Groups Explore Art & Nature in China’s Club Med Guilin

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Bar, Club Med Guilin
Bar, Club Med Guilin

Saying that natural and cultural beauty abounds at Club Med Guilin is an understatement. The property’s mixture of nature and culture make this an experience that pays back well beyond the brand’s popular all-inclusive pricing.

The 330-room property opened in August 2013 in China’s Guanxi Province in a 1,480-acre public park surrounded by Chinese countryside. The surrounding terrace rice fields and 50 mountains listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List await avid adventurists looking to explore. The park is known as the first location of contemporary art in Asia where guests will find more than 100 modern sculptures of famous local and international artists.

The property’s exclusivity and remoteness are ideal for groups looking to get away. And it doesn’t get much more remote than the mysterious, onsite limestone cave, which can accommodate a cocktail reception of up to 100 people. Meeting planners can also opt to have classical cello or violin music playing in the background. According to Xavier Mufraggi, CEO of Club Med North America, a second cave will be open for private events within the next six months.

The all-inclusive property offers three swimming pools, four restaurants that highlight local dishes, three bars, a fitness room and a spa along with yoga, tai chi, mountain biking and offsite excursions. Mufraggi says groups must venture offsite to the Impressions of Sanjie Liu show led by the Li River Mountain-Water Theatre. Located about 45 minutes from the resort, the theater set along the Li River showcases a performance created by the same choreographers that produced the Beijing Olympic show. The theater, which has the largest natural stage in the world, can seat approximately 3,000 people.

Groups can also take a ride along the Yulong River on bamboo rafts. Ancient rivers and lush vegetation provide a National Geographic-worthy backdrop. As part of the ride, attendees will stop at a local restaurant, where the local specialty of fish cooked in beer is served, before visiting the nearby Silver Cave.

The Club Med business spaces include the limestone cave as well as a multimedia auditorium, convention center featuring six conference rooms and one VIP room. There are also several outdoor banquet areas to choose from with inspiring views. For larger groups, Club Med also offers a “rent-a-village” buy-out option, which allows the group to takeover the entire resort.

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Bar, Club Med Guilin
Bar, Club Med Guilin

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