But where Club Med Sandpiper Bay truly reigns supreme is its offerings for the youngest kids even beyond the children’s program for infants. Parents of babies are often saddled down with so much “stuff” on their vacation, but Club Med tries to provide as much as they can. A Baby Corner in the main restaurant features baby food and utensils for them. A Baby Feeding Room is open 24 hours a day and provides all that is needed to prepare meals for babies, including microwave, fridge, bottle warmer, mineral water, fruit, milk, yogurts and cereals. A Club Med Baby Welcome for kids up to 23 months can include the following en-suite: baby bed, baby bath, changing table, bottle warmer and stroller.
time to eat
Staying active during a Club Med stay allows guests to take guilt-free advantage of the large international buffet offered for three meals. The Marketplace dining room is segmented into separate rooms off the main buffet area. For lunch and dinner there is always a large choice of salads, soup, meat, chicken and seafood dishes, such as some of our favorites: chicken confit with garlic and tea smoked fish with kaffir lime butter sauce. Of course, the restaurant can’t go wrong with its kids’ offerings, including the requisite pizza, hamburgers, chicken nuggets and hot dogs. Dessert is most definitely not forgotten with ice cream and a large choice of cakes, cookies, fruit and even cheese. Breakfast features cook-to-order eggs and omelet stations, and all the typical hot and cold breakfast offerings you would expect. An a la carte restaurant with a limited menu is also open all day. The all-inclusive rate also includes house wine with lunch and dinner and sodas, alcoholic drinks and wine and beer throughout the day and night.
call it a day
The 307 renovated guestrooms are in two categories: Deluxe and Club. Deluxe amenities add on such extras as bathrobe and slippers, turndown service, priority housekeeping and branded toiletries. Family Club rooms feature a king bed with bunk beds separated by a wall. Families are better off with a Deluxe or Club Room with a king and two twin beds as it is more open. When booking, discuss location of guestrooms since the property is fairly spread out with guestrooms in seven 2-story buildings with elevators. Families traveling with grandma and grandpa may want to request a ground floor room close to it all.
Rates range from $1,064 to $2,135 pp per week land-only through December 2012. Club Med can do custom air for any agent’s clients, accessing the same itineraries and published rates available to the public, or agents can book their own air for clients. Club Med also offers various charter flights and those flights are booked in conjunction with the land stay to create an entire package including airport transfers.
Club Med Sandpiper Bay: (800) CLUB MED; sandpiperbay.clubmed.us.