There are all kinds of vacations that one can take and without question, the all-inclusive is one where you can book your trip and go to your designated destination without worrying about paying for additional add-ons or wondering if you can access amenities that are offered. Recently, we headed to Club Med Sandpiper Bay, located in Port St. Lucie, Florida (the only Club Med in the US) about an hour outside of West Palm Beach International Airport. Club Med specializes in premium all-inclusive vacations. They are known for the active traveler who wants to be able to brush up on their skills, have access to a variety of sports and fitness methods and still have the option to do nothing at all if the mood strikes them. With 68 award-winning resorts in the world, guests have the ability to choose diverse locations that include tropical island oasis, ski retreats, exotic adventures and even luxurious cruising on a ship providing unique experiences and access to areas around them.
We arrived during the resort's Body & Mind Weeks program which runs from April 29th – June 3rd at this property. During these weeks, the resort becomes the ultimate destination for rejuvenation from the inside out. While there, we experienced professional coaches that are able to instruct and enhance your performance in golf, tennis and beach volleyball, enjoyed fitness training, had access to speakers who can talk about positive mental health and nutrition and booked a phenomenal experience at the L’Occitane Spa at Club Med (the only L’Occitane Spa in the US) which has a relaxing outdoor garden to continue your transformation before and after your treatment.
This program specifically (although this is also true outside of the weeks) focuses on Sports, Nutrition and Wellness. We opted for tennis as we were able to hone our skills by breaking down the sport from various serves, interval training and mastering coordination.
Any apprehension or questions that are felt prior to the session are replaced with an understanding of how to play the game better as well as to what can be worked on upon returning home. Those who are really keen on upping their game can book more time where they are videotaped and can see the instruction on how they advance and what they need to keep in mind as they work. This same focus was also rolled out for golf and beach volleyball.
It’s also worth noting that in addition to Club Med being a vacation spot for those that spend downtime there, it’s also a place where kids who are focused on learning the sport professionally live on site year around and are trained by the very same professional that guests are trained by. These kids study on campus, compete and are able to obtain scholarships as they move up the ranks and continue on their road to being professional players. The commitment to sport and excellence is clearly seen in this area of the community and as a guest, it’s interesting to see and feel the living community that exists here as there are varying groups of people who stay here longer than a vacation period which gives it a feel of a community with constant energy.
Beyond sports that are offered, guests have access to the gym as well as fitness instructors. During our visit, we had the opportunity to meet Leslee Bender (founder of the Bender Ball and the Bender Academy as well as the Co-Creator of Barre Above) and took one of her classes.
The flying trapeze is an activity that a number of guests couldn't stop talking about. Participants are able to learn how to make catches, swing and more with instructors that have circus, gymnast, and for some, Cirque de Soleil backgrounds. Whether you're doing it or simply watching - each person is trained in the practice area on the ground and then they are able to apply what they have learned in the air. Another fitness focused activity takes place on the soccer field where you can do interval training. These drills got the body moving, align the core and build strength when prepping to play a given sport.
Club Med is known as a place for families with activities that children can enjoy while parents are relaxing or being instructed. For those without families, this property sits on 200+ acres which includes the golf course, areas for a number of activities, meeting spaces, a variety of pools (one for adults only with a bar).
Relaxation can be found at the L’Occitane Spa where products can be purchased. For treatments, a form lets the masseuse know about targeted areas and places to avoid. We highly suggest enjoying the rose tea that they have as it was such a great way to get into the treatment. The spa's relaxation area before and after your treatment is an open air enclosed space that embodies the spirit of wellness.
At Sandpiper Bay, The Marketplace is a buffet where you can eat all meals. Guests can eat inside (there is an adult only section) and outside. The buffet offers a number of options for those with various dietary needs, healthy or splurge options and there is always rosé, red and white wine, and beer available to go with your meals. You can also enjoy your standard restaurant as well at the Riverside BBQ & Grill. Grab cocktails at Slice Bar and enjoy them at the bar, patio or head back to the pool.
Club Med provides a number of options that allow you to balance your day filled with activities or just completely chill near the closest palm tree. For more information on Club Med Sandpiper Bay or additional locations, visit www.ClubMed.us.
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