Club Med Holiday: My Experience
One of the reasons I don’t travel much, even though it’s something I totally love, is because of the money. This is because travel means I don’t only have to worry about flights and accommodation but I need to think about food, entertainment and as a result, I don’t travel as much as I would like to.
I was very happy when invited by Club Med on a trip to Mauritius recently because it is one of those places that I’ve always wanted to visit and I’ve just always had this picture of what Mauritius is like so going there gave me an opportunity to see just how close/far from reality , my imagination is.
Club Med took us on the trip to introduce us to their offering… I was amazed. For one fee, all your travelling worries are taken care off:
They call it the More Exclusive, More Inclusive, Club Med All Included and for a visit to their resorts you get:
- Return flight and transfers
- Club room accommodation with option to upgrade to a Deluxe room or Suite
- All-day Dining on sumptuous buffet & gourmet cuisine
- Open bar & snack served during the day and night
- Sports & Leisure activities with expert tuition
- Supervised activities and childcare for the little ones
- Wellness: swimming pool, sauna, hammam
It is an alcoholic’s dream lol… free drinks and food included, you just have to be there… If that’s all you needed to hear to book a trip to any of their resorts worldwide, check them out on clubmed.co.zaBack to my experience: The trip started off with us missing our flights to Mauritius, thanks to queues at Passport Control. If you ever have to travel internationally on a Sunday morning, be there early… place gets hectic. Long story short, thanks to their super organised team, we were booked on a flight departing the next day, problem solved. This meant our stay would be cut short but we were going, that’s all that mattered to me.
Mauritius is very small, the island has a population of about 1 313 095, which is smaller than Johannesburg alone (4.1 million) and before I went there, I thought “Mauritius” was just beaches and hotels and I was surprised when I got there and found out that actually, there is more to it than just holiday destinations.
There are people who live and work, just like everywhere else in the world. Ku ne kasi! Silly me.
Languages spoken in Mauritius are Creole, French, English and Mauritius are humble and such friendly people.We stayed at Club Med La Plantation d’Albion, a luxury Resort suitable for for couples and families. D ‘Albion has a wide range of kids’facilities from 2 to 17 years old with a NEW Mini Club Med, Mini Club Med and Juniors’ Club Med with flying trapeze.
The best thing about this is that if you are a parent, you can leave the kids here while you go and enjoy the holiday. The kids have a variety of activities that are done to keep them busy and the parents can pick them up just in time for dinner.
This is all part of the once off fee, you don’t have to pay extra for the “nanny”service and there’s also a kiddies pool with a life guard present all the time.
- Flying trapeze (min: 4years), Club Med fitness and snorkeling
- Bowls, Table Tennis
- Talks on local culture
- Aqua fitness
- Archery and Volley ball
- Cardio training and weights rooms with Club Med Gym
- Kayaking, mini football and water polo
There are two beaches and they host themed parties every night. On our first night, there was a beach party, hosted at their white sandy beach which is just 300 metres from the centre of the resort. TThe party was a lot of fun, it was interesting to see the guests, staff & some locals all partying together. I had to go to bed early though because I had wine..
The weather wasn’t all that great so people weren’t really in beach wear but it was a good party nonetheless.
La Plantion d ‘ Albion has 2 pools, the Main overflow swimming pool which is in the centre of the Resort with a view over the lagoon and my favourite…
The water in that Ocean… my word, it was a beautiful sight!
I also enjoyed that they have different restaurants where you can feast, and I guess the best thing about the Club Med experience is that you have choice to design your preferred holiday.
During the visit we were also treated to spa treatments at the Cinq Mondes Spa www.cinqmondes.com which offers 12 individual treatment rooms & 2 “duo” rooms for him & her, A Zen area and a Zen tea room. Besides the treatment, I enjoyed our chat with the spa manager. More like staring into his eyes as he spoke to us.
For those who have a bit of cash and prefer privacy, you can book into one of these private Villas. Have that entire Villa to yourself and your crew…
You even have your own Khaphela (butler) and chef.
I enjoyed our tour around and trip to Port Louis, where we got to spend some time at the market where they sell almost anything… plus of course their famous, fruit & veg market..
Thanks to our tour guide (in orange) for all the interesting facts and history lessons on Mauritius and its people.
I was a bit nervous & got sea sick at some point but once I got over that, it was fun! Here I’m with David from Club Med, Monwabisi who’s Blaque Magazine editor and Kemong Mopedi from True Love Magazine. We even had a braai at sea!
If you’ve been thinking of visiting Mauritius or any destination in the world really, they have 80 resorts all over the world, visit www.clubmed.co.za , choose your destination and there might be a pleasant surprise waiting for you…
So when last did you take a holiday, where did you go and what do you like or don’t you like about travelling?
Wait… do we even travel?