Club Med's casting a wide net with its latest round of sales. Targeting couples, families and solo travelers--in short, everyone--the discounts are a whopping 50% off the usual weekly rates for travel throughout the summer and fall (through December 11, to be exact).
Best rates are at what may be, because of the horrific BP oil spill, the Club's iffiest destination, the Sandpiper Resort in Florida. At this point, scientists are watching to see whether the so-called "loop stream" hits the southern coast of Florida. Sandpiper is located on the east coast, which doesn't appear to be in imminent danger, though with no end in sight for the spill, the entire east coast of the USA is seen as possibly endangered by this event.
(Photo: Windsurfers and a ship wreck off the beach at Club Med, Punta Cana; photo by Ed You
Still, if you're willing to risk it (go soon, I say), family travelers (2 adults, up to 2 children) could pay as little as $549 per person, per week for a full seven-days of lodgings as well as golf, tennis (at a well-respected on-site tennis academy), circus school, water sports, meals at two different on-site restaurants, and unlimited drinks. Also included are a kid's camp and baby care; the latter is usually extra. Couples pay $724 per person, solo travelers $954 (which is still 50% off the regular rate). In addition, non-members have to pay a one-time fee of $60 per adult, $30 per child to join the Club.
Club Med also has a sale on its properties in Cancun, Ixtapa, Punta Cana, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas (though the last two resorts are not available to families at a discount).
As for the Club Med experience: it's gotten a lot more luxe in the past decade, with the Club upgrading its facilities, food preparation practices and activities in a serious attempt to compete with such luxury all-inclusive brands as SuperClubs and Couples (most industry experts think they succeeded in this makeover).
For full info on these deals and others (there are a handful of last-minute offers), head to www.clubmed.ca.