Club Med is a French lodging company that is credited with starting the all-inclusive craze. Founded back in 1950 by a water polo champion from Belgium, the company opened its first resort village in Mallorca, Spain. The upfront fees allowed for access to numerous facilities, and guests could also enjoy a host of activities. Accommodations were included in the price as well, as were meals, and this is still very much the Club Med concept, which as made the brand a standard-bearer among all inclusive hotels. It's a vacation made easy, as guests don't have much to worry about once the fee is paid, save for having a good time. Only adding to the allure of a Club Med escape is the fact that the guest units are of considerable quality, and most properties offer plenty in the way of nightlife for those who want to keep the fun going long into the night.
Club Med Punta Cana
Club Med operates a number of fantastic resorts, and they can be found in all kinds of exotic destinations. Take the Club Med Punta Cana, for example. This expansive retreat in the Dominican Republic sits on one of the world's finest beaches. When guests aren't kicking back and relaxing on the hotel's private strip of sand, they can delight in any number of activities that are designed for people of all ages. Swimming in one of the resort's pools, playing tennis, doing some snorkeling, and trying a little windsurfing are just some of the activity options. Some activities, such as scuba diving and golfing at an off-site course cost extra and can be worth taking advantage of if the budget allows. Guests can also pay extra for soothing treatments at the spa. Tasteful rooms and suites are also part of the Club Med Punta Cana's makeup, so staying in and relaxing can always be a tempting proposition.
Club Med Cherating
More and more travelers are embracing the eco-resort concept, and this has a lot to do with the creation of the Club Med Cherating. Situated on Cherating Beach in Malaysia, this resort blends into its natural environment and is the brand's first "Eco Nature Village." The grounds are full of native plant life, not to mention local animal life. The pristine beach at this Club Med resort stretches for two miles, and should guests need help getting in the right frame of mind, the spa offers yoga and tai chi sessions, and soothing spa treatments. Various activities can be enjoyed in the jungle when guests aren't soaking up the warm Malaysian sun on the beach, and there are Children's club activities for youngsters ages two and up.
Club Med Bintan
Club Med Bintan can be found in the same general region as the Club Med Cherating and is also worth keeping in mind when a relaxing all-inclusive vacation in Asia is the aim. More specifically found on the Indonesian island of Bintan Island, the Club Med Bintan is just a 50-minute catamaran ride from Singapore. A mile-long beach fronts the Club Med Bintan, and as is common at Club Med properties in general, guests can pamper themselves at the onsite spa for an added fee. Two restaurants, one of which overlooks the South China Sea, are also among the facilities, and the numerous activity options include tennis, volleyball, sailing, kayaking, soccer, and archery. Golfing at a nearby course can also be a part of the picture for an added fee, though considering how much there is to do on the resort grounds, it might be hard to leave. It should be noted that Indonesia is heavily promoting Bintan Island as a tourism destination, and the resort is certainly giving Bali a run for its money.
Club Med Sandpiper
The Club Med Sandpiper is unique in that the state of Florida and the United States in general aren't home to a lot of all-inclusive resorts. You can find this family-friendly resort on the banks of the Saint Lucie River, and there is plenty of sandy beachfront for guests to indulge in. Sailing is also a popular activity, and as is true of Club Meds around the world, guests can take trapeze lessons, and partake in any other number of fun activities. Certain golf and tennis privileges are actually included in the Club Med Sandpiper rates, and the resort has excellent facilities for both sports. 4500 S.E. Pine Valley Street is the address for the Club Med Sandpiper, and for those who are thinking of flying in, the Airport of West Palm Beach is only 45 miles away to the south. Special transport packages that cover resort transfers are available, which is also the case at other Club Med resorts.