Club Med Sandpiper BayWords by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Club Med Sandpiper Bay
Every couple’s ideal destination wedding is different, but for some, accommodating family is of the utmost importance. If this is the case for you, look no further than Club Med Sandpiper Bay for a luxurious, family-friendly destination. Located in Sandpiper Bay, Florida, this is the only Club Med property in the United States. The brand began in France, now has 80 locations worldwide and is the perfect place to get the European feel minus the international flight.
Club Med Sandpiper Bay is perfect for destination weddings as it’s the only all-inclusive family resort in the country and offers a bevy of activities to keep you and your loved ones busy. The best way to describe Club Med is a summer camp for adults – meet new people from all over the World while branching out and trying new things. Send the kids to circus school to learn gymnastics and trapeze while you enjoy a golf or tennis lesson.
Best of all, the world-class instruction at each of the Club Med Academies is included in your stay. You only pay extra if you want one-on-one attention. Speaking of lessons, some of the World’s leading instructors call Club Med home. Visit the Golf Academy to rub elbows with Golf Channel’s Brad Brewer who was mentored by Arnold Palmer, or swing over to the Tennis Academy to attend a class designed by Gabe Jaramillo who is responsible for developing eight number ones including Andre Agassi and Monica Seles.
Unlike some resorts, Club Med doesn’t cater to just children or adults, but both. While you’re tearing it up on the court or course, the kiddos can enjoy cooking lessons, sailing school, the BRITTO Art Center or lessons in tennis, golf, soccer, hockey and basketball. None of the activities are mandatory, but participation is encouraged as the brand defines itself as, “Not just a vacation – a transformation.” Greg Breunich, Director of the Club Med Academies, elaborates on the brand’s philosophy: “We’ve brought learning into the leisure world. In the short term, we’re very, very good at changing your world.”
After a day full of activities, relax in the Club Med Spa – the first L’OCCITANE-branded spa in the states. Post-sunset and once your younger guests have gone to bed, let loose at Club Med’s Slice Bar where you’ll find a nightlife which is hard to match. The resort instructors kick-back with the guests, so don’t be surprised if you meet your sailing instructor on the dance floor and your golf coach in the dining room. This employee/guest interaction reinforces the summer camp vibe and grants you the opportunity to meet interesting folks from all over the World.
With so much daily activity, it goes without saying Club Med could handle any destination wedding demand you could throw their way. Say “I do” on the beach or in one of the many state-of-the-art facilities on-site. What you’ll get here is the family vacation of a lifetime all capped off with a trip down the aisle!
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