During my recent trip to the Dominican Republic for the grand opening of the Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda, I also spent a night at the Club Med Punta Cana. And while the main mission of my visit was to experience the Miches resort and hear about the innovations therein -- particularly its ecofriendly initiatives -- I learned that the Punta Cana property, open since 1978, could make its own claims of innovation.
Last year, the Club Med Punta Cana became the first property in North America to roll out the company's Amazing Family program, developed "to provide weekly activities designed to give multigenerational families the opportunity to bond, create shared memories … and bring home new passions," as Club Med put it.
The Amazing Family program offers five themed activity times: Time to Splash, centering on aquatic activities such as water volleyball; Time to Play, for activities such as giant-size board games; Time to Quest, featuring treasure hunts and other "mysteries and challenges," according to Club Med; Time to Recharge, offering family yoga classes, story time and other all-ages relaxation activities; and Happy Family Time for classic Club Med activities such as trapeze classes and archery.
According to Club Med, the Amazing Family program will be offered at over 30 of its resorts worldwide by next year.
That's in addition to Club Med's long-standing children's programming, offering a variety of age-appropriate activities for young guests: Baby Club Med (from 4 months up to age 2), Petit Club Med (2 to 3), Mini Club Med (4 to 10) and Club Med Passworld (11 to 17).
Archery is offered under the Amazing Family program’s Happy Family themed activity time.
In other family-friendly news, the Club Med Punta Cana's Tiara section, which first opened in 2008, completed a renovation last fall.
The Tiara section, part of the brand's Exclusive Collection of higher-end offerings, offers 32 family suites, each measuring 753 square feet and featuring a separate kids' bedroom and bathroom.
Exclusive Collection guests also enjoy amenities including access to an oceanfront infinity pool, priority bookings for spa treatments, daily continental breakfast served in room and premium WiFi.
Other family-friendly accommodations are available throughout the 631-room resort, under the Superior and Deluxe categories.
From now through April 20, for stays through Oct. 31, Club Med's Spring Into Summer sale offers up to $1,000 instant savings and up to $600 in air credit, and ages 4 to 11 stay for up to 50% off.
Rates at the Club Med Punta Cana begin at $115 per night, per adult, and children under age 4 stay for free. Visit www.clubmed.us.