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Melissa – A family holiday to Club Med Kani, Maldives

Melissa George

I recently stayed at Club Med Kani, Maldives for a multi-generation family holiday. All in all – we LOVED it!

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

We flew Melbourne/Singapore/Male. They are still the most polished airline, in my opinion.

We were aboard the A380 on the long haul flights. Nice, wide seat with good recline (even in the last row!!). Great service. Food pretty good and great packs given to the kids.

We had a 4 hour transit in Singapore in both directions and it was actually fine. I can highly recommend WOLFGANG PUCK’S THE KITCHEN CAFÉ for any transit meals – excellent quality and great coffee, too!

We made the most of the Singapore Airlines  initiative of all transit pax being give SGD$20.00 to spend within the airport (retail online, not food and beverage).

Singapore to Male we were on a small Silk Air plane. No in-flight entertainment on board so passengers need to download an app and you can then access movies etc on your own device whilst in flight.

This worked fine for us and we were advised to download the app before boarding the aircraft.

CLUB MED KANI

What can I say but WOW! The Island is only a short (20/25 min) speedboat ride from the airport.

It’s just so beautiful and the welcome from all the G-O’s is wonderful. Club Med staff are called “GOs”, or Gentils Organisateurs (Gracious/Nice Organizers). Everyone gets a bracelet on arrival that also opens your room so no need to carry anything around if you don’t want to.

Rooms are relatively basic but about 90% of them have direct beach views/access so you can book a lead-in with confidence as it’s a great product.

The food was of a pretty good standard throughout – we ate at all the outlets. The drinks were also great – if anything, bar tenders were more generous than anything and I definitely didn’t feel like they were watered down In any way. It’s great having this already included!

The Kids Club was relatively small but so well done. They offered a wide variety of activities from Masterchef classes, treasure hunts, sandcastle building comps, movie nights, funfairs and being part of the nightly show. It was great for my boys to get to know kids from different countries and cultures.

Our favourite theme nights were white night where they set up all the table on the beach and have a band playing and a water fountain etc. And then glow night where we had faces painted in glowing paint and there was a really fun dance party.

Activities included are varied as well. There are 2 snorkel trips a day (included) for an hour each in the morning and afternoon. They visit all different sites in the immediate area via boat. You do have to pass a (simple) swimming test to participate.

They also have diving, SUP’s, catamaran’s, kayaks, beach volleyball, badminton, botche, soccer pitch etc so always something going on.

There is a good surfbreak accessible from the Island but make I recommend booties are taken as the coral is SHARP (My husband learned that the hard way!!).

The only thing we paid for the whole trip was a massage. A 50 min foot and leg massage USD$110.00 – not cheap but pretty standard for luxury resorts.

And we also paid for private dining with lobster and champagne on the beach for a special  birthday celebration (USD$125.00/head).

Even a couple of doctor visits were included.

All in all – we LOVED it! It’s a great value Maldives property for everyone – families/kids/couples. The G-O’s really make the experience – they really are amazing!!

Our catch-cry for the whole time we were away was “HOW GOOD IS THIS?!!!”

Melissa George

I began my career in the travel industry in 2005. In my time I have travelled to nearly every continent: Asia including Bali, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and China; USA & Canada; South Pacific including Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand and Vanuatu; Africa including South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana and Europe. My favourite destinations are New York City or Cape Town; both vibrant, chic, modern cities with lots to do and yummy food to eat! I also specialise in family travel, recently returning from my own multi-generation holiday at Club Med Kani, Maldives!

melissa@destinationhq.com.au

 

Sophie – Club Med Peisey Vallandry,

Club Med Peisey Vallandry,

Tucked away in the French Alps Club Med Peisey Vallandry sits at 1600 metres altitude and offers a vast range of Terrain for all ski/snowboard levels. From the moment you arrive you are greeted with open arms, the staff and GOs go out of their way to enhance your experience, nothing is too much trouble.  There is a great variety of food daily and being all inclusive it is completely hassle free. There’s nothing better than coming back from a long morning on the slopes and lunch is already served. The instructors are world class, they can teach an old dog new tricks or help a newbie find their snow feet. Either way by the end of the week you will surprise yourself how much you have learnt and how much terrain you have covered.

Club Med Peisey Vallandry is perfect for families.

I personally loved the entire experience and can’t wait get back there.sophie-image2sophie-image1

Emily: Club Med Cherating – Malaysia

I just recently experienced Club Med Cherating in Malaysia with my family (children 7 and 4 years old)  Wow what an experience!

 

Do as much or as little as you want.

See your kids as much or as little as you want.

Eat as much or as little as you want.

We flew Malaysia Airlines via Kuala Lumpur and arrived at Kuantan Airport where we were met by one of the amazing “GO’s. ” (more about them later) We drove in a luxury coach approx. 45 mins to the resort  and were given a brief on the resort and shown to our room.

 

Our biggest word of warning was not to feed the monkeys and don’t leave your doors unlocked. As the resort is in on the edge of a forest there are monkeys everywhere. So cheeky that they know how to open doors that are closed but not locked in guest rooms and come and take peanuts off the bar when no one is looking!

We had just 5 days at Club Med and really got into the whole concept.  The kids were entertained day and night by the “GO’s”   This is the nickname for all the staff that work at CLUB MED Resorts around the world.  They are varied nationalities and burst with energy all day long.  From magic tricks, to dances around the pool, to very professional night concerts, they really make sure all the guests are happy.  During meals they will sit with guests who are there by themselves or families and have a friendly chat.  They become friends to the guests and our children enjoyed hearing stories about their home countries and families.

 

We did lots of the sporting activities with our children, however if this isn’t your go you could head straight for the adults only Zen pool and the “GO’s” will ensure your children are having a ball.

Some of the all-inclusive activities we enjoyed were archery, trapeze, tennis, kayaks, ropes course and sailing giving our children an opportunity to try new adventures.

 

The better beach at Club Med Cherating is a 5 minute little shuttle train or a 10 minute walk from the resort.  Our children loved catching the train to the beach!  Down at the beach, there was deck chairs, umbrellas, showers, water sports and a beach bar.The CLUB MED concept attracts so many different people.

  • Families that want an all-inclusive package where there are no hidden costs.  Accommodation, breakfast/lunch/dinner, drinks (including alcohol), kids clubs, sporting adventures, fitness programs and nightly entertainment are all paid before you get there.
  •   Multi-Generational family trips where there is something for everyone to do.  Relax or be active, spend time together and time alone
  • Couples who can spend their days at the Zen pool sipping cocktails by day and eating at the a la carte restaurant by the beach at night.

 

So 60 years on since the first  CLUB MED opened, the brand has reinvented their concept proposing an upscale, friendly, multicultural all inclusive holiday that is definitely worth a try.

 

To find out more call one of our experienced Club Med consultants on 1300 783 840 or visit our Club Med tab:

https://destinationhq.com.au/club-med/