LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

In 1950 Gerard Blitz had a vision for a revolutionary new getaway concept – an all-inclusive holiday. Dreaming of idyllic settings around the world, camaraderie, and renewing the spirit through sport and activities for one set price was a novel, almost radical idea at the time. But the other critical key element of Club Med was yet to come to fruition. In 1967, the creation of facilities dedicated to children aptly named Mini Club Med forever changed the way people view holidays. When Club Med became the largest sports school in the world in 1970, the final piece of the brand’s puzzle fell into place and it became official – Club Mediteranee was born.

Today, the historical founding principles of Club Med remain: all-inclusive, family, multicultural, sports-focused. Even while remaining faithful to its pioneering spirit, Club Med continues to evolve as a brand and strive for excellence. Currently undergoing a worldwide renovation of nearly every property, the product is without a doubt aiming more upmarket. The opening of two luxurious 5 trident resorts, La Plantation d’Albion in Mauritius and Marrakech Le Riad in Morocco, evidences this trend.

Club Med’s worldwide selection is unrivalled. With over 80 villages across 5 continents in the most prestigious locations, choice is fundamental. With an overwhelming breadth of sun and snow resorts, Club Med has cleverly subdivided their worldwide villages into 5 categories based on the type of holiday you require to narrow your search – experience the exceptional, feel renewed, discover new cultures, enjoy your passion for sports or have a taste of everything. Here we highlight a mere three of each category.

This issue is solely devoted to bringing you the virtues of the one and only Club Med experience. “Discover new worlds, discover new people” as the famed motto trumpets. After reading this issue, I imagine even the most Club Med sceptic will be booking a holiday…

Sincerely, Kimberly Rosbe
Marketing and Communications Manager

FEATURE

The Art of All Inclusive

Zen Quiet

Floating peacefully at the edge of the infinity “Zen Pool” overlooking the indigo Indian Ocean – this tranquil environment envelopes me and a question enters my head, “Where am I?”

Lounging on white spa deck cushions in a velvet soft terry cloth robe while munching decadently on exotic fruit and sipping an individually blended tea after the most relaxing Ayurvedic massage of my life, I wonder confused again, “Where am I?”

Dining romantically at sunset a la carte on a deck perched over the Indian Ocean on a balmy evening while consuming delectable French cuisine al fresco, I find myself asking once again, “Wait a minute, WHERE AM I?”

The surprising answer to my repeated questions is Club Med. In fact, the answer, more accurately, is the new Club Med. And not just a new Club Med resort, but a new Club Med brand – one that appeals to a more upscale, sophisticated demographic. Exclusive service, luxury accommodation, prestigious ambience. My destination au current is La Plantation d’Albion which epitomises this new Club Med brand with its first 5 trident property on the beautiful island of Mauritius. Albion has secured the prime location on the West coast of this gorgeous island country between sea and mountains creating an elegant property fit for a 5 star client. Club Med enthusiasts rest assured that Albion still offers nightly entertainment and socialization retaining the overall Club Med authenticity. But isn’t it nice to have a Zen Pool?:)

 

WORLDWIDE CLUB MED VILLAGES

Experience the Exceptional

“Club Med Resorts that surround you in refinement in the settings, dining and activities – a new concept of luxury in a relaxed atmosphere.”

La Plantation d’Albion

MAURITIUS

Albion has raised the bar for a new standard of Club Med accommodation and service.  Tooted as “paradise between the heavens and the Indian Ocean,” this prestigious newly opened Mauritius property holds the highest rating for all CM resorts – 5 tridents.  Significantly more refined and elegant than other CM properties, Albion will appeal to a sophisticated, worldly clientele seeking peace and tranquillity by day and a more upscale version of entertainment by night.  Albion and their other 5 trident property, Marrakech le Riad, represent Club Med’s evolution to a more upmarket brand.  Be sure to luxuriate in Albion’s Cinq Mondes Spa which rivals any 5 star resort worldwide.  (Albion’s new villas and chalets to open here soon!)

No Children’s Club but welcomes children of any age.

Marrakech le Riad
MOROCCO


Club Med’s second 5 trident property glitters in exotic Morocco.  Fit for a prince, every comfort imaginable exists at this oasis – lounge in your decadent room each with a fireplace, private terrace and/or garden, relax by the elegant piano bar, unwind in the library or sample spicy dishes at La Palmaraie restaurant.

No Children’s Club but welcomes children of any age.

Kani
MALDIVES

Private romantic island exclusivity awaits you in the Maldives archipelago of Kanifinolhu – Club Med Kani.  Bathed in turquoise waters, this island paradise offers 75 ‘Suites on Stilts’ – your own personal overwater bungalow hovering over the lagoon.  Accommodation is ideal for honeymooners – this getaway has been recently renovated so that you may never want to leave your home over the water.  If you venture out, water activities are the obvious highlight with an abundance of choices including snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing and kayaking.

No Children’s Club but welcomes children from 2 years.

Feel Renewed

“Club Med Villages that cultivate the art of taking care of yourself.  Spa, massages, well-being…All in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.”


Opio en
Provence

FRANCE

In the picture-perfect rural landscape of Provence, the Valbonne plateau in the hills above Cannes reveals a Provencal village nestled amongst the olive groves and pine forests.  This Club Med is genuinely French in architecture and accommodation with winding cobblestone streets and shaded squares constituting the “village.” Tranquillity is emphasised here and activities revolve around wine and cheese tasting, nearby golf and relaxing at that Spa.  Be sure to try the Turkish bath.
Family Village with Kid’s Clubs from 4 months.

Trancoso
BRAZIL

700 km south of Salvador, Trancoso is located on the rugged Atlantic coastline of Bahia, Brazil.  Discovered by a Portuguese sailor in 1500, Trancoso remains in its authentic, pure state.  The village itself is tucked away in a coconut grove on a cliff top away from the tourist routes.  The natural Brazilian feel is abound as the place is teeming with wildlife including multicoloured parrots.  The chef is superb and the resort has been awarded the prestigious “Table coup de Coeur” status and on offer is exquisite low-fat cuisine to suit all tastes.

Family Village with Kid’s Clubs from 4 years.

Da Balaia
PORTUGAL

In the far south of Portugal, Da Balaia stands on an ochre cliff overlooking a white sandy beach only a steep staircase from the resort.  Focus on well-being as you are caressed by the sea breeze and the blue ocean.  Unwind by the spectacular geometrically zigzagged pool atop the cliff as woody scents of parasol pines and eucalyptus lull you into a state of reverie.  A resort known for golfers, family and Spa enthusiasts – come to relax and restore your sense of harmony and well-being.

Family Village with Kid’s Clubs from 4 months to 3 years.

Discover New Cultures

“Club Med Resorts at the heart of local culture encouraging discovery in a multicultural atmosphere."


Bora Bora
FRENCH POLYNESIA

Adapting to the slow rhythm of the Southern Seas won’t be a hardship at Club Med Bora Bora.  Facing the islands of Ralatea and Tahaa, the property’s lagoon exemplifies the South Pacific dream stereotype – sapphire-coloured water, teaming tropical fish, swaying coconut palms and white sandy beaches.  Watch the sun set here and the dream becomes a reality.  Tip:  Pre-book an ocean view room.  Also, try to master Polynesian dishes at the newly offered cooking school.

No Children’s Clubs but welcomes children of any age.

Beldi
TURKEY

The latest hotspot in Europe, Turkey will awaken your spirit. South of Antalya, Beldi is nestled amongst the Turkish Riviera.  Running along the entire shore of the resort, the resort’s beach is typical European pebbles lined with white umbrellas – bring your thongs! Explore the coastline further south of the Taurus Mountains and discover isolated bays interspersed with ancient ruins.  During your stay, be sure to attend the resorts’ ‘conferences’ about the country’s history, habits and customs.

Family Village welcoming children of all ages with Kid’s Clubs from 2 years.

Les Almadies
SENEGAL

On the coast of Africa, a mere 20 minutes from Dakar, Les Almadies boasts the location of the most advanced headland point on the continent.  Absorb the cultures’ riches by taking African dancing lessons, eating local cuisine at the two restaurants (one specialty option) or through art appreciation of the decor. With bright, multicoloured decoration and wooden sculptures and masks abound, the African experience literally envelopes you.  For a true taste of Senegal’s culture beyond the resort, CM offers accompanied mountain biking “discovery” outings from 8 to 18 kilometres in length.  Cycle your way to the village of Yoff N’Gor, the school of Ouakam, or the local fishing harbour.

Family Village welcoming children of all ages with Kid’s Clubs from 11 years.

Enjoy Your Passion for Sports

“Club Med Resorts devoted to sports, where novices to experts can try exciting new experiences in a dynamic and stimulating atmosphere.”

Gregolimano

GREECE

Waterskiing enthusiasts look no further – this is the resort for you.  Club Med Gregolimano on the island of Evia offers a Championship Academy for water skiing and wakeboarding in the blue waters of the Aegean Sea.  Tennis can also be enjoyed at a high-level, as training sessions for parents and children are available.  The resort itself is a dazzling white structure a mere feet from the water/beach with mountains rising directly behind.  After a hard day of water skiing and tennis, families can congregate at the pool for a tell-all of the days’ sporty exploits.

Family Village with Kid’s Clubs from 4 years.

Sandpiper
FLORIDA, U.S.A.

Golf lovers, come to always-sunny Florida.  Here the pleasure of golf is abundant and the competitive spirit dominates.  In the heart of Florida between Miami and Orlando, Sandpiper Village stretches along the St. Lucie River and its lush wetlands.  The weather is always warm and you can practice your swing endlessly in the Tennis Academy and Golf Academy.  Tip: For a bit more freedom, book the Florida Suite with terrace and kitchen.

Family Village with Kid’s Clubs from 4 months.

El Gouna Red Sea
EGYPT

El Gouna, situated on a 2 kilometre long beach at the foot of the Red Sea, is a dream world for divers and watersports fans.  Reliable winds in the bay, 28 degree water and the crystal-clear shallow bay makes the area perfectly suited for windsurfers, kite surfing and sailing.  In fact, this Club Med has an actual Wind Sports Academy.  Protected coral in the bay allows for excellent scuba diving and snorkelling opportunities as well. Be sure to explore Luxor and Cairo on day trips.

No Children’s Clubs but welcomes children of any age.

Taste of Everything

“Club Med Resorts where all the family can enjoy sports, take it easy or explore, together or alone in a warm, friendly atmosphere.”

Djerba la Douce
TUNISIA

Bake under the incessant Mediterranean sun on the island of Djerba at this Club Med offering a little bit of everything.  White washed bungalows with flowered patios contrast the eternal blue sky and evoke a very Greek feel.  Although the range of delights at Djerba la Douce is plentiful, this village has a dream setting and weather for tennis players and sailors in particular. If you’d like to venture beyond the water and courts, you can take their 2 day excursion in the Sahara or a ½ day trip to the famed Zarzis market.
Family Village with Kid’s Clubs from 4 months.

Kamarina
SICILY, ITALY

Bellisimo Italia!  On the southwest coast of Sicily, welcome to the land of Italian charm – steep alleyways, bougainvilla-filled squares, olive trees galore.  Discover the Sicilian version of pasta’s pleasures and work it off rollerblading, playing tennis or sailing on the Mediterranean.  If you are looking for more Italian style exercise, try floating in the resorts’ pool – the largest of all the Club Meds.  We recommend taking a day trip to Taormina which is considered the loveliest resort town in Sicily.

Family Village with Kid’s Clubs from 2 years.

Les Boucaniers
MARTINIQUE, FRENCH WEST INDIES

Since its 1969 opening, Les Boucaniers has retained an authentic Creole spirit in this idyllic spot in the southeastern corner of Martinique. Chill out Caribbean style in your bungalow hidden within a tropical garden beside the golden sandy beach in the Bay of Le Marin.  This resort offers a range of activities and distractions from beach volleyball to jet skiing to Caribbean cuisine to Club Med evening entertainment.  Adjust to the slow Caribbean time and you’ll never want to leave.

No Children’s Clubs but welcomes children of all ages.

SKI VILLAGES

22 ski villages in the world’s largest ski domains – France, Switzerland, Italy and now, newly renovated Sahoro, Japan..

Sahoro

JAPAN

Newly renovated Sahoro Ski Village enjoys the optimal micro-climate to ensure continual snow fall for an intense skiing experience for beginners and advanced skiers alike.  For beginners, take your time meandering down the picturesque powdery slopes or seek expert advice to improve your skill with a variety of ski and snowboard courses.  For advanced skiers, if you’d like a challenge beyond Night Skiing and Black Diamond runs, the tree skiing is superb here.  This resort is an excellent alternative for Australians wanting the ultimate ski holiday without the long-haul flight to America or Europe.  Tip:  After a long day of hitting the slopes, be sure to unwind in the traditional Japanese hot baths.

Family Resort welcoming children of all ages.

Villars-sur-Ollon
SWITZERLAND

The setting here is straight out of a snow fairytale.  In the heart of the Swiss Alps, Villars-sur-Ollon was created as one of the premier resorts in Europe and helped launch the fashion for winter sports during the Roaring Twenties. Accordingly the hotel has classic 1920’s rich style and exudes an air of aristocracy.  Take a stroll to nearby Lake Geneva, tackle exquisitely beautiful alpine skiing or simply relax by the new heated outdoor swimming pool with arguably the best south-facing view in the Alps.

Family Village with Kid’s Clubs from 4 months.

Peisey-Vallandry
FRANCE

At 1600 metres altitude and tucked away in the Tarentaise Valley, this Club Med village embodies the charm of the Savoie region.  Using traditional materials yet contemporary in design, your accommodation will be sleek with wooden beams and floor to ceiling windows to gaze out at the snow-covered fir trees.  Take advantage of the surroundings with torchlight visits to old villages, cross-country skiing and dog sledding.  At the foot of the slopes and in the centre of the Paradiski domain, this resort creates an atmosphere conducive to skiers of all levels.  Winner of the Hotel Grand Prix at the 2006 Hospitality Awards.

Family Resort with Kid’s Clubs from 4 years.

CLUB MED 2: CRUISE NEWS

Imagine all the benefits of a Club Med resort experience but afloat!  Cruise all-inclusive, Club Med style aboard the Club Med 2, a magnificent 187-metre sailing ship with its majestic five masts.  Choose from a Mediterranean or Caribbean cruise depending upon the season.  With the ship’s two gourmet restaurants, nautical hall for sports enthusiasts and Club Med Spa, there will be no shortage of options to occupy your time aboard.  We suggest booking one of the six Suites with a view of the waves or splurge and book the Ship Owner’s Suite in the bow of the yacht.  Excursions are available at each stop.

#1 CLUB MED AGENT AWARD

Not only was Executive Edge awarded the honour of #1 Travel Agency for Club Med Sales in Victoria for 2007 but the Top Consultant for Individual Club Med Sales 2007 also went to one of our own – Yvonne Verstandig, Director of Leisure.  A huge congrats to Yvonne and our entire team for achieving these #1 sales figures for the year.

CLUB MED/EDGE MOVIE NIGHT

Executive Edge and Club Med are co-branding a special Family Movie Night at Classic Cinema’s Elsternwick April 10th featuring the big screen adventure hit Nim’s Island starring Abigail Breslin, Josie Foster and Gerard Butler.  Two major Club Med holiday trips will be given away in a draw on the night.  Good luck!  Winners and prizes will be announced in the next newsletter..

CLUB MED GOLD LIST

Top 10 Reasons to Holiday at Club Med

  1. Kid’s Clubs. The best in the travel business. No other chain offers the range of supervision, activities and entertainment for children from 4 months to 17 years. Parents rejoice! This is THE resort to choose for a family holiday.
  2. Selection. 80 Sun and Snow Resorts. The widest variety of resorts across 5 continents – there is a resort to suit your every whim.
  3. All-inclusive meals. 3 sumptuous meals per day of a delectable range of international cuisine buffet style and unlimited snacks, wine, beer and soft drinks. Indulge!
  4. Entertainment. Club Med knows how to keep the crowds entertained with live entertainment, music and nightly shows.
  5. Activities galore. A plethora of sports, cultural and adventurous activities running incessantly – there is always an abundance of diversions to keep you and your children occupied.
  6. G.O.s. Ensuring your holiday meets all your expectations, Club Med’s multilingual, international Gentile Officers are friendly and outstanding – always going above and beyond the call of duty.
  7. Camaraderie. Club Med are specialists in creating an atmosphere to meet others. Encouraging communal seating at meals, group activities and mingling around the bars, a Club Med holiday provides an excellent way make new international friends.
  8. Free ski school. At all Club Med Snow resorts learn to ski or improve your skill with free ski school for all ages with expert instructors. Free ski passes and holiday insurance are also included.
  9. New golf packages. With intermediate and advanced level packages, you can be transferred from the resort to the golf course, caddy and buggy provided and have private coaching up to a full day consultation with a professional coach, video session and pro-swing software. Tee away!
  10. Circus School. Yes that’s right – learn to be an acrobat on the magic trapeze. By the end of your stay, master the art of flying through the air!

CLUB MED TRAVEL

Amit’s Club Med Caribbean:

La Caravelle – Guadeloupe, French West Indies

I travelled in early 1980 alone to the far off place called Guadeloupe to meet up with a friend, a French G.O., who was part of the water skiing team. I remember the customs officials looking at my passport with horror thinking from how far I had come – all the way from the Land Down Under. They actually stopped me to ask how long the plane flight had been to get there.

Since it was my first visit to the Caribbean, I had no concept of how beautiful the aqua blue clear water, the white clean sand and the magnificent vegetation that surrounded the village would be.  It was exactly how you would imagine a tropical paradise.  The resort was based around water sports – sailing waterskiing, windsurfing and kayaking. One night they even put a motorised dinghy in the pool and water skied from one end to the other.  The climate was ideal and the food delicious – very French with a touch of Caribbean creole thrown in for variety and spice.   The clientele were from all parts of the world; however, mainly very friendly Europeans.  The highlight was the night of the dance competition when an American man and I were coerced into taking the stage. We laughed nonstop. I still have contact with many of the friends I made some 20 years ago in Guadeloupe.

Turquiose – Turks & Caicos

When I think of Club Med Turquoise I think of an uninhabited, tropical, 3-mile long beach, facing West for dramatic sunsets as palm trees blow in the wind with a coral reef about 500 metres from shore, just to finish off  the  perfect-picture postcard setting.  When I visited Club Med Turquoise in the late 80’s, it was one of the only resorts on a Caribbean Island that had minimal culture – no trinkets to bring home to family and no signs of poverty.  It was purely fun, beach and sand.  The Club was geared towards young singles and the weather, the setting and French employees all lent themselves to the task of making sure everyone had a good time.  While most of the people whom I met were European, there were also a substantial amount of Americans – particularly young professional New Yorkers. 

Accommodation was three trident so I spent as little time as possible in my room and mainly lazed on the beach in chairs submerged in the water.  Speaking of water, the resort provided many water sports including sailing, scuba diving, windsurfing and the most fun of all was beach volleyball – often played in the aqua blue water.  There was plenty of music centred around the beach, boat trips and infamous parties whenever you wanted to attend.  Staff were more than friendly and the weather was perfect.  Overall, I enjoyed my stay and would recommend it to anyone travelling on their own.

Columbus Isle – Bahamas

While living in New York, I took the opportunity to visit the Bahamas which is really only a quick trip of four hours direct from New York. This resort, nestled along Bonefish Bay, is particularly known for its diving in its devotion to exploration of underwater treasures.  The rooms are a cultural artistic kaleidoscope with objects d’art collected from all around the world.  Tennis is also highlighted here – there were so many tennis courts that you could play morning, noon and night.  After my sporty days, I just relaxed and enjoyed the balmy nights with a cocktail in hand.  

Yvonne’s “Hands up”:

Party time in Cancun – Mexico

The newly renovated Club Med Cancun has so much to offer the Club Med traveller….not only do you get the white sand beach, clear blue waters with three different beach areas (one for body surfing, one for snorkelling and the third is left for the water sports enthusiasts), but Cancun is also a wonderful destination in itself.  The Mayan Peninsula offers a plethora of tours from visiting the pyramids at Chichen Itza to the coastal ruins in Tulum to the gorgeous Mexican beach town of Playa del Carmen to the nearby islands of Isla Mujeres and Cozumel.

The highlight for our family holiday was that we spent New Year’s Eve there.  The Chef du Village spared no expense to make this a night we would all remember forever.  The evening started with a string of piñatas set up overhead for the “hungry” children to attack with a stick in anticipation of hundreds of sweets falling from the skies in that age old Mexican tradition.  The night continued with a huge party….the dance floor was set up outside between the beach and the pool for us all to enjoy the balmy night and lights of Cancun with everyone dancing well into the night.  The herds of Brazilians sure helped to create that party atmosphere.  The New Year was welcomed with a champagne fountain, tequila bar, cigar bar and fireworks over the water to make Club Med Cancun the place to be for New Years’ Eve 2006! 

History Lesson at Coral Beach – Israel

Across the water from Jordan and a mere short walk from the border of Egypt is Club Med Coral Beach.  As you stroll down to the water, the feeling of arriving to a beach oasis overcomes you. The white sails fluttering in the wind make you feel that you are some place far away. The beach area is Asian in decor with Balinese-style daybeds.  Lounge on the row of deck chairs in the sand and peer across to Jordan.  The largest flag I had ever seen flew on the Jordan side – just a stone’s throw away – and I began to wonder if the windsurfers should carry their passports just in case they cross over to Jordan.

Although the accommodation at Club Med Eilat is more basic than a number of the other Club Meds that we have travelled to, we still enjoyed all the facilities including the circus school, archery, mini golf, basketball and volleyball.

What made Club Med Eilat very special for us were the GOs.  We felt a connection to them and to the place immediately.  Another attraction was the food. We could not believe that kosher food could in fact be so good!

We did a few day trips out of the resort with some great treks to the various canyons of Eilat. At the southern tip of Israel, Eilat is also a great base to do various overnight trips – 4-wheel driving through Jordan to experience Petra, overnight trips into the Negev, the Southern Israeli desert with dune bashing or even a Bedouin experience.

Fiona’s Cherating Beach – Malaysia

Cherating Beach is located on the East Coast of Malaysia about 45 minutes from the city of Kuantan. This resort is a complete destination within itself.  Set on the beautiful white sandy beaches of the South China Sea amongst lush tropical jungle it provides the perfect getaway.  Recently renovated the resort has a very modern contemporary feel.The food was a highlight for us.  The main restaurant features several cooking stations where specialised Chefs cooked fresh foods in front of us from many different regions of Asia.  We particularly enjoyed being introduced to Mauritian food for the first time.  When you want a break from the larger main restaurant there are also two other smaller restaurants –   one casual BBQ style and one fine dining for that very special dinner for two.

This resort caters for families, singles and couples with an amazing range of activities – the highlight being the flying trapeze.  The Kids Clubs include circus school training and they perform in the nightly shows.  Children are catered for from babies through to teenagers.  We tried archery which was a new experience and a lot of fun.  With the kids fully occupied, my husband and I were able to relax and spend our days lounging on the beach, swimming and kayaking.   In the evening we enjoyed “Happy Hour” at the funky Cocktail Bar with a groovy aqua light.  After dinner we were entertained by the nightly shows.  Combined with a two night stopover in Kuala Lumpur on the way home to do some shopping, Cherating Beach is a great escape with “everything to do” or “nothing to do.”

Ginette’s Serre Chevalier – France

At Serre Chevalier in the French Alps the traditional Club Med hospitality sparkled in the snow-bound resort and village.  The prospect of alpine skiing was eased by a glass of wine taken on my private balcony which overlooked the picturesque village and the ski slopes.

In the morning, it was time to face my fears and head off to ski class. The transition to the slopes was seamless as the smiling GOs slotted me into the appropriate ski class.  The altitude was making my head swell, or was that due to the knockout private ski instructor who took me to the highest point on the mountain? As if I wasn’t feeling special enough, the instructor asked a stranger to photograph us – he wanted a picture with his fiance. SWOON!

Clear skies shone over the station where holiday makers disembark from the designated Club Med carriage. A quirk of alpine transport sees skiers board the train in France, disembark in Italy and drive across the border back into France for snow, sun and skiing. Each moment spent at Serre Chevalier ranged from glamorous to gorgeous to giddy.

Gila’s Club Med Adventures: (she’s been to 30+ over the years!)

Ria Bintan – Indonesia

Club Med Bintan presents the ideal short stopover holiday on your way to Europe through Singapore if you’d like to break up your trip.  Depart Melbourne to Singapore landing at 6:35am and simply take a 45 minute ferry ride to Bintan and arrive at Club Med in time to enjoy morning tea.   Bintan caters for golf-lovers and families with all the usual Club Med activities.  A stay at Club Med Bintan is also perfect to combine with a Singapore stay for business or pleasure.  While I was there, a group who had just conducted a three day seminar in Singapore came to Club Med to relax for a few days post-conference.  Another group of girls intended to stay in Singapore after a week in Club Med to shop in Singapore.  (Due to the geography of the property – the Club is not suitable for elderly guests with a walking disability.)

La Medina – Marrakech

Club Med La Medina is in the centre of Marrakech adjacent to the main square Djemaa el Fna.  The Djemaa el Fna is the centre point of all street activities including the Suk.  After sunset it comes alive with street stalls, snake charmers, all foods, entertainment and life.  The Club Med Medina accommodation is like a Moorish beehive with its spacious rooms decorated in Moroccan style creating an exotic, wonderful atmosphere.  Activities take place in the La Palmeraie area which is 20 minutes away by resort bus in a most beautiful Palm orchard with swimming pool, tennis and a 9-hole golf course.  Many excursions are available to the Atlas Mountains, the desert dunes or visiting the Suk with a guide.  (The club is not very suitable for kids.) 

Amy’s Chinese New Year  at Phuket – Thailand 

I have been fortunate enough to visit Club Med Phuket 3 times, all very different experiences.  The first was on my honeymoon which was utterly romantic. After planning a wedding, all I wanted to do was have everything available to me and Club Med did the trick.  We never had to worry about where we were going for dinner or what to do at night. It was great meeting people from all over the world and hearing everyone’s stories. To commemorate our 20th anniversary, we went back to Club Med to relive our younger honeymoon days.  Again it didn’t disappoint.  I was able to enjoy the spa facilities, relax by the pool and enjoy the entertainment (fireworks/thai market/cocktail night).

Most recently, I took my entire family to Phuket.  There was something for everyone.  I could relax by the pool or beach, my husband could do activities such as tennis, flying trapeze or golf and my kids were completely content and looked after.  My only complaint was that I hardly saw my children! They were off in the Kids Club on the trapeze every day and the bungy bounce.  In the afternoons they would be practicing for the shows (modeling /skits and circus acts).  We stayed over Chinese New Year and it was full of colour and excitement. The GOs decorated the dining area in red colours with Chinese lanterns and lights everywhere.  The next day our children dressed up as a dog and the Club Med GOs dressed up as the rooster in honour of the new year of the rooster.  We were all very sad to leave and all want to go back again…

Athina’s Windsurfing Days at Bali – Indonesia

Nusa Dua is located on the South end of the island of Indonesia.  As this Club Med is not situated on a secluded island, it gave me a choice to either enjoy the Club Med experience by keeping within the resort or take one of their appointed shuttle buses into Seminyak and Kuta for some shopping – and shop is what I did!  Despite Club Med Bali being a family-oriented village, I was still able to relax in relative quiet by the main pool.  Activities were everywhere for kids and adults – the most comical of which was the circus and flying trapeze.  I preferred to keep my feet at sea level and stuck with yoga, water aerobics and windsurfing.  My windsurfing experience in particular was memorable.  I quickly found out that I had absolutely no balance whatsoever and was falling left, right and centre.  My greatest achievement was being able to stand up on the board and surf a few metres out but then not being able to turn back to shore!  My instructor was very patient and positive and said for me to come back again in the afternoon.  I decided that it was best for me to stay to the vicinity of the pool bar – windsurfing although it was fun – was not for this girl!

Linda’s (our resident CM cheerleader) Lindeman – Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s only Club Med resort village is set amidst more than 690 hectares of World Heritage National Parkland.  As Lindeman is built up on a hill you have amazing views of the water and surrounding islands.  Enjoy the breathtaking view from Nicholson’s, their premier a la carte restaurant situated cliff-top overlooking the Whitsunday Passage.   Shame I am not a golfer as the stunning 9-hole Lindeman Island golf course skims the cliff tops with stunning vistas over the Whitsunday passage.  The best view is from the 9th hole, which is also a very popular spot for a wedding ceremony.  

I had a wonderful time at Club Med Lindeman, where I experienced for the first time the trapeze school, who said kids have all the fun!!  I conquered all my fears of heights in order to have a go on the flying trapeze.  To get up there you first have to climb a very narrow high ladder – terrifying but what an exhilarating experience!

One of the great things about Club Med Lindeman Island is that children have their own pool and playground facilities with the Kids’ Clubs catering for 2 to 17-year olds.  The adults-only pool was a bonus if you just wanted to get some quiet time.