Author: Fran Falkin
Tags : All-Inclusive Resort, Baby, Beach, Golf, Kids, Kids Club, Mexico, Multigen, North America, Resort, Spa & Wellness, Teens, Tennis, Top 10 Vacations, Watersports
Club Med Ixtapa, previously a winner of FTF's Top 10 Getaways for Tiny Travelers award, gets a fresh look in 2015.
When speaking of everything-for-one-price vacations, Club Med, which created the "all-inclusive" concept over 60 years ago, is always touted as a family favorite. Known for its sports and recreation, meals, upbeat and friendly international staff, as well as superb children's programs and childcare, Club Med consistently earns high marks from FTF's members.
The upgraded village in Ixtapa is located on a broad white beach overlooking the vast, warm Pacific, where paths are lushly landscaped with over 200 types of flora. You will be welcomed at the reception center and shown to your hacienda-style, terracotta tiled-roofed, air-conditioned room, now with flat-screen TVs and phones.
Activities are organized and carried out by enthusiastic French-Canadian, American, Mexican, and French "GOs" (gentile organisateurs). Swim, sail, snorkel, kayak, play tennis or archery, try the circus/trapeze program or watch a cooking demonstration. The spa is an optional extra. Off property, you can take an excursion to explore the Sierra Madre Mountains or the cute, touristy fishing port of Zihuatanejo.
The food is surprisingly good for an inclusive resort. Club Med caters to North American, Mexican, and French vacationers, so you'll find an international variety of dishes alongside hamburgers, hot dogs, fresh tropical fruit, and ice cream cones. Every evening has some sort of "Hey kids, let's put on a show!" entertainment featuring the staff or children of guests
While you relax and enjoy, your children are fully engaged in extensive programs, and with Club Med's tropical-summer-camp-meets-MTV atmosphere of nonstop action, there's plenty to do for kids, teenagers and parents. People who love people love Club Med, and since most teens like to hang out with others their own age, the social nature of this resort along with its spacious and safe grounds satisfies this hard-to-please age group's requirements for vacation fun.
Petit (for 2 to 3-year-olds), Mini (for 4 to 10-year-olds) and Junior/Teen Clubs (for 11 to 18-year-olds) operate daily from 9am to 5:30pm. Ixtapa is one of the three villages in North America to offer specialized infant care - the others are Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and Sandpiper in Florida. The Baby Club (for 4 to 23-month-olds) offers infant care by a trained staff and a special baby chef. The Baby Club is available by reservation, for an additional fee. As your older kids climb, go on boat rides, try tennis and kayaking, and even learn how to fly the trapeze at the Circus Workshop, your youngest will be cared for by experienced Club Med staff in the Baby Club. Each baby is assigned her own crib to rest comfortably after a morning of playing and walks.
Lunches are specially-prepared by the Chef of the Baby Restaurant. Afternoons are filled with entertaining puppets, clowns, and indoor/outdoor play until a freshly-cooked dinner is served. The Baby Feeding Room, open 24 hours, is stocked with baby supplies so that parents can provide feedings and snacks whenever necessary. Additionally there is a Baby Welcome Kit with infant and toddler paraphernalia and a special Children's Restaurant. Also on property are a playground, Petit Golf and Tennis, Zumba for Kids gymnastics, a Petit Chef Program, and a teen spa. The Pyjamas Club offers evening group care, and private babysitting is also available.
Guests at Club Meds pay one price (teens pay adult rates) which covers accommodations, meals (including beer and wine at dinner), and most activities on site.