Vacations are meant to be the ultimate de-stressors, designed to refresh and rejuvenate so you can return to reality with a new perspective. After all, they usually only come once or twice a year. But why does the idea of planning a family vacation cause so many people to melt down?
Having kids (or even planning a vacation with the in-laws) can make planning more stressful, but that shouldn’t deter you from actually taking your hard-earned vacation days. That’s where Club Med steps in. Club Med has mastered the art of all-inclusive vacation for families and takes all the guesswork and planning away. All you have to do is pick your destination, pack your bags and get ready to relax and renew.
Here are the top five reasons to keep Club Med top of mind when planning your next family vacation:
With nearly 70 resorts around the world, Club Med has the perfect destination for every family. And more importantly, there are enough destinations to keep you coming back year after year without feeling like you are repeating a vacation. Each resort offers something unique and is located in a beautiful, natural landscape.
Club Med also allows you to check off a bucket list destination every year. You can choose anything from skiing the French Alps at the newest family ski resort, Club Med Samoëns Morillon (opening this December), to exploring the Mayan Ruins in Mexico near the newly renovated Club Med Cancun Yucatan.
Plus, each resort features excursions to allow you to enjoy the destination you are visiting. There’s no easier way to immerse the family in new cultures. The best part is that no matter which location you choose, you can count on the same Club Med spirit and service.
Family vacations get dicey when you are trying to please everyone in the group. Fortunately, kids have plenty to do when visiting Club Med’s family resorts. Various activities and facilities are created and adapted to children of different age groups, ranging from 4 months to 17 years of age, and are included in the price. Childcare will feel more like a break for the kids from the parents than vice-versa.
From the flying trapeze to starring in their own shows and even becoming “mini chefs,” kids have more than enough to keep them busy throughout the entire vacation. Every age group —from toddler to older teens — will have access to their own “clubs” that will help form unforgettable vacation memories with their peers for years to come.
A plus: Kids under 4 stay for free, while 4- to 15-year-olds receive 30 to 50% off their stay during most times of the year.
One key element about Club Med versus other resorts is the priority placed on having an active family vacation. You’ll keep the family moving and healthy without them even realizing it with 60 different sports activities to choose from, including archery, beach volleyball and soccer, circus activities, dance, golf, kayaking, paddle boarding, Pilates, snorkeling, waterskiing, yoga and much more.
Club Med Opio en Provence and Club Med Punta Cana also holds a special interactive circus concept created in partnership with Cirque du Soleil. Club Med Creactive by Cirque du Soleil features more than 25 recreational acrobatic and artistic activities for both adults and children, including high bungee, mask painting, double-flying trapeze, aerial silk, tightrope and trampolines. Expert staff trained by both Club Med and Cirque du Soleil will be there every step of the way to safely ensure you are the star of the show.
The best part about all-inclusive resorts is the unlimited food and beverage. At Club Med, even the pickiest of eaters will find something to delight in (without the stress of paying for an overpriced meal they won’t even touch). As Club Med is a French company at heart, gastronomy is a serious art for the resorts.
Internationally trained chefs will prepare your breakfasts, lunches and dinners and all the in-between snacks you care to eat. You will find enticing recipes inspired by global destinations with each resort adding its own authentic touch. Chefs can also whip up worry-free meals for guests with allergies and gluten sensitivities.
Vacation is about relaxing, but it’s also about having fun. On top of all the exciting activities and programming, Club Med hosts a wide array of entertainment offerings that varies by resort. From musicals starring your very own kids to live nightly themed shows, every mood, personality and interest will find a place at Club Med. You can choose to relax in a flower petal bath at the spa, dance the night away or fly through the air on a trapeze. Whatever you choose to do, it’s guaranteed you will forget about any of the stressors back home.
The Club Med staff – affectionately referred to as G.Os for Gracious Organizers – are dedicated to ensuring every guest has an unforgettably happy vacation experience. They represent almost 110 nationalities and 30 languages all over the world, and are known for their energetic and friendly personalities.
A Tip: If you’re looking for ways to save money, book your Club Med vacation about eight months in advance or as early as possible. Early bookers can save up to 50% off their vacation, plus the added benefit of choosing the best rooms. This is especially true when booking for the holidays. Our advice: Try to book between March and July for the best Christmas rates.
To learn more about Club Med, visit ClubMed.us.