Resort news

Club Med Cefalu Opening Event: Best Pictures and Moments

Untitled-design-3.png

Cefalu, the first 5-Trident Club Med Resort in the Mediterranean, opened its doors in June 2018. Let's check out the best moments from the opening event!

Located on the northern coast of Sicily set upon a rugged cliff-top with 360 degrees views across the ocean, Club Med Cefalu played host to VIP guests from around the world for a private pre-opening party, before officially opening its doors on Sunday 10th June.

The champagne was flowing and the beats were jumping, with famous French DJ Bob Sinclar's tunes ensuring an electric atmosphere.

_AEL5397.jpg

Guests were also treated to a silk ribbon show and live orchestra under the stars.

_MP_1841.jpg

Amongst the crowd were some famous faces such as Matthew Lewis, the lovable wizard Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter film series, with his new wife Angela Jones.

The event welcomed Michelin star chef Andrea Berton, who is the gastronomic genius of all three restaurants within the resort, beautifully reinterpreting local authentic dishes with a modern twist.

_AEL5932.jpg

“This is Club Med today and it’s a new chapter we are opening here together in Cefalu.” said Henri Giscard d'Estaing, CEO of Club Med during the symbolic cutting of the ribbon in the colours of the Italian flag, declaring Club Med Cefalu officially open!

Here's a few more of our favourite shots from the event:

_AEL5536.jpg
_AEL5997.jpg

Visit this luxury paradise in video just below and discover more information on our website!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSNtVLUVKS0

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

Gomez-1-e1527741326915.jpg

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.

photo jen dugard 1.jpg

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!

Bugaboo Strolls into Club Med Bali

New partnership with Bugaboo prams making family holidays even easier

bali family friendly resort

In a move which once again positions the award-winning Bali resort as the top pick for travelling families, Club Med is proud to announce its latest partnership with renowned Dutch mobility company, Bugaboo. Adding to the long list of services already included for little ones, the all-inclusive holiday provider now offers Bugaboo prams within its Club Med Bali resort, ensuring a hassle-free holiday for families with young children.

Bali continues to be a favourite destination for Australian families with over 6,500 guests (47,600 hotel nights) visiting Club Med Bali alone last year. Meeting the demands of modern travelling families and alleviating the need to bring their own baby equipment, Club Med provides many helpful family services and in-room amenities - known as a Baby Welcome - including a sleeping cot, baby bath, bottle warmer and now – Bugaboo prams – designed to make holidays easy for families.

Guests of Club Med Bali will now have access to a number of Bugaboo’s stylish prams including the ‘Cameleon3 Kite’, a versatile and easy to use pram that adapts to various terrains. This pram will allow parents to travel effortlessly between the footpaths around the resort, across the manicured lawns to the children’s playground or down to the sandy beach for a dip in the ocean.

Madeleine Clow-Suares, General Manager, Club Med Australia and New Zealand says, “At Club Med, we believe family holidays should be fun, memorable experiences, not stressful ones. We strive to create a happy environment for the whole family and we’re pleased to be partnering with Bugaboo to add to our current family services, helping parents have the easiest holiday possible.”

bugaboo1.jpg

On the exciting partnership, Justine Furman, Australian Country Manager of Bugaboo says, “Bali continues to be a must-visit destination for Aussie families but we know flying a pram overseas can be a hassle. Club Med are known for making holidays easy for families and we’re proud to support this through offering our products within their Bali resort alleviating this common pain point. We love nothing more than seeing a well-travelled Bugaboo with sand or dirt on its wheels and a story to tell. We’re looking forward to helping families make memories that will last them a lifetime.”

Further ensuring a hassle-free and enjoyable holiday for the whole family (including time-out for parents), Club Med Bali’s all-inclusive package includes Kids Club for 4-17 year olds (services for 4-23 month available at extra cost) with highly-trained and certified G.Os (staff) featuring age-appropriate activity programs focused on making friends and creating memories. The resort also includes 24/7 access to baby feeding areas and changing rooms, Baby Corner in the restaurant featuring high chairs and an array of baby food and equipment to prepare baby meals such as a blender, steriliser, microwave and more. It’s clear to see why this resort has been voted Best Family Resort in Bali by Holiday with Kids and Out & About with Kids magazine readers.

The Club Med Baby Welcome is included within Club Med’s renowned all-inclusive packages which also include gourmet meals and snacks with international delicacies and traditional local cuisine, an open bar, a vast selection of activities, entertainment and Kids Clubs for 4 year olds and up, in addition to accommodation – taking the planning out of holidays, so families have more time for fun.

Your next Family Holiday is waiting you just here!

Club Med provides winter Olympians and Paralympians with slopes to success

Untitled-design-7.jpg

Partnership with OWIA to support winter athletes in the lead up to 2022 games

Club Med is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) – a coming together of two organisations with a shared passion for winter sports and supporting Australia’s elite winter athletes in the lead up to the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Club Med will begin providing the OWIA access to their 20+ mountain resorts to support athletes with international training and recovery within Club Med’s expertly-appointed resorts. During grueling World Cup competitions, athletes will be treated to Club Med’s comfortable accommodation, vast selection of nutritious gourmet food and activities to help relax and unwind including yoga, après ski and spa facilities, all assisting them to perform at their best.

Through the partnership, Club Med will also provide recognition for athlete’s hard training, outstanding performance, and positive attitude aligning with the OWIA / Club Med shared values of kindness, responsibility, and passion, by rewarding athletes with truly relaxing holidays at their 70+ resorts worldwide from the Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico and more.

 

On working with the OWIA, Madeleine Clow-Suares, General Manager, Club Med Australia and New Zealand says, “For over 60 years we’ve committed to being a leader in the ski industry by offering a world-class snow experience in the best ski domains for all guests. We’re proud to be building on this with our Olympic Winter Institute of Australia partnership to support both the training and growth of Australia’s snow athletes. Together we’ll work with the OWIA to spread the joy of snow holidays and foster the passion of today’s and tomorrow’s Olympians and snow lovers, creating long lasting memories.”

Since opening its first snow resort in 1956, Club Med has been passionate in pioneering its world-renowned snow experience for guests worldwide. Today, Club Med is an industry leader in ski holidays, operating over 20 snow resorts in the most iconic ski domains in Europe and Asia, with a Canadian resort on the horizon. Many of the resorts’ qualified ski and snowboard instructors include top-level athletes, from World Champions to Olympians.

When it comes to training Olympians and World Champions, the OWIA are Australia’s leading organisation, preparing Australia’s elite winter athletes for their participation in Olympic Winter Games, World Championships and World Cup events. OWIA Chief Executive Officer, Geoff Lipshut  says, “We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Club Med, helping to support and reward our high performing Australian athletes.”

“We believe this partnership will drive awareness of, and engagement with, snow sports among Australian enthusiasts and we’re excited for our relationship with Club Med to grow well into the future.”

Club Med works with a number of renowned partners across the globe, including iconic ski schools (ESF, Scuolasci, Swiss Ski School), as well as having an exclusive relationship with leading ski and snowboard equipment manufacturer, Rossignol. This latest partnership with the OWIA will further enhance Club Med’s leading ski position.

Madeleine Clow-Suares says, “Our outstanding snow concept attracts ski and snowboard lovers from across the globe from novices through to aspiring Olympians. We combine the most beautiful settings in the world with an authentic ski experience that includes food, drinks and après ski, kids clubs, ski lessons for all ages, lift passes and more. We take care of it all so all our guests have to do is enjoy!”

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

What’s New in Club Med Kani, Maldives

Untitled-design-9.png

Surrounded by crystal clear water, white sandy beaches, lively marine life and endless sunshine – there’s no wonder the Maldives gets compared to heaven on earth! With new additions to Club Med Kani this season, there’s even more reasons to tick this tropical lagoon resort off your bucket list.

Discover our new surf package and incredible Diving Centre, perfect for thrill lovers, and the new fun-filled Happy Kids’ Corner, perfect for the little ones!

Surf one of the best surf spots in the world

Did you know Club Med Kani is located just minutes from one of best surf spots in the world? Imaging waking up to a turquoise paradise, grabbing your board and heading for epic surf on world-class waves… Welcome to the perfect Maldives surf holiday!

With the surfing season starting end of May and finishing end of October, there’s plenty of time to get lots of waves - the biggest waves are between July and August, so thrill-seekers are advised to head for those months. Beginner? No worries! Surf lessons are available right from Club Med Kani for all levels, with English-speaking and professional instructors, in group or in private. Already surfing? No worries, you can pre-book (online or in-resort) an outing package with a boat taking you from Club Med Kani to the best waves around.  Not finding your perfect fit? Contact us directly on 1800 258 263 to personalise your Maldives surf package!

Need more information? Read all about our Maldives Surf Package right here.

KANC_J118_046.jpg

Little ones, explore new horizons from the new Happy Kids Corner

The kids can have just as much fun in the Maldives with Club Med Kani’s newest Happy Kids Corner – a wide indoor and outdoor playground making it the perfect wonderland for the little ones. With four themed rooms and different experiences for children aged 4 to 10 years old – the youngsters can enjoy immersive learning experiences about the surrounding marine life, develop their artistic side, participate in musical and theatrical workshops, or just play various games through active, collaborative, and hi-tech experiences. All of this with dedicated G.Os by their sides every step of the way!

KANC_H116_015.jpg

Discover more about family holidays and kids clubs here.

Enjoy the new diving centre - a gateway to the unforgettable wonders of the sea

Going to the Maldives without diving would be like going to the movies and not ordering popcorn! Now with the newly open overwater Diving Centre at Club Med Kani, both first-timers and diving veterans can enjoy an unforgettable dive of underwater wonders in the safest environment with certified, highly-trained instructors.  Fully equipped with guest showers and bathroom facilities, the diving centre is a hassle-free and comfortable way to learn a new skill in paradise!

Beyond the welcome area, you can discover the learning centre dedicated to marine life exploration and scuba diving activities. Each classroom provides a panoramic view of the lagoon, inviting you to take a plunge into the waters to witness the vibrant and elaborate marine life of the Maldives.

KANC_J118_071.jpg

Keen to explore more of the underwater worlds and surfing wonder of the Maldives? Discover more from Club Med Kani.

#MeetOurG.Os - VIDEO: Incredible G.O stories from Club Med Bali

Untitled-design-5.png

This month people all around the world recognised World Heritage Day,  a celebration of unique cultural heritage, a value that Club Med encompasses every day in their resorts.

On this special day Club Med Bali interviewed a few of our amazing G.Os, allowing them to share insights into their unique and multicultural background - check it out below!

 

Want to become one of our passionate G.Os? Club Med is always on the look out for new amazing individuals to join our team! Discover all job offers now on clubmedjobs.com.au

24 hours in La Plantation D’Albion, Mauritius

Untitled-design-3.png

On Monday 12th March, 2018,  Mauritius celebrated their 50th year of Independence! And with a mix of cultures from France, England, India, Africa and more, it’s a real melting pot full of culture, colour and smiles! What better way to mark this celebration than taking you on a journey to Mauritius with Club Med?! So close your eyes for a minute and imagine spending your day in the serenity and vibrant culture of Mauritius... …now open your eyes and discover just how amazing 24 hours at Club Med La Plantation d'Albion can be. Discover a warm and welcoming yet relaxing resort set within an unspoiled sun-soaked cove in the midst of beautiful gardens. Indulge in the beauty and serenity of exclusive services, the amazing Mauritian hospitality and dive head-first into that awesome Indian Ocean!

9am – Tropical fruits & yoga by the sea!

Start your morning in the most Zen way with a Yoga lesson overlooking the ocean. Continue you positive and rewarding vibe and choose from delicious tropical fruits and more breakfast yumminess at The Distillerie restaurant. You’ll be fully prepared for the fun day ahead!

11am – Kids fly while parents relax

The kids couldn’t wait to try the trapeze with their new friends so off they go to learn how to fly high in the sky! Nothing to worry about, they are accompanied by the attentive G.Os from the Mini and Junior Club and the awesome trapeze instructor. And this makes the perfect opportunity for the parents to take a bit of time off this morning and lay down by the infinity pool. Ahhh holiday bliss!

ALBC_B113_110.jpg

1pm – A colourful lunch full of spices!

After an eventful morning, it’s time to reunite around some delicious local Mauritian food for lunch. Prepared with love and care by our local and international G.O team, let them show you the Mauritian way…

3pm – Endless wildlife discoveries

Whether you’re a culture vulture or wildlife warrior, Mauritius has it all! Why not go for a snorkel with the turtles or for a walk with real-life lions?  There’s always something fun to do and many opportunities to create new memories!

ALBC_B113_047.jpg

6pm – Champagne time with a beach walk

After a day full of energy, it’s time to wind down and enjoy the unlimited Champagne by the glass in the intimate setting of the Alouda Bar while the kids get their favourite chocolate crepe at the nearby crepe station.  And to top off this magical moment as the sun goes down, go for a stroll along the beach.

8pm – Delicious dinner at the specialty restaurant before the kids put on a show!

Time to wrap up this beautiful day in Mauritius! Try the delicate flavours of vanilla and curry at the specialty restaurant, The Phare, among other Asian and International dishes. After dinner, don’t miss the show the kids are putting on just for you thanks to their fun times at the Mini Club!  Finally, get another cocktail or two to celebrate this wonderful day under the Mauritian sun.

16123954_159201934570122_2026587804745596928_n.jpg

Want to hear more about Mauritius? Discover more about Club Med La Plantation D’Albion here.

Top inspiring destinations for your next exotic adventure!

Untitled-design-2.png

Why not try something new this winter and discover a new destination off the beaten track? Get your inner explorer out and venture through our 70+ resorts worldwide. Here, we also escape to our top two Club Med resorts in Japan and China - some inspiration for your next winter escape! Use Club Med Kabira, Japan or Club Med Guilin, China as your base and go explore your surroundings. Be bold, be surprised, create new memories and come back to the comfort of your premium all-inclusive package. True bliss!

Let's discover where you might explore this winter:

Amazing Destinations, Unique Playgrounds...

Club Med has been travelling the world to uncover the most amazing places and create little paradises in the best spots. Each resort has its own personality and offers a unique choice of experiences to make the best of each destination. Explore the magic of nature, rejuvenate mind and body, unlock your inner explorer, indulge in local gastronomy or give back to the environment, the local communities, and to yourself.

map blog.PNG
KABC_F117_003.jpg

JAPAN'S MOST BREATHTAKING ISLAND AND MARINE PARK

Perched on the south edge of Okinawa islands in Japan, Kabira island is a preserved gem and the perfect setting for an unforgettable family holiday. Discover the secret of longevity of the Okinawans, the longest living people on earth, and dive in this world-class protected Marine park. Plus, the resort has been voted best Japan family resort in 2017 and "Travelers Choice 2018" winner!

Children aged 2 years to 17 years can also discover nature and Japanese culture with our Kids Clubs.

Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido 

TOMC_L117_020.jpg

INCREDIBLE HOKKAIDO LANDSCAPES IN NEW RESORT

After a winter full of powder, discover a new side of Tomamu at the height of the Japanese Spring and Summer! Between incredible landscapes, boundless activities for all and vibrant excursions, it's a thrilling Japanese mountain escape. Plus, enjoy the culinary journey with fresh seafood and premium Wagyu beef - yum!

Kids Clubs available from 2 years to 17 years and small group lesson included from 4 years for ski and 8 years for snowboard.

Club Med Sanya, China

SAYC_G115_012.jpg

A GLAMOUROUS SUN-KISSED ISLAND IN A TROPICAL SETTING

Located at the southern tip of Hainan Island in China, Sanya is the ideal setting for a family holiday between lush gardens and a wide beach. Sports enthusiasts will have an array of activities from sailing to rock climbing, and explorers will love discovering the Hainanese culture with ancient traditions and temples.

Kids Clubs available from 2 years old to 17 years old.

Club Med Guilin, China

GUIC_G113_002 (1).jpg

MAGNIFICIENT CULTURAL DISCOVERIES AT EVERY TURN

Discover a majestic, beautifully preserved site and the most beautiful spot in China: the River Li with its terraced rice fields, mysterious caves and karst mountains. Find your zen or unlock new thrills with trapeze and rock climbing with the little ones in Club Med Guilin. Or just admire over 100 contemporary sculptures and multiple excursions in this splendid part of China.

Kids Clubs available from 2 years old to 17 years old.

Want to know more about these exotic destinations or get inspired? Take a look at our destinations page and choose your dream holiday!

Club Med Accelerates International Ski Expansion

Untitled-design-1.png

For over 60 years, Club Med has committed to firmly positioning the brand as leaders in the ski tourism industry by offering easy, relaxing and all-inclusive holidays in the world’s best ski domains. Since the first ski resort opening in 1956, Club Med has expanded its reach across Europe and Asia to now being the world’s largest ski resort operator with over 20 ski resorts, from the soaring peaks of Mont-Blanc in the French Alps, to the powder perfect slopes of Hokkaido Japan, but their plans don’t stop there.

Club Med has proudly announced its international development strategy with the ambition to open three to five resorts per year globally by 2020. This will include one ski resort opening per year and will also be coupled with regular upgrades of key existing resorts.

Locally, Club Med is aiming to grow the Australian and New Zealand markets by 50 per cent over the next three years. Madeleine Clow-Suares, General Manager, Club Med Australia and New Zealand says, “these are ambitious targets which come in response to the strong appetite of Australians for the relaxing, active, social and carefree holidays Club Med offers. We have a lot of exciting activity planned moving towards 2020 to help meet these goals.”

“Our ski resorts are located in the most sought-after ski domains in France, Italy, Switzerland, Japan and China currently. We’re continually wanting to surprise our guests with new destinations, starting with our recent openings of exceptional new resorts: Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido in Japan, and Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon, in the French Alps,” says Madeleine Clow-Suares.

Future ski resort projects include the opening of Les Arcs Panorama, France, in December 2018 – a modern retreat immersed in the forest, at the doorstep of high-altitude mountains, boasting stunning views throughout, kids clubs for all ages, a very comprehensive wellbeing offer and luxury 5-Trident spaces within. Club Med Sahoro, Japan, will be renovated by November 2018 including updates to the rooms, bar and reception areas as well as a renovation of the main restaurant.

Discussions are also progressing for new openings in Tignes, France, Valloire, La Rosière and San Sicario in the Franco-Italian domain Vialattea and Saint-Gervais, Montgenèvre, France. Furthermore, Club Med will settle its first resort in Canada, in Charlevoix’s Massif (Quebec) and continues discussion on projects in China and South Korea.

The development of these properties will continue to reinforce Club Med’s major role in the ski industry internationally of facilitating and developing important tourism within these areas for years to come.

“These additional development projects will offer more exciting opportunities for families, groups and couples when travelling to snow destinations with Club Med. Our outstanding ski concept and signature snow services gives guests more time to spend on the slopes, from getting you to the resort, to having your lift pass ready, your lessons booked and your kids well looked-after, we take the hassle out of organising a ski holiday,” says Madeleine Clow-Suares.

Club Med’s Easy Arrivals service ensures everything is ready for guests before they arrive, including equipment hire fitted and ready in your locker, registration of children to Kids Clubs and allow pre-booking of experiences for the whole family. Ski lift passes are also pre-arranged and included within Club Med’s all-inclusive package so there’s no delay getting to the mountain.

The ski-in, ski-out design of most resorts gives direct access to the slopes for added convenience, maximising time spent skiing. Once on the slopes, there are over 19 levels of ski/snowboard lessons that are available with English speaking instructors also included within Club Med’s ski packages, perfect for first-timers, families or expert skiers alike. Amazing après ski activities and unique cultural experiences are also made available by Club Med, some as part of the premium all-inclusive offering, others arranged upon request, allowing guests to immerse themselves within the destination they visit.

“We start with a true all-inclusive concept making for a hassle-free holiday, polished with exceptional services for skiers and for little ones by our warm GOs, local, active, relaxing or gastronomic experiences and a generous mix of fun. We even include peace of mind with our travel insurance. All you have to think about is relaxing, enjoying and creating new memories with family and friends. We want to make your dream holiday a reality which is why we offer something for everyone at our ski resorts,” says Clow-Suares.

Since the company’s take over by Chinese conglomerate, Fosun, in 2015, Club Med has seen record growth and profitability, more specifically 6.6 per cent increase year on year in customers. This is a result of the successful strategy implemented with Fosun’s support — going local and focusing on digital.

NEW Club Med Ski Resorts

Club Med continues to reinforce its unique position as a world leader in premium all-inclusive snow holidays with the recent opening of its two newest snow resorts in December 2017 - Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, Japan and Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon, France. These premium resorts offer modern design and authentic cultural ties for Australian skiers looking for the ultimate winter destinations with amazing experiences, made easy.

Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido offers an upscale ski experience on powder snow, bringing to life modern Japanese culture. Designed by Jean-Philippe Nuel, the chic, modern aesthetic is reflective of the resorts picturesque surrounds, bringing the beauty of Japanese nature into the resort.

Located in Hokkaido, Japan’s most Northerly Island, the area is famous for its untouched nature and preserved wildlife with four distinctive seasons. The island is home to beautiful national parks, lakes, and hot springs. In the winter, due to its unique location, Hokkaido provides plenty of perfect powder snow, the ideal ski conditions for those of all ability.

At the resort, sumptuous breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in the main restaurant, the Itara, featuring Japanese and international cuisine included within Club Med’s all-inclusive package. From the resort, guests can explore the local ice village or Mina Mina beach, the largest indoor wave pool in Japan, in addition to a wide selection of snow activities. With 29 ski slopes to explore, a variety of après ski activities and children’s facilities available (kids clubs from 2 to 17 years old), Club Med Tomamu is the perfect destination for a family ski holiday.

TOMC_B118_016.jpg

Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon is the new mountain flagship of Club Med in France offering 360 views on the impressive French Alps and exceptional skiing for all ages, all accessible within 1h30 from Geneva International airport.

Set within a preserved natural site in the heart of Grand Massif ski domain, the resort boasts an exceptional 360° panorama across the valley of Samoëns-Morillon. Most impressive of all, guests can ski from the resort’s gently sloping rooftop directly onto the snow. With this impressive ski-in, ski-out access to 265km of slopes both high alpine and pine tree forest terrain, this truly is a snow paradise.

Guests can dine in ski gondolas within the resort, enjoy relaxing modern baths within their room, or swim among the mountains at the heated pool, all with cliff-top views.

The resort also offers a wide range of activities including sports, well-being, culture and gourmet French Savoy dining as well as a comprehensive range of Kids Clubs, catering to guests from 4 months to 17 years old.

Club Med Les Arcs Panorama, Club Med’s recently announced new resort planned to open December 2018 will offer a modern forest retreat on the doorstep of high-altitude mountains.

Owing its name to the dramatic vistas of the Tarentaise Valley and summits it offers, the resort’s curvy architecture takes on the mountain’s form, blending into the well-preserved environment. Inside, the design revisits traditional mountain decoration, and integrates the forest in a modern way.

The resort will offer a holistic wellbeing experience to all guests through healthy gastronomic options, relaxing spaces like the quiet lounge, and its 390sqm wellbeing space including a heated indoor pool and SPA by CINQ MONDES.

Families are guaranteed an easy and fun stay with everything taken care of to make their trip easy and unforgettable, from the comprehensive range of Kids Clubs for little ones from 4 months to 17 years old, many services for babies and kids and the family concept restaurant Bread&Co where kids invite their parents to dinner.

For an even more exclusive stay, suites are available within the 5-Trident luxury space, located at the top of the resort to guarantee the best views. Guests of the 5-Trident luxury space will enjoy exclusive services like the access to a private Welcome Lounge offering champagne by the glass from 6pm, an amazing 390sqm terrace with a hot tub and a dedicated Conciergerie, offering the ideal choice for those who want to combine customised service and luxury comfort, with the warm and friendly Club Med spirit.

For further information visit www.clubmed.com.au!

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

A family holiday in Club Med Bintan Island

Untitled-design-5.png

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 Tomamu

Untitled-2.jpg

If you had one day at the new Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, Japan, what would it look like? Recently opened in December 2017, Tomamu is the trendiest ski resort you can experience in the incredible Japan Mountains of the Hokkaido region. Surrounding by perfect powder snow and apres-ski options aplenty, there’s so much to do at the resort in just a day!

Discover your perfect day in Club Med Tomamu and get ready to ride a different wave…

8am – Good morning magnificent landscape!

Right from your spacious bedroom, say hello to a snow-capped mountain view and the beauty of what the Hokkaido landscape has to offer. And breath-in the pure mountain air!

TOMC_J117_001.jpg

9am – Hit the Hokkaido slopes

Are you ready to shred the Japanese slopes? Put on your ski boots and fly down the powder snow without crowds. Sprawled across over 145 hectares, the Tomamu ski domain is the perfect thrilling snow escape where every turn is a new discovery. You can also pre-arrange your ski gear using the Easy Arrival service, meaning everything is ready in your heated locker awaiting your arriveal, so you can really maximise your time on the slopes!

1pm – Lunch with a view

Savour a variety of international and Japanese delights from the main restaurant. Discover four distinct spaces, each inspired by Hokkaido regions with a unique gastronomic adventure to share. The setting will surely surprise you and so will the view!

TOMC_L117_030.jpg

3pm – Relaxing family time in the largest indoor wave pool in Japan!

Located outside of Club Med's doorsteps, relax and play in the family-friendly Mina Mina Beach, the largest indoor wave pool in Japan! With a traditional Japanese onsen also attached to the facility, sample a piece of local culture during your visit.

TOMC_J117_003.jpg

5pm – Re-energise in a cosy environment

After a day full of fun activities, there’s nothing better than curling up by the fire in a cosy and relaxing space. Come take a seat around the fireplace in Club Med Tomamu, grab a hot cocoa and snack from the nearby crepe station and dream away while you watch the snowflakes fall…

TOMC_L117_035.jpg

7 pm – Discover traditional Japanese food with a specialty dinner at Haku

A culinary journey awaits you! The perfect place to taste the freshest seafood, premium Wagyu beef, and award-winning locally brewed spirits... After the specialty restaurant, wander next door to the Nest Bar for a sake and whisky tasting from the local produces.

TOMC_B118_010.jpg

9pm - Discover new sensations

The fun continues after the sun sets in Tomamu! Head to the Ice Village and uncover all the activities on offer: ice bar, ice skating or just walking around before heading back to the resort for another drink at The Unkai Bar. Every night is magical in Tomamu!

TOMC_E117_003.jpg

In just one day, you've experienced amazing new activities and sensations! But one day isn't enough, right? If you'd like explore more unique offering in and around Club Med Tomamu book your stay here!

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

Get a sneak peek at Les Arcs Panorama in pictures!

panorama_header.jpg

Modern architecture, wide-open views, and the biggest ski area in the world… what else could we ask for?

Opening December 2018, Les Arcs Panorama pledges to be one of the best snow resorts to experience in the French Alps! Whether you like cross-country, downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing or just embracing the pure mountain air, there will be something to enjoy for everyone.

Plus with the après-ski services, there will never be a dull moment: a wellness area with Cinq Mondes Spa, a heated indoor and outdoor pool with views, hot tubs, Turkish bath, fitness, cardio facilities and more… Relaxation will be part of the holidays!

And don’t even mention the food! From a family-dedicated restaurant to a gourmet lounge restaurant and a main restaurant with all sorts of international foods and specialties with fresh local produces, we can’t wait to taste every single dish!

Finally, we’ve also heard the outstanding 5T space will be nestled at the top of the resort with even more magnificent views of the endless forest with snow-capped mountains.

Didn’t get enough teasing yet? Discover in pictures a first sneak peek at what Club Med Les Arcs Panorama will look like. Stay tuned for more information coming up on this resort soon!

A view of Club Med Les Arcs Panorama, French Alps.

panorama_header.jpg

Le Chalet restaurant in Les Arcs Panorama.

restaurant3_panorama.jpg

The gourmet lounge in Les Arcs Panorama.

restaurant2_panorama.jpg

The main restaurant in Les Arcs Panorama.

restaurant_panorama.jpg

The wellness area in Les Arcs Panorama with a heated indoor pool.

lounge2_panorama.jpg

The lounge part of the main restaurant in Les Arcs Panorama.

lounge_panorama.jpg

A cosy lounge with views in Les Arcs Panorama.

deluxe_panorama.jpg

A deluxe room with a view in les Arcs Panorama.

club_panorama.jpg

A stylish and light-filled Club Room in Les Arcs Panorama.

Want to learn more about snow holidays? Discover the ultimate snow experience with Club Med.

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

Club Med announces its first Canada resort to open in Le Massif, Charlevoix Ski Region

Club-Med-Canada-Header.jpg

The renowned pioneer of all-inclusive resorts announced the much-anticipated return of its world-famous ski offering to North America through the creation of its first-ever Canadian resort.

November, 2017 – Club Med brings its unique all-inclusive mountain holiday offering to the heart of an already renowned ski region situated at the highest point in Eastern Canada, including a unique ski experience with spectacular waterfront views overlooking the Saint Laurence River. Club Med and Groupe Le Massif plan to open this new resort by the end of 2020.

Daniel Gauthier, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Groupe Le Massif, and Xavier Mufraggi, President and CEO, Club Med North America, have officially announced the opening of the first Club Med resort in Canada.

“It’s often said that you’ll only ever find a Club Med resort in the most beautiful places in the world. Charlevoix doesn’t need to have a Club Med to be included on this select list. That said, it is an honour and privilege to be amongst those creating worldwide awareness for this spectacular part of the country,” states Xavier Mufraggi. “Club Med is the world leader in all-inclusive mountain hotels and resorts. With more than 20 sites already established in France, Italy, Switzerland, Japan and China counting for more than 6000 rooms, we’re excited to add Canada (and specifically Quebec) to the list. Each season will reveal the wonders of this natural site, offering an international clientele a place of beauty to discover. Also, this project serves as a strategic symbol of rapid growth around the world for Club Med, with fifteen openings taking place through 2019, representing one to two mountain resorts openings per year.”

“The announcement is in direct alignment with the continued development of this significant project that will position Le Massif, Charlevoix, among one of the greatest international destinations,” comments Daniel Gauthier, the initiator of the project. “Club Med is a world-recognized symbol, promoting an active lifestyle, family and well-being. With shared values, the partnership between Club Med and Le Massif, Charlevoix, is one of authenticity.”

The project represents a $120 million investment with the objective of developing 300 rooms including 4-Trident Club and Deluxe-level rooms with a 5-Trident luxury space. The future resort promises to be a haven for family and couple getaways as well as ideal for groups, with spaces provided to accommodate seminars and events.

Investment and positive economic impact

While this recreational tourism project is born of a great vision, it is based on a solid economic outcome. Partners, including the governments of Quebec and Canada, Guy Laliberté and Lune Rouge, Investissement Québec, Pierre Thabet, Groupe Germain all have confirmed their investment, while Desjardins and the National Bank of Canada have established their support. The project also counts on Bell a long standing major sponsor of the Massif de Charlevoix.

Groupe Le Massif and Club Med aim to offer a four-season product that emphasizes Quebec’s strongest touristic features of the region from Quebec to Tadoussac. The announcement of these plans will also stimulate real estate development within the region and on the mountain.

This project forecasts the creation of 325 direct jobs and 400 indirect jobs. The construction of the hotel will generate near 700 jobs. The agreement with partners guarantees a mutually profitable endeavour for all.

This much-anticipated project will benefit several major players within the regions of Quebec and Charlevoix, including the Quebec airport, which forecasts a 6% increase in flights directly connected to this project. From day one Club Med plans to develop partnerships with a variety of local suppliers. The resort will be easily accessible; a mere 90 minutes from the International Airport of Quebec.

About Club Med

Club Med FIRST CANADA RESORT TO OPEN IN LE MASSIF, CHARLEVOIX SKI REGION

Club Med, founded in 1950, is recognized as the pioneer of the all-inclusive market, offering nearly 70 premium resorts in stunning locations around the world including North and South America, Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean.

Club Med operates more than 70 resorts. Established in 26 countries across five continents, the group employs more than 23,000 employees comprised of 110 varied nationalities. Club Med has had a corporate presence in Canada for over 40 years and employs a staff of more than 50 team members in their Montreal head office.

Club Med Le Massif will reinforce the link between Quebec residents with the Club Med concept. More than 40,000 Canadians stay at a Club Med resort each year, with the biggest majority coming from Quebec. Every year, close to 300 Canadian G.O.s are recruited (“Gentil Organizers” - an internal, endearing term used for all Club Med employees), again with the majority coming from the province of Quebec. “In many ways, Quebec has been at the heart of Club Med. Now, finally, Club Med will be at the heart of Quebec,” states Mr. Mufraggi.

About Groupe Le Massif

The Massif de Charlevoix project was launched in 2002 by Quebec developer, Daniel Gauthier. Mr. Gauthier is a recognized co-founder of the world-leading Quebec sensation known worldwide: Cirque du Soleil.

As the first Club Med mountain resort in North America, and by virtue of the symbiosis between creativity, authenticity, an appreciation for culture, society and tourism, Le Massif, Charlevoix, promises to be awe-inspiring with a picturesque setting, an outstanding line-up of activities, excellent food and unsurpassed reputation for service.

This magnificent project is built on a foundation of three pillars with the objective to provide an experience that is deeply personal, emotional, original, and environmental, while focusing on the development of sustainable tourism within one of Quebec’s most popular regions, and designated as a world biosphere reserve in 1989 by Unesco.

For more information, visit https://www.clubmed.ca/l/le-massif-resort

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

Award-Winning Family Holidays

coverblog-e1506388004624.jpg

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

Top Indonesia Family Resort: #2 Club Med Bali

BALC_F115_053.jpg
BALC_F115_103.jpg

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

Read more about Club Med Bali

Top Indonesia Family Resort: #7 Club Med Bintan Island

RBIC_G117_004.jpg
_T8A9056.JPG

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

Read more about Club Med Bintan Island

Top Malaysia Family Resort: #5 Club Med Cherating Beach

cherating-beach-low.jpg
cherating-beach-treetop-low.jpg

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

Read more about Club Med Cherating Beach

Top Thailand Family Resort: #5 Club Med Phuket

phuket_low.jpg
PHUC_D212_125.jpg

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

Read more about Club Med Phuket

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

APLC_A114_015.jpg
APLC_A114_021.jpg

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

Read more about Club Med aimee La Plagne

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

7 Incredible Zen Pools

5IncredibleZenPools.jpg

Whether it is in the wild or next to the sea, there are so many ways to relax in a Zen Pool at Club Med!Exclusively for adults, our Zen Pools are designed for people looking for peace and well-being. Here is our selection of 7 incredible zen pools you'll want to dive in.

#1 Surrounded by palm trees in Bali, Indonesia

BALC_F115_021.jpg
BALC_F115_071.jpg

Overlooking a lush field of palm trees, the design of this incredible Zen Pool of Club Med Bali is inspired by the local culture.

#2 Alongside turquoise lagoon in Punta Cana

PCAC_A116_044.jpg
PCAC_A116_173.jpg

Located in the Dominican Republic, Club Med Punta Cana offers a brand new Zen Oasis Space for adults only. This luxurious Zen Pool is the perfect hideaway for peace, harmony and relaxation.

#3 Dedicated to peace in Phuket, Thailand

PHUC_D212_010.jpg
PHUC_D112_003.jpg

Enhanced by lawn and teak, this Zen Pool in Club Med Phuket is dedicated to peace and relaxation.

#4 Natural Pool in Da Balaia, Portugal

DBAC_G115_020.jpg
DBAC_G115_031.jpg

In Portugal, perched on a red clifftop in the south of the country, Club Med Da Balaia offers a Zen Natural Pool with pristine water naturally cleaned by plants.

#5 Into the wild in Cherating Beach

_DSF4616.jpg
CHEC_E109_003.jpg

Perched on the edge of Malaysia and in the middle of the jungle, the Zen Pool of Club Med Cherating Beach also offers an incredible view over the water.

#6 Revitalize with nature in Rio Das Pedras

RDPC_D117_003.jpg
RDPC_F113_038.jpg

Beautifully located in the Mata Atlantica nature reserve, this Zen Pool of Club Med Rio Das Pedras in Brazil is between the forest and a fine sandy beach.

#7 Over water in Cancun Yucatan, Mexico

CANC_G118_008.jpg
CANC_E116_013.jpg

Alongside the world's second largest coral reef, indulge in this brand new Zen Pool of the Jade 5 Trident Luxury Space. Between the Caribbean Sea and the lagoon, Club Med Cancun Yucatan offers a luxurious and exclusive retreat.

Plan your holiday to dive into all these incredible Zen Pools here and enjoy up to 40% with our Early Bird Offer!

24 hours in Club Med Bintan Island

club-med-bintan-island.jpg

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!

RBIC_G117_024.jpg

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.

_DSF2976-Edit.jpg

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!

_DSC5946.JPG

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.

_T8A9056.JPG

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!

RBIC_J117_009.jpg

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.

Interview: Justine Cullen, Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Australia, shares her Maldives holiday tips

Blog-post-Justine-header.jpg

Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Australia, Justine Cullen (@justine_cullen) recently discovered Club Med Kani with her family. We asked her some questions about her favourite moments and her top tips for a trip to the Maldives.

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

Why did you choose Club Med Kani for your holiday? 

We had wanted to go the Maldives for ages and when we saw how much fun the island looked and heard how great the set up was for kids of all ages, it was hard to resist the call. My husband and I both work really hard and wanted a holiday that involved no thinking and lots of solid family time - we couldn't have picked a better place.

17817649_205708953253850_2441586709029191680_n.jpg

What was your typical day in Club Med Kani? 

💤 Roll out of bed to breakfast - eat way too much food (can we talk about that chocolate bread?)

🌊 Swim in the lagoon - it was so quiet on that side it almost felt like our own private beach

👌 Do some yoga - or go for a walk.

🍴 Lunch time - Before you know it, it's lunch. Eat way too much food again.

🐠 Activities - we all went parasailing and snorkelling and the boys did the FlyJet, which they absolutely loved, and the Kids Club always had something fun organised where everyone could get involved.

🍝 Dinner - and I don't know how or why but we always had room for more...

What is your top tip for enjoying a romantic getaway while the kids are in tow?

Pop the kids into Kids Club in the late afternoon so you get in some alone time for a glass or two of rosé before dinner. It's a beautiful time of day on the island and if you find the right spot it almost feels like you have the whole place to yourselves.

What did your kids love most about their time in the Maldives?

It really is a place where you can completely relax and give your family your undivided attention, so I think they appreciated having unstressed parents who weren't running around like maniacs the way we do at home. To not even have to think about what to do for dinner was a dream. The older boys also loved having 'boys nights' with my husband - after I went to bed after dinner each night, they would go to the bar and drink mocktails and talk guy stuff. They felt so grown up and it was amazing bonding time the like of which you could never have at home. Although if you ask my youngest I'm pretty sure he would say the part he loved most was the dessert bar. (That might have been my favourite spot too.)

Anything else you’d like to add?

I wasn't sure what to expect from Club Med - if it would feel like a total party atmosphere or be too crowded and hard to relax. I was so pleasantly surprised. The resort was beautifully maintained and had the most engaging and lovely staff. Kani has struck an amazing balance between always having something happening alongside lots of spots that are peaceful and purely relaxing - and I've never seen water such a perfect shade of blue. All five of us felt that it was the perfect family holiday.

17494328_1074319962712278_111905703609761792_n.jpg

Looking for perfect family holidays as well? Discover Club Med Kani here.

Sneak Peek at the New Bintan Island

DSC060421.jpg

It's finally here! We know that you can't wait to discover the brand new face of Club Med Bintan Island,  and we have a sneak peek below of all that's happening in our redesign. From a new pool to a new boutique, theatre and yoga pergola, paradise has gotten even more beautiful.Plus, we're just getting started! Follow us here and on Facebook @ClubMedAustralia to see more updates as they unfold...

From a new pool...

RBIC_G117_003.jpg

...to a new boutique, theatre and photo centre...

FIRST FLOOR 2.JPG
BTQ 7.JPG

...and a new restaurant

Unwind in the new Yoga Pergola

Get ready, yogis! We have a beautiful new spot for you to practice your downward dogs - take a look in this video below.

Discover the incredible mannequin challenge of Club Med Bintan team in the video below and more about the resort here.

#MeetOurG.O.s – Stephanie, G.O. at Club Med Sanya

G.Oteam_.jpg

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 Stephanie, an Aussie working at Club Med Sanya, for the lowdown on being a G.O. at Club Med, as well as her insider tips for a holiday to Sanya.

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

I’ve been a part of the Club Med family for 5 years!  I started my journey in Lindeman Island as Boutique G.O, then moved to Bali as Fitness G.O, Bintan Island as Fitness G.O, Guilin as Choreographer, Bali as Choreographer, Kani as Choreographer and now I feel so lucky to say I’m Animation Manager, here in beautiful Sanya.

IMG_1155.JPG

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

It's a perfect balance!  Club Med Sanya is a great place to welcome the whole family, as well as all couples and friends.  We have a really great range of activities, which can be done as a family.  So, during the day time you will feel a really positive happy family atmosphere.  Come night time though, it’s a completely different experience!  Our guests can come and watch our G.O Show, either in our Deer Bar Outdoor Theatre or our Ballroom Indoor Theatre, and after you will see the village come alive to party like crazy, with our super power G.O team...plus we are only one out of two resorts in China that has a beach!

IMG_1156.JPG

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

Make sure you go and visit our Discovery Centre, so you can explore the real Sanya.  I would absolutely recommend either the Side Car or Jeep Tour, to see some exquisite locations, exclusive to our excursions.  For a great day of family fun, the Romance Adventure Park is a must! It has everything, a Water Park, Frozen World and you cannot miss out on the Romance Show!  One of our most popular activities is our Biking Tour.  Make sure you get there early, as it will fill up!  You will go on a quick trip just outside the Resort and ride along the beautiful beach side.  After this activity, you will understand why they call Sanya “The Hawaii of China”.

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

Without a doubt sunset, around 5:30pm-6:00pm.  Either find yourself a seat at the Deer Bar and grab a cocktail with your friends or go straight down to the beach, sit right on the shore line and just watch the magic happen.

SAYC_C116_193.jpg

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

I love exploring new areas of Sanya that I have never found before. On my last day off, I discovered a new beach called Dadonghai, really clean and with that beautiful blue tropical surf.  Plus there are a whole bunch of western bars and really laid back sandwich/burger shacks along the beach - it’s a really laid back place! If you’re keen to try local Hainanese cuisine, there are some great seafood restaurants around, with the fresh catch of the day!  Dadonghai is around 40 minutes by Taxi from the Resort.

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

Every day is completely different from the day before!  When I wake up in the morning I have no idea who I’ll meet on that day, what I’ll learn from them, all the different experiences we’ll share together, and the memories that I’ll never forget.  I think that's what makes me love it so much still – the mystery!  Also, you never know what’s just around the corner, which village you will be going to next, and what opportunities will come with it.   But always, it's the people.  We work so closely together, that we truly do become like family...a crazy dysfunctional family!

I’ve always said, the G.O’s in Club Med are like all the misfits of the world, thrown into one place!  Come and join the crazy family!

IMG_1154.JPG

Experience Club Med Sanya with the 360 video below or by clicking here.

#MeetOurG.O.s – Adam, Bartender at Club Med La Plantation d'Albion

G.O-1-e1480379960899.jpg

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 Adam, Australian Bartender at Club Med La Plantation d'Albion and Club Med Sahoro, for the lowdown on being a G.O. at Club Med, as well as his insider tips for a holiday to Mauritius.

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

I have worked at Club Med for 2 Years so far.  I stayed one year in Bali followed by one year in La Plantation d'Albion, both resorts as bartender.  Note: Adam is currently finishing up the ski season in Sahoro as a bartender!

Club Med La Plantation d'Albion Bars

#2: What makes Club Med La Plantation d'Albion such a great place to holiday?

It’s a beautiful 5 Trident resort and the rooms are spacious and elegant.

There are 3 beaches set up with pool chairs and day beds for you to choose between, depending on if you want activities or a quiet day.  Having the two pools is great as if you’re with a family you can head to the main pool where you’ll get pulled into entertaining pool games.  If you’re a couple traveling and looking for somewhere to just relax in peace then head over to the Zen Pool which is stunning.

And as a foodie – the food is amazing!!  The village has a great ambience at all times of day and a great team working in it; you won’t be disappointed!

Club Med La Plantation d'Albion Pool

#3: What’s your one “insider’s tip” for someone visiting Club Med La Plantation d'Albion?

Book 10 days, a week simply isn’t enough.  You can easily entertain yourself in the resort for a week which means you’ll never make it outside to try some of the excursions around the island.  Don’t miss the Blue Bay excursion and if you’re travelling as a family, make sure at least you drop the kids into the Mini Club one day so you can enjoy the zen area.

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

My favourite moment is the sunset at the Bar Alouda and zen pool area.

Sunset at Club Med La Plantation d'Albion

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

My favourite way to spend a day off in Mauritius is to relax at the beach restaurants in the North with a cold beer. Just touring around with some of the locals you work with so you don’t miss anything is awesome!

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

It’s almost like being adopted into different cultures as you travel around the world.  You have the opportunity to travel a lot and experience a lot of new things.  You meet some unique and amazing people, some that you’re working with and others that are just there for the week.  Club Med really is completely behind the work hard play hard mentality which makes for a good time everywhere you go!

Bar Club Med La Plantation d'Albion

Discover Club Med La Plantation d'Albion in the video below or by clicking here.