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Since its inception in 1950, the Club Med group has grown from a mere collection of tents on a beach to a global corporation offering some of the world’s most exciting all-inclusive escapes in exotic destinations all around the world. From properties on snowfields in the European Alps to idyllic tropical islands in the Caribbean, the Club Med portfolio encompasses over 70 ‘villages’ in Europe, Africa, Asia and beyond. The properties are typified by their use of exclusive terminology and enthusiastic staff, with the Gentils Organisateurs (hosts) leading Gentils Membres (guests) in adventurous day activities, flamboyant evening entertainment, and spontaneous choreographed dances at any hour of the day. Standardized facilities allow guests to know what to expect upon their arrival, with age-specific kids’ clubs, archery, and tennis schools and a selection of kid-friendly restaurants across the board. However, each Club Med village always has unique facilities to suit the character of the property and the local culture. Below are some of the best Club Med properties for a variety of family holiday experiences.
Located on the tropical Yucatan Peninsula, Club Med Cancun is on the southern tip of a stretch of sandy beaches known as the Hotel Zone. As the ultimate beach destination in Mexico, Cancun has a reputation for pure white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and an abundance of extravagant theme parks, ancient Mayan ruins and an electrifying nightlife.
The Club Med village is set in a more remote location than most of the other all-inclusive properties in the area, giving guests a sense of space and relaxation that can be absent in the more heavily developed areas. Its enviable location offers guests multiple landscapes, from soft sand beaches with calm Caribbean waters to rocky headlands facing over extensive coral reefs (which make for excellent snorkeling expeditions). Sports facilities and instruction include tennis, archery and golf, as well as a trapeze rig. A large stretch of private beach is lined with sun lounges and shade umbrellas, while out on the clear ocean waters, guests can scuba dive, snorkel, windsurf, and water-ski. Restaurants include the international buffet and lagoon views of La Hacienda, authentic Mexican fare in Taco Arte, and the Argentine grill flavors of La Estancia. Guestrooms, many of which offer ocean views, are large and modern, with bright oranges, purples, and blues enlivening the ambiance.
Set on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic and just minutes from Punta Cana International Airport, Club Med Punta Cana is an easily accessible Caribbean retreat. Surrounded by pristine tropical jungle and with beautiful sandy beaches and coral reefs on its doorstep, the village contains all the ingredients necessary for an idyllic island vacation.
The hotel keeps families entertained with beach volleyball, basketball, and tennis on land and kayaking, windsurfing, and tubing on the clean ocean waters. However, the stand-out feature here is the huge, interactive CREACTIVE zone, a spectacular circus playground clad in brilliant neon green, blues, and oranges. Inside the zone, family members of all ages can partake in acrobat activities, learn how to swing on the trapeze, bounce on giant trampolines, or join in artistic activities in the Big Top theater. The Samana restaurant serves an international buffet in an elegant space filled with polished wood tables and extravagant light fixtures, while the rustic-chic Hispaniola and alfresco Resturante de Playa Indigo both present superb ocean views to accompany the diverse local and international dishes. Guestrooms have capacity for up to six people, meaning even larger families can reserve only one room if they wish.
Set at the base of the ski slopes and lifts in the Piedmont region of the Italian Alps, Club Med Pragelato Vialattea is an excellent spot for a family vacation, whether on a ski holiday or an alpine summer retreat. The ski-in, ski-out resort has chalet-style accommodation, built with exposed ceiling beams and pine wood accents. During winter, the private cable car will take guests straight up to the famous Vialattea ski area, with a variety of piste and off-piste slopes to suit guests of all capabilities. As well as skiing and snowboarding, other snow activities include snowmobiling and dogsledding. During the summer, guests can cycle down through leafy forests on mountain bikes, see marmots, birds and other wildlife on nature treks of varying difficulty and take horse rides into the surrounding countryside. There is also an outdoor pool and a full-service spa with a sauna and Turkish hamman.
As well as the winter-only Chalet Mollino located on the ski slopes, guests can dine at the La Trattoria pizza house, on traditional mountain cuisine such as fondue and raclettes at La Tana or enjoy four different ambiances at Il Piemonte. Situated around the central buffet, guest can choose the Il Cristallo mirror room, the natural atmosphere of Val Troncea, the ceramic artwork in Des Arts, or the herbalist’s salon L’Erbario.
Nestled among the dense jungles of the east coast of Malaysia, Club Med Cherating fronts onto a beautiful stretch of golden sand and the warm waters of the South China Sea. Guestrooms offer an air of tropical luxury, with hardwood floors, carved wooden balustrades, and colorful wall prints. A large central pool contains a separate kids’ pool and splash zone. Overlooking the beach and ocean, a scenic wooden deck contains a striking infinity pool, padded sun lounges, and shaded cushioned cabanas. Activities around the resort include archery, tennis, and a trapeze school. Team sports include soccer, basketball, squash, beach volleyball, and badminton.
In the forests surrounding the resort, both kids and parents will have fun looking for gibbons, macaques, and vibrant birdlife while they explore the upper tree canopy on a network of ziplines and rope bridges. Wildlife can also be spotted on guided walking tours, and a visit to the Cherating Turtle Sanctuary to the north of the resort is an educational and interactive experience. The Mutiara offers traditional Asian recipes and international cuisine in an elegant atmosphere artfully lit to display the traditional Malaysian décor, while Rembulan serves Asian a la carte cuisine in a secluded restaurant with views over the gardens towards the ocean.
Set on a private island in the Maldives archipelago, Club Med Finolhu is an upscale resort that offers the ultimate beach escape for discerning families. The village has villas both directly on the beach and in a graceful overwater array, with guests able to choose between sunrise and sunset ocean views. All villas feature contemporary décor and are outfitted with an impressive suite of amenities, furnished terraces, and private pools. Activities down on the sand include beach soccer and beach volleyball, while a tennis court and a pool with water polo and aquafitness classes are found in the center of the resort. On the ocean, guests can scuba dive and snorkel among tropical corals, surf breaks in the middle of the ocean, and learn how to sail and wakeboard.
The refined overwater Motu is located on the island, and is a beautiful and intimate dining setting, especially on the open-air terrace. Guests also enjoy preferential reservations at the restaurants on the neighboring island of Kani, with the waterside Kandu restaurant featuring a beautiful alfresco terrace and Velhi situating diners directly on the beach under the shade of soaring palms.
On the west coast of Mauritius — in the middle of the Indian Ocean — Club Med la Plantation d'Albion is the most exclusive and luxurious property that Club Med has in its extensive portfolio. Set among verdant natural forest with tranquil ponds scattered throughout the grounds, the resort has built a reputation for discreet and impeccable service, with attentive staff attending to guests at the bars, restaurants, and pools. Stylish, modern rooms are draped in warm reds and oranges to create a soothing and welcoming atmosphere. Guests get unlimited access to the resort’s golf facilities and instructors, with access to other courses in the nearby area also available.
The hotel faces onto two small but secluded beaches, with soft white sands, swaying palm trees, and nearby coral reefs. Guests can discover the vibrant colors of the corals and tropical fish on snorkeling or scuba diving expeditions. Other water activities include kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and sailing in the resort catamarans. At the renowned Cinq Mondes spa, guests can indulge in Japanese flower baths, oriental massages, and signature facial treatments in the single and double treatment rooms and hamman center. La Distillerie serves superb international cuisine on a beautiful tree-shaded terrace with views over the garden towards the ocean, while Phare sits right on the waterfront with uninterrupted ocean vistas and specializes in local dishes reinvented with a touch of Asian influence.
Located less than two minutes from San Salvador Airport, visitors to Club Med Colombus Isle are immediately transported into an idyllic island paradise. Part of the famed Bahamas, Colombus Isle is a classic Caribbean island, with soft white sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters filled with coral reefs, and a warm Mediterranean climate offset by cool ocean breezes. Scuba divers and snorkellers of all abilities will be in their element, with professional instructors offering certified PADI training courses before escorting guests out to diverse tropical reefs. With boats dropping guests off at remote pristine coral formations, guests can swim with a multitude of brightly colored fish, safe and gentle reef sharks, and placid turtles. More adrenaline-filled water sports include water skiing and wakeboarding, kite surfing and windsurfing, while kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and catamaran sailing are more relaxed options.
Guest rooms reflect the marine location with a calm aquamarine color scheme, with many rooms having attached balconies with views over the ocean. The relaxed La Pinta Beach Lounge restaurant offers light snacks and cool beverages throughout the day and refined table service dining in the evenings. The El Christopher’s features colonial décor and serves excellent food and beverages for all three meals of the day.
Surrounded by forest, field, and olive groves in the rolling Provence hills in the south of France, Club Med Opio en Provence delivers a comfortable and modern resort experience that acknowledges and incorporates the local styles, traditions, and culture. The hotel is built in the style of a traditional local villa but offers bright, modern rooms with soft grey and white décor, wood accents, and large floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening onto private balconies. Activities include archery and tennis lessons, mini soccer, and guided tours of the surrounding countryside. There is also a fun-filled CREACTIVE circus area with bungee cords, double trapeze, and trampolines for guests young and old to develop their skills in a supervised environment.
While parents relax in the Roman baths of the Carita spa or play a round of golf on the resort course, children can be entertained in the supervised kids’ clubs, with activities and groups sorted into age-suitable categories. The Provence restaurant serves an international menu from a stunning panoramic terrace, while the Golf serves French dishes accompanied by regional wines on the shaded terrace of a traditional stone villa.
With gleaming white villas surrounded by lofty pine trees and carefully manicured gardens and fronting onto a wide sandy beach, Club Med Palmiye meets the ideal of an authentic Turkish resort. Guest rooms and suites come in minimalist décor and a color scheme of white accentuated with pink highlights on the furnishings. Sliding glass doors lead out onto private furnished balconies, many with views of the beach and sparkling Mediterranean waters. The three hotel restaurants take advantage of the warm climate with a series of alfresco dining terraces, from the sophisticated Phaselis, to the flower-filled garden of Olympus, and the lakeside setting of Topkapi.
Families can enjoy archery, trapeze, and tennis classes, play mini soccer and beach volleyball or take horse rides into the surrounding countryside. Instructors offer classes in windsurfing, water skiing, and catamaran sailing, and there is snorkeling, kayaking, and stand-up paddle-boarding equipment available. While parents relax in the spa or play a round of golf, kids can enjoy the team sports, creative workshops and movie screenings at the Passworld club for 11- to 17-year-olds. Activities outside the resort include horse rides, 4x4 safari tours, and sailing journeys exploring bays, fishing villages and Roman ruins along the coast.
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