Exclusive Club Med Famil for Personal Travel Managers
They say the proof of the pudding is in the tasting, and for seven personal travel managers (PTMs) on a recent TravelManagers’ famil of the Maldives’ Club Med Kani and Finolhu Villas, a four-night taste was proof enough that a barefoot-luxury holiday in this exquisite destination is well worth aspiring to.
The group was hosted by Club Med’s Business Development Manager, Adam Ferraro and accompanied by TravelManagers’ Fares and Ticketing Manager, Jose Canas. After a quick stop in Singapore during which they were able to experience Changi Airport’s Ambassador Transit Lounge, they continued to their destination for the next three nights: Club Med Kani.
After taking a tour of the resort, participants were free to spend the remainder of their time at the resort enjoying the various water-sports on offer, joining yoga and pilates classes and sampling both the cocktails at the resort’s Beach Bar and dining at Velhi Restaurant.
“To be on the island and enjoy the scenery, to see the different room options first-hand and to sample the amazing variety of meals and activities available makes property so much easier to sell,” reports PTM Michelle Thomas, who is representative for Norah Head, NSW.
“Just to see the properties and experience the destination was brilliant,” adds Barbara Turner, who is representative for Scarborough, WA. “I’ve already made a client booking and I’ve only been back for two days!”
Darren Kelk, who is TravelManagers’ representative for South Yarra, VIC, is already planning to return next year for a holiday, describing the destination as “the perfect holiday for those needing a great relaxing break.”
“Club Med’s all-inclusive concept represents great value for money, especially if you book the complete flights plus land package as one,” he adds. “You can just relax and enjoy your holiday without having to think about spending money or signing bills every time you order something.”
After two wonderful days at Club Med Kani, the group were transferred to the nearby Finolhu Villas for a final day and night of indulgence.
“It was paradise on steroids!” exclaims Thomas. “We stayed in the lead-in Beach Suites, which were stunning: from a private plunge pool and an outdoor shower to amazing views and your own butler, you really couldn’t ask for more.”
Participants qualified for the famil, which was exclusive to TravelManagers, by participating in a sales incentive run over May and June this year, based on sales performance or improvement at the two Maldives-based Club Med properties, Club Med Bintan and on Singapore Airlines.
“PTMs were also required to take part in both Club Med and Singapore Airlines webinars,” adds Kelk. “Seeing the properties and experiencing Singapore Airlines for themselves brought it all to life for the PTMs who were lucky enough to earn themselves a spot.”
The group’s final evening in the Maldives involved sipping glasses of chilled Champagne as they watched the sun set, before heading to the overwater, fine-dining Moto restaurant, whose central bar offers a window to the ocean world below through a special glass floor.
“The staff were brilliant, and the accommodations were far better than I had imagined,” says Turner. “It’s a stunning destination, and I would absolutely love to return and take my family.”