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Club Med Columbus Isle
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in San Salvador
Certificate of Excellence
Avon Lake, Ohio
2 reviews
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“Family (24) vacation”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

I am a first time club med vacationeer and we tagged along with family and friends, the wild 24 to be exact. had an excellent time. Snorkeling was amazing (Coral Gardens was best) We enjoyed all the beach sports... skiing, windsurfing, paddleboarding and daily beach volleyball; Food was excellent and the GE very attentive. Claudette was especially gracious and we have made a good friend. The GO were all helpful, friendly and fun; Gabrielle, Sidney, Sarah and Garry made our week long stay incredibly enjoyable. With my immediate family of 4 sons from ages 23 to 16 on the trip, the GO's kept things lively and the activities fresh. The rooms were clean and fresh which is all we asked. They may be a little older, but we did not go the Bahamas to be in our rooms. The shows and parties at night were different every night and were a nice treat. The late night dancing parties were rocking especially after a couple AMF's. We will be back.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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English first
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2014

Wow. That is the best way to start this review. I am a long time Club Med GM going to many different villages in the North American zone, as well as in Europe, as well as being an Ex-GO. I had always avoided Columbus because of the lack of Trapeze, but decided it was time to make the trip. This was my favorite village and group of people I have run across in Club Med. To start, the GE's (or local workers) are the best group of people I have come across. They work hard and fast with a smile on their faces all the time. One girl was even quick to point out loose floor boards in the restaurant as a few people had tripped and almost fell. Not only did she alert the correct person quickly she almost demanded it get fixed ASAP. My hats off to her. Next, the group of GM's (other guests) were fantastic. Most return 15-24 times to the same village the same time each year. They told us about the places to see, things to do, and best ways to enjoy Columbus Island. For that, my husband and I will be back again next year at the same time to continue with this tradition. And as always, the GO was great. From Todd and Gabrielle at the bar, to the entire watersports team, and Juanito and Roger at Tennis, you all truly made our vacation awesome and we thank you!

I will take this moment to respond to a few notes from fellow Americans. Yes, Club Med is a french company and the GM's here were about 70% french speaking during our trip, but it NEVER affected our vacation in a negative way, it only enhanced it. When you are walking down the narrow paths around the village, if the person walking toward you does not move to the left out of your way, perhaps they are used to moving to the right out of the way?!?! And maybe sit with a couple from another country to make International friends. Our last night we had 2 couples from American, and Italian Couple on a Honeymoon, a Swiss diver, and two awesome bartenders from Quebec.... we learned a lot and loved every moment. Thank you Columbus Island for memories that will stick with us a while!

Room Tip: If you like to Dive, as for a room in that direction..... If Tennis is your thing it is on the other...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 June 2014

We spent two weeks in Club Med Columbus and we loved it! Most of the GOs are great (exception made for the excursion desk: one of the girls who's been working there was quite polite and a bit worrying)
For a 4 Tridents rooms need some renovation and concerning the restaurant Asian food should be reviewed.
There is not so much to do on the Island but if you want to break your habits just go and admire the coulour of the water and try sailing or diving!!

Room Tip: choose rooms that have a see view
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 June 2014 via mobile

I still do not understand the negative comments about this place: food is excellent, GO's are all very nice, beach is amazing, and plenty of activities and fun. Rooms are ok and honestly I wish you people do not spend too much time in your room when you have a paradise outside. Special thanks go to Julien, Marco, Oscar and the water sky team. Juanito the tennis coach is super nice. My 3 years old son is constantly asking to go back to 'bahamas' since the day we came back from our vacation. Definetly a good place to go.

Stayed May 2014
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Montreal
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

We just returned from our first stay at a Club Med in twenty years. We have often been disappointed in the food and the beaches at other all-inclusive resorts and decided to give Club Med a try. What a difference! Sure it's a little bit more expensive but when you factor in 42 (2 persons times 21 meals) high quality meals, a beautiful beach and pool and great staff, it is well worth the money.
We loved the place and will return. If you haven't been then give this place the nod and you won't regret it.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Palm Bay, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2014

Outstanding value. Great beach and food. Julien , chef de village, was in contact with all customers at all times. The go's were very gracious and friendly. The rooms were adequate and we didn't get bit by any sand fleas. We will return to this little piece of paradise.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2014

We went from May 20 to May 28, 2014. The beach, ocean, service, GO (Marion, Julien, and others …thx), animation, and the food was great. Nice place for snorkeling (reef shark, turtle, barracuda, ship wreck…). Very relax and calm.

The room are old, but clean. The view from the room is very good. Almost all room have ocean view.

Many GO speak French, English, and Spanish.

It was one are of the greatest vacation.

Thx Columbus

Room Tip: Almost all room have ocean view.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Club Med Columbus Isle
Address: Cockburn Town, San Salvador
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Region: Caribbean > Bahamas > Out Islands > San Salvador
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in San Salvador
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Club Med Columbus Isle 4*
Number of rooms: 216
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover the refinement of the Bahamas during your stay at Columbus Isle. The heavenly all-inclusive resort of Columbus Isle is a paradise for diving and honeymoon vacations. Travel to Club Med Columbus Isle as a couple and enjoy a carefree all-inclusive vacation in this secluded resort on the Caribbean Sea. Indulge in a massage* by the ocean or relax by the pristine beach. As one of the top 5 wall diving destinations in the Caribbean, this luxurious hideaway is also the best luxury resort for couples. This environmentally-friendly resort also offers a wide range of activities and sports for adults. No matter what your travel expectations are, you'll find the amenities at Columbus Isle to be more refined than anywhere else: premium oceanfront accommodations, oceanfront massage* palapas, and scuba diving* in one of the best diving spot worldwide. ... more   less 
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Club Med Columbus Isle Hotel San Salvador
Club Med San Salvador
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