There's nothing that can illicit more groans out of angsty teens and impressionable tweens than the idea of forced family fun. Of tiresome road trips to cookie-cutter holiday parks where young ones are forever trailing after the big kids and evening board games incite heated competition.
Club Med is onto a winner when it comes to family holidays, ideal for parents who tire of attempting to amuse their brood on the usual backyard break.
With 80 resorts sprinkled across the powdery peaks of Mont Blanc to the idyllic coastlines of the Caribbean and Southeast Asia, Club Med is the ultimate all-inclusive family holiday.
Mums and dads won't have to lift a finger with all meals and drinks included. From international buffets featuring local specialities to signature a la carte restaurants and bars, tastebuds will never be bored with the selection of anytime eats. Fussy eaters may even find new favourites.
But you can't spend your whole time at the buffet or bar when there's a sprawling resort bursting with action and excitement.
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Club Med and its warm, welcoming crew of G.Os (Gentiles Organisateurs) lead the way when it comes to fun. Their dedication is especially apparent at the kids clubs, organised into age-appropriate groups, from Baby Club Med (extra cost for children four to 23 months) to Juniors' Club Med for ages 11 to 18.
Sun up to sun down, kids will revel in a host of new experiences, such as water games, painting, windsurfing, dancing and acrobatics. At Club Med Cherating Beach in Malaysia, teens will love the lofty thrills of Accrobranche, the forest adventure circuit.
Club Med has its own trapeze schools and many are run by ex-Cirque du Soleil acrobats turned G.Os. Mini Club Med members can even make their stage debut with their newly learned skills in some of the nightly shows.
Of course, you certainly don't have to spend the whole time apart. You can choose to enjoy the activities as a family, but Mum and Dad may want to take advantage of their down time to reconnect.
Turn the notch up on relaxation with a treatment or two at the wellness centre, or spend your days on the tennis court, snorkelling or perfecting that golf swing – Club Med Bintan Island and Phuket both offer golf lessons.
Such is the power of Club Med that returning families often amass a collection of the signature 45 and 88 shirts from each of the resorts visited; all unique with their own personality, but with the familiar Club Med sparkle that draws guests back year after year.