Three destinations to go for an incredible Indian summer
The beaches are nearly empty, the sea is still warm, and the light is perfect. The nights are delightfully chilly, while the days are warm. There is no better time of year to go on a memorable journey than the beautiful Indian summer. Get ideas for a pleasant Indian Summer from these four excellent locations.
CLUB MED MARRAKECH LA PALMERAIE, GREEN OASIS OF CALM, A STONE’S THROW FROM THE MEDINA
Just 15 minutes from the medina, you’ll find Club Med Marrakech La Palmeraie in an oasis of greenery. It is the perfect place to sample the warmth and generosity of Morocco. This luxurious cocoon is the ideal base for an unparalleled introduction to vibrant Marrakech. You will enjoy typical local dishes and learn Morocco’s history, traditions, art and inimitable hospitality. This destination is also bathed in year-round sunshine and is a golfer’s paradise.
While the lobby immediately immerses you in the heart of a traditional habitat, with lounges referencing small Berber tents, the library and bars balance contemporary lines and the crafts of a legendary land. Coconut palms, cactus gardens, a water lily pond and a pool with blue Majorelle tiles create a calm and peaceful atmosphere, perfect for daydreaming. Prefer to unwind? You can do so on the suite’s terrace or in the garden. Want to get moving? Step out of the Riad to relax in the spa or sample the numerous activities at this sprawling Resort. Our top five? Golfing on the beautiful court lined with palm and orange trees, horse riding on one of the Arab thoroughbreds, playing tennis amid the beautiful palm garden, archery and mountain biking in the Palmeraie.
Marrakech’s many sights, including its countless terraces, souk and mosques, the Majorelle Garden and Djemaa el-Fna Square, are a stone’s throw from the Riad. Club Med also organises fascinating excursions to the Atlas Mountains, the Agafay Desert and Berber villages, among other places.
The Resort also actively supports 18 small farms near Marrakech. They grow fruit and vegetables using strict ecological farming methods. Not only will you feast on their produce in Club Med restaurants, but you can also visit them on one of the many excursions.
CLUB MED EXCLUSIEVE COLLECTIE CEFALÙ, FOODING EXPERIENCE VOOR FIJNPROEVERS MET ISABELLE ARPIN
In the north of Sicily, high up on the rocks, you’ll find the Club Med Exclusive Collection Cefalù Resort. This new Club Med Resort comes from a nearby small fishing village. You have breathtaking views of the Rocca from the infinity pool, an imposing 244-metre-high rock rising majestically from the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Club Med Cefalù welcomes you to an opulent setting where Mediterranean charm and contemporary elegance awaken the senses. The Resort casts sweeping views over Sicily’s azure waters and picturesque coastline. Enjoy the warm autumn sun on one of the many pontoons, sample a daily fresh lunch or take a refreshing dip in the sea.
The possibilities are endless: Club Med offers 29 activities at this destination. Wander around the alcoves of the amphitheatre, go paddleboarding at sunset, take a sailing trip on the Mediterranean, go for a Vespa ride, book a session of Vibhava Yoga or relax in the spa. Autumn is also the perfect time to take long walks or other excursions in the heart of the Sicilian countryside. The Resort lies at the foot of the Madonie Mountains, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its unique biodiversity, this UNESCO natural park extends over 40,000 hectares. Monti Madonie is home to 1,800 botanical species and is one of the most species-rich forests in the Mediterranean – who knows; you might spot a golden eagle. There is no shortage of lush fauna and flora on the island.
Club Med Cefalù also prides itself on high-quality culinary craftsmanship in an idyllic setting. Cefalù boasts a rich culinary history, and the Club Med Resort takes the gastronomic standards of this picturesque village to new heights. 60% of the ingredients used come from Sicily, and local chefs translate their authentic expertise into an enriching culinary journey that you taste in the eighteenth-century palazzo. Moreover, this autumn will be even more unique: from 7 to 14 October, talented French chef Isabelle Arpin will join the local team. In tandem with the chef at Club Med Cefalù, she will lead the kitchen there for seven days and pamper guests with her cooking skills. Arpin is acclaimed for her inventive and inspiring cuisine. Her refined Belgo-French style based on luxurious ingredients makes a foray into Italian cuisine this autumn. She translates her French-inspired signature style into local Sicilian cuisine, with great attention to product quality, perfect cooking times and delicate sauces.
CLUB MED YASMINA, MOROCCAN BALCONY OVERLOOKING THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA
Just a 15-minute drive from bustling Tétouan, amidst a lush garden adjoining a beautiful 18-hole golf course with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, you will find Club Med Yasmina. This enchanting haven will have you escaping the hustle and bustle of every day in no time.
Club Med Yasmina has something for everyone, whether you are looking for adventure or just want to relax. The Resort offers various sporting activities, such as golf, water sports on the Mediterranean or strolling in the lush gardens. At the spa, immerse yourself in luxury and enjoy revitalising treatments that pamper the body and mind. You can also take part in cultural excursions to Tétouan and surrounding areas to discover Morocco’s rich history and traditions.
Club Med Yasmina laat reizigers ook kennismaken met de heerlijke Marokkaanse keuken. Van authentieke tagines tot verse visgerechten, gaat het Resort prat op culinaire hoogstandjes om ieders smaakpapillen te verwennen, mét uitzicht op de Middellandse Zee, wat de eetervaring nog specialer maakt. Club Med Yasmina combineert de magie van Marokko met de luxe en gastvrijheid van Club Med.
SUSTAINABILITY IS ALSO INCLUDED IN THE ALL-INCLUSIVE FORMULA
Sustainable tourism is deeply rooted in Club Med’s values. Since 2018, 65% of new Resorts and major renovations are BREEAM-certified or in the process of equivalent certification to underline this vision. With these Resorts, Club Med is also demonstrating its commitment to holidays that respect nature and biodiversity. This approach is part of the “Happy To Care” CSR programme, which focuses on care for the environment and local communities and reflects the ideal that Club Med has stood for since 1950: living together in harmony in a pristine natural environment.