Following the official December openings of Club Med’s new mountain resorts of Samoëns Morillon Grand Massif in France, and Tomamu Hokkaido in Japan, the company has announced the continuation of its international growth strategy. Club Med Global CEO and President Henri Giscard D’Estaing aims to open five new resorts per year, on average, over the next five years. The company also has plans to execute five major renovations to its current resorts per year to offer new experiences.
Global upcoming openings, renovations, and tech upgrades this year include:
Renovation - Club Med Turkoise – Turks and Caicos (May 2018)
The adults-exclusive Club Med Turkoise on Grace Bay Beach reopened in January with a redefined atmosphere. The resort’s recent renovations and upcoming enhancements include: all-new Deluxe-level room with balconies; a redesigned pool and reception area; a new main bar; renovated dining space with a new wine cellar; a new wellness area; and tech updates.
Renovation - Club Med Buccaneer’s Creek – Martinique, French West Indies (summer 2018)
Buccaneer’s Creek will transform its existing specialty restaurant, L’o, into a new beach lounge with all-day dining and a view of the ocean. The main restaurant, Pays Mélés, will also undergo a renovation.
Expansion - Club Med Cancún Yucatán – Cancún, Mexico (summer 2018)
Set to open in July 2018, the Aguamarina area with accommodations and spaces dedicated to families will receive an expansion to introduce 60 new family rooms – 30 Family Club rooms and 30 Family Deluxe rooms – along with a new oceanfront pool. The family rooms each have two separate sleeping areas so the parents and the children can have their own rooms.
The renovation will increase the capacity of the resort and accommodate travelers with the creation of a second resort center dedicated to families. Just recently, in November 2017, the resort also completed a full renovation to all rooms and public spaces, and introduced new restaurant concepts.
New Resort - Club Med Cefalù – Sicily, Italy (opening summer 2018)
Originally hosting a Club Med from 1956 to 2006, Cefalù will once again play host to a Club Med resort. Located on the northern coast of Sicily, the Club Med Cefalù resort will be the first full 5-Trident (Club Med’s own rating system) resort in Europe. A 5-Trident resort is identified by its exclusive upscale amenities and services for a luxurious vacation experience.
Club Med Cefalù will offer more than 300 rooms, three gourmet restaurants, and three bars. As part of the all-inclusive concept, guests can partake in various activities from sailing and electric surfboarding to tennis and archery, or opt to self-indulge by booking an appointment at the Spa by Carita.
New Resort – Les Arcs Panorama – Savoie, France (opening December 2018)
Located in an alpine forest within the French Alps, Les Arcs Panorama is a 4-Trident family-friendly resort with a 5-Trident luxury space. As the second largest ski domain in France, the Paradiski ski region offers 264 miles of ski slopes. The resort includes ski-in/ski-out access, 433 rooms (Suite, Deluxe and Club levels), and three restaurants - including a new family restaurant concept, Bread & Co., which encourages active participation between kids and parents through the creation of meals.
Newly Opened – Club Med Samoëns Morillon Grand Massif – Samoëns, France (December 2017)
The ski-in / ski-out property is situated in the heart of the Grand Massif domain, the fourth largest ski domain in France and offers 382 rooms with views overlooking the surrounding mountains. Guestrooms are furnished with contemporary style and select rooms have interconnecting options, balconies and lounge areas.
Expert ski instruction is included for all levels while children’s clubs are available for children from four months to seventeen years of age. Indoor and outdoor pools help skiers unwind after a day on the slopes while the Skyline Gourmet Lounge offers a menu designed by two-star Michelin chef Edouard Loubet.
In China, Club Med is testing a new venture for the company: a brand-new, short-vacation-style hotel concept to introduce the Club Med experience to the Chinese market as part of its strategy to expand across Asia. The Club Med Joyview project will create a number of new hotels in China over the next few years in accessible areas, all within a three-hour drive from a major city in China.
With its new flexible approach to the traditional Club Med model, Club Med Joyview hotels will allow guests to choose either a bed-and-breakfast option or an all-inclusive package. Two Joyview resorts just recently opened, with another one scheduled to open later this year:
Newly Opened – Club Med Joyview Golden Coast – Hebei Province, China (January 2018)
In the Beidaihe district of Qinhuangdao City, in the Hebei province of China, Club Med recently introduced a new resort with 308 rooms in an exclusive location right on the beach.
Newly Opened – Club Med Joyview Anji – Zhejiang Province, China (January 2018)
Close to Shanghai, Club Med’s recently opened Joyview Anji resort offers 301 rooms and is surrounded by local flora including bamboo forests and tea fields.
New Resort – Club Med Joyview Great Wall – Hebei Province, China (opening 2018)
Located at the foot of the Great Wall of China in Bakeshiyingzhen in the Hebei province, the soon-to-open Club Med Joyview Great Wall will offer guests a playful atmosphere with the Club Med Playground, an indoor sports facility, and the Club Med Waterland, an indoor watery.
In addition, Club Med Guilin in China recently added a new section to the resort:
Expansion - Club Med Guilin – Guilin, China (January 2018)
Club Med Guilin just opened a nearly 9,700-square-foot, two-story indoor sports complex. Guests will enjoy year-round activities, including a climbing wall and trampoline; a virtual reality game room; a multi-sport playground with volleyball, basketball and badminton; and a circus experience with juggling, unicycling, balance exercises and an indoor flying trapeze.
Newly Opened – Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido – Hokkaido, Japan (December 2017)
Located 90 minutes from the New Chitose Airport, the resort offers a modern atmosphere inspired by Japanese culture and nature designed by French interior designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. Families and couples can stay in single or interconnecting rooms with full mountain views and are encouraged to take advantage of four ski trails, snow trekking and a snow garden for the Children’s Club. Once back inside, travelers can splash around the largest indoor wave pool in Japan and then indulge in Japanese barbecue at the specialty restaurant.
Renovations – Club Med Kani – Republic of the Maldives (early 2018):
Club Med Kani will offer a new vacation experience for active couples and families. The resort will open a new scuba-diving center and Mini Club to promote family-friendly travel activities, while the overwater suites at the Manta Exclusive Collection space will undergo a refresh. The Manta section will also unveil a new welcome lounge, beach restaurant and bar lounge. Manta guests will also receive access to Club Med Finolhu Villas, a luxury 5-Trident resort on its own private island, also part of Club Med’s Exclusive Collection.
For more information, visit www.clubmed.us.