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Best Club Med resorts for families

Club Med were trailblazers when it came to family-friendly, all inclusive holidays with a touch of luxury. But are they still a thing, and are Club Med holidays worth the money? We consulted real families to find out.

By Melanie Macleod | Last updated Sep 14, 2022

Best Club Med resorts for families

We all know holidays can be expensive, and with the cost of living rising on what feels like a daily basis, splashing out on a no-expenses spared holiday might not be top of your to-do list. 

If you are lucky enough to be planning a well-earned family holiday this year, one way to keep your budget in check is on an all-inclusive holiday. And nobody does all-inclusive quite like Club Med - and they just so happen to have a collection of seriously impressive family-friendly Club Med resorts, to cater to your every whim. 

When we say all-inclusive, we don’t just mean your meals plus local spirits and wine. When Club Med talks all-inclusive, they mean everything, so when you pay for the trip, you don’t need to worry about spending another penny once you’re on your holiday. Flights, transfers, activities, childcare and experiences are all included - taking the weight off your mind that you’ll be spending even more money once your plane lands. 

Which are the best Club Med resorts for families?

1. Best Club Med ski resort: Club Med Valmorel, France

Valmorel Club Med

Club Med Valmorel, France | Check availability

“It is a few years old but still very nice. We loved the residence and resort.” Myrtilles

Anyone who’s been on a ski holiday will know that they’re one of the trickiest family trips to plan, because you need to consider everything from ski hire and lessons, to lift passes. Club Med takes all the faffing away, for a seamless, fuss-free holiday, leaving you free to hit the slopes rather than bothering with bindings and looking for ski lessons. 

Club Med Valmorel will delight everyone from the youngest of children to the most discerning of adults, with spa facilities for a dose of relaxation, as well as ski lessons for kids from four upwards. Children two years and older are kept busy with sledging, plus there are dedicated skiing areas specifically designed for children and teens.

If you fancy a break from skiing one day, Club Med Valmorel also offers nordic walking, plus there’s an indoor pool, two bars and three restaurants. Visitors to the hotel rave about the quality of the food, dining on everything from sushi, oysters and fresh seafood to beef wellington, foie gras and pizzas. Plus the resort is around 30 miles from Chambery airport. 

Fans of Club Med Valmorel also praise the hired ski equipment (no scuffed boots here!) and how accommodating the staff are, with one reviewer saying they went in a group of 23, and were able to sit together for every meal! 

Visitors were also impressed by the ski slopes, with one saying it’s the best ski-in ski-out resort they’ve ever been to - high praise indeed. 

2. Best Club Med resort in Italy: Club Med Pragelato-Sestriere

Club Med Pragelato-Sestriere

Club Med Pragelato-Sestrier, Italy | Check availability

“We've done Italian Club Med and it was great. They make it all very easy for you and the kids loved the food.turkeyboots

For a quintessentially Italian mountain village feel this is the best Club Med resort in Italy, with 2,207 ‘excellent’ ratings on Tripadvisor.

Situated 65km from Turin airport, the resort is tucked away in a peaceful valley, with ski-in ski-out accommodation for a super-relaxed break that feels a million miles away from stressful ski holidays.

The resort has a heated indoor pool, and is great if you have older children, with clubs suitable for kids up to 17. 

Foodies will fall for this Italian Club Med - on top of the three restaurants, there are also traditional Italian aperitivo snacks on offer, with risotto balls a firm favourite among visitors. 

Spa-lovers will be equally thrilled, with top quality manicures and massages on offer, as well as yoga and stretching classes to ease any aches and pains after a day on the slopes. 

Reviewers say the resort has a buzzy atmosphere, so if you’re after fun apres-ski, this is the Italian Club Med to go for. 

3. Best Club Med resort in Asia: Club Med Cherating

Club Med Cherating

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“Definitely worth the price, the food options were very good, all the in house activities/kids clubs on offer were very good.” swooningmonkey

The Club Med name might suggest that the resorts are all based in the Mediterranean, but this is far from the truth - Club Med’s iconic holiday spots are also in far flung destinations, including this dreamy Malaysian location.

If you and your family love exploring and have a sense of adventure, this is the best Asian Club Med to book into. It’s set in a lush forest, and if you listen hard enough, you’ll hear gibbons chattering away in the nearby trees. 

You can treat yourself to a massage set to the sound of the ocean in open air pagodas, or challenge yourself with rock climbing and sailing sessions. There’s even an adults-only pool for an ulta-relaxing swim.

There are three restaurant options, one with a glorious jungle backdrop, and another oceanside, offering cuisines including Malay, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Korean and even Italian. Reviewers are quick to praise the food, complementing the variety and quality, with one fan even writing: “The food is very diverse and delicious and you will quickly realise that gaining some weight is inevitable after this trip.”

Entertainment at this Asian Club Med also gets a big tick from reviewers, who even called it “the main attraction” of the resort, with dance and acrobatic shows on offer. 

If you prefer a short transfer, you’ll be pleased to know that the local airport, Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport, is approximately 17 miles away from the resort. If you fly into Kuala Lumpur airport, it’s about a 3.5 hour drive.

4. Best Club Med resort in Greece: Club Med Gregolimano

Club Med Gregolimano

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“Gregolimano in Greece is fabulous. The locations are stunning and grounds incredible.” BillieEilish

On the picturesque Island of Evia you’ll find this sprawling Greek Club Med resort, set on a secluded golden beach, surrounded by tranquil forest. 

As with any Greek trip, you can expect to try your hand at a variety of watersports including wakeboarding and diving, and less typical of a Greek island, kids can enjoy a trapeze class - nobody can say Club Med holidays don’t offer variety!

If you can bear to tear yourself away from the scenic resort, tours of local sights are on offer too, to visit impressive rock formations, plus there are two restaurants and nightly entertainment. 

This Greek Club Med resort has close to 4,000 ‘excellent’ reviews on Tripadvisor, with many saying it was great for their kids, catering to ages three to 17 equally well. That said, one reviewer went on their honeymoon with no kids in tow, and still highly rated the resort. 

One negative visitors note is that the resort has mainly French visitors, with one writing: “If your kids don’t speak French, they may have trouble mingling with other kids.”

The transfer from the airport takes around two hours, which is important to know if you have little ones who don’t love car journeys!

5. Best Club Med resort for couples: Club Med La Plantation d'Albion, Mauritius

Club Med La Plantation d'Albion, Mauritius

Club Med La Plantation d’Albion | Check availability

Club Med resorts are known for being luxurious, but one in particular that people praise for extra special touches is this heavenly spot in Mauritius - especially if you’re looking for a Club Med resort for your honeymoon.

This resort goes the extra mile to make your all inclusive holiday feel special, with Champagne from 6pm to toast the evening, before you head to one of the resort’s two restaurants, offering delights such as Mauritian wraps, buddha bowls and falafel, along with detox drinks to help you feel the peak of health. These can even be delivered to your sun lounger, so there’s no need to lift a finger. 

Evening entertainment is in another league at this Mauritian Club Med, with fireworks, a formal night and an on-trend Ibiza-style ‘white night’ all set under moonlit skies. 

There’s an adults only pool if you want a break from children, though little ones are likely to be super-busy, with activities including trapeze and kayaking, while adults can take part in yoga, paddle boarding, golf and scuba diving - there’s no chance of getting bored here! There are even dolphin-spotting trips on offer.

This resort is 34 miles from the airport, with guests calling the transfer ‘seamless’. 

6. Best Club Med resort in France: La Palmyre Atlantique

La Palmyre Atlantique

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“We loved it! Kids still talk about it. The site feels lovely and spacious, and safe for the kids to roam.” EmmaCB1

For an escape from reality, book into this sprawling resort, nestled between beach and forest, with vineyards in easy reach, as well as salt marshes to explore. If you love the ideas of lounging on the beach, but easily get bored, this varied resort will be right up your street, with the city of Bordeaux close enough for a day trip. 

Activities on offer at this French Club Med include tennis, golf, sailing, mountain biking and horse riding on the beach, while children can turn their hand at archery, for a Robin Hood moment.

There are two restaurants - one of which has been divided into six different areas, depending on your mood, and three bars, including a quiet poor bar if you want to read, with a glass of wine in hand. Fresh smoothies are on offer too for a health hit, while reviewers praise fresh seafood as a highlight, particularly oysters and langoustines.

Fans of the resort say it’s a great spot for holidaying with grown-up children, with many families returning year after year.

Reviewers also praise this Club Med as perfect for allowing children a little independence, to make their way to activities on their own, safe in the knowledge they’re protected in the friendly, secure environment.

Bordeaux airport is two hours away, while La Rochelle is an hour and a half.

7. Best Club Med resort in Portugal: De Balaia

De Balaia Club Med

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“The best food and accommodation was in De Balaia in Portugal and I thought this was a great Club Med - the food was almost phenomenal.” JohnCheese

The Algarve has a reputation for laidback luxury, and this spot in the popular Albufeira area embodies that ethos, with rocky beaches melting into leafy forests, with golf par for the course.

The food is something fans of this Portuguese Club Med wax lyrical about, with two restaurants (and a well-stocked wine cellar) available for guests. Food on offer ranges from scallops to tomahawk steak, foie gras and lobster - a far cry from what you might expect from all inclusive food!

Families with young children note how refreshing it is to have a baby club on site, allowing them to have a real, grown-up feeling holiday as a couple, confident that their little one was being looked after, plus it’s only a Club Balaia is only a 40 minute transfer from the airport, which is great for mini holiday-makers.

Other guests praised the lively vibe of the resort, with top-notch entertainment and live music, with the circus club receiving a special shout out. 

Guests do mention that French is the main language spoken by staff and guests throughout the resort, which can be difficult for non-French speakers.

8. Best Club Med for young children: Club Med Opio en Provence

Club Med Opio en Provence

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More than just a haven for rose lovers, Provence makes for a great spot to take young children on their first Club Med holiday, with reviewers heralding the kids club for its fantastic offering.

Many visitors said the hosts of the kids club went out of their way to make their children feel welcome and ease anxiety, ensuring they felt comfortable and happy. Once your children are busy with their activities, including golf and competitive tournaments, adults will be pleased to find there’s a secluded, chilled out adults-only pool for relaxing by.

There are three chic restaurants, one with impressive mountain reviews, and while fans of the resort say the food is varied and delicious, the breathtaking backdrops are what make it extra special. 

This French Club Med doesn’t have as wide an offering of activities as some of the other resorts in our edit, but is a great first-try for young families wanting to try the Club Med holiday experience on their own schedule. Plus Nice airport is just 18km away, for a simple transfer.

9. Best Club Med for older kids: Club Med Palmiye

Club Med Palmiye

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Set under the Taurus mountains, this Turkish Club Med resort will be a surefire hit with older children thanks to the exciting array of activities - and the social-media-worthy scenery.

This resort has a club specifically for 11 to 17 year-olds, called Club Passworld, with teen-friendly activities including wakeboarding, waterskiing, windsurfing and even a teen spa.

Adults aren’t left out either; paddle boarding, kayaking and a world class spa are all available. 

There are four impressive restaurants - one with its own moat - so you’ll never tire of the food, no matter if you’re in the mood for a fancy vibe or laid back mealtimes. 

The resort has over 5,000 ‘excellent’ rated reviews on Tripadvisor, with fans wowed by everything from the ‘outstanding’ and ‘unbelievably good’ food to the amazing array of watersports on offer. 

Antalya airport is one hour away. 

Is Club Med still a thing?

Absolutely! Club Med has close to 80 resorts worldwide, in destinations including Europe, Asia, Africa, America or the Caribbean. 

Club Med specialises in all-inclusive holidays - not just your drinks and meals, but all activities are included too, so once you’re paid up, you won’t need to reach for your wallet (or ApplePay!) even once.

Club Med does all different holidays, from skiing, to sun-drenched beach trips to adventure-packed watersports holidays. One thing you can guarantee is you won’t get bored - or go hungry.

Is Club Med adults only?

Club Med is known as a family holiday destination, but if you fall in love with the atmosphere of the resorts so much you want to go without children, there are two adults only Club Med resorts, including Turkoise in Turks & Caicos and Kemer in Turkey.

Other resorts have adults-only ‘zen zones’ which offer private pools, adults-only beaches and bars. Resorts with these include Da Balaia in Portugal, Bali in Indonesia, Opio en Provence in France, Punta Cana in Dominican Republic, Palmiye in Turkey, La Plantation d’Albion and La Pointe aux Canonniers in Mauritius.

Do Club Med prices include flights?

Yes, Club Med prices include everything, from your flight, to your transfer and everything at the resort when you get there. 

Child care is included too, which is why Club Med holidays are such a hit with families. 

How much does it cost to stay at a Club Med?

Mumsnet forum users frequently note that Club Med holidays are pricey - always adding that they’re well worth the price, but given that everything is included, the total can seem expensive.

To save money, Club Med offers a 5% discount to those who book six months or more in advance. If you want a real bargain, they also have late all-inclusive holidays, which offer a 20% saving. 

Prices vary between resorts and seasons, so be prepared for differences in price.

What does Club Med stand for?

Club Med is an abbreviation of Club Mediterranean, ie. a mediterranean club. 

How we chose our recommendations 

In our quest to find the best Club Med resorts for families, we scoured the Mumsnet forums for Mumsnetter approved resorts, that our readers have given their seal of approval - because there’s nobody we trust more than our users. 

We also kept a close eye on TripAdvisor reviews, to make sure the ones our Mumsnetters recommended were also big hits across the board. 

Our edit of the Club Med resorts for families takes into consideration what kind of holiday they offer (because chilled beach breaks and action-packed ski trips couldn’t be more different!), as well as which age children it caters to, and how far it is from the airport, because we know time is precious. 

Why you should trust us

We work hard to provide unbiased, independent advice you can trust. We do sometimes earn revenue through affiliate (click-to-buy) links in our articles. This helps us fund more helpful articles like this one.

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