As a way to commemorate the 40th anniversary of its Mini
Club Med children's program, all resorts throughout Europe this winter will
offer free transport and stays for children under the age of 2. Executives
stressed that this is a change in pricing policy, not just a promotion. The new
policy only applies to travel within Europe and not from the
In fact, 85 percent of Club Med resorts are family friendly, offering childcare services for children ages 4 months to 18 years, said Paula S. Hayes, senior vice president of sales for Club Med. A more familial focus at Club Med resorts have been in place for the last four years and the plan is to have all resorts welcome children by the year 2009. Hayes added that she doesn't feel Club Med's philosophical change has been fully communicated to consumers, noting that she believes travel agents are the company's best conduits for communication.
With its official opening on Sunday, Club Med Opio in
For adults, the resort has an onsite nine-hole golf course,
13 tennis courts with free instruction, a spa, excursions to surrounding
perfumeries, wineries and medieval villages, guided hikes and three restaurants
and four bars. Club Med Opio has 435 rooms, 26 of which are connecting and four
that are suites. Seven-night, all-inclusive stays start at $1,068 per person
for land only. Visit [www.clubmed.com] or call 800-CLUB-MED.