Thursday, November 4, 2010

Club Méditerranée

So you are more of a luxury traveler.  An all-inclusive resort type of family.  Or maybe not ordinarily, but the idea of a comfortable home-base in a foreign country, with food and recreation covered, seems a more appealing way to introduce your family to Europe. 

If you’ve been to a Club Med all-inclusive resort before, then you know it is a French corporation (and if you’ve eaten at a Club Med you know their French chefs are marvelous!)  So I imagine a Club Med resort in France would be quite authentic, wouldn’t you?  (Disclaimer here:  I have not personally stayed at Club Med in Europe, only in the Caribbean and in Mexico.)  But the reason I recommend Club Med is not only because I love their resorts, but also because they offer such a variety of family options.  They actually have unique children’s programs for different age groups, inspired by each facility’s natural surroundings, such as snow or beach.  Their children’s clubs begin with Baby Club Med, for 4 months to under 2 years old; Petit Club Med for 2 – 3 year olds; Mini Club Med for 4 to 10 year olds; and the Juniors’ Club Med for teenagers.  These programs provide childcare, learning experiences, and entertainment for your youngsters and can be included in your vacation package or purchased á la carte.

The European Club Med resorts are in France, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, Greece and Turkey.  Skiing (with ski schools for kids!) and other snow sports are offered in the Alpine resorts of France, Italy and Switzerland, while the Mediterranean and Atlantic coast resorts in France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Turkey provide water sports, seaside pleasures, and beautiful beaches.  Family vacation packages are available on the website for:  Opio en Provence and La Palmyre Atlantique in France; Kamarina in Sicily; and Palmiye in Turkey.  The various children’s clubs are found at certain locations only, so be sure to confirm with your selected resort for these options.

I checked out several of the European Club Med resorts on TripAdvisor and found many, many positive reviews, so I feel comfortable recommending them to you and your family.  And certainly, in my experience, Club Med seems to acquire the most prime and desirable locations on any island or mountain, as well as some fabulous chefs.  There’s plenty of delicious food at each meal and enough variety to please even your picky little eaters!

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