Club Med Sandpiper Bay Review

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4500 S.E Pine Valley Street, Port Saint Lucie FL 34952
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Editor’s Review of Club Med Sandpiper Bay

It can be a bit hard to describe the depth and breadth of the Club Med experience to the uninitiated. But suffice to say that what you're in for at Club Med Sandpiper Bay -- the only Club Med in the United States -- is an all encompassing vacation dedicated to water and land-based sports, quality entertainment, delicious dining and, most likely, some of the most quality family fun you've ever had on vacation.

This iconic all-inclusive resort located about 10 minutes from the beach, on a quiet cove along the St. Lucie River (about 45 minutes from West Palm Beach), is neither a typical Florida beach vacation nor a typical American resort (it's originally a French brand, after all). Because of the spirit of the place, kids come away from here
... more feeling particularly independent. It's a beautiful thing.

As is standard across all Club Meds, all of your food and drinks, kids' club activities, tennis instruction, sailboat rentals and even trapeze lessons (yes, there's an onsite flying trapeze) are included in your room rates. But you and the kids will hardly spend any time in your room, for all there is to do across the large property.

Imagine a summer camp feel, with everything from golf putting clinics for the adults to glow stick parties for kids planned throughout the day, from early to late. GOs (the Club Med-wide term for the mostly young and worldly staff) are energetic and friendly, and feel more like your friends as they lead you through all manner of activities and even pop by your dinner table at lunch or dinner to say hello.

The property, which opened in 1987, feels less hotel-like and more like a collection of condos, with rooms spread between seven buildings in prettily landscaped gardens. The most recent renovations, to the tune of $25 million, were completed in 2011, so while exteriors may look a bit dated, interior dÃ'©cor is contemporary throughout.

Families have endless ways to spend their days here. On property, there are Hobie Cats, SUP and kayak rentals for forays out into the river (with a chase boat at the ready to wrangle you if you stray too far). The three onsite pools range from an adults-only pool to a splash pad for your youngest ones. The expertly managed kids camp keeps them entertained all day with everything from cooking classes and pool parties to arts and crafts and dance lessons, scavenger hunts and talent shows. Golf and tennis lessons and clinics are held throughout the day. And should you tire of all there is to do onsite (quite impossible), day trips to Miami, Orlando, the beach and even air boat rides in the Everglades can all be arranged.

The French chain takes on an especially European feel at night, when musical and theatrical productions play out on the main stage. And the disco, Slice Bar, comes alive every night with a party for all ages. Finding time to take a break from it all is likely to be your biggest challenge here. less
Our Editor Loves
  • All-inclusive meals, drinks and activities
  • On-site dining at the Baby Corner
  • Beach for sailing and kayaking
Family Interests
  • All Inclusive
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Children's Program
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Game Room
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Meal Plan
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
Our Member Reviews 2876 Reviews
not great, in fact not good
Reviewed on 09/19/2016
I stayed at this club med for two nights. I understand it may be a bargain for families who can all stay in one room and its inclusive. Its just not nice. The rooms are like dorm rooms. The eating are has worn out paint on the ...
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We immediately discovered how disorganized these folks are when we waited in the heat with five children and heavy suits cases for transportation that was promised to take us to our rooms. We ended up walking. Then there was ...
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The village-feel of this property comes through in the layout of the 337 rooms, which are spread between seven two and three-story buildings around the property. The look is more akin to an upscale condo community than a typical hotel. Because the property is quite spread out, some of the buildings are a considerable walk (max 10 minutes) from common areas such as the main restaurant and pool. So if you have family members with mobility issues, be sure to request one of the buildings in the heart of the action.

Rooms, which basically come in two varieties here but with varying views (some of the resort, garden and/or parking lot and some with nicer river views) are well apportioned for accommodating families of various sizes and privacy requirements. All rooms are tiled with clean-lined furniture and bright paintings and throw pillows.

Note: Because all of the rooms have pull out sofas, there are no options for adding rollaway beds to any rooms.

Club Rooms
Club Rooms are the resort's entry-level rooms. They are equipped with a king-size bed that is actually two beds combined (and can be configured that way, too). In this room, there are two sofa beds, so a total of four people can be accommodated (or five, with the addition of a crib for an infant; free of charge). Another option in the club rooms is to opt for a room with the dividable king bed and a set of bunkbeds in an alcove, also good for families of four. These rooms have a bathroom with a shower-in-tub configuration, a balcony or lanai with chaise lounges, a stocked refrigerator and coffee-making facilities. There are no DVD players in the rooms, but bring your own if you need it because hookups are available.

Deluxe Family Rooms
The Deluxe Family Rooms, more like suites, are perfect for families with five to six people who are looking for a bit of separation. The main room has a dividable king bed and a sofa bed. And a hallway past the bathroom from here leads to a separate bedroom (with a door that fully closes) with two single beds. These suites have 1.5 bathrooms, and the usual shower-in-tub layout. A balcony or lanai with chaise lounges, a stocked refrigerator and coffee-making facilities are also standard.

Connecting Rooms
The resort is a popular place for family reunions, and the connecting rooms are a great option for keeping everyone close, yet separated. Only the pricier Club Rooms with a bay view (partial or full) can be connected to other Club Rooms. Be sure to request when booking.

ADA Rooms
Several Club Rooms with garden views are configured to ADA standards, with roll-in showers, handle bars and ground-floor access.


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