1. Travel
Send to a Friend via Email

Club Med All Inclusive Resorts for Families

- Popular Choices for North American Visitors

By

The unique Club Med brand started as a real club on France's Mediterranean Coast in 1950. Thanks to this long history, Club Med resorts often have choice locations because they were the first to be built in an area. Over the years the company has evolved and upscaled, but certain qualities remain. Each resort is a "village" with a "chef de village" (village chief) who's a personal warm presence. Guests are called "G.M."'s (gentil membres, or "gentle members"), and staff are called "G.O"'s, ("gentle organizers".) G.O.'s run the activities and kids club and also socialize with guests at meals and throughout the day; many guests list the friendly G.O.'s as the "Club Med" difference that brings them back year after year... but there are other great signature features as well.
  • Club Med has fantastic kids' and teen programs
  • Baby Welcome provides gear, baby food, sterilizers, and other necessities
  • Some resorts also offer Baby Club Med (4 to 23 months) and Petit Club Med (2 to 3-year olds), for an extra charge
  • Resorts emphasize recreation and sports, with instruction offered. Trapeze is a specialty.
Read about the signature features of Club Med resorts. Club Med has properties around the world --including all inclusive ski resorts in Europe-- but the first four below are the most popular with North American families.

Club Med Sandpiper Bay - All Inclusive in Florida

Photo courtesy of Club Med Sandpiper Bay.
Photo courtesy of Club Med Sandpiper Bay.
This resort has 216 acres on the St. Lucie River, about two hours drive from Orlando or from Miami. In addition to the great kids programs expected at Club Med resorts, this one has some special extra programs. The Fitness Academy is for all ages including kids as young as four. The Club Med Golf Academy offers training for all levels and free group lessons; also, kids can try Petit Golf for ages 4 to 7, and Junior Golf for ages 8 to 13. The Tennis Academy includes Petit Tennis and Junior Tennis. Other features for families include: family rooms with separate bedrooms; Kidz Village with a splash park; a lounge for teens and tweens; Baby Welcome (free amenities and fully-equipped feeding room); and Baby Club Med (at an extra charge.) Outings are available to Disney World or the Kennedy Space Center.

Check prices at Kayak.com

Club Med Cancun Yucatan, Mexico

Club Med Cancun Yucatan. Photo ©  Teresa Plowright.
Photo © Teresa Plowright.
This resort has a superb location, with 22 acres on its own private peninsula at the south end of the Hotel Zone. Guests can snorkel off-shore or try windsurfing or sailing (with instructions), trapeze, and many land sports. Kids programs are offered for many different ages; meanwhile, Passworld serves teens in two age groups (11 to 13, and 14 to 17) in a very cool themed area, with enthusiastic G.O.'s, and activities such as sound-mixing, video-editing, jewelry-making, and hip-hop dance. Other features include: Baby Welcome; Jade Villa, a luxury concierge building; excellent spa. Interesting outings are available in the Mayan Riviera south of Cancun.

Check prices

Club Med Ixtapa Pacific, Mexico

Club Med Ixtapa Pacific. Photo ©  Teresa Plowright.
Photo © Teresa Plowright.
This resort too has specious grounds -- big enough for a soccer field -- plus watersports and an excellent location on Playa Quieta (Calm Beach) on Mexico's west coast, near Zihuatanejo. Excellent kids programs in several age groups include activities such as Petit Tennis and Hip Hop Kidz; kids perform their dances at the weekly Mini Club Show with professional staging in a theater. (This is a signature feature of Club Med resorts.) Baby Club Med and Petit Club Med are available at an extra charge; Baby Welcome is offered to all guests, with special gear and amenities for babies, plus a convenience room with baby food, sterilizers, etc. Landsports include trapeze, archery, soccer, and more.

Check prices

Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Club Med Punta Cana. Photo ©  Teresa Plowright.
Photo © Teresa Plowright.
This Club Med resort has 75 acres in the popular Punta Cana area in the eastern edge of the DR. Features include a half-mile of beach; watersports such as sailing, windsurfing, kayaking; trapeze; terrific kids clubs for different ages, and also Petit Club Med and Baby Club Med; Passworld for tweens and teens; Baby Welcome; Hip Hop Kidz; Petit Chef cooking classes; kids pool, baby pool, large playground; Crayola Creativity art activities; and a "resort within a resort" with family suites, concierge, and special amenities.

Check prices

Vacations with Young Adult Kids: Club Med Turquoise

Photo courtesy of Club Med Resorts.
Photo courtesy of Club Med Resorts.
Parenting doesn't end when a child turns 18, and neither does family travel... Club Med resorts can be excellent places for vacations with "young adults". First, there's the friendly vibe, thanks to the G.O.'s who tend to be enthusiastic young extroverts: even "only child" young adults traveling with parents will be sure to have the company of other young people. Also appealing is the emphasis on active recreation: guests can learn hobie-cat sailing, tennis, and other sports, or take the latest fitness classes, zumba, pilates, etc. Trapeze is an exciting novelty. And there's nightly evening entertainment too.
  1. About.com
  2. Travel
  3. Family Vacations
  4. Kid-Friendly Hotels & Resorts
  5. Family Resorts
  6. Club Med Resorts for Families (Popular with North American Visitors)

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.