Travel: Duel of the Club Meds

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Travel: Opio vs. La Palmyre: duel of the Club Meds with a French touch.

Who said you had to go far to have a fantastic holiday? The regions of our neighbour, France, are brimming with their own treasures and charm. Olive groves in the Atlantic Ocean air, Provence and Charente Maritime are our favourites for sporty and relaxing holidays, as a family or among friends. To discover these locations in total relaxation, Club Med provides a comprehensive, all-inclusive package combining sport, wellbeing and children’s activities. North to south, Club Meds have France covered.

La Palmyre Atlantique Resort: Nine hours by car from Brussels, La Palmyre Atlantique Resort welcomes you to the Arvert peninsula, by the ocean and opposite the Cordouan lighthouse. The colourful bungalows in red, yellow and ochre are inspired by traditional oyster huts. The location is both shaded by pine forests and refreshed by Atlantic Ocean spray. The sailing school and kite surfing expeditions will delight water sports enthusiasts, while the many land sports (tennis, fitness and volleyball) will reveal champions of all ages. To combine sport and nature, spend the day in the open air in enjoying horse trekking on the beach.

Ideal for holidays spanning the generations, the Resort offers a full children’s programme, from the Petit Club Med® (2 to 3 years old) to the Mini Club Med® (4-10 years old) and the Junior Club Med® (11-17 years old). The Resort’s location makes exploring the region easy. 17 kilometres away, the charming town of Royan is the perfect setting for a stroll through streets where Belle Epoque villas and modern post-war buildings stand side by side.

Opio Resort: A change of atmosphere! Cricket song calls you to Provence in the Opio Resort. In an ideal location in the heights of Cannes, on the Valbonne plateau, Opio brings you close to the glamorous ambience of La Croisette, while being nestled in the heart of nature among the olive groves and pine forests. Start your day by enjoying a delicious breakfast on the large panoramic terrace (covered and uncovered) of Le Provence restaurant. Then, why not try a new sport? Archery, fitness, tennis, Pilates… there’s no lack of choice! Golfers will be delighted with the golf school and the sound advice given there.

If this seems too staid and you are looking for new experiences and sensations, discover Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil. In partnership with the world famous Québecois troupe, Club Med offers you the opportunity to fly on a trapeze, juggle and bounce to your heart’s delight on giant trampolines, all supervised by professional artists. In the evening, the Cirque du Soleil troupe of artists will regale you with stunning, magical shows for young and old.

Opio: 12 hours by car from Brussels Open all year round, Club Med Spa by Carita. Ideal for families and golf lovers.

La Palmyre: 9 hours by car from Brussels. Open from April to November – Club Med Spa by Decléor. Ideal for families and water sports lovers www.clubmed.be