Club Méditerranée, better known as Club Med, is a French brand of premium all-inclusive vacation resorts found in beautiful locations around the world.
While some Club Med resorts are for adults only, others welcome families. These resorts offer a unique ambiance, outstanding kids' programs, and many signature features, including tennis and circus school. Here's what you can expect:
- Activities galore for the whole family, including unique experiences such as a circus school
- Excellent tennis and golf offerings and instruction
- Top-of-the-line kids programs for babies through teens (4 months to 17 years)
- Water sports, from sailing and snorkeling to kayaking and paddleboarding
- Baby Welcome program, providing loaners of baby gear and complimentary baby food
- Prime oceanfront locations in Mexico and the Caribbean
- European-style all-inclusive resort in Florida
- Great discounts, especially in the off-season. Kids stay free under 4 years old, all around the world. Kids ages 4-11 benefit from a... price reduction up to 50 percent off the adult price. And tweens and teens ages 12-15 can snag up to 40 percent off the adult price at most family resorts.
Club Med Kids Clubs
Baby Club Med and Petit Club Med
Baby Club Med for ages 4 to 23 months, and Petit Club Med for ages 2 to 4 years. These are terrific all-included kids programs with extensive facilities and creative activities. Baby Welcome is an all-included service that provides cribs and other baby supplies.
Mini Club Med
This club for ages 4 to 10 is actually divided into three age groups (4-5 years, 6-7 years, and 8-10 years), where kids explore activities built around four themes: sports, creativity, expression, and games. Key activities include the flying trapeze, introduction to water skiing, horseback riding, cooking classes, plastic arts, music, dance, games, discovering nature, and live shows.
Tweens and teens can be a tricky age-group to please. Club Med is leading-edge with its Passworld program for kids ages 11 to 17, including a themed place to hang out plus cool activities.
Club Med Ski Resorts
Stretching across eight countries in Europe's Alps, Club Med offers 21 all-inclusive family ski vacations and highlights why the Alps are one of the most popular ski destinations in the world.
Club Med Beach Resorts
Below find profiles of kid-friendly Club Med resorts in North America and the Caribbean.
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Club Med Sandpiper Bay is a European-style all-inclusive resort on the St. Lucie River, in southeast Florida. Features include amazing and active kids programs, Baby Club Med (at an extra charge), tennis, circus school with flying trapeze, sailing, and golf.
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The all-inclusive Club Med Ixtapa Pacific resort is on Mexico's west coast and served by the airport at Zihuatanejo. The resort offers circus school and archery as well as the usual land sports and water sports. It also has Baby Club Med and Petit Club Med, for which you pay extra.
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Club Med Cancun Yucatan boasts what is arguably the best location in Cancun, with 22 acres and its own peninsula at the south end of the Hotel Zone. Highlights include: Club Med kids' programs; circus school and trapeze; snorkeling, sailing and other watersports; numerous sports facilities; Passworld, for two age groups of tweens and teens (a cool place to hang out, with activities like DJ mixing and hip-hop dance.) Extras: beautiful spa, and outings in the Riviera Maya.
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Club Med Punta Cana offers a half-mile of white-sand beach, sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling, kayaking, and circus school; pool games in a large free-form pool; large sports area with basketball courts; Passworld for teens, including The Ramp lounge area; Baby Welcome; and Baby Club Med and Petit Club Med.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Club Med Columbus Isle offers beautiful, quiet beaches and excellent diving. It is arguably less comprehensively kid-friendly than some other Club Med locations. The kids clubs here start with Petit Club Med (minimum age 2) and go up to age 10 year-round. In July and August, the resort also offers Junior Club Med for ages 11 to 17.
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Parenting doesn't end when a child turns 18 and neither does family travel, but needs do change and not all resorts are optimal for all ages. For a number of reasons, Club Med resorts are excellent for getaways with young adults.
- Edited by Suzanne Rowan Kelleher