Kids

Bastille Festival Competition: WIN a magical snow holiday to the French Alps with Club Med

Now you’ve experience a taste of the Alps at the Bastille Festival, this is your chance to experience the real deal!

THE PRIZE: 7 night all-inclusive holiday for a family of 4 (2 adults & 2 kids OR 2 adults only) to your choice from our 25+ snow resorts in the French Alps!

To participate, simply tell us in 25 words or less, why you want to experience an unforgettable snow holiday just below ⬇️

Complete this form to WIN:

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6 reasons why you’ll love a Club Med snow holiday

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#1 Logistics? All sorted

Enjoy maximum time on the slopes with your lift pass ready, small group lessons for ski or snowboard all organised with professional instructors and the kids all taken care of in Kids Clubs or in ski and snowboard lessons. And it's all included!

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#2 Tailored services for maximum fun

We've thought of everything to make your holiday easy: a ski rental shop available in the resort, our Easy Arrival service with your equipment ready to go in your own heated locker, and services for the little ones with from baby clubs to babysitting.

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#3 A kid’s paradise

Kids will have endless fun during their snow holidays! All activities and age-specific clubs were created with them in mind so they can enjoy the very best of their holiday away. Whether they take part in a group ski or snowboard lessons for all levels of experience with English-speaking instructors or have fun in the Kids Clubs - we’ll take care of everything to make their time amazing.

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#4 From Ski to Apres Ski

Get the real mountain experience at your doorstep. Go snowshoeing, nordic walking or just dive in the pool. Parents can relax in the hot tub while bub is in the Kids Club or reunite for a fun time together in the indoor heater pool with a view. All included!

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#5 Foodie delights

From cheese fondue to Savoyard specialities like pierrade (meat barbecue), we bring the winter experience to life through tantalising local gourmet discoveries and a full open bar. With an extensive choice over breakfast, lunch and dinner - there's so much to indulge in, it's time to enjoy it all. And it's all included!

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#6 Our amazing snow resorts

With a Club Med holiday, your alpine experience will be fulfilled thanks to our well-located resorts. Each destination will treat you to a traditional chalet experience or a modern mountain masterpiece and take your breath away with amazing views.

Feeling inspired? Now learn more about our amazing snow holidays

Prize terms and conditions:

Prize is valid for a 7 nights stay for 2 adults and 2 children (17 years old and under) in superior rooms at your choice of Club Med snow resorts in France, excluding Valmorel Chalets and Grand Massif Samoens Chalets. Prize winner will be drawn 24th July and contacted by e-mail. Your holiday must be booked within 1 month before departure for high season and 3 months before departure for low season. Prize valid until 1 August 2020. Blackouts over peak travel periods apply, including but not limited to Christmas and New Year, school holidays, Chinese New Year and Golden Week, and other peak travel periods. Prize does not include: flights, transfers, local expenses, tours, rental gear, exclusive honeymoon package, additional child minding services, spa treatments, motorized sports and other activities that are available at extra cost. For other terms and conditions please contact Club Med.

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 things you didn't know Club Med includes for families

The mark of a great family holiday is finding the perfect balance of time for you and for them (your little ones). At Club Med, we really believe in helping you have the holiday of a lifetime by taking care of everything so you can focus on making memories with your loved ones.

From amazing Kids Clubs to services and equipment- here’s 10 ways we’ve got your back so you can focus on enjoying your time together as a family.

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A Day in Kids Club Part 4: Junior Club/ Passworld

Travelling with kids is an adventure!

Are you dreaming of having a holiday but not sure how to entertain your teens so they also have a good time? No worries - families are more than welcomed in all Club Med resorts. And some resorts even offer dedicated services adapted to all ages - and of course teenagers!

Discover below, Part 4 of our “A Day in Kids Clubs” series where you can understand how Club Med’s Kids Clubs work from babies to teenagers.

The Junior Club/Passworld at Club Med is for teenagers from 12 to 17 years old. Professional staff will take care of your teens allowing relaxed holidays and discoveries for everyone.

From Junior Club to Passworld spaces, everything is proposed and nothing is imposed. Teens can participate in fun activities like movie design, DJ mixing, dancing or in sporting activities.

Kids Clubs from 4 years old to 17 years old are included in the all-inclusive package, Baby and Petit Club from 4 months to 3 years old are at an extra cost. This program is only an example and schedule may vary.

9am

Young Thai Boxers will get their hearts racing with excitement when learning new movements.

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11am

Let’s go on a snorkelling trip with the G.Os, so many colourful fish to observe!

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1pm

Feast on delicious treats with new besties at lunch.

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3pm

Times to uncover new skills: windsurfing, golf, tennis, archery and more…

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5pm

Fresh fruit to share with the family at the beach to recharge before a delicious white night dinner

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9pm

Turn up the volume and enjoy a memorable disco night

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💡 Did you know? Teen clubs are all flexible, there is no obligation and it’s a safe space for teens!

Passworld propose specific sport and artistic activities in places designed for them: making of movies, audio mixing, DJ booth, dancefloor, video games...

Junior Club propose activities between sport and discoveries: wake board, flying trapeze, beach parties, movie night,…

Discover here all the activities for your teens at Club Med. Find more of our special series for Babies here, Petit Club and Mini Club here!

A Day in Kids Club Part 3: Mini Club

Travelling with kids is quite an adventure!

Are you dreaming of having a holiday but thinking bringing kids with you might be too hard? No worries - young families are more than welcomed in all Club Med resorts. And some resorts even offer dedicated services adapted to all ages - and of course kids!

Discover below, Part 3 of our “A Day in Kids Clubs” series where you can understand how Club Med’s Kids Clubs work from babies to teenagers.

The Mini Club at Club Med is for children from 4 to 11 years old. Professional childcare staff will take care of your little kids all day, providing gentle and expert care and allowing relaxed holidays and discoveries for everyone.

With their fellow age group (4-5 years, 6-7 years, and 8-10 years), kids will explore have fun and make new friends through a daily program crafted by expert G.Os balancing sports, creativity, expression and games.

Kids Clubs from 4 years old to 17 years old are included in the all-inclusive package, Baby and Petit Club from 4 months to 3 years old are at an extra cost. This program is only an example and schedule may vary.

9am

Start the day outside learning about plants , gardening and where our food comes from.

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11am

Mini master chefs cook their first recipe through the Petit Chef Program.

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1pm

Healthy lunch by the pool with new friends from all over the world.

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3pm

Quiet story-time in the shade to relax before new adventures

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5pm

Time to conquer fears and learn new trapeze skills with the Circus G.Os.

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8pm

Learn about the unique culture through traditional dance performances.

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💡 Did you know? Your children can start ski lessons as young as 3 years old. At that pace, they will be pro in no time!

Discover here all the activities for your children at Club Med. Find more of our special series for Baby Club, Petit Club and Junior/Passworld here!

Discover the Amazing Family program

When on a family holiday, there’s nothing more magical than creating new memories together and strengthen bonds with fun activities.

Because we love bringing happiness to families at Club Med, we created a new program including a fun-filled weekly agenda of activities for all the family.

What is the Amazing Family Program

The Amazing family program is divided in 5 categories Time to Play, Time to Move, Time to Care, Time to Quest, and Time to Celebrate. These various activities are all made to share an incredible moment together and to be fun for all ages. Don’t worry about coming up with ideas to entertain the kids during the holidays or how for parents to also have fun together - discover below in more details the different activities you can experience.

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Time to Move

There’s no better time than holidays to move a little bit more than usual. And with all the fun sports already on offer at Club Med, the extra selection of energising activities for the Amazing Family program will bring the adrenaline up for the whole family!

Stay energised as a family while you enjoy active activities such as:

  • Soccer Bumper

  • Kite Competition

  • Olympic Games

  • Slip & Slide

  • Sand Castle Competition

  • Water inflatable Challenges

  • Water Wheel

  • Family Sports Tournament

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Time to Play

Forget about the traditional board games and experience together giant board games, making your time to play fully interactive, fun and collaborative.

Disconnect from your digital devices and take the time to bond while enjoying giant life-size board games such as:

  • Giant Jenga

  • Molky

  • Giant Board Games

  • Twister

  • Connect 5

  • Pallina

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Time to Care

Sustainability is something close to our hearts at Club Med and we love sharing with guests our passion about the local environment and culture around the resort.

Participate in meaningful activities with your kids to learn more about going green as well as local culture.

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Time to Quest

What about trying something different and going on a treasure hunt for the whole family?

Take a walk in our resort and discover the rich local heritage with your little ones during the exciting digital treasure hunt, Club Med Play.

  • Finding Mulan (Sanya)

  • Nature Discovery with Club Med Play App in Guilin

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Time to Celebrate

It’s also important to celebrate good times and the joy of being together when on a holiday. Take time just for you and your family and experience these events part of the Amazing Family program:

  • Colour party

  • Foam party

  • Inflatable Castle party

  • Family snacks around the Amazing Family area

Ready to move, play, care, quest and celebrate? Experience our Amazing family program in Club Med Bali, Indonesia, Club Med Cancun Yucutan, Mexico, Club Med Marrakech La Palmeraie, Morroco, Club Med Sanya, China and Club Med Kamarina, Italy. Coming soon to Club Med Phuket, Thailand and many more resorts!

A Day in Kids Club Part 2: Petit Club

Travelling with kids is quite an adventure!

Are you dreaming of a perfect family holiday with your toddler? No worries - young families are more than welcomed in all Club Med resorts. And some resorts even offer dedicated services adapted to all ages - and of course to little ones!

Discover below, Part 2 of our “A Day in Kids Clubs” series where you can understand how Club Med’s Kids Clubs work from babies to teenagers.

The Petit Club at Club Med welcomes little ones from 2 to 3 years old. Professional childcare staff will take care of your little kids all day, providing gentle and expert care and allowing relaxed holidays and discoveries for everyone.

Tots are invited to discover the world and socialise through age-appropriate activities featuring sports, art and crafts and games. They can even take part in a show…

Kids Clubs from 4 years old to 17 years old are included in the all-inclusive package, Baby and Petit Club from 4 months to 3 years old are at an extra cost. This program is only an example and schedule may vary.

9am

The beginning of a full day of fun for the little ones, and a day of relaxation for parents.

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10am

Kick-start the day with creative arts and craft activities. According to their age, Club Med offers activities such as sport, creation, expression and games. Club Med also propose the baby gym: a path on a mini-trampoline, an activity mat. They will learn coordination, balance, location in space in order to help body awareness.

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11am

Quiet time for all- if your little one naps or wants to rest.

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12pm

Refuelling the energy sources through healthy food shared with new friends and G.Os. or parents if you’d like to pick up your little one.

3pm

Beach time! Sand castle building, crab hunting and various other fun-filled activities.

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5pm

Bubs reunite with parents around the main pool and share stories of their amazing day.

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💡 Did you know? Kids under 4 stay for free at Club Med! Don’t miss out!

Discover here all the activities for your little ones at Club Med. Find more of our special series for Babies here, Petit Club and Junior/Passworld here!

A Day in Kids Club Part 1: Baby Club

Travelling with kids is quite the adventure!

Are you dreaming of having a holiday but thinking bringing baby with you might be too hard? No worries - young families are more than welcomed in all Club Med resorts. And some resorts even offer dedicated services adapted to all ages - and of course babies!

Discover below, Part 1 of our “A Day in Kids Clubs” series where you can understand how Club Med’s Kids Clubs work from babies to teenagers.

The Baby Club at Club Med welcomes babies from 4 months to 2 years old. Professional childcare staff will take care of your baby all day, providing gentle and expert care and allowing relaxed holidays and discoveries for everyone. Tailored activity programs include baby gym, nursery rhymes, musical games… Every day is filled with discovery and tenderness. You can also opt to drop off and pick up your baby at a convenient time - it’s all flexible and fun!

Kids Clubs from 4 years old to 17 years old are included in the all-inclusive package, Baby and Petit Club from 4 months to 3 years old are at an extra cost. This program is only an example and schedule may vary.

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9am

The littlest of guests start the day with gentle age-appropriate activities playing or singing! It goes from a walk in the fresh air to the baby gym, rhymes, softplay playgrounds and musical awakening.

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12pm

Yummy time! Bubs can eat with the G.Os and their new friends or their parents, it’s up to you!

A baby corner is included! Area of the main restaurant featuring a choice of baby food like sweet or savoury purees, as well as the equipment to prepare your baby’s meal such as a blender, steriliser, bottle warmer, microwave and more…

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2pm

Well deserved nap time, full of sweet dreams.

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4pm

Bubs join their parents for a family fun afternoon with games, grass slides, snacks and more…

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6:30pm

Enjoy a delicious family dinner at the main restaurant.

The baby restaurant is an appropriate restaurant for babies where they can eat meals prepared for them with you or with part of Baby Club Med. You also have access to a baby feeding room: a 24 hour access to the necessary facilities to prepare baby meals including a blender, steriliser, microwave, refrigerator, bottle warmer and supplementary products such as mineral water, fruit, long-life milk.

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💡 Did you know? Little ones under 4 stay for free at Club Med! Don’t miss out!

💼 Did you know? A baby welcome pack is included upon your arrival. All the essential equipment you need to take care of your baby such as cot, a baby bathtub, bottle warmers and prams are provided

Discover here all the activities for your baby at Club Med. Find more of our special series for Petit Club, Mini Club and Junior/Passworld 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!

Discover more about the new Club Med Les Arcs Panorama

Freshly open in December 2019, discover a new modern masterpiece surrounded by forest in the French Alps’ Savoie region: Club Med Les Arcs Panorama.

If you’re fond of incredibly long slopes, 360 degree snowy views and relaxing into Turkish baths - Les Arcs Panorama and the Paradiski ski domain are for you.

Curious to discover more about Les Arcs Panorama? Keep reading as you make your way through this enchanted winter wonderland!

Les Arcs Panorama is located in one of the largest ski domain in the world

Paradiski actually means ‘the ski paradise’ and it definitely seems like it with three inter-connecting valleys as well as 425 kilometres of downhill skiing. It’s literally a dream for all type of skiers and snowboarders.

Here’s more information about Paradiski:
Number of runs: 12 green runs, 132 blue runs, 65 red runs, 37 black runs
Domain altitude: from 1,250m to 3,250m
Resort altitude: 1,750m

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Enjoy beautiful views and modern architecture

You are immersed in the modern architecture and wide-open views upon arrival at the family-friendly Arcs 1600 ski resort.

If you prefer to stay at a more exclusive and intimate part of the resort, Le Belvedere exclusive Space is nestled at the top of Les Arcs Panorama resort. Take a dip in the hot tub on the exclusive 390m2 rooftop terrace with views on the peaks, stay in sophisticated suites, try ski, snowboard, snowshoe or Nordic walking and enjoy personal exclusive services from a concierge to priority access to facilities.

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Have fun with the family

Families are at the center of the resort. You can make the most of Club Med’s Kid’s Clubs from 4-months to 17-years old and enjoy the unique Family Experience restaurant, where the kids take their parents out to dinner, a true interactive experience. The restaurant also serve lunch exclusively for the Petit and Mini Club participants.

Indulge in apres-ski relaxation

For something a little more indulgent, Club Med Les Arcs Panorama offers a Wellness area with Cinq Mondes spa, heated indoor and outdoor pools, Turkish baths and more. You can chose from 5 different packages such as Relaxation, for Him, Energy, Made to Measure and Beauty.

Experience the resort during summer too!

What about staying there when the snow melts ? Les Arc Panorama is also a summer destination, a true alternative to sea holidays where you can experience hiking, nordic walking in the forest and incredible views of the Tarentaise Valley.

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Join the fun during the French winter

After a successful opening in December, our Club Med team is so ready to welcome you in this enchanted winter and summer wonderland with incredible views of the French Alps !

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Ready to slide on fresh snow ? Discover more of Club Med Les Arcs Panorama here!

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

Travelling with young children… without the stress!

Tizzie Hall is an internationally renowned baby whisperer and bestselling author of Save Our Sleep. With experience and expertise working with babies, toddlers, and their parents for over 22 years, she gathered for us some precious tips to make sure you and your little ones make the most of their holidays!

💼 Before you go

1. Establish a good routine a couple of weeks before you go. Travelling with a baby or toddler is very different to travelling alone. The main difference is you will need to plan things well in advance. I have clearly observed over years of sleep consulting that children in a routine adapt faster and more easily to any new environment. This applies equally to children that are travelling across time zones or within their usual time zone.

2. BYO Sunscreen. Pack a sunscreen from home that you have tried on your baby or toddler. This way you know it will not react with their delicate skin and that the SPF works. It’s a good idea to bring two so you can leave one in your pool bag or at the Kid’s Club.

In The Air

3. Plan your feeds strategically. As far as routines for babies go, I generally recommend giving your baby a milk feed two hours before the plane is due to take-off or land so they will be hungry enough to take breast or bottle on the plane (a sucking baby’s ears will also be more comfortable during take-offs and landings). For example, if you are booked on a 4pm flight, feed your baby at 2pm rather than the usual 3pm feed, so when you offer your baby milk after take-off at 4pm they will take it.

4. Always sit your toddler further away from the aisle than you. This is for two reasons. First, it avoids hot drinks or meals having to be passed over your toddler to you and ensures you can open the meals and only pass them on when the food is not too hot to burn them; second, if you have two children, it is much easier in an emergency to drag two children behind you than to push one and drag the other.

 

⛱️ When you get there

Photo taken at  Club Med Bintan Island

Photo taken at Club Med Bintan Island

5. Learn the local time-zone. On the first morning, put your baby or toddler straight back onto their normal routine at local time if you have crossed time zones, regardless of how often or how early they woke the previous night or that morning.

6. Have them socialise. Holidays are a great place for little ones to learn some confidence when interacting with others. By taking advantage of Kids Clubs at Club Med, my kids have met other children from all over the world and participated in mentally-stimulating activities. They always leave with a happy face!

Want to know more about family holidays? Discover how Club Med can be your family’s happy place.

A family holiday in Club Med Bintan Island

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Club Med has met the lovely Tara Morgan, a Melbourne-based Mobile Travel Agent, who travelled to Bintan Island with her family in October 2017. There, Tara celebrated her daughter's 10th birthday, relaxed and discovered new experiences! She was kind enough to answer our questions and share with us her experience at Club Med Bintan Island in Indonesia. Hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed interviewing her!

1. Why did you choose to go Club Med Bintan Island?

We needed a family holiday that wasn’t too far to travel from Melbourne which had a great beach and where everything was included (activities, food and drinks) and Club Med Bintan delivered.

2. What was your typical day in the resort?

My children couldn’t wait to go to kids club after breakfast each morning to do archery followed by circus school where they flew through the air on the trapeze. It gave my children amazing opportunities and they were able to meet children from countries all over the world as well as the incredible staff members who also came from countries from all over the world – it truly broadened their horizons.

We would then spend part of the afternoon at the beach. When we were there they had the most perfect waves which were just big enough to be able to body surf. And then in between swimming we would hop on a paddle board, kayak or catamaran with the children and go out on the water. There are so many activities on offer and to take part in if you want too. As a family we played tennis, badminton, family archery, basketball, water polo, water aerobics, golf just to name a few.

Then each night they put on different shows which were fantastic especially the white night!

3. What was your highlight from the trip?

Celebrating my daughters 10th birthday whilst we were there with a specially made Club Med cake followed by the children performing on stage. Also, being located next to the Ria Bintan golf course was also fantastic as we had the opportunity to play at this first class golf course which was additional but worth every cent. Back at Club Med Bintan they have a putting green and also you can hit in the nets and be taught by a golf pro.

4. What did you enjoy the most in Bintan Island?

Definitely all of the activities that were available, the beach, then the food – oh my goodness where do I start……the choices were incredible. Being such a multi cultural resort the food also represented this diversity. From Italian to Korean to Indian to Japanese and then American to name a few.

We were so spoilt for choice and then desserts….thank goodness we did so many activities during the day! I loved that my children had such an amazing variety of food and dishes to choose from and that they could go up and get it themselves. Being all inclusive made our family holiday so very easy. We didn’t have to worry when the children wanted another banana milkshake – they just went up and ordered it themselves. Or we wanted another Pina Colada - no nasty bill at the end of our stay as it is all part of our package.

5. What is your top tip for a family trip in Bintan Island?

Always check the activity board for the next day so that you don’t miss out on any of the fantastic activities that are offered on each day.

6. What are your must-dos for a perfect family holiday in Bintan?

Enjoy and try the activities and new experiences that Club Med Bintan has to offer and also enjoy the precious family time together.

7. Which Club Med would you like to try next?

We would absolutely love to take the children skiing in Japan to Club Med Sahoro

My family and I have just recently returned from the most wonderful 7 night family holiday at Club Med Bintan.

This was the family holiday we needed and Club Med Bintan delivered! It has something for everyone – an amazing kids club catering to all different ages and activities. My children couldn’t wait to go to kids club after breakfast each morning to do archery followed by circus school where they flew through the air on the trapeze. There were so many activities for all children to choose from including being part of the stage production which was just fantastic. It gave my children amazing opportunities and they were able to meet children from countries all over the world as well as the incredible staff members who also came from countries from all over the world – it truly broadened their horizons.

Then the food – oh my goodness where do I start……the choices were incredible. Being such a multi cultural resort the food also represented this diversity. From Italian to Korean to Indian to Japanese and then American to name a few. We were so spoilt for choice and then desserts….thank goodness we did so many activities during the day! I loved that my children had such an amazing variety of food and dishes to choose from and that they could go up and get it themselves.

Being all inclusive made our family holiday so very easy. We didn’t have to worry when the children wanted another banana milkshake – they just went up and ordered it themselves. Or we wanted another Pina Colada - no nasty bill at the end of our stay as it is all part of our package.

Club Med Bintan has the most beautiful beach and the water temperature is just divine. When we were there they had the most perfect waves which were just big enough to be able to body surf. And then inbetween swimming we would hop on a paddle board, kayak or catamaran with the children and go out on the water. Bliss!

Being located next to the Ria Bintan golf course was also fantastic as we had the opportunity to play at this first class golf course which was additional but worth every cent. Back at Club Med Bintan they have a putting green and also you can hit in the nets and be taught by a golf pro.

There are so many activities on offer and to take part in if you want too. As a family we played tennis, badminton, family archery, basketball, water polo, water aerobics, golf just to name a few. Then each night they put on different shows which were fantastic especially the white night!

We absolutely loved our stay at Club Med Bintan and it definitely exceeded our expectations. It was the perfect holiday for us.

Thank-you to all the wonderful staff who made our stay so memorable.

We are now looking forward to planning our next Club Med holiday!

Curious to know more? Discover all what you can do at Club Med Bintan Island and plan your next family holiday!

Club Med Celebrates 50 Years of Kids Club: A winning concept backed by a string of awards

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Club Med is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its iconic Kids Club. That’s 50 years of offering children of all ages, holidays that allow them to explore and be creative in a fun, safe, informal atmosphere.

In that 50 years, Club Med Kids Clubs have set the standard for what a relaxing, inclusive family holiday should be. It’s not just about keeping the children amused so the adults can relax, Club Med Kids Clubs focus on fun, discovery and creativity so children also have a holiday to remember.

It is a winning formula. Club Med Resorts around the world were consistently voted in the top 10 family resorts by voters of the Readers’ Choice Awards 2017 held by Holidays With Kids, specialists in family travel.

One of the main reasons Club Med rates so highly with families is the wide variety of activities for children and the adaptation of activities for each age bracket – from 4 months to 17 years - so every member of the family is able to relax and enjoy a holiday while discovering new things about themselves, as well as the country they’re visiting.

Each child can learn new skills, uncover talents they did not know they had and share experiences with new friends as well as family. Children as young as 3 years old are encouraged to participate in activities such as golf and tennis, overcome fear with the flying trapeze or circus activities, and gain confidence in performing on stage for resort guests including professional (but fun!) rehearsal, lights,  costumes and make up.

Behind all the amazing services and activities at Kids Club are the highly trained and passionate G.Os (Gentil Organisateurs) who staff the resorts, and are why visitors return year after year.

 “One of the most rewarding things is having families extend their stay because of the Kids Clubs – we have had three this season!” says Tamarra van der Zweep, an Australian Petit Club Manager at Club Med Phuket. Tamara has an Advanced Diploma in Child Care and Community Services, as well as over 11 years’ experience in child care.

Kids Club G.Os are focused on ensuring each child feels unique yet included and comfortable with a range of activities suitable for all personalities, big and small. Kids Club also provides a chance to meet kids from other countries, learn their language and culture with help from the G.Os, many of which speak multiple languages, including English.

Dario Latuary, Mini Club Manager at Club Med Bintan Island, says one of the reasons children love Kids Clubs is because each carer takes time to bond with the children when they arrive at the club. “That’s why there’s many repeat visitors and why they remember us, even when they grow up."

Being a Mini Club G.O and working with the kids is the most important job. And it’s not just a job it’s your life. My personal motto is: Live the life you love, and love the life you live. In this case, it’s my job.

As well as the different Kids’ Clubs, many Club Med resorts feature a kids’ only pool, and Mini Club kids also have the opportunity to eat early meals in a special section of the restaurant in most resorts.

Club Med resorts also offer babysitting services and evening Pyjama Club for children aged 2 to 10 years.

The different Club Med Kids Clubs are:

▪️ Baby Club Med: For children aged from 4 to 23 months. Baby Club Med focuses on senses and feelings, with engaging play areas and a staff ratio that ensures each baby receives special attention.

▪️ Petite Club Med: For children aged 2 to 3 years. Petite Club Med focuses on discovery and socialising with activities such as face painting, pyjama parties, and puppet shows.

▪️ Mini Club Med: For children aged 4 to 10. Mini Club Med focuses on energy and fun activities such as Club Med’s famous Circus School programme, arts and crafts and sports.

▪️ Club Med Passworld and Junior's Club Med: For older kids, aged 11 to 17. Club Med Passworld and Junior's Club Med are dedicated teen spaces offering everything from creative activities to movie and disco nights, as well as sports and technical arts.

For further information visit our website.

Award-Winning Family Holidays

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Looking for inspiration for your next family holiday? Five of our resorts have been chosen byHolidays with Kids Magazine Readers in 2017 as the best family resorts! We couldn’t be more grateful to have been chosen and trusted by the magazine readers and win this award. Discover or re-discover below the chosen resorts:

Top Indonesia Family Resort: #2 Club Med Bali

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Between fields of rice paddies and temples, Club Med Bali Nusa Dua is a bliss oasis for families with masses of space to unwind, reconnect and explore. Little ones can spend the day at the Kids Clubs, fly on the trapeze or enjoy the splash pool while parents can explore nearby temples or take some time off at the adult-only Zen pool.

Read more about Club Med Bali

Top Indonesia Family Resort: #7 Club Med Bintan Island

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Just 55 minutes away from Singapore, families can discover a little slice of heaven in Club Med Bintan Island. It is the ultimate wellbeing getaway to rejuvenate body & soul, discover healthy and yummy culinary experiences and try on new activities. Plus, with so many water and land sports options, artistic and cultural activities for kids aged 2 to 17, this stunning island has something for everyone!

Read more about Club Med Bintan Island

Top Malaysia Family Resort: #5 Club Med Cherating Beach

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Between jungle and ocean, Club Med Cherating Beach is an eco-friendly beach resort in Malaysia filled with treetop adventures and endless wildlife discoveries, offering the perfect setting for an unforgettable family holiday. You can fly with the monkeys on the flying trapeze, savour local and international cuisine, release turtles into the ocean and more… With fun experiences, days fly by in Cherating Beach!

Read more about Club Med Cherating Beach

Top Thailand Family Resort: #5 Club Med Phuket

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Located in Phuket’s most beautiful bay and amidst green fields and frangipani trees, Club Med Phuket is the perfect family playground. With must-try experiences like Thai boxing lessons, cooking classes and discoveries of Thai temples and treasures, there’s endless fun for the whole family.

Read more about Club Med Phuket

Top International Family Resort: #10 Club Med Aimee La Plagne

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Sitting on top of a mountain facing the magnificent Mont-Blanch, Club Med Aimee La Plagne is the winter destination to ski-in, ski-out easily and enjoy the great outdoors! While the little ones enjoy the snow garden and learn new skills, parents can try on new slopes or relax après-ski in the homely warm stone and wood Resort.

Read more about Club Med aimee La Plagne

And if you'd like to discover more about why families holidays are unique at Club Med, discover more on our Best Family Holidays page!

Absolute Family Heaven in Mauritius

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This article was reposted from Where's Sharon. Read the original story here. Note: All images below are courtesy of Sharon Gourlay, and have been shared with permission.

Absolute Family Heaven at Club Med La Plantation d’Albion Mauritius

I needed a holiday.

With my own business and three young kids, life is crazy. I’m constantly busy, exhausted and dying for a break.

When we booked our trip to Mauritius it seemed like the perfect time to book ourselves an actual break. One where things wouldn’t be crazy, we wouldn’t feel like we were herding our kids around attractions constantly and Josh and I could actually have some quality time together and by ourselves.

When I started researching the perfect place to do this, the answer popped up immediately.

Club Med.

I have always wanted to stay at Club Med because they always sound luxurious and easy. Since having kids, I absolutely love all inclusive and how easy that makes everything and I had heard that Club Med had the best kids club of anywhere.

There’s also plenty to do at Club Med. Since we get bored easily and are definitely not the type to be happy just lying on a beach, it sounded perfect for us.

Mauritius has two Club Meds and we decided to give it a go.

We are so happy we did!

What is Club Med?

A small part of the coastal areas around our resort

A small part of the coastal areas around our resort

Club Med is the perfect solution if you are looking for a Mauritius all inclusive (or for an all inclusive experience in the other countries where they operate). Everything is included from meals to activities to cocktails to entertainment to kids club.

We have stayed at a few all inclusive resorts and, honestly, none have measured up to Club Med. They definitely take all-inclusive holidays to Mauritius to another level with fabulous food, all day dining, generosity with drinks and an amazing activities program.

The only things you pay extra for is premium alcohol (like if you want to pick your bottle of wine), purchases from the shop, room service, excursions and the day spa.

Enjoying a room service breakfast on our balcony. It is included for breakfast for our room type as well

For those of us with kids, Club Med has a real focus on families and all kids are welcome. There is an outstanding kids club (all the details below!). The general rule is kids 4+, but many Club Meds have a toddler program and some a baby program which are at an extra cost.

Club Med also distinguishes itself with top rate staff. Everyone I came into contact with was at least bilingual and all were friendly. Club Med staff are called G.O.s (Great Organisers) and go out of their way to get to know you and make you feel welcome and included.

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The beach first thing in the morning

The beach first thing in the morning

Club Med La Plantation d’Albion is simply fantastic. If you are looking for resorts in Mauritius, you cannot go wrong with this option. From arrival to check out, everything was smooth and easy.

Below, I step through all the different aspects of a stay here including transfers, our room, activities, entertainment and Mini Club.

Transfers

Our Club Med experience started the second after we walked through customs at the airport before we entered the public area. We saw a sign for the resort and were given cold water and whisked out a side exit into a waiting van which was complete with a baby car seat and booster seat for the kids.

The driver answered our questions and was soon driving us the 50 minutes to the resort. It is perhaps the easiest arrival experience I have ever had!

Our room

We stayed in connecting Club and Suite rooms with a sea view. They were both great!

You can see the inside and outside of the rooms here:

Both rooms were clean, comfortable and well furnished with fun extras – like towel animals! The kids loved seeing the different animals every day.

The Club Room is the cheapest room type but is still lovely and a good size. There’s plenty of cupboard space, day bed, couch, TV, desk, and a fabulous bath tub.

Inside the Club Med room

Inside the Club Med room

The suite is amazing with a separate living area with day bed, couches and a big coffee table. There’s a separate toilet off the living area as well as a big cupboard which was perfect for our baby gear.

The bedroom has a desk area, king size bed, lots of cupboards and a huge bathroom with twin vanities, massive bath tub and candles. There’s also a door that leads to an outdoor shower.

This crab was waiting for us one day when we returned!

This crab was waiting for us one day when we returned!

Both rooms have mini bars and, thanks to having a suite, these were full and replenished daily included in the price. We also had fruit delivered to the room every afternoon.

Our rooms from the beach

Our rooms from the beach

The best part, however, was definitely the furnished terraces which were right on the beach. We loved having this outdoor space right by the ocean. It was also surprisingly private thanks to it not being a swimming beach. I spent a lot of time sitting out on the terrace and I highly recommend paying the extra to get a room with this feature especially if you have a kid that naps.

Club Med Albion Villas

The backyard of one of the villas

The backyard of one of the villas

Club Med La Plantation d’Albion also has a separate section of villas (called Club Med Albion on their site). There’s the option to do a tour of one of the villas and I did this.

The villas are just amazing. They come in 2, 3 and 4 bedroom configurations. Each bedroom has its own bathroom with outside access so they are quite private.

Each villa has a large living area in the middle with a kitchen to the side (with fully stocked fridge) where a private butler cooks your breakfast and prepares tea in the late afternoon.

The best part, however, is definitely the beautiful yard which is complete with private swimming pool and an amazing outdoor living area with dining and lounging space. If you have young kids, they even set up a pool fence.

Guests use all the facilities of the main resort and also have a private butler for two periods twice a day who take care of everything for them.

Food

A small part of the main buffet

A small part of the main buffet

The only thing that concerned me about booking a week in Club Med was the food.

Since living in Penang, we have become really fussy about good quality food and when I think about all inclusive resorts and buffets, good quality is not what comes to mind. Quite the opposite.

Thankfully, Club Med Plantation d’Albion proved me wrong. Buffets can be fabulous! We ate at the main buffet restaurant for most meals and everything I ate was superb.

Yummm dessert. Not what you expect from a buffet

Yummm dessert. Not what you expect from a buffet

There’s great variety and there are chefs working at the different sections making sure the food is always fresh. There are options which are made to order and some dishes are already plated and taste extra fantastic. There’s a good range of western food with some Asian options. There’s also a section of Mauritian food which is mostly Indian and I loved it.

There are eating options all day long, but the best food options are at meal times.

There are two main restaurants. We mostly ate at the main one, Restaurant La Distillerie, as the other one, Restaurant Le Phare, is adults only except at dinner time and it wasn’t open all nights when we visited.

Restaurant La Phare is just gorgeous though. We had dinner here one night right by the ocean and the scenery and sounds of the ocean made for a special experience. The food was also great and it was nice to be served.

A special dinner at Restaurant La Phare

A special dinner at Restaurant La Phare

The service was great in both restaurants. Even at the buffet, the attendants get drinks, help carry plates and help with entertaining Baby J. We had a waitress in the main restaurant who became quite attached to Baby J and would be brilliant with getting him food and making sure we were happy. She would also set up the table ready for us in her section so she got to serve us.

You can order special wine with your meals (for extra cost) or have the house drinks which come out by the bottle if you want.

The snacks during the day are quite simple. We loved the bar by the pool as they would have fruit and bakery items so Baby J could have some fruit while we had a cocktail. It was lovely.

Dinner time usually had a theme – like “white” or “blue and white”. Nothing difficult and you don’t have to do it. We usually didn’t and we didn’t feel weird.

All in all, I am very impressed by the food at Club Med La Plantation d’Albion. I never got bored of it, as I feared, quite the opposite. I really enjoyed meal time.

Facilities

S takes aim at Archery

S takes aim at Archery

Club Med La Plantation d’Albion is full of facilities.

The resort is basically split into two areas – one is the Zen area which is focused on peace and tranquility and one is the main village area.

Hanging out at the pool with Baby J

Each of the areas has a main focal point where there is a pool, a restaurant and some other things. The main pool and dining area is also home to reception, a shop, a tour desk and a theatre. It’s also the entry to the swimming beach.

In the Zen area, there is another pool (with absolutely superb views at sunset), restaurant, gym and day spa. Kids are only allowed in this area to go to the restaurant at dinner time.

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Zen area pool.

Across the middle of the resort are various sporting facilities. There’s tennis, golf, trapeze, archery and soccer.

On the beach, there are water sports. There’s also a dive centre, fitness centre and table tennis near the main pool.

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The main beach

There are so many things, in fact, that I have no doubt left many things off this list.

The resort itself is quite big, not that you would realise it initially. It’s been very well constructed to blend into the surroundings.

There are electric golf carts to get around and we found one at our door within minutes of ringing for them. It’s also very nice to walk around with beautiful landscaping and many paths.

Of course, there is also the beach. It’s a lovely stretch of coastline which is nice and calm and worked well with our kids. There are many lounge chairs and day beds to relax on as well.

There are also many nice touches – like a stand by the beach with drinks and towels where you can help yourself. Towels are also sitting on many of the lounge chairs that line the beach areas.

There is also an infirmary which is staffed 24 hours by knowledgable nurses and they have a doctor on call. We tried out this facility as I brought a chest infection with me to Mauritius.

It is incredibly well run and professional and they had a doctor to see me within an hour and a half. The doctor brought all medications with him and it was all very easy and a good price.

Activities

Watching the sunset at the Zen pool is a must do experience

Watching the sunset at the Zen pool is a must do experience

There are so many activities at Club Med La Plantation d’Albion. You really can be as busy or quiet as you want to be.

There are schedules around the place but I recommend downloading the Club Med app for your phone and then you can see it all including the opening hours of the restaurants.

It’s a great place for kayaking – nice and calm!

It’s a great place for kayaking – nice and calm!

There are classes for basically all the sporting facilities mentioned above. You can have tennis/golf/sailing/etc lessons. There are fitness classes all day long. You can even learn how to fly on a trapeze!

There’s live music, games, tournaments, pilates, many things.

We tried archery, tennis, kayaking and some other water sports. There are plenty of people to help and make sure you learn and have a great time.

There’s also the option to book many day tours from the tour excursion desk and a taxi stand just outside the hotel if you would prefer to organise it yourself. Mauritius is a beautiful country to explore and it’s definitely worth making the effort to get out and see more.

You can read our list of things to do in Mauritius here.

Mini Club and Club Med with kids

S flying through the air on a trapeze while Z jumps on the trampoline. All part of a day in Mini Club!

S flying through the air on a trapeze while Z jumps on the trampoline. All part of a day in Mini Club!

It’s not just the adults that have activities all day long, so do the kids with their own activity program through the Mini Club (Club Med for kids’ club).

Mini Club deserves its own section as it’s amazing.

Seriously, amazing.

Our kids never wanted to leave.

One of the biggest reasons I first started looking at booking a Club Med vacation is that I had heard such good things about their kids club.

It’s all true.

This is no run of the mill kids club. The kids get to do tons of cool stuff and learn new things too. It’s an incredibly engaging and fun activity schedule and the kids never wanted to leave.

The staff are also top rate, multilingual and do their best to accommodate everyone’s needs. I was impressed by the feedback and questions they asked.

There is a Mini Club area but the kids are also taken to the facilities around the resort and do such awesome things as archery, flying on a trapeze, going on boat rides and paddling on kayaks.

Z plays soccer at one of the Mini Club activities

Z plays soccer at one of the Mini Club activities

Of course, the exact activities depend on the kids’ ages and preferences. 7 year old S did everything, 5 year old Z is more hesitant and stuck to soccer over archery and trapeze.

Kids under 4 have their own area of the Mini Club. 12 month old Baby J was able to join in with this when we paid for a baby sitter which was a reasonable price, professional and incredibly easy to organise. 2 and 3 year olds have their own special (paid) program.

S and Z absolutely loved all the choices at the buffets

Around the resort, kids are also very welcome (except in the Zen pool area). Baby J was treated like a rock star. Many people must work at this Club Med and it felt like the majority of them were calling him by name after a couple of days.

You can also arrange a “Baby Welcome” pack which includes a whole lot of baby equipment in your room. We had a cot, sleeping bag, baby bath, change mat, bottle warmer and nappy bin.

I often find buffets quite difficult with kids. It’s hard to help them, carry everything and get a moment to actually eat and enjoy the experience. This was very easy at Club Med as the staff are around all the time to help and are very proactive in doing so.

Entertainment

Amazing circus performance over the pool

Amazing circus performance over the pool

There is some fabulous entertainment at Club Med La Plantation D’Albion. Every night there was some type of show or event to attend as well as live music at different times of the day by the pool.

The nightly dinner was sometimes set up around the show. For example, for the circus performance pictured above, dinner was outside around the pool with tables arranged all around. Everything was stunningly presented and stuck to the white theme of the night.

Another night, there was a Las Vegas theme where dinner was served in the theatre so you could eat and drink while watching the show.

The staff are very friendly and often around to help you with anything or join in. The idea is that the G.O.s’ sit, eat, play, perform and do everything with and for you. It’s a nice set up.

Our verdict

Club Med La Plantation d’Albion totally exceeded all our expectations – and our expectations were very high.

I expected an easy, fun holiday, what I didn’t expect was just how top rate everything would be, primarily because I have never experienced anything as good before.

Everything was superb from the room to the food to the staff to the facilities, grounds, entertainment, everything.

We loved meal time at Club Med

The attention to every single detail in this Mauritius accommodation is amazing and it leads to an amazing experience.

We have travelled a lot and stayed in many fabulous places but Club Med La Plantation d’Albion wins. Holidays don’t get easier, more quality and better than this.

The kids absolutely loved it. They wanted to be in Mini Club all the time. They were able to try so many things and have new experiences in a safe environment while Josh and I had a chance to relax and have a break.

It was perfect.

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We visited this resort in June. This is winter in Mauritius and I worried that it was going to be too cold for us.

This wasn’t the case and actually the weather was perfect. I found 22 degrees here felt much warmer than it does back in Melbourne. We were shorts, t shirts and dresses during the day with a light jacket or cardigan in the evening.

I think June is a great time to visit as there aren’t as many other people and it was nice to have plenty of privacy and most things to ourselves. There were still enough people to give the place atmosphere when we wanted this though.

Baby Z’s first time in the water at the beach. It was perfect!

If I have to complain about something, it is the meal times. They do start half an hour earlier for families but 7pm is a bit late for us – usually the kids are in bed by then.

It wasn’t too much of a problem for the big kids. We would get them to have a nap and then they were ok. It was harder with Baby J though who we couldn’t get to sleep extra in the day to make up for it.

Definitely one of the biggest positives of Club Med are the staff. Everyone we came into contact with was friendly, helpful and just brilliant. As I mentioned above, we had a favourite attendant at meals who just made things so easy for us.

The ladies who would clean our room were brilliant. Not just because they made our rooms look amazing but because they would help out if we were in there. One day, I was there alone with Baby J and Z and struggling to get them out of the door. She helped.

These are just two examples of what every staff member was like.

If you are considering family holidays to Mauritius, you would be crazy not to consider staying here.

We loved the Club Med experience and we can’t wait to do it again. I’ve already been checking out the ones in Asia and working out when we can next visit one. I can see a lot more Club Meds in our future! And I can see us returning to La Plantation d’Albion.

It is the most beautiful, wonderful holiday I have ever had.

You can read our full guide for Mauritius here.

Disclaimer: We were guests of Club Med. As always, all views are my own.

Have you stayed in Club Med? Would you like to?

12 Travel Tips For Your Next Holiday

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While we all know there’s nothing better than being on holiday, but sometimes, getting ready to head overseas can be a little stressful! We’ve put together a list of our most important tips to get ahead on your next holiday…

1. Book your flights – early!

You’ll get the best price on your flights if you book them in advance, with savings that can often add up very quickly. Usually, you can book your trip up to 10 months out from departure – plus, if you book with accommodation you often get the best rate on flights available.

If you have your eye on flights and want to know when to buy, Hopper is the perfect tool! Plug in your travel dates and destinations, and the app will notify you whether you should buy now or wait.

2. Best time to go on holiday

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Really, it depends what you’re looking for:

  • ✔️ For those looking to escape the crowds, avoid school holiday periods, especially the Christmas break! Airports and popular destinations can get extremely busy, and prices often skyrocket during this period.

  • ✔️ To ski, head to the Northern Hemisphere in January to March for the best snow, or April for some incredible spring skiing.

  • ✔️ If you’d prefer to avoid the wet season in tropical Asia, travel to Thailand between December and April, and to Malaysia and Indonesia between May and October.

  • ✔️ Check the national holidays of the country you’re visiting before you book to make sure everything will be open. Keep an eye out for Chinese New Year, Bastille Day, Easter and other similar holidays.

 3. Planning your trip

  • ✔️ Be sure to visit TripAdvisor before choosing your accommodation or tours, to read peer reviews or have your questions answered.

  • ✔️ Google Trips is an app that will keep track of your bookings as you make them. No need to trawl through your emails! Too easy.

  • ✔️ Have a look online for any 360 videos to get the full holiday experience, or use Google Street View to get a virtual tour of the destination.

4. Check your passport!

Probably the most important point on this list! It is absolutely essential that you make sure you have at least six months on your passport before leaving the country, otherwise your dream holiday may become just that – a dream. Acquiring a passport last minute is a stressful process, and can’t always promise results, so check your validity well before you jet off!

While we’re on this topic, make sure to look up visa requirements for the country you’re heading to. Australians can travel visa-free to plenty of countries, but it’s always better to triple check.

5. Where to exchange your money

  • 💰 Exchange some money before you go. While the rates may not be as promising, the language barrier overseas may make it difficult to exchange currency.

  • 💰 Check with your bank if you can get a travel card, or go to the local post office and grab one. It’s much easier than paying by credit card, plus you don’t pay currency conversion fees.

  • 💰 Don’t exchange money at the airport, and especially not after you clear security. Kiosks at international airports have notoriously poor exchange rates.

  • 💰 Be sure to notify your bank that you’re overseas, to avoid having issues with your card. Banks like ING allow you to notify them of travel in their online banking app.

6. How to pack

Forget folding! To save as much space as possible, roll all of your clothing inside your suitcase. Also, keep your luggage as light as possible to make sure your transit is as easy as possible- if in doubt, leave it out!.

7. Learn some basic phrases

Consider learning some basic language skills of the country you’re visiting as a courtesy to those you’re speaking to. Learn phrases such as “excuse me,” “may I please have…” and “no, thank you.” If you have any serious allergies, learn to articulate these too!

Apps like Duolingo are great to give you a rundown of the basics, and Google Translate will always come in handy while overseas.

8. Ditch the camera

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Let’s be honest: in today’s world, your smartphone is more than adequate to chronicle your travels. While your DSLR can take some incredible shots, you’ll also have to lug it around, including extra batteries for when it inevitably runs out of charge. If you want to travel light, invest in some add-ons for your smartphone to boost the quality of your images.

9. Pack some earplugs, or noise-cancelling headphones!

Whether you’re staying in a lavish resort or a hostel in the big smoke, you’ll want to bring some earplugs to safeguard your shut-eye. They’re invaluable on flights - especially if you’ve got the screaming child seated behind you! For frequent travellers, consider investing in a great pair of noise-cancelling headphones – Bose’s Quietcomfort series is a favourite amongst travellers.

10. Check if you need vaccinations before you go!

Check what vaccinations you need on Travel Doctor after you book your holiday. Some vaccines can take up to eight weeks to come into full effect, so get organised early. Plus, in many resorts like Club Med Bali, children require vaccination certificates for the Kids Clubs, so make sure you bring those along.

11. Travel insurance is essential

Travel insurance is an absolute must-have when travelling abroad, especially with children or on a ski holiday. Insurance can cover medical emergencies, travel costs incurred from some cancellations and will compensate you if your belongings go missing. Be sure to document your claim fully to make sure you get compensated.

Again, some holiday packages (including Club Med) offer travel insurance in the package – make sure to check before spending extra!

12. Travelling with kids?

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Travelling with young children is a different game all together. Consider these tips before you jet off:

  • ✔️ Pre-order children’s meals on-board your flight.

  • ✔️ The air pressure changes inside a plane’s cabin is more intense for young children. Make sure you bring something for the little ones to suck on to alleviate the pain.

  • ✔️ Travel somewhere with a Kids Club. Not only will they have a ball, but you’ll get a break!

Discover more about Club Med all inclusive holidays by clicking here.

#HowTo... Make The Most of a Bali Holiday With Kids

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Bustling streets, beautiful beaches and wonderful Indonesian culture… who wouldn’t want to visit Bali?With direct flights from Sydney and a travel time of less than 7 hours, it’s a great place to take your family. Here, we line up our top tips for taking the kids on a Balinese adventure…

Basic tips for going to Bali with kids

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✔️ Stay at a resort out of the hustle and bustle of Kuta. The busy streets will only make travelling with the kids more difficult.

✔️ Check if your accommodation in Bali offers child-minding services or a Kids Club. Ensure the staff are qualified in childcare services, especially for babies, and also check the children-to-staff ratio.

✔️ Choose a resort with an adults-only pool! Sometimes on holidays you’ve got to take some time for yourself.

✔️ Get the family up-to-date with their vaccines. In Bali it’s recommended you have a Tetanus and Diphtheria shot, as well as Hepatitis A. Some Kids Clubs will ask for your child’s vaccinations records (including Club Med), so make sure to bring them with you.

✔️ Book your transfers before you arrive! Take the worry out of finding a taxi and cramming the whole family inside, and organise a bus to take you to the resort or hotel.

Best spots for families in Bali

So you want to see the sights, but you’ve got the kids in tow. Take a look at these family friendly activities that everyone will love!

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✔️ Temple of Tanah Lot: Take the family on an adventure to a traditional Indonesian temple, filled with cultural significance.

✔️ Kintamani: What could be cooler than visiting a volcano? At 1500m, The Kintamani area is a beautiful place to appreciate Bali’s natural beauty. Meet the residents and experience local traditions first hand.

✔️ White Water Rafting: Maybe one for the older kids! Take a thrilling plunge in a raft down the Ayung River and through the Indonesian jungle.

✔️ Ubud Monkey Forest: Get up close and personal with the macaques in the mountains.

✔️ Waterbom: This Kuta waterpark is popular with the kids, whether they’re young or teens. With loads of waterslides and rides for all ages, it’s a great place for fun in the sun.

Tips for families travelling with younger children

✔️ When choosing a resort with child-minding facilities, be sure to pick one with a small staff-to-children ratio to ensure the little ones will be properly taken care of.

✔️ Find out what activities are on offer ahead of time! Resorts like Club Med will have an app or web pages dedicated to information on what is available for the kids.

✔️ No doubt you’ll be spending in the water, so bring the floaties and Aqua Nappies for the younger kids.

✔️ Even if your toddler can walk, bring a stroller for the busy streets of Kuta. With uneven footpaths and crazy motorcyclists, it’ll be much easier to push them around.

What about the big kids?

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✔️ Choose a resort with a dedicated teens club to allow your older kids to socialise and meet others.

✔️ Consider booking a second adjoining room to give your teens space on holiday. After all, you might need it too!

Plus, some general tips for travelling to Bali…

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✔️ The Balinese are accustomed to Aussies, but don’t get too comfortable! Don’t be afraid to haggle at markets.

✔️ Make sure you lather up the kids (and yourself) in sunscreen to protect yourself against harsh UV rays. Don’t be fooled: in tropical climates, you can still get sunburn.

✔️ Don’t feed the monkeys. They might look friendly, but they can bite.

✔️ Not everyone gets ‘Bali Belly’! Try and drink from sealed bottled water to keep the family free of sickness. Also, you can trust resorts like Club Med Bali to provide you with fresh gourmet dining.

Discover more about Club Med Bali in the video below or by clicking here.

Christmas and New Year's Eve in Club Med

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Ever wondered what really goes on in Club Med when it's the silly season? Take a sneak peek at what Christmas and New Year's Eve look like in our resorts around the world...

Christmas Eve in Club Med

Nothing makes the festive season more magical than being submerged in family fun, whether it's in our ski resorts or sun resorts. With a visit from Santa, Christmas tree decorating activities and a decadent Christmas feast, the kids will say it's the best Christmas ever!

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4:30pm: Wherever you are staying, Santa never forgets to visit our resorts. He usually arrives with his sleigh...but we have already seen him arriving by jet-ski in Phuket or by elephant in Bintan.

7pm: Start your Christmas Eve evening by enjoying pre-dinner drinks and gourmet snacks, with Christmas elves...

8:30pm: ...then, discover a sumptuous buffet where turkey, oyster, pudding and Christmas log will be waiting for you.

10:30pm: After dinner, enjoy a unique Christmas show, put on by our professional staff with Christmas music, caroling and of course a unique entertainment program.

Christmas Day, all wrapped up in a bow

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8am - 12:30am: Savour mouthwatering gourmet Christmas meals prepared by international chefs... with the peace-of-mind knowing we're doing it all - the planning, cooking and clean-up - so you can just sit back and enjoy spending time with your family.

5pm: Kids are sometimes nervous about holidaying away from home at Christmas. How will Santa know where they are? But we know how important Christmas is. During the day your children (under 12) will receive a Club Med gift, so they know Santa's thinking of them!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style

What better way is there to kick off the New Year than in one of the world's most beautiful spots? Yep, New Year's Eve in Club Med is certainly something to behold.

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7pm: Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and gourmet snacks, with foie gras and festive cocktails.

8:30pm: Enjoy an evening buffet dinner with all the finest food you could wish for.

10pm: An amazing New Year show takes place after dinner, for both kids and adults. Lots of surprises are waiting for you, including fountains of champagne and, of course, fireworks.

12:15pm: For more traditional end-of-year enthusiasts, we organize reading of prayers in different languages. After that, the party continues at the main bar.

See you in Club Med this festive season! 🎁🎄🎅

#ThoseHolidayMoments Around The World

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The best holiday memories are those that are shared – whether it’s reminiscing during a family dinner, exchanging stories over a drink, or uploading your photos and videos on social media to share with friends. We spoke to clients in our Resorts to discover their favourite memories during their Club Med holiday.

Little ones share their favourite moments on a holiday to Bali

“My favorite food is ice cream, especially the one with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. I have it every day.” - Charlie at #ClubMedBali.

“You see your friends every morning, and wake up to a nice breeze and golden sunshine.” - Ella at Club Med Bali

“My favorite place in the resort is the flying trapeze […], this is not something you can do every day in Melbourne.” - Samuel at Club Med Bali

A getaway into the wild on a holiday to Malaysia

“I think spending time together has been the greatest thing. There is something here for everybody, so everybody is doing what they love […], and then you all come back together again, have your meals together, that’s been really good, really relaxing.” Ross, Patricia and Lucinda on a multigenerational family holiday to #ClubMedCherating

“I have to say it was really amazing to leave the kids with the Mini Club and they had an absolutely fabulous time… And they gave them a medal too, but while this we got to go to the Zen Pool which was fantastic!” Martha, John, Samuel and Emily on a family holiday to Club Med Cherating

A piece of paradise on a holiday to the Maldives

“[My favourite moment] is sundowners… watching the sun go down, listening to some music on the deck, it’s lovely. It’s just a great end to a day on the beach.” Kelly and Natalino on a honeymoon at #ClubMedKani

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“They did their first dive with me, they did a tri-dive in the lagoon, they came out on the boat with me, and we did a dive together… That was pretty important and special. Out of all the dives, that’s my favourite one.” Darren, Nat, Maddie and Luke on a family holiday at Club Med Kani

Share your favourite moments with us too!

#FollowUsTo...Mauritius for a Luxury Family Holiday!

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Imagine this: you’re holidaying in an exotic destination with your entire extended family, having the time of your life. Sounds like a dream? Richard and Hilda Kingston, along with their children and grandchildren, show us how it’s done.

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Live private moments with your family on holiday

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When Richard and Hilda planned their multigenerational holiday to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, they searched for a resort to suit all 10 members of the family, with ages ranging 13 months to 67 years! Their daughter, Emma, hit the nail on the head when she suggested Club Med Albion Villas in Mauritius.

“We wanted a mix of activities for the kids and a high level of accommodation with peaceful surroundings,” says Emma

Discover beautiful decor with local inspiration

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When the family arrived at the Resort, they were immediately struck by the warm hospitality of our specialized staff (the G.Os) and the rich landscape of African forest and tropical rainforest. From the well-appointed villas to the lavish facilities and cuisine, the Resort exudes pure luxury.

“The villas were absolutely first-class with premium decor,” says Richard. “We’ve stayed in some top hotels around the world and this compared favourably to our previous experiences.”Emma soon discovered the villas perfectly catered for her baby Elliot, 13-month-old, with amenities including a washing machine, high chair and baby bath, and baby food.

A large choice of activities

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Each morning, the family would spend time together in their private villa pool, planning the day and sharing memories. Later, they would gather at the main pool.

“The pool area never seemed crowded,” said Richard. “There were activities for all ages and the beach area had lovely shade and soft sand, ideal for the children.”

Everyone made the most of canoes, sail boats and paddle boards, while the grandchildren, aged 13, 11 and 8 years-old, developed their circus skills on the flying trapeze under the watchful guidance of professional G.Os.

The exclusive offerings at Club Med Albion Villas allowed adult members of the family totruly unwind. Whether reading by the infinity Zen pool overlooking superb ocean views, or indulging in a spa treatment at Cinq Mondes, the realities of everyday life seemed far, far away.

“Our Villa Hosts did a superb job,” says Emma. “They were attentive and friendly, without being overbearing. They made us delicious breakfasts, delivered snacks whenever we asked, and even organised a private barbecue and a trip to the golf course.”

Enjoy perfect gourmet meals

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Finding meals to suit everyone can be one of the biggest issues when travelling with family members of varying ages. The diverse food stations at Club Med Albion Villas eliminated this challenge.

“The all-inclusive food was of a very high quality with plenty of variety and theme nights,” says Richard.“We loved watching the food being freshly prepared in front of us at the various food stations.” 

The whole family feels that this special time in Mauritius will remain alive in their hearts forever.

“It is rare to find a place that caters for everyone and I will never forget spending time on the beach together, with the crystal blue waters and vast mountain ranges,” says Emma.

“It was the perfect way to spend our special 40th anniversary,” says Richard. “We will never forget it!”

☼ What does Club Med Albion Villas look like? 

Watch this short video and feel like you are on holidays in the Indian Ocean.