The Dominican Republic is loaded with resorts where you can kick back and happily put your feet in the sand. But at Club Med Punta Cana vacationing beachside has a different meaning. Kick back (and forth) and you’ll discover a high flying vacation view you can’t find anywhere else.
Club Med has a long history of offering trapeze lessons at its resorts around the globe, but it has taken flying through the air to new heights in Punta Cana, thanks to a partnership with Cirque du Soleil. Go round and round on an aerial bungee, walk up walls, learn how to juggle and play the drums all in a day’s vacation.
Parents and yes, even grandparents are encouraged to come give the circus a spin. Kids can participate starting at age 4. Club Med has a well earned family friendly reputation and the CREACTIVE program is a new addition to a long list of all-inclusive classic offerings that include the likes of sailing lessons, archery, tennis, and pool time. Organized kids’ clubs for babies as young as four months to teenagers, mean parents can actually enjoy a little rest and relaxation during their vacation as well. Multi-generation groups will feel at home here.
The resort is spread across 75 acres on the eastern shore of the Dominican Republic, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. A 2-thousand foot private beach and 631 rooms attract guests from all over the world. English, French and Spanish are spoken, so for most guests there’s no language barrier to overcome.
Along with a varied selection of drinks and alcohol, Club Med’s all inclusive package means whenever hunger strikes, food will be waiting. Snacks are available throughout the day and main meals are served buffet style, nicely stocked with fresh cut fruits, vegetables and salad fixings every color of the rainbow. The famous chocolate bread veterans may remember is as popular as ever. Treat yourself to a piece at breakfast or lunch. With so much to do during the day, it’d be hard not to burn off the calories by the time the sun sets.
For families seeking a little more privacy and additional services, Tiara offers a more luxurious resort within the resort. The 32 Family Suites, perched on the edge of the beach, offer more room to spread out and come with perks like bar service around the pool, a concierge service and complimentary internet. Just in time for the holiday season, Club Med Punta Cana is slated to launch its adults-only, Zen Oasis. Along with 78 guest rooms, there will be adults-only common areas that include a pool and dinner spot.
Unless you are staying in Tiara, internet is not part of the all inclusive package. Costs vary depending on how much access you want: $6.00 per hour, $15 per day, or $55 for a week.
Starting rates at Club Med Punta Cana range from $129 to $267 per person, per night based on two adults sharing. Children aged under 4 years stay for free at family destinations. Children aged 4-11 years stay at up to 50% off adult price at select family resorts and kids 12-15 years stay at up to 40% off adult price at select family resorts.
Dana Rebmann was a guest of Club Med Punta Cana, but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own.