Club Med, The Best Choice For Your Next Holidays
There are currently more than 80 Club Med holiday villages operating around the world, and more are to come in the next few years…
Some of them host the biggest international and French celebrities, whereas some others are just lesser-known Club Med resorts.
While the famous “trident” brand is still a guarantee of quality, how to find your bearings and make sure you are doing the right choice?
When returning from each of my Club Med vacations, I always make sure to write down the positive and negative aspects regarding essential criteria such as:
“Welcome to my website! I am Jeremy, a proud father with a genuine passion for Club Med holidays and the emotions it arouses. I have created “Bienvenue au Club” with the objective of comparing the best Club Med resorts around the world and help you do the right choice.”
Jeremy, Club Med enthusiast
1. The story of a Travel Club which marked its era
This is the story of a man – Gérard Blitz –, who decided, at the end of the Second World War, to make his dream come true: creating a holiday resort where everyone can meet, gather and share together with no differences of any kind.
After the opening of the first Club Med village in Alcúdia (Mallorca), the new holiday concept experiences a rapid expansion, with another village in Corfou (Greek Islands), followed by another one, and another one,…until we lost count. The villages grow all over Europe over the 50’s.
The success of Club Med (Club Méditerranée) lies in the activities it offers to the guests, with luxury and unusual sport activities such as water skiing or scuba diving. Music and entertainment also play a great part in Club Med success, as concerts and evening shows are often organized at the Clubs.
In the 80’s, the cult comedy “French Fried Vacation” (Les Bronzés in French) also enhanced its global reputation, starring Club Med as the only holiday resort worldwide.
2. Several men to lead the Club Med expansion
The history of Club Med is marked by the aura and the management of different men leaders. In 1954, Gérard Blitz gets together with Gilbert Trigano, who will become nine years later CEO of the company. In 1966, Trigano decides to enter the stock exchange market.
Under Trigano’s leadership, Club Med will experience a tremendous international expansion which would convert it into the leading and successful global travel company it is today.
As Gérard Blitz had gradually taken some distance with the management of the company, Gilbert Trigano also jumped ship in 1993, leaving the position to his son Serge, who would try during 4 years to enhance the Club brand image.
Serge Trigano is then replaced by Philippe Bourguignon, who will set a new course to the company strategy. During his leadership, he will improve the brand image of the company, give a modern touch to the holiday villages and extend the whole portfolio of services. This fruitful strategy will result in a significant increase in the company stock’s price.
At the beginning of the 2000s, in the early stage of the tourism industry crisis, Henri Giscard d’Estaing (son of the French former president) becomes CEO of the company. He therefore began Club Med shift up-market, with a radical brand repositioning into the luxury industry. The villages are being renovated and upgraded according to this new high-end positioning, while the initial concept of togetherness is progressively being abandoned.
3. A curated and polished brand image
From its creation, the Club Med is incarnated by its iconic emblem, the Trident, symbol of the God Poseidon, God of the Sea. During its process of internationalization, the brand has used different logos combining different representations of the Trident. In 1998, the symbol is standardized in all its versions and the new visual identity of the brand is promoted through a massive advertizing campaign.
The Tridents replace the traditional star-rating system which is commonly in use in the tourism industry (hotel & restaurant) and reflect the standards of quality and service in each of the holiday villages. It goes from 3 tridents to 5 tridents for the most luxurious.
4. Club Med's unique concept
Club Med has been able to create the difference with a unique concept and spirit. As a pioneer in the field of holiday villages, the company immediately enjoys the fad effect it generates and is easily remembered.
Club Med is a concept of all-inclusive vacation, meaning that for one fixed amount of money, guests enjoy a holiday in which bedrooms, meals & snacks, sport & leisure activities and all entertainment for kids and adults are included in the overall price!
Club Med offers a deeply fulfilling holiday experience to the whole family: the Club takes care of kids with unique and personalized activities for them, while parents enjoy all the sport, wellness and leisure facilities offered by those big vacation villages. Club Med provides memorable feelings of well-being to all its guests.
Club Med also stands out from competitors through the creation of a unique language: at Club Med, there is a nickname for everyone. Club Med on-site resort team is therefore called Gentils Organisateurs (G.O.) or Gentils Employés (G.E.), whatever their positions. As per the guests, they are called Gentils Membres (G.M.).
A Club Med Pass allows the members to make their purchase in the villages shops. Loyalty is also rewarded through the Club Med Great Members rewards program.
5. Clubs all over the world
Club Med currently operates around 80 holidays resorts all over the world: Africa (Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia), Europe (France, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, Portugal and Turkey), Asia (China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand), Americas (USA, Brazil, Mexico), Indian Ocean and West Indies.
This is an exclusive opportunity for you to discover some dream destinations such as Mauritius Islands, Maldives, Greek Islands, and many others islands.
The company also owns a luxury cruise ship, Club Med 2, which offers different routes. Besides its vacation villages, Club Med is building and promoting private villas for rent: Albion Villas in Mauritius and Finolhu Villas in Maldives. The villas concept has also been launched in French Alps, with Valmorel Chalets.
Club Med has therefore developed a unique concept in which vacation go with peace and serenity, but its founder, Gérard Blitz, is the best at describing it: “The goal of life is to be happy. The time to be happy is now. And the place to be happy is here”. Club Med, this is a place fulfilled with memorable experiences holiday-makers are dying to discover.
6. My Club Med experiences
7. Club Med Q&A: The most-frequently asked questions
What makes Club Med holidays so different from other holidays?
More than a travel club, Club Med is overall a unique spirit and culture. One of the main advantages of Club Med is its all-inclusive board formula, in which everything is done in order to ensure the well-being of the guests. No bad surprise, you are completely free to schedule your day activities and program so to fully enjoy your holidays.
Gracious Organizers and Employees live alongside you to answer all of your needs and ensure you the highest-end experience. But Club Med also characterizes itself as an exceptionally-friendly atmosphere in which everyone can find his/her place. The programs and activities allow you to meet new people and enjoy the unique and festive spirit of Club Med villages. With a presence in more than 40 countries, Club Med gives you the opportunity to explore new cultures and broaden your horizons while meeting people from all over the world.
Who are the G.O's® and G.M's® ?
Those terms date back to the 50s and the creation of the first Club Med holiday villages. G.O.’s means Gracious Organizers and refers essentially to the activity leaders. Similarly, the G.M’s are the Great Members, in other words, all the Club Med guests.
What can I expect from the all-inclusive board formula?
Club Med offers an all-inclusive board formula in which bedrooms, entertainment, sport & leisure activities and meals & snacks in the overall price paid at the moment of booking.
What can I expect to spend once in the Village?
When you are enjoying your holidays in a Club Med Village, kindly note some services can have an additional fee and increase the final amount on your bill. Those services are the excursions listed in your “Espaces Découvertes”, the well-being treatments (spa, beauty, hair), as well as some sport activities.
Of course, all the purchases made in the village shops are not included in the overall price of your stay.
Each village will provide you with a listing of facility and services at the moment of reservation, so you can already take into account possible additional fees in your holiday budget, for these specific activities.
Are activities mandatory?
Club Med offers an impressive range of activities for all the G.M’s. However, there is absolutely no obligation on them to participate. Each member can choose the activities and/or programs that suit him/her best.
What are check-in and check-out times in the Village?
Check-in and check-out times depend on your Club Med and the formula you have chosen.
For week-end getaways and one-week stays, in sunny and/or mountains destinations, check-in time is between 3 and 8 pm (the bedroom is ready in the afternoon). Check-out time at the end of the stay is 9 am, but you can enjoy the village facilities until 3 pm on departure day.
If you stay in a chalet, kindly note check-in and check-out times are a bit more limited, whatever the duration of stay is. Check-in time is between 5 and 8 pm, with the bedrooms directly available within that time frame. Check-out time at the end of the stay is 9 am, but you can enjoy the village facilities until 5 pm on departure day. However, be informed that in some specific circumstances, those hours can be modified.
What kind of kids equipment are available in Club Med Villages?
The Club Med with Kids Club & Childcare are fully equipped to welcome children of all ages.
BABY WELCOME® (from 0 to 23 months)
The accommodations are equipped with baby cots, baby bathtubs, bottle warmer and changing mat to ensure you and your children a comfortable stay.
BABY CORNER (from 4 to 23 months)
The restaurants are equipped with high chairs or booster seats, sugary or salty baby food and baby food utensils.
Kindly note Club Med does not provide nappies or milk.
Should I bring my kid's stroller?
Baby strollers and carriers are obviously allowed in all Club Med vacation villages. However, please make sure your stroller is accepted during your travel, especially if there is a flight involved. If the flight is not full and the stroller can be folded (folded dimensions must not exceed 15 cm x 30 cm 100 cm), then you can carry it onto the plane. In any case, all strollers, whatever their type and/or dimensions, can be checked as additional piece of luggage.
Please note that Club Med with Kids Club and Childcare are able to provide strollers when needed (upon availability).
Are Club Med pet-friendly?
Unfortunately, if you are lucky enough to own a pet, kindly note your small companion won’t be able to join you during your stay. Indeed, for health and safety reasons, Club Med is not able to accept pets of any kind in its resorts (dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, …).
However, guide dogs can be admitted under the conditions that they are accepted by the airline company during the journey and that no quarantine will be imposed in the host country.
What items are not allowed during air travel?
Airlines companies apply very strict restrictions when it comes to passengers and luggage transportation. Each airline set up its own rules, although some of them are quite similar: items prohibited both in carry-on and checked bags (weapons, sharp objects, explosives, chemicals and toxic substances), liquid containers no larger than 100 mL in carry-on bags, lithium batteries prohibited, …. Please check with your airline and the country of destination.
Also, make sure to double-check the allowed number of suitcases per person, as well as the weight and dimensions restrictions for both carry-on and checked luggage.