Club Med immediately stirs images of the rich and beautiful enjoying umbrella drinks under palm trees somewhere on the Mediterranean. In its 50 year history, Club Med has gone from being a sophisticated private vacation club to being a full service luxury resort hosting enterprise. At Club Med’s villages you can expect a relaxing and luxurious vacation.
Unlike most vacation clubs, Club Med does not operate on a point system or timeshare schema. To spend time at their properties you are not required to buy into a property. Instead, all you have to do is pay the annual membership dues.
Club Med is set up much differently than many resorts and luxury hotel complexes. Club Med aims to create a more interactive and social experience for their guests. Each Club Med “village” has event organizers that help guests meet each other, coordinate events and excursions and even put on traditional dance shows.
Club Med was originally more popular with young singles and couples, but is now firmly oriented at families.
Club Med has villages all over the world. Majorca, the French Riviera and Sardinia host some of their premier Mediterranean locations. Club Med is well represented in Florida, Brazil, the Pacific Rim, Southeast Asia and Australia as well. Winter sports enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that Club Med has resorts peppered throughout the Alps.
Depending on how frequently you visit Club Med locations and on how much you spend with Club Med annually, you are entitled to different levels of membership. Turquoise, Silver and Gold Club Med Great Members have access to priority booking, free airport transfers, room upgrades and other perks.
Club Med offers members travel insurance at reasonable rates that covers everything from lost luggage to flight cancellation.
Club Med staff are responsive and helpful both on location and via the telephone or email. Club Med also has comprehensive FAQs and documentation on their website.
Club Med membership won’t break the bank at only $60 per year. All-inclusive resort vacations can however, be rather expensive. For a week long stay at one of Club Med’s luxury resorts, expect to pay upwards of $2,000 per week for a typical room and all the extras. Factor in airfare and a Club Med vacation can be expensive. However, for travelers that don’t want to commit to yearly vacations in the same location, Club Med is an excellent alternative to timeshare ownership.
Club Med has kept up with the evolving travel industry by providing interactive vacation experiences for guests. Club Med is distinctly high-end, but for the traveler willing to shell out the money for the Club Med experience, they provide an experience unlike any other. Doubled up with the fact that you’re not required to pay maintenance fees or property taxes like those common to timeshare ownership, we’re comfortable recommending Club Med to our readers.
How does Club Med compare to other vacation clubs? You’ll find reviews and side-by-side feature comparisons on our vacation club review site.
Club Med delivers a great interactive, social experience with special events and excursions.
Club Med’s 80 villages provide a relaxing and luxurious vacation with the price tag to match.
Club Med is distinctly high-end, but for the traveler willing to shell out the money for the Club Med experience, they provide an experience unlike any other.