We round-up the luxury resorts that are just a short haul flight away with Club Med
Words by Jessica Davis
Whenever bank holiday weekend comes around, the office breathes a sigh of relief. But do you ever feel like whilst you might dream of making the most of your time – be it ticking things off that endless to-do list or getting some sun in your local bar garden with a mojito in hand – it just passes by without you noticing?
Help is at hand from Club Med, who have rounded up a handy list of short haul luxury resorts all within easy reach of the UK, so you can spend less time travelling and more time on the beach with a glass of wine in hand.
Be in France in the same time it takes to get to Liverpool from London – because eating cheese and drinking red wine sounds like a better way to spend your bank holiday weekend than the usual nursing a hangover on the sofa. Located on the Plateau de Valbonne near Cannes, Opio en Provence is just 30 minutes away from the airport. There’s really no excuse to not grab your passport and favourite sunnies for a long weekend spent nestled between the beautiful mountains, sea and traditional olive groves. And you can learn something new, as they offer the Cirque Du Soleil School inspired by the famous Cirque du Soleil shows, with up to 30 acrobatic and artistic activities.
In the time it takes to get to Scotland you could be overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Portugal instead. Practice your perfect swing at the prestigious Golf course, experience the thrill of the flying trapeze or hone your tennis skills in sun at Da Balaia. For those wanting to take more of a relaxed approach, unwind at the Club Med Spa and explore the Algarve while you blissfully ignore those emails piling up in your inbox.
Perhaps the rich culture of Morocco has you daydreaming in your morning meeting. At Marrakech La Palmeraie, set at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, you can chill by the pool and finally get round to finishing that book, or if you want a bit more action join their flying trapeze school, or sign up to their mini Riad tour inspired by the desert caravans.
If you have more time to play with over the bank holiday weekend, the Palmiye Turkish resort has everything from water sports, to spa sessions, to quiet walks along a spectacular beach. What’s five hours travel when you could be basking in the sun and looking out to the beautiful blue sea at the end of it? With the views on offer, you’ll be dreaming of sandy beach trips and chilling by the pool until next year’s bank holiday.