Club Med remains a perennial favorite for those looking to unwind and escape the ordinary. With more than 80 all-inclusive resorts scattered like pearls from a necklace across some of the planet’s most exotic and beautiful destinations, a vacation with Club Med helps even the most weary travelers leave their worries behind. Here are five stunning travel destinations on five continents that offer renewal, relaxation and the chance to enjoy the highlights of some of the world’s most spectacular destinations.
• Club Med, Guilin, China
Imagine a river trip through some of China’s most breathtaking natural scenery. China’s famous “sugarloaf” mountains are formed from limestone columns that thrust up through the lush scenery of the enchanting Li River. While the river and mountains are the chief attraction, the city of Guilin maintains beautiful parks and hosts an evening antiques market on the shores of the river, perfect for finding ethnic goods and one-of-a-kind souvenirs. The resort is one of Club Med’s newest, with a Zen retreat spa, Chinese menus and excellent facilities for both adults and children.
• Club Med El Gouna, Red Sea, Egypt
White sands, turquoise waters and an array of classic water sports might fool you into thinking you’re somewhere in the Caribbean; this exquisite resort on the shores of the Red Sea offers all the fun of a traditional beach holiday while also serving as the perfect gateway to the archeological wonders of Cairo and Luxor. Relax in the splendor of Club Med’s classic luxury, snorkel or scuba dive in the Red Sea or take a camel safari across the sands to visit the pyramids at the Giza Plateau.
• Club Med, Pragelato Vialattea, Italian Alps
Skiers will adore the latest addition to Club Med’s European destinations. This resort tucked in Italy’s Piedmont region offers guests unparalleled access to prime Alpine skiing. Perfect for families, this resort offers children’s and teens’ clubs with snowboarding and ski lessons. There’s an indoor pool to ward off the chill and guests will enjoy sampling the finest in Italian cuisine any of the resort’s four superb restaurants.
• La Cravelle Club Med, Guadeloupe, French West Indies
Ringed by a lovely coral reef showcasing rare species of tropical fish, this resort offers excellent snorkeling and scuba diving. This French island is the perfect spot to relax and take in the sun on pristine beaches or kick up some ocean spray with activities such as windsurfing and sailing. Excellent for the whole family, this resort offers activities and programs for infants to teens. Gourmet dining, a spa and evening entertainment will leave adults wishing the relaxed island vibe would last forever.
• Trancoso, Brazil, South America
Brazil’s Atlantic coast is the site of this stunning resort. Take a class in traditional Brazilian cuisine, kayak on the ocean, enjoy some cardio training in the gym, improve your golf game on exquisite greens or just relax by one of the pools at this sprawling resort. Nearby Rio de Janeiro offers a wealth of sights, flavors and sounds if you can tear yourself away from this luxurious South American haven.
Photo by Derek Keats