As we begin to feel a gentle autumn breeze in the air, there’s no doubting the one thing on everyone’s mind as we edge towards the final months of 2018: winter holidays. For Hongkongers, a snowy ski resort in the midst of pristine powder is one of the most popular ways to spend the holiday season in a festive manner; as are tropical escapes to get away from the humid chill in Hong Kong. Booking early often gets you the best deals, but that doesn’t mean you need to fuss over the drama of choosing hotels, booking flights and meticulously planning your itinerary for weeks on end. Famous for its all-inclusive model of vacationing, Club Med is your best bet when you’re searching for a stress-free vacation, minus all the hassle of needing to piece every moving part of your holiday together — simply click book, pack your suitcase and go. And with up to 40% off on early bird bookings if you purchase before 12 October, you’ll want to start planning pronto.
Club Med Sahoro
For ski veterans passionate about the softest white powder peaks, look to Sahoro Hokkaido, which reopens this season with freshly renovated rooms. Aside from Japan’s famous powder snow, there’s 27km worth of ski trail to challenge yourself. Afterwards, take a hard-earned dip in an open-air hot Canadian bath, and dig into some of Hokkaido’s best culinary offerings, from the freshest seafood to nabe hotpot, sure to make for several cosy nights with your loved ones.
Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido
For a bit of sand to go with your ski, look no further than Tomamu Hokkaido, which just opened in December 2017 and is getting ready for its second ski season this 2018. With over 145 hectares of Tomamu Mountain as your playground, there’s plenty of exhilarating slopes to spend your days, while Japan’s largest indoor wave pool, Mina Mina beach, offers ample space for relaxing apres-ski.
Club Med Grand Massif Samoens Morillon
Perhaps you’re looking for the majestic mountain experience of the Alps: Club Med’s Grand Massif Samoens Morillon Resort is just a stone’s throw from Geneva and Annecy, and offers an authentic ski-in ski-out mountain experience. After hitting the slopes, you’ll want to soak up the panoramic mountain views from the resort spa, as you pamper yourself with a beauty and wellness treatment package, all included in your booking. For an extravagant, romantic getaway, this resort is sure to impress your SO.
Club Med Les Arcs Panorama
Looking to splurge on ski and spa? Club Med’s newest ski resort is the Les Arcs Panorama, opening just this season. Billed as a modern masterpiece, it’s perched in one of the largest ski areas in the world — Paradiski — and it’s the perfect spot for skiing, trekking, or simply admiring the surrounding winter wonderland. It also hosts awe-inspiring views of the Tarentaise valley, making it an ideal backdrop for its fine dining, not to mention an irresistible recuperative experience at the Cinq Mondes spa: take your pick from heated indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpool and Turkish baths, fitness and cardio facilities and more.
Club Med Beidahu
For those seeking a holiday closer to home, Club Med Beidahu in Jilin, China — the host city and province for the 2007 Winter Asian Games — offers an idyllic setting (not to mention wallet-friendly prices), and is particularly known for its fairytale-like rime ice crystals. You can benefit from the longer ski season and great snow cover here, especially if you’re looking for an easy and spontaneous winter getaway.
As always with Club Med, its all-inclusive packages mean all-inclusive: whatever you pay for gets you unrestrained access to exquisite dining options, open bar, access to activities and wellness, as well as accomodation, flight or land transfers, as well as airport transportation. You’re sure to be well taken care of, no matter where you choose.
Prefer tropical sand and sea to wintertime chill this holiday season? There’s plenty of hot locales Club Med has to offer: whether you want to indulge in the pampered lifestyle in the Maldives, stretch out on white sand beaches in Indonesia, or discover hidden gems within popular destinations just a hop and skip away, such as Phuket, Ishigaki or Sanya. For details on early bird deals (deadline 12 October), check here.