Started in the 1950s as a collection of tents on the beach for holidaymakers on Mallorca, Club Med quickly evolved into a global vacay phenomenon. The newest location in China opened on Hainan earlier this year. A quick 15-minute drive from Sanya’s airport, the property isn’t a new build, but Club Med has refreshed the grounds and plans to give the rooms a facelift. It’s smack on the beach, unlike
other resorts in the area, which means it’s great for early morning swims or midnight dips – your choice.
The key phrase at Club Med is 'all inclusive'. This applies even to the booze – an open bar 24/7 is a beautiful (and dangerous) thing. But if just getting sauced all day, everyday for your holiday isn’t your jam, then there’s plenty else that you can take advantage of as part of the 'all inclusive' concept. Give the flying trapeze a whirl, try out windsurfing or scurry up the rock climbing wall blindfolded. Don’t bring Michelin expectations, but meals are all part of it as are the 'go hard or go home' parties at night. (You’ll go hard.)
The main reason to go to Hainan is... the beach. Club Med Sanya is perched on some prime beachfront real estate, so your room will be a three-minute walk away from the ocean tops. The private beach is flawless: fine sand, warm water and few disturbances. It’s easy to spend an entire day lounging under
the shade of an umbrella and recharging your Vitamin D. There are, of course, pools galore – with all
sorts, including one with a waterslide and the option to book rooms with their own exclusive pools.
With a legendary history as a prime holidaying spot for singles and swingers (see: free-flow booze), Club Med has simultaneously cultivated a strong family focus since 1967. The Mini Club concept is essentially holiday daycare where you can park your kids for the day, or evening, and kick back with a drink, knowing that they’re probably having more fun without you.
For details, visit clubmed.com.cn. Daily rack rates start from around 1,700RMB per person, all inclusive