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Bahia Principe Limited Time Sale Features Deep Discounts, Perks at its All-Inclusive Resorts

January 15, 2023

For a limited time only,Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, a leading all-inclusive resort brand with properties in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Spain, is offering discounts of up to 55 percent on bookings.

Miami – For a limited time only,Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, a leading all-inclusive resort brand with properties in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Spain, is running its first Happiness Sale promotion of 2023. This deal offers discounts of up to 55% on bookings, a free stay for the first child (depending on the select family-friendly hotel and travel dates), and additional features from the Trip Enhancer program that rewards guests who book 7-night stays with up to $1,630 USD in resort credits.

The Happiness Sale offers customized plans crafted for families, couples, or large groups at unbeatable prices. The booking window starts on January 13th and lasts until January 25th, 2023 for travel window through January 1st, 2024.

“Our hotels are customized so that our guests can live different experiences, whether they like traveling with their family and friends, or if they like to take on exciting solo adventures, we have anything they need,” Helen Montijano, Commercial Director USA & Canada at Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts. “Since it’s a limited-time offer, we strongly recommend booking sooner rather than later to reserve your spot and save big. Everyone at Bahia Principe looks forward to welcoming travelers to a world of happiness.”

Whether looking for an adults-only escape or a fun family vacation, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts offers options among its 20 beautiful resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico. Each has its own culinary experiences, exciting natural adventures, and relaxing amenities, as well as renowned high-quality service and attention to detail. Guests searching for mindfulness and peace will find themselves surrounded by beautiful natural environments, from beautiful expansive beaches to magnificent crystal-clear cenotes.

Resort credits may be used for a variety of services and amenities including spa sessions, shopping, room upgrades, food, beverage, golf, and professional photoshoots, among others. For more information, visit www.bahia-principe.com/en or contact your preferred travel agent.

Grupo Piñero’s Bahia Principe hotel chain has a presence in the Dominican Republic, where it is the market leader in terms of the number of hotel beds, as well as the Riviera Maya (Mexico), Jamaica and Spain (in the Canaries and Balearic Islands). The Piñero family’s company also manages two large luxury home resorts: Playa Nueva Romana Residences & Golf (Dominican Republic) and Bahia Principe Rivera Maya Residences & Golf (Mexico). The company has a tour operator business (Soltour and BP-USA Travel) and a destination management company (Coming2).

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31% of Americans Plan to Travel this Christmas; Hotel Bookings Up

December 6, 2022
Hotel Peninsula NYC, decorated for the holidays. The American Hotel & Lodging Association sees an increase in holiday travelers planning to stay in hotels this year over last © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

The share of holiday travelers who plan to stay in hotels is up this year, and hotels are the top lodging choice among those certain to travel for leisure in the next three months, according to a new national Hotel Booking Index Survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and conducted by Morning Consult.

Key findings include:

  • 31% of Americans report they are likely to travel for Christmas this year. Of these travelers, 28% plan to stay in a hotel during their trip, compared to 23% who planned to do so last year.
  • Concerns about COVID-19 are fading among travelers but are being replaced by economic challenges like inflation and high gas prices. 85% of respondents reported that gas prices and inflation are a consideration in deciding whether to travel over the next three months, compared to 70% who said the same about COVID-19 infection rates.
  • 64% of Americans would be concerned about delays or cancellations if they traveled by plane right now, with 66% of these respondents reporting a lower chance of flying this holiday season as a result.

The survey found that the share of those who plan to stay in hotels during their holiday travels is rising this year. Thirty one percent of Thanksgiving travelers plan to stay in a hotel during their trip, compared to 22% who planned to do so last year. Twenty eight percent of Christmas travelers plan to stay in a hotel during their trip, compared to 23% who planned to do so last year. Among those absolutely certain to travel for leisure in the next three months, 54% plan to stay in a hotel, according to the survey.

Overall holiday travel levels will likely remain flat, however, with 28% of Americans reporting they are likely to travel for Thanksgiving and 31% likely to travel for Christmas this year – compared to 29% and 33%, respectively, in 2021.

The survey also found that concerns about COVID-19 are fading among travelers but are being replaced by economic challenges like inflation and high gas prices. Eighty five percent of respondents reported that gas prices and inflation are a consideration in deciding whether to travel over the next three months, compared to 70% who said the same about COVID-19 infection rates.

In a May AHLA survey, 90% of respondents said gas prices and inflation were a travel consideration while 78% percent said the same about COVID infection rates.

The survey of 4,000 adults was conducted Oct. 14-16, 2022. Other key findings include the following:

  • 59% of adults whose jobs involve travel said they are likely to travel for business in the next three months, with 49% among them planning to stay in a hotel during their trip. In 2021, 55% of adults whose jobs involve travel said they were likely to travel for business during the holiday season.
  • 64% of Americans would be concerned about delays or cancellations if they traveled by plane right now, with 66% of these respondents reporting a lower chance of flying this holiday season as a result.
  • 61% of Americans say they are likely to take more leisure/vacation trips in 2023 than they did this year.
  • 58% of Americans are likely to attend more indoor gatherings, events, or meetings in 2023 than they did this year.
  • 66% of Thanksgiving travelers and 60% of Christmas travelers plan to drive to their destinations, compared to 24% and 30%, respectively, who plan to fly.

“This survey bolsters our optimism for hotels’ near-term outlook for a number of reasons,” said AHLA President & CEO Chip Rogers.“The share of holiday travelers planning hotel stays is rising, plans for business travel are on the upswing, and hotels are the number one lodging choice for those certain to travel for leisure in the near future. This is great news for our industry as well as current and prospective hotel employees, who are enjoying more and better career opportunities than ever before.”

To help hotels fill open jobs and raise awareness of the hotel industry’s 200+ career pathways, the AHLA Foundation’s “A Place to Stay” multi-channel advertising campaign is now active in 14 cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, and Tampa. For more info on the campaign, visit thehotelindustry.com.

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Can’t Miss Hotel Winter Travel Deals

December 6, 2022

To celebrate the opening of AYANA Segara Bali, a luxury hotel overlooking the Jimbaran Bay, the hotel is offering limited time opening offers, including 25% off for stays booked now through March 31, 2023.

It’s officially December and while Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are now behind us, ‘tis still the season to snag some great travel deals for you or to gift a loved one. Here is a selection of opening offers and great deals from brand new hotels and resorts around the world that offer something exceptional in each destination – from the tropical island of Bali, the cosmopolitan metropolis of Mexico City, epic skiing in Salt Lake City, to seasonal deals at Panama’s family-friendly luxury resort and an eco-luxe hideaway on the island of Grenada.

AYANA Segara Bali, Indonesia

  • To celebrate the opening of AYANA Segara Bali, a luxury hotel overlooking the Jimbaran Bay, the hotel is offering limited time opening offers, including 25% off for stays booked now through March 31, 2023. Additionally, guests will enjoy 10% off in-room spa treatments or Spa on The Rocks from the award-winning AYANA Spa, as well as a complimentary 1-hour Thalassotherapy for two when booking a two-night stay. The deals continue with 10% off for food and beverage to use at all 22 restaurants in the AYANA Estateincluding its famed Rock Bar, and a complimentary 30-minute photoshoot by a professional photographer to capture AYANA memories throughout the stay. Guests can take advantage of the opening offers by booking directly at ayana.com and using the booking code: SEGARA. 

Andaz Mexico City Condesa, Mexico City

  • Located in the heart of Mexico City’s sophisticated Condesa neighborhood, the brand new Andaz Mexico City Condesa, slated to open this month, is offering a “Book Now and Save” deal where guests can enjoy 15% off stays through 2023 when booked before January 15. The deal offers travelers a chance to stay at the new hotel while experiencing the capital city’s trendy enclave – home to cultural richness, architectural significance and some of the most noteworthy dining, design, and local art and entertainment venues that Mexico City has to offer. |

The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort, Panama

  • Panama’s leading family-friendly luxury hotel, The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort is extending a Flight Cash Back promotion that travelers in pursuit of a discounted luxury vacation will love! The new promotion extends $400 cash back upon check out; complimentary breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years; and complimentary use of bicycle, tennis and volleyball courts. The offer is valid until Dec. 31, and a 5-night minimum booking applies.

Mount Cinnamon Resort, Grenada

  • Tucked away on the hillside atop Grand Anse Beach, Mount Cinnamon is a gorgeous eco-luxe hideaway with an enclave of 37 luxury villas and suites, each with their own veranda of sweeping views of natural unspoiled beauty. Guests can save 30% on stays of 5 or more nights at Mount Cinnamon Resort & Beach Club, daily breakfast included. Booking window: November 25 – December 9, 2022. Travel window: April 10 – November 30, 2023. Booking code: MC-BLACKFRIDAY. All room categories apply with the exception of Cinnamon Heights.

Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City, Utah

  • The recently opened Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City is letting guests get a taste of its new downtown digs while earning a bonus 500 points through the World of Hyatt’s “500 Reasons to Stay Somewhere New” offer. Book a stay now through January 31 and earn bonus points while enjoying the city’s prime ski season or experiencing the world-famous Sundance Film Festival’s downtown screenings.

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Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals at Caribbean, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, North Carolina, NYC, West Hollywood Resorts

November 19, 2022

Andaz West Hollywood is one of the resorts on sale on Black Friday and Cyber Monday (photo by Robert Landau).

Here are a sampling of Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel deals at hotels and resorts in the Caribbean, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, North Carolina, New York City, and West Hollywood:

Andaz West Hollywood: Those who choose to book a stay at Andaz West Hollywood will be right on the Sunset Strip, the perfect point between Hollywood, Beverly Hills. The hotel is home to the highest rooftop pool in Los Angeles which was recently renovated and is an artist’s dream with works of art throughout the property.  Get 20% off rates for travel booked between now and Nov. 30, valid for stays until April 30, 2023. Use the code UNLOCK.

Atlantis Paradise Island is offering a Cyber Week Sale for stays between December 1, 2022 – November 1, 2023 in The Coral, The Royal, The Cove and The Reef Towers. The Cyber sale is Atlantis’ biggest sale of the year. Atlantis Paradise Island newsletter subscribers get early access from November 17 – 22 (sign up via the website here to receive the invite to this exclusive offer. Guests booking 5+ nights for stays during December 1, 2022 – November 1, 2023, save 20% on accommodations plus $500 Resort Credit or more at The Coral, The Cove, The Royal and The Reef. Those booking from November 23 – December 1, 2022,  get 20% savings on 5+ nights at The Coral, The Royal, and The Reef  PLUS receive a $250 Resort for stays during June – September.

  • Direct Offers include:
    • The Coral: 25% Savings on 2+ nights when booking Air + Hotel compared to rates of $500 during peak season and $200 throughout the year
    • The Cove: $500 Resort Credit per stay with BAR 5+ nights compared to rates of $2,000 during peak season and $500 throughout the year
    • The Royal: $50 daily Resort Credit on 2-4 nights for travel June-Sept 2023 compared to rates of $900 during peak season and $279 throughout the year
    • The Reef: 20% savings + $300 Resort Credit per stay of 6+ nights compared to rates of $1,500 during peak season and $350 throughout the year

Travelers will also have the option to book their reservation with flexible payment and cancellation policies. To book, visit: www.atlantisbahamas.com or call 1800-ATLANTIS. Blackout dates include December 27, 2022 – January 1, 2023. 

Little Gem Resorts is a family-owned and operated boutique hospitality company with three properties located in Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and St. John in the USVI. This is the brand’s first Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale. This Cyber Monday, they will be offering a 25% off discount off their regular rates. The three boutique, seasonal resorts all have high demand and occupancy rates, especially during their busy seasons. Their Cyber Monday deal is the biggest sale each property has ever done.

  • Lovango Resort + Beach Club is offering a 25% off stay in one of the property’s glamping tents or luxury treehouses for a three-night minimum stay from April 30-June 15. Using the code CYBL, guests will receive $248.75 in savings on regular rates from $995 per night plus tax.
  • Winnetu Oceanside Resort is offering a 25% off stay in one of the property’s accommodations for a two-night minimum stay from May 18-June 15. Using the code CYBW, guests will receive $98.75 in savings on regular rates from $395 per night plus tax.
  • The Nantucket Hotel + Resort is offering a 25% stay off stay in one of the property’s accommodations for a two-night minimum stay from April 30-June 15. Using the code CYBN, guests will receive $73.75 in savings on regular rates from $295 per night plus tax.

NoMo SoHo soars across New York City’s downtown with its 26 stories in the heart of SoHo. The neighborhood known for its fashion, design, art, and culture is the epicenter of creative up-and-comers, in addition to housing established brands, well-known artists, and cultural icons. Each room features floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of New York City and the hotel is also home to the wildly popular NoMo Kitchen, an iconic restaurant with a glass atrium and intimate outdoor patio. This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, NoMo SoHo is offering 30% off all room types for stays between November 28, 2022, and August 31, 2023. Past hotel guests and NoMo SoHo subscribers will get exclusive access to this offer. Travelers can sign up for NoMo SoHo’s newsletter by clicking here in order to receive access to book this Black Friday / Cyber Monday offer. 

Kimpton Hotel Eventi, located at the intersection of the NoMad and Chelsea neighborhoods, is inside a modern skyrise with floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning views. The property features an eclectic-chic “living room” lobby, curated art collection, technology touches everywhere and three restaurants run by Executive Chef Laurent Tourondel, Skirt Steak, L’Amico and The Vine. This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Kimpton Hotel Eventi is giving back with their Kimpton Cyber Sale launching on November 22, 2022. This offer is available on stays from November 25-April 30, 2023; must be booked by December 5. Those who book directly at Kimpton Hotel Eventi’s website (offer goes live on November 22nd) can save up to 20% off the best available rate. Each Cyber Sale booking made by IHG Rewards members will include a $5/night donation to No Kid Hungry.

The Art of Living Retreat Center located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina (2 hours from Charlotte), is participating in Black Friday/Cyber Monday for the first time, and it is their biggest sale ever created, providing $200-600 in savings, depending upon the type of retreat booked.  Book Nov. 21-28 to get  30% off December 2022 – March 2023 stays for Signature Retreats (Happiness, Stepping Into Silence, Meditation) and R+R Retreats. Book by entering the code BLACKFRIDAY (those who would like to give the gift of meditation and relaxation – to others or themselves –  should use this exclusive deal.

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Club Med Announces Black Friday Sale: 60% Off Stays

November 19, 2022

Take advantage of Club Med’s Black Friday deals to get 60 percent off upcoming winter, spring or summer getaways at its spacious all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada such as Club Med Ixtapa (photo provided by Club Med).

Club Med, a pioneer of the all-inclusive resort concept, is offering its best discount of the year with its Black Friday sale. Travelers can receive up to 60% off their upcoming winter, spring or summer getaways at Club Med’s spacious all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada – like family-friendly Club Med Punta Cana, the five star eco-chic Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, or the new Club Med Québec, opened December 2021 offering four-season mountain escapes. The deal includes 60% off Deluxe and Suite Rooms and 55% off Superior Rooms. Additional perks include free cancellations and free stays for kids under 4. Book between November 16-27, 2022 for travel November 26, 2022 to June 30, 2023 (check out on July 1, 2023). Perks include: kids under 4 stay free and no single supplement. Book at https://www.clubmed.us/o/black-friday.

Participating Resorts

Spread across 50+ acres, Club Med’s low-density all-inclusive resorts offer guests plenty of room to roam and enjoy an all-encompassing vacation with unlimited culinary options, dedicated family programming, and activities for all interests – from skiing and snowboarding to standup paddle boarding and snorkeling

·       Club Med Québec, Canada: The four-season, all-inclusive mountain resort is Club Med’s first in Canada, just an hour and a half away from Québec City in the Le Massif de Charlevoix region. Spread across 300+ acres, the family-friendly resort features locally inspired culinary experiences, a private Exclusive Collection (5 Star) space, sweeping views of the scenic St. Lawrence River and surrounding mountains, and unlimited ski-in/ski-out access on the biggest vertical slope east of the Rockies. Guests can enjoy a variety of year-round activities like skiing, biking, and hiking, as well as activities traditional to the region like ice skating and dog sledding. Indulge in some R&R in the expansive wellness area, featuring a 25-yard heated pool with river views and a Nordic-inspired spa, or explore the destination through excursions like a sugar shack visit to enjoy Québec’s famous maple taffy and a trip to Old Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage treasure with 400 years’ worth of history. Explore the destination even further through the resort’s first-of-its-kindSki Workshops, where guests can enhance their ski and snowboard skills while adventuring through the wonderous ski domains of Le Massif de Charlevoix.

·       Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, Dominican Republic: The first and only operating resort in the undiscovered region of Miches – and Club Med’s only Exclusive Collection (5 Star) resort in North America – offers a luxury experience wrapped in an all-inclusive vacation. The eco-chic resort features four boutique villages specializing in wellness, adventure, kid-friendly, and adults-only concepts, catering to an array of travelers seeking a boutique hotel-within-a-hotel experience. Enjoy unlimited refined culinary options, Zen moments with treatments at the on-site Club Med Spa by Cinq Mondes, yoga in the treetop wellness canopy, and relaxation at the naturally-filtered Zen pool. Must-try experiences for families include learning how to plant and compost ingredients at the on-site community garden to the boho-chic Sunset Ritual, the perfect way to end the day in paradise. Families can also satisfy their sweet tooth when discovering a Secret Chocolate Room – a first-of-its-kind kid’s speakeasy featuring unlimited sweets crafted with locally-sourced cocoa (and adults can get in on the fun, too!).

·       Club Med Cancún, Mexico: An ideal location for families looking for some much-needed R&R, the only resort in Cancún with three private beachfronts offers families a variety of opportunities to reconnect. Enjoy exhilarating land and water activities, from wind surfing and snorkeling to flying trapeze and archery, before partaking in outdoor activities as part of the new Club Med Amazing Family programming. Relax in the refreshed Aguamarina family oasisarea, which features spacious two-bedroom oceanfront family rooms and a dedicated family pool, before kids head off to their respective kids’ club while adults enjoy treatments at the newly renovated Club Med Spa by L’OCCITANE. For added exclusivity, guests can book an ocean view suite located in the resort’s Exclusive Collection (5 Star) space. Families looking for an added sense of adventure can explore the Mayan ruins at Chichén-Itzá (at an additional cost) or discover life under the sea by snorkeling through the world’s second-largest coral reef surrounding the resort with Club Med’s all-inclusive water sport activities.

·       Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: On a 2,000-foot stretch of beach, Club Med Punta Cana caters to solo travelers, couples, and families alike with unlimited land and water sports, from golfing on an oceanfront PGA green to learning how to shoot with a bow and arrow at archery school. Adults can indulge in treatments at the Club Med Spa by L’OCCITANE or relax in the adult-exclusive Zen Oasis area, where intimate cabanas, an oversized pool and dedicated Zen Beach await. Families can partake in the new Club Med Amazing Family program, featuring a fun-filled agenda of weekly activities for families to bond and create memories, like participating in Circus School by Club Med, an interactive playground with more than 25 acrobatic and artistic activities for guests of all ages.

Additional participating resorts include Club Med Caravelle, Guadeloupe, French Caribbean, Club Med Buccaneer’s Creek, Martinique, French Caribbean, Club Med Ixtapa Pacific, Mexico, and Club Med Columbus, Bahamas.

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Holiday Fun, Black Friday Deals at Tenaya Yosemite

November 11, 2022

Twice voted among the top five favorite holiday resorts by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, Tenaya at Yosemite is bringing back its full holiday lineup of fun, and offering Black Friday deals to make stays in the luxury resort that much more affordable.

FISH CAMP, Calif.—  Twice voted among the top five favorite holiday resorts by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, Tenaya at Yosemite is approaching the 2022 holiday season with glee — bringing back its pre-pandemic lineup of fun, plus a few new traditions to ensure the season is merry and bright. 

From 75 beautiful, forested acres blanketed with snow to a festive holiday tree that adorns the lobby, onsite ice-skating rink, epic gingerbread house decorating workshops and more, Tenaya is the perfect home base for making holiday memories with family and friends both young and old.

Black Friday Offer: Travelers can score the biggest savings of the year — up to 30 percent — for stays between Nov. 27, 2022, and June 8, 2023, during Tenaya’s Black Friday sale. The deal will be available Black Friday through Cyber Monday; some blackout dates and restrictions may apply. More details about how to take advantage of the savings will be posted at www.VisitTenaya.com

Highlights of Tenaya’s holiday offerings from Thanksgiving to New Year’s include:

Thanksgiving Weekend Kickoff —Thanksgiving weekend marks the official start of the winter holiday season and includes the opening of Tenaya’s picturesque outdoor ice-skating rink, plus the lighting of Tenaya’s beautiful lobby holiday tree and a Thanksgiving buffet. Guests can cap it all off with a rich cup of hot chocolate, offered complimentary through December 30.

Holiday Craftmasters — Back by popular demand are Tenaya’s Gingerbread House Workshops, which include a massive buffet of cookie and candy fixings for families to build the ultimate dream house. The workshops sell out every year and are offered in November and December for $95 per house. Ornament and mason jar decorating workshops are also part of the holiday craft lineup and ensure everyone goes home with a special keepsake from their stay. 

Magic Holiday Elves — New for guests this year is an Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt. Guests can search the property for 10 Christmas elves and earn a sweet treat prize for finding them all. The self-paced scavenger hunt is offered November 25 to December 24 and is appropriate for all ages.

Breakfast with Santa — Children ages 4 to 12 can delight in sharing a morning meal with Santa and his elves. The special occasion includes breakfast, holiday games, crafts and photos with Santa. Breakfast with Santa is offered on December 22 from 8 to 10 a.m. for $30 per child and $65 per adult. Reservations are required.

Tenaya Royale Toast to the New Year — To cap off the holiday season, Tenaya is pulling out all the stops for its New Year’s Eve celebration. Guests can dance the night away at an Agent 007 themed “Tenaya Royale” party complete with champagne toast, casino games, festive food and drink, and live entertainment. 

Lodge, Cottage and Explorer Cabin Accommodations

Tenaya at Yosemite offers a range of holiday accommodations that fit any family style or group dynamic. Families may enjoy the seclusion of a two-bedroom Explorer Cabin nestled among the trees and complete with kitchenette, living area, fireplace and board games. The cozy ambience of the lodge is ideal for couples or guests who prefer a more traditional setting with easy access to amenities such as restaurants, pools, and the spa and fitness center. The cottages offer rustic charm among the evergreens with private outdoor sitting areas and easy access to the lodge.

To learn more about spending the holidays at Tenaya at Yosemite, visit TenayaLodge.com/HolidayEvents

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Gift of Travel: Switzerland to Scotland, Brazil to NYC and Santa Barbara, CA for the Holidays

November 11, 2022

Dreaming about a holiday getaway to take for yourself or gift it to someone you love? The latest & greatest news and offerings from BPCM’s travel portfolio, ranging from Switzerland to Scotland, and Brazil to New York City and Santa Barbara, CA

The Carlton Hotel St. Moritz

Tschuggen Collection Carlton Hotel- St. Moritz’ Winter Wonderland 

Gift a special Christmas celebration by booking a stay for loved ones at the Carlton Hotel in St. Moritz this holiday season.  

The Carlton Hotel St. Moritz is known as a premiere winter destination providing experiences from tobogganing to horse-drawn carriage rides and even ice bathing. This winter wonderland transforms into a holiday haven with activities for the kids, like a one-meter-long Christmas stollen on Christmas Eve and a Christmas day experience with crêpes, presents from Father Christmas and a bubble show on the Bel Etage.

Once Upon a Time at El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara 

During the 2022 Holiday season at El Encanto, the hotel is introducing its first-ever Craftsman Cottage. El Encanto is transforming its 101 Suite (pictured above into an artisan’s dream, where the community and hotel guests can enjoy a variety of Holiday-themed crafting workshops led by local experts inside the iconic California Craftsman-style bungalow ranging from candle pouring to succulent and wreathmaking. This pop-up runs for two weeks, (from in addition to classics such as a tree lighting ceremony, live, music and culinary programming, which will be taking place throughout the holiday season. 

Virgin Hotels – The Season of Wonder 
 
The Virgin Hotels Holiday offer, at its core, is the brand’s way of inspiring the wonder of travel in 2023. Virgin Hotels has always valued their guests aspirations’, and is aware that the past few years have proven difficult for those who seek new experiences to do so. It is their hope that the special Holiday offer will encourage guests to finally fulfill all their travel desires.

Within the booking window of November 25, 2022 – January 2, 2023, guests will receive 30% off their reservations, as well as a chance to win a free upgrade to Richard’s Penthouse Flat. For those that are Virgin Know Members – there is a presale available, starting Monday, November 21. These reservations can be made for anytime between November 25, 2022 – December 31, 2023.  The properties eligible for this deal include; Virgin Hotels Chicago, Virgin Hotels New Orleans, Virgin Hotels Nashville, Virgin Hotels Dallas, and Virgin Hotels Edinburgh.

New Year’s Eve at EAST Miami 
 
Ring in the New Year at EAST Miami’s Sugar and Tea Room. On the 40th floor of the hotel, guests are invited to enjoy the glittering lights of the Miami Skyline in the heart of Brickell. Live DJ performances will create the perfect energy and atmosphere for kicking off 2023.

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Discover Where to Travel Next at the 2022 International Travel Show in NYC Oct 29-30

October 15, 2022
Experts discuss trends in travel and give their suggestions on where to travel next, such as a boat-bike trip from Bruges to Amsterdam, at the  International Travel Show at the Javits Center,  New York City, Oct. 29-30. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com
 

Travelers of all ages and interests are invited to meet hundreds of exhibiting destinations, attend informative travel seminars, enjoy culinary and cultural presentations, and benefit from special show-only travel deals. Discover where you want to vacation next! 

NEW YORK, NY – “The Future of Travel” is the theme for the International Travel Show (ITS2022) in New York City. This event is the successor to the New York Times Travel Show, last held in 2020, and is currently the only major travel show of its kind. The International Travel Show is presented by Travel + Leisure GO and sponsored by Brazilian Tourist Board, MSC Cruises and I Love NY and takes place at the Javits Center from Friday, Oct. 28 to Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. Friday is reserved exclusively for the travel industry and Saturday and Sunday are open to all travelers. 

ITS2022 is filled with lively and informative programming designed for consumers to explore the theme of “The Future of Travel” and discover great destinations to fulfill their travel needs. The show features an exhibition of hundreds of destinations and trips as well as cultural presentations, travel seminars, culinary presentations, travel deals and giveaways, and fun for families and friends of all ages and interests.  

Exhibitors from around the world will provide information about their travel products and destinations. Attendees can meet with exhibitors including Royal Caribbean Cruises, Bahamas Tourism, Wonderful Indonesia, KwaZulu-Natal Tourism, Visit Fort Lauderdale, Travel +Leisure GO, Celebrity Cruises, Palace Resorts, MSC Cruises, Brazilian Tourism, Ghana Tourism and many more. The exhibition also will feature “Spotlight On New York,” which includes a New York Pavilion featuring New York destinations and attractions, presented and sponsored by I Love New York in conjunction with NYC & Company and the New York State Tourism Industry Association.  

Among scheduled presentations are the Taste of the World Theatre presented by Doug Duda, host of the A&E International TV series The Well-Seasoned Traveler, with chefs from around the world cooking up culinary presentations, as well as two Cultural Stages on the show floor with exhibiting countries presenting authentic and exciting cultural performances from across the globe. 

The annual charity auction of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Education Foundation is sure to be a highlight, adding edge-of-one’s-seat excitement for attendees, with opportunity to bid on dozens of Caribbean hotel vacations with proceeds going to fund scholarships and training for Caribbean hospitality industry professionals. There will also be giveaways and travel deals from dozens of exhibiting companies. 

Multiple travel seminars will engage and inform consumers on the essentials of travel planning. Speakers will include travel experts Pauline Frommer, Patricia Schultz, Darley Newman, Nancy Barkley, Denella Ri’chard, Bob Guccione, Zita Keeley and representatives from leading travel companies. Seminars include: 

  • Keynote Panel Sessions feature crystal ball-like advice on “How Top Travel Experts See Travel in 2023”. 
  • The Cruise Track offers expert advice on everything from “How to Choose the Right Cruise” to “How to Experience the Hottest New Expedition Cruises.” 
  • The Meet the Experts Track features recognized travel experts who really know travel covering “Exploring the World of Wellness Travel,” “Where to Honeymoon and Wed Around the World” and more. 
  • The Traveling Better Track offers valuable insights on “How to Find the Best Vacation Ownership Home,” “What You Need to Know About Flying Today,” and more. 
  • The Destinations Track will point to where to travel and how, including “Where to Go in the Caribbean,” “Where to Go Now in Europe” and “How to Discover the Middle East and Africa.” 
  • The Resorts Track offers a peek at new hotels and resorts in such sessions as “What to Look for in a Luxury Hotel” and “How to Pick the Perfect All-Inclusive.” 

The Government Resources Center, sponsored by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), will also be a must-visit for consumers, with a timesaving opportunity for all attendees to enroll in the TSA PreCheck Program just by attending the International Travel Show.  

Attendee Registration for consumers is now open at the International Travel Show website at https://www.nyinternationaltravelshow.com/public 

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Three Spire Hospitality Resorts Ideal for Summer Vacation Escape

June 17, 2022

High Peaks Resort in the heart of Lake Placid is the perfect home base for exploring the Adirondacks of New York.

Looking for a resort escape this summer? Consider these three Spire Hospitality properties for your vacation: The Leta in Santa Barbara, CA, Topnotch Resort in Vermont and High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid New York. 

The Leta

If your idea of the ultimate Southern California retreat is longboards, poolside cocktails and coastal cuisine, you’ve found your place in the sun at one of the best Santa Barbara hotels around. At The Leta, they have a Golden State of Mind attitude, surf-inspired décor, and eclectic accommodations, plus a passion for music shared through their VNYL record shop and live music scene. All of their eccentric, laid back touches will no doubt have guests enjoying the good life, one day at a time. The ideally located property with 158 rooms is prized for its cool, hip, carefree Californian personality and it’s artful, quirky, unexpected, open and soulful chemistry. Local art, music, food and wine are at home here and the hotel boasts 6,000 square feet of meeting space welcoming locals and out of town guests alike for one-of-a-kind meetings and events. Designed with an easygoing, California-cool aesthetic, The Leta’s artful guest rooms and suites channel the radiant spirit of SoCal featuring earthy, eccentric textures and fabrics with a nod to surf-culture nostalgia. This charming beach chic hotel in Goleta also welcomes pets. 

High Peaks Resort

High Peaks Resort in the heart of Lake Placid is the perfect home base for exploring the Adirondacks. Guests can choose from three unique lodging experiences overlooking Mirror Lake and the Adirondack mountains: The Resort, a traditional hotel featuring 105 newly renovated guest rooms; the modern retro-vibe Lake House with 44 guest rooms; and the private and serene Waterfront Collection, featuring 28 guest rooms including 10 suites on the shores of Mirror Lake. Amenities available to all guests include two indoor and two outdoor heated pools, an indoor Jacuzzi, an on-site fully equipped fitness center, the Spa & Salon at High Peaks Resort, and Dancing Bears Restaurant, consistently ranked one of the top restaurants in Lake Placid. Guests also enjoy private access to Mirror Lake with complimentary use of kayaks, paddle boats and stand-up paddleboards, special activities such as yoga at the waterfront and birds of prey demonstrations, an outdoor barbecue, a fire pit (with complimentary s’mores), lawn games, sweeping views of the Adirondack mountains and close proximity to the region’s top attractions and activities such as the Lake Placid Olympic Sites, Whiteface Mountain, The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, High Falls Gorge, Ausable Chasm, and numerous hiking trails, kayaking, boating and more in the Adirondack Park. High Peaks Resort is also within walking distance to shopping, dining and entertainment in downtown Lake Placid. Dogs are welcome, with special canine-friendly treats and amenities. 

Topnotch Resort

The AAA Four-Diamond Topnotch Resort, set on 120 acres of woodland at the foot of Mount Mansfield, is located between Stowe village and Stowe Mountain Resort (and within 35 miles of four other popular ski resorts: Smugglers’ Notch, Sugar Bush, Mad River Glen and Bolton Valley). The resort includes 68 guest rooms and 17 two- and three-bedroom resort homes that allow for a private and very socially distant experience. Guests enjoy Vermont fresh farm-to-table dining at The Roost, the Topnotch Tennis Academy (ranked one of the top 10 tennis resorts in the country offering more than 30 programs for all ages and levels of play on six seasons outdoor and four indoor hard courts), the 35,000 square foot award-winning Topnotch Spa, three indoor and outdoor heated pools, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, the Equestrian Center at Topnotch (offering English and Western trail rides, private and group horseback riding, carriage rides and sleigh rides), Mountain Ops Outdoor Gear (an on-property outfitter which can arrange and outfit for any activity year-round, including mountain biking, hiking, kayaking and fishing in the summer), outdoor fire pits with s’mores kits, shuffleboard and other games, specialty cocktails, access to the Stowe Recreation Path and more. Dogs are also welcome at Topnotch, with dog beds, CBD treats and special canine-friendly turndown service and spa treatments. Topnotch is a short drive away from Stowe Village, featuring many locally owned shops and an array of restaurants, music and art galleries. 

Spire Hospitality, led by CEO Chris Russell, is a third-party operator of 7,033 room keys and over 350,000 square feet of meeting space across 20 states. The Spire portfolio, with a focus on large, full-service hotels, includes unique independent properties and premier branded assets across Hilton Hotels & Resorts (HLT), Marriott International (MAR) and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), including 29 hotels and resorts (www.spirehotels.com).

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Club Med to Open 17 New Resorts by 2024, Introduce New Experiences to All-Inclusive Concept

February 11, 2022
Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, DR. is perfect for your all-inclusive family vacation offering plenty of dining options and activities. The pioneering resort company plans to open 17 resorts around the world by 2024.

Club Med, a pioneer of the all-inclusive concept, shared details on upcoming developments — including 17 new resort openings, 13 resort renovations, and innovative resort programming — that further solidifies its position as a leader in the booming all-inclusive market. Highlights include:

·       Ambitious Development Plans With 17 New Resort Openings by 2024: Since 1950, Club Med has shaped the all-inclusive industry by pioneering new destinations (like Punta Cana) and vacation experiences to all types of travelers. Looking ahead, the brand is on track to launch 17 new resorts and 13 resort renovations by 2024.

·       New Resort Experiences for Every Traveler: In addition to adapting their portfolio to appeal to affluent travelers and families, the brand is also enhancing its existing resort experiences like: Circus School, an acrobatic playground with activities like flying trapeze and tightrope walking; adding new pickleball courts to cater to the demand of the fastest growing sport in the U.S.; and new teen programming to ensure exciting vacation moments.

·       Continuing to Drive Sustainability Efforts: Club Med has always held a firm belief that memorable experiences cannot be lived at the expense of others or nature and offers a range of commitments to sustainable practices. Examples include the elimination of single-use plastics, reduction of energy consumption, and sponsoring rural farming development projects.

Some of the upcoming openings, renovations, and upgrades from Club Med include: 

Ambitious Expansion Plans + Introducing All-Inclusive Ski to North America 

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 has also 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 (5-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 the worldwide leader of the all-inclusive family vacation continues its global expansion through 2024, some of the upcoming opening, extension, and renovation highlights include: 

NORTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN

NEW RESORT – Club Med Utah, USA (2024)
The brand’s renowned all-inclusive mountain concept will be expanding to the United States with an Exclusive Collection (5-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 spacious 2-bedroom Deluxe rooms & Family Suites, while private Penthouse Suites will be available for those seeking added luxury. Club Med will also offer its award-winning children’s clubs from 4 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.

EUROPE

NEW RESORT – Club Med Magna Marbella, Spain (May 2022)
Located 45 minutes from the Malaga International Airport in the Andalusia region of Spain, Club Med has retaken one of Spain’s most mythic destinations to open a brand-new resort. 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.

NEW RESORT – Club Med Tignes, French Alps (Dec. 2022)
A 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 brand-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 (5-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.

NEW RESORT – Club Med Val d’Isère, French Alps (Dec. 2022)
Located in the Tarentaise Valley at an altitude of 1,850 meters, this authentic village 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 5-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 a welcoming spa and yoga program, the resort will redefine luxury by combining intimacy, conviviality, and relaxation.

NEW RESORT – Club Med San Sicario, Italian Alps (Dec. 2024)
A new addition to Club Med’s mountain portfolio in the Italian Alps, the bi-seasonal Club Med San Sicario, will feature 200 rooms located on a prime ski location from the 2006 Turin Olympics.

EXTENSION – Club Med Pragelato-Sestriere, Italian Alps (2022)
Nestled in the Piedmont region of Italy, Club Med’s Pragelato Sestriere resort consists of a hamlet of wooden chalets. The expansion plan will include 17 new chalets housing 105 new rooms. Construction will be completed following the architectural style of the region.

RENOVATION & EXTENSION – Club Med Gregolimano, Greece (2023)
One of the brand’s flagship summer resorts in the Mediterranean Basin, located on the Greek Island of Evia, will undergo both a renovation and extension including newly renovated beachfront bungalows.

ASIA

RENOVATION & EXTENSION – Club Med Phuket, Thailand (2023-2024)
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.

NEW RESORT – Club Med Hokkaido, Japan (2023)
Following the success of its two other mountain resorts in Japan, Club Med will open a third  property on the northern island of Hokkaido. Known as one of Asia’s top travel destinations,  Hokkaido offers a fun-filled family experience, perfectly powdered snow for skiing and trekking, natural landscapes, and local culinary delights.

NEW RESORT – Club Med Borneo Kota Kinabalu, Malayasia (Opening 2024)
Adding to its portfolio in Southeast Asia, Club Med will build a new resort 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 forthcoming resort embodies Club Med’s pioneering spirit, as it will bring a brand-new resort to a secluded destination.

Dedication to Sustainable Practices 
Since its inception, Club Med 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% 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

Happy To Care continues its purposeful objectives in 2022 to achieve the above ambitions. 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% fair trade coffee by 2023 and 100% cage-free eggs by 2025.

New Product Novelties and Digital Innovations 

NEW PROGRAMMING FOR TEENS 
As family travel evolves, Club Med is enhancing its existing teen programming (Club Med Passworld for teens ages 11–17). 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.

NEW RESORT EXPERIENCES  
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:
    • “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

DIGITAL INNOVATIONS  
Touchless travel and contactless amenities are critical. 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 conveniently informed upon check-in when their room is ready.  

Club Med, founded in 1950 by Gérard Blitz, is a pioneer of the all-inclusive concept, offering approximately 70 premium resorts in stunning locations around the world including North and South America, Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean. Each Club Med resort features authentic local style and comfortably upscale accommodations, superior sports programming and activities, enriching children’s programs, gourmet dining, and warm and friendly service by its world-renown staff with legendary hospitality skills, an all-encompassing energy and diverse backgrounds. 

Club Med operates in more than 30 countries and continues to maintain its authentic Club Med spirit with an international staff of more than 23,000 employees from more than 110 different nationalities. Led by its pioneering spirit, Club Med continues to grow and adapt to each market with three to five new resort openings or renovations per year, including a new mountain resort annually. 

For more information, visit www.clubmed.us, call 1-800-Club-Med (1-800-258-2633), or contact a preferred travel professional. For an inside look at Club Med, follow Club Med on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube

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