Overall, we had a really nice stay at the Sandpiper resort. For a vacation with a one-year old it was very relaxing so I think that says the most. It’s a great family resort. We were one of many first timers there, but we also met a number of families who were on the sixth, seventh or eighth visit to the resort.
It is very child friendly. With an infant, it was incredible to go into your room and see a crib, changing pad, baby tub and a stroller waiting for you. In the restaurant there were plenty of food choices, as well as a baby corner with about 5 flavors of Gerber food, microwave and a blender (in case you wanted to make your own food). There were also plenty of high chairs in the restaurant. We also used the Baby Club Med and it was great. It’s a big playroom with a separate room that has travel cribs for naps. All the women who worked there were very nice and attentive to our daughter. They didn’t only stay in the playroom either – they walked around the resort, took her to the art area to play with play dough, went in the kiddie pool and went to the restaurant for meal time. She cried when we dropped her off but they just whisked her away to the toys and she settled down in a few minutes. The Pajama Club at night was similar with great babysitters who were so helpful, happy and genuinely seemed to love kids.
The renovated room was nice and definitely plenty big. We were on the ground floor, but unfortunately looked out on the entry to the resort. Not quite as promised by the reservation agent when we booked who said we’d have a river view.
Food was good. There are only two restaurants – one buffet and one sit down. The sit down restaurant has limited choices that don’t change, but they are very similar to what’s in the buffet restaurant. Plus, plenty of people were just using the seating there but getting food at the buffet so seemed like an extension of the buffet anyway. The buffet was good and had a ton of choices for food. I really liked it for breakfast and lunch, but felt like it would have been nicer to have a good sit down restaurant for dinner. Plus, the service there was terrible. The staff looked so depressed and if they came over to clean a table they’d take the plates, but leave the glasses. It was really haphazard and incomplete. The coffee situation in the morning is really bad. There are 2 machines that make a cup at a time and the line was long. I don’t understand why they didn’t have carafes of coffee for the tables since most drink it. There is no food after 9pm and no place to get snacks or a late night bite.
All the pools are very nice, but the seats go quickly. You need to get up and put your towel on a chair early or you won’t get one. Also, getting an umbrella is tough. There aren’t nearly enough which seems like a miss for a place that has so many babies.
The bar is fine, but again, there is only place to get drinks on the entire resort. So, if you’re at the adult pool it’s a hike over there to get a beer. I just don’t understand why they don’t have another.
There is a fitness center and spa which we used and were fine. Neither is in their renovated home. From what some of the GOs said, I’m not sure when or if the second part of the renovation is happening. One told us that she didn’t think they had the money to finish it. Would be a shame since what they’ve started is nice and if they don’t finish it, it will really seem strange. The renderings on the website are a little misleading this way.
There was little information about what to do in the area. We did go to a Mets game one day which was great and ventured out to a restaurant in the area one night. Oddly, when we asked any of the GOs for recommendations, they had none. Seriously, they didn’t have any suggestions or know where to direct us. It’s a great resort, but don’t people ever want to leave or see what’s around??
This is a great resort. There’s much room for improvement, but we had a great family vacation and look forward to coming back again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the Floridian charm in our renovated all-inclusive family resort of Sandpiper, nestled by the Saint Lucie River which provides fun and excitement on the beach or on sailboats. Travel to Club Med Sandpiper Bay with your family and enjoy a carefree all-inclusive vacation amidst a full-amenity resort where families can discover incomparable sports and children's programs. Make the most of your vacation to discover tennis, golf and fitness with our top coaches in the Club Med Academies. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Med Sandpiper Bay Hotel Port Saint Lucie
- Med Sandpiper Club
- Club Med Sandpiper Florida
- Club Med Port Saint Lucie
- Sandpiper Club Med
- Club Med Port St Lucie
- Port Saint Lucie Club Med
- Club Med Sandpiper Bay Florida/Port Saint Lucie