Club Med – originally known as Club Méditerranée – has established a collection of luxurious, glorious holiday resorts around the world. Priding themselves on their all-inclusive holidays, you can expect a Club Med resort to be situated in a naturally beautiful and sumptuous location, with much pampering, exquisite food and many memorable good times.
Once the preserve of movie stars, royalty and the super-wealthy, luxury holidays are now accessible and available for you and yours to enjoy, too. There’s nothing better than enjoying the indulgences offered by a luxury resort for a few weeks in a completely idyllic and peaceful setting. Here are some of the best Club Med locations from around the world to whet your imagination and for you to consider.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Located on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is 75 acres of sheer, blissful perfection and lush foliage if you want to get away for some serious tranquillity, peace and quiet with your family.
There’s a half mile stretch of ivory-white sanded beach, which is exclusive to the resort itself; here you can have fun sailing and windsurfing, diving and swimming. All instructors are highly qualified and know how to have fun – whether under water or on the water!
Pay no mind to Cancun’s reputation as a favoured place for hordes of drunken American college students – there are people who aren’t college students in Cancun who intend on having a good time, too.
Which is why you should head for The Club Med resort in Cancun: an eco-certified resort set on the headland, rich with hibiscus, palms and ornamental lakes. Here, you will find peace and quiet, brilliant food, atmosphere, water-skiing, snorkelling and sailing. You can also go diving, learn how to work the flying trapeze, visit historical Mayan sites close by or relax in a bath of rose petals at the Comfort Zone Spa.
Bodrum Palmiye, Turkey
The resort at Palmiye is set amid a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Bodrum Peninsula. It appeals mainly to those interested in exploring the Mediterranean side of Turkey – while couched in luxury, of course.
Set on a pine-covered hill overlooking the Aegean Sea, this place is specifically designed to aid relaxation and tranquillity and help you forget about the rest of the world and its woes for a little while. You can take to the water on a catamaran, enjoy fine dining at the specialty restaurants or retire to the wellness centre for a Zen massage. Make sure you check out the ‘Suite’ class of accommodation, designed for those who want their level of luxury taken to an even more rarefied realm.
Da Balaia, Portugal
Standing atop a beautiful red cliff overlooking a stunning, soft sandy beach, the resort in Da Balaia was designed by Didier Gomez, world-famous in his field. Going for a relaxing, contemporary feel, the resort exudes serenity.
De Balaia caters especially to sporty families and couples. The sporting facilities are unmatched by any other luxury resort: there’s also a Cinq Mondes spa with a Turkish Bath and a Zen Tea Room, massages, treatments and various indulgences – in case you’re not chilled out enough already!
The Maldives is possibly the most beautiful place in the world to go to for your honeymoon. It’s hard to beat the romantic environment of the striking white-sand beaches and the gorgeous, deep and clear azure ocean. Here, you can begin your day with a little snorkelling before heading back to your private terrace for some midday cocktails and fresh seafood.
Then, head back into the deep blue wash for some serious scuba diving. You can swim alongside turtles, eels, all kinds of tropical fish and huge manta rays! Once submerged in those sparkling and clear waters, you’ll realise that the Maldives is one of the most magical places on earth.
It’s a pointless task to try and place the Club Med resorts in a particular order: each has its own individual appeal, landscape, activities and attractions. Some appeal particularly to families and other to couples or parties of friends. One thing is for sure: you’ll always be able to find the right resort for you.