What It’s Really Like to Stay at Club Med in 2020

by Lauren Dana

What It’s Really Like to Stay at Club Med in 2020

by Lauren Dana

We recently visited the brand-new Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda in the Dominican Republic. Here’s our take.

We recently visited the brand-new Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda in the Dominican Republic. Here’s our take.

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Pool area / Courtesy of Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda
Cacao & Co Family Restaurant
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This isn’t the Club Med of the ‘80s.

The Club Med commercials of the ‘80s and ‘90s portrayed scantily clad guests on the beach as well as party-going young adults drinking and dancing. Today, the brand offers an array of family-friendly activities and amenities across all of its resorts — more on that later. 

The Club Med commercials of the ‘80s and ‘90s portrayed scantily clad guests on the beach as well as party-going young adults drinking and dancing. Today, the brand offers an array of family-friendly activities and amenities across all of its resorts — more on that later. 

Resort center
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It’s impossible to be bored.

“Each resort truly features something for everyone, with a variety of refined dining options, luxe wellness and spa amenities, and over 25 included activities,” says Carolyne Doyon, President and CEO of Club Med North America. 

“Each resort truly features something for everyone, with a variety of refined dining options, luxe wellness and spa amenities, and over 25 included activities,” says Carolyne Doyon, President and CEO of Club Med North America. 

Friends enjoying the beach
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You’ll definitely make new friends — and you may even meet your soulmate.

Each year, Club Med attracts new and returning families from around the world. And, it’s no secret that the company encourages a warm, welcoming, and friendly environment amongst staff and guests alike. Take Celestin and Sancha Theodore, for example. The two were coworkers at Florida's Club Med Sandpiper Bay. In an attempt to wow Sancha, Celestin created a special dish for her, and —  spoiler alert — it worked! The two are now married and continue to work together (that special dish, white chocolate bread, is now a Club Med staple). 

Each year, Club Med attracts new and returning families from around the world. And, it’s no secret that the company encourages a warm, welcoming, and friendly environment amongst staff and guests alike. Take Celestin and Sancha Theodore, for example. The two were coworkers at Florida's Club Med Sandpiper Bay. In an attempt to wow Sancha, Celestin created a special dish for her, and —  spoiler alert — it worked! The two are now married and continue to work together (that special dish, white chocolate bread, is now a Club Med staple). 

A guest and a G.O.
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You’ll love the “gracious organizers.”

Staff here are called G.O.s — short for "gracious organizers" — and they are truly the heart of the Club Med experience. “Quite often, guests will follow their favorite G.O. as they move from resort to resort!,” says Doyon. 

Staff here are called G.O.s — short for "gracious organizers" — and they are truly the heart of the Club Med experience. “Quite often, guests will follow their favorite G.O. as they move from resort to resort!,” says Doyon. 

Dining
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Don’t expect mediocre food.

Yes, there is a buffet (and everything is included, so feel free to eat as much as you want) but don’t expect powdered eggs or frozen meat. Instead, you’ll find delicacies like crab legs, fresh corn cakes, made-to-order pasta, fresh fish, grilled meats, and more. Even your pickiest little one is sure to find something to eat here.

Yes, there is a buffet (and everything is included, so feel free to eat as much as you want) but don’t expect powdered eggs or frozen meat. Instead, you’ll find delicacies and delights like crab legs, fresh corn cakes, made-to-order pasta, fresh fish, grilled meats, and more. Even your pickiest little one is sure to find something to eat here.

Kids' Club
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It’s a kids’ paradise.

With its incredible kids’ program and an array of family-friendly activities and amenities — there's even a chocolate speakeasy at Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda — each property is designed with your kids in mind. Flying trapeze, paddleboarding, gardening, crafting, electric jetboarding, and tennis are just some of the dozens of on-site (and free) activities. 

With its incredible kids’ program and an array of family-friendly activities and amenities — there's even a chocolate speakeasy at Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda — each property is designed with your kids in mind. Flying trapeze, paddleboarding, gardening, crafting, electric jetboarding, and tennis are just some of the dozens of on-site (and free) activities. 

Cinq Mondes Spa
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...But grown-ups will have just as much fun.

From the spa to the adults-only Zen Oasis complex (which feels like a hotel-within-a-hotel and features its own pool with a swim-up bar and lush greenery) to the lively nightlife scene, there's something for everyone at Club Med. All you need to do is get out and explore.

From the spa to the adults-only Zen Oasis complex (which feels like a hotel-within-a-hotel and features its own pool with a swim-up bar and lush greenery) to the lively nightlife scene, there's something for everyone at Club Med. All you need to do is get out and explore.

Pool and beach
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Explore under-the-radar destinations before they become popular.

According to Doyon, it took 10 years for the Club Med team to find the perfect location for its new resort. However, once Club Med Punta Cana staff began venturing out to Michès, company executives became intrigued and inspired to explore the region. Fast-forward a few years, and Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda opened its doors in November, 2019. Doyon says that uncovering up-and-coming vacation destinations is extremely important to the company, and they've been doing it for decades. (In fact, Club Med was the first to build a resort in Cancún in 1976, and in Punta Cana in 1978.) 

According to Doyon, it took 10 years for the Club Med team to find the perfect location for its new resort. However, once Club Med Punta Cana staff began venturing out to Michès, company executives became intrigued and inspired to explore the region. Fast-forward a few years, and Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda opened its doors in November, 2019. Doyon says that uncovering up-and-coming vacation destinations is extremely important to the company, and they've been doing it for decades. (In fact, Club Med was the first to build a resort in Cancún in 1976, and in Punta Cana in 1978.) 

La Cave Wine Cellars
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You (probably) won’t take out your wallet.

Everything from unlimited food and drink (yes, this includes alcohol) to entertainment, to even motorized water sports is included here. Spa treatments, souvenirs, and babysitting services are extra, but, otherwise, you won't need your wallet.

Everything from unlimited food and drink (yes, this includes alcohol) to entertainment, to even motorized water sports is included here. Spa treatments, souvenirs, and babysitting services are extra, but, otherwise, you won't need your wallet.

Watersports
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Adrenaline junkies will love it here.

According to Doyon, the resort chain specializes in providing their guests with active vacations. Activities include flying trapeze (a Club Med signature), windsurfing, paddleboarding, yoga, ski lessons, snorkeling, electric jetboarding, and loads more.

According to Doyon, the resort chain specializes in providing their guests with active vacations. Activities include flying trapeze (a Club Med signature), windsurfing, paddleboarding, yoga, ski lessons, snorkeling, electric jetboarding, and loads more.

Explorer Cove Deluxe Guest Room
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Brush up on your French

Despite being bought by Fosun Tourism Group (a China-based company) in 2015, Club Med continues to stay true to its French routes. Lots of the guests here are French, and a majority of the G.O.s speak the language fluently. 

Despite being bought by Fosun Tourism Group (a China-based company) in 2015, Club Med continues to stay true to its French routes. Lots of the guests here are French, and a majority of the G.O.s speak the language fluently. 

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