Club Med pioneered the all-inclusive vacation concept in the 1960s and 1970s, and people of a certain age will no doubt remember the hotel chain’s jingle from that era: “The Club Med Vacation / The Antidote to Civilization” .
Originally a no-frills concept of tented accommodation on the beach, Club Med has changed over time and now offers travelers an experience that is very, well, civilized. The upscale and more family-oriented Club Med has properties in some of the most fascinating locations in the Caribbean, yet retains some of the quirky details that made the resorts famous, such as trapezoids and circus play areas.
Caribbean Club Med Properties Include:
Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda, Dominican Republic
The newest Club Med in the Caribbean debuted in late 2019, closed shortly afterwards due to COVID-19, and has now reopened as an essentially brand new resort. As part of Club Med’s Executive Collection, the “Eco-Chic” resort on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic offers accommodation and amenities of the highest quality in a part of the country that has not yet been touched by tourism. The rooms are spread across four villages scattered across 93 acres of lush tropical landscapes and overlook a long, pristine beach. The Archipelago Village is adults-only, while the Explorer Cove Village welcomes families with kid-friendly amenities and a private pool, as well as an exclusive resort-in-a-resort called La Perla. Wellness-minded travelers are drawn to the Emerald Jungle with its spa and zen pool.
Club Med Turkoise, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
On one of the best beaches in the world, Grace Bay, Club Med Turkoise offers adults-only brightly decorated guest rooms in low-rise buildings, including deluxe rooms with sea views on the top floor and balconies. In addition to the main restaurant, which serves three meals a day, the all-inclusive restaurants include Sharkie’s Grill & Beach Bar, the Blue Coral Bar by the sea, and a wine bar that serves premium vintages for an additional charge. Activities include tennis, a fitness center, and water sports (including diving); Wellness offers are available but cost extra.
Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Club Med Punta Cana has an exclusive adults-only enclave (the Zen Oasis) and the family-friendly Tiara collection with 32 suites with separate bathrooms and bedrooms for children, five-star amenities and activities such as fitness, golf and Archery lessons. The resort has a kids’ club for guests ages 4-17 and a unique Cirque du Soleil activity area where adults and children alike can learn bungee jumping, trapeze flying, aerial silk dancing, high wire, trampoline, juggling, percussion and more. The all-inclusive restaurants include 7 restaurants and bars.
Club Med Caravelle, Guadeloupe
Club Med is at home in the French Caribbean, and the all-inclusive Club Med Caravelle resort welcomes families to a well-known hotel brand, serving authentic French Creole cuisine in the restaurants, French wine in La Cave and a local Ti-Punch can be enjoyed in the Mango Bar. The resort offers family-friendly interconnecting rooms to create mini-suites, kids’ clubs for all ages from toddlers to teenagers, a SOTHYS spa for parents, and yoga, cardio, fitness, and trapeze classes.
Club Med Buccaneer’s Creek, Martinique
Guided walks, mangrove paddling and kitesurfing lessons show the true nature of this all-inclusive resort in the French Antilles, which takes full advantage of its lush beach to offer guests a wide range of included activities. All rooms have sea views and dining options include a buffet restaurant, a new open-air beachfront restaurant serving local Creole cuisine, and drinks and snacks in the rustic Madou bar.
Club Med Columbus Island, Bahamas (Reopening in 2022)
San Salvador, on the sister islands of the Bahamas, was badly hit by Hurricane Joaquin in 2015, severely damaging Club Med Columbus Isle. The resort will remain closed during renovations, but a reopening date has been announced for October 2022 (postponed by COVID-19 from a hoped-for reopening in December 2021). When it receives guests again, the resort will have ocean view rooms on one of the best beaches in the Bahamas.