Wellness

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

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

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

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What is aerial yoga

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

Benefits

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

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

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

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

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

Yoga in Bintan Island

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

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

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20 reasons to book an amazing snow holiday for 2020

It’s time to decide on your next holiday destination – so, which will it be: sun or snow? Although sipping cocktails pool-side and basking in the sun is always a great relaxing holiday, why not shake things up in 2020 and take your next holiday to new heights with an unforgettable snow escape?

From the soaring peaks of Mont Blanc in the French Alps to the perfect powder slopes of Hokkaido in Japan, there are so many reasons to make your next holiday one in the snow…and why you shouldn’t delay and book one NOW! So sit back and relax, we’ve listed 20 reasons why you should book a snow holiday for 2020 below…

1. Amazing snow conditions and resorts to experience

With over 20 on-snow resorts, you’ll be sure to experience the most incredible skiing and snowboarding conditions with kilometres and kilometres of fun.

Ski, snowboard or snowshoe in the 4th largest ski area worldwide from the brand new Club Med Les Arcs Panorama or slide nonstop on the 14-kilometre long slope from the mountain top at the new resort Club Med Grand Massif Samoens Morillon to the Valley of Giffre.

Thinking of somewhere a bit closer? Japan is known for its incredible powder snow and conditions are almost always great. No excuse not to go and glide on that fresh powder!

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2. Finally experience a European white winter of your dreams

If you’ve yet to experience a white winter in Europe… here’s your chance with more than 15 Club Med snow resorts in Europe. Whether you want to try skiing for the first time, just enjoy the mountain feel or discover a new experience - all kinds of activities are available and promise an amazing snow holiday in the mountains.

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3. Slide through the fresh powder of Japan

For an authentic Japanese experience and endless powder snow, the Hokkaido region is one of the best choices for a snow holiday that’s not too far from home. Need more convincing? Tomamu has just been awarded as the number 1 resort in Japan by international travellers on TripAdvisor and Sahoro as the Number 1 hotel for families in Japan by TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice.

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4. Try new destinations you’ve never thought about

Did you know that there are some ski resorts in China? If you’re looking for a bit of adventure, snow, and fun - Club Med Beidahu or Club Med Yabuli are waiting for you! Be a pioneer and discover skiing in China before everyone else. Taste a traditional Chinese fondue, a typical dish to share in a warm-hearted spirit, and hit uncrowded slopes in wonderland-like landscapes.

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5. Embark on a culinary journey

From cheesy tartiflette and fine wine in Europe or fresh sushi, Yakiniku BBQ and sake in Japan: your tastes buds will be tingling. More than just a ski holiday, embark on a culinary journey and discover local cuisine and specialties.

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6. You won’t believe how easy it is to organise

With Club Med, it’s all taken care of so you can just focus on relaxing, having fun and reconnecting with loved ones. Lift passes are ready, lessons are booked, and ski gear is even awaiting for you in your locker. It doesn’t get much better than this!

7. Beginner? Snow-worries…

Whether you’ve never set foot on snow or had only a couple of lessons, no worries at all – we’ve got you. From having small group lessons with English-speaking professional instructors to getting introduced to the mountain lifestyle - your first ski experience will be unforgettable. Check out our ultimate guide for the first time skier here for more information.

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8. Enjoy the mountain to the fullest

Even if you want to ski or snowboard, you can definitely have an amazing snow holiday by trying other activities such as snowshoeing in stunning landscapes or having a bit of fun with sledding or ice-skating. Plus, all of Club Med snow resorts have an array of unique adventures on offer as well as indoor activities.

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9. Ski where the Olympians do

As an official partner of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA), Club Med regularly have winter Olympic athletes training in the resorts. Are you ready to ski alongside our country’s athletes? You might pick up a tip or two!

10. Make lifelong memories with loved ones

Booking a snow holiday is also the occasion for you to reconnect with your loved ones. Everything is already taken care of, so take a moment to relax by the crackling fire, a tea or hot cocoa in-hand, and enjoy every moment with your loved ones.

11.  Kids will have the time of their lives

Kids at Club Med are in their winter element! Little ones can learn to ski from 4 years old and make new friends from around the world in the included Kids Clubs, teens can enjoy the slopes during the day and hang out with new friends in the evenings, and adults can enjoy the different mountain elements knowing their children are very well looked after. Families can also share amazing moments together with the new family experience restaurant in our new resorts, where children are inviting their parents to dinner for a fully interactive experience.

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12. Revive and relax after the slopes

After a big day shredding the powder slopes of Japan, Italy or France, there’s nothing more satisfying than relaxing in the sauna, getting a well-deserved massage at the spa or swimming in the heated indoor or outdoor pool.

Each Club Med snow resort has unique spa partnerships with the best well-being brands such as Nuxe, Cinq Mondes or L’Occitane. Post-ski bliss!

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13. Snap the ultimate Instagram shot

Warning: your friends might be a little bit jealous seeing the blue-bird snow days! With incredible landscapes, trendy design and delicious food, there are so many nice shots you can take during your holiday.

Start first by choosing the subject for your photo, get creative and find a new angle, take advantage of the golden hour for a nice light and there you go - you have the perfect shot! Here is one of the great shots that you could take during your next snow holiday.

14. Indulge in luxury

Thinking of going the extra mile for your snow holiday? Discover the Exclusive Collection by Club Med - a series of luxurious resorts set within stunning destinations such as Valmorel Chalet-Apartments, Le Belvedere Exclusive Space in Les Arcs Panorama, Le Lodge Exclusive Space in Valmorel resort and Le Refuge Exclusive Space in Val d’Isere.

All these exclusive spaces offer luxurious accommodation, services such as bottomless champagne from the bar from 6pm, dedicated friendly hosts and more…

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15. Here’s your excuse to look stylish on the slopes

A snow holiday also means… ski and snowboard gear! And what better excuse to buy new gear for your upcoming holiday? Rental shops are available at the resort so don’t worry about bringing skis and snowboards, but why not buy that cute beanie or warm puffer jacket and feel super comfortable as well as super stylish?

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16. Wake up to snowy views every single day 

Get cosy in your room and admire snowy views every single day. Designed by the world’s best architects and designers, feel comfortable in your home away from home with lazy morning sleep-ins, afternoon naps after skiing all morning or getting ready for an evening at the resort. It’s your own private space in paradise.

17. It feels good to plan the next holiday

Maybe you just came back from holidays but it always feels good to look forward to the next holiday, right? Even if it’s for 2020, don’t worry - just the thought of planning your dream snow holiday will make you feel good.

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18. The earlier you book, the more you save!

Great news - planning your holiday early means you get the best deals, especially for snow holidays with Club Med. If you book at sales opening on 30 January 2019, you can benefit from up to 30% off your dream holiday – the best offer guaranteed of the year. Which means all that’s left to do is sit back and relax until your holiday!

19. Planning in advance means more time to relax

Once you book your snow holiday with Club Med, it’s all taken care of. You just have to choose from a wide variety of activities, restaurants, and amazing experiences once you get there. Enjoy the all-inclusive convenience from accommodation, gourmet meals, open bar, sports and activities: with us, it is all included in one package. Easy!

20. Go once and you’ll want to come back every year!

The fresh air of the mountains, the warm and fun vibes, the fresh powder… you’ll quickly understand how addictive a snow holiday is and we promise you - you’ll definitely want to come back again.

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Convinced yet? Book your snow holiday here with Club Med!

Looking to be part of a like-minded snow community? Join the Club Med snow squad here and receive snow holidays tips, insider knowledge as well as prizes, exclusive deals and more.

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

A special Club Med Playlist for you

Looking for some music inspiration that make you feel good this end of year?

Here’s our little Christmas present to you with a Spotify playlist created by our little elves at Club Med Australia & New Zealand.

Pump up the volume and get ready for those feel good vibes! 🎵💃

Benefits of living more sustainably

8 million tonnes of plastic finds it way to the ocean each year and more than half comes from Asia. CRAZY right?! Although scientists, engineers and researchers are actively trialing powerful machines to cleanup the oceans, removing plastic is not 100% efficient and takes more time than to stop producing it.

Did you know?

500 million*

plastic bottles used every year

1 trillion*

plastic bags discarded every year

100,000 tones*

gums (made of synthetic rubber coming from plastic) discarded every year

3 billion tonnes**

quantity of plastic produced by Australia,

91%

of plastic is not recycled

Everyone can make an impact at their own scale, so why not starting now?

At Club Med, we believe that our daily habits can slightly be tweaked in order to make a positive impact together, here are some of our quick ways to reduce plastic waste:

  • Reusable coffee cups for a guilt-free coffee

One cup per person can reduce the production of 1 billion disposable cups (number of cups used by Australian each year according to the ABC News) - sounds pretty easy right? We also took the occasion to gift our loyal customers and top partners, a perfect way to thank them with a sustainable gift. Good tip: some coffee shops reward earth-conscious customers by offering a discount on the price of their coffee, another reason to live more sustainably!

The Club Med office proud of their re-usable coffee cups!

The Club Med office proud of their re-usable coffee cups!

  • Say no to plastic cuttlery

When buying lunch, don’t take the plastic cutlery the takeaway shop gives you and use instead the cutlery you have in your office or at home.

  • Reusable water bottles, do good for you and for the planet

No need to buy new plastic bottles everyday, what if we you could save money and time just with a reusable water bottle? Plastic bottles are not only bad for the planet but they also contain chemicals called endocrine disruptors which can be also harmful for your health.

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  • Buy in bulk at the supermarket (and save money!)

Bringing your own containers to buy your pasta, cereals, rice and more… will help you make great savings on your grocery budget and will also cut down considerably the packaging waste! Modern jars can be integrated in the decoration of your kitchen, organised on shelves and ready for you to use. If you are a DIY person, you can also customize them with your kids!

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  • Make your beach trip count for the environment

Still not convinced that every small personal action can make a big impact on our planet? Take 3 For The Sea is proving the contrary! This Australian charity founded by surfers and marine biologists emphasizes on the impact of collective efforts on the plastic pollution reduction. Each time you go to the beach, for a morning swim or just an evening walk, grab three pieces of rubbish you find on your way and yes, you’ve already made a difference!

Curious to learn more about the sustainable actions that Club Med has implemented for over 60 years now, check more information in our post here.

*Discover more statistic about plastic pollution here

** Discover how Australia has an impact on plastic pollution here

Top tips to make your home a little piece of paradise

Have you ever wondered how your interior affects your mind and your body? What feelings do you have while entering your home? Does your home inspire you to be relaxed or creative? Is it reflecting your personality and your passions?

Allow your surrounding to tell a story, and let a simple smell, sight, sound, or taste take you back to your happy place.

Be inspired by your recent Club Med holiday and start a mood board for your home!

Here are our top 5 tips to help you make your home feel like your little piece of paradise:

1. COLLECT UNIQUE LOCAL ITEMS DURING YOUR TRIP

The object will not only be an additional styling piece for your home but also a combination of stories and emotions you felt while buying it. Meeting with local designers will also encourage you to deepen your knowledge about the culture of the country, the materials and the techniques used to create these unique items. Cheap in price but valuable in worth! Make sure you’re careful with non-treated wooden items which may not be allowed through Customs at the airport.

Our favourite spots to visit here:

Less than 1 hour drive from Club Med Bali

Carga – perfect shop for gifts/homewares, cushions and textiles that will please both adults and kids. The kids handmade toys and dolls are even more than beautiful, they also help to raise money for street-kids in Bali.

Bungalow Living Bali - Designed and produced in Bali, these homewares are mostly all handmade products, we can’t resist!

Less than 30min by speedboat and ferry from Club Med Kani and Finolhu Villas

Oevaali Art Shop – you will find painting inspired by Maldivian culture, as well as cushions and candles.

Less than 1 hour drive from Club Med Guilin

Morningsun Gallery - Get an authentic taste of Yangshuo and find art pieces representing nature using traditional calligraphy art.

Less than 1 hour drive from Club Med Cancun Yucatan

Ki Huic Market - Dive into Mayan culture and unearth colourful serape fabrics, hand-crafted gifts and other accessories for your home such as traditional blankets.

2. INDOOR PLANTS

Adding indoor plants to your home is a great way to inject a pop of colour and hint of exoticism, while also providing the best Instagram picture. Indoor plants also improve air quality in your home - according to the NASA’s Clean Air study, some plants have positive benefits on health by eliminating harmful toxins, such as the Chlorophytum comosum (the spider plant), the bamboo palm, the Ficus elastica and benjamina. Create your own nature therapy and get some inspiration from the plants below:

3. ADD A TOUCH OF BLUE

Blue is a colour that reflects trust, freedom and calm - doesn’t this sound like the perfect feel for a home?

The possibilities are endless so add as much or as little as your please - a splash of blue on your pillow, carpet, painting or even alternate some of your curtains with blue hues like below for some sweet Mediterranean vibes.

4. CANDLES AND LIGHTING

Lighting can help transform your home from a stark space into a haven of tranquility and calming atmosphere. Simply light a few scented candles and place them around your home, or get creative with some of the below ideas:

Bring a touch of nature into your home by wrapping leaves or vines around the base of your candles (careful not to place them too close to the flame). Very fairy-chic! Another great idea is to place flowers and leaves in a bowl of water and float your candle on top.

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Wondering what to do with all these rocks your kids collected for you from the beach?

5. DO IT YOURSELF

Feeling creative or looking for a rainy day activity with your children? Sourcing materials that inspire you while on holiday and creating your own personalised decorations at home is the best way to get your interior as unique as you are. Feel the texture, shape your object as you imagine it to be, create your own style and find how the small irregularities add charm. You will soon find you value this object much more than something you’ve purchased in a store, especially if you enlist the help of your little ones. Let your imagination run wild and create your own pillow cases, a tablecloth, a small statue, or art for our wall.

At Club Med, we believe that holidays are the best time to free your creativity and explore new sides of your right brain. Join us for an arts and crafts must-try activity in Bali, Phuket and Kabira and meet local artists who will share their knowledge and expertise to help you to create a unique piece that you’ll be able to bring home afterwards.

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Looking for the temples of fabric in the world? We’ve pulled some recommendations for you:

Less than 30min drive from Club Med Phuket

Ban Boran Textile - where you will find cotton textiles from Chiang Mai as well as fabrics sourced from Southeast Asia's tribal communities.

Thai Silk Collection - vendor of quality silk fabrics for homeware and also fashion, everything you need to create soft bed sheets, pillow covers and ultra-soft cushions.

Approx. 1 hour drive from Club Med Bali

Jalan Sulawesi - Denpasar’s textile heaven selling Balinese fabrics such as cotton, Batik, silk and even delicate lace fabric.

Wardani Textiles - this textile temple has more than thousands of fabrics to choose from amongst silk, cottons, linen  and some traditional fabrics such as ikat, sarongs and sashes.

6. NOT GOING ON HOLIDAY YET?

You can also use your own surroundings as inspiration for your interior. Here are some of our favourite Australian home designers:

https://www.stilllife.net.au

https://www.jardan.com.au/

https://communebondi.com/

https://arrivalhall.com.au/

https://www.designtwins.com/

http://www.westelm.com.au/

Discover more about our Club Med offers to travel to these destinations here.

NEW can't-be-missed experiences and events in Asia

Here we are again, nearing the end of another year when we begin to reminisce on the accomplishments, encounters, experiences, personal or professional developments, and choices we made for the year.

Have you started considering what memories you want to make in 2019? Make it the year for new discoveries, experiences, and destinations with Club Med - with something for everyone, you’re guaranteed a year to remember!

1. Club Med Bintan Island, Indonesia

📅 From 17 February to 15 March 2019

Our Club Med Body and Soul weeks are back! Join us for a wellness journey through a variety of activities and culinary discoveries to revitalise your mind, body and soul. Learn healthy cooking tips to bring back home, new and fun ways to get your body moving, and tap into your inner Yogi at Club Med Bintan Island.

📅 From 7 to 9 June 2019

The Bintan Triathlon will take place in the tropics for a weekend combining challenge, sports and fun.

📅 All year-long

Experience unique island activities such as yoga by the beach or NEW aerial yoga, stand-up paddle boarding, or practice your swing on the most beautiful golf course in Asia. Discover the beauty of nature with the hatch and release of baby turtles, equal parts educational and adorable!

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2. Club Med Bali, Indonesia

📅 From 25 November to 14 December 2018 & 8 to 25 October 2019

Discover the soul of Bali through the NEW Eat, Play, Renew weeks including traditional and international culinary delights, Balinese dancing, cooking and painting classes, as well as time to relax and rejuvenate in paradise.

📅 All year-long

  • Who doesn’t love massages? Learn the skills to deliver the best in the business with a Balinese Massage Masterclass

  • Bali is renowned for it’s fabulous surfing spots, beginner or expert, there is space for everyone!

  • Meet Balinese locals to share a creative moment in the new Arts and Crafts studio. Learn how to craft traditional sculptures and contribute to supporting local Balinese associations.

  • Take a seat and enjoy a traditional dance show every Wednesday

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3. Club Med Phuket, Thailand


📅 From 13 to 17 February 2019

Discover The Bay Regatta, one of the worlds’s most unique sailing race courses, with spectacular scenery and a night full of celebrations

📅 From 21 to 23 February 2019

The Phuket Old Town Festival is the most cherished festival in Thailand. Light shows, parades, Chinese folk dancing troupes performing and free boat rides…entertainment galore!

📅 February 2019

The Wat Chalong Fair is returning next year to welcome visitors during 6 days filled with fun and festivities in Phuket’s most well-known temple

📅 All year-long

  • Get your heart pumping and learn new skills in the open-air thai boxing class, for beginners to experts and all ages invited

  • Become your own Master Chef and learn how to make the delicious Thai flavours that tantalize your taste buds with a Thai Cooking Class

  • Enjoy an evening performance made of lights, dance, food and animations.

4. Club Med Cherating Beach, Malaysia


📅 From 4 to 24 May 2019

Introduced for the first time at Club Med Cherating Beach, the Into The Wild Challenge helps you discover the hidden Jungle gems of Malaysia - fun for the whole family to enjoy.

📅 All year-long

Seeking thrilling activities? See the Malaysian jungle from the air with a tree top course or a rock-climbing adventure on the side of the beach.

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  • Nature lovers will be spoiled with the huge biodiversity existing in the jungle of Malaysia. With your family or your friends, join our Green G.O. during an educational and fun eco trek.

  • Jump on a riverboat through the mangroves and learn more about the beautiful flora and fauna including the colourful butterflies that live in the region.

  • Visit the turtle sanctuary and discover how we contribute to the protection of the endangered turtles

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Discover more on our website how you can make 2019 count.

Competition: Moving #ForwardTogether for a more sustainable future

Do you have a great idea that can help us to spread happiness in a sustainable way?

For over 60 years, we've been committed to caring for our guests, environment, and communities around the world, and have implemented many ongoing sustainability initiatives in our resorts.

If you’ve recently travelled to one of the Club Med resorts in Asia, you probably found something missing in your cocktail… 🍸 Taste? Of course not, but a plastic straw! We’ve already removed them from our Asian resorts and aim to do the same in all 68 resorts worldwide by 2019!

We are super proud of our most recent actions and know there is even more we can do in our resorts to ensure we’re spreading happiness in a responsible and sustainable way and want YOU to help us move #ForwardTogether!

Thank you for submitting all your ideas!

The competition is now close, stay tuned for the winner!

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Pioneer in eco-construction:

We pay close attention to integrating our resorts harmoniously with their natural surroundings. In all Club Med resorts, the built-up surface only covers 7% of the total site surface. Club Med Finolhu Villas has over 6,000sqm of solar panels which provide solar energy to our resort in the Maldives.

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Eradicating single-use plastic:

Removing plastic straws from our resorts in Asia has been a huge success – we’ve already seen a decrease of 1,000 straws per day in Club Med Phuket! We are now working to eradicate all single-use plastic items from our resorts globally.

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Green Globe Certified:

74% of our resorts have achieved '“Green Globe Certification”, the highest and most thoroughly tested standard of responsible tourism. Our objective is to reach 100% certification across all resorts!

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Cleanup Days:

All year-round, our resorts gather their staff, guests, and local communities to clean the beaches of plastic and all other types of garbage or waste.

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Preserving biodiversity:

Protecting the biodiversity of our natural surroundings is a big focus for us. In the Maldives, we’ve created artificial reefs and fish refuges – giving our fish friends new homes – and at Club Med Bintan Island, our turtle nursery helps protect endangered turtle species.

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Reducing food wastage:

On average, only 100g of food is wasted per person, per meal – about the size of a kiwi fruit! We’ve also introduced a new innovative technology, Winnow, to help reduce food wastage even further – we’ve seen a 60% reduction at Club Med Bali already!

Read more about our environmental actions on Club Med Website here.

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Sourcing food from local farmers:

We know that food and culinary discoveries are a big part in the holiday experience and we aim to deliver the best to our guests. By supporting our local farmers, we can offer our guests fresh in-season, organic and pesticide-free products.

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Eco-activities to educate guests:

The reef underwater trail in Kani, the release program for the baby turtles in Bintan Island and ecological walks in Cherating Beach are a few examples of activities that enable guests to go home with a mind full of memories and knowledge, while giving back to their amazing environments.

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Fun and informative activities for children:

Children will learn about food growth and consumption in our dedicated pedagogical gardens and will be able to discover the local culture through cooking classes, painting workshops and excursions. We also regularly invite local children into our resorts to play sports and participate in our activities.

Read more about our sustainable actions on Club Med Website here.

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Partnership with NGOs:

For 10 years, we’ve been partnered with an NGO, Agrisud, to train farmers on food standards which they are now supplying to our resorts globally. We’ve also partnered with over 400 ecological farms worldwide in order to reduce our carbon footprint and deliver fresh products every day.


Workplace equity and diversity:

  • Over 110 nationalities are represented in our resorts and offices worldwide

  • 75% of our jobs are created locally

  • Every year, more than 2,000 voluntary G.O.s take action to educate local communities on recycling, equality, and to bring them joy through entertainment and games


Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Club Med Foundation:

Supporting local charitable projects in childhood, education, integration through sports and sustainable development since 1978.

Read more about our social actions on Club Med Website here.

Competition Terms & Conditions:

Competition period: 27 September, 2018 - 8 November, 2018. Open to Australia and New Zealand residents only. The winner will be selected by the ESAP Sustainability Expert, ESAP Operations Manager, and Marketing Manager of Club Med Pacific region. The winning idea will be implemented into a Club Med resort in Asia. The prize is valid for 7 nights stay for 2 adults in a Club (Superior) Room at the resort of implantation. The prize holiday will be booked within 1 month before departure for high season and 3 months before departure for low season. 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, exclusive honeymoon package, spa treatments, and all other activities that are available at extra cost. Prize is not redeemable for cash and not transferable. For other terms and conditions please contact Club Med.

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

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

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

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

Hi Jen, can you please introduce yourself? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What were your highlights of Body & Soul?

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

Where were your favourite spots to relax?

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

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

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

What did you pack in your bag for the event?

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

How did you feel once the event was finished?

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

What Club Med would you like to try next?

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

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

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!

24 hours in Club Med Bintan Island

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If you had one day at Club Med Bintan Island, what would it look like? At an only 55-minute trip from Singapore, Bintan Island is the perfect getaway to revive, refresh and rejuvenate body and spirit. And there's a lot to do at the Resort in just a day, adventures and activities are endless! Discover our perfect day in Club Med Bintan Island...

8am - Good morning! 

Start the day gently by finding balance with a yoga by the sea session, followed by a nourishing breakfast. The zen way to start the day!

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11am - Hit the green 

Practice your swing at your own pace or enjoy the all-included lesson to improve your game at the neighbouring Ria Bintan Island Golf Course - voted Asia Pacific's Best Golf Course.

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1pm - Refuel and recharge 

Nourish your body with healthy salads, a fresh cold-pressed juice at our juice bar, or taste an indulgent lunch with international and local flavours. Who said holidays couldn't be healthy?

2:30pm - Afternoons, your way 

Get active with snorkelling, sailing and stand-up paddleboarding; or treat yourself at the Hilltop Spa* with a relaxing massage while your little ones enjoy a cooking lesson in the Kids Club. Fun activities for everybody!

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5pm - Twilight catch! 

Watch the kids soar through the air at sunset on our flying trapeze. A must-try in Bintan Island, don't forget the camera to capture this special moment.

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7pm - Dinner with a view

After a full day, it's time to savour a gourmet meal at La Terrasse specialty restaurant or to discover new culinary experiences at our renovated main restaurant, The Waterfall.

9pm - Vibrant evening experiences 

Watch your little ones perform in a show, spend the evening at the bar, or just relax... The choice is yours!

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In just one day, you've experienced amazing and relaxing activities at Club Med Bintan Island. But one day isn't enough, right? If you'd like to plan your own holistic wellness escape in Bintan, book your stay here.

How to Have the Perfect Wellness Holiday

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Want to feel relaxed and rejuvenated? The answer’s easy…go on holiday!When it comes to feeling refreshed, blissful, and totally Zen, there are few remedies that work as well as a wellness getaway. From doing yoga with kids on the beach to nourishing your body with fresh local produce, we’ve got the lowdown on how to turn your holiday into the perfect wellness retreat.

Fuel your body right on holiday

Holidays are often a time to splurge, leaving you with that heavy feeling on the flight back home. It’s easy to get carried away, especially when a buffet is awaiting you… but buffets are actually the perfect opportunity to load up on superfoods that your body will thank you for.

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Eating well on holiday all comes down to the ‘B’ word: balance. All-inclusive meals can actually be the perfect opportunity to indulge yourself in tons of salads and veggies, as well as lean protein. Help yourself to a plate of salad and meat before reaching for that pasta – trust us, your body will thank you! Resorts often also have tropical fruit in abundance, making it the perfect dessert option.

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If you’re the kind of person that prefers fresh-squeezed juices, resorts like Club Med Bintan also have DIY juice bars, so there’s no end to the variety of healthy, veggie and fruit-packed juices you can try.

Move your body!

They say as long as you’re having new experiences, you’re forever young. And really, there’s no better time to try new things than on holiday. The list is endless, but here are some of our favourite ideas:

✔️ Holiday yoga is truly something special. Stretching and strengthening your body on the beach can instill a sense of balance that you just can’t get anywhere else.

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✔️ Snorkel in new spots every day! Pick a destination with plenty of coral and sea life, such as the Maldives, and you’ll be swimming for hours every day!

✔️ Conquer the skies and soar on the flying trapeze. If you’re really in the mood to challenge yourself, head on to CREACTIVE and try your hand at a range of circus arts – there’s nothing like flying through the air to make you feel free!

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Our destination picks for the best wellness holiday

✔️ Bali: Long known as the ultimate wellness and retreat destination, the Balinese place a strong emphasis on yoga, relaxation, and meditation. Be sure to discover local temples as well while you’re there.

✔️ Guilin, China: A coveted destination due to its breathtaking landscape and scenery, Guilin is still to this day considered the most beautiful spot in China. With its famous River Li, terraced rice fields, caves and majestic mountains, Guilin as a region has a strong focus on wellness and Zen activities such as Tai Chi Chuan and reflexology.

✔️ Bintan Island: A short ferry ride from Singapore, Bintan Island has astounding raw natural beauty, and a wide array of opportunities to rejuvenate and restore. Relax with yoga at sunrise or adventure through the forest to a Spa on the clifftops.

✔️ French Alps: Who says wellness holidays need to be tropical? Ski holidays are the perfect time to get active. In the French Alps, there are incredible slopes to ski from Val Thorens to Chamonix Mont Blanc – plus, a spa treatment or a Turkish bath is perfect to soothe your body and soul.

Don’t forget…

✔️ Stay hydrated on the plane by avoiding alcohol and drinking plenty of water, especially if you want to get some shut-eye! ✔️ Start your wellness holiday early – many flights like Qantas allow you to pre-order your meal. Pick a light option with plenty of veggies, and try to request fruit for dessert whenever possible. ✔️ Bring your yoga mat on the plane, and stretch out into downward dog at regular intervals. Your body will thank us! ✔️ Sunscreen, a book to read, and hydrating beauty products. Moisturiser and lip balm go a long way, especially if you’re spending plenty of time in the sun or on the slopes.

Ready to embark on your own wellness holiday? Discover our top wellness destinations in the video below, or by clicking here.

The Maldives: Photo Diary from Eryn Krouse and Chris Delorenzo

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If that's the case, we have an incredible, beautiful novel for you!Recently, model Eryn Krouse (@erynkrouseand photographer Chris Delorenzo (@chris_delorenzoventured to Club Med Kani, and shared some incredible snaps of their time in paradise. Dive in below! 💦🐠

Note: All images below are courtesy of Eryn Krouse and Chris Delorenzo, and have been shared with permission.

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Dive into the Indian Ocean by watching this Instagram video from @erynkrouse

7 Foodie Holiday Destinations You Won't Forget

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From the finest cheeses in Europe to the dynamic spices of South-East Asia, our world is home to an array of delectable dishes and culinary sensations. Explore seven of the best and most delicious foodie destinations in the world...

#1: A Trip to Italy

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Famous for its pasta, olive oil and pizza, Italy also boasts incredible mountain gastronomy. Mountain cheeses, bold red wines and charcuterie are all integral to the Italian ‘dolce vita’ (sweet life). After a day on the ski slopes, try pizzoccheri, a hearty dish made from buckwheat pasta, chard, potato and cheese.

#2: A Stay in Mexico

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Home to enchiladas, tacos and guacamole, Mexican cuisine has no shortage of tastes and flavours. Experience pozole, a spicy soup with meat and vegetables, toasted tortillas, or indulge in the patriotic chiles en nogada – poblano chillies filled with picadillo, a mix of meat, fruits and spices, topped off with a cream sauce. Whether you plan to discover Mexico by surfing in Cancun or by kayaking in Ixtapa, make sure you find a minute to live this unique (and spicy!) culinary escape.

#3: A Voyage to France

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France is not all snails and frog legs. With pains au chocolat (chocolate croissants) and delectable cheeses atop doughy bread, it’s pure foodie heaven. In winter, mountain fare in the French Alps is delicieux! Gather with friends around a glass of wine after a snowboarding day or around cheesy delights during your family holiday, in all cases you will be delighted by the French Cuisine.

#4: A Mauritian Getaway

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A blend of African, French, Asian and Indian flavours, Mauritian cuisine is as multicultural as it gets. Relish fresh grilled fish, dholl puri (a curry flatbread stuffed with peas), and rougaille (a tomato-based dish blended with Indian and European spices). Finish off your exotic meal in Mauritius with Victoria pineapples, the sweetest in the world!

#5: A food adventure in Thailand

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With an array of curries, herbs and spices, Thai cuisine tantalises tastebuds all over the world. Spicy Boat Noodle Soup (Kuaytiaw Reau), green or red curry, and tom yum soup served alongside rice and fresh coconut are just a few delights you’ll discover in the land of smiles.

#6: An Oriental Experience in Morocco

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Morocco is a melting pot of Arab, European, and Berber (indigenous North African) influences. Subtle spices are combined with lentils, grilled meats and couscous to create intriguing flavours unique to region. Try the quintessential Berber tagine with meat and vegetables. Scoop out the gravy with khobz (Moroccan bread) for a satisfying end to the meal! One thing Morroco can assure you is that even the finest food connoisseur will enjoy culinary surprises...

#7: Going beyond... Sushi in Japan

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While sushi is a staple in most major cities, Japanese cuisine is so much more than fresh salmon nigiri and soft shell crab hand rolls. Japan can lay claim to heart-warming ramen, udon and soba noodle dishes, okonomiyaki (a savoury pancake), and nabemono (Japanese hotpot) – all accompanied by sake, of course. Remember, your trip in Japan can only be more memorable if you also make it a gourmet discovery.

#TheBestPart? At Club Med, it's all included.

At Club Med, discover a culinary adventure all around the world with local and international recipes in all the resorts. Discover more below...