by Tracey Mehrtens
Everyone has a different image in their mind’s eye when it comes to the most romantic hideaway on the planet. An exotic escape to a secluded spot where the climate is warm? A place where the sea is crystal clear and the sand bleached white? A place that will satisfy your dreams and desires? Club Med Kani, in the Maldives, is that type of place.
This tiny island in the Indian Ocean is ‘the last paradise on earth’… one of ‘the’ destinations on the planet.??The Maldives is an unspoiled paradise and, as the lowest lying nation in the world, the Maldives probably won’t be around forever. The island paradise is predicted to be engulfed by the ocean within the next 100 years and its President is already looking for suitable places around the world to relocate his people.
Club Med Kani exudes tranquillity and is the ultimate tropical escape in an exquisite location. This exclusive island, reserved for Club Med guests only, offers various levels of comfort from superior rooms to beach villas or over the water Lagoon Suites fringing the far end of the island and fanning out across the lagoon.
Kani is also an unforgettable destination for diving fanatics with vibrant coral reefs offering an unforgettable holiday experience.
The heart of the Club Med resort has a selection of restaurants, bars and a host of leisure activities. If the crystal clear lagoon isn’t your choice for swimming, then there’s always the fresh water infinity pool which spills over towards the sea, blending in with the striking backdrop of the Indian Ocean, its tepid water a welcome escape from the rays of the sun.
The romance of each evening at Club Med Kani begins at sunset with a fresh fruit cocktail at the Beach Bar, before progressing to an evening champagne cocktail at L’Iru Bar. Dining is a highlight of the day with each meal at Club Med taking you through a journey of international and Asian cuisine, with something new every day to tempt ravenous palates.
For evening dining the Vehli (‘pebble’ in Divahi) restaurant offers an abundance of seafood at its freshest and best. Fresh fish, oven cooked, grilled, or prepared Sashimi style, the choice is yours. This buffet style, open-air restaurant offers a variety of international, Japanese, Korean and Chinese specialities, including fresh fruits and desserts.
Or for the ultimate dining experience, Le Kandu (Ocean) open air restaurant, overlooking the lagoon, offers delicious a-la-carte fine dining served with passion in a beautiful “art de la table” setting. In such a spacious setting there are plenty of secluded corners to tuck away in for a private dinner.
Once you have recovered the next morning why not try out the sublime Club Med Spa by Mandara, an extra cost outside of the normal Club Med inclusions. Reflecting the soul of the most ancient rituals of Asian culture, it is designed to pamper guests with the ultimate spa experience. Treatment rooms are available for singles as well as couples, for that added romantic touch. On the spa menu of choice is a wide range of exotic and indulgent traditional therapies from massage, foot reflexology, aromatherapy body wraps and scrubs, or perhaps even one of Club Med’s ultra indulgent Spa Packages, all in an environment of serenity and harmony designed to invigorate and revive from the inside out.
Lounging around the pool and spa pampering aside, there is a wide choice of land and water sports; snorkelling, sailing, aqua gym, Club Med fitness, badminton, kayaking, water polo, beach volleyball, volleyball, basketball, soccer, pétanque, table tennis with scuba diving and fishing as optional extras.
New in 2010 is the 5 trident space, offering a more exclusive and more inclusive holiday experience for those guests staying in an overwater lagoon Suite. With a private concierge area guests in the suites enjoy priority check in and late check out, priority to the a-la-carte restaurant along with access to in-room dining and free flow champagne from 6pm to 8pm daily.
Club Med, the leader in the ‘all inclusive’ holiday concept reinvented the ‘all inclusive’ idea in 2006 with an open bar and all day dining and snacking options. With a range of accommodation that is refined and more luxurious, all that’s left to do is choose which resort to go to. With something to please and tempt everyone when it comes to offering the ultimate escape, there are 80 Club Med resorts in 30 countries around the world in idyllic locations.
One of Club Med’s key attractions is its total pre-pay concept, meaning that all dining, drinks (apart from some premium brand alcohol choices) and activities are included in the package price that is paid before you leave home, leaving no surprises on the credit card at the end of the holiday.
For further information and bookings go online to www.clubmed.co.nz or call 0800 258 263