First timers guide to Club Med
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First timers guide to Club Med

If we said you could go on a holiday where you don’t need to think about your wallet, have all amenities inside one complex and the slopes just outside your doorstep, you’d think it would be too good to be true.

This is what Club Med’s all inclusive holidays are all about - ensuring you have a fuss-free holiday in the mountains. They provide the ultimate relaxing holiday where you are able to get out onto the pistes and indulge post-slopes at the bar or spa. Fancy an Aperol spritz whilst you sit in a heated hot tub overlooking beautiful views of the mountains? All included.

Club Med Grand Masssif Samoens

Club Med Grand Massif Samoens

And there’s more included in the package…

  • Accommodation in a standard club room
  • Return flights and transfers between the airport and the Club Med village
  • All drinks, alcoholic and soft drinks (except super-premium brands and champagne)
  • All meals, including breakfast, lunches, after ski snacks and dinner with drinks, including specialty restaurants with waiter service
  • Adult ski lessons for all levels
  • Child ski lessons in villages with Mini-Club facilities
  • Lift passes – usually for the full area
  • Childcare from 4 years to 17 years in villages with Mini-Club and Junior Club facilities
    *Childcare for children ages 3 months to 4 years available at supplementary cost

What we love about Club Med holidays

1. Ski-in/ski-out convenience

I’m sure most will agree that the most annoying part of skiing is carrying your equipment to the slopes or lifts. At the Club Med villages you’ll be pleased to know that this isn’t an issue, as the slopes are right outside your doorstep! Club Med villages are situated in prime positions in the resorts, meaning you can put your kit on, get ready in the locker and boot room, head out the door and off you go! Our favourite bit before you head out and when you come back from the slopes at around 3/4pm is that the GO’s (Club Med staff, stands for Gentil Organisateur) are there to greet you and offer snacks, vin chaud, hot chocolate and maybe even a cheeky shot of genepi.

Club Med Val Thorens

Club Med Val Thorens Sensations

2. In-house equipment hire and childcare

Collecting equipment hire is also stress-free at Club Med, as their ski hire shops’ are located right inside the complex so you only need to take a lift to get there – no need to venture outside resort and get lost! Childcare is also in-house under superb care of excellent GO’s, meaning you can drop off and pick up your children with ease and with peace of mind that they are being well looked after.

3. Evening entertainment

After dinner and drawing into the late evening, the atmosphere in the lounge area changes from a relaxed communal space to a dance floor with Europop tunes galore. The evening entertainment is always themed, tying in with the optional evening dress code which in the past has been black and white, elegant and neon nights. Evening entertainment is pretty relaxed, you can grab a table with some drinks and watch or bust some moves on the dance floor, whatever your preference.

Evening entertainment

4. A range of non-skiing activities

Don’t enjoy skiing? No problem. Club Med have a range of activities to keep you occupied. Its snow spas are perfect to relieve stiffness and totally relax you with many running in partnership with some top global spa companies such as Decleor, Carita and L’Occitane. Pamper yourself with massages and manicures and unwind in the sauna, Turkish bath, outdoor and indoor heated pools and hot tubs.

Keeping fit off the slopes isn’t an issue either, with weights and cardio rooms, Pilates, yoga, stretching and fitness classes available to use and book.

For activities on the mountain why not try snow mountain biking, bobsleighing, dog sledding, ice skating, snow kayaking or snow tubing.

Club Med Pragelato swimming pool

Club Med Pragelato

5. Club Med’s digital bracelet

It’s as fancy as its name suggests. There’s no need for a key or a key card as the bracelet will unlock your room door and ski locker as well as add extra activities at an additional cost to your account contactless. It allows guests to enjoy an even more hassle free holiday, knowing their door key is always on their wrist and can still be worn when showering or swimming.

Club Med Les Arcs Panorama

Club Med Les Arcs Panorama

6. Speciality restaurants and lunch at neighbouring Club Med villages

As well as the buffet dining experience, Club Med resorts also have a speciality restaurant included in the holiday cost. You do need to reserve a table in advance and we’d recommend booking early as it can get booked up fairly quickly. The restaurants have waiter service, an open bar and an a la carte menu. Enjoy traditional dishes like fondue and guests can even purchase premium wine with their meals if they wish.

You also don’t have to go back to the village for lunch. If you are staying at certain Club Med resorts you can go for lunch at a neighboring Club Med village. Guests at the Val d’Isere Club Med have the freedom to go to the Tignes Val Claret Club Med for lunch and vice versa, so you don’t always have to stay in your village complex.

Speciality restaurant

Tips & advice

  • For large groups wanting to eat together at the buffet dining room, we recommend booking a table for each night as it can be busy during peak times
  • Book childcare and lessons as soon as possible before you go as these can also get booked up quickly, especially during peak weeks
  • The complexes’ are pretty big and it can be quite easy to get lost! Have a wander and find out where the locker room, swimming pool/ spa and ski hire shop are to familiarise yourself
  • Make the most of it! There’s so much Club Med villages have to offer and it really is an exceptional holiday experience you’ll want to book another!

 Have a browse through our Club Med ski deals or give us a call on the number above and speak to a ski expert for recommendations and advice on your Club Med holiday.