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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.

Your guide to the most incredible Girls Trip!

Happy Friendship Day! As today is the International Friendship Day, it’s time to prove to your friends how much you care about them… to express your gratefulness, why not suggest taking the most unforgettable girls trip EVER?

Planning a trip together is not an easy task, picking a date is the first step but then comes the hardest part: agree on a destination. We don’t want you to mess-up your friendship over holiday planning, especially during this special day, so we’re here to help you choose the right place depending on your holiday mood.

And don’t forget that whichever destination you choose, the most important thing is to have your friend(s) by your side and have lots of fun!

Life’s a beach

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credits : @elle_fit

What’s better than having your best friend with you to go on a sea and sun holiday? You’ll share wonderful moments together tanning atop the whitest sand you’ve ever seen, having some relaxing massages under the palm-trees, discovering the underwater world equipped with your mask and snorkel. Come live your dream holiday with your BFF in Club Med Kani all-inclusive resort!

Memories with margaritas

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credits: @paulienriemis

If your idea of the ultimate girls trip includes loads of fun and a great vibe, you should select a place where festive atmosphere is part of the destination! At Club Med Cancun Yucatan in Mexico, you and your party mate(s) can enjoy the open bar during the night, part of the all-inclusive formula of the resort, and discover the wonders of the Mayan culture during the day : Chichen Itza, Valladolid, Tulum…

Nature getaway

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credits: @thefrenchieescapes

Do you consider yourselves eco-warriors? Good news, you can experience an eco-friendly way of life in one of our Green Globe certified resorts, Club Med Cherating Beach in Malaysia. This jungle escape destination will be the perfect place to relax and have fun: boat-ride in the Mangrove, yoga class in a peaceful environment, sailing lessons to reach Pantai Beach… And it won’t keep you from doing good for the planet: you’ll have the opportunity to take part in the turtle conservation or cleaning the beaches of the region.

Fully Active

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credits: @oliviayoga.paris

If you’re sporty people and are keen to try new activities like flying trapeze, one of our best resorts for acrobatic activities is Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Its partnership with the famous “Cirque du Soleil” will be the perfect place to test your friendship up in the air, and to forget about the gravity laws. If at some point you want to get back on the ground, you can still enjoy a lot of other land activities from a various range of choices: golf, archery, tennis, basketball, beach volleyball… And where to recover from the effort? Either in our Zen Oasis, by the zen pool, or by the quiet white sanded beaches.

Ready to fly into a new adventure with your favorite(s) companion(s)? Have a look on our website to discover our latest offers, and don’t hesitate to share pictures of your friendship moments with the hashtag #ClubMed.

5 surprising ways your kids grow from overseas travel

Travelling is so enriching for kids. Apart from being a break from the digital world, young ones can discover the world with new eyes and learn the ways of the world. Discover below 5 reasons why you should definitively take your kids on an international adventure and let them learn about the rich experience of travel.

#1 - Appreciating new cultures

Appreciating new cultures starts with the discovery of new surroundings, new food, new climate,… This total new environment is the perfect opportunity to appreciate what the words has to offer out there.

At Club Med, our G.Os, G.Es and GM’s embrace the word “multicultural”. More than 100 different nationalities are represented within the 75 villages of Club Med worldwide. With a culture of open-mindedness and tolerance, Club Med creates an environment that facilitates interaction, learning and discoveries of other cultures.

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#2 - Making new friends

At Club Med, you can meet new people every day thanks to the activities, the Kids Club, sports and much more. They will learn that friendship is everywhere!

What about learning a new language with new friends from all over the world. Plus, they can keep in touch when they’re back home and bring all these friendship memories with them.

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#3 - Spending real time with their families

Back to basics! With phones and computers switched off, it is time for real family time. From the activities, sports and also special programs, you can be sure you will make for lost time at Club Med! Also, discover the Amazing family program launched by Club Med to create new memories together and strengthen bonds with fun activities.

The bond families share thanks to their travels is unbreakable and has created memories that will last a lifetime.

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#4 - Learning about nature and the environment

Learning outside from textbooks, your kids can see, feel and live each experience in direct contact with nature and learn how the environment and the planet are important factors to take into account in our everyday life.

Our “Super Radish” programs and Pedagogical Garden sensitize children to healthy and responsible nutrition, teaching them about plants’ needs and how to grow fresh vegetables.

We believe in helping kids better understand and appreciate the local environment through fun and inspiring activities. They’ll never forget seeing the turtles hatch at Club Med Bintan Island, or discovering fishes’ ecosystem on the underwater trail at Club Med Kani.

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#5 - It’s making them grow even better

It’s all about what they learn and new “soft skills” they experience for the first time in their lives.

The kids gain skills like being adaptable, being kind, curious, open to new things, open to multiculturalism,…

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Discover more about all the initiatives Club Med is doing for the kids and their parents for a full family experience together!

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10 Travel Apps That Will Make Your Life Easier

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Whether you want to snare the cheapest flights, view your entire holiday itinerary with a few quick swipes, or live it up like a local at your final destination, as they say… there's an app for that.Here are ten must-have travel apps to have handy before your next holiday.

Best apps to plan and book your holiday

TripAdvisor: One of the most popular travel apps around, TripAdvisor's main selling point remains its huge collection of customer reviews – there are well over 200 million. Once you've looked over the reviews, you can get a great idea of which airlines, resorts, and attractions are best suited to your holiday needs.

Skyscanner: Allowing you to find and then compare flights from hundreds of airlines operating across the globe, Skyscanner remains a great tool for finding your next flight. Previously solely focused on flights, the app's newest version also incorporates hotel and car rental bookings.

Triposo: Triposo scans thousands of websites worldwide and then crunches all of the data into handy travel guides. Providing recommendations of where to go and what to see -  including city maps, tips and suggestions – Triposo also, handily, works offline.

Hopper: Not only can you book and plan flights with Hopper, but the app will help you find the cheapest flights. Simply search for a flight and choose when you would like to fly, and Hopper will tell you to buy now or wait. If you choose to wait, Hopper will keep an eye on the flight's price, notifying you when prices drop.

Packing Pro: Always seem to arrive on holiday missing that crucial piece of clothing? Packing Pro can help. Simply put in where you're going and how long you're going for, and out will spit a suggested list of items to pack. Divided into categories like essentials, clothes and accessories, you will never forget your raincoat again.

Best apps to have on holiday

Tripit: Just forward all of your travel confirmation emails to Tripit – your flight, hotel, car rental and activity details – and the app will sort it all out into a clear and easily accessible itinerary. It's also useful if you're travelling in a group, as you can share your itinerary with others.

Uber: Uber has taken the world by storm. The convenient ride-hailing app counters many of the problems tourists face when trying to navigate local cab services. The ability to map out your trip from start to finish is another of the app's bonuses.

XE Currency: Making sure not to blow the budget is a constant challenge, especially so when dealing with fluctuating foreign currencies. Currency website XE's app remains popular with travellers due to its easy to use interface and huge database of world currencies.

CityMapper: City Mapper is a good alternative to the ubiquitous Google Maps. With simple instructions to get you from point A to B, and the integration of real-time traffic and public transport information, CityMapper will make navigating crowded metropolises a breeze.

Google Translate: An essential app for travel to countries where English is not used, Google Translate is the best app of its type. Its coolest feature remains the incorporation of your phone's camera – simply point your camera at a street sign or menu, and you'll get the words back in English.

Club Med App: Okay, this is a sneaky one… but if you’re going on holiday with Club Med, this is a must-have! View the resort’s schedule, activities, excursions, dress code and spa menu all in one place. Too easy.

There you have it! Just make sure to have these apps on your phone to ensure your getaway is well-planned and hassle free.

Discover the Club Med App in the video below or download it here on Itunes or here on Google Play.