First Club Med Mountain Resort in North America Opens; it's the First All-Season, All-Inclusive in Canada
Club Med pioneered the all-inclusive vacation in Europe and the Caribbean - and now, it’s taking that pioneering spirit to Canada.
The first all-season, all-inclusive resort in Canada has opened in the Charlevoix region east of historic Quebec City.
Club Med Quebec Charlevoix is the company’s first alpine resort in North America. It’s in the mountains above the mighty St. Lawrence River - a stunning position offering a panoramic view - that in some seasons includes whales swimming by - where guests can also get out on the water in warmer months.
Modern Architecture, Locally-Inspired Design in a UNESCO Biosphere
Spread out over 300 acres in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of pristine and preserved Nature that provides four seasons of wonders and outdoor activities for guests, the resort offers families, couples, singles, and groups with 300 rooms including 5-star suites, as well as all-day gourmet dining and open bar options with local and international specialties, and après- ski activities and entertainment.
The resort’s modern architecture honors the landscape while maximizing the views, and its design reflects the region’s landscape and environment, including motifs to emanate comfort, warmth and the local spirit.
All the resort’s rooms and public areas serve up scenes of the river or mountain. The interior design concept is an ode to Québec’s traditions. Every space showcases a specific season that is integrated through textures, shapes, materials or colours. Throughout the spaces, elements reminiscent of the region and its traditions are carefully integrated, including canoes and one-of-a-kind carpets as well as a custom quilt, now displayed in the main lobby.
Guest rooms include pieces reminiscent of the warmth and comfort of ancestral homes and feature furnishings that pay homage to the surrounding nature.
Nestled at the top of the resort, Club Med Québec Charlevoix is home to 25 Exclusive Collection Suites. Guests staying in the Suites will have access to a private welcome lounge, a dedicated ski room and an Exclusive Collection Space that includes a cozy fireplace, panoramic views of the river, round-the-clock concierge service and a private terrace with whirlpool. Guests in this 5-star space have in-room mini-bars refilled daily, room service, bar and evening champagne service and high-end toiletries.
Outdoor Adventure and Activities All Year Round
Club Med Québec Charlevoix has opened in time to celebrate the winter outdoors this season.
Guests have the convenience of ski-in/ski-out slope access. Included ski and snowboard passes and classes encourage every guest to hit the slopes, no matter their skill level. Children four and up, as well as adults, can enroll in group lessons. The resort also offers included, themed ski workshops that improve skill levels while discovering the breathtaking landscape with a professional guide/instructor.
Non-skiers will have plenty to do, too, with included and a la carte activities like Nordic walking, snowshoeing, ice-skating, broomball, ice fishing, a 7.5 km sledge run, dog sledding and snowmobiling.
During spring, summer and fall, guests can discover the vast outdoors with a selection of all-inclusive themed guided hikes and with Club Med’s mountain biking school, with classes for all skill levels. With more than 20km of paths to explore, vacationers can hike, run or bike through the scenic Charlevoix landscape. Guests have complimentary access to a mini-golf and volleyball course in the warmer months. And the most adventurous can even try canyoning, rafting, and kayaking on the St. Lawrence River.
All year round, guests can participate in yoga and meditation and workout classes, and have access to the cardio, spinning and weight rooms.
And the young and young at heart will delight in Club Med’s quintessential circus school complete with juggling, fixed trapeze, acrobatics and trampolining on demand.
Culinary Comfort and Adventure
Club Med Québec Charlevoix dining options are also an ode to both Canadian and French cuisine. Using local delicacies unique to the region by season, guests will be able to appreciate and discover new flavours with farm to table dining experiences. The majority of ingredients will be sourced within Canada and nearly a third will originate locally.
Cozy and intimate Le Chalet with ever-changing regional menus, family-friendly Terroir & Co.’s fondues, raclettes and charcuterie boards make communal dining fun, and main restaurant Le Marché is a gourmet marketplace, with local and international cuisines served buffet style in five dining rooms and two terraces.
And centered at the heart of the resort, Bar Le Météore is a lively space that evolves from a lounge during the day to go-to destination for parties and entertainment at night.
With Club Med’s Amazing Family Program, children and parents can enjoy fun and innovative activities and games designed to create memories that will last a lifetime. There are family movie nights and all-ages yoga classes, too.
Baby Club Med, Petit Club Med and Mini Club Med welcome kids 4 months through 17 years in a fun, nurturing and welcoming environment. Open all day and with nighttime activities, Passworld features specific sporting and artistic activities for teens.
At 23m long, the resort’s heated pool is the biggest pool in a Club Med mountain resort, boasting a magnificent view of the St. Lawrence River. A kids’ splash pool allows for even more playtime.
Guests can take part in one of the 35 hours of yoga and guided meditation classes the resort offers, before enjoying the outdoor jacuzzi or hammam to truly decompress.
Club Med Spa by French luxury brand Sothys is inspired by Nordic spas, where visitors can select from an extensive spa menu, including therapies ranging from 30 minutes to five days.
Guests can book its unique Nordic-inspired Cold and Hot Therapy Pathway. The treatment includes a 10–15-minute hot treatment including a jacuzzi overlooking the St. Lawrence River and a sauna with floor to ceiling views, followed by a 10-15 second cold treatment in the snow fountain or cold shower and resting periods on the terrace with beautiful views that overlook the river in between. Guests will enjoy the many benefits of this unique and calming therapy alongside soothing scenery.
Club Med Québec Charlevoix has been built to the standards of, and is applying for certification by, a number of recognized global charters for its protection of the environment and minimizing impact on the local ecology. In addition, the resort is partnering with a local company to turn food waste into useable biogas, and staff members will be outfitted in uniforms made from recycled materials.
Exploring the Region
The resort also offers guests opportunities to explore the majestic landscapes and waterways and national parks beyond the resort. An excursion to Saguenay Fjord for whale watching; immersion in French-Canadian culture in historic Québec City, Île d'Orléans with its panoramic views and delicious local farmers’ markets, Baie-Saint-Paul, one of the beacons of the region ranking among Canada’s cultural capitals, or La Malbaie and its bourgeois residences that resemble another century.
Coming Up Next: New, All-Inclusive Mountain Club Med Resort in Utah
At the opening of Club Med Québec Charlevoix, company executives announced another all-inclusive mountain resort in North America - this one at Snowbasin Resort in Huntsville Utah, just 45 minutes from Salt Lake City, slated to open December 2024.
This upcoming resort will mark Club Med’s first-ever five-star resort in the U.S. as well as its first new resort in the U.S. in more than 20 years. Influenced by the surrounding region, the 320-room resort will combine American luxury with Club Med's renowned French savoir faire, along with architecture and design touches that integrate elements from Utah and its treasured history.
With direct ski-in/ski-out access to surrounding slopes in the winter and opportunity to explore more than 3,000 acres of surrounding mountains and valleys in the warmer months through guided activities like hiking programs, mountain biking and Club Med's trademark circus activities.
Images courtesy Club Med
by Lynn Elmhirst
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