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Snow vs sun — what makes the perfect trip?

Battling to decide whether to take a summer beach getaway or a winter holiday on the slopes? It all comes down to knowing whether you’re a beach bum or an adrenaline junkie. Lucky for you, Club Med’s stunning resorts and unbeatable all-inclusive packages give you the best of both worlds, whichever climate you choose for your next trip:

THE BLISSFUL BEACH HOLIDAY

Want to escape the chilly winter weather and gain a sun-kissed glow? We reckon you should hit the sand, and here are 5 reasons why:

1. Less packing  

Forgo packing bulky sweaters, boots and snow gear into oversized luggage – shorts, bikinis and flip flops mean you can travel with just a carry-on, saving valuable time at the airports.

2. Better moods  

study conducted by Michigan State University showed people who spend time near the ocean or other large bodies of water are more relaxed mentally. Moreover, sunshine has been shown to trigger the release of serotonin, a hormone that helps us feel calm and focused.

3. Water sports

A beach vacation is no excuse to be lazy (unless that's your whole point of a holiday). There are plenty of opportunities to keep healthy and active through snorkelling, beach volleyball, hikes or surfing. Plus, walking and running on the sand requires as much as 2.7 times more effort than on other, firmer surfaces — so you can work out for less time and spend the rest at the poolside bar. Win win!

4. Healthy skin  

As long as you slather on the sun cream, a vitamin D-filled holiday can do wonders for your body’s largest organ. Sand exfoliates and sea water is a natural healer – those suffering from psoriasis and eczema often find the mineral-rich ocean water to improve their conditions. It’s a recipe for a lasting glow. 

5. More time to “do nothing”  

For some people, switching off from work and social commitments is no easy task. Beach vacations are the best excuse to stop, relax and spend time with family. The bright sun has a sneaky way of making our digital screens unreadable outdoors, so we’re forced to pick up a book or simply chat with those around us.  

Bring on the tropical vibes with Sure Travel

MAURITIUS 
LA POINTE AUX CANONNIERS  |  from R26,850 per person sharing*
  • 7 nights at Club Med’s newly-refurbished 4-Trident La Pointe Aux Canonniers in Mauritius;
  • Kids under 12 stay free in their own interconnecting room;
  • Set departure 26 September 2019 from Johannesburg with transfers;
  • All inclusive.

La Pointe Aux Canonniers in Mauritius. Photo courtesy of Club Med.
MAURITIUS  
LA PLANTATION D'ALBION  |  from R25,690 per person sharing*
  • 7 nights at Club Med’s 5-Trident La Plantation D'Albion in Mauritius in a Superior Room;
  • Kids under 12 stay free in their own interconnecting room;
  • Golf and tennis academy, plus Circus school and archery included;
  • Set departure 12 December 2019 from Johannesburg with transfers (includes taxes);
  • All inclusive food, drinks + entertainment.
La Plantation D'Albion in Mauritius. Photo courtesy of Club Med.
INDONESIA
CLUB MED BALI  |  from R21,390 per person sharing*
  • 7 nights at Club Med Bali in a Superior Room;
  • Nominated the #1 Family Resort in Asia at the World Travels Choice Awards;
  • Situated in Nusa Dua;
  • Set departure 29 October 2019 from Johannesburg with transfers (includes taxes);
  • All inclusive food, drinks + entertainment (save R3,500 pps).
Club Med Bali. Photo courtesy of Club Med.

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THE SNOWY SKI ADVENTURE

Mountain holidays are a perfect mix of exercise, adventure, picturesque alpine views – and the much-beloved apres ski! Need more convincing to brave the snow? Here are our 5 best reasons to take a ski holiday:

1. Good old mother nature  

There are few places more magical than the still silence of a snowy meadow, with drooping branches of evergreens and animal tracks dotting the landscape. Or the awe-inspiring peaks of a jagged mountain range, with views as far as the eye can see. The stars shine bright during winter’s long nights, and if you’re far enough North, you might even see the infamous Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. 

2. Lose weight and feel better  

When it's cold, our bodies work harder to maintain a core temperature, humidify the air we breathe and keep us warm. We burn more calories, and have less inflammation in our bodies. The cold air acts like a natural ice pack and helps joints feel less swollen. Plus, some research has shown exposure to the cold air can boost our immune systems and help us fight off infections.

3. Snuggle weather  

Cosy up by the fire with your loved ones – ‘tis the season for chunky-knit blankets and steaming cups of hot cocoa or mulled wine! Need we say more? 

4. Europe’s bustling Christmas markets  

Pair a ski adventure with a trip into town. Come December, Europe’s cities and villages all have open-air Christmas markets, a hub of local culture, crafts and fantastic food. Pick up a few souvenirs of your travels, or festive season gifts for those you left back home. 

5. You don’t have to know how to ski  

Most resorts offer ski lessons for beginners and children – along with plenty of other snow activities to try such as snowboarding, snowshoeing, or sledding. Not keen to be out in the cold at all? A good book by fire at the lodge, or a dip in the hot tub are reason enough to join the family on their wintery ski holiday. 

Experience a wintery wonderland with Sure Travel

ITALY 
CLUB MED CERVINIA  |  from R31,850 per person sharing*
  • 7 nights at the 4-Trident Club Med Cervinia in a Superior Room;
  • Situated at 2100m with breathtaking views of the famous Matterhorn Mountain;
  • Set departure 11 January 2020 from Johannesburg with transfers (includes taxes);
  • Kids under 4 stay free;
  • All inclusive food, drinks + entertainment (excludes ski + boot hire).
Club Med Cervinia. Photo courtesy of Club Med.
FRANCE  
CLUB MED ARCS EXTREME  |  from R32,290 per person sharing*
  • 7 nights at the 3-Trident Club Med Arcs Extreme in a Standard Room; 
  • Situated at 2100m;
  • Ideal for couples and adults (no kids under 18 permitted);
  • Set departure 21 December 2019 from Johannesburg with transfers (includes taxes);
  • All inclusive food, drinks + entertainment (excludes ski + boot hire); save R5,500pp.

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So what'll it be? Sun or snow?

No matter where you go, let our friendly Sure Travel agents help book the perfect trip! Contact your nearest agency for a quote, or call +27 (0)861 47 48 49.


*Additional Terms + Conditions may apply; packages subject to availability + prices subject to currency fluctuations.

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