menu

    In the evening, take up an invitation to dine with your children at the family restaurant. Strike a pose together in front of the giant fork sculpture. Once seated, your budding chefs follow instructions from interactive characters, creating their very own menu. The meal ends on a high point with the arrival of a tantalizing candy tray.

Looking forward to trying the new Grand Massif Samoens Morillon Chalets-Apartments? They’ll be opening from the end of 2021. In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more and book a snow holiday to experience the Samoens Domain, discover Club Med Grand Massif Samoens Morillon here.

And if you’d like to connect with like-minded snow fans – join our Snow Squad Facebook group here for exclusive snow content, deals and more…

6 reasons a European Alps ski holiday needs to be on your list

Hundreds of kilometers to ski and snowboard on, charming historical villages, high peaks and blue skies… there are so many reasons to choose the European Alps for your next holidays and experience what a white winter is really about. Whether you want to try skiing for the first time, enjoy the mountain feel or discover a new experience – here’s our top reasons why you should make your European ski trip a reality.  

#1 - Surround yourself with the most beautiful mountains in the world

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There’s nothing quite like the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. Ask anyone who has been and they’ll tell you the view is quite literally breathtaking. With mountains peaking through the clouds from 4,800m high – you’ll feel on top of the world.

#2 - Indulge in authentic European food & wine

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Cheese fondue, fresh crispy bread, al dente pasta, local cheeses and more local fresh produce from France, Italy and Switzerland… it doesn’t get any better than this! Plus, with a choice of French and Italian wines to taste, your holiday will be a full food feast.

#3 - Ski down the biggest ski domains in the world

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#1 - Les 3 Vallées domain, France:  600km of slopes / 335 ski runs / Club Med Val Thorens

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Paradiski domain, France: 425km of slopes / 253 ski runs / Club Med Arcs Extreme, Club Med Peisey-Vallandry, Club Med La Plagne 2100, Club Med Aime La Plage

#3 - Via Lattea domain, Italy: with 400km of slopes / 240 ski runs / Club Med Pragelato Vialattea

Now THAT’S something to brag to your friends about!

#4 - Wander through charming local villages

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Experience a whole new world, local cultures, traditions and languages from charming snowy and sleepy villages. Stay in authentic wooden chalets, discover the unique charm of the valley you are staying in and learn about the thousands of years of history and age-old architecture.

#5 - Maximum slope-time, minimum wait-time

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For any passionate skier and snowboarder – great conditions and maximising time on the slopes is super important. With fast-speed gondolas designed to deal with crowds and all weather conditions, queuing time is reduced and you can get to the top in no time. Qualified instructors will also give any beginner, intermediate or advanced snow sport lover an amazing experience - they’re your key to the mountain!

#6 - Experience the thrills of spring skiing

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Have you ever heard of spring skiing? From the end of March till the end of April – you can still ski in many of our resorts and experience beautiful weather with great snow conditions, minus the crowds!

Bonus: We recently launched flexible stays in our European snow resorts for 2020 departures. This means you can just pop in our resorts for just a few days of snow experience even if part of a bigger European trip! No excuses to not book that dream European ski holiday.

If you’ve yet to experience a white winter in Europe… here’s your chance with more than 15 Club Med snow resorts in Europe.

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Club Med provides winter Olympians and Paralympians with slopes to success

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Partnership with OWIA to support winter athletes in the lead up to 2022 games

Club Med is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) – a coming together of two organisations with a shared passion for winter sports and supporting Australia’s elite winter athletes in the lead up to the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Club Med will begin providing the OWIA access to their 20+ mountain resorts to support athletes with international training and recovery within Club Med’s expertly-appointed resorts. During grueling World Cup competitions, athletes will be treated to Club Med’s comfortable accommodation, vast selection of nutritious gourmet food and activities to help relax and unwind including yoga, après ski and spa facilities, all assisting them to perform at their best.

Through the partnership, Club Med will also provide recognition for athlete’s hard training, outstanding performance, and positive attitude aligning with the OWIA / Club Med shared values of kindness, responsibility, and passion, by rewarding athletes with truly relaxing holidays at their 70+ resorts worldwide from the Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico and more.

 

On working with the OWIA, Madeleine Clow-Suares, General Manager, Club Med Australia and New Zealand says, “For over 60 years we’ve committed to being a leader in the ski industry by offering a world-class snow experience in the best ski domains for all guests. We’re proud to be building on this with our Olympic Winter Institute of Australia partnership to support both the training and growth of Australia’s snow athletes. Together we’ll work with the OWIA to spread the joy of snow holidays and foster the passion of today’s and tomorrow’s Olympians and snow lovers, creating long lasting memories.”

Since opening its first snow resort in 1956, Club Med has been passionate in pioneering its world-renowned snow experience for guests worldwide. Today, Club Med is an industry leader in ski holidays, operating over 20 snow resorts in the most iconic ski domains in Europe and Asia, with a Canadian resort on the horizon. Many of the resorts’ qualified ski and snowboard instructors include top-level athletes, from World Champions to Olympians.

When it comes to training Olympians and World Champions, the OWIA are Australia’s leading organisation, preparing Australia’s elite winter athletes for their participation in Olympic Winter Games, World Championships and World Cup events. OWIA Chief Executive Officer, Geoff Lipshut  says, “We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Club Med, helping to support and reward our high performing Australian athletes.”

“We believe this partnership will drive awareness of, and engagement with, snow sports among Australian enthusiasts and we’re excited for our relationship with Club Med to grow well into the future.”

Club Med works with a number of renowned partners across the globe, including iconic ski schools (ESF, Scuolasci, Swiss Ski School), as well as having an exclusive relationship with leading ski and snowboard equipment manufacturer, Rossignol. This latest partnership with the OWIA will further enhance Club Med’s leading ski position.

Madeleine Clow-Suares says, “Our outstanding snow concept attracts ski and snowboard lovers from across the globe from novices through to aspiring Olympians. We combine the most beautiful settings in the world with an authentic ski experience that includes food, drinks and après ski, kids clubs, ski lessons for all ages, lift passes and more. We take care of it all so all our guests have to do is enjoy!”

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Club Med Accelerates International Ski Expansion

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For over 60 years, Club Med has committed to firmly positioning the brand as leaders in the ski tourism industry by offering easy, relaxing and all-inclusive holidays in the world’s best ski domains. Since the first ski resort opening in 1956, Club Med has expanded its reach across Europe and Asia to now being the world’s largest ski resort operator with over 20 ski resorts, from the soaring peaks of Mont-Blanc in the French Alps, to the powder perfect slopes of Hokkaido Japan, but their plans don’t stop there.

Club Med has proudly announced its international development strategy with the ambition to open three to five resorts per year globally by 2020. This will include one ski resort opening per year and will also be coupled with regular upgrades of key existing resorts.

Locally, Club Med is aiming to grow the Australian and New Zealand markets by 50 per cent over the next three years. Madeleine Clow-Suares, General Manager, Club Med Australia and New Zealand says, “these are ambitious targets which come in response to the strong appetite of Australians for the relaxing, active, social and carefree holidays Club Med offers. We have a lot of exciting activity planned moving towards 2020 to help meet these goals.”

“Our ski resorts are located in the most sought-after ski domains in France, Italy, Switzerland, Japan and China currently. We’re continually wanting to surprise our guests with new destinations, starting with our recent openings of exceptional new resorts: Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido in Japan, and Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon, in the French Alps,” says Madeleine Clow-Suares.

Future ski resort projects include the opening of Les Arcs Panorama, France, in December 2018 – a modern retreat immersed in the forest, at the doorstep of high-altitude mountains, boasting stunning views throughout, kids clubs for all ages, a very comprehensive wellbeing offer and luxury 5-Trident spaces within. Club Med Sahoro, Japan, will be renovated by November 2018 including updates to the rooms, bar and reception areas as well as a renovation of the main restaurant.

Discussions are also progressing for new openings in Tignes, France, Valloire, La Rosière and San Sicario in the Franco-Italian domain Vialattea and Saint-Gervais, Montgenèvre, France. Furthermore, Club Med will settle its first resort in Canada, in Charlevoix’s Massif (Quebec) and continues discussion on projects in China and South Korea.

The development of these properties will continue to reinforce Club Med’s major role in the ski industry internationally of facilitating and developing important tourism within these areas for years to come.

“These additional development projects will offer more exciting opportunities for families, groups and couples when travelling to snow destinations with Club Med. Our outstanding ski concept and signature snow services gives guests more time to spend on the slopes, from getting you to the resort, to having your lift pass ready, your lessons booked and your kids well looked-after, we take the hassle out of organising a ski holiday,” says Madeleine Clow-Suares.

Club Med’s Easy Arrivals service ensures everything is ready for guests before they arrive, including equipment hire fitted and ready in your locker, registration of children to Kids Clubs and allow pre-booking of experiences for the whole family. Ski lift passes are also pre-arranged and included within Club Med’s all-inclusive package so there’s no delay getting to the mountain.

The ski-in, ski-out design of most resorts gives direct access to the slopes for added convenience, maximising time spent skiing. Once on the slopes, there are over 19 levels of ski/snowboard lessons that are available with English speaking instructors also included within Club Med’s ski packages, perfect for first-timers, families or expert skiers alike. Amazing après ski activities and unique cultural experiences are also made available by Club Med, some as part of the premium all-inclusive offering, others arranged upon request, allowing guests to immerse themselves within the destination they visit.

“We start with a true all-inclusive concept making for a hassle-free holiday, polished with exceptional services for skiers and for little ones by our warm GOs, local, active, relaxing or gastronomic experiences and a generous mix of fun. We even include peace of mind with our travel insurance. All you have to think about is relaxing, enjoying and creating new memories with family and friends. We want to make your dream holiday a reality which is why we offer something for everyone at our ski resorts,” says Clow-Suares.

Since the company’s take over by Chinese conglomerate, Fosun, in 2015, Club Med has seen record growth and profitability, more specifically 6.6 per cent increase year on year in customers. This is a result of the successful strategy implemented with Fosun’s support — going local and focusing on digital.

NEW Club Med Ski Resorts

Club Med continues to reinforce its unique position as a world leader in premium all-inclusive snow holidays with the recent opening of its two newest snow resorts in December 2017 - Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, Japan and Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon, France. These premium resorts offer modern design and authentic cultural ties for Australian skiers looking for the ultimate winter destinations with amazing experiences, made easy.

Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido offers an upscale ski experience on powder snow, bringing to life modern Japanese culture. Designed by Jean-Philippe Nuel, the chic, modern aesthetic is reflective of the resorts picturesque surrounds, bringing the beauty of Japanese nature into the resort.

Located in Hokkaido, Japan’s most Northerly Island, the area is famous for its untouched nature and preserved wildlife with four distinctive seasons. The island is home to beautiful national parks, lakes, and hot springs. In the winter, due to its unique location, Hokkaido provides plenty of perfect powder snow, the ideal ski conditions for those of all ability.

At the resort, sumptuous breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in the main restaurant, the Itara, featuring Japanese and international cuisine included within Club Med’s all-inclusive package. From the resort, guests can explore the local ice village or Mina Mina beach, the largest indoor wave pool in Japan, in addition to a wide selection of snow activities. With 29 ski slopes to explore, a variety of après ski activities and children’s facilities available (kids clubs from 2 to 17 years old), Club Med Tomamu is the perfect destination for a family ski holiday.

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Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon is the new mountain flagship of Club Med in France offering 360 views on the impressive French Alps and exceptional skiing for all ages, all accessible within 1h30 from Geneva International airport.

Set within a preserved natural site in the heart of Grand Massif ski domain, the resort boasts an exceptional 360° panorama across the valley of Samoëns-Morillon. Most impressive of all, guests can ski from the resort’s gently sloping rooftop directly onto the snow. With this impressive ski-in, ski-out access to 265km of slopes both high alpine and pine tree forest terrain, this truly is a snow paradise.

Guests can dine in ski gondolas within the resort, enjoy relaxing modern baths within their room, or swim among the mountains at the heated pool, all with cliff-top views.

The resort also offers a wide range of activities including sports, well-being, culture and gourmet French Savoy dining as well as a comprehensive range of Kids Clubs, catering to guests from 4 months to 17 years old.

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Club Med Les Arcs Panorama, Club Med’s recently announced new resort planned to open December 2018 will offer a modern forest retreat on the doorstep of high-altitude mountains.

Owing its name to the dramatic vistas of the Tarentaise Valley and summits it offers, the resort’s curvy architecture takes on the mountain’s form, blending into the well-preserved environment. Inside, the design revisits traditional mountain decoration, and integrates the forest in a modern way.

The resort will offer a holistic wellbeing experience to all guests through healthy gastronomic options, relaxing spaces like the quiet lounge, and its 390sqm wellbeing space including a heated indoor pool and SPA by CINQ MONDES.

Families are guaranteed an easy and fun stay with everything taken care of to make their trip easy and unforgettable, from the comprehensive range of Kids Clubs for little ones from 4 months to 17 years old, many services for babies and kids and the family concept restaurant Bread&Co where kids invite their parents to dinner.

For an even more exclusive stay, suites are available within the 5-Trident luxury space, located at the top of the resort to guarantee the best views. Guests of the 5-Trident luxury space will enjoy exclusive services like the access to a private Welcome Lounge offering champagne by the glass from 6pm, an amazing 390sqm terrace with a hot tub and a dedicated Conciergerie, offering the ideal choice for those who want to combine customised service and luxury comfort, with the warm and friendly Club Med spirit.

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For further information visit www.clubmed.com.au!

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Infographic: How Aussies feel about ski holidays

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Did you know Australians are a nation of snow bunnies at heart? In a recent research we commissioned at Club Med, statistics show demand for hitting the slopes is strong, with 67 per cent of Australians wanting to go to a ski resort in the future. Whilst one-in-six Aussies would choose a ski holiday in Australia, more than 80 per cent want to ski overseas. The destinations on Australia’s bucket list? Japan, America and France. As for Club Med customers, 93 per cent of those prefer an overseas snow holiday to one in Australia.

Wondering what else is to Aussies for snow holidays? Let's hit the slopes and explore this infographic!

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#MeetOurG.O.s - Lauren at Club Med Sahoro

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The heart of Club Med is in happiness, and part of that comes from the incredible people we bring together from around the world. The job of the G.O. was invented by Club Med 60 years ago, and it is still one of the best jobs in the world. G.Os travel around the world, meeting new people and injecting happiness into your holiday. They are, in short, what makes a Club Med holiday unforgettable.To get to know our Aussie G.O.s, we asked Lauren, Australian G.O at Club Med Sahoro, for the lowdown on being a G.O. at Club Med as well as his insider tips for a holiday to Japan.

#1: How long have you been a member of the Club Med family?

"5 months so far. I have just finished my first snow season with club med in Sahoro resort and will be starting my next season in Phuket."

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#2: What makes Club Med Sahoro such a great place to holiday?

"As it is an all-inclusive resort, everything at the resort is made so easy from the bar to the mini club and all the resorts around the world are conveniently placed to enjoy each season. There are so many activities within the resort you really don't even need to leave and always guaranteed fun."

#3: What’s your one “insider’s tip” for someone visiting Club Med Sahoro?

"Stay at least 10 days. 1 week isn't enough to enjoy every activity. Also, participate in every activity! Even if you don't know how to do something, just try. It's always fun and always a good opportunity to meet new people."

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#4: What is your favourite moment of the day?

"My favourite part of the day is greeting new families and kids. I love giving that first happy fun welcome to introduce club med and show what we are about."

#5: What is your favourite way to spend a day off in Japan?

"In Sahoro my favourite part was skiing on the slopes and then relaxing in the Japanese onsen and outdoor hot tub."

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#6: What’s your favourite thing about working at Club Med?

"My favourite thing about club med is the feeling of always being a part of a family with the people that I work with and also with the guests. Coming from a close family myself, I never have the feeling of being homesick because there was either a GO that reminded me of my sisters or brother or guests that can relate to my mum and dad."

Discover Club Med Sahoro in the video below or by clicking here.

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Interview: Jean-Philippe Nuel, Designer of Club Med Tomamu

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Jean-Philippe Nuel is the designer and architect behind the new Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido snow resort in Japan. Passionate about creativity, and with a particular desire to work on projects of all scales, from architecture to design, Jean-Philippe Nuel sees each project as a human adventure, rich in encounters and exchange. Very quickly, before turning 30, he had designed a hotel in Paris, its architecture and interior decoration, which would orientate his work towards this sector of activity.

#1. What was the overall concept that you had in mind when designing Club Med Tomamu?

I tried to create a unique signature for this project: the decor is directly inspired by the Japanese culture and especially the Hokkaïdo island, where mountains are the natural environment of the site. Plus, of course, [I tried to bring to life] the Club Med spirit, as it is a brand with a very strong DNA.

#2. Part of what you bring to your design is a sense of place. Can you tell us a bit about what inspired you most about Tomamu’s natural and cultural surroundings, and how this translated into your design?

I love Japanese culture and I already had the chance to work in projects in Tokyo and Osaka - one has even been awarded by the Japanese Society of Commercial Space Designer. This culture blends both refinement and simplicity, and it inspires me a lot. Mother Nature also inspired me. It is always present both in the traditional and modern Japan.

#3. What is your favourite part of the resort in Tomamu, and why?

I really like the [Resort] center with its bar. This place is home to the peppy and lively spirit that expresses the Club Med’s identity. My design tries to bring this peppy and very friendly atmosphere to life through architecture.

#4. What experience are you hoping people will have when they stay at Club Med Tomamu?

I do hope that guests will live a unique experience focused on nature, sports and also with a human touch.

#5. You also designed the cozy Club Med Peisey-Vallandry in the French Alps. What are the main differences and similarities you experienced when designing the modern resort of Tomamu, compared to designing the chalet-style resort of Peisey-Vallandry?

For each project, I do think that focusing on the specificities of the site is essential. By site, I mean the country, the region, but also the architecture of the premises. For Peisey-Vallandry, we were in the French Alps, and more precisely in the Tarentaise Valley, and in the Alps, each valley has its own architectural tradition. I have made some research not to copy or reproduce this particular architectural style, but to find the spirit of the place through its materials and their implementation.

#6. What’s your favourite part of a resort to create and why?

I really care of the arrival area, because it immediately plunges the guests in the atmosphere of the resort. We could compare this to the very first cuts of a movie, that carry us to another reality. And for a resort, thanks to the experience the guest will live during his stay, they will continue to write the story of its own movie.

#7. And finally, which is your favourite Club Med resort to stay at?

I really like the Club Med Gregolimano in Greece (that I have refurbished). The site is so outstanding, especially when you arrive there by boat: there is all the magic in the holidays spent in the Mediterranean countries.

Discover our Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido resort here.

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Exquisite Design at Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido

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Perfect ski conditions meet world-class design at the brand new Club Med Tomamu. Get ready to ride a different wave at Hokkaido’s newest and most exciting ski resort opening this December.

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Zip down ice slides, go ice skating, or enjoy a drink in the ice bar at the neighbouring ice village.

Nestled among a perfectly scenic winter wonderland in Hokkaido, Japan, the brand new Tomamu ski resort has been designed with en vogue style and traditional Japanese culture in mind.

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Surrounding nature influences the interior décor including this magnificent cherry blossom tree.

Jean Phillippe Nuel is the man behind the designs of some of the world’s most glamourous resorts in Dubai, India and France, and now he employs his design expertise to bring the magnificent Club Med Tomamu resort to life. The award-winning French designer provides a twist to traditional Japanese style with a modern, contemporary take on the interiors of the resort.

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Nuel employs a modern take on traditional architecture in his designs.

Inspired by Hokkaido’s four distinct seasons, Nuel captures the wonders of the beautiful surrounding nature indoors, like cherry blossoms in spring to décor lighting setting the mood for some winter magic. The four seasons are brought to life with vivid colours, shapes and textures resulting in a unique clash of Japan’s natural wonder and Nuel’s contemporary architectural flair.

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A different season sets the tone for the design of each room.

Clean, modern décor and spacious interiors are a theme throughout the rooms, offering scenic views of Tomamu and the surrounding wilderness. Every detail of design has been thoroughly thought through, ensuring a memorable snow getaway in a resort that oozes warmth and Japanese sophistication.

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Traditional Japan meets contemporary design throughout the whole resort.

Be one of the first to experience the brand new chic resort opening this December and discover Club Med Tomamu here.

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Samantha Wills tells us about her ski trip to the French Alps

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This article was reposted from samanthawills.com. Read the original story here. All photos below are courtesy of Samantha Wills.  Samantha Wills is the driving force behind her namesake Australian jewellery brand, Samantha Wills. Here, she shares her snow holiday experience from the luxurious Club Med Valmorel Chalets in the French Alps.

Destination: French Alps

Les Chalets Club Med de Valmorel

Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets

I am thrilled to be partnering with Club Med again, showcasing all of my favorite things in their Exclusive Collection of Villas & Chalets, in some of the most beautiful locations in the world.

Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets

Last year, I showed you all my favorite things from paradise at the The Finolhu Villas in the Maldives and this year I am beyond excited to take you to a true winter wonderland at The Valmorel Chalets, in the stunning French Alps.

I grew up in a small beach town in Australia, and now living in NYC, I get to experience snow (still a novelty to me!) every winter… But nothing prepares you for the breathtaking beauty of the Alps. It. Is. Truly. Breathtaking.

Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets
Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets
Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets
Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets
Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets
Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets
Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets

Luxury

At Club Med Valmorel, there are accommodation options spanning all budgets. The Chalets are the ultimate luxury option & sit at the top of the property…. Annnnnnnd when you check into your Chalet, you get your very own butler. I’m not talking about a virtual-butler-app-push-a-button-to-get-room-service type of butler. I am talking about a real life butler, who will unpack your bags when you arrive so you instantly feel at home, will be upstairs in your Chalet’s kitchen when you wake up, with the open fire place roaring & cooking your whatever you would like for breakfast, and have your favorite type of Nespresso coffee steaming hot for you to enjoy before heading out for the day.

That same butler will also be back at your chalet at your specified time in the afternoon to prepare you the most delicious afternoon tea, a different delicious every day from a local patisserie, that you enjoy by your fire place after your day of alpine adventuring (or spa treatments!). Then when you are out at dinner, your chalet will be magically turned into a haven of relaxation ready for slumber, with nothing left for you to do but to slip into your turned down bed, enjoy the gourmet chocolate on your pillow, and dream away on your bed that feels like a cloud, so you are rested to do it all over again the next day. THAT type of butler.*

Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets

Cuisine + Cocktails

Club Med is known for its all inclusive holidays. The Chalets at Valmorel are obviously included in this, however their location on the property sits at the top of the resort, where your private balcony looks down over all the happenings. Like the butler privilege, there is also a driver on call, to whizz you back & fourth from the village, where you enjoy an open bar & all dining, inclusive in your experience. In full disclosure, the word ‘buffet’ scares me. To me, it is reminiscent of primary school birthday parties at Pizza Hut… Trays of cold pizza, wilted salad & as much soft serve ice-cream you could physically whip into your bowl….

So I am going to refrain from using the dreaded ‘B’ word, and try to explain to you the luxury that is Club Med Valmorels all inclusive dining; Imagine a collective little gourmet restaurants… Italian, Japanese, Seafood, Home Style Roast, French, a salad & juice bar… A bakery, a patisserie & a locally, hand made ice-cream parlour. Now imagine all these little gourmet restaurants where in a large room, like individual pop-up spaces, each with their own team of chefs, preparing the food there in front you, fresh fish going from grill to you plate, the cheese on the pizza’s bubbling as they are taken straight out of the oven, French baguettes at the bakery so addictive you are convinced they must contain something illegal, and a patisserie offering that is more like edible art…. And no soft serve here; choose from 8 flavors & the hand made ice-cream is served to you parlor style, by an ice cream connoisseur…. What you CAN do for yourself (I mean, word from the wise; it is VERY hard to get back into normal life after spending a week in this heavenly experience!) is scoop your own warm chocolate from the fondue fountain (it alternates between milk & white chocolate) to drizzle over your ice cream…. Me? I’m a Mint-Choc-Chip-with-warm-milk-chocolate-topping kinda gal.

Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets
Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets

So that gives you an idea of the type of luxury you will experience by checking into the Club Med Valmorel Chalets, but I have two things that I love even more that I want to share with you. If you’re like me – you have a bucket list. My current bucket list is made up of incredible experiences, Scuba dive with manta rays, wake up in one of those bungalows that stretch out over aqua waters, like the ones I had seen on pinterest a million times over, learn to snowboard, have lunch on the top of a snow covered mountain in the French Alps, with views to mountain tops in Italy….You get the drift. Sometimes you don’t know where to start with your bucket list items, and find yourself wishing you had someone just to tell you where to go, what to do, and how to do it. The experience of Club Med is that for me, and should you wish to do it in a 5 star way; Their Exclusive Collection of Villas & Chalets, allow you to do so in the utmost luxury.

Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets

Customer Experience

The second thing, is how truly, genuinely warm & lovely the Club Med team are. I am lucky enough to travel a lot for work & pleasure, and from all my travels, the hospitality & focus on people is incomparable to how the team at Club Med treats their guests. Bear with me as I jump out of vacation-mode & quickly defer to business mode. I have a business, I am involved in a few businesses, I love learning about business. One of my favorite areas to learn more about how other businesses do things, is in their customer engagement focus, strategy & above all, mindset. On this trip, in speaking with some of the Club Med team, I learnt that everyone who works for Club Med signs a contract that states that they will do everything they can to ensure the guests are having an awesome time, to make sure the guests are smiling. How incredible is that?

The second thing I thought was very cool, was how the company structures their reporting pyramid… From the majority of their team (and it’s a big one!), to their managers, to senior management who report into the executive manager of the entire resort….

Then at the top of the pyramid; Us. The Customers. With that focus on customer experience, in addition to having experienced 5 star luxury, having enjoyed some amazing cuisines, wine & cocktails, ticking some breath taking stuff off my bucket list (snowboarding down from over 2000ft in the French Alps!? Tick!) You leave with a full heart & new friends, both other guests at the resort, & also members the Club Med team. It’s hard to explain – But when you experience it, you will know exactly what I mean… And if you are Les Chalets Club Med de Valmorel bound, be sure to say hello to my new friends there; Laura & Thibault – Who made our stay so spectacularly incredible.

Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets

Bucket List

Not a skier or snowboarder…. Neither was I! But I wanted to be! Snowboarding was one of those things I’d always said I wanted to do, and what cooler place to learn the sport then in the French Alps?! So with 5 private lessons booked, the fear of god, and determination to be able to at the very least snowboard down a kiddies slope, I put my big girl snow pants on, and met my instructor Laurent (picture; a French Justin Timberlake. I know, poor me!) for him to impart his 16 years of ski / snow board instructor knowledge to me.

Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets

My first lesson started on the kids slope; The Piou Piou (meaning tiny bird).  There is NOTHING tiny about this bird, I am 5’10” in the shade, and if the fear on my face was not an indicator, my finger nails digging into his arm where. Laurent assured me, that in the coming days we would be up there *points to French Alps glacial sized mountain. I said he was kind to say such lies, and we got to work.

Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets

And guess what, by day 3 we were up 2000ft on the mountain! My dismounts from certain chair lifts required just as much work as my fledging Olympic snowboarding career, but it was INCREDIBLE! Flying (sometimes falling) down the mountain, surfing on snow, with pine tree branches with white dustings, and the world famous Mont Blanc mountain in view. It was so surreal. No words I find will do it justice.

On my last lesson on day 5, Laurent had me speeding down the mountain, and on the final run, pointed over to what now looked like a flat plateau of snow, the Piou Piou. It was an incredible feeling, to think on five days before that was my starting ground. Like all graduates of the Piou Piou, admittedly most of them where aged under 5 years old, Laurent gave me my own Piou Piou medal as a symbol of how far I had come in only a few days. I pinned on the inside of my jacket, and while going up in the lift solo the next day, I took a glance at and felt pretty damn good.

Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets

While I may not make the next Olympic team, I definitely will now be snowboarding at any chance I get, plus its one more thing I can tick off my bucket list. With the gratitude to Laurent for his patience, & empathy… And for not laughing (on the outside) when I stacked it off the chair lift.

Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets

Take the adventure

So there are my favorite things & recommendations from my time at Les Chalets Club Med de Valmorel.  If you are wanting a winter wonderland adventure, and granted there are many places in the world where snow falls, but at Club Med Valmorel you get to experience all these things in the French Alps (And as the ancient French proverb goes, Snowboard & Ski instructors in the French Alps are all French Gods of the snow (read; Really Hot).

So whether you want to tick some alpine adventuring off your bucket list, experience pure luxury by the fire place as the snow falls outside, eat gourmet cheese & the best breads you will ever taste with every meal, enjoy wine on a snowy mountain top whilst overlooking the Mont Blanc (You can do this even if you are not a skier / snowboarder), or if you simply want to road test a new treatment on the spa menu daily & have the best seat in the house to watch the final runs of the day; the outdoor Jacuzzi…. Then The Valmorel Chalets, in the stunning French Alps are waiting for you. – SWx

Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets

*Since publishing this post, Club Med has evolved the services offered at the Club Med Valmorel Chalets to include a 24 hour concierge service and a butler available at extra cost.

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