summer holidays

Top 10 events to put in your diary for 2020

Already planning your 2020 holidays? Are you an art, sport, fashion or food lover? Why not combine your relaxing resort escape with an unforgettable cultural experience!

We get it, with so many amazing destinations on offer, it’s tough to pick just one! Throw into the mix trying to decide on dates and it all seems a bit too hard. Don’t fret: we’ve got you covered.

To help you plan your trip ahead, we selected our top 10 unmissable events to mark in your calendar and make the most of your precious holiday time.

#1 Bahamas Carnival

1st - 2nd - 3rd May

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On an island in the middle of the Caribbean sea, the Bahamas carnival is one of the most festive carnivals that you can do either with friends or family. You can expect to hear local bands playing, watch beautiful parades in multi-coloured disguises and dance shows.

Where to stay:

Save the date of Bahamas Carnival: May 1st/2nd/3rd 2020.

Our advice is to stay in the Bahamas a few days more to enjoy the island getaway in the Club Med Colombus Isle all-inclusive resort: resting on white sand beaches, scuba diving in the turquoise water, boat tour of San Salvador Island…

#2 Body & Soul , Club Med Bintan Island

11th May - 8th June

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Need to revitalize under the palm trees? We’re proud to announce that Club Med is hosting its own wellness journey in Club Med Bintan Island, Indonesia. This retreat, part of the all-inclusive package is the best way to revitalize your mind, body and soul thanks to international wellness instructors and special partners. In a tropical environment, Body & Soul is the best event to experience a healthy holistic lifestyle (it’s all about balance) around 4 themes : feel well, eat well, move well and play well.

Where to stay:

Body & Soul 2020 from the 11th May until the 8th June, inside Club Med Bintan Island. Simply book your holiday within those dates and let your health journey begin!

#3 Ubud Food Festival

26th - 27th - 28th May

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A gastronomic event with a special mission: showcase diverse Indonesian cuisine thanks to innovative chefs and extraordinary local products. The little extra that makes the difference? It’s a sustainable event!

Where to stay:

Continue your culinary journey from Club Med Bali with its many delicious dining options!

#4 Laguna Phuket Marathon

13th - 14th June

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During the 13th-14th June, join fellow sport-lovers in Phuket for the Laguna Marathon! This marathon offers many races for different runners and different distances. For an experience mixing amazing landscape and sport, the sunrise race is a must-do!

Where to stay:

Phuket is well-known for being the right place to dive into Thai culture : don’t miss discovering the cultural gems of Thailand through thrilling excursions, and all other activities proposed by our Club Med Phuket all-inclusive resort.

#5 Taomoda, Sicily

13th - 20th July

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Taomoda is the place to be next July in Sicily: an international fashion event happening in Sicily, in the authentic city of Taormina. You’ll spend your evenings watching spectacular fashion shows on the catwalks and attending cultural events. The week ends with the Tao Awards in the splendid Greek-Roman ancient theater.

Where to stay:

Come live the Italian Dolce Vita and spend your amazing holiday in Club Med Cefalu, Sicily.

#6 Tokyo Olympics

24th July - 9th August

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This year, it’s time to fulfill your dream and attend the biggest sport event in the world! Be part of history and see the world’s best athletes up close.

Where to stay:

After a few days in the buzzing energy of Tokyo, head to Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido and finish your trip amongst nature and relaxation.

#7 Art Marbella

30th July - 3rd August

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Calling all art-lovers! There’s an art event happening on the Spanish coast under the Andalusian sun that you don’t want to miss! From the 30th July until 3rd August, the first major international art fair in Marbella is the place to see the best exhibitions of Modern & Contemporary Art. Escape the heat and wander through the galleries to contemplate the beautiful artwork.

Where to stay:

In the south of Andalusia, the wonderful all-inclusive Club Med Marbella resort will be your perfect hideaway to tan by the pool and enjoy the Spanish sun.

#8 Kite Festival , Bali

July-August

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If you’re thinking about family holidays in Bali, the Kite Festival is the perfect event to be reunited and have lots of fun all together! This religious festival happening during July and August is ideal to experience an authentic Indonesian celebration. In beautiful rice paddies, you’ll admire the traditional giant kites flying in a multi-coloured sky. Balinese are making figures with these 10 meter kites with such ability, it’ll blow your mind. The Gamelan orchestra playing local music with percussive instruments will turn the place into a festive atmosphere.

Where to stay:

We highly recommend Bali Kite festival, happening all over the island. A stay in our Club Med Bali all-inclusive resort will offer the opportunity to participate in your own kite competition thanks to our New Amazing Family Program.

#9 Mexican Independence Day

16th September

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The ultimate cultural experience in Mexico is celebrating the Independence Day on the 16th September! Between fireworks, dance music, Mexican food, flags and flowers all over the city, the celebration is impressive and will leave you with unforgettable memories.

Where to stay:

Keep the festive atmosphere alive and choose between both of our all-inclusive resorts in Mexico: Club Med Ixtapa Pacific and Club Med Cancun Yucatan.

#10 Sapporo Autumn Fest

19th October

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If you love gourmet food and you are planing to travel this summer make sure to go to Hokkaido in Japan.

With its own unique atmosphere, the Autumn fest is all about amazing tastes and delicious food that will simply make you happy. You’ll experience the flavors of dishes made from local products of Hokkaido, straight out of the oven, with a glass of Japanese wine or Sake. This giant gastronomical outdoor picnic in the city center is the best excuse to go on a summer mountain vacation.

Where to stay:

The perfect summer mountain holiday awaits you: combine Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido with its all-inclusive mountain activities (excursions, trapeze…) and the Sapporo Autumn Fest.

Feeling inspired? Visit the event section of our website to discover more events and get the right inspiration to choose your perfect summer holidays!

Experience that Sweet Endless European Summer

A smell, a taste, a sound… those are the memories we bring back from amazing places. Escape to the Mediterranean and engage your senses through tasting delicious olive oil in the South of France, watching an incredible sunset in Greece or feeling the warm golden sun on your skin in Portugal - take it all in and live that sweet endless European summer with Club Med in 2019.

Luxury Dolce Vita in Club Med Cefalu, Sicily, Italy

Located just an hour north from Palermo, Cefalu is the new perfect spot to rejuvenate and reconnect. This beautiful coastal village shines with its Duomo made of beautiful mosaics and its breathtaking panoramic view at the top of La Rocca. From fine-dining gastronomy expertly created by Michelin star chef, Andrea Berton, to days filled with watersports or sunbathing on the wooden deck - life is sweet in Cefalu!

Kids over 8 years old are welcome in Cefalu.

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A taste of Provence in Club Med Opio en Provence, France

Prepare for a journey rich in flavours, smells and colours. Opio is surrounded by beautiful villages such as Vence, Antibes and Nice that will give you an amazing taste to the local French life. After exploring, recharge your batteries in the Provencestyle rooms, get access to the 9-hole golf course nearby, the three pools, various tennis courts and the dedicated playground space; ‘Creactive’ by Cirque du Soleil.

Kids Clubs available from 4 months* to 17 years old.

A Greek getaway to Club Med Gregolimano, Greece

From visiting traditional small Greek villages to the big Athenes capital or exploring the blue water of the Sporades archipelago – discover the beauty of Greece at Club Med Gregolimano. From the heart of the resort, experience a new trendy Mediterranean dining experience from the new Olea Gourmet Lounge along with many more activities to try!

Kids Clubs available from 4 years to 17 years old.

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Cliffside beauty in Club Med Da Balaia, Portugal

Discover a naturally raw Portuguese region: the Algarve. Perched along red cliffs with panoramic views on golden sandy beaches, treat yourself by the natural adults-only Zen pool or at the nearby stunning golf course while the kids are having fun at the Kids Club. Plus, discover newly renovated areas making your stay even more relaxing.

Kids Clubs available from 4 months* to 17 years old.

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Spanish riviera in Club Med Marbella, Spain. Coming in 2019!

At the foot of the Sierra Bianca, Club Med Magna Marbella will bring you stylish and cosy design from the second part of 2019. You’ll enjoy the incredible Andalusian culture along 360 degree views of the mountains, gardens and ocean. With family or friends, enjoy aquatic slides, a huge lagoon pool, yoga classes, and many more land sports.

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Plan the trip of a lifetime in Europe with Club Med now!

All You Need To Know About A Holiday To The Maldives

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Crystal clear oceans, beautiful white sand, and seas teeming with marine life…we’re pretty sure the Maldives is high up on everyone’s bucket list, and why wouldn’t it be? Also known as paradise on earth, this small nation of islands is the ultimate escape for those seeking luxury, romance and relaxation.

If you’re planning your dream Maldives getaway, we’ve put together all you need to know for your holiday to paradise.

Best time to go to the Maldives

In terms of weather, the best time to head to the Maldives is the dry season, between December and April, where you’ll enjoy beautiful blue skies and little rain. However, keen divers and surfers should head to the Maldives between May to November.

How to get there

While there are no direct flights available from Australia’s capital cities, the Maldives is quite easy to reach. Expect a travel time of around 14 hours from Sydney, transiting through Singapore to Male; alternatively, take Etihad Airways and transit in Abu Dhabi. Once you reach Male Airport, speedboats await to take you to your final destination.

Visas and Vaccinations

Upon arrival at Male Airport, you’ll be issued a free thirty-day tourist visa. There are no additional required vaccinations to enter the Maldives at this stage.

What to do and see in the Maldives

Play and paddle in paradise

The Maldives is an endless turquoise paradise, where warm waters are brimming with coral and sea life. You can do as much, or as little, as you like…consider it your playground, where you can swim, relax, surf or dive; spending your days by the water.

• The reefs are abundant with sea life, so the adventurous can take a dive trip! The Maldives has some of the best diving spots in the world, and you’ll swim amongst manta rays, as well as explore underwater caverns. • Stand-up paddleboarding is a fun way to stay fit while on holidays, especially when you have beautiful calm oceans. • Explore the coral reefs beneath the tropical lagoons, and snorkel amongst lionfish and baby reef sharks. • Make a lasting impact and give back to this wonderful island nation by helping with coral rebuilding.

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Catch a break with incredible surf breaks

For the surfers out there, the Maldives boasts some of the best reef breaks in the word. Catch the best waves from April through to October, and get in early to avoid drop-ins!

Chickens is considered one of the best waves in the world, especially on big swell days. Intermediate and advanced surfers can expect to ride these spectacular barrels for over 500m. This is certainly one to tick off the bucket list! • Named after the local Coca-Cola factory, Cokes is awesome for good swell and a long ride. • If you’re a beginner, consider riding a wave at You’ll find smaller breaks, perfect for cruising over the turquoise waters.

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Rejuvenate your body and treat your tastebuds

There’s nothing better than to relax and disconnect when you’re on an island and far, far away from the daily grind. Use your trip to the Maldives as a great opportunity to treat your body and soul, and to indulge in fresh food.

• Enjoy a massage on the tranquil beaches, and let the sound of the waves lapping at the ocean lull you into bliss. • Begin your morning with yoga on the beach. You’ll find no better way to kick start your day! • Savour incredible fresh produce – we’re talking about fruit cut from the tree in the morning and served in the afternoon. • Enjoy your seafood caught fresh from the ocean. Sashimi has never tasted better!

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Our best travel tips

• The Maldives is not just for honeymooners! It’s also a great destination for families, considering the private islands, shallow beaches and calm, clear waters. • For the ultimate romantic escape, couples simply can’t go past the overwater villas at Club Med Kani or the Finolhu Villas. Think privacy, luxury and romance – plus, you’ll have a staircase or ladder that descends straight into the ocean. • The national currency of the Maldives is the Rufiyaa, however it’s more useful to have US Dollars handy. Many resorts, including Club Med, accept credit cards, which minimises the need to change your money. • The Maldives is an Islamic nation, and as such visitors aren’t allowed to bring liquor into the country. If you do have liquor with you, often it will be confiscated or held at the airport, so we’d recommend leaving your duty free shopping for when you return to Australia.

Discover Club Med’s Indian Ocean holidays here.

Sneak Peek at the New Bintan Island

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It's finally here! We know that you can't wait to discover the brand new face of Club Med Bintan Island,  and we have a sneak peek below of all that's happening in our redesign. From a new pool to a new boutique, theatre and yoga pergola, paradise has gotten even more beautiful.Plus, we're just getting started! Follow us here and on Facebook @ClubMedAustralia to see more updates as they unfold...

From a new pool...

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...to a new boutique, theatre and photo centre...

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...and a new restaurant

Unwind in the new Yoga Pergola

Get ready, yogis! We have a beautiful new spot for you to practice your downward dogs - take a look in this video below.

Discover the incredible mannequin challenge of Club Med Bintan team in the video below and more about the resort here.