Club Med outlines five-year expansion plan

Renovations on the Club Med Buccaneer's Creek in Martinique will be complete in summer 2018. Photo credit: Club Med

Club Med will continue its global expansion by opening five new hotel resorts per year within the next five years, it said. The company also plans to renovate five of its existing resorts per year.  

The new additions will follow the openings of Club Med's new resorts Samoëns Morillon Grand Massif in France and Tomamu Hokkaido in Japan in December 2017. They will expand Club Med's portfolio of resorts in more than 30 countries by adding more than 14 new Club Med resorts opening within the next three years. 

Here are some of the group's upcoming openings, renovations and tech upgrades this year.

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Caribbean 

Two Club Med locations in the Caribbean are currently undergoing extensive renovations. The Club Med Turkoise on Grace Bay Beach in Turks and Caicos recently reopened following renovations completed in January. Another set of updates are set to be complete by May 2018, which will include updated deluxe-level rooms, a redesigned pool and reception area, a new bar, a renovated dining area, a new wellness facility and tech updates. 

Renovations on Club Med Buccaneer’s Creek in Martinique, French West Indies are slated to be complete by summer 2018. These updates will include redesigning the hotel's current restaurants. 

Mexico 

In Mexico, Club Med Cancún Yucatán will be expanded by July 2018 to include the new Aguamarina area with 60 family guestrooms and a pool, increasing the resort's capacity. The resort recently completed a full renovation of all existing guestrooms and public areas and added a new restaurant in November 2017. 

A pool at Club Med Cancún Yucatán in Mexico. Photo credit: Club Med

Italy 

Club Med is also set to return to Cefalù in Sicily, Italy this summer. The Exclusive Collection: Club Med Cefalù resort on the northern coast of Sicily will have more than 300 guestrooms.

France 

Club Med will also open the Les Arcs Panorama in Savoie, France in December 2018. The resort in an alpine forest within the French Alps will have 433 guestrooms. The new location will follow the opening of the 382-room Club Med Samoëns Morillon Grand Massif in Samoëns, France. 

China

As part of Club Med's expansion across Asia, the company will launch its short-stay hotel concept in China. The Club Med Joyview project will open several new hotels in China within the next few years. All hotels under the new brand will be a three-hour drive from a major city in China.

Two new properties of the brand—Club Med Joyview Golden Coast and Club Med Joyview Great Wall—recently opened in January while another one is scheduled to open later this year. The 308-room Club Med Joyview Golden Coast opened in the Beidaihe district of Qinhuangdao City in the Hebei province while the 301-room Club Med Joyview Anji opened in the Zhejiang province near Shanghai. The Club Med Joyview Great Wall—also in Hebei province—will open later this year next to the Great Wall of China in Bakeshiyingzhen.

Meanwhile, Club Med added a two-story indoor sports complex to the Club Med Guilin’s property this past January. 

Club Med Kani, The Maldives. Photo credit: Club Med

Japan 

Also in Asia-Pacific, Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido in Japan recently opened in December 2017 near the New Chitose Airport. French interior designer Jean-Phillipe Nuel designed the new resort. 

South Asia

Club Med Kani in the Maldives is slated to open in early 2018. Guests will have access to the property's sister resort Club Med Finolhu Villas, which operates as an Exclusive Collection resort. 

Looking Beyond 2018

Club Med's global expansion plans include strengthening its presence in Asia as the company returns to North America. The group also plans to open a new Alpine ski resort annually. 

In Asia, Club Med Ho Tram near Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam will be the first Club Med to open in the country in 2021. Club Med Lombok, which is slated to open in 2019, will be the brand's third resort in Indonesia. Club Med will also open Club Med Ceylon in Sri Lanka in 2019 along with a new Exclusive Collection resort in Seychelles in 2020.

Meanwhile, Club Med is planning to renovate its Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers resort in the Mauritius, Africa to add 108 new guestrooms to its inventory. Existing rooms and a restaurant will be updated as a new spa, family pool and Zen space will be added to the property.

Additionally, Club Med will return to North America with the opening of a new resort in 2020 in the Le Massif de Charlevoix region near Quebec City. This resort will be the first Club Med resort in Canada.

A guestroom at Club Med Cefalù, Sicily, Italy. Photo credit: Club Med

Technology Upgrades

Updates to Club Med hotels will also be seen in its technology. The group's resorts in France and Italy will allow guests to check in and out without stopping at reception starting in early 2018. Resorts will also give guests a specialized bracelet for mobile welcomes and digital assistance during their stay.

The Club Med Resort App will gain new capabilities this year that allow guests to access information about dining, activities and events. The app will allow guests to make direct requests to the housekeeping or technical teams and book services.

Finally, Club Med is partnering with Google Street View for guests to view the resorts and their guestrooms prior to arrival. Currently, 25 Club Med resorts worldwide have the Street View option, including Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Florida, Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and Club Med Cancún Yucatán in Mexico. The company plans to expand the list this year.