MIAMI — There’s plenty to be excited about at Club Med, from a brand new ski resort to a slew of property enhancements and renovations.
These latest developments are in line with the company’s plans to expand its portfolio with 3-5 openings or renovations per year, including a U.S. mountain resort targeted to open within the next three years, as well as a new resort in the Caribbean in the near future.
NEW CLUB MED KIRORO GRAND
Club Med will debut its newest Japan ski resort, Club Med Kiroro Grand, this December, bringing its total number of mountain resorts throughout the Alps, Canada and Asia to 20. Located in the acclaimed ski destination of Hokkaido, with sister resort Club Med Kiroro Peak just a three-minute gondola ride away, the resort will attract families, active couples and avid skiers with spring skiing until May (with 160 days of winter), along with night and off-piste skiing with new trails.
Featuring 266 guestrooms with traditional Japanese influences throughout, the resort includes 23 ski courses for all levels, and off-piste ski slopes across the Asari and Nagamine mountains. Included in their stay, travellers will enjoy unlimited ski-in and ski-out access, lift passes, and group ski and snowboard lessons tailored to all ages and skill levels.
After a day on the slopes, guests can enjoy apres-ski activities like yoga, cardio training and digital darts, plus take advantage of Club Med’s first traditional Japanese onsen featuring a wellness lounge with a sauna and a hot stone room. Other resort highlights include Japanese-inspired restaurants, the Club Med Spa, an indoor swimming pool and all-day entertainment. The resort also caters to families and children with dedicated Children’s Clubs for kids ages 2-17.
NEWLY RENOVATED CLUB MED PUNTA CANA
Several all-new renovations and extensions have debuted at Club Med’s flagship resort, Club Med Punta Cana. These include the resort’s main restaurant, Hispaniola, which has been transformed to look like a Caribbean beach bistro with an open-air dining area with modern light fixtures and a range of global fare and an extensive wine and beverage selection. The all-day restaurant also offers interactive show cooking and live music and entertainment.
Club Med Punta Cana also now boasts 90 newly-renovated family rooms as well as 48 brand new Family Superior rooms and 36 Family Deluxe rooms. Designed with families in mind, each room features two bedrooms (one for adults, one for children) and is centrally located near family-friendly amenities. Room highlights include fully furnished balconies and open-concept bathrooms with large rain showers.
Also new to the resort is an on-site wedding venue launched in partnership with Brazil-based wedding planning professionals Grupo Bisutti. The Grupo Bisutti Club Ped Punta Cana can host up to 250 guests and features a 3,982 square-foot covered outdoor terrace ideal for cocktail hours, receptions and ceremonies.
And rounding out the renovations is a fully updated beauty salon located at the entrance of the Club Med Spa by L’OCCITANE. The salon will feature a full beauty treatment menu to complement any wellness or weddings needs on site.
NEW DESIGN CONCEPTS AT CLUB MED BUCCANEER’S CREEK
Situated in Martinique, Club Med Buccaneer’s Creek will be undergoing extensive renovations to refresh its rooms, reception area, main restaurant and bar. The first phase is scheduled for completion by the end of 2023 and will include:
Refreshed accommodations: 139 existing rooms will feature all-new modern furniture and decorative elements including new fabrics, curtains, lighting and refurbished bathrooms with new hardware, finishings and light fixtures.
New welcome area & reception: The reception area will be transformed into a spacious lounge area with green, teal and yellow tropical décor, wood furnishings and furniture.
Enhanced dining concepts: The main restaurant, Pays Mélés, will be redesigned into a new open-air layout with refreshed furniture, lighting, decorative pieces and two private dining rooms overlooking the ocean. In addition, the resort’s main bar, The Madou, will include a new outdoor terrace and furnishings.
Adventure: Guests can enjoy a wide range of included activities like paddleboarding, waterskiing, kayaking and windsurfing. They can also explore Martinique’s rainforests and banana and sugarcane plantations in an off-road vehicle.
ENHANCED TEENS PROGRAMMING
Club Med founded its first Children’s Club – the Mini Club Med for children ages 4-10 – way back in 1967. To continue its tradition of fostering kids’ growth, the brand has enhanced its current teens programming with Club Med Teens (11-13 year olds) and Club Med Chill Pass (14-17 year olds). Teens can participate in new group and improved group games, workshops and themed nights at select resorts worldwide, including:
Teens Show: A modern approach to a talent show, the Teens show will feature trendy dances, glow makeup with LED lighting and screens.
Big Splash: A giant inflatable water course will challenge teens to have fun in the water through a timed race to the finish line.
Sports Under the Stars: A variety of sports including glow volleyball will be held in the evening featuring light nets, music and snacks.
Chill Pass Fest: An exclusive teens pool party is where to meet new friends and chill with music.
The teens programming is currently available at North America resorts including Club Med Punta Cana, Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, Club Med Cancún, and Club Med Ixtapa Pacific. It will be rolled out at all Club Med resorts by 2024.
Club Med’s North American resorts have developed weekly programming to promote responsible tourism as part of its ‘Happy to Care’ program. Weekly initiatives include the following:
Seasonal beach cleanups: Club Med Columbus & Club Med Turkoise participate in seasonal beach cleanups to help keep the resort and environment clean and debris free.
Turtle Protection Program: Dedicated turtle release programs at Club Med Ixtapa Pacific has been developed to ensure proper monitoring and protection of baby turtles. At Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, the resort supports the local government with the launch of the first Turtle Protection and Monitoring Program, with plans to develop turtle releases within the resort for the guests.
Beehive Harvest and Local Sourcing: Club Med Québec has partnered with Hydromel to create a beehive growth initiative to grow and harvest honey for usein local dishes and drinks in the resort.
Mini Sea Camp: Club Med Columbus has teamed up with Only Blue Diving to organize a mini snorkelling camp for teens of San Salvador to raise awareness of coral reef preservation and education of marine ecosystems.