Club Med Alpe d’Huez Opens December 15 as an All- New, Upscale Family Ski Resort
Club Med invests $110 million to renovate its all-inclusive ski resort, Alpe d’Huez, and launches new promotion to encourage families to ski the Alps
MIAMI (Aug. 1, 2019) – Club Med, the leader of all-inclusive mountain vacations, today announced details of the upcoming opening of its reimagined ski resort in the Savoie region of the French Alps, Club Med Alpe d’Huez. Opening December 15, the resort – situated 6,100 feet high in the Grandes Rousses mountains – will once again welcome guests, providing an all-new upscale experience. The resort recently completed a $110 million renovation, earning it its “Fourth Trident,” to provide guests with an elevated, four-star winter family vacation experience.
Club Med Alpe d’Huez’s renovation transforms the resort into a trendy, modern and multi-faceted experience for multigenerational families, couples, friends and solo adventurers looking to cross skiing in the Alps off their bucket list. The ski-in/ski-out resort provides chic accommodations, authentic food and beverage options, a wide range of ski and snowboard experiences, new activities for all ages, and breathtaking views overlooking the Southern Alps. With 300 days of sunshine per year, the resort’s warm and comfortable atmosphere will welcome both winter sports and summer biking/hiking enthusiasts.
“Club Med Alpe d’Huez provides travelers with the perfect all-inclusive accommodations this ski season to explore the surrounding ski domain and charming towns,” says Sabrina Cendral, vice president of marketing and digital for Club Med North America. “Not only can guests enjoy the resort’s must-try experiences, such as a torch-lit ski descent under the moonlight, but they can also enjoy several après-ski activities in the comfort of the resort. The interiors have been designed to embody the mountain spirit while incorporating the latest digital innovations to create an authentic and hassle-free Alpine vacation for guests of all ages and backgrounds.”
The 441-room resort boasts three separate accommodation categories – Superior Rooms, Deluxe Rooms and Suites – that are customizable to fit guests’ comfort preference. Upon entering their room, guests will be met with a mountain-inspired design blended with bright colors, patterns and prints for a modern, upscale twist. Families seeking two-bedroom accommodations can opt for the Family Superior Room category or the Suite category. Suites also feature two bathrooms, an in-room lounge and private terrace overlooking the valley.
The resort’s panoramic views of the valley and slopes extend all the way through its restaurants as well, offering the perfect backdrop for its multicultural and refined gastronomy. The resort will feature two restaurants and one main bar:
- Le Pic Blanc, the resort’s main restaurant, is split into three different dining halls: the Randonnée Room, featuring a laid-back array of blues and greens with direct views of the chefs preparing the international dishes; the Ski Room, which reflects the glimmering whites and icy blues of the surrounding mountain slopes with touches of color and ski lift chair-inspired tables; and the Vélo Room, which plays host to convivial dining tables and a modern royal blend of purple and gold hues.
- The Gourmet Lounge creates a cozy, chic and relaxed environment to explore a variety of Alpine delicacies and treats, including all-you-care-to-eat gourmet meals, afternoon tea, a healthy corner, a
wine cellar, and a selection of local produce, accompanied by live music. Guests can also choose
between indoor and outdoor seating.
• Le Névé, the resort’s main open bar, is the perfect meeting spot for guests to recharge and relax with
friends or family after a day out on the slopes. Snacks and beverages are served all day and evening, complemented by the valley views. Bright earthy colors, wooden elements and ornate decor give way to an authentic mountain spirit with a contemporary design that transforms into a theater in the evening for nightly live entertainment.
Outside the resort walls, guests can enjoy the convenience of a ski-in/ski-out area that opens to the L’Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine ski region with more than 155 miles of ski runs, including 18 black trails, 28 red trails, 31 blue trails and 34 green trails. Altitudes range between 5,905 feet and 10,925 feet. As part of Club Med’s all-inclusive ski package, guests will receive a ski lift pass and have access to daily group ski and snowboard lessons, ranging from beginner to advanced. New for this ski season, guests can also participate in fun-filled family-dedicated lessons with two designated slopes for kids as young as four years old.
Guests seeking active experiences outside of traditional skiing and snowboarding can also opt for the following activities: snowshoeing, hiking, Nordic walking, cross-country skiing, skijoring, dog sledding, paragliding, rail sledding, ice skating, swimming lessons at the resort’s indoor pool, and the resort’s must-try experience of virtual reality sledding. For a more relaxing experience, guests can also self-indulge at the Club Med Spa by PAYOT and at an adult-exclusive wellness lounge with calm music, essential oils, comfy seating areas, and yoga and meditation classes.
The resort features an extensive program for children between 4 months and 17 years of age. A new “Happy Lounge” will provide a dedicated area for families next to the children’s clubs with amenities such as an international library of children’s books, multicultural board games, a playground with climbing walls, a drawing wall and kid-friendly modular furniture.
Club Med’s Ski Season Promotion
To provide American families with an extra incentive to travel to the Alps, Club Med recently launched a new promotion. Guests who book by Aug. 27 can save up to 30 percent off their vacation for select dates between Nov. 24, 2019, and May 3, 2020. The offer is available at more than 15 Alpine ski resorts, including the new Alpe d’Huez, the recently opened Les Arcs Panorama, as well as gest-favorites like Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon and Val Thorens.
Club Med’s all-inclusive ski package includes premium accommodations, ski lift passes, group ski and snowboard lessons, personal equipment lockers, gourmet meals and snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, children’s clubs, activities, fitness classes, evening entertainment, Wi-Fi and gratuities. Guests can also add on flights, transfers and ski equipment to their packages.
Club Med Alpe d’Huez is situated two and a half hours from the Geneva airport, two hours from the Lyon airport, and 90 minutes from the Grenoble airport.
For more information, visit clubmed.us.
About Club Med
Club Med, founded in 1950 by Gérard Blitz, is the pioneer of the all-inclusive concept, offering approximately 70 premium resorts in stunning locations around the world including North and South America, Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean. Each Club Med resort features authentic local style and comfortably upscale accommodations, superior sports programming and activities, enriching children’s programs, gourmet dining, and warm and friendly service by its world-renown staff with legendary hospitality skills, an all- encompassing energy and diverse backgrounds.
Club Med operates in more than 30 countries and continues to maintain its authentic Club Med spirit with an international staff of more than 23,000 employees from more than 110 different nationalities. Led by its pioneering spirit, Club Med continues to grow and adapt to each market with three to five new resort openings or renovations per year, including a new Alpine ski resort annually.
CLUB MED REVEALS THE CULINARY CONCEPTS OF ITS FIRST EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION RESORT IN THE AMERICAS: CLUB MED MICHÈS PLAYA ESMERALDA
The culinary program at Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda will offer guests a dozen different options for refined gastronomy and beverage options, including a first-of-its-kind children’s “candy speakeasy”
The Ultimate Gourmet Dining and Lounge Experience
MIAMI (Aug. 2019) – Club Med, the pioneer of the all-inclusive concept, is raising the bar on its product offering by opening its first Exclusive Collection resort in the Americas on Nov. 23, 2019. Today, the company released additional information detailing the resort’s extensive and refined culinary and beverage program, as well as new visuals, including the much-anticipated Secret Chocolate Room in the family restaurant, Cacao & Co. Upon check-in, guests will enjoy access to four unique restaurants, four open-bar lounges, three wine cellars and a locally-sourced coffee house.
The resort’s gastronomy will be led by Executive Chef Thierry Van Rillaer. Trained at several Michelin two- and three-star restaurants in Brussels, Chef Van Rillaer will oversee the menu, teams and operations of the resort’s four all-inclusive restaurants. His vision will combine the best of local produce with his own unique savoir-faire.
Cayuco Market – Main Restaurant
Cayuco Market will serve as the resort’s main restaurant, offering three varying dining room (one of which is exclusive for adults), including an indoor/outdoor terrace. The multi-destination eatery will offer a culinary journey around the world with more than 10 delectable cuisine stations, including: French, Italian, Asian, Grill, Healthy Corner, Raw Bar, and a station dedicated to locally sourced, authentic Dominican dishes. Cayuco Market will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Coal & Copper – Steakhouse
Coal & Copper is a specialty restaurant with an industrial and urban décor that introduces a trendy vibe for guests. The terrace and open-kitchen design concept with a central grill will charm guests who opt for the restaurant’s delectable selection of iconic meats and dry aged beef, paired with signature cocktails and desserts. This restaurant will be open for dinner only.
Cacao & Co. – Family Restaurant
Coco Plum – Beach Lounge
Overlooking the unspoiled Miches beach, the Coco Plum Beach Lounge will be the perfect place to enjoy a meal while taking in the ocean views and breeze. The laid-back atmosphere is open for lunch and dinner and offers a large variety of options, from all-day snacks and bite-size dishes to an exceptional lobster sampler menu for dinner.
Cacao & Co. is a colorful, playscape-inspired dining option specifically designed with families and children in mind, serving locally-sourced, farm-to-table food with a low environmental footprint. Every step of the experience will incorporate a form of the restaurant’s signature chocolate touch. During lunch time, Cacao & Co. will be open only for children participating in the resort’s Mini Club program and will open for families for dinner. During dinner time, families will participate in a three-step culinary journey: first, the family will collaborate on a hands-on guacamole preparation experience; second, families will have a playful choice of fun-sized dishes to share; thirdly, once dinner is over, children can gain access to the first-ever Secret Chocolate Room.
The Dominican Republic is home to world-class chocolate and is one of the world’s largest producers of organic cacao. To honor this important agricultural development, Club Med is partnering with Xocolat to supply all the chocolate for the Cacao & Co. dining experience. Xocolat is a local Dominican chocolate brand that produces high- quality cocoa and is known for being the first company to create handmade chocolates using the island’s cocoa beans. The chocolate will be fully locally sourced and organic, and will be present in all three steps of the dining journey .
The Secret Chocolate Room – Introducing the industry’s first “children’s speakeasy”
Club Med is trading in the cocktails for candy with the all-new Secret Chocolate Room experience, located within the Cacao & Co. family restaurant, and providing guests with locally sourced premium chocolate delicacies (through the partnership with Xocolat). This special, one-in-a-lifetime treat is designed to impress children and create memories that last a lifetime. As the last part of the three-step dining journey of the restaurant, the Secret Chocolate Room acts as a “speakeasy” for children.
Throughout the dinner experience, children will receive clues that will allow them to crack the entrance code to the hidden room through their participation. At the end of dinner, and once they find the location to the hidden room, children will have to input a special code into a tablet at the entrance of the Secret Chocolate Room.
If the code is correct, magical doors will open with a welcoming ceremony, including a spectacle of sounds and light, and grant the children access to a room full of unlimited sweets. Once inside, children can enjoy three different types of chocolate fountains, as well as additional dessert options like candies, cakes, ice cream and more.
The Main Bar
The resort’s Main Bar is located at the heart of the resort for all guests to mingle, relax and enjoy a drink. The Main Bar will feature an indoor/outdoor bar with a connected terrace and an indoor climbing wall for those seeking an extra fun thrill. During the evening, the space will transform into the entertainment hub as it connects directly to the theater.
El Limon Bar
Wellness seekers will find their new favorite drink at El Limon Bar, Club Med’s first swim-up bar concept. Located inside the adult-exclusive Emerald Jungle boutique village (the resort’s Zen Oasis space), and within the natural pool, this bar will feature health-minded options. Guests can expect fresh fruit smoothies, detox waters and juices, as well as imaginative cocktails with a twist.
Coco Plum – Beach Lounge Bar
As part of the Coco Plum Beach Lounge restaurant, Coco Plum will also house a dedicated bar and lounge. Here, guests can kick back with a drink in hand and take in the sounds of the rolling ocean waves paired with bands playing live music every evening. The rum bar will serve local specialties and cocktails. Coco Plum also plays host to one of the three La Cava wine cellars.
La Perla Bar
La Perla Bar is an exclusive bar and pool dedicated solely to guests staying in the family-dedicated Suites of the Explorer Cove boutique village. The oceanfront bar will offer food and beverage components created for kids and their parents, including mocktails, popcorn, churros, cotton candy and daily surprises.
The Coffee House
Located at the heart of the resort, The Coffee House will offer guests a variety of locally sourced coffee and drinks. Guests will find fruits, fresh juices, savory snacks, frozen yogurts, pastries, cupcakes, breakfast items, and caffeine-rich beverages to either start their day or for an afternoon pick-me-up. The Coffee House will also offer Miches-themed chocolate boxes, also in partnership with Xocolat.
La Cava – Three Wine Cellars
Guests seeking a more customized and elevated experience can visit one of three La Cava wine cellars at the resort. La Cava houses a varied range of domestic and international wines and spirits for purchase with the help of an in-house sommelier. Guests can enjoy tastings and pairings in the plush, cozy lounge or have their bottle delivered to one of the restaurants to accompany their dinner. La Cava wine cellars can be found at the heart of the resort (one dedicated to wine, and one dedicated to spirits), and at the Coco Plum Beach Lounge Bar.
About Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda
Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda is Club Med’s first Exclusive Collection resort in the Americas. Opening on the unspoiled beach of Miches in the Dominican Republic, the 93-acre property will be the first resort to open in this region. As part of the Exclusive Collection, the resort will be characterized by its premium accommodations, exceptional hospitality and service, exclusively beautiful location, refined dining concepts and lounges, transformational experiences, and unique architecture and design elements.
Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda features a first-of-its-kind design that seamlessly blends four distinct boutique villages together to create a personalized, customizable and intimate experience catered to each guest. The villages include Archipelago, an adult-exlcusive and sophisticated oceanfront sanctuary; Emerald Jungle, an adult-exclusive and relaxing retreat where peace and wellness meet; Explorer Cove, a dynamic retreat offering families a treasure trove of activities; and Caribbean Paradise, the alluring heart of the resort full of lush tropical gardens and colorful surprises.
As part of its eco-chic concept, Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda’s design and architecture is devoted to the surrounding region, minimizing its environmental impact. The resort enacts a no single-use plastic policy and various green initiatives – such as a tree replanting program and strict industry certifications – to keep as much of the land’s ecological essence so guests who visit the resort understand the natural beauty that first attracted many locals to the destination.
Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda opens Nov. 23, 2019.
For more information, visit www.clubmed.us/miches or follow the resort’s Instagram and Facebook channels. About Club Med
Club Med, founded in 1950 by Gérard Blitz, is the pioneer of the all-inclusive concept, offering approximately 70 premium resorts in stunning locations around the world including North and South America, Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean. Each Club Med resort features authentic local style and comfortably upscale accommodations, superior sports programming and activities, enriching children’s programs, gourmet dining, and warm and friendly service by its world-renown staff with legendary hospitality skills, an all-encompassing energy and diverse backgrounds.
Club Med operates in more than 30 countries and continues to maintain its authentic Club Med spirit with an international staff of more than 23,000 employees from more than 110 different nationalities. Led by its pioneering spirit, Club Med continues to grow and adapt to each market with at least five new resort openings or full renovations per year, including a new Alpine ski resort annually.
CLUB MED SANDPIPER BAY’S NEW “SPECTACULAR MONTHS” INTRODUCES FAMILY-FRIENDLY CELEBRATIONS STARTING JULY 2019
Club Med Sandpiper Bay’s Spectacular Months presents a dynamic lineup of events at Florida’s best all-inclusive family resort, with celebrations starting July 2019 and going through June 2020.
MIAMI (March 28, 2019) – Club Med Sandpiper Bay announced today the introduction of its new Spectacular Months. The program is a dynamic lineup of annual events at the all-inclusive family-friendly resort, kicking off July 2019 and continuing through June 2020. Club Med Sandpiper Bay’s Spectacular Months will offer six uniquely themed Spectaculars that elevate the resort’s current activities and experiences, each lasting approximately two months. Club Med Sandpiper Bay is Club Med’s only U.S.-based resort, nestled on the St. Lucie River in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
“Florida’s year-round warm weather and our all-inclusive formula makes Club Med Sandpiper Bay an excellent choice for family vacations at any time during the year,” expressed Sabrina Cendral, Vice President of Marketing for Club Med North America. “We created Club Med Sandpiper Bay’s Spectacular Months to provide guests with a different experience based on what time of the year they visit. Many of the activities offered during this time are always available in our resort, and so we have identified key themes that will elevate those experiences to a new level and introduce new offerings to provide our guests with celebrations pertaining to their interests.”
Club Med Sandpiper Bay’s Spectacular Months include:
Splash-tacular Months (July-August 2019)
Kicking off the new programming is Club Med’s Splash-tacular Months, celebrating all fun-in-the-water activities. Water sports fans can rejoice in free unlimited waterskiing and wakeboarding activities during these two months. As part of the splashy fun, guests can also enjoy water polo tournaments, sailing armadas and pool games. Additional new passions waiting to be discovered include paddleboarding, sailing, and sunset kayaking.
Zen-tacular Months (September-October 2019)
Club Med’s Zen-tacular Months are designed for guests to bring home serenity. Well- deserved peace and reflection is at the forefront with Club Med Spa by L’Occitane’s introduction of its newest nighttime renewing massage and free beauty workshops. All- inclusive wellness activities during these months will include yoga, power walk sessions, Pilates, Zumba, flexibility and meditation classes. Fresh juices, detox waters and healthy food options will round out these wellness-focused months.
Fest-tacular Months (November – December 2019)
Club Med’s Fest-tacular Months offer guests varying activities to celebrate the holidays in a festive, sunny wonderland. The festivities during this time include interactive activities, holiday-inspired gourmet dinners, specialty cocktails (and mocktails), wine and paint activities, and festive nightly shows. Chef demonstrations and cooking classes provide a convivial atmosphere for families to create memories together. (Guests who visit during this time will even learn the secret recipe to Club Med’s famous white chocolate bread.)
Golf-tacular Months (January-February 2020)
Club Med’s Golf-tacular Months are sure to elevate the golf enthusiasts’ game up a notch or let newcomers bring home new moves. Guests can improve their swing with professional golf coaching from the Club Med Academies, practice sessions and group lessons at the on-site 18-hole golf course. Special tournaments and free performance analysis will also take place at this time. Those looking for cross training opportunities have more than 20 different sports and activities to choose from, including pickleball, tennis and aqua gym.
Circus-tacular Months (March-April 2020)
Club Med’s Circus-tacular Months are for all the kids and kids-at-heart who have ever dreamed of running away with the circus. Guests who visit during this time will able to enjoy the year-round flying trapeze lessons and up the thrill with additional circus activities, like the aerial silks, lyra (hoop), Spanish web, trampoline and mask painting. Special circus-themed areas and activities will pop up unexpectedly and Club Med’s superstar circus teams from other resorts will stop by to teach guests how to leave limits at home and bring home a newfound confidence.
Explore-tacular Months (May-June 2020)
Club Med’s Explore-tacular Months are the perfect time to celebrate all of Florida’s beautiful treasures. These months are dedicated to all things Florida, reveling in the year-round warm climate with memorable sunsets on the lake, kayak tours on the St. Lucie River, wine and paint events, and themed nightly shows. Guests who visit during this time will receive in-resort credit applicable toward excursions to Miami and Florida’s Everglades.
Rates during Club Med Sandpiper Bay’s Spectacular Months start at $115 per person, per night and guests who use the promo code EXTRAS at checkout will receive extra savings on in-resort experiences during their stay.
Many new surprises, activities and perks await guests who book during Club Med Sandpiper Bay’s Spectacular Months. Additional details regarding the special happenings will be announced throughout the year.
For more information and bookings, visit www.clubmed.us/Sandpiper.
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About Club Med Sandpiper Bay
Club Med Sandpiper Bay is the best all-inclusive destination for active families in Florida. Located on the East Coast of Florida, the resort is conveniently located less than two hours from Miami and Orlando, and approximately one hour from the Palm Beach International Airport. The resort stretches along the banks of the St. Lucie River with lush vegetation and features family-sized accommodations, four pools (one exclusive for adults), more than included 20 sports and activities, Club Med Academies (a professional sports academy for the best instruction in tennis, golf, volleyball, soccer, swimming and personal fitness), an 18-hole golf course, two restaurants, two bars, a Club Med Spa by L’Occitane, and world-renown children’s clubs. Club Med Sandpiper Bay is a Green Globe-certified resort committed to sustainable development and operations.
About Club Med
Club Med, founded in 1950, is the pioneer of the all-inclusive concept, offering approximately 70 premium resorts in stunning locations around the world including North and South America, Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean. Each Club Med resort features authentic local style and comfortably upscale accommodations, superior sports programming and activities, enriching children’s programs, gourmet dining, and warm and friendly service by its world-renown staff with legendary hospitality skills, an all-encompassing energy and diverse backgrounds.