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I am the Daughter of a UCB Parent who works for Club Med I Spent 8 months in the
Florida Club. It was great! The Club is One of the best for families with kids.
It's a beautiful Village and has great sports for everybody. But, it is on the
river. Now, for some that is big drawback, but if you can get past it you'll have
a good time. As for being A G.O. I love it. I'm 22 and I'm having the time of my
life. Ya we work 15+ hours a day, but when half that time is spent "entertaining "
guests at the bar, none of us really complain. I think for most of us the horrible
hours and bad living conditions are justified when we see the expression on
peoples faces when we tell them what we do for A living. I myself am A sailing
instructor that just returned from St. Lucia, British West Indies. I Recommend
any of the Club Med Villages, Just don't go to Mexico in the Summer. And Be Very
nice to the G.O's. After all, it is work. Joan (5/00)
I would absolutely NEVER take a child to Club Med, because it is unsafe. We spent
our honeymoon at a Club Med resort in the Bahamas. This is not the resort you are asking
about, but they rotate personnel among the various resorts, and the overall management style
is the same. Let me give you a taste of what we experienced: 1) We rescued a
drowning boy from the beach (he was also staying at Club Med), and then had to persuade
the Club Med folks to come and help. We watched while it took over two hours to get
an ambulance there: once there, they didn't know how to access the beach. He ended
up paralyzed. 2) We were near the front desk when someone came running up with a
medical emergency. The woman behind the desk literally asked what she was supposed
to do about it! The person suggested calling someone, and she couldn't figure out
how to use the phone. 3) We went on a snorkeling trip, and they didn't even stop
the boat to let people off. Someone got cut on coral, and they couldn't find a
first aid kit on the boat. Someone else tried to signal the workers that he needed
help, and they ignored him. Others ("guests") had to help him get back to the boat!
When we returned to dock, they couldn't figure out how to tie up the boat and almost
knocked a guest into the water trying. 4) We wanted to go kayaking, and the Club Med
guy on the beach just pointed to the kayaks. No safety gear, no safety instructions.
I vowed NEVER to take a child there.
Let me make one more point: these are only the safety problems. The Club Med workers
were also rude and unhelpful. I would recommend looking into a different all-inclusive
resort. Perhaps others have recommendations?
I went 9 years ago in June when my son was 1.5 years old. There are lots
of activities for the kids, and you could go through the whole day and
see them for only an hour or two. Because of the circus theme, I think
there will be plenty to do for your older child. It was hot, but being
near or in the water the whole time makes it more bearable. One added
benefit about going to Mexico the Club Med route was that we didn't
get sick from Mexican water, ice, etc. (We also stayed on site the
whole time, foregoing to outside trips, partially to make sure weFd
stay healthy and partially because we didn't need to go anywhere else.)
We were there this past January with our 5 year old daughter and all of
us loved it! The weather was great, the facility so tastefully done (muted
colors, blending in w/surroundings) and the staff's helpfulness and
friendliness was the best of all. I would highly recommend it for any family
wanting a true vacation. Everyone has a blast. The young man in charge of
the children's program is magical with kids. The older kids get to do lots
of circus arts type things (like fly on the trapeeze!) with real circus
folks. There are shows (and performances in which the kids participate)
almost every night. The food is plentiful and quite good. Lots of activities
but low pressure. The water is safe to drink (yeah, no turista!) I could
rave on and on...I'm not sure but July might be extremely hot. You could
check with Clubmed or a travel agent to find out for sure. Good luck!
Two years ago I took my teen-age daughter to Club Med in Huatulco. It's a
great place to go if you want your kids entertained all day long. This
leaves the parents to do whatever they want. The food is incredibly good.
I never got tired of it. The rooms are spartan. It's not the kind of
place where you would want to retreat to your room to get away from
everyone. The rooms are more like dorm rooms, because there is no sitting
area. Ours had a really great balcony with a view of the ocean.
Although I'm glad we went, the Club Med scene is not for me. It's kind of
like having cruise ship activity directors running around constantly. I
don't really enjoy rah-rah sorts of environments, which Club Med absolutely
However, it looked to me like the kids were having a really great time.
And, it also looked like many adults were truly enjoying themselves. Maybe
I'm just slightly anti-social.
I was in club med in Israel when my kids were four years old and two years
old. It was was very successful. About the food, it the most great food that
we had since we were in France. There was a great variety of food, and even
our picky daughter was satisfied. Not all the club-med has a children's
club, but most of them does, so you should check this specific one. The
children go to the kids club right after breakfast, they eat their lunch and
dinner there, go to a lot of activities, return after dinner to the parents
to take a bath, go back to the club for a bed time story, and come back on
nine PM. If they are still not tired, there are musicals for all the family
in the evening. When we were there it was "Aladdin". The only thing we were
sad about was that the kids club was only from three years old and up. If
you have younger children, they can join the activities only accompanied by
Re: kids/toddler program in between Club Med and a plain hotel
I know you said ''in between a Club Med''...in your post but we
had such a wonderful experience at Club Med Sandpiper in
Florida that I had to mention it. Not only was it affordable
but it had something for all of us (me, husband and almost 3
year old). There is a huge Kids Club facility fully staffed and
activites are age appropriate. The kids can spend as much or as
little time there as you like. Ours wanted to go to it more
than we wanted her to! We definitely got couple time and family
time in. The food was amazing, the activities great and
accomodations perfect for a family. I cannot say enough
positive things about it. Only caveat is that is may have been
affected by the recent hurricanes but I am sure they would
probably get up and running quickly. It is an ideal vacation
for a family with kids of any age. Have fun!
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