Last month, I had the incredible opportunity to go on Club Med’s first Canadian media trip, to see why this longstanding resort brand has managed to sustain such popularity. I’ll start off this blog by saying that I’ve been to about 5 all-inclusive resorts in my life, and they almost always have the same problems: sub-par or average food, sub-par or average entertainment, and a crowded resort grounds. I was a bit skeptical going on a media trip to Club Med, as I wondered if they could move past the average experience I’ve had at past resorts. Spoiler alert: THEY DID.
Before I left for my trip, Club Med asked me to create my ideal bucket list for the trip! I’m not much of a bucket list kind of person, but I thought I’d give it a try & get in the Club Med spirit. Without further adieu, here’s how I conquered my Paradise Bucket List, while having the best resort experience in my life!
Bucket List #1: Shoot Beautiful Drone Footage
I could write a big paragraph of how happy & excited I was to take beautiful & colourful drone shots for the first time, but pictures speak louder than words.
The surroundings at Club Med were so perfect and serene, it made creating drone footage a little too easy!
Bucket List #2: Go Sailing
When I first got my itinerary, there was one item that stuck out amongst the rest: sailing. I’ve always wanted to go sailing, ever since I was a little kid. There’s something so aesthetically nautical about sailing, but it can be difficult to sail when you live in the concrete jungle that is Toronto!
I was the only one in my group to want to go sailing, so I convinced our Club Med representative, Julien, to take me sailing (it worked!). We took the sail boat about 400-500 metres from the shoreline, just far enough to get into a serene vibe.
Club Med actually had a LOT of different water sports in addition to sailing, such as kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. I’ve been to a number of all-inclusive resorts, and I can honestly say I was impressed by how many “included activities” were available. I ended up going kayaking after our sailing activity was over!
Bucket List #3: Try Acrobatics at Creactive By Cirque du Soleil
I think the most unique part of Club Med is its acrobatics centre, called Creactive. The family-friendly playground is a great addition to the resort, as it gives both kids & adults a fun escape from traditional activities. I don’t know about you, but I’m not the kind of person that can sit on a beach for 7 days… I need alternatives! At Creactive, there’s over 30 different acrobatic activities, so if you’re travelling in a group there’s something for everyone’s interests.
SO! Let’s talk about my experience with Creactive’s playground. Well, instead of talking about it, just watch…
Bucket List #4: Get Some R&R
Whenever I travel to a sunny destination, there’s always the necessary visit to the spa! There’s something about a spa visit on vacation that’s like peanut butter and jelly… they just work together. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Club Med has a men’s only spa, where they have trained staff to deal with men’s haircuts & spa services. Now, I’m VERY picky with my haircut, so much that I only go to a very specific barber 40 minutes from my apartment. I can honestly say that I received one of the best haircuts at Club Med’s Men’s Spa by L’Occitane.
Bucket List #5: Make Friends (ahh this sounds so sad, but hear me out!)
Since this was a media trip, I often don’t know anyone else while travelling. On this specific trip, I was the only person to not know at least 1 or 2 people, which can be super intimidating! I get a lot of questions around solo travel, and since its part of my job, I’ve experienced it a number of times.
It’s taken me a while to get used to the idea of making friends while travelling, but I’ve gotten the hang of it – and I’m starting to enjoy it! When you’re travelling with pre-established friends, you’re always on someone else’s schedule. Whether the bulk of your friends want to swim while you want to tan, there’s always a struggle between what the majority wants, and what you actually want to do. Travelling solo, and making friends along the way, gives you the perfect balance. You don’t necessarily feel bad when you turn down an offer to hang by the beach, or play volleyball, but you always have the option of joining in on the group later.
For myself, this trip had the perfect balance of group activities & solo time, and it was rooted in the fact that I travelled alone. So I’d challenge you to try travelling solo to your next destination, but be open to the idea of making a friend or two along the way. You never know who you’ll meet!
A big thank you to Club Med for including me in their first ever Canadian Influencer Media Trip. The memories will last a lifetime!