It’s almost the middle of the year and about the time many of us start booking those end-of-year holidays. Just time for you to chill, have a digital detox, and have a good time reconnecting with your loved ones or reconnecting with yourself (which we need to do from time to time).
Here is some inspiration to help you plan, book, and take that fabulous holiday.
Portugal – the home of the Caminos de Santiago, Lisbon, Cristiano Ronaldo, and bacalhau. This Southern European nation has accomplished quite a bit and it boasts some amazing attractions. It does not always get as much attention as its neighbour Spain and if you have not visited it for this reason, then you have missed out. These are just a few of many reasons to make your way to Portugal.
This place is filled with friendly people, history, medieval castles, beautiful beaches, and delicious dishes. If you’re looking for delicious traditional Portuguese dishes try seafood dishes like bacalhau – an oven-roasted or charcoal grilled cod dish served with vegetables – and Cataplana de Marisco – a seafood stew.
For the spiritual traveller, one of the Caminos de Santiago is a must. The Caminos de Santiago are routes or pilgrimages leading to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela which is believed to be the burial site of Saint James, the Christian Apostle. It is quite an experience for the religious and spiritual.
The south-facing Algarve coast offers some of the best beaches in the country. Rugged cliffs, splashing waves, and golden beaches are the dream of every sun chaser.
Adventurers will enjoy exploring mysterious caves, jet skiing, and quad biking. History-lovers will enjoy visiting historical sites in and around Algarve and visiting the old town in Faro and seeing its cobbled streets and medieval architecture. Gourmands can enjoy sampling the local flavours of Algarve.
Choose to stay at Club Med Da Balaia for the ultimate all-inclusive holiday in Portugal. The village sits on red cliffs in the Algarve region and offers stunning views of the Atlantic. This should be the site of your next all-inclusive sun holiday.
For French, Alpine, snowy fun check out the Grand Massif ski resort in the Haute-Savoie department of eastern France. It is made up of five ski resorts and offers views of the legendary Mont Blanc.
France is known for a number of things including mountain views, wines, and food. Get stunning Alpine views after ascending the Alps before you ski or snowboard down their snow-covered inclines or explore the region on a Nordic walk.
The cold weather and French mountain living are the perfect reasons to eat fondue, drink world-class wines, taste a diot (a type of sausage), and meet new people during aprés-ski.
You can expect a good supply of snow throughout the winter season in Grand Massif. There is also a good selection of slopes for varying skiing and snowboarding abilities.
For off-piste skiing and snowboarding, try the Gers Bowl. Obviously, this one is for the experts.
Choose to stay at the family-friendly Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon, where children as young as 4 years old can learn to ski. Make use of the Club Med ski and snowboard schools to learn how to do these activities, refresh your mind, or refine your skills before hitting the slopes. These lessons are included in your all-inclusive package price along with various other activities for both adults and children.
When it comes to resting after a great day of winter fun, you can stay in a superior suite room or enjoy a luxurious Exclusive Collection chalet-apartments.
For a wellness retreat, escape to Bali. It has worked well for many before you and it can work well for you. Find spiritual inspiration in some incredible temples like Tanah Lot Temple – one of the most respected sea temples in Bali, located on a rock formation off the coast of the island.
For the adventurer and nature-lover try white water rafting down Ayung River, seeing wild animals at the Bali Safari and Marine Park, and seeing Bali from better heights by mountain climbing.
Expert surfers will love the waves in Bali. Many of the best spots can be intimidating for beginners but as a pro, the waves will delight you. Uluwatu and Keramas are just two of many great spots to try.
Embark on a spa journey, take some yoga classes on the beach, discover ancient temples, and surf some brilliant waves. Bali is the perfect place to have a digital detox and reconnect with your soul and also discover some history and culture.
Choose to stay at Club Med Bali for an island retreat with no unexpected costs. Club Med’s all-inclusive nature means that your package price includes all food, drinks, accommodation, in-resort activities, and more.
For another family favourite snow escape, try the Valmorel ski resort in France’s Tarentaise Valley. Allow yourself to have a digital detox by leaving your phone in your room and exploring this magnificent region.
You will ski, snowboard, Nordic walk, sled, and more as you explore one of the world’s most famed mountain ranges as the snow covers its majestic peaks and inclines. Valmorel’s village is car-free which lends itself to great, crisp winter walks without worrying that you or your children could be hit by a car. Explore the town’s cobbled streets, sample French mountain food, and marvel at the beauty that surrounds you.
Choose to stay at Club Med Valmorel which rests above the ski resort at an altitude of 1 460 metres. Stay in a superior suite or the luxurious 5-trident space Le Lodge.
Escape the busy life, leave your tech in the room, and enjoy a digital detox and spiritual reconnection on an all-inclusive holiday with Club Med. On a Club Med holiday, your “all-inclusive” package really means all-inclusive. That means food, drinks (including cocktails), accommodation, ski and snowboard lessons, a number of activities at the resort, in-resort aprés-ski, and more are all included.
Use the Travel Agency by Club Med to make booking your holiday hassle-free. When you book your holiday, including flights, with Club Med your airport transfers are included.
You have some tips on where to go and what to do, you know where to stay for the best value, and you know what it includes. Now, it’s time to book that holiday!