Sports

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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,…

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

The ultimate guide for the first time skier

New to snow resort holidays and not sure what to expect? We’ve got you. Here’s all you need to know before you go and if you have any questions, feel free to join our Facebook Club Med Snow Squad Group, we’ll happily share our advice!


What to expect during your first ski holidays?

Be ready to taste amazing gourmet mountain food and experience activities that you won’t find anywhere else.

  • Gourmet mountain food

At Club Med, when it comes to food we’ve got you sorted! Enjoy a subtle mix between local cuisine and French know-how that will have your taste buds tingling. Gather with your family and friends and choose from cheesy fondue, tartiflette, cheese platters or even Japanese hotpot or ramen. It will also be the perfect place to warm up around a cosy wood fire and enjoy a few toasted marshmallows…yum!

Discover the mountain cuisine served at Club Med European Ski Resorts.

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Discover the mountain cuisine served at Club Med Japan Resorts.

  • Apres-ski activities


🛀 Apres-ski treats: you’ll love relaxing in our hot tubs, saunas or indoor heated swimming pools, perfect for releasing muscle tension and enjoying a moment to reconnect with yourself in a relaxing environment.

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🐕 Dog sledding: experience this unique and thrilling way to hit the snow through the pristine landscape of the European Alps.

🏇 Horse riding in Japan: surrounded by the beautiful mountains, plains, rivers and lakes, experience a memorable ride.

Want to learn more about what’s on offer? Check out our range of activities.


What to pack for the perfect ski trip?

  • Ski essentials

1. Prioritise waterproof clothes (jacket, trousers) to be both cosy and remain dry until the end of the day.

2. Wear warm thermal clothes underneath and dress in layers, like an onion so you can adapt your body temperature according to the weather and activity.

3. Waterproof gloves, a must-have!

4. Sun cream and lip balm with UV protection will be useful to avoid sunburn and cracking lips.

5. Take your ski goggles to protect against sun and the bright reflection off the snow.

6. Finally, your snow equipment! ⛷️ With the Easy Arrival service enjoy a worry-free ski trip. Simply fill in your information 30 days prior to your arrival and our GOs will take care of preparing your equipment and make it ready to collect as soon as you step into the resort. You will also be able to book the Kids Club according to the age of your child. No need to queue, your holiday starts from the second you arrive at Club Med - too easy!

Service available in all Club Med European resorts.

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  • Join in the fashion fun

Booking an active holiday doesn’t mean that fashion goes out the window. Snow venues are the best places to express your creativity and flare for fashion. Don’t be afraid of colours, this is the perfect occasion to wear your fancy warm beanie, unicorn costume or even your Christmas wool jumper (it also deserves a second life!). Bright colours make you more visible to other skiers on the slopes, and easier to spot by your friends and family!

How to get physically ready to make the most of your ski holiday?

Start conditioning your body in order to get a certain level of cardiovascular and strength to hit the slopes every day. A short preparation before you head off will also ensure you get the energy to enjoy all the apres-ski activities and treats!

1. Squats

Your legs will be the main part of the body that will work out during a ski session, squats will help building strength in your thighs.

  • Stand with feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart

  • Push your hips back until your thighs are parallel to the floor

  • Make sure your knees are in front of your toes

  • Stand up and repeat (4 times 20 rep - 1 min rest break between each)

2. Alternating lunges

Perfect for building strength but also training balance, and avoid falling on the slopes!

  • Step one leg forward and bend it down to an angle of 90 degrees

  • Bring the leg back and switch to the other leg

  • Repeat for 15 rep each leg for 4 times - 1 min rest break between each

3. Forearm plank

Strong core will protect your back and allow you to push easier with your ski poles.

  • Place the forearms on the ground with the elbows aligned below the shoulders

  • Ground the toes into the floor and squeeze the glutes to stabilize the body

  • Hold the position for 45 sec

  • Repeat 3 times and increase the duration gradually

Want to one-up your ski buddies? Be one of the first to experience our new resort Club Med Les Arcs Panorama

Located in one of the biggest ski areas in the world Paradiski®, the new resort will amaze you by its modern mountain architecture and wide-open views of endless snow-capped mountains. Opening 16th December! ❇️

Top Snow Resorts to get you Pumped for the Games...No Matter your Ability

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An opportunity to gather nationalities, live the spirit of sport and follow incredible extreme sports achieved by high-level athletes...who doesn't love the Winter Games?! This year, the 2018 Winter Games kicked off on 9th February and will run up until 25th February, 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea, serving up a healthy dose of adrenaline to the athletes, and motivation for viewers to dust off the old skis or learn the skill of snow sports. Whether you're a just starting out or consider yourself a 'pro', Club Med has pulled together a list of the best ski resorts to get you snow-loving like an athlete.

Learning to ski - beginner skiers

Just starting out and still a little shaky? With fluffy powder snow, runs for all ability and world-class instructors, Japan is for you!

Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido

Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, the trendiest new ski resort where you can experience the incredible mountains of the Hokkaido region, offers access to over 145 hectares of snow to explore. Perfect for all abilities and ages with ski lessons liked to the Kids Club, there's truly something for everyone on and off the slopes. Ski made easy thanks to free ski lift pass, small group lesson included for all levels with English-speaking and professional ski instructors, plus an indoor wave pool just 2 minutes from the resort - Club Med Tomamu is a winter wonderland!

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Club Med Sahoro

Don't forget the sensational Club Med Sahoro, awarded as one of the best travel destinations in Asia, Hokkaido promises a fun-filled family experience! This is the perfect setting for family snow holidays and to discover a little-known area of this fascinating country. Enjoy hassle-free skiing on powder snow without the crowds in a peaceful setting, perfect for beginners! Free ski lift pass for Sahoro domain is also included with ski lesson, ski from 4 years old and snow from 8 years old.

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Intermediate skiers

Club Med Grand Massif

Club Med Grand Massif located in the French Alps, is one of Club Med's new ski resorts opened in December 2017. This resort is the perfect destination to soak up the 360 view of the valley designed to blend in with the mountain top. You can also ski between two domains, among pine trees on the Massif side or with open views of Mont Blanc on the Flaine side. What could be better than skiing with a view? Slide non stop on the 14 kilometre long slope taking you from the mountain top to the Valley of Giffre. Combine there, amazing skiing experience and amazing views!

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Advanced skiers

Club Med Arcs Extreme (for adults-only)

Arcs Extreme located in the French Alps, is the only Club Med snow resort dedicated only to adults. For the very best in winter sports and festive fun, Club Med Arcs Extrême is the place to be! A ski-in-ski-out resort with more than 200kms of slopes available and at 2000 metres altitude, it's the ideal resort for those looking for the ultimate thrill!

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Club Med Val Thorens Sensations

Club Med Val Thorens Sensations, located in the ski station voted best in the world, offers ski-in-ski-out access to the 3 Vallees domain. Perfect for expert skier with the largest and possibly best ski areas on earth! Moreover, the resort stands at an altitude of 2,300 metres which guarantees snow until April.

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Ready to hit the slopes? Learn more about Club Med's 20+ snow resorts here!

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

Bucket List Diving: 10 Places You Need to Dive in Your lifetime

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Whether you're strapping on a snorkel for the first time, or you're an experienced scuba diver crossing sites off your bucket list; whether you want to swim with manta rays, or see shipwrecks up close...a diving holiday is one you won't forget in a hurry.Beneath the surface you'll find beautiful marine life, magnificent reefs and coral gardens. Plus you can get up close and personal with manta rays, barracudas, sharks, whales, turtles and schools of colourful fish.

It's time to jump in - here are 10 spots to dive in your lifetime.

 1. Okinawa, Japan

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The hundreds of islands in Okinawa boast some of the world’s most incredible and diverse dive sites, and a great spot to start is Ishigaki Island. Yonehara, Sukuji and Sunset beaches offer fantastic snorkelling, while numerous dive sites are close by, including ‘Manta Scramble’, which has depths of 15 metres and majestic manta rays to swim alongside.

2. The Maldives

The 26 natural atolls of the Maldives form a tropical paradise, and dive sites here are plentiful! From Club Med Kani, there are a multitude of different spots for all levels, ranging from 5 metres to 50 metres. The marine life in the Maldives is truly world-class, and divers can expect to see beautiful coral, manta rays, eagle rays, parrot fishes, and white/black tip reef sharks.

Divers should head to the Maldives in February – April for the best visibility and eagle rays, or June – November for manta ray season.

3. Mauritius

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As well as incredible beaches and beautiful oceans, Mauritius is home to an amazing underwater world with reefs teeming with marine life. The dive sites are diverse, with a few must-dives: Cathedral is known for its magnificent underwater cave housing angelfish, lionfish and lobsters at depths of 20-35 metres, while Colline Bambou has an underwater cliff.

4. Cancun, Mexico

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For a Mexican dive with a difference, head to the Cancun Underwater Museum. As well as hundreds of submerged statues, the artificial reef teems with barracudas, lobsters and eels. With visibility of around 30 metres and depths of 10 metres, the site sits off Isla Mujeres.

5. Punta Cana

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Punta Cana has a host of coral and artificial reefs to explore. Catalina Island is a nature reserve home to two popular dive sites. The Wall drops to 30 metres and features black coral and fast-moving fish. The Aquarium offers shallow depths and scores of colourful creatures.

6. Phuket, Thailand

Long a favourite destination for Aussies, Phuket offers amazing dives. The Phi Phi Islands, known worldwide thanks to 'The Beach', offers spots such as Bida Nok. With dramatic walls and colourful coral, the waters are filled with eels, octopuses and leopard sharks.

7. Corsica

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The French island of Corsica offers some of Europe's best diving. The UNESCO World Heritage listed Lavezzi Marine Reserve has 40 dive sites with depths of up to 60 metres and visibility of up to 30 metres. Barracudas and eagle rays are common in the fast-moving waters, particularly close to the many large granite boulders.

8. Belize

This small Central American country is home to the World Heritage-listed Blue Hole. Plunging to enormous depths of over 120 metres, there are multi-hued stalactites and stalagmites, plus turtles, reef sharks and giant groupers to see. Visibility ranges between 15 and 30 metres. 

9. Yongala, Queensland, Australia

Located in the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, the eerie wreck of the SS Yongala is Australia’s most intact shipwreck. Accessible as a day trip from the city of Ayr, the Yongala plays host to manta rays, sea snakes and tiger sharks, and in winter, migrating whales. The wreck is at a depth of 30 metres with visibility of 10-15 metres.

10. Palau

A chain of 200 islands in the Pacific Ocean, Palau’s dive sites are renowned for underwater photography enthusiasts and lovers of marine life. Palau's world-famous Blue Wall has reef sharks, turtles and tropical fish, and depths range to 30 metres with visibility of up to 40 metres. Palau also offers a host of shipwrecks and coral reefs, with the waters home to some 1500 different species of fish.

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

#MeetOurG.O.s – Kelly, Fitness G.O. at Club Med Bintan Island

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

Kelly, sport G.O. at Club Med Bintan

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

I have been at Club Med Bintan Island for 8 months. This is my first village. I'm a sport polyvalent and mostly the fitness G.O.

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

Club Med Bintan Island is a perfect holiday for everyone. There is something to please everyone of all ages in a safe secure resort. If you want to relax, read a book and drink cocktails all day...you can. If you want to be crazy busy and active there is multiple sports and activities to choose from each hour.

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

When you're visiting Club Med Bintan Island, remember your sport shoes so you can enjoy all the fun land sport activities in the sports center!

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

My favourite moment of the day is aqua gym! It brings people from all over the world, all ages and any fitness ability, having fun exercising. That's rare!

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

My favorite thing to do on my day off in Indonesia is to hire a scooter and explore the island, pop into a local restaurant and enjoy local food.

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

Meet our G.O. from Club Med Bintan Island

My favourite thing about working at Club Med is the people I meet. GOs from all around the world, and GMs - our beloved customers, also known as Gentle Members - of all ages, nationalities cultural and linguistic backgrounds. And I get paid to stay fit! Yay for being a fitness GO!

Meet our G.O.s in the video below or more about Club Med Bintan Island by clicking here.

Want to ski in the French Alps? Here are the best ski fields.

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They say that once you ski in France, you’re spoiled for life. ‘Spectacular’ doesn’t even come close to describing the French Alps – it’s no wonder that the Alps are one of the world’s top skiing destinations.

Apart from its incredibly beautiful powder peaks and world-class après-ski scene, the appealing thing about the French Alps is its broad range of skiing opportunities. From kids hopping on skis for the first time to advanced cross-country trails, there’s something for everyone.

So, which ski spot is perfect for your snow holiday to the French Alps? Strap on your skis and hop on – we’ve got the lowdown on this incredible part of the world.

Getting to the French Alps

While the French Alps are particularly well connected to the rest of France, it’s actually easier to get to the mountains from Geneva in Switzerland rather than Paris.

The easiest route to Geneva from Australia is via Dubai or Doha flying either Qatar Airways or Emirates. Once in Geneva, the best way to get to the ski resorts is via car or bus transfer. It’s also the most scenic and enjoyable way to witness the breathtaking countryside!

Which French Alps ski area is best for me?

With countless ski fields, it can be hard to know where to go. Below, we give you a rundown on the top picks in the area.

Espace Killy

Named after famed French skier Jean-Claude Killy, the Espace Killy is renowned as one of the best ski areas in the world and for good reason. With a ski season that lasts from November until May, over 300km of slopes and a maximum altitude of 3450m, you’ll reach the height of ski holidays here.

Number of runs: 20 green runs, 67 blue runs, 41 red runs, 26 black runs Altitude: between 1,550m and 3,450m

Ski fields in Espace Killy:

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  • Val d’Isere sits at 1850m at the foot of the slopes, and is perfect for its ski-in ski-out access to the mountain. Ideal for couples or friends, Val d’Isere has plenty of authentic chalet charm and is also home to the awesome La Folie Douce, a bar in the mountains. Download the piste map here

  • Tignes Val Claret is higher than Val d’Isere at 2,100m, and is perfect for the thrill-seeker. In addition to incredible skiing and snowboarding conditions, the enthusiastic can also take on ice-diving or climb a frozen waterfall. Download the piste map here

Paradiski 

When a ski area has the name ‘paradise’ in it, you can bet that it’s going to be a great spot for skiing. Comprised of three resorts and boasting 425km of downhill skiing, Paradiski is literally a dream for beginner and expert skiers.

Number of runs: 12 green runs, 132 blue runs, 65 red runs, 37 black runs Altitude: between 1,250m to 3,250m

Ski fields in Paradiski:

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  • Peisey-Vallandry sits at 1,600m and oozes charm, from log fireplaces to stone and wood bars. With ski-in ski-out access and incredible snow-covered pine trees, Peisey-Vallandry is literally a winter wonderland and perfect for families. For brownie points, the neighbouring Vanoise Express is also the world’s fastest cable car. Download the piste map here

  • La Plagne is perched on the mountainside, and from the slopes you can literally see the Mont-Blanc rising in the distance. At 2,100m, these high-altitude runs are the perfect answer to any skiers dream. Download the piste map here

  • Accessible from Peisey-Vallandry, Les Arcs is one of the first “mega resorts” with its large and varied network of open runs and wooded ski runs around the Peisey-Vallandry and Villaroger area. Sitting at 2,000m, Les Arcs is home to the Robert Blanc black run; plus, with 53 blue runs and 32 red runs available, intermediate skiers will fall in love with this area. Download the piste map here

Les 3 Vallees 

As the largest linked ski area in the world, Les 3 Vallees (or The Three Valleys) are home to a whopping 600km of slopes. The ski area covers eight resorts, including Meribel, Val Thorens, Orelle, Courchevel, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, La Tania, and Brides-les-Bains.

Number of runs: 68 green runs, 104 blue runs, 110 red runs, 35 black runs Altitude: between 1,300m to 3,200m

Top ski fields in Les 3 Vallees:

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  • Val Thorens was voted the best French skiing resort and, at 2,300m, is Europe’s highest station. With a variety of open runs, Michelin-starred chefs and an incredible apres-ski scene, Val Thorens is the epitome of what skiing in France is all about. Download the piste map here

  • Meribel is known as the heart of the 3 valleys, and is the perfect place to experience French chalet culture. After a day of skiing, Meribel is the perfect town to stroll around in and soak up the French chic style.

Discover Club Med’s French Alps resorts in the video below or by clicking here!




All You Need to Know About Skiing in the Italian Alps

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Ciao Bella! Villages with cobblestones covered in white, mountains blanketed in fresh powder snow and even bigger mountains of pasta… what more could you want on a holiday? The Italian Alps are truly something all skiers and boarders have to experience, and we have the lowdown on all you need to know for your ski holiday here.

Best time to go to Italy

Club Med Pragelato

The best snow on the Italian Alps is between January and February, when skiers can expect consistently fresh snowfall and cold temperatures. If you really can’t wait to hit the slopes, December is still a good time to visit, especially as you’ll get to experience some Christmas charm.

Remember to book well in advance for trips around Christmas and New Year, and for February (French, Belgian and Swiss school holidays).

How to get there

Flights to Italy are around 26 hours from Sydney, depending on your stopover. For a ski trip, we recommend Emirates, Singapore Airlines or Qantas – you’ll need the luggage allowance for all your ski gear! Consider flying into Turin with an airline such as Air Italia when booking a trip to the Italian Alps, as transfers to the slopes are less than 2 hours. If not, Milan is your next best bet.

Visas for Australians heading to Italy

You won’t need a visa to travel to Italy, unless you’re planning on spending over 90 days in the Schengen area.

An out of this world ski holiday: The Milky Way

There’s nothing more authentically Italian than a romantic snow-covered valley…it’s truly bellissimo! Home to the 2006 Winter Olympics, Pragelato Via Lattea is a ski area of champions.

Holiday in the Italian Alps

There are runs for skiers of all levels, with 42 black runs, 118 red runs, 54 blue runs and 30 green runs – it’s Europe’s second largest ski domain so you’ll never get bored!

Follow the tracks of champions, and ski Olympic courses at your own pace.

Convenience is key! At Pragelato, you can take a gondola from the ski room at Club Med straight to the heart of the mountain.

Stay in private cosy chalets in a protected valley, with romantic cobblestone streets amongst snow-covered fir trees.

Ski on the edge… literally!

Breuil-Cervinia-Valtournenche-Zermatt…it’s a bit of a mouthful, but it’s one heck of a ski area! Located on the very edge of Italy, you’ll be able to ski the pistes between Cervinia (Italy) and Zermatt (Switzerland) with ease!

Club Med Cervinia

The Australian Alps have nothing on these ranges! Get some serious altitude, as this mountain soars up to 3920m.

Take the challenge of ‘Nero Cervino’, a black run with a 65 degree drop. This one’s not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure…

There are ski areas dedicated for the little ones. Valtournenche has jumping castles and a wild west snow play area!

Don’t forget to take a pic with the Matterhorn!

Italian cuisine after a day on the slopes

Pizza, pasta, prosciutto, risotto, minestrone, gelato, cannoli…really, the list of incredible Italian foods could go on forever. Italians are known for their extraordinary cuisine and where better to enjoy the art of Italian food than in the Alps?

Club Med food in the Italian Alps

While you’ll get the classics such as Spaghetti Bolognese and Pasta alla Carbonara everywhere, indulge in a local specialty, Pasta al Tartufo (pasta with truffles), at Club Med Pragelato. What’s more, there are freshly sliced Italian cured meats at every meal, and of course - vino!

Apres-ski aplenty in the Italian Alps

There’s a certain charm about the Italian Alps that has captured the hearts of so many, but not just for the skiing. Europeans invented apres-ski, so it’s no surprise that there are plenty of things to do if you need a break from the slopes:

Apres-ski in the Italian Alps

Take a stroll through the snow-covered cobblestone roads of Via Lattea or Cervinia, and don’t forget to stop for an Italian espresso!

Get active and explore the mountain on snowshoes with a guide

Looking for romance? Take a sleigh ride through the snowy glades

After a long day on the slopes, warm up in a Turkish Bath.

Other spots to visit on a holiday to Italy

Make the most of your ski trip to Italy by taking some time to see some of this beautiful country. Here are our top picks:

Florence, Italy

✔️ They do say all roads lead to Rome! Discover culture and history at The Colosseum, the Forum, the Trevi Fountain and St Peter’s Basilica

✔️ Explore the lost city of Pompeii, only a short train trip from Naples

✔️ Shop ‘til you drop for the world’s finest high-fashion in Milan

✔️ Take a food tour of Florence…your tastebuds will thank us!

Bella Italia!

There’s no doubt about it: the skiing in Italy is some of the best in the world. While you’re at it, indulge in Italian tradition; whether it be food, art or history.

Learn more about Club Med’s Italian ski resorts here and discover Club Med Pragelato Vialattea in the video below.

Best Places To Go For Easter Holidays

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Easter can be the perfect time to travel, both to get away from crowds and also get that last hit of sunshine before winter comes.As the weather warms up, it’s not just summer that has us all dreaming of holidays overseas. The Christmas break can be extremely busy for international travel, with thousands of holidaymakers trying to make the most of the holiday season. If you'd rather skip the crowds and rather plan ahead for your Easter holiday break, we’ve got some spots that are perfect for April!

Spring skiing in Europe

Club Med Val Thorens

You’d be amazed at the quality of snow on offer on the European peaks over Easter! April is considered low season, so you’ll avoid the queues and have the pistes all to yourself. At Val Thorens, Europe’s highest ski resort, it still snows well into Easter week, and the ski season often lasts until May.

Alternatively, other ski fields that are perfect over Easter include Les Deux Alpes and Tignes Val Claret, where glaciers keep temperatures relatively low up in the mountain.

Temperatures are warmer in spring, so resist the urge to pack your earmuffs! With days sitting at above 10 degrees Celsius, you might even find it a bit warm on the mountain – especially if you’re working up a sweat. Don’t forget to bring your swimmers too: resorts like Club Med Peisey-Vallandry have outdoor heated pools that are perfect to soak up the spring sun.

Travel Tip: If you’re travelling to Europe to ski, make sure to make the most of it and transit through Paris or Rome. Flowers bloom across the gardens in Paris in springtime, while the masses gather in St Peter’s Square for Easter in Rome.

Head to Malaysia for Easter sunshine

Looking to get that last burst of sunshine before the winter? Malaysia is a great holiday destination – plus, it’s just an 8 hour flight away. Experience a cultural immersion in Kuala Lumpur with Malay, Chinese and Indian influences creating a bustling, vibrant city.

Club Med Cherating

For a break from the densely packed cities, don’t miss Cherating Beach’s secluded shores, surrounded by lush Malaysian jungle. April falls between monsoon seasons, so you’re sure to have clear skies and warm waters. If you’re an avid surfer, you’ll find great waves over the Easter period as well.

Travel Tip: One of the best way to make the most of the jungle experience in Cherating Beach over Easter break is to spend a few days at Club Med Cherating and embark with your kids and the specialized staff in a treasure hunt in the surroundings of the resort...

Discover ancient Mayan relics and sunshine in Mexico

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Home to pristine beaches and one of the world’s seven wonders, Cancun is an ideal holiday destination for Easter. It’s always sunny, and you’ll be able to visit the Mayan ruins of the Chichen Itza, as well as snorkel in beautiful clear oceans.

While April is the time for Spring Break, the Yucatan Peninsula (where Club Med Cancun is located) is secluded, so you can enjoy your beach in peace!  What’s more, some of Mexico’s best snorkelling lies in the warm waters just beyond the shores…

Discover paradise on Earth in the Maldives

Club Med Finolhu Maldives

Let’s be honest: when isn’t it a good time to visit the Maldives? With unmistakable turquoise waters and magnificent white sands, it’s the ideal holiday destination. In April you can expect perfect bluebird days, where the warm waters see vibrant sea life to flock to the coral reefs. Easter is considered the best time for scuba diving, so take a dip with the reef sharks and manta rays!

A short and sweet escape to Singapore

Singapore is less than eight hours direct flight from Sydney, so it’s perfect for a short Easter break! In April you’ll avoid the monsoons and it’s (a little bit) less humid, making it the perfect conditions to spend a few days exploring Singapore. Enjoy a meal on the Marina Bay, watch the Singapore Open Badminton tournament, spend a day at Universal Studios, or head to the Singapore Zoo…kids and adults alike will love it!

Club Med Bintan Island

Travel Tip: When you’re ready to hit the beach, skip Sentosa and take a short ferry to Bintan Island. Lie under the tropical sun by the warm waters of the South China Sea and relax…snorkel, swim, kayak, or practice your swing at the infamous Ria Bintan Golf Course.

🐇 Happy Easter Holiday! 🐣

What Every Beginner Skier Needs to Know Before A First Ski Trip

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Do you still think ‘goofy’ is a Disney character? Don't know how to pizza down the mountain? Don't even know what to do with a lift ticket (or why you even need one)? For the uninitiated, whether you're a ski beginner or embarking on your first family ski holiday, it can all be a bit bewildering. Here's everything you need to know for your first ski trip.

The lowdown on the lingo

Club Med All Inclusive Ski Holidays

First things first, you'll need to brush up on the basics of snow lingo:

❅ Lift passes are tickets that allow you to ride the ski lifts up to the top of the mountain to ski down. There are plenty of options, from day passes to annual passes (for the super enthusiastic beginner!)

A run (or piste in Europe) is any marked trail, slope or course designed for skiing.

When snowboarding, riders use either a regular or goofy: The regular stance is with your left foot in front and goofy is with your right foot at the front.

❅ Apres-ski refers to the activities undertaken after a day of skiing, and can include swimming, massages at the spa, or an Aussie’s favourite past-time: enjoying drinks with friends.

What to bring

Club Med All Inclusive Ski Holidays

You will need to pack:

✔️ Thermals

✔️ Insulated clothing

✔️ A ski jacket and ski pants

✔️ Gloves

✔️ Beanies

✔️ Super thick socks

✔️ Warm boots

✔️ Protective eyewear.

☼ It seems silly, but you'll also need sunscreen and lip balm – sunburn and chapped lips are common gripes on the slopes.

Skiing or snowboarding?

Club Med Ski & Snow holidays

The next thing to decide on is skiing or snowboarding.

The general rule is that skiing is easier to pick up at first but harder in the long run to master; on the other hand, snowboarding can take a good couple of days to pick up, but after that you can become quite competent quickly on your snowboard.

Tips to keep in mind for your first ski trip

Club Med All Inclusive Ski Holidays

✔️ Beginners heading on a ski holiday should allow plenty of time on the slopes (at least a couple of days) – first-timers make take a while to get the hang of it.

✔️ It’s not essential, but we highly recommend you sign up for some ski lessons. Instructors will guide you through how to start and then demonstrate correct techniques – plus they’ll take you to runs on the mountain that suit your ability level. Club Med snow resorts offer snow schools with qualified instructors included in the package, and also many offer kids ski classes.

✔️ The view from the top will be steep... and intimidating for beginners. Whenever in doubt, don’t forget you can 'pizza' (point your skis together at the front to slow you down) to gradually make your way down to the bottom.

✔️ Don't forget to reward yourself after day's skiing by indulging in a sauna, Turkish bath, massage or yoga. Trust us: your muscles will thank you!

Best international ski fields for beginners

Club Med Ski Hokkaido Japan

While skiing in Australia and New Zealand are viable options, the best part about heading overseas to ski is that you can discover a completely new country and experience some of the best powder in the world. Here’s our pick for the best international ski fields:

✔️ Sahoro, Japan: The skiing mecca of Hokkaido offers soft snow perfect for beginners. Resorts in the region contain traditional Japanese rooms, indoor and outdoor hot tubs and snow gardens for the kids.

✔️ Valmorel, France: with a family-friendly atmosphere, this resort area of the French Alps offers plenty of gentle runs and a host of activities for the little ones.

✔️ Via Lattea, Italy: Nestled on the border with France, the second largest ski field in Europe is popular with families who come to relax in cosy chalets.

✔️ Aspen Snowmass, USA: spread over four mountains, this field features an amazing array of runs from beginner to advanced.

✔️ Big White, Canada: has a huge number of lifts, runs to suit all ages and a popular skiing school for kids.

And finally...

Whether you're hitting the slopes for the first time or taking the kids on their first skiing holiday, good luck, and remember…everybody had to learn once!

See you out on the slopes. ⛄ ❄️ 🎿

Learn more about Club Med’s all-inclusive ski holidays in the video below, or on the Club Med website here.

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

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

Destination: French Alps

Les Chalets Club Med de Valmorel

Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets

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

Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets

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

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

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

Luxury

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

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

Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets

Cuisine + Cocktails

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

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

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

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

Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets

Customer Experience

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

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

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

Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets

Bucket List

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

Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets

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

Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets

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

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

Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets

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

Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets

Take the adventure

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

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

Samantha Wills at Club Med Valmorel Chalets

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

Want to discover more? Watch this video below, or jump on our website to learn more about the Club Med Valmorel Chalets. ✳ ⛄ 

An Alpine Experience with Chic Euro Style

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This article was reposted from journalist Dan Avila’s post on justluxe.com. All photos below are courtesy of Dan Avila Photography.  Read the original story here. Dan Avilais a frequent traveler across the globe, camera in hand - shooting unique people and places. He relates below his great experience of spending a week during the snow season at Club Med in Valmorel.

To many, the Alps are the prime locations for snow sport excellence. Endless runs in pristine conditions, fabulous infrastructures and picturesque villages with a chic Euro style; it is ski heaven. The tiny Alpine town of Valmorel, set high in the French Alps, is transformed in the winter. Valmorel village may be small, but it punches above its weight in premium offerings. Some of the finest French cheese, wine and produce are from this region and the skiing is simply sublime.

Club Med Valmorel Chalets

Set above this town is Club Med Valmorel's latest resort village. No expense has been spared ($113 million was spent) to create a truly stunning alpine experience which, in addition to the main resort village, includes a few stand-alone chalets. Club Med Valmorel has direct access to over 93 miles of ski runs reaching an altitude of over 9,800 feet. From the highest ski lift, views extend across three countries and even the most committed skier must pause in appreciation of these unforgettable vistas.

Club Med Valmorel Chalets

The property’s chalets are removed from the main hotel in a secluded area above the resort village. The accommodations are built to the highest-certified environmental standards and are designed in an authentic alpine style. Exclusive to chalets are in-house meals. Each morning, breakfast is prepared by your butler who gets to know you so they can tailor the service to your exact preference. On returning to the chalet after a solid day of carving up the slopes, our butler had prepared a decadent afternoon tea including the finest local produce and a special daily pastry from Maryan, awarded as one of the finest pastry chefs in France. The chalets also have exclusive access to a range of premium features including The Welcome Lounge. The club is beautifully constructed and features a fireplace and premium wine and spirits. A chauffeur is also available any time of day for those wanting to explore the area.

Club Med Valmorel Chalets

Club Med’s holiday experience is seamless, and allows guests more time to do what they go there to do. Group ski classes are part of the package and are highly recommended. The Valmorel ski fields are so expansive that just getting familiar with the runs can take days. The nationally-accredited instructors also double as guides, as small groups of similarly skilled skiers or snow-boarders are expertly instructed and guided throughout the reaches of this expansive region. From a very beginner seeing snow for the first time to competitive experts looking to hone their off-piste ability, all skill levels are catered to with group or one-on-one lessons.

Club Med Valmorel Chalets

After a glorious morning on the slopes, ski in and kick off your skis at the exclusive chalet ski room, near the restaurant while a smiling waiter offers fresh juice or Champagne even before you step inside. The chefs ensure a luxuriant spread for lunch before satisfied guests again succumb to the call of the mountains. Being on the slopes is a great way of experiencing a view of the Alps. Low altitude flying above them is even better, and there are a couple of options to get airborne, which include parasailing or flying in a microlight at 80 mph before setting down on the slopes to ski onto the next thrill.

Club Med Valmorel Chalets

Club Med controls a substantial portion of the European Alpine vacation market and this dominance has provided opportunity to refine their craft into what has culminated into the Valmorel experience. It is a total package of carefree fun that leaves guests satisfied and yearning to return.

Club Med Valmorel Chalets
Club Med Valmorel Chalets
Club Med Valmorel Chalets
Club Med Valmorel Chalets
Club Med Valmorel Chalets
Club Med Valmorel Chalets
Club Med Valmorel Chalets

Want to discover more? Watch this video below, or hop on our website to learn more about the Club Med Valmorel Chalets.

Japan or Europe: Which Is Better for Skiers?

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Club Med Val Thorens

Are you a powder-hound? Or perhaps a professional après skier? Whether you like to hit the parks or the piste, we’re sure you’re dreaming of fresh tracks – especially now that the Australian ski season is winding down to a close.

To find the world’s best snow you’ll have to venture north from the Australian Alps, where incredible powder peaks come to life between December to May, in Japan and Europe. The Northern hemisphere is a playground for skiers, but it can be hard to decide which slopes to take on. Luckily, we’ve done all the research for you! Read on to see which region is best for skiers…

Chase soft powder and cultural discovery in Japan

Japan is renowned for its incredible powder snow, with promises of over 15 meters in some prefectures! Regardless of where you ski, you’re guaranteed the world’s driest, lightest and deepest powder snow. Be sure to take in the beautiful mountain landscapes and the wonderfully unique culture that makes Japan one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

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Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido, is peppered with phenomenal ski slopes that promise reliable snowfall, which makes it a popular destination for tourists. Ski fields like Niseko are often crowded, meaning queues for lifts; for a quieter ski field, head to Sahoro and enjoy mountains all to yourself – literally!

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With a flight times of less than 13 hours from Sydney, the Japanese slopes are ideal for those travelling with young families. What’s more, parents can make the most of the mountains while the little ones are having a ball in professional ski lessons.

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Japan is also the perfect place to combine skiing with a longer holiday. You could easily spend days in the shrines and temples of Kyoto, or head to Tokyo and Osaka to soak in bright lights and unique cityscapes.

Get serious altitude in the French, Italian and Swiss Alps

There’s no mistaking it, the French, Swiss and Italian Alps offer some of the best skiing in the world. Paired with enchanting European charm, delicious mountain food (tartiflette, anyone?) and a long season with reliable snowfall, a ski holiday to Europe is one you’ll never forget.

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Europe has an incredibly diverse range ski fields for skiing and snowboarding holidays, and includes: ❅ The world’s biggest ski area, Les Trois Vallees in the French Alps, featuring over 600km of terrain and 335 runs.. ❅ A natural glacier at Paradiski in the French Alps, where there are 425km of slopes with 139 runs, suited for every level. ❅ Another one of Europe’s largest ski areas, the Via Lattea in the Italian Alps, is home to over 400km of ski slopes and 92 runs. ❅ Beautiful alpine skiing trails in Haute-Engadine in the Swiss Alps, with over 570km of slopes and 56 runs.

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Given the sheer size of the European Alps, it’s hard to know where to start. Make the most by booking in professional lessons with the ESF National Ski School – they know the ski conditions and can take you to the best locations, as well as give you the best tips.

The best thing about skiing in Europe is that… well, it’s not all about the skiing! Europeans invented après ski, after all, so it’s no surprise that the world’s best après ski can be found here.

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From hearty dishes including tartiflette and raclette, to restaurants and bars on the mountains and outdoor heated pools, there’s no shortage of things to do. Mountain clubs such as the iconic La Folie Douce are definitely not to be missed! A European ski trip is the ideal escape for people who want world class ski fields… and world class après-ski.

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So between Europe and Japan, which is better?

It really depends on what you’re after! Located so close to home, the Japanese ski fields are ideal for families and friends who want to discover unique culture and incredible powder. But if you’re seeking the ultimate ski experience, there’s nothing quite like the iconic European Alps. Trust us – it’s worth it.

See you on the slopes! ⛄ ❄️ 🎿 Learn more about Club Med’s all-inclusive ski holidays in the video below, or on the Club Med website here.

Skiing In Hokkaido With An Olympian

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Whether you are a beginner or a snow expert, the perfect powder snow of Japan makes for an enchanting location for snow holidays. In Japan, experienced ski and snowboard instructors help perfect ski technique and find the best slopes...and none is quite as experienced as Robel Teklemarian. Would you jump at the chance to ski under the guidance of an Olympic champion? Well, you can make your dream a reality at Club Med Hokkaido Sahoro in Japan.


A snow resort where dreams come true

Robel Teklemariam trained to fulfil his Winter Olympic dream in 2006 while working as a Club Med ski instructor. It was the ideal environment for Robel to perfect his talents. Today, as the Hokkaido Ski School Director, Robel is passing on his expertise to Club Med guests.

“I want to ignite the same passion in my students that I felt when I first learned to ski," says Robel. "It’s important to build up their confidence so they can conquer the nerves and become great skiers.”

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A paradise for ski enthusiasts

This Olympian feels like he lives in a skier’s paradise.

Hokkaido has incredible snow and Sahoro provides the very best Rossignol mountain equipment, updated every year. Best of all, the mountain is never crowded – sometimes it feels like I’m in my very own private ski resort!”

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Discover more ski options at Club Med here.

3 Family Adventures To Try During Your Next Holidays

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Choosing the perfect family holiday destination can be a challenge. It can be hard to please everyone...but thankfully, we've found three new adventures that will satisfy everyone, from kids to parents, tan-addicts to snow enthusiasts!From the wild acrobat to the dreamy star-gazer, here are 3 awesome family holidays to try now.

#1: Wander through a winter wonderland

Strap on snowshoes at Club Med Peisey Vallandry and take a family stroll through sparkling forests, adorned with ice crystals and fresh trails of the softest powder. Tread quietly and watch for rabbit footprints in the snow, and keep the camera poised for deer, foxes and majestic eagles overhead!

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#2: Take off on the adrenalin-fuelled flying trapeze

It is great to try something completely new - like trapeze and bungee., A TripAdvisor Traveller @ Club Med Punta Cana, 6.5.16

Up, up and away! The Flying Trapeze Academy allows beginners and advanced acrobats to hone their skills in safety. Specialized staff in 16 Club Med Resorts make this the highlight of your family’s vacation - and not just for your children, but also for you!

Happy girl doing trapeze for the first time!

#3: Enjoy the Kids Snow Garden

Watch with pride as your children conquer the obstacle course in Club Med Pragelato Vialattea’s Snow Garden. Little ones learn to skirt around figurines, duck under hoops and use the ski tow without mum or dad’s help. It’s never too early to book your end-of-year holiday.

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#TheBestPart: at Club Med it's all included

All those new activities are part of Club Med family holiday packages, along with your transfers, meals, drinks and much more!

Looking for more family holiday inspiration? Click here!