Hands up, baby, hands up! If that familiar jingle doesn’t get you thinking about Club Med for your next family vacation, Indulgent TravelingMom Andrea Traynor’s post about six things to try at Club Med Sandpiper Bay sure will. If you’re a sports nut or a foodie, it’s worth a closer look.
6 Things to Try at Club Med Sandpiper Bay
White chocolate bread
The sports academies
The White Party
Read on for details!
Have you ever wanted to join a pick-up game of beach volleyball but knew you’d make a fool of yourself the minute you stepped on the sand? Yeah, me too. But after a lesson at Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Port St. Lucie, Florida, I’ve got a few skills to take onto the court that won’t totally embarrass my future teammates. And sports is just one thing they do well at this resort. Let me tell you the six things to try at Club Med Sandpiper Bay.
1. White chocolate bread.
If you’ve never been to Club Med, there’s one thing that connects each resort around the world — and that’s its famous white chocolate bread. I woke each day during my stay at Club Med Sandpiper Bay to freshly baked loaves of white and dark chocolate bread that was warm and crusty on the outside and soft, doughy goodness on the inside.
I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t eat it for dessert after lunch (and dinner) most days, too. Oh, sure, it may not be the healthiest thing to eat at the resort but, heck — you’re on vacation. And you can balance all that bread-eating out pretty easily, because Club Med Sandpiper Bay offers plenty of healthy food options throughout the day.
2. The sports academies.
While some may think of Club Med purely as the original all-inclusive template for family fun, the Sandpiper Bay property takes activities to another level. Specializing in golf, tennis and beach volleyball, the instructors are made up of former pro and elite athletes who manage to teach very effectively in baby steps — no matter how old you are, or whether you’re a novice or advanced player.
I hadn’t stepped foot on a volleyball court since elementary school, much less a beach volleyball court. (Um, that would be never.) But within two hours, I was diving knees-first into the powdery sand and volleying that ball over the net. Successfully. Without looking like a total newbie.
Guests can come to daily lessons and build on skills day after day in the same sport, or try a new sport literally every day of the week.
This was a huge highlight of my time at Club Med Sandpiper Bay — not least of which because it was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever tried. Flyboarding, also called “hydro-flying,” is not for the unadventurous. And although it’s one of the only activities at Club Med Sandpiper Bay that isn’t included, it’s a must.
Thanks to pressure supplied by a Jet Ski (manned by an expert Flyboarder who will also serve as your instructor), water is forced into a pair of boots that have jet nozzles underneath. Yes, you’re strapped into these boots, and they help thrust riders up to 49 feet in the air! Once I got the hang of it, I probably made it up to 15 or 20 feet. It was all kinds of awesome.
What to wear for Flyboarding—TravelingMom Tip: Women should wear a one-piece bathing suit, and preferably one that won’t allow your bits and pieces to move about too much. Bikini bottoms WILL come off. (You’ve been warned!) You should also be a confident swimmer if you’re going to try Flyboarding. And be prepared to drink a lot of sea water as you learn how to navigate the board.
4. The White Party.
Not to be missed is the Saturday night White Party at Club Med Sandpiper Bay. Pack an all-white outfit for you and the kids, and be prepared to dance the night away at The Slice Bar. There are choreographed dances to learn, a live DJ and a blast of mist to cool you down courtesy of Club Med staff who climb atop the bar.
5. Flying trapeze.
Are you as brave as your kids? Then you’ve got to try Club Med’s flying trapeze lessons.
I saw kids no older than six doing insane tricks mid-air, and even witnessed a gentleman in his 60s swinging upside down. This is for everyone, and you really will feel like a circus performer in very little time.
6. L’Occitane Spa
I mean, need I explain why the spa is one of the 6 things I want you to try at Club Med Sandpiper Bay? Probably not, but just in case you need a nudge: the signature facial starts with a calming foot bath, includes a face-lifting massage, decadent creams and culminates with a beverage and snack in a private, lush garden.
Dreamy, right? Right.