Club Med Set to Introduce 17 New All-Inclusive Resorts by 2024
Updated: Feb 15, 2022
Club Med, the pioneer of the all-inclusive resort concept for more than 70 years, will open 17 new resorts by 2024. The new openings, along with Club Med's destination-forward experiences, digital innovations, and new product novelties, will further solidify the brand as a leader in the booming all-inclusive market for families and upscale travelers.
"Since 1950, Club Med has continued to shape the all-inclusive industry by introducing new destinations and experiences to travelers worldwide," says Carolyne Doyon, president and CEO of Club Med North America and the Caribbean. "Throughout our 72-year history, we've successfully adapted our portfolio to appeal to upscale travelers and families, as well as demonstrated our leadership in the all-inclusive mountain experience. Maintaining our ambitious expansion plan, we are on track to open 17 new resorts, as well as complete 13 renovations or extensions of existing resorts, by 2024."
Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Club Med continued its expansion momentum in 2021 with four resort openings, including Club Med Seychelles (Africa), Club Med Lijiang (China), Club Med Québec (Canada) and Club Med La Rosière (French Alps). The brand also completed four renovations, including Club Med Albion (Mauritius), Club Med Peisey-Vallandry (French Alps), Club Med Pragelato-Sestriere (Italian Alps), and Club Med Marrakech (Morocco).
Club Med also has established its commitment to further expanding its all-inclusive mountain product to new markets with the forthcoming December 2024 opening of Club Med Utah. This property will be the brand's first new resort in the U.S. in more than 20 years, as well as its first-ever Exclusive Collection (five-star) mountain resort in North America, which will be open year-round.
Club Med's Exclusive Collection portfolio, which features 13 of the brand's most luxurious resorts and spaces around the world, is characterized by premium accommodations, exclusively beautiful locations, and refined dining concepts. Of the 30 development projects in the works for Club Med over the next two years, several of them will feature new additions to the Exclusive Collection portfolio, well-suited for both families and couples.
As a leader in all-inclusive family vacations, Club Med is continuing its global expansion through 2024. Some of the upcoming opening, extension, and renovation highlights include:
Club Med Utah: This new resort, set to open in 2024, expands the brand’s all-inclusive mountain concept to the United States with an Exclusive Collection (Five-Star) resort in Snowbasin, Utah. Located 35 miles from Salt Lake City, the Snowbasin resort is one of the most accessible and oldest operating ski resorts in North America. The 320-room four-season resort will combine American luxury with Club Med's French savoir-faire, appealing to every type of traveler, including families, couples, and meetings & events groups.
Accommodations will include two-bedroom deluxe rooms and family suites, while private penthouse suites will be available for those seeking added luxury. Club Med will also offer its children's clubs from four months to 17 years old for families seeking a more tailored, family-fun experience. In addition to all-day dining available at the resort's restaurants and lounges, guests can also enjoy included group ski and snowboard lessons with ski-in/ski-out access, lift tickets, and a heated swimming pool during the ski season. During the warmer months, there will be opportunities to explore more than 3,000 acres of surrounding mountains and valleys through guided activities like hiking programs, mountain biking, and Club Med's trademark circus activities.
Club Med Magna Marbella, Spain: Set to open in May 2022 and located 45 minutes from the Malaga International Airport in the Andalusia region of Spain, this new property has taken over one of Spain's most mythic destinations. With a focus on the cultural and natural richness of southern Spain, the resort will mix tradition and modernity to offer an experience focused on wellness, nature, family experiences, and discovery of the destination. Guests will find unique features in the 485-room resort, such as a family fun zone, garden parties, 14 hectares of Andalusian gardens, a Club Med Spa by Cinq Mondes, and five different swimming areas.
Club Med Tignes, French Alps: Set to open in December 2022), this historic destination that has been home to Club Med since 1958. Tignes Val Claret is a natural sports paradise located at an altitude of 2,150 meters. The new Club Med Tignes resort will be located in the center of the liveliest part of town, making it a hotspot for winter sports and nightlife. The resort will feature 430 rooms, including 25 Exclusive Collection (five-star) suites, two restaurants, a full spa and wellness salt wall, the largest Club Med pool in the Alps, a full childcare program, and a ski domain suitable for every level.
Club Med Val d'Isère, French Alps: Set to open in December 2022, this property is located in the Tarentaise Valley at an altitude of 1,850 meters. It is home to an internationally-recognized ski mecca. The resort is undergoing a complete transformation worthy of its soon-to-be Exclusive Collection designation. As such, it will be the brand's first entirely five-star mountain resort, with a total of 216 rooms available for booking in both winter and summer. As well as offering fabulous skiing, gourmet dining, childcare starting at age 4, and spa and yoga program, the resort will redefine luxury by combining intimacy, conviviality and relaxation.
Club Med San Sicario, Italian Alps: Set to open in December 2024, this new addition to Club Med's mountain portfolio in the Italian Alps will feature 200 rooms located on a prime ski location from the 2006 Turin Olympics.
Club Med Pragelato-Sestriere, Italian Alps: This expanded property, located in the Piedmont region of Italy, consists of a hamlet of wooden chalets. The expansion plan will include 17 new chalets housing 105 new rooms. Construction will be completed this year following the architectural style of the region.
Club Med Gregolimano, Greece: One of the brand's flagship summer resorts in the Mediterranean Basin, located on the Greek Island of Evia, this property will undergo both a renovation and extension in 2023, including newly renovated beachfront bungalows.
Club Med Phuket, Thailand: Visitors traveling to Club Med Phuket, located on Kata Beach, can look forward to newly refreshed facilities and experiences aimed at recreating an authentic Thai atmosphere for everyone. Enhanced with an eco-chic, modern and upscale twist, the refreshed resort spaces will include a redesign of the main restaurant, meetings & events center, pool and sun deck, and more—all to be completed by late 2023 and into 2024.
Club Med Hokkaido, Japan: Set to debut in 2023, and following the success of its two other mountain resorts in Japan, this property is located on the northern island of Hokkaido. Known as one of Asia's top travel destinations, Hokkaido offers a fun-filled family experience, featuring perfectly powdered snow for skiing and trekking, natural landscapes and local culinary delights.
Club Med Borneo Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia: Set to open in 2024, this new resort will be located on the Malaysian side of the island of Borneo. The destination is known for its beaches, biodiverse rainforest, Mount Kinabalu (Southeast Asia's highest peak), famed dive site Sipadan Island, and native species such as orangutans and clouded leopards. This property embodies Club Med's pioneering spirit, since it will bring a brand-new resort to a secluded destination.
Since its inception, Club Med says it has held a firm belief that memorable experiences cannot be lived at the expense of others or of nature, which is why the brand continues to devote itself to responsible practices. Club Med's Happy to Care program, founded in 2019, features a range of commitments based on sustainable tourism.
For example, Club Med's two newest resorts in North America, Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda and Club Med Québec, were designed with sustainability in mind, from the design phase all the way to the resort experience. Today, Club Med's worldwide objectives to address sustainable practices include: Phased elimination of single-use plastics, including water bottles; eco-certifications from the best in the industry; BREEAM certification ensuring responsible construction and Green Globe certification ensuring a responsible hotel operation; construction of new resorts in harmony with nature, with built-up surfaces covering less than 10 percent of the total site surface; reduction of energy consumption and introduction of green energy sources; responsible, local, and ethical sourcing of food products and materials; employee uniforms created out of recycled plastic bottles; since 2019, 2.3 million bottles have been recycled for this initiative in North America, with 1.2 million more expected to be recycled by 2023; sponsorship of rural farming development projects to increase the efficiency, quality, and demand for local farmers; promotion of animal welfare by prohibiting experiences involving captive cetaceans, large cats, and elephants; food waste and hazardous waste management; community outreach via the Club Med Foundation, founded in 1978; partnerships with organizations focused on environmental preservation.
Looking ahead, Club Med's North American resorts will see more ecological menu options featuring plant-based proteins and an increase in both local and organic products. Club Med North America has also set an objective to source 100 percent fair trade coffee by 2023 and 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2025.
As family travel evolves, Club Med is enhancing its existing teen programming. Club Med's new teen program will feature unique activities and social-forward events that give teens the opportunity to have exciting vacation moments and experiential content to share online. As part of this new programming, teens will also be able to take part in Club Med's Happy To Care CSR mission. The pilot program is launching this spring in Club Med Punta Cana and Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda.
Over the past year, numerous studies have shown that travelers are eager to get outdoors in destinations that offer plenty of room to roam, are prioritizing health and wellness, and are interested in vacation options that cater to the entire family. With this market research in mind, Club Med enhanced its existing resort experiences, including: Circus School by Club Med, an acrobatic playground with activities like flying trapeze, tightrope walking, and aerial silk in Club Med Punta Cana; new and/or upgraded pickleball courts in all resorts in Florida, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Coast of Mexico; Club Med Amazing Family Program, a fun-filled agenda of weekly activities designed to help families bond and reconnect, launched in all resorts across Florida, the Caribbean, and Mexico; Club Med Spa by Sothys opened in three resorts including Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Club Med Québec, and Club Med Ixtapa Pacific; wing foil watersport activity in Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda; all-day yoga programming in Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda and Club Med Québec, with planned expansion to other North American resorts; the "sunset ritual,” a weekly lifestyle experience on the beach in Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, with planned expansion to Club Med Cancun and Club Med Ixtapa Pacific.
New dining concepts in existing resorts include: "Lucky Lime,” an all-day Mexican taqueria at Club Med Sandpiper Bay; "From Jungle to Table,” a sustainable dining concept at the Coco Plum Beach Lounge in Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda; "Altamar,” a premium seafood restaurant in Club Med Punta Cana; "Le Chalet,” a gourmet lounge in Club Med Québec featuring locally-sourced, family-style dinners "a la bonne franquette,” meaning cozy, friendly, and without any fuss.
To ensure guests feel well prepared and taken care of before and during their vacation, Club Med continues to enhance its digital, touch-free offerings. In 2021, Club Med's "Easy Arrival" contactless check-in/check-out service, which prepares guests to get vacation-ready before vacation begins, was deployed in all Club Med resorts in Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Through the app, guests can sign their children up for childcare services or book ski equipment before they arrive to their respective Club Med resort. The "My Club Med" app features options to create a personalized itinerary, preview the daily activity schedules and, launched in 2021, guests can now book spa appointments at Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Club Med Québec and Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda. In 2021, the "room ready" feature was also deployed in North America, so guests can be informed upon check-in when their room is ready.