And those are just the facilities. Kids’ club organizers perform duties above and beyond simply babysitting, leading the kids in songs, dances and games. At night, the Pyjamas Club lets parents drop off their children for a kids-only slumber party, and by day, the organizers lead kids on “field trips” out of the club to areas around the resort—marching and singing all the way. In this way, the kids’ clubs enhance every client’s experience, from parents getting a few hours to themselves, to the casual poolside sunbather. Looking up from your pool lounger to see a troop of children marching past you, singing and waving, is just one adorable side effect of Club Med’s exceptional kids’ programs.
Escaping the Party Though Club Med is certainly one of the most energetic getaways in the island, there are plenty of places to escape and relax as well. Take, for instance, the Club Med Spa by Comfort Zone, set far away from the bustling pool and activity area at the far east end of the property. The facility is truly a sanctuary, with an infinity pool looking out to sea; breezy beachfront treatment huts; and services ranging from massages and facials to nail and hair treatments. Though it’s designed as a sanctuary for adults, the kid-friendly theme continues here with a menu specifically designed for teens, including facials to address teen skin issues and mani/pedi services. But whether it’s a mother-daughter bonding experience over pedicures or a totally indulgent oceanside massage for one, the result is the same: that totally relaxed post-spa glow.
Evening Activities When night falls, the party picks back up again. Guests here tend to start their evening with drinks at either of the resort’s two expansive bars, either El Cielo, the pool-fronting wine and cocktail bar close to the lobby and restaurants, or Celeste, the clubby lounge set right on the water, offering a laid-back beach atmosphere with a thatched roof and beach loungers on a sunken platform right over the ocean. From there, it’s a short walk to dinner, either at the traditional Caribbean buffet restaurant Hispaniola or the more upscale Samana restaurant. Samana also offers buffet dining, but dishes like crab legs, Caribbean lobster, sushi and steaks grilled to order set it far above the typical all-inclusive buffet fare. After dinner, the party atmosphere continues into the night, with live entertainment stationed all over the resort. Traditional Dominican dancers, local bands playing Dominican classics, and even Celeste, transformed into a nightclub with a dance floor overlooking the ocean, provide plenty to see and do long after the sun sets. Many evenings have their own theme, such as “Dominican Night” or “White Evening Theme,” so be sure to find out what’s planned for the evenings your clients are traveling so they can pack accordingly. Otherwise, if they’re staying at the resort on a “White Night,” they may find themselves buying appropriate clothing in the resort boutique. Rates are $1,190 per adult for a 7-night stay. Children under 2 stay free. Children under 4 receive a 75 percent discount. Children under 15 receive a 50 percent discount.