We have been to the mountaintop of family vacations, and what we’ve seen on the other side is thrilling. Club Med Punta Cana is an all-inclusive resort and active family’s dream vacation destination. From the expected to the unexpected, a vacation at Club Med Punta Cana aims to please. All on the edge of the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. All-inclusive. All-elujiah!

CREACTIVE

CREACTIVE

Possibly the most unique offering at Club Med Punta Cana is CREACTIVE, a new acrobatic playground for adults and children alike that is the result of a partnership with Cirque du Soleil. Cirque-trained performers safely challenge, support, and entertain guests as they test the limits of their comfort zones through acrobatic trapeze, suspended bungee, and trampoline. More comfortable with your feet on the ground? CREACTIVE also engages participants in the circus arts, including face painting, choreography, and music.

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Dining

As with many all-inclusive resorts, Club Med Punta Cana offers three restaurants and two bars that range from gourmet (grilled lobster and passion fruit petit fours come to mind) to guaranteed pleasers (think burgers, fish, and ice cream). And while the restaurants do open and close on a schedule, you are never far from a snack, surf side cook-out, or all-day a la carte offerings as you please.

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Sports

Snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing, and kayaking are all included in the resort’s water sport offerings with instruction for no additional fee, and if you’re interested in trying kite surfing, water skiing, scuba diving, or paddle boarding, all you have to do is ask. They, along with other more exotic water sports and excursions, are also available with instruction for a fee. And though Club Med Punta Cana is situated on a stretch of pristine caribbean coastline, water sports aren’t the only athletic endeavors at the resort. Archery, tennis, volleyball, fitness classes (including one-on-one instruction and personal training), golf, and mini golf are all included.

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Spa

After soaring through the air and sailing through the seas, guests can wind down at the serene beachside Spa L’Occitane, complete with private bungalows, freshwater infinity pool, and some of the best masseuses we’ve ever encountered. 9 air conditioned rooms, including 1 for tandem treatments, a relaxation room and tea room round out the experience.

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Kids Club

There’s no doubt that Club Med Punta Cana offers a catalogue of activities, entertainment, and experiences for families to enjoy together. However, the unique children’s clubs have an array of sports, creative games, group outings, and entertainment for every age from tots to teens. Clubs are available for drop-off (or drop-in, if you prefer) for ages 4 months -17 years old as part of the all-inclusive offerings of the resort. So while mom and dad enjoy dinner or a sailing excursion alone, the kiddos can happily rock the club house (and age-appropriate pool, playground, and splash pads).

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Accommodations

Club Med Punta Cana’s premium accommodations are clean, comfortable, cheerful, and convenient for kiddos (strollers and little legs will have no problem navigating the property). Stay tuned for a brand new adult-only Zen Oasis component coming in December 2015 that aims to up the ante for luxury-minded travelers (or multi-generational families who might not all have pint sized passport holders). But when you’ve got kids in tow, thread count doesn’t matter nearly as much as the amount of fun you have together as a family, and it doesn’t get any more fun than running off to join the circus (or learn how to sail, golf, play tennis, or salsa dance).

Club Med Punta Cana

Club Med Punta Cana
APT Postal 106 Higuey Punta Cana
Dominican Republic
809-685-5500
Online: clubmed.us

What other unique vacation activities does your family enjoy? Tell us in the comments section below.

—Shelley Massey