When I was contacted to come check out Sandpiper Bay Club Med I was really excited - obviously. Who wouldn't want a chance to have a get-away? I had never been to an all-inclusive resort before, though I wondered if I would actually like it. Well, I can honestly say that I LOVED it. I wish we would have gone to ClubMed for our family vacation instead of the short cruise we did in February.
I can also really say that I'm really excited to tell you about this place. Why? Because I wish somebody would have told me about it. It's the perfect family vacation destination. So, let me share some pictures and tell you why it's worth talking about.
Sandpiper Bay Club Med sits on a little bay and man-made beach.
The grounds are really beautiful, with lots of flowering plants and trees.
Our room was big and nice.
It had two of these couches in it, a desk, a walk-in closet, and a great view.
But, here are my top 5 reasons I loved it.
At the end of our trip my husband and I were talking about our experience. His favorite part was that he never touched his wallet during the whole trip. The food, the activities, and the childcare are all built into the price.
You can't even find or get cash on site. Once you've paid for your trip you've paid for your trip.
4) The food.
After not really liking the food on our cruise, I was assuming the food would be about the same at ClubMed. It wasn't. I LOVED the food. The white chocolate bread is divine and I ate my weight in it. There are tons of choices. If you're eating outside of meal hours there's a location that's open all the time with a smaller menu.
I always LOVE an omelette bar. Yum!
3) The activities.
When we head on a vacation, my husband and I tend to differ on what a vacation is. I like to plan and do activities. He likes to relax, read, and do nothing.
This was the perfect balance for us. There was plenty to do - paddle boards (which I totally loved),....
swimming, tennis, (nice hustle Mr. Roar and I, eh?).....
soccer, basketball, golf,....
...the spa, the trapeze, evening shows. There are even regular classes you can attend - yoga, zumba, etc. We had plenty to do.
I saw that they had a trapeze and I mustered up all the courage I could find and tried it. I'm totally afraid of heights. You climb up this long ladder and get on the platform and then they buckle you in. When I got to the platform I announced to the guy there that I was terrified. You jump off while a guy below yells what to do. You're supposed to kick up your legs and then hang from your knees, then get your legs out, kick a few times and back flip off into the net. I didn't hang from my knees, but I did the rest.
Mr. Roar nailed it though.
I think often when you return from a vacation, you feel like you've gained 20 pounds. With all the fun, active things to do I didn't feel that way at all. I really liked that.
2) Geared for families.
They have really nice strollers there for your use. They even have really nice high chairs at the restaurant. (Yeah, I know. Kind of weird that I took a picture of a high chair with crumbs still on it, but I couldn't believe they had such nice ones.)
At the buffet they have baby food! I've never encountered a place that was so well thought out for families.
And if you don't have kids, there are options for staying away from other peoples' kids :) There's an adult only pool that was really quiet.
1) The Kid's Club.
I was floored by their Kid's club. Sorry to continue comparing, but when we went on that cruise my kids hated the kids club. It was a small room and there wasn't a lot to do. The Kid's Club at Club Med was amazing. They had a fun water playground.
They had mini tennis courts.
They took the kids to participate in the different resort activities. There was face painting and tie-dying. They learned songs and dances. There were a couple of people in our group that each brought one of their children along. They coaxed their kids into attending the kids club and once they tried it out the kids never wanted to leave. I am very picky about other people watching my kids, but I would love to take Rex and Baden to a Club Med after seeing it.
So, the cons? I can really only think of one. If you like to take a vacation to shop, they have your typical gift-type shops there, but you aren't close to any place to shop. I didn't mind, but if you're a big shopper you might want to spend a day in Fort Lauderdale before arriving at the resort.
Overall, I would give Sandpiper Bay two thumbs up. I would totally consider planning a ClubMed vacation again and I plan on looking into their 80 other resorts. You can find out more about the Sandpiper Bay Club Med on their web site HERE, on Facebook HERE, or follow them on Twitter HERE.
Disclosure: I was not compensated to write about ClubMed, but I did attend the resort cost-free.