My sports writer husband was invited on a fam trip to Club Med Sandpiper in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The entire family was invited and my kids and I had to pay for our flights and rental car.
Many perceptions of Club Med are swinging singles getaways. However, this Club Med was all about family.
From the minute we walked in, the kids were in love. The room had a bunk bed and a separate TV in the kids’ area (it’s a separate room but has a thick curtain instead of a door).
We quickly unpacked and the boys headed off to a golf scramble. My daughter and I headed out for an informal tour. The resort has three swimming pools (or 3 1/2, as the children’s area has a splash area plus a cute little triangular foot-deep wading pool for the little ones).
One pool is a lap pool that also hosts most activities, like water aerobics and pool sports, plus a zero entry pool and an adults-only infinity pool that overlooks Port St. Lucie and has a hot tub next to it.
There is also a beach that has sailboats, jet skis and a fishing boat for rent.
The pièce de résistance is the trapeze and circus school. The scariest part was climbing the skinny, extremely tall ladder, especially after two days of yoga followed by water aerobics. Getting over my aching, shaking arms, leaping from the tiny platform was an entirely new experience. My daughter, the bravest of us all, did it three times – once in the dark when they had “sports under the stars.”
In the “Mini Club Med,” the kids also do circus school, which involves a trampoline, juggling and tumbling. Mini Club Med is worth another post but suffice to say, my kids cried at the end of the day when mom and dad came back to get them. Fast friends and endless activities, they did not want to leave this trip.
And the food, oh the food – all inclusive and buffet style, but not that type of buffet. Some food items were the same but most were different each meal. Drinks were also included. My daughter loved the frozen drinks and I chose the frozen spiked drinks.
At Club Med, each evening has a theme. While we were there, we had wear black, sports jerseys and sports casual nights. Not everyone does it, but those who did had a lot of fun.
The activities were endless – golf, tennis, swimming, boating, exercise, or just plain old relaxing. We’d definitely head to Club Med again. The kids are already asking when.