Club Med is one of those vacation destination companies that I
was never keen on trying--until I stayed at one.
The Club Med Ixtapa in Mexico was a hit with my then 10-year-old
daughter, my husband and me. We were never lacking for something
fun to do, the staff was not only kid-friendly, they were
kid-focused, and drinks were included in the all-inclusive price.
How can you beat that?
Maybe by making it free for kids under 16 to stay at a Club
That's the new promotion from Club Med, starting today. The
kids stay free deal is good for 7-night stays at Club Med
resorts in the Dominican Republic, Cancun and
Ixtapa in Mexico, and the French West Indies and for 3-night stays
at Sandpiper Bay in Florida.
Of course, there are restrictions and caveats and all those
sorts of things that irritate consumers who think they're getting a
great deal (I've pasted the thick paragraph outlining them below).
But take a look and see whether you can find a deal that works for
The Upside of All-Inclusives
Don't get sticker shock when you look at the prices. Club Med is
an all-inclusive resort and I generally think all-inclusives are a
great option for a family holiday. Club Med even has all the
stuff you need for traveling with a baby, including baby food on
the buffet line. So the price shown on the Web site is pretty much
the price you'll pay for your vacation, which is always nice for
family budgeting purposes.
I fell in love with the concept of all-inclusive resorts when I
visited my first one, The Beaches in Turks and Caicos. I was
traveling with my young son who was a notoriously picky eater. It
was such a relief not to fight with him about eating. All I did was
tell him to take a little of anything that looked good onthe buffet
line, try it all and then return to get more of whatever he
The Club Med deals are good through the end of October, but they
must be booked by Feb. 28.
The Fine Print
Here are the details and restrictions on the kids stay
free deal (I told you it was a thick paragraph):
One child per full paying adult. Maximum 2 free children
15 years and under. Must be booked in same room only. 7-night
minimum stay required (3 night minimum for Sandpiper Bay, Florida).
Offer does not include airfare and is only available for stays at
select resorts. Valid for new individual bookings and must be
booked by 02/28/11 for select travel dates until
10/28/11. Holiday restrictions and other blackout
dates apply. Promotion may be withdrawn at any time and is subject
to capacity restrictions. Club Med membership fees of $60 per adult
and $30 per child are additional. Other restrictions apply
including brochure terms and cancellation/change fees. Not
responsible for errors or omissions. Void where prohibited or
restricted by law.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
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