Club Med Magna Marbella offers holidays full of activities for the New Year

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Looking for an active family holiday to ring in the new year? Club Med Magna Marbella has you covered. Located on the sunny coast of southern Spain, the newly opened all-inclusive resort is Club Med’s return to the country after more than two decades.

The four-star hotel features five swimming pools, a kids’ club, spa, two restaurants and acres of flowering gardens. The 485 rooms and suites have a typical Mediterranean feel, with tropical wallpaper and blue accents – just the right atmosphere to feel at home on the Costa del Sol.

But Club Med Magna Marbella’s greatest strength is its almost endless array of things to do. Available on the My Club Med app, the program includes an average of 30 to 40 organized on-site activities every day, ranging from sports to circus acts, plus fun day trips around the region. With such a jam-packed schedule of fun, energizing activities balanced with plenty of relaxation, guests at this resort won’t even realize they’re following through on their New Year’s resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle.

Here are some of the key highlights you don’t want to miss at Club Med Magna Marbella.

Fly with the Trapeze

For years, Club Med has been helping travelers fulfill their childhood dreams of running away and joining the circus with its signature trapeze experience, available at many of its resorts around the world. The circus staff on site in Marbella can teach you the art of this daring circus act and give you the confidence you need to soar more than 7 meters above the ground. Once you’ve mastered the basic swing, holding your legs together and somersaulting down to the net below, you can level up to more advanced moves. Pro Tip: While not mentioned in the My Club Med app, the circus activity requires participants to avoid sunscreen and wear a shirt that covers their midriff for safety reasons, so plan accordingly.

Play padel tennis

You won’t find pickleball at Club Med Magna Marbella, but the resort offers another racquet sport you’ll love just as much: padel. Marbella is actually where the world’s first padel courts were built, so if there’s one place to try your hand at the sport, it’s here. A cross between tennis and squash, the sport allows players to bounce the ball off the walls of the court and test their speed and agility. Pro players at the resort offer classes throughout the week, culminating in a tournament every Friday morning.

Explore Marbella on foot

Bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes. Club Med Magna Marbella guests can take guided walks to some of the most beautiful spots in the city almost every day of their holiday. If you’re looking for a peaceful jaunt, opt for the walk to the local market or the iconic Marbella beach, about a mile downhill from the resort. Travelers who want a more physically challenging option can opt for the ancient hermitage walk. The two-hour tour takes you up the hills of the city to see the ruins of an ancient hermitage for Franciscan monks. Along the way you will enjoy a picture-perfect view of Marbella.

Take an excursion to Ronda

Although not part of the all-inclusive package, Club Med Magna Marbella’s premier excursion to Ronda is a valuable addition to your holiday. The historic town, one of the most popular places to visit in Andalusia, is just an hour’s drive from the resort.

The guided excursion takes you to Ronda’s top attractions, including the Puente Nuevo, an approximately 230-year-old stone bridge that spans a deep canyon and could easily be a backdrop for a scene in ‘Game of Thrones.’ You’ll also see the Plaza de Toros, Spain’s second ancient bullring, and learn about the history of the sport. After you’ve spent more time wandering the charming streets flanked by whitewashed buildings and learning about the religious influences on the local architecture, your guide takes you to a relaxed open-air restaurant, where you can enjoy local wine and savory snacks before returning to Club Med.

Dance all night long

Be sure to set aside some time in the late afternoon or early evening – you’ll want to recharge after dark when Club Med Magna Marbella hosts live performances and dance parties that go on well into the night. Check the app for the recommended (not mandatory) dress code, which is sometimes themed around certain colors, such as all-white or rainbow. Then go down to the open air theater.

Your evening begins with an entertaining 60-minute show of lights, music and live performances from local entertainers and talented Club Med staff. Then dance the night away at Bar Rouge, where DJs play lively pop music. It’s high time for guests to show off their ‘Crazy Signs’, Club Med’s signature choreographed dance numbers. Every night of your trip, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a music video.

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