Each resort, called 'village' in Club Med speak, provides an extensive list of services and activities in one single package. This includes lodging, food, use of facilities, sports activities, games, and shows. Many villages are now all-inclusive for alcohol and snacks.
G.O's and G.M's
Club Med staff are called "GOs", or Gentils Organisateurs (Gracious Organisers). Clients are "GMs", or Gentils Membres (Gracious Members). The resort is known as a village. The resort manager is called the chef de village (village chief).
The special feature of Club Med is that the GOs and GMs play, dine, drink, and dance together every day and night. Outdoor buffet dining , daytime sport tuition and evening show with extensive audience participation are part of the holiday experience. If you don't feel like partying you can always opt for some quiet time with your partner, friends or family, visit FoxyBingo or schedule a massage. It is your holiday, so do whatever you like! The GOs are there to make sure you have an amazing time.
A particular institution is the communal dance or crazy signs led by the GOs at varying intervals during the day and evening (the frequency varies by village). The dance steps for each song are standard across the organisation with some new ones introduced each year. The evening shows, often requiring detailed choreography, are also standardised and include both new and established routines.
GOs are moved between villages and many work both winter and summer seasons. All GOs, regardless of their specialism (a sport or administrative function), are expected to regularly participate in both the show and "crazy signs". Their work is supplemented by locally-recruited support staff such as cleaners and cooks, known as "GEs" or Gentils Employés (Gracious Employees).
The New Club Med
The Club's 2006 advertising slogan, which reflects its revised strategy, is: "Discover the new Club Med, refined, exceptional, a la carte".
A multitude of faces for the same spirit
- 90 villages in more than 40 countries ;
- 80 nationalities expressing themselves through 90 professions ;
- 22,500 Gracious Organisers (G.O.) and Gracious Employees (G.E.) throughout the world.