is known for inventing the all-inclusive vacation. That was nearly 70 years ago, in 1950. That doesn't mean the company is resting on its laurels, however. In fact, it's doing the opposite: To stay fresh after so many years, it plans to renovate five existing resorts and open an average of five news ones every year for the next five years, it announced yesterday.
"For more than 65 years, Club Med has continuously worked to improve and adapt to consumer demands and trends," said Xavier Mufraggi, CEO of Club Med North America. "This entrepreneurial driving spirit has allowed us to remain an energetic and diverse place for travelers with upscale accommodations, superior sports programming, enriching children's programs, gourmet dining, and legendary hospitality skills."
Consistent with its growth plans, Club Med announced five renovations and expansions that will take place this year at existing resorts, and three new openings -- which are in addition to four new resorts opened within the past few months.
Among the resorts receiving a facelift are:
• Club Med Turkoise
in Turks and Caicos, which will complete a renovation in May that includes new deluxe-level rooms with balconies, a redesigned pool and reception area, a new main bar, a renovated dining space with a new wine cellar, a new wellness area, and updated technology;
• Club Med Buccaneer's Creek
in Martinique, French West Indies, which this summer will turn its existing specialty restaurant, L'o, into a new beach lounge with all-day dining;
• Club Med Cancún Yucatán
(pictured) in Cancún, Mexico, which in July will open an expansion with 60 new family guest rooms -- with separate sleeping areas for parents and children -- and a new oceanfront pool;
• Club Med Guilin
in Guilin, China, which in January opened a 9,700-square-foot, two-story indoor sports complex with a climbing wall and trampoline; a virtual reality game room; a multi-sport playground with volleyball, basketball, and badminton; and a circus experience with juggling, unicycling, balance exercises, and an indoor flying trapeze; and
• Club Med Kani
in the Maldives, which early this year will debut a new scuba-diving center as well as updates to the overwater suites at its Manta Exclusive Collection space, where it also will introduce a new welcome lounge, beach restaurant, and bar lounge.
Meanwhile, new openings -- recent and forthcoming -- include:
• Club Med Cefalù
in Sicily, Italy, which will open this summer with more than 300 rooms, three restaurants, three bars, and a spa;
• Les Arcs Panorama
in Savoie, France, a ski resort that will open in December 2018 in an alpine forest within the French Alps, where it will offer 433 rooms, three restaurants, and ski-in/ski-out access;
• Club Med Samoëns Morillon Grand Massif
in Samoëns, France, another ski resort that opened in December 2017 with 382 rooms, ski-in/ski-out access, a restaurant, and both indoor and outdoor pools;
• Club Med Joyview Golden Coast
in Hebei Province, China, a beachfront resort that opened in January with 308 rooms;
• Club Med Joyview Anji
in Zhejiang Province, China, which also opened in January and offers 301 rooms that are surrounded by bamboo forests near Shanghai;
• Club Med Joyview Great Wall
in Hebei Province, China, which will open later this year with an unspecified number of rooms, an indoor sports facility, and an indoor waterpark; and
• Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido
in Hokkaido, Japan, a Japanese ski resort that opened in December 2017 with 341 rooms, two restaurants, and an indoor wave pool that is the largest in Japan.
Slightly longer-term, plans also include a new resort in 2020 in Canada's Le Massif de Charlevoix region, an hour outside Quebec City -- which will be the first Club Med resort in Canada.
Going forward, Club Med said it will "strengthen its presence in Asia through the creation of new resorts, develop its North American offering by breaking into a new territory, and elevate its leading role in the all-inclusive ski vacation sector with its plan to open a new alpine ski resort annually."