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The essentials for a surfer in Bali

Famous for its temples, Bali is also known for surfing. Its position in the Indian Ocean makes it a surfer's paradise. Why not mixing relaxing places, beautiful beaches, local culture and experience something different! Stop by Club Med Bali, a sanctuary for families and friends on the shores of Nusa Dua, with masses of space to unwind.

We made a selection of our favorite surf spots inside and outside the resort so that you can enjoy your Bali bliss at its best. Plus, if you travel in May, don’t miss the World Surf League Championship Tour on the 13th-14th May!

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Surf at…

  • The front of the resort along the Sri Lanka Wave. Just after your breakfast, take your board and enjoy a sunrise session before the resort gets up.

  • Uluwatu wave. Uluwatu is more than one of the world’s best surf breaks. It is also one of Bali’s most magnificent temples, Pura Uluwatu Temple.

  • Padang Padang wave. Padang Padang is known as the balinese pipeline as it is very similar to Hawaaii's very own pipeline.

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Relax at…

  • The adults-only Zen pool surrounded by immaculate gardens. The Adult zen pool

  • The Club Med Spa by Mandara at the private quiet Pool.

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Eat at…

  • Agung Restaurant for Balinese and international delights at the elegant buffet-style.

  • The Deck specialty restaurant where you can try local flavours, fresh seafood, perfectly prepared fish surrounded by sparkling pools.

  • Local places on Bali Island such as Motel Mexicola for fish tacos.

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Stretch at…

  • The beach with view on the ocean and enjoy a guided pilates session.

  • The pergola for a yoga session.

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Party at…

  • UNIQUE rooftop bar, Bali's go-to spot for fun parties by the pool.

  • Single Fin Bar, Uluwatu's hippest cliff-top bar.

  • Kuta Beach, dancing with the sunset colors.

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Ready to be immersed in the treasures of Bali? So many activities are here to show you that there is not one way to live this moment.

This is your time to discover Club Med Bali, perfect balance between culture and well-being!

What meditation is like on Eat Play Renew weeks in Bali with Joannie Lemay

Joannie Lemay is a certified mind-body practitioner and a yoga therapist working at Club Med as a meditation instructor. Through mindfulness trainings, Joannie delivers tools and tactics to enhance your happiness and maximise your potential to live your best life.

Joannie recently took part in Eat, Play, Renew weeks in Club Med Bali where she guided guests through a workshop to carry out daily meditation practice and also gave nutrition advice.

Eat, Play and Renew program, an exciting and revitalising welness retreat. The retreat is designed with foodies in mind: experience fruit carving lessons, nutrition workshops, cooking lessons… Wellbeing does not mean boring: experience balinese gamelan music classes, kecak fire dance show, balinese koreo dance classes… his retreat is not your usual retreat - also experience meditation and laughing yoga!

Discover a bit more about Joannie’s experience at Eat Play Renew in Club Med Bali below.

Hi Joannie, can you please introduce yourself?

I am a wellbeing consultant and the co founder of In Bloom. My aim is to inspire people and businesses to thrive by delivering tailored health strategies that not only improve performance, but also optimise individual’s mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

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Congrats on participating to the first edition of Eat, Play, Renew – how did you find the experience?

It was an absolute pleasure to deliver some wellbeing workshops to guests. GM’s were really engaged with the topics and sessions, and created meaningful connections through their time at Club Med by interacting with like minded people and sharing some stories about their wellbeing journey.

Can you tell us more about your meditation and nutrition trainings during the event?

I hosted daily morning and evening meditations, which were simply a wonderful way to get more out of your vacation by being present to every moment of the day. People told me many times that they felt more connected throughout their days.

The nutrition seminars were delivered at lunch time, and really  gained in popularity throughout the week from world of mouth! This is the best way to know that people enjoy the sessions when they come back and tell other guests about their own positive experience! All the nutrition workshops have a different topics, such as Nutrition 101, achieve optimal digestion on vacation and understand one’s relationship with food.

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How did you interact with the participants, who were they and how did they respond to your training?

I am actually still in conversation with some of the participants! A sense of trust and support was created and I had people sharing powerful insights from what they’ve realised through the workshops and how they will change their approach to their everyday life back at home.

Describe your typical day in Club Med Bali during Eat, Play, Renew?

All days were blissful, healthy and truly relaxing!

From morning meditations, to interacting with guests at meal times, mid day water based activities to sunset yoga sessions, I felt like the days flew by! 

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Where were your favourite spots to relax?

Right under the Frangipani tree, overlooking the ocean! And the Zen pool, so enjoyable.

What did you pack in your bag for the event?

Yoga clothing, swimwear, books, sunnies and my hat!

How did you feel once the event was finished?

Fulfilled and relaxed, peaceful and joyful! Ready to come back and deliver more Eat, Play, Renew Retreats around the world!

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What Club Med would you like to try next?

Club Med Kani, Club Med Magna Marbella and Club Med Cefalu!

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the next session of Eat Play Renew in Club Med Bali from 8 to 29 October 2019. Discover more about Club Med Bali here.

Aerial Yoga - Why You Should Make Your Next Yoga Class Suspended in the Air

Imagine yourself suspended off the ground by a hammock with a light breeze and an amazing view in the background… It’s fun, totally different and a little bit crazy - it’s called Aerial Yoga.

This new activity appeared in the last few years after yoga really took off all over the world. Aerial yoga involves moving through different postures to help improve alignment and flexibility - yet don’t be fooled by the challenging postures, it’s still accessible for all levels of experience. And it is now available at Club Med Bintan Island!

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What is aerial yoga

Aerial yoga is also called anti-gravity yoga as during the session you are suspended off the ground. It combines traditional yoga postures and core strengthening exercises with the use of silk hammock that lift you off the ground and allow you to completely let go, getting deeper into the postures, and cracking a few smiles in the process!

Benefits

  • It relieves compression in the spine instead of the natural downward compression produced by gravity. It allows you to relax and reduces joint pressure.

  • It challenges the central nervous system and stimulates both mind and body. It requires focus and patience to learn to move your body through the different poses.

  • It increases pulling strength. This movement isn’t found in the traditional yoga practice. It is a great way to keep your shoulders balanced!

  • It improves flexibility. You will be able to refine and improve your alignment and relax into the pose.

  • It is beginner-friendly! You can play with the different postures and build the strength to execute the different yoga poses as you gather strength and confidence with each class.

Yoga in Bintan Island

From Club Med Bintan Island, take time to rejuvenate body and soul with an aerial yoga session facing the sea, just upside down! You’ll definitely get addicted quicker than you think.

Just a short ferry ride from Singapore, Bintan Island is surrounded by raw natural beauty: the perfect place to relax and experience wellness activities: a beautiful spa perched on the rocks, flying trapeze or new yoga poses.

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Ski where Olympians do

Do you wonder where snow Olympians go train? Some of them might be at Club Med - just like you! Discover more below and ski or snowboard where Olympians do!

Club Med is happy to be an official partner of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA). The OWIA takes care of the training of athletes and the coaching in sports involved in the winter Olympics.

This partnership means Aussie snow Olympians can perform at their best by staying, training, and recovering in Club Med’s ski resorts worldwide. And also have fun in the process!

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Curious to know in which resorts our Aussie Olympians have been?

Here’s how it works: ski cross champions practice at Club Med Val Thorens Sensations in France, snowboard cross shredders also enjoy the French Alps slopes from Club Med Valmorel, and aerial ski stars rise in the air at Club Med Beidahu in China.

So here’s your chance chance to ski beside Australia’s elite winter athletes, and even pick up a tip or two!

Discover below Sami Kennedy-Sim’s experience on Club Med slopes with a series of four videos. The Australian freestyle skier made her second Olympic appearance at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games.

Sami tells the story of her ski cross memories, failures and successes: from her best memory (first podium on world cup) to her aspirations to see more and more people to join the team and the Olympics.

Balancing olympian ski life and personal life is not always easy as Sami explains here. She shows how lucky she is to have been for 15 years on the road now and also 7 years of marriage. The ambition and drive to be at her best keeps her going in life.

The importance of having a team which is a kind of family on the road is a necessity to be successful together. Sami is happy to share these incredible experiences with her team.

Club Med brought all the support to the athletes for their training, eating and recovering needs. Sami highlighted the importance of the environment where you evolve in and all the necessity Club Med could offer such as excellent nutrition, gym, direct access to the hills - all in one spot.

Interested in knowing more about Club Med snow resorts? Discover more information about perfect ski holidays here.

Want to discover our Facebook Snow Squad Group? Join us here!

Top 5 Wedding Destinations to tie the knot

Incredible destinations, incredible moments to share with incredible people: why not having your dream wedding in paradise?

Club Med offers romantic and inspiring venues where your friends and family can celebrate in style. And with flawless event coordination, expert planners, tailor-made wedding packages, and all-inclusive convenience - it’s easy to turn your wedding into an unforgettable holiday.

Discover below a selection of our top 5 destinations to get married overseas and make unforgettable memories in paradise. Are you ready to say “I do”?

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1 - Finolhu and Kani in the Maldives

Why not celebrate your wedding in the idyllic natural surroundings of the Maldives located in the Indian Ocean. Azure waters, private overwater villas, white sand beaches and simple pleasures are waiting for you to make your special day a little bit more magical.

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Club Med Finolhu Villas

From sunrise to sunset, the discrete service of your personal butler and the unbelievable beauty all around will make your wedding day and holiday on Finolhu unforgettable in your totally private beach or overwater villa.

On the beach or on by the poolside, enjoy the perfect setting for your wedding with a touch of luxury. The day after, indulge with a floating breakfast in your private pool or free-flowing Champagne in the evening.

And for your honeymoon stay: don’t miss a private snorkelling trips, seaplane rides, superyacht adventures, private yoga class or spa rituals in the overwater spa.

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Club Med Kani

Wake up to stunning beach views upon a private island with two kilometres of white sand beach and say “I do” in front of the Turquoise water. For an elevated experience for your wedding and honeymoon, stay in the Manta overwater suites with exclusive services such as Champagne by the glass every day from 6pm, breakfast in bed and a private beach.

And for your honeymoon stay, indulge in the simple pleasures of the island such as fresh fish, fresh coconut or a glide through the air on the overwater swing or try some of the thrilling water sports activities - all included.

2 - Bali and Bintan Island in Indonesia

If you’re looking to reunite all of your loved ones for your destination wedding, Bali and Bintan Island in Indonesia are the top choices. Between Club Med Bali’s modern and spacious beachside oasis and the raw beauty of Club Med Bintan Island - you’re spoilt for choice.

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Club Med Bali is easily accessible from the four corners of the world. It is a peaceful oasis on the shores of Nusa Dua with masses of space to unwind, relax for your wedding day while Club Med take care of everything. Reunite your loved one around a beautiful ceremony with local floral decoration in the lush gardens or by the sea.

And for your honeymoon, enjoy guided pilates and yoga lessons, the adult-only Zen Pool, local Balinese culture discoveries, a jeep adventure through the black sand beaches or visit traditional temples.

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Club Med Bintan Island

Just an hour away by ferry from Singapore, make unique memories surrounded by astounding raw natural beauty from the white-sand beach to crystal-clear waters of Bintan Island. Plus, embrace the Zen vibes of Bintan for your wedding and honeymoon as it’s the perfect holistic wellness escape.

And for your honeymoon, enjoy yoga by the sea, aerial yoga, pilates, stand up paddle boarding, a beautiful spa visit perched on the rocks and golf on one of the best Asia’s golf course - Ria Bintan.

3 - Tomamu Hokkaido in Japan

Make your wedding day as unique as you are with the incredible destination that is Japan. Be amazed by sumptuous landscapes with mountains, plains, rivers and lakes and incredible powder snow in winter. Take off for the region of Hokkaido - stunning in summer with colourful flower fields, sumptuous in winter with uncrowded mountains, and delectable local cuisine all-year-long.

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Celebrate your wedding in a perfect winter wonderland in Japan with a snow escape to the mountains. Tie the knot the most magical way possible in an Ice Chapel with your loved ones and enjoy colourful fireworks to conclude the ceremony.

And for your honeymoon, try an authentic Japanese culinary experience, a guided whisky and sake tasting, romantic nights at the nearby Ice Village with ice fishing, ice skating, ice bar… And of course, don’t miss out on the endless snow with ski and snowboard lessons and après-ski activities in a resort influenced by the beauty of Japan.

4 - Trancoso in Brazil

Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Brazil is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. Tropical beaches, samba and the country’s fanatical passion for football make Brazil one of the most vibrant, lively and fascinating destinations on earth. From the rain forests of the Amazon to the white-sand beaches of Bahia, Brazil is a perfect wedding destination... Tudo bom!

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Club Med Trancoso

Have the most spectacular wedding day in Trancoso, located south of Salvador de Bahia in Brazil. Between forest and sea, be ready to experience a wedding for nature lovers, off the beaten track and perched on a sublime clifftop overlooking a vast and magnificent beach.

And for your honeymoon, enjoy the Terravista Golf Course, the nearby towns of Trancoso, Arraial d’Ajuda and Porto Seguro with some pristine beaches, cultural sights and shops.

5 - Cancun in Mexico

A vibrant country with a rich culture, Mexico is filled with iconic sights, fantastic beaches and sub-tropical climates - making it a must-do destination. So why not celebrate your most important day in a stunning place, with delicious food and vibrant culture?

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Say ‘I Do,’ surrounded by Cancun’s brilliant teal-blue seas, pristine white beach and magnificent sunsets. If you’re looking for the perfect blend of romance, culture, and adventure, Club Med Cancun Yucatán is the perfect wedding destination.

And for your honeymoon, savour delicious Mexican flavours, discover one of the Seven Wonders of the World: Chichen Itza and upgrade your wedding and honeymoon experience with the new Jade 5 Exclusive Space’s luxury suites.

Ready to tie the knot and curious to know more about Wedding Destinations at Club Med? Discover more about Weddings by Club Med here and our brand new Club Med Weddings Brochure here 👰

All wedding pictures have been shared with authorisation from the SE7EN Agency wedding planner for the Maldives and Bali, Ancila Weddings for Cancun, Your Overseas Wedding and Sun N Sea Hong Kong for Japan and Trancoso resort for Brazil.

The hottest destinations to travel to in 2019

Looking for inspiration about the hottest destination to travel to in 2019?

Look no further, the beloved younger generation voted for their top travel destinations for 2019 from Portugal to the Philippines and it’s giving us a lot of wanderlust feelings right now. After all, who knows better than the travel-addicted Millenial generation?

Bali in Indonesia, Hokkaido in Japan, Yucatan in Mexico and Guilin in China also made it in the top 30 destinations so we’ve summed up below why you should also visit these destinations with Club Med.

Destination ranked number 2: Bali

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Why also love Club Med Bali?

  • Cultural activities: you can learn how to cook, taste delicious local dishes and learn the basics of the Bahasa Indonesia language. A lot of discoveries are also waiting: don’t miss the rice fields, visit of nearby temples, and experience a cultural ceremony.

  • Thrilling activities: it’s pure Bali bliss with various activities such as Paddle boarding, kayaking, surf, tennis, gym, yoga, trapeze and more…

  • Natural landscape: the Adults-only Zen Pool is surrounded by immaculate gardens and palm trees, the perfect place to relax and soak in the Bali Zen vibes.

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Key discoveries around the resort

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  • Tanah Lot Temple, perched at the peak of a rock face hanging over the ocean , this temple is dedicated to the god of sea.

  • Ayung River, a 12 km rafting descent to discover sculpted rocks and stunning waterfalls.

  • Gianyar traditional market, a festival of sense where you have to try babi guling, a local speciality of suckling pig cooked on a spit-roast.

  • Jatiluwih rice paddy, the most famous rice paddies of Bali was recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

  • Jemeluk Bay, climb on board a jukung and discover ghost fish and mimic octopus.

  • Lake Bratan, along the shores, get the chance to discover the majestic Pura Ulun Danu Buddhist temple.

  • Mount Batur, rising to over 1700m, this volcano is the best spot to admire the rising sun.

  • Tegallalang Rice paddies, enchanted promenades to discover terraced landscape, rampant palm trees and straw hat-wearing locals.

  • Ubud, city where you can stroll in the Monkey Forest or opt for relaxation by the sacred Tirta Empul water sources.

Destination ranked number 13: Hokkaido

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Why also love Club Med Tomamu and Club Med Sahoro?

  • Cultural discoveries: Plunge into Japanese culinary traditions like whisky and sake tasting, as well as an authentic Yakiniku Barbecue.

  • Japan Powder: 145 hectares of playground to play in, click in and ride Japan’s renowned slopes.

  • Relaxing activities: After a good day on the slopes, enjoy Mina Mina Beach, Japan’s largest indoor pool or relax at the Japanese public bath Kirin-no Yu.

  • Nightlife: Sparkling nights are waiting for you at nearby Ice Village, where cool evenings meet heart-warming moments with ice fishing, ice skating, ice bar and dining.

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Key discoveries around the resort

  • Daisetsuzan National Park, Hokkaido's largest national park, paradise for hikers, outdoor lovers, deer and brown bears.

  • Kasumi waterfall, accessible by doing a trek through snow covered woods.

  • Shakotan Peninsula, mountainous peninsula which projects some 30 kilometres into the Sea of Japan.

  • Shikisai-no-oka flower fields, a spectacular view across fifteen hectares of land where you can enjoy the fragrance of the blossoms.

Destination ranked number 22: Yucatan

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Why also love Club Med Cancun Yucatan?

  • Cultural discoveries: Discover one of the seven wonders of the world: Chichen Itza and vibrant Mexican Culture through activities, food and excursions.

  • Food: Savour delicious Mexican flavours while facing the oceans from the Brand new Taco Arte Beach Lounge or drink a margarita from the Maya Lounge all-Inclusive open-bar

  • Thrilling activities: Enjoy various activities such as paddle-boarding, waterskiing, kayaking, snorkelling, flyboarding and many more!

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Key discoveries around the resort

  • Chichen Itza, a complex of Mayan ruin and Valladolid, charming and colonial town.

  • Whale Sharks, in the north of Isla Mujeres, over the summer months, a large number of them come to visit the region.

  • Tulum,pre-Columbian Mayan walled city and Playa del Carmen, known for its palm-lined beaches and coral reefs.

  • Ancient Kingdom of Ek Balam, Yucatec-Maya archaeological site to soak in the Mexican Culture.

  • Coba Ruins, an archaeological site from the top of an ancient pyramid.

Destination ranked number 24: Guilin

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Why also love Club Med Guilin?

  • Cultural aspect: the resort is an outdoor museum in itself, 100 contemporary sculptures made by international artists are located in this vast park, ranked as the leading modern art collection in Asia.

  • Sensation activities in the nature rock climbing, mountain biking, archery, tennis are an example of activities you can experience there.

  • Heritage: Guilin is a UNESCO protected region.

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Key discoveries around the resort

  • The River Li, a place with dramatic karst peaks and dense vegetation.

  • The Ping'an Zhuang Village Terraced Fields, fields stretch from the bottom to the top of the mountains, creating a grand and magnificent view.

  • The Pagodas, sun and moon twin pagodas around Guilin’s two central lakes.

  • Karst Hills Caves and Mountains, eroded limestone terrain characterised by caves, sinkholes, rocky ground,…

Curious to discover the full top 30 destinations? Discover it all in the Insider article here.

Interview : Emma Isaacs and her Bali Family Experience

Founder and Global CEO of Business Chicks, supporting Australian business women, and Author of “Winging It” book, Emma Isaacs is a busy entrepreneur. She is passionate about encouraging women to be bold, to be courageous and to take risks.

As a Mum of 5 (enough for a basketball team, she says) Emma Isaacs needed a break from her never-stopping schedule of Mum-Entrepreneur and chose Club Med Bali for her well-deserved me and family time.

Want to know more about Emma’s holidays in Bali as well as tips to disconnect and how to have a successful holiday? We had the pleasure to ask her a few questions about her relaxing stay.

Note: All images below are courtesy of Emma Isaacs, and have been shared with permission. 

If you could describe your family holiday to Club Med Bali in 3 words, what would they be and why?

🙌 I’d say “freeing” because to be able to choose how much I have my kids with me or away from me brings a huge sense of freedom.

🎉 Then “fun” because we always love the array of activities from circus school through to the nightly concerts.

😌 And finally “stress free” as I love how everything is included at Club Med and you don’t have to worry about receiving a massive bill at the end of the vacation.  

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Tell us about your Club Med Bali experience as a family with 5 young children.

It was awesome because of the affordable childcare for our baby. The local nannies at Club Med Bali are true dedicated to what they do and we always feel happy being able to leave the baby knowing she's in great hands. 

What were some of the activities your family did at Club Med Bali?

The kids were really into the Kids Club and they did the trapeze every day. They also made friends from other countries and spent a lot of time exploring the resort. 

Did you manage to find a balance between "us" time and "me" time while on holiday at the resort?

Yes that’s the beauty of Club Med! We found ourselves with many free hours during the day (guilt free!) and would congregate as a family over meals. 

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With such a busy work and family schedule, how do you find time to organise and take holidays? Any tips for fellow busy mums?

My advice would be to sit down and plan the year ahead. Even though you know there’s going to be an expense and lots of organisation, just rip the band-aid off and book a holiday in. Breaks like this one, to Club Med, keep you motivated to work hard knowing that there is a holiday at the end. 

What are your top tips to disconnect from business/routine while on holidays?

I’ve been en entrepreneur my whole life so there is no such thing as truly switching off and I’m absolutely ok with that. I actually find it less stressful if I can check in with the office for a tiny bit of time during the holiday and then I find I’m free to focus on recharging when I’m sure everything is taken care of back home (which it always is!) 

How does travel effect the way you work, your creativity, productivity and view on priorities?

I always find I’m far more creative and inspired when I prioritise vacation time.  

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What country / holiday has inspired you the most in your life and why?

I’m fortunate enough to have experienced a safari in Africa, exploring the raids in Morocco, sipping cocktails on Necker Island in the Caribbean and frequently visiting New York with girlfriends, but anywhere that I’m able to make sure the kids are having fun and I’m also getting a break will be top of my list. 

What is the next Club Med resort you would like to experience and why?

Cancun in Mexico! Living in LA means we often get to Mexico but I have not yet made it to Cancun so that’s next on my list. 

Discover more about this sanctuary for families and friends at Club Med Bali here!

Club Med Hosts Mega Famil in Bali

Are you tired of dated conference facilities, uninspiring breakout rooms with stale sandwiches and singular-wrapped mints, and an event organiser who, by the third eye-roll, is making you question whether your money was better spent elsewhere?

Wouldn’t you rather an event on a sun-soaked island, snowy mountain peak, or wild jungle? At Club Med, we’ve reserved the best spots in the world’s most beautiful locations. With 70 Sun and Snow Resorts worldwide, we have endless choices for your next meeting, event or incentive.

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Stop settling and start organising the event you’ve been dreaming of. With a variety of accommodation, all-day gourmet dining, premium open bar, and endless activities, our all-inclusive packages guarantee stress-free planning.

Family reunion or big birthday celebration? What about a work conference, sport training, or wellness retreat? Planning your unique event has never been easier.

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Discover the unlimited possibilities at Club Med through the highlights of our recent mega Meetings & Events famil below!

Plus, get the best rate for your group with our Limited Bali event offer: 5% off the best market rate + some further discounts as listed below. 

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This November, the Club Med Meetings & Events team hosted the biggest famil event of the year with more than 100 whose-who in the MICE space from the APAC region. 

Travel agents, professional conference organisers, media and direct clients from 10 different countries attended this 3-day trip to Club Med Bali to experience the ease of planning and executing meetings and events with Club Med.

In typical Club Med-style, it certainly wasn’t ‘all work and no play’, as workshops in the newly renovated conference rooms and team building activities on the spacious lawn were blended with seaside yoga and exclusive cocktail parties under the stars.

A warm welcome by the Meeting & Events team at Club Med Bali

A warm welcome by the Meeting & Events team at Club Med Bali

Welcome cocktails served beside the traditional temple

Welcome cocktails served beside the traditional temple

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Chef-prepared canapes

Chef-prepared canapes

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Resort tour with the Meetings & Events Manager

Resort tour with the Meetings & Events Manager

Worktainment workshop in the newly renovated meeting rooms

Worktainment workshop in the newly renovated meeting rooms

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Team building - new digital treasure hunt activity

Team building - new digital treasure hunt activity

Beach-side yoga

Beach-side yoga

Conquering fears and learning new skills on the flying trapeze

Conquering fears and learning new skills on the flying trapeze

Stand up paddle boarding

Stand up paddle boarding

White night under the stars

White night under the stars

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Email: australiagroupsales@clubmed.com

Email: australiagroupsales@clubmed.com

What's new at Club Med Sahoro?

Club Med Sahoro Hokkaido in Japan has reopened its doors for the new snow season and is ready to welcome its guests for fun, food, and thrills!

1. Freshly renovated rooms

During the off season, the resort underwent a complete refreshment and is now offering renovated rooms and new fun experiences that will make your holiday extra-memorable. Combining Japanese minimalism with French chic, perfect to rest and get ready for a whole new exciting day in Sahoro!


2. Enhanced restaurant

The Daichi restaurant has been expanded and redesigned with origami shapes representing longevitiy and good luck. Taste a selection of Asian flavours with a view over the mountains of Sahoro Hokkaido. The restaurant also offers a baby corner and a live cooking station where you can find out the well-kept secret of chef cooking soba, ramen and noodles.

3. New unique activities

Climb the augmented reality wall of fun

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Interactive and captivating, the rock climbing experience is the first one of its kind at Club Med. Enter a world of fun and compete against your friends while taking part in different games projected on the wall.

From 12 years old and above

Learn new skills or refine old ones on the ski simulator

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Perfect for beginners to learn the basics, for intermediates to master technique or for experts to discover off-piste terraine, the new ski simulator is fun for the whole family. Choose from a variety of slopes and sensations as if you were on the slopes! From 10 years old and above

Find your ski legs on the magic carpet

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While learning speed management and improving mobility, this carpet located just in front of the resort will bring you and your kids at the top of the training slopes. Our GOs will be there to make sure your kids have a fun from top to bottom.


Take home traditional culinary skills for 2 new cooking classes

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Learn how to master the art of cooking Temari sushi and take new skills home to impress and delight your friends or your family.

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What tastes better than good food cooked with good people? Following the advice and tips of our dedicated chef, prepare your own fresh Soba noodles. As soon as they get ready, sit down and enjoy your meal in the traditional Japanese way.

Want to discover more about a magical snow holiday in Japan, check out more information on Club Med Sahoro website page.

First holiday abroad with bub: Testimonial by Nikki Phillips at Club Med Bintan Island

First-time mum and long-time Club Med fan, Nikki Phillips recently returned from her first overseas trip as a new mum. Having visited both Club Med Finolhu Villas, Kani and Les Chalets Valmorel with her husband, Nikki looked towards Club Med and the amazing family services as the holiday of choice for her new family. Full of family fun and precious couple time, check out Nikki’s family vacation at Club Med Bintan below:

And discover her photo diary here:

5 minutes with Rachael Harding, Club Med AU & NZ New General Manager

We have been thrilled to welcome Rachael Harding to our Club Med family as the new General Manager of Australia & New Zealand! Armed with 20 years in the industry, the title of 2018 Sales Woman of the Year, a passion for travel, and love for the brand – we’re excited to be joined by such a talented and inspiring woman.

Discover our 5 minutes with Rachael to get to know her more personally:

1. How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

❤️ Passionate

😊 Loyal

💪 Tenacious


2. What’s your motto?

If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.

3. The person who inspire you the most?

My mum! Despite life throwing a lot of curve balls, she continues to inspire everyone in her way.

4. What are you the most proud of?

I recently completed my first half marathon, I just wish I started running earlier in life!

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5. How do you find the balance between your busy professional life and your personal one?

I have to admit, I don’t do this well. If I find a focus (this year 1/2 marathon) and have to train toward a goal that takes care of me physically and I try and be present at home and always have a holiday to look forward to with the family for good quality time.

6. What has been your favourite family vacation?

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Definitely – Club Med Kani. 

Amazing island and activity options to make it an individual holiday for all of us to recharge and allowing us to have true quality family time. 

7. You travelled to 93 countries, which one impacted you the most and why?

Most recently, Jordan!

The juxtaposition of deep beauty, history, jaw dropping ancient ruins and the current political and social crisis, this country is fascinating!

8. If you would have a superpower, what would it be and why?

The ability to stay awake 24/7 so I could get everything done!


9. Finally, what excites you the most about being part of Club Med Australia and New Zealand?

I am truly excited to be a part of this iconic and innovative brand who pioneer amazing work across the globe – both in offering unique all-inclusive holidays, and in their pursuit of global environmental sustainability and social responsibility. We have an amazing team in Australia & NZ who works tirelessly to create seamless experiences for our trade partners and guests and I feel energised to be working alongside them.

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Want to discover more about Club Med? Head to our website www.clubmed.com.au

24 Hours in Sahoro Hokkaido, Japan

Have you heard about the hottest snow destination yet? 

Say hello to the Hokkaido region in Japan - an incredible blend of authentic Japanese culture and incredible snow experiences. Live the Hokkaido mountain charm right from Club Med Sahoro where delicious culinary discoveries meet fun days filled of powder snow adventures in an enchanted forest setting. Plus from this December, enjoy a fresh new look with renovated rooms and an enhanced restaurant which will elevate your experience.

Discover how just 24 hours in Club Med Sahoro can be amazing and just the start to an incredible time in Japan!

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As soon as you open the eyes, you will be surrounded by the magnificent view overlooking the mountains of Hokkaido, Japan. Fresh powder awaits but first let’s gain some energy with some delicious breakfast to start the day the right way!

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Guess who will never want to leave the kids club? We’ve got an idea! Whether your snow bunnies are an expert rider or a beginner, they’ll have endless fun and make new friends from all over the world. Starting the day with group ski lessons or exclusive activities, our G.Os will take care of your kids while you hit the slopes.

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Ready for Snow Trekking, Skiing or Snowboarding? With 22 kilometres of slopes and an altitude of up to 1,030m - the Sahoro Hokkaido ski domain has it all and will ensure your days never look the same. Don't worry if you are a first-time skier or snowboarder, our highly-trained instructors are here for you to have the most amazing experience ever while you enjoy the uncrowded slopes. And if you’re a specialist already, all you have to do is to enjoy the ride!

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Lunch is the best part after a morning in the snow, isn’t it? Plunge into Japanese culinary tradition with fresh ingredients imported from different parts of Hokkaido. Savour from a selection of freshly prepared delights highlighting the local flavours with fresh Hokkaido crabs, Japanese wagyu beef and many more. Wanting something different? Snow-worries, an array of international flavours are also available to satisfy your tastebuds.

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While the kids are have the time of their lives in the Kids Clubs, why not Indulge in our dedicated outdoor Canadian bath? Solo or with your other half, it’s the perfect to relax your muscles after intensive snow sports or to simply disconnect and get your mind lost in the endless snowy landscape.

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There are many adventures to try in Sahoro! Take time with your family to share happy moments and experience unique activities like Horse Riding* surrounded by the beautiful mountains, plains, rivers and lakes.

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Your magical day is almost over and your legs are probably asking for some rest - perfect timing to get a delicious Japanese dinner and then watch an incredible aerial performance put on by our GOs.

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We know how sleep is important when on holiday, the perfect time to recharge, relax and be full of energy for the next day ahead. Truly unwind in our new renovated rooms, combining Japanese minimalism with French chic, and get ready for a whole new day of fun and adventure in Sahoro!

Wanting to discover more? Discover everything here about Club Med Sahoro Hokkaido.

*Additional service at an extra fee - everything else is included!

Want to discover our Facebook Snow Squad Group? Join us here!

Uncover the hidden gems of Japan

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From the Northernmost part to the far South, discover a different side of Japan with these two hidden gems. Consistently highlighted as the top must-see places to discover in Japan, travellers will be in awe of the stunning mountainscapes of Hokkaido and the incredible culture of Okinawa.

The perfect hidden getaway on the island of longevity

Club Med Kabira Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan

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Where is it?

Part of the Okinawa region, Ishigaki is located in the far South of Japan in the East China Sea, not far from Taiwan.

Why go there?

TripAdvisor elected the island of Ishigaki as the No.1 spot in the list of destinations on the rise for 2018. With incredible Okinawan culture, traditional sanshin music, crystal-clear water and stunning white sand beaches, it is the perfect place to explore! Discover the secret to longevity of the Okinawans, the longest living people on earth, and dive into this world-class protected Marine Park.

Why will you love it?

Escaping to this untouched Japanese island gem will inspire the whole family. Between many options for water activities, healthy Okinawan cuisine, and fun Kids Clubs for children aged 2 years to 17 years – you’ll return home feeling renewed.

How to get there?

Fly to Tokyo, catch a 2.5 hours connecting flight to Ishigaki Airport and arrive at destination with a Club Med transfer.

“I can’t believe just how gorgeous it is and the water is so, so clear and perfect temperature!!” @MumPackTravel

A stunning summer escape in the Japanese mountains

Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, Japan

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Where is it?

Located in the Northernmost of Japan’s main islands, the Hokkaido region is known for its delicious gastronomy, unique countryside landscapes and nature adventures!

Why go there?

Fresh flowers, pure air and incredible mountainscapes – the Hokkaido region truly shines in summer with the mildest climate of all of Japan. The flower fields themselves are truly impressive with lavender, poppies and more (usually blossoming in July).

Why will you love it? Sprawled across 358 acres around Tomamu Mount, there is boundless space for you to explore. Fresh seafood, premium Wagyu beef, and award-winning locally brewed spirits make this more than a destination, but a culinary journey to enjoy. From breath-taking mountain views from the Unkai Terrace to nature hiking and horseback riding, and to riding Japan’s largest indoor wave pool at nearby Hoshino Resort, you’ll experience summer excitement at its best in Japan’s Hokkaido region!

How to get there?

Fly to Tokyo, catch a 2 hour connecting flight to Chitose Airport or Obihiro Airport and arrive at destination with a Club Med transfer.

Discover soon the summer extraordinaire event at Club Med Tomamu from 6-27 September 2019! More information to come on clubmed.com.au.

Photo diary: the Club Med family experience by @MumPackTravel

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They are quite the travel duo! Evie, family travel blogger of @MumPackTravel and her daughter Emmie, 8, have been travelling the world for two years now and are filled with the memories of their incredible experiences and encounters.   We chatted to Evie about her recent holidays at both Club Med Bintan Island and Kabira, two amazing tropical island destinations in Asia.

"One week-holiday to get a taste of Kabira and Bintan Island was a pure bliss! Discovering these destinations by experiencing water sports, getting lost in wonderful landscapes and immersing ourselves in the Asian culture was made perfect to re-energize and spend memorable moments with my dearest daughter," Evie.

The pastel colours of Bintan Island 🌅 

"It’s so peaceful here. Bintan has a certain calmness about it. The sunrises and sunsets are so soft and magic. Thus was our first visit to Club Med and we couldn’t have asked for more," Evie, MumPackTravel.

"I made lots of friends at the Mini Club Med and I even got to have breakfast with my friends, and sign myself in and out of the Mini Club. It was the best fun. At Bintan, we had a foam party and mum and I danced in the foam for ages. I love it when mum is having fun with me at Club Med,"  Emmie, 8 years old. 

Discovering Kabira's Hidden Treasures 🔷

"I think Kabira is the most beautiful resort…our time here was perfect. The resort and staff are wonderful, the water is incredibly clear and temperate and the guests are so much fun. We made so many friends from Japan, Korea and Taiwan. We will always treasure our memories from our stay at this beautiful resort," Evie, MumPackTravel. 

"There are so many sweet little nooks at Club Med, whether overlooking the water, surrounded by flowers or hidden away from the beach. I love that if you feel like you need some quiet time, it's easy to find your own space and just zone out (while the kids are having the time of their lives in Mini Club)," Evie, MumPackTravel.

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The ocean is your playground 🌊

"I feel safe in the water at Club Med because it is so blue and clear, and there are lots of lifeguards around me. Club Med is all about family and I love how everyone here is so happy playing in the water with their mums and dads. I love how the ocean makes me laugh like when my mum falls off the paddle boards. It’s so much fun," Emmie, 8 years old. 

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"Stand Up Paddleboarding was so much fun, I had a race with some Japanese boys we made friends with and I won! Mum kept falling off," Emmie, 8 years old. 

"The snorkelling at Kabira is amazing. There are so, so many fish and delicate corals and sea grass. We would swim out to the buoy and float back in on the current, over so many colourful fish and corals, spotting the clown fish that live in the anemones. We also loved the water sports and tried wind surfing, standup paddle boarding and kayaking," Evie, MumPackTravel.

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"We were here every day for aqua fitness and pool games. It was the highlight of our day because Emmie and I had such a great time together…we had so, so many laughs with other guests and the vibe is just so warm and positive. Exercising is meant to be fun, right?" Evie, MumPackTravel. 

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Fun-filled days with activities & the Mini Club 😄

"One of the things I love about Club Med is how infectious the fun is - you are quite literally smiling all the time! Dancing around the swimming pool in my bikini, jumping in and playing team games - I never would have thought I’d be doing this! But it’s just so much fun and everyone is so happy - you can’t help but be part of it," Evie, MumPackTravel.

"I love how when you fall you get this feeling that is really good in your belly because you know you’re safe and that you did your best. And it feels so good to know you’re capable of doing tricks. Doing the batman where you hang on your toes is really fun. Everyone cheers you on and I love how all the people are really nice on the trapeze - the Circus Team is my favourite," Emmie, 8 years old.

"We made tie dye t-shirts, played slip and slide and did trapeze and so many other fun things at Mini Club. I love that at Club Med I can have fun with my friends and with my family. It feels like a home, but even more fun because you don't have to unload the dishwasher or clean your room," Emmie, 8 years old.

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"I love how the Mini Club always has exciting activities like the Mini Club Show. You get all dressed up and perform in the theatre. I like how everybody has a chance to do something in the show. It’s really fun and makes you confident. Sure you get stage fright but you complete things that you never thought you could do, like singing and dancing in front of a big audience," Emmie, 8 years old.

And...safety first of course! 👌

"Emmie had such freedom at Club Med because I felt so confident in the staff at Kabira. She checked herself in and out of Mini Club and ate meals with her friends. It’s so empowering for children to be able to make decisions for themselves, and it’s a super safe environment to let them take their first steps towards independence," Evie, MumPackTravel.

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"These lifeguards here make me feel so safe, they are always watching me at the beach and the pool. The ones at the pool are lots of fun too and they make funny jokes and make me laugh," Emmie, 8 years old.

Planning on a family holiday in Kabira or Bintan? Visit our pages Club Med Kabira Ishigaki and Club Med Bintan Island to discover more about those incredible destinations. 

The Tribe in Paradise series, Part 3: Three Generations Reunite in Phuket

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The Brown family from Melbourne had the time of their lives in Club Med Phuket, Thailand with days packed with activities, discoveries and even a sports tournament for all 18 family members! While the kids loved competitive sports, the adults enjoyed spending well-deserved carefree time together. The family also has a love for dancing and made the most of the lively evenings on the dancefloor.

1. Why did you choose to go to Club Med Phuket?

We have been to other Club Meds previously and loved the resort locations, facilities and activities and felt that the weather in February was perfect for Phuket.

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2. Who did you travel with during your stay?

My husband and 3 children, my husband’s 3 siblings and their families, and my mother- in- law.

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3. What was your typical day in the resort?

I started with the early group walk, met my family for breakfast then joined the Zumba and Pool Aerobics, often joined by other members of my family. After lunch I would relax by the pool. My husband and children loved the competitive sports and competitions. After dinner, we enjoyed the evening entertainment and of course the crazy signs and dancing each night. We also had our own table tennis tournament with all 18 family members. For a large family group of 3 generations, there was something for everyone and so many ways for us all to enjoy being together.

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4. What was your highlight from the trip?

I loved the dancing each night and seeing our family member enjoying their time together

5. What do you love most about Phuket as a destination?

The weather is consistently warm, the beaches stunning and the people so friendly.

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6. What did you enjoy the most in the resort?

The GO’s were amazing and really enhanced our experience. The central focal point of the pool, fun activity area and restaurant meant there was always a place to go to meet others and have fun.  The quality and variety of cuisines was a delight. The beautiful beach and the town are at your doorstep if you choose to explore It is perfectly located.

7. What is your top tip for a successful family trip in Club Med Phuket?

Participate in the activities offered – the GO’s are great and make the holiday much more fun

8. What were your favourite activities for a perfect family holiday in Club Med Phuket?

Zumba, Table tennis competition, pool aerobics and pool games

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9. What could you pack in your suitcase for a family holiday in Club Med Phuket?

A good camera to capture all the fun memories 🎥

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10. Which Club Med are you going to next or would you like to try next?

Finding a future date and coordinating all the family is a big challenge but maybe Mauritius would be exciting.

Answers by Nicole Brown from Melbourne, thanks for your participation!

Planning on your next holiday? Discover more about Club Med Phuket here.

And if you’d like to send us your Club Med experiences, feel free to drop us a note on hello.au@clubmed.com

Tribe in Paradise Part 2: A 50th birthday to remember in Bali

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What’s better than a special birthday surrounded by loved ones in paradise? With her group of 15 family members and friends, Jane Hamill celebrated her 50th in style in Club Med Bali, Indonesia. Her relaxing days consisted of sunrise walks with her mum, yoga by the beach, lazing by the pool and cocktails of course! The Zen pool was a big hit for adults while kids enjoyed the Junior Club. It was a perfect balance and successful time away for all family members!

1. Why did you choose to go to Club Med Bali?

I had been to Club Med Bali 5 times already and always loved it. The whole family enjoys being there and as a mum it is a true holiday for me as I can just relax and don't need to think about a thing. What better place to meet up with friends and family to celebrate my 50th Birthday!

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2. Who did you travel with during your stay?

We had a group of 15 including my husband, 13 year-old son and 10 year-old daughter. We met up with two other families, my best friend from school and my parents.

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3. What was your typical day in the resort?

Meeting my mum at 6:30am for a sunrise walk, yoga by the beach, breakfast and lazing by the pool, watching trapeze, lunch, more lazing by the pool, archery, afternoon pilates, cocktails by the beach. My son hung out with the junior club and enjoyed trapeze, archery and pool games. The child free couples were able to take advantage of the beautiful zen pool. Each night we met up for dinner in the restaurant and the staff made sure we had a table that could accommodate our group.

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4. What was your highlight from the trip?

My birthday dinner in The Deck restaurant. The staff were fantastic with our booking and I received the Club Med rendition of Happy Birthday! Spending relaxing time with my family and friends was the best gift of all.

5. What do you love most about Bali as a destination?

🌴 Beautiful spacious grounds

🌞 Gorgeous weather

😊 Lovely people

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6. What did you enjoy the most in the resort?

The food and the friendliness of the GO team.

7. What is your top tip for a successful family trip in Club Med Bali?

Just let everyone go their own way and meet up for meals. It is a safe environment for the kids to experience some independence.

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8. What are your favourite activities for a perfect family holiday in Club Med Bali?

Archery, table tennis and pool games are great for all the family, plus watching the shows at night.

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9. What could you pack in your suitcase for a family holiday in Club Med Bali?

Yoga pants, bathers and something white for White Night.

10. Which Club Med are you going to next?

We are looking forward to our first Club Med ski holiday to Pragelato Vialattea, Italy and coming home via Club Med Bintan.

Answers by Jane Hamill from Perth, thanks for your participation!

If you like to hear more about this destination, head to the Club Med Bali page to plan your next holiday.

And if you’d like to send us your Club Med experiences, feel free to drop us a note on hello.au@clubmed.com

Tribe in Paradise Part 1: Family holidays in Cherating

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From Perth, all 17 members of the Lim family stayed in Club Med Cherating Beach, Malaysia for some well-deserved time away together. They enjoyed the exotic jungle surroundings, indulged in all-inclusive food and drinks - perfect for a group full of super energetic and hungry teens and extra-easy for everyone to enjoy their holiday! Discover their full interview and photographs below.

1. Why did you choose to go to Club Med Cherating Beach?

My family had been fortunate enough to have stayed at Club Med Bintan 5 years ago or so and we had always said we would love to go to another Club Med. We were also keen on going on a holiday with our good friends and my sister in laws family before all our kids grew up.

So in planning for this holiday we needed to stay at a place that was hassle free, full of activities for everyone and was also good value for money which is why Club Med was an obvious choice. We decided on Cherating Beach specifically as it was relatively close to Perth.

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2. Who did you travel with during your stay?

I have a family of six (kids aged 7,9,11,13) and we travelled with my nephew (aged 15),  our good friends ( kids aged 14,16) and also my sister in laws family (kids aged 9,11,13,15).

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3. What was your typical day in the resort?

Although the Kids Club was available, our children just loved spending time with their friends and cousins and even us adults! Our typical day in the resort started out with a fantastic breakfast over which we would plan out what everyone wanted to do for the day.

With activities being held at various times for different ages and at different locations,  and also having to cater for our group of 17 people,  we had to sort out the logistics of who was going where to do what and when !

After busy mornings, lunch and afternoons - we would then return back to our rooms, freshen up and meet back at the bar and Orchid lounge for pre-dinner drinks before having dinner.

After dinner, some of us would stay back to enjoy some more cocktails and watch the evening shows which were always entertaining.

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I would often head to the futsal pitch with most of the boys to kick the soccer ball around under lights as these facilities were actually available to use even at that time.  This was a great way to burn off any leftover energy from the day and definitely a fantastic way to burn off the calories consumed over dinner

4. What do you love most about Cherating as a destination?

Cherating is actually set amongst a really beautiful natural lush environment which is lovely. I would also say the staff (from the reception staff to the Chief of Village) really made our stay a very memorable and enjoyable one.

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5. What were your highlights from the trip?

There actually were plenty of highlights from the trip rather than just one single thing or event. Just seeing the families really enjoy their time together, relaxing and having fun was more than enough of a highlight. The activities were made even more enjoyable because of the staff who were in charge of them.  In fact, it was the staff and their pride in their job to make guests feel welcome that really made the trip a fantastic one.

Special mentions to go to:

  • Gitish who leads the circus team (Ray, Pascale, Candy and Ally). They were all so encouraging and friendly and our kids (and some of us adults) just loved going to the trapeze every day.

  • Gerard really hit it off with some of the kids at the Archery range and also thanks to Chico, Adam and Kuga who made our time at rock climbing and the tree top course lots of fun.

  • A personal impromptu dance class kindly organised for us by Mike, the Chief of the Village, was another highlight from the trip.

  • Guilherme the CM choreographer can truly move and his passion to teach has also inspired our kids to keep dancing.

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Participating in all the activities helped us meet lots of amazing people, create precious lifelong memories and we even made some new friends along the way! (A big hello to Andrew, Janelle, Kaitland and Molly Smith from South Australia!).

The food at Club Med Cherating was fantastic and another stand out highlight from the trip. There was always such a huge variety to satisfy everyone in our travel group and the attention to detail and quality of food was second to none.

6. What did you enjoy the most in the resort?

We managed to participate in all the activities during our 7 nights at CM Cherating and they were all enjoyable so it is really hard to pick out just one thing. If I had to choose,  I  probably enjoyed the Trapeze and Tennis (coached by Annie from Brisbane) and also of course the food the most. I think it really depends on your own interests though with regards to how one can best enjoy the resort. Some of our friends really loved going to the adults only zen pool to relax or having a massage ( not included in the package). Some of our kids really enjoyed the archery and trapeze whilst others enjoyed sailing and playing volleyball. The great thing about the resort was there was so much to do and everyone had ample opportunities to do whatever they preferred.

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7.  What is your top tip for a successful family trip in Club Med Cherating?

I would suggest staying for long enough (7 nights) to be able to try everything at least once or twice. Get involved in the activities on offer and interact with the fantastic GO's who are there, see what is on every day and then plan your day and night according to what you want to try and which part of the resort you want to spend time in.

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8. What are your favourite activities for a perfect family holiday in Club Med Cherating?

I would have to say the eating and drinking are definite favourite activities for a perfect holiday in CM Cherating, followed closely by the Trapeze, hanging out at the sports activity area or going to other side of the resort to enjoy the beach and water activities available there.

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9. Which Club Med are you going to next?

We are actually heading back to Club Med Bintan next year to celebrate my mother in law's 75th birthday with all her children and grandchildren. So for this trip, we will have 8 adults and 10 children in total and I am very keen to see how Club Med Bintan compares to our wonderful CM Cherating experience.

Hopefully in the future I can also look at visiting one of the Club Meds in Japan for a snow holiday with my family but that is just a big dream in the pipeline at this stage!

Answers by Stephen Lim from Perth, thank you for your participation!

If you’d like more information about Club Med Cherating beach, discover all activities and about the destination here.

And if you’d like to send us your Club Med experiences, feel free to drop us a note on hello.au@clubmed.com

Meet Jen Dugard, Body & Soul instructor at Club Med Bintan Island

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Jen Dugard, personal trainer, founder of mum-focused fitness business Body Beyond Baby and creator of Fitness Professional education Safe Return to Exercise, took part in Body & Soul 2018 in Club Med Bintan Island just a few weeks ago! She tells us everything about her experience and top tips for an amazing Body & Soul experience.

Body & Soul is a two-weeks wellness journey where participant can come at any time to revitalise mind, body and soul in Club Med Bintan Island, near Singapore. On top of the Must-Try Experiences, you can look forward to additional activities, specially curated by our wellness instructors and partners. Whether with friends or family get ready to Eat Well, Move Well, Play Well and Feel Well to your heart’s content at Club Med Bintan Island, just a one-hour ferry ride from Singapore.

Interested on hearing more about Body & Soul? Head over to our page explaining the concept and stay tuned for the 2019 edition!

Hi Jen, can you please introduce yourself? 

I’m a mum of two, Personal Trainer, founder of mum-focused fitness business Body Beyond Baby and creator of Fitness Professional education Safe Return to Exercise. I am a self-confessed adventurer, love taking part in challenging fitness events and exploring the world. Within my mission to ensure women are exercising safely and effectively after becoming a mother I hope this gives them the strength within to go out there on their own adventures, connect with their family and partners and accomplish all the things they dream of.

Congrats on participating in the Body & Soul 2018 event, how did you find the experience?

Thank you! I had a ball and it’s such a beautiful place to be ‘working’ in. I found all of the Club Med staff and guests to be very welcoming and enthusiastic about Body & Soul. I also gave the classes of some of the other international trainers a go and loved them!

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How did you interact with the participants, who were they and how did they respond to your training?

Interestingly, I actually met a lot of Australians along with those from other parts of the world. Energy within our classes was great and I loved spending time with the guests. I especially loved being able to spend some one on one time with a few of the mums that came to my classes and we could talk about their own unique postnatal experiences and follow ups they might do once they got home.

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Describe your typical day in Club Med Bintan Island during Body & Soul?

My typical day involved getting up anywhere between 6.30 am and 7.30 am depending on what I had planned; a run or my own training session followed by sampling one of the other trainers classes; yoga or beast move for example. Then heading to breaky to enjoy the amazing Club Med buffet! I would then work for a few hours on my computer (it wasn’t all a holiday for me) though I did take the weekend off and on these two days I relaxed and read by the pool instead of keeping up to date with my computer work. I would eat lunch around 1.30 and at 2 pm it was time to get ready for my mums-only class at 3 pm. An hour’s downtime in-between sessions and then set up for my Bootcamp / Circuit class at 5.15 pm. After this a quick swim, then shower and time for dinner! Some evenings we would then catch the show and others jump in to bed for an early (kid-free) sleep!

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What were your highlights of Body & Soul?

Definitely the amazing people I got to meet and the beautiful location!

Where were your favourite spots to relax?

I LOVE spending time by the pool (but with the sun lounger facing the ocean rather than the pool ;) and also on the beach. I also found a couple of quiet hide spots where I could both sit and work but also take in the beautiful surroundings.

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What is your top tip to enjoy an active yet relaxing holiday – whether with the family or not?

My top tip would be to make sure you also relax and enjoy yourself and ALLOW yourself some down time as well as activity time. I think we sometimes forget to allow ourselves to just STOP, have fun, read a book or simply do nothing. I’m a big advocate for continuing activity or training on holidays but I like to make sure there’s relaxing too.

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What did you pack in your bag for the event?

My bag was FULL of training clothes - both for training myself AND for running sessions. I also had a great book with me for down-time. My computer and notes to stay up to date at work. Ear-plugs and my own pillow - if I can’t sleep I’m grumpy and frustrated so these two things have become a vital part of my travel pack!

How did you feel once the event was finished?

I felt satisfied; excited from the awesome time we had and also a little tired. I was also pretty excited to be heading home to my family too by the end!

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What Club Med would you like to try next?

This is a tough one - if it was just my choice I’d be off to the Maldives or Mauritius but I also know my husband is super keen to head to Japan for the snow!

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Interested in knowing more about Club Med Bintan Island? Hear over to the resort page for more information!

New Resort: Club Med Ho Tram, the Undiscovered Jewel of Vietnam

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18th October 2017 – Club Med, the pioneer of the Premium All-Inclusive holiday concept, has announced plans to open Club Med Ho Tram, its first resort in Vietnam. Located in Vung Tau Province, in southern Vietnam, the premium resort is located near Ho Chi Minh City and is a 90 minute drive from Ho Chi Minh international airport. Guests will also have easy access to the new resort once the new and upcoming Long Thanh International Airport is completed. A premium holiday resort for families and other guests, Club Med Ho Tram is scheduled to open in 2021 and will offer guests an unprecedented cultural and natural experience.

Vietnam amazed us in many ways – the breath-taking natural beauty and unique heritage showcases the raw potential of the destination. We are excited to venture into a new market and introduce our expertise in creating amazing experiential holidays to the destination. With our partner, Dynasty Investments, we are confident to grow Club Med Ho Tram into the region’s premium holiday destination,” commented Mr Xavier Desaulles, CEO of Club Med East and South Asia Pacific.

Club Med Ho Tram – A Tropical Tranquil Retreat in Vietnam

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A haven for the senses, Club Med Ho Tram provides a sublime seascape for all guests with a gorgeous private beach tucked away from from the hustle-bustle of Ho Chi Minh City.

The 32 acre resort will offer guests an abundance of sea and land activities, including the Club Med signature Flying Trapeze. Activities designed to create fun and enriching experiences for children will be available at the Children’s Club, a signature feature of the Club Med holiday. Club Med Ho Tram will reflect Vietnam’s unique culture and cuisine, vibrant traditional colours, bustling lifestyle for guests to experience and will be the starting point to the discovery of the surrounding breath-taking landscapes, rich wildlife and brilliant heritage sites of Vietnam.

Keeping in line with Club Med’s sustainability and green initiatives, the resort will be built to the standards of the Green Globe certification. As an organisation that is devoted to the environment, Club Med has successfully undertaken a string of green initiatives this year, including ongoing efforts to preserve the natural conditions of resorts locations. All 8 resorts in Club Med East and South Asia Pacific have been awarded Green Globe certifications.

Guests will be able to enjoy:

✔️ 300 rooms across a wide range of categories for all types for travellers, from deluxe to suites;

✔️ Restaurants serving international cuisine or a la carte menus ;

✔️ Bars serving free flow of drinks and alcoholic beverages;

✔️ Children’s Club facilities and dedicated services for children – Baby, Petit & Mini Club;

✔️ MICE facilities for companies seeking an exceptional retreat for employees;

✔️ Over 30 activities within the resort, including the Must-try experiences, signature flying trapeze, archery, water sports, yoga and many more.

Partnership with Dynasty Investments

Club Med Ho Tram Vietnam new opening resort 2021

With a flair for leading the way in discovering and developing resorts in undiscovered idyllic locations across Asia, such as the recently announced Club Med Ceylon, the brand’s first resort in Sri Lanka and Club Med Lombok, the third resort in Indonesia, Club Med has proven to be a tour de force within the hospitality industry.

Club Med’s development plans go beyond East and South Asia Pacific. With the planned launch of the first two Club Med Joyview resorts in China (Club Med Joyview Golden Coast and Club Med Joyview Anji) as well as Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido in late 2017, Club Med is well on their way to carrying out an ambitious programme of expansion. This includes plans to open 15 new resorts worldwide over the next three years, and also includes the upgrading or extension of 9 existing resorts.

In Vietnam, Club Med is working in partnership with Dynasty Investments to focus on unique opportunities in Vietnam. This strategic partnership will not only create jobs for the local community and boost the local tourism industry, but also bring to light the hidden wonders of Vietnam.

Managing Partner of Dynasty Investments Group, Mr Olivier Do Ngoc commented, “We are thrilled to bring the Club Med brand to Vietnam and have no doubt that its world class unique all-inclusive hospitality concept combined to Vietnam’s natural beauty, rich history and culture will make this a one of kind tourism offering for both the domestic and international market.

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New Resort: Club Med Ceylon will be Sri Lanka’s hidden gem

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31 August 2017 – With 17 per cent growth in Australians travelling to Sri Lanka*, Club Med, the pioneer of the Premium All-Inclusive holiday concept, has announced its plans to open Club Med Ceylon, its first resort in the tropical country. The all-inclusive resort will be located in Sri Lanka’s South West Province in the small town of Beruwela, only a 90 minute drive from Colombo International Airport, and is scheduled to open in August 2019. Positioned as a 4 Trident resort, Club Med Ceylon will offer Australian guests a slice of upscale refinement and active rejuvenation amidst its lush vegetation and sun-kissed beach.

We are very excited to venture into a new market with such potential – Sri Lanka is a beautiful and mystical country with rich history and culture. I am delighted to welcome Club Med Ceylon into the Club Med family. Together with our partner LOLC, we are very excited at the prospect of our resort in Sri Lanka growing into the region’s premium holiday destination in time to come,” commented Henri Giscard d’Estaing, President of Club Med.

The Deputy Chairman of LOLC, Ishara Nanayakkara said the historic venture would be a mutually-rewarding partnership that would add immense value to Sri Lanka tourism.

As a destination, Sri Lanka has a diverse culture offering spanning nature, culture, religion, adventure and eco-tourism, and we are confident that it will ascend in popularity and profitability to become one of Club Med’s premier properties,” he said.

Club Med Ceylon – a tropical jewel in Sri Lanka

Club Med Ceylon will aim to provide all Australian guests – from families to couples – an unprecedented wholesome Sri Lankan experience, complemented by the resort’s eco-chic and vivid aesthetic that will feature wide airy spaces. Keeping in line with Club Med’s sustainability and green initiatives, the resort will be built to the standards of the Green Globe certification. As an organisation devoted to green causes, Club Med has successfully undertaken a string of green initiatives this year, including its ongoing efforts to preserve the natural conditions of the beautiful locations its resorts are located in.

Club Med Ceylon will be tucked away from the hustle-bustle along the aptly named Golden Beach, a 1.5km-long pristine beach, sheltered by palm groves that spread along the direction of the ocean. The resort will offers guests a plethora of sea and land activities including the Club Med signature Flying Trapeze as well as tennis, football, archery and more. The resort will reflect Sri Lanka’s unique culture and cuisine, vibrant traditional colours, bustling lifestyle for guests to experience and will be the starting point for Australian guests to discover the surrounding breath-taking landscapes, rich wildlife and brilliant heritage sites of Sri Lanka.

Guests to the new eco-chic resort will enjoy:

✔️ 372 rooms across a wide range of categories for all types for travellers, from deluxe to suites

✔️ Restaurants serving gourmet international cuisine or a la carte menus

✔️ Bars serving a range of drinks and alcoholic beverages

✔️ Kid’s Club facilities and dedicated for services for children

✔️ MICE facilities for companies seeking a professional yet unconventional and exceptional retreat for their employees

✔️ Over 20 activities within the resort, including opportunities to discover the uniqueness of Club Med Ceylon

Partnership with Lanka Orix Leasing Company (LOLC)

Historically, Club Med has shown a flair for leading the way in discovering and developing resorts in undiscovered idyllic locations such as Cancun, Punta Cana and Phuket among many others. In Sri Lanka, Club Med is working in partnership with LOLC, Sri Lanka’s largest non-banking financial institution with a diverse portfolio that includes leisure, health care, plantations, agri-inputs, renewable energy, construction, manufacturing and trading. The strategic partnership will help promote tourism to the island while creating jobs to boost and grow local tourism industry.

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