On Club Med’s first-ever long-haul fam trip to its La Plantation d’Albion resort in Mauritius, TTG discovers myriad experiences for active clients.
One, two, three – allez!” It wasn’t so long ago that I was jumping 15 metres into deep water during a canyoning trip in the Philippines – and here I go again, flinging myself off things. Though this time I’m trying out flying trapeze at Club Med’s La Plantation d’Albion on its first-ever, fully hosted, long-haul fam trip to discover the resort’s highlights.
Flexibility is the name of the game here and indeed Albion, as it is affectionately known, has a plethora of exciting experiences for clients to dive into.
I find it unbelievable that guests don’t need to fork out extra for flying trapeze lessons, as they are included in the package, but that is one of the brand’s USPs.
As Matt Stuart, senior account manager trade and MICE for UK, Ireland and Scandinavia at Club Med, tells me over cocktails: “Activities completely set [the company] apart in terms of full access. We have 600 tennis courts around the world [for example], but it’s not just ‘grab a racket and hit the ball about’.
“There are academies and coaching. So if clients want to learn activities like trapeze, or if they want to learn to play tennis or golf or archery, there’s a tuition system available.”
Safely strapped in a harness, it takes me a few tries throughout my stay to pull off a manoeuvre where I’m swinging through the air without holding on to the bar. There is no way I’ll be hired for the circus any time soon – or ever, in fact – but I come away from the session feeling a huge sense of accomplishment. It’s not every day you get to pretend you’re in Cirque du Soleil, right?
I also try my hand at archery and book in for snorkelling, marvelling that I can do so without charging either activity to my room. Even kids’ clubs (for children aged 4 to 17) are complimentary; as are fitness classes including yoga, Pilates and tai chi; watersports including kayaking and sailing; and evening entertainment with themed nights and fun discos.