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at Club Med Yabuli - China

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... Chinese beers. The Aperol Spritz seemed to be particularly popular (not a fan). The bar also has mocktails, coffee, tea, and kid's drink. -Gym / Pool / Jacuzzi: The Gym is clean and simple. 2 nice treadmills, 2 stationary bikes, and 2 ellipticals (1 was "under maintenance). Also...
... enjoyable nevertheless. Apart from skiing facilities and restaurants and a bar, there is a large swimming pool with an outdoor Jacuzzi that we took an advantage of, gym, a trapeze school and wall climbing. Overall a fantastic holiday and i would return for another visit in a heartbeat!
... and many paths were supposed to be closed but without notice. The hotel is clean, spacious and plenty of activities (swings, wall climbing, pool, gym, evening shows etc.). Good thing with arranging through club med is that it’s hassle free. Pay and transportation, accommodation, food, trainers,...

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Chad D wrote a review Jan 2021
Beijing, China13 contributions4 helpful votes
We just spent 4 nights in Yabuli. A nice way to end 2020 and get off to a fun start for 2021. We were there with 3 other expat families, all of us coming from Beijing.

- Getting there / Arrival / Check-in: We decided to take a sleeper train from Beijing (T17). Departed Beijing Central station at 1640 and arrive in Yabuli the next morning at ~0930. It was our first sleeper train here in China. ~17 hours. Overall, we'd definitely do it again, particularly when the timing worked out so nicely. Go with Soft Sleeper ticket, or don't take this option. We pre-arranged the transfer from Yabuli station to the resort. The driver was there when we arrived, and we made it to the resort in just under 30 minutes. Our rooms were not ready for check-in before lunch, but the staff took our big luggage for us, and we were able to explore the facilities and hang out until lunch. Since our departure plans required us to leave before lunch on our departure day, we were able to enjoy lunch on our arrival day for no additional charge. Frank (Front Desk Mgr.) was very helpful and accommodating to our group. After a relaxing lunch, Frank got in touch via WeChat to let us know our rooms were ready (around 1330).

- Food: We ate all of our meals in the Apple Garden restaurant. I was expecting to become a bit bored, but that was not the case. Full credit to their menu variety and quality. Across our whole group, I think everyone was surprised with how consistently good the food was. It is quite a spread, with something for everyone. The hours for the Apple Garden were set for each meal, with 2 to 2.5 hours for each meal. There was also almost always some "snack" set-up near the Forest Bar (the social hub of the resort). The 6PM set-up was something we would check out with a drink, then head to a later dinner after 7PM. There is also a Hot Pot restaurant, but it requires reservations, and we just didn't care enough about eating there to fix plans, so we skipped it.

-Bar: As one would expect at an "all-inclusive", they have a menu of offerings that are "included", and another menu of "top-shelf" selections that they are happy to serve you for an additional charge. The included options were more than adequate, with a good range of standard liquor, house wines, and Chinese beers. The Aperol Spritz seemed to be particularly popular (not a fan). The bar also has mocktails, coffee, tea, and kid's drink.

-Gym / Pool / Jacuzzi: The Gym is clean and simple. 2 nice treadmills, 2 stationary bikes, and 2 ellipticals (1 was "under maintenance). Also some barbells and a 3 station "universal" machine. The equipment seemed relatively new. I only used the treadmills, and they were perfectly adequate. Gym is accessible 24 hours, but when I went at 6AM, I could not find the light switch. Still, there was enough light to use the treadmill. For the pool, the hours were 10-12, then 1400-1700. You enter the pool through changing rooms (one for women, one for men). The changing room areas also have steam rooms and saunas, in addition to the lockers, toilets and showers. The pool looked to be about 20M in length. One swimming lane, and open area for swimming. Didn't see many people in the pool, but the temp was fine for swimming. The best feature was definitely the jacuzzi. It was just outside from the pool. Yes, outside in -20C temps. It is about a 15M walk from the door to the water. The jacuzzi can comfortably hold 10 people, as long as not too many are kids.

Skiing: We rented equipment there. For Skis, Poles, Boots, Helmet, and Goggles, the total was something like 500RMB for the day. So, if you have your own equipment, and can manage to haul it to Yabuli, you can definitely save some Yuan. FYI, Helmets are required to get on the lifts. The process to rent and return was actually quite smooth. Not all the staff speak English, but there were plenty of people willing to help out the foreigners. We went down to the ski hall around 1830 on the day before we want to ski to get set-up. We were given a locker and all the gear so that all we had to do on the following morning was come down, get kitted up, and walk out to the Gondola lift, which is about a 75M walk once you walk outside (super convenient). We skied for 2 days. My advice is to get out in the morning, before the classes start at 0930. The lifts open at 0800, so plenty of time to beat the rush. Since the trails are on the Eastern side of the mountain, the light on the trails is much better in the morning. After about 2PM, the Sun is already behind the mountain, so while it is not dark, the visibility on the trails is not as good. The Gondola has a midway point where you can get off if you just want to do the easiest run, or you can it to the top for some spectacular views. There is a coffee shop at the top and the start of the runs back down. Since it is a Gondola, you can also just ride up to the top without skis. Each person has a lift pass that is good starting on the day after check-in through your day of departure. I won't comment much on the quality of the skiing since that is highly subjective to past experiences and expectations. Suffice it to say that I agree with most others that it is probably among the best...in China.

The minor gripes (as feedback for the staff):
- Charging by the hour for using the pool tables? Really? I get the need to ensure the equipment is well maintained, and that there are only so many available, but there has to be a better approach.
- An adults only lounge (non-smoking), with easy access to the bar, would be a nice addition. Just a few too many little ones running around playing tag among the adults.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Alan I wrote a review Jan 2020
Sydney, Australia9 contributions
We visited Club Med Yabuli in January 2020. It is really well priced and offers a fantastic value for money when you consider that is all (well almost all) inclusive. Terrific accommodation 4.5 stars (additional 1/2 star given as how it is close to the snow!), included were great variety of food with amazing deserts, quite drinkable wine and top beer and a friendly bar (Special thanks to Issa and Nisha for your hospitality and making any cocktail we asked for and a funny french maintenance dude for keeping us company!).

Ski lifts passes and lessons are all included. Only thing the gear rental is quite pricey (just over $AUD500 for one set for a week with a locker). It is very convenient, especially having a locker but I would recommend bringing at least your own boots as rental boots can be uncomfortable but were bearable for me anyway.
Many thanks to skiing instructors Michael, Giloux, Nan and Marie for taking a great care of us and giving us lots of tips and hints and improving our skiing. Even though it didn't snow when you were there, the runs were well groomed especially in the first half of the day, later it did get a bit icy but quite satiable and enjoyable nevertheless.
Apart from skiing facilities and restaurants and a bar, there is a large swimming pool with an outdoor Jacuzzi that we took an advantage of, gym, a trapeze school and wall climbing.
Overall a fantastic holiday and i would return for another visit in a heartbeat!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from ClubMed, Guest Relations Manager at Club Med Yabuli - China
Responded 3 Feb 2020
Dear 221alani, Thank you for this feedback regarding our Yabuli resort. We are delighted to read such a valuable comment. We have passed it on to the resort for their information. We hope to welcome you again soon in one of our Club Med resorts. Kind regards,
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Wacky wrote a review Dec 2019
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Although snow conditions wasn’t the best for the ski resort, but nevertheless acceptable especially having luck on our side with the last 2-3 days snowing. The ski resort could be planned better, signs are rather confusing and many paths were supposed to be closed but without notice. The hotel is clean, spacious and plenty of activities (swings, wall climbing, pool, gym, evening shows etc.). Good thing with arranging through club med is that it’s hassle free. Pay and transportation, accommodation, food, trainers, drinks etc. are all within the package, you pretty much enjoy the full resort at no additional cost. Awesome GO’s from all over the world and one which stood out for me the most was Fanta, open, friendly, helpful and informative. Definitely would go club med again, however next destination depends on Fanta! ^^
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from ClubMed, Guest Relations Manager at Club Med Yabuli - China
Responded 2 Feb 2020
Dear ggyydeguy, Thank you for taking time to review our Yabuli resort. We are delighted to know that you had a good time and that you've enjoyed the activities. We've passed your message on to the GO team for their information. Hope to see you again soon in one of our resorts! Kind regards,
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YaoCS wrote a review Mar 2019
Singapore, Singapore17 contributions3 helpful votes
This is my second Club Med experience, the first one being last year at Beidahu. I had expected Yabuli Club Med to be more established since it was opened much earlier in 2010, so all the rough patches with a new place should have been ironed out by now. Unfortunately, that is not true in hoteling where the staff turnout is usually high. Upon arrival, a staff met me at the lobby with a stoic face and ended the registration quickly with a band around my wrist. I had to prompt her to tell me more about the resort, even then, she only gave me a very scratchy description. I wonder if she was new to the job. We had to explore the place ourselves and peer at the program pasted in the elevator to know what activities were available.
The rooms were heated by central heating system, and as this year's winter was very short, the mercury was raising above the freezing point day after day, so the rooms became very hot and stuffy, and we actually have to leave the windows open.
Food wise, only the Apple Pine restaurant was available to the guest daily, and the variations were limited. We stayed 4 nights and already saw repetition of the dishes nightly. Most of the dishes were cold, except the noodles which were cooked upon order. Unlike Beidahu which offered hot pot nightly, this option was not available at Yabuli Club Med. After the Nova virus epidemic in Feb, the resort finally got onto it feet again where the staff guarded the restaurant entrance with a bottle of hand sanitiser. But after a few days, one can sense that the staff was starting to let their guards down again.
When we booked the rooms, there was no option to include transport to and from the airport. We had to call to arrange. When we asked about the transport arrangement leaving the resort, the staff quoted an exorbitant fare, twice the amount if we hire a taxi. The wifi connection in the resort was intermittent, and caused much inconvenience when we were trying to arrange our transport.
Skiing wise, the instructors who took my group class, Leo and David, were very professional and helped to improve my skiing skills. I can't blame the weather for the short winter this year, which made the slopes rather icy and slippery. However, during the weekend when the number of guests remarkably increased and the group class became larger, there was still only one instructor assigned to teach level 2A and level 2B. These are relatively more demanding levels and require more supervision, so I don't understand how they only assigned one instructor to a dozen students?
Other facilities, such as bar, gym, swimming pool, spa, yoga room are the same as Beidahu. In addition, there was an outdoor jacuzzi, and a room for rock-climbing and trapeze. The nightly shows were amateurish, as expected.
All in all, I am disappointed with the infrastructure and staff service at Yabuli Club Med.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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conortoumarkine wrote a review Mar 2016
Tahoe City, California34 contributions10 helpful votes
I just spend 10 days at the hotel while working at the World Snowboard Championships. The hotel is wonderful, pool tables, spa, gym, ping pong, all you can drink, multiple restaurants, you name it. The food was pretty good and I would say it was clean. Unfortunately, it's located at a pretty mediocre ski area. It's well suited for a family but I certainly wouldn't want to pay big bucks to get here to go skiing. There are a lot of much better places around the world to ski at that are far easier to access.
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Date of stay: March 2016Trip type: Travelled on business
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