Going places: Club Med Resorts reopen, welcome back vacationers with splash into Summer Sale

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Going places: Club Med Resorts reopen, welcome back vacationers with splash into Summer Sale
Learning to scuba dive at Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Florida, one of Club Med’s most family-friendly resorts. Club Med is a pioneer in the all-inclusive resort concept. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com

Club Med, a pioneer of the all-inclusive resort concept, is inviting families, couples, and solo travelers to take advantage of up to 45 percent off, plus perks, at its resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Florida.

The Splash into Summer sale is open for bookings now through June 30, 2021, with select travel dates from now to December 17, 2021. Perks include a free water view room upgrade and free stay for kids under 4. Club Med offers guests an all-inclusive experience tailor-made for any travel style, whether they’re seeking a family-friendly vacation or an adults-exclusive getaway.

Club Med’s spacious low-density resorts are surrounded by nature, spread across 50 acres, and operate at a limited capacity, allowing guests peace of mind and the freedom to unwind while creating cherished memories together.

Guests will enjoy an all-encompassing vacation with unlimited culinary options, premium accommodations, and activities for all interests – from flying trapeze and sailing to poolside yoga and oceanfront spa treatments. Families will particularly enjoy Club Med’s “Amazing Family” program, a fun-filled agenda of weekly activities designed to help families bond, reconnect, and experience a greater sense of reunion.

Club Med’s enhanced safety and hygiene protocols, free onsite antigen testing, and flexible policies also allow travelers to feel confident and protected to book a getaway.

Participating Club Med Resorts

Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Florida: The spacious family-friendly resort, located in between Miami and Orlando, offers an all-inclusive getaway – sans passport – with a variety of activities for all interests, like kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, pickleball and even a flying trapeze. Golfers of all levels can enjoy an elevated experience at the newly renovated championship golf course reopening this summer, while wellness seekers can enjoy the new 6,000-sq-ft Club Med Spa by Sothys, the only Sothys Spa in the U.S. While kids enjoy time at the children’s clubs with unlimited all-day activities, adults can relax by the adults-exclusive pool or on the beach alongside the St. Lucie River. Beginning June 2021, guests can elevate their family dining experience atop the new open-air terrace at Riverside Steakhouse, with spectacular views of the glistening sunset over the river.

Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: On a 2,000-foot stretch of beach, Club Med Punta Cana welcomes travelers to unwind under the Caribbean sun with the newly renovated Tiara Exclusive Collection that features spacious oceanside suites with upscale, personalized services such as a dedicated concierge and poolside champagne service at the dedicated infinity pool and bar. The new Club Med Amazing Family program features a fun-filled agenda of weekly activities for families like Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil, an interactive playground with more than 25 acrobatic and artistic activities for guests of all ages. Guests can indulge in lavender treatments at the Club Med Spa by L’OCCITANE before escaping to the sophisticated adult-exclusive tropical hideaway, Zen Oasis, where intimate cabanas, an oversized lagoon pool and bar, and a dedicated Zen Beach with canopies and lounge chairs await.

Club Med Michés Playa Esmeralda, Dominican Republic: Reopening June 2021. The first and only operating resort in the Miches region – and Club Med’s only Exclusive Collection resort in North America – offers a luxury experience wrapped in an all-inclusive vacation. The eco-chic resort features four boutique villages specializing in wellness, adventure, kid-friendly, and adults-only concepts, catering to an array of travelers seeking a boutique hotel-within-a-hotel experience. Enjoy unlimited, refined culinary options, an on-site Club Med Spa by Cinq Mondes, treetop yoga, and a naturally-filtered Zen pool. There are also distinctive family experiences from learning how to plant and compost ingredients at the on-site community garden to discovering a Secret Chocolate Room – a first-of-its-kind kid’s speakeasy featuring unlimited sweets crafted with locally-sourced cocoa (and adults can get in on the fun, too!).

Club Med Cancún, Mexico: Club Med Cancún is the perfect location for families looking to reconnect after spending a long year apart. The resort’s Aguamarina family oasis area features spacious two-bedroom oceanfront family rooms, exhilarating water games at the dedicated family pool, and outdoor activities as part of the new Club Med Amazing Family programming. For added R&R, indulge in private massages on the beach, private spa treatments at the newly renovated Club Med Spa by L’OCCITANE, and a variety of refined, locally inspired cuisine. Guests looking for an added sense of adventure can explore the Mayan ruins at Chichén-Itzá or discover life under the sea, snorkeling through the world’s second-largest coral reef that surrounds the resort.

Club Med Québec, Canada: Opening December 2021. The four-season all-inclusive mountain resort will be Club Med’s first resort in Canada, just an hour away from Québec City in the Le Massif de Charlevoix region. With over 300 rooms spread across 300+ acres, the family-friendly resort will feature locally inspired culinary experiences, a private 5-Trident (5-star) Exclusive Collection space, sweeping views of the scenic St. Lawrence River and surrounding mountains, and unlimited ski-in/ski-out access. Families can enjoy year-round activities including skiing, biking, and hiking, as well as activities traditional to the region like ice skating and dog sledding. The resort offers an expansive wellness area with a 25-yard heated pool overlooking the river, an outdoor jacuzzi, and a variety of à la carte Nordic spa-inspired treatments.

Additional participating resorts include Club Med Caravelle, Guadeloupe, French Caribbean, Club Med Buccaneer’s Creek, Martinique, French Caribbean, and Club Med Turkoise, Turks and Caicos.

Flexible Policies

To ensure added flexibility and peace of mind for travelers, Club Med also offers:

Free Cancellation Policy: For new bookings made on or after May 18, 2020, guests can receive a full refund should they need to cancel their stay (up to 15 days prior to the anticipated travel date) for stays on or prior to December 16, 2021.

Emergency Assistance Program: All guests traveling before December 31, 2022 will receive coverage for emergency medical expenses during their stay, including those related to COVID-19.

Safe Together protocols: Implemented in all of the brand’s resorts as they reopen, including those in Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean, these newly enhanced hygiene and safety measures were developed through recommendations from the World Health Organization, local health authorities, and the advice of an International Scientific Committee comprised of a specialized team of doctors and professors.

PCR + Rapid Antigen Testing: As required for re-entry into the United States from international destinations, Club Med offers complimentary Rapid Antigen COVID-19 tests on-site. PCR testing is also available at an additional cost.

Club Med operates in more than 30 countries and continues to maintain its Club Med spirit with an international staff of more than 23,000 employees from more than 110 different nationalities. Club Med continues to grow and adapt to each market with three to five new resort openings or renovations per year, including a new Alpine ski resort annually.

Besides the Club Med, Quebec which is opening December 2021, the newest Club Meds include:

Club Med Seychelles, East Africa: Opened March 27, 2021. Retreat to the private island of Sainte Anne in the Republic of Seychelles with Club Med Seychelles—the island’s very first resort and newest Exclusive Collection (5-star) resort from Club Med – the pioneer of the all-inclusive concept. Respectfully integrated along a preserved Marine National Park and spread out across 50+ acres, the resort features 290 rooms that sit just below the treetops and feature amenities like private pools, outdoor showers, and verandas for sunbathing and dining al fresco. Families, couples and solo travelers can explore the virtually untouched destination through glass-bottomed kayak rides, snorkeling and scuba diving experiences, immersive destination excursions, and locally-inspired cuisine. The eco-certified resort, currently seeking its Green Globe certification and BREEAM certification to ensure they meet the highest standards of sustainability, also features a wide range of wellness experiences, including spa treatments using products inspired by the native flora and nature conservation experiences like marine conservation and turtle nesting.

Club Med La Rosière, France: Opened December 2020. From its perch at 1950 meters above sea level and facing south, this French Alps resort is built on the slopes, overlooking the entire Tarentaise Valley with sweeping 180-degree mountain views. Its 395 spacious rooms radiating the cozy atmosphere of a refined alpine Chalet, the 4-Trident resort offers a variety of accommodation styles, including some interconnecting rooms for larger groups and some rooms offering private balconies for guests to take in the surrounding landscape. For an extra special experience, guests can stay in the Exclusive Collection area offering balconies with gorgeous views of the most beautiful Savoy summits. Guest enjoy a variety of locally inspired culinary experiences, daily entertainment, and unlimited daily activities like skiing, snowboarding, Nordic walking, and yoga workshops.

For more information, visit www.clubmed.us, call 1-800-Club-Med (1-800-258-2633), or contact a preferred travel professional.

Private Charter

Zemi Beach House, a boutique property on Shoal Bay East in Anguilla, will be reopening on July 1 after being closed due to the pandemic. To make it even sweeter, and to provide guests with another option to travel, the hotel has partnered with private charter company Tradewind Aviation and launched the Jetset to Barefoot Luxury package.

Guests who book this experience will receive an exclusive onboard amenity kit as well as best-in class resort amenities during their stay.

Amenities at Zemi Beach House include a private cocktail and canapés evening reception at the Thai House, daily à la carte breakfast, a complimentary Rum flight at the Rhum room, a complimentary 3-course dinner on the beach, a reserved beach area and pool cabana, complimentary supervised kids’ activities on property, and special turndown gifts. Also included is a $200 resort credit per day with the booking of a 2-bedroom residence, or a $300 resort credit per day with a 3-bedroom residence booking.

For more information and to book this experience, contact Zemi Beach House, zemibeach.com, at [email protected] or +1 844-734-8768, or Tradewind at [email protected]

Cruises are Back!

Wondering which lines are sailing and to which destinations? CruiseCompete, an online cruise marketplace keeps up with the exhaustive list of cruise line itinerary changes. The best way to see sailings available is to check by month: www.cruisecompete.com/specials/top/month.

There are many sailings available now to book from June 2021 to December 2023, from the rivers of the USA to the seas of the Mediterranean. The cruises and specific information are, of course, dependent on any new developments and changes in the cruise industry.

The service is simple to use: Find the desired cruise. Request quotes. Compare personalized offers, prices, upgrades, cabin credits and more. Contact member-advisors with questions and to book. If you would like more information or assistance planning a future cruise or a cruisetour, visit CruiseCompete.com and try the Virtual Cruise Advisor™ or Live Help.

For more information, visit www.cruisecompete.com or www.cruisecompete.com/group_cruises.

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