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Club Med Sandpiper Bay
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Port Saint Lucie
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 June 2014

My husband and I stayed at Club Med Sandpiper Bay for one week around Memorial Day weekend. We consider ourselves to have high expectations for the resorts we stay in, but we’re also pretty flexible people and will not let little bumps get in the way of a good vacation.

We have a 4.5 month old baby and chose this resort just for its amenities for babies. Needing some vacation time together, we scoured the internet to find a resort that had special accommodations for babies (read: a baby care program for the daytime), and this is one of the few that exist in the U.S.

We have visited several all inclusive resorts in Mexico, and, if you’re expecting the same level of service and accommodations, this resort might disappoint you. But, if you’re a family with a baby or very young children, this just might be the resort for you. Here are some details below:

BABY CLUB AND BABY EQUIPMENT:
This is the single best thing about the resort. There is a Baby Club for babies 4 months plus (“Baby Club” is a fancy name for day care). We have only good things to say about the Baby Club. The G.O.s (Club Med speak for “staff”) who staffed it seemed well trained and happy to do their job. Our baby seemed to enjoy her time there and being around baby toys and baby activities is much more fun than being stuck on a hot sandy beach with the adults all day.

The Baby Club (and the club for the older children as well) is open from 8:45 am to 5 pm everyday but Wednesday (Wednesdays you’re on your own). There is an additional charge for the Baby Club and we paid for it when we booked the trip. You can also leave your child in the evenings with the “Pajama Club” from 7 pm to 1 am. This may be operated by different staff and there is an additional charge of $25 for each evening you use the service. I do not believe it is available every evening, but I’m not certain on that.

If you pay for the “Baby Welcome” package when you book, you get all the baby equipment you need for your stay in your room when you arrive: stroller, changing pad, baby bath, bottle warmer and a pack n’ play. There are also high chairs and baby food at the buffet restaurant. The equipment is all standard issue Graco and the baby food is Gerber (and there was’t usually a large selection, so take note if you have a picky eater or find a nice G.O. to help you locate more varieties in the back). Bring plenty of diapers, wipes, and formula, as those items are not included.

RESTAURANTS:
The main restaurant, Marketplace, is a buffet. There are also two “sit down” restaurants on the property - Soleil and Riverside - but there are some limitations. You must make reservations for Riverside (the nicer restaurant) 24 hours in advance and can do this only once during your stay, but they are lenient on this if they’re not too busy. Soleil has a comparatively limited menu and is mostly open during the off times for the buffet.

And for its part, the buffet restaurant was pretty good. I’d say the food was above average for an all inclusive buffet restaurant. As other reviewers have suggested, try the chocolate bread; it will not disappoint. They have hours during which the restaurant isn’t open, but they never locked the doors, just didn’t make new food. The hours are 8 to 10 for breakfast, 12 to 2 for lunch, and 4 to 9 for dinner. There is a kids corner in the restaurant that has kid friendly food and even baby food. There is not a bar in the buffet restaurant, but there are bottles of red, white, and rose wine available to take to your table. If you want higher quality wine, you can order and pay for it at the buffet as well.

A bit of a warning: The G.O.s are instructed to make friends with the guests and may occasionally ask to sit down with you for a meal (this happened twice to us). My husband found this charming, I found it annoying. But, they were interesting people and you could always politely say “no thank you” when they asked to joint you if you really didn’t want their company.

Oh, and one other helpful bit of information: There is no room service. So, if you’re one for midnight snacks in bed, bring your own snacks.

BARS:
Alcoholic drinks are included in the all inclusive package. The drinks are usually on the weak side, but it depends on the bartender.

There is the main bar, Slice, which, in addition to serving liquor, has plenty of Shirley Temples and goldfish crackers for kids. This bar was full of kids both day and night, but the entire resort is, so you get used to it. They have a couple of board games there that you can take and play at the tables inside or out.

The other two bars are small (they’re literally a window like one of those snow cone stands) and are located by the adult “calm pool” and the “activity pool”. They seemed to have better service, but their hours were pretty limited.

ROOMS AND PROPERTY:
Other reviewers have noted that the buildings look like Soviet era bunkers. You know, they kind of did. But, despite their less-than-cheerful outward appearance, they are bright and cheery inside and look to have been recently redecorated. Our room had two sinks, a bath/shower, a big closet, a robe and slippers for the stay, a safe, a mini fridge (no microwave), and a balcony with chairs. There are laundry facilities available for $1 per load at the bottom of each (?) building, but about half of the machines didn’t work when we tried to use them. Nightly turndown service complete with chocolates on the pillow is a nice touch. The property is lovely with lots of beautiful tropical plants to enjoy.

POOLS AND BEACH:
As other reviewers have noted, this resort is located on a river, not the actual ocean. But, this didn’t bother us. They still have a sandy beach, albeit quite small. There are several pools. There is the main “activity pool” which seemed to be the busiest. There was the “lap pool” for all those crazy people who want to exercise on their vacation. There was the adult “calm pool” that overlooked the river and was only for guests 18+. Then there was the kiddy “splash pool” for the kiddos that has the shallow water, water guns, etc.

There is a notable lack of umbrellas on the beach and at some of the pool locations. We overheard a G.O. explain to another guest that they lost them this year due to heavy winds and that they’re on order. Until then, just be prepared with lots of sunscreen.

Oh, and this might be a fluke, but they completely ran out of pool towels one day. I mean completely out at all pools.

ACTIVITIES:
Club Med is known for their activities and they certainly seemed to have plenty. They have golf, tennis, volleyball, aerobics, and even trapeze. My husband and I prefer to expend only the float-in-the-pool level of effort on our vacations, so we barely used any of these services. I know that there are small fees associated with some of these activities (the 18 hole golf course, for example), but they seemed to be nominal, and there were plenty of associated activities that did not have a fee attached (the driving range or the 6 hole golf course, for example).

There are numerous activities that go on everyday, such as zumba, ping pong tournaments, etc. They are located on the schedule, which is posted near the front of the property. It would be nice if they would include it on a printed schedule to be left in the room.

STAFF (AKA “G.O.s”):
For the most part, the G.O.s were very friendly and more than willing to help you with a smile. The G.O.s live on the property in apartments so they tend to be a young bunch.

If you’ve read up on Club Med, you might have read about the “Crazy Signs” song ritual. A few times a day, the G.O.s break out in a song called “Crazy Signs” and try to get the guests to dance along with them. This seemed a little cult-like to me when I read about it, but I participated in “Crazy Signs” once and didn’t seem to be brainwashed, and maybe even had a little fun doing it.

TRANSPORTATION
We paid extra to have the airport transfer. The car service picked us up near baggage claim without any problem. The car service (which is contracted through Club Med) happened to have the limo out that day, so we were very pleased to be picked up and taken to the resort in a stretch limo! I believe the website said the West Palm Beach airport was about 30 minutes away, but it was more like an hour. We didn’t care, we were in a limo :). We had a nice SUV on the ride back to the airport with no problems.

BOTTOM LINE: If you are a young couple without kids looking for the best all inclusive resort, go to a Caribbean resort! We have had far better accommodations there. But, if you are looking for a place to take your baby/very small children and have fun with the whole family, then Club Med Sandpiper Bay may be a good option for you. We’ll be back for that very reason, unless we find better accommodations that cater to babies and small children.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

We really enjoyed our time at Club Med. The sailing was amazing with a fun group of GO's; many thanks to Chris, James, and Travis. Travis was nice enough to demonstrate his capsizing technique for us a few times! The food was very good and the staff were very friendly. We found the adult pool setting was lovely. There was such an abundance of fun activities that we couldn't fit them all into a day. The evenings of dance at the Slice Bar were fun and the music was great! We LOVED Maru's yoga, zumba and pilates classes so much that we would have liked to attend them all! The gym is well equipped with lots of modern equipment. The golf instructors were top notch and we hope to quality for the PGA soon?!

There are very few negatives at this resort. Yes the air conditioner in our room was loud but at the end of an action filled day we still slept like babies. It was also pricey to rent golf clubs. We would have enjoyed Brie and other nice cheeses to go with their lovely breads at breakfast but that's "une gaterie personnelle".

This resort caters to all age groups. We went without our children but thought they would have enjoyed it too. We were there for 5 days and found there weren't enough hours in the day to do all the activities we wanted to do. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Sandpiper!

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
4  Thank Luc M
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

We came back again to Club Med Sandpiper during Memorial day long weekend.
Was so nice to see familiar faces like Niko, Andre, Hunter,Jake, Lanz, Adam, doing a great job like always. Fernando always amazing with his Special Holiday Zumba class and a especial AquaGym class on Saturday.
The new Chief of Activities Olivier and the new Hotel Mgr Gille, doing a great job trying to be sure that all members are having a great time.
We requested our favorite activity: Water Polo to Olivier and we had it everyday during our stay.
The new activity: Regata was fun .
The new GO's: Courtney, Molly, Izzy, Russell and Paige, couldn't be nicer and helpful .
Overall the Club looks great and well maintained.
The only negative thing was the Paddleboard. One of my favorite activities has only a few not so good boards in use. And there were not enough paddles . The ones in use were of a very bad quality. The lines were very long during the whole stay
They said that new paddles were ordered.
We has a great weekend and can't wait to come back very soon !

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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3  Thank david m
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

greatlucie great 4 day family vacation. We were 14 people during a very busy vacation week in April with kids from 12-4. The counselors in the day camp program were energetic and involved the kids especially Russell. this left the adult parents with free time to golf, play tennis, sail, paddle board, Zumba , body sculpt,etc. I would single out Maru, thezumba, etc. instructor as especially dedicated making sure people got a great workout. Despite full capacity therewereenoughfacilities to do whatever you wanted. The food was surprisingly fresh, delicious and varied. Entrees included swordfish, grouper, salmon, short ribs and beef Wellington with plenty of veggies prepared right in front of you. They even made a beautiful anniversary cake for our 50, courtesy of Niko, the dining room manager who was very accommodating. We will go back!!

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank rochelle k
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We had a great time on our first vacation to Club Med Sandpiper Bay. The grounds were very clean and the staff was extremely helpful. The beach staff (Izzy and Paige) went out of their way to make our children happy and help everyone learn how to properly use the sailboats and paddle boards and make them available with a short wait. We ate at the buffet for all three meals and the food was surprisingly very good. There is a huge variety and they switch it up daily. Kids loved the camp and they put on a great show for everyone Sunday night. We will definitely return.

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3  Thank FLA_561
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Not so much for adults...lots of activities catering to hours of "little ones", restaurant service was spotty (once we waited 45 minutes for sandwiches and our drinks never came - and we were practically the only ones there!) and buffet restaurant was mediocre at best. Much of the food catered to the tastes of small children, lots of mac n cheese and hot dogs, no interesting food at all.Not one time did a GO sit with us or hang out with us, though we took golf lessons all week and tried the watersports. Only saw one evening show: it was dance routines set to current pop music - not terrible, but not interesting either.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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3  Thank Tresaheaney
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Overall, it was a nice weekend and an enjoyable stay. We were a large group of families with kids of all ages. Rooms were clean and large. Though, the AC was so loud you couldn't talk to someone in the adjacent room. There are plenty of activities for the entire family, and there are plenty of pools. The food is good and replenished frequently, considering it's meant to feed a mass of people at the same time. The biggest problem is communication. Our group was spread out in 5 different buildings but only told later the reasons why. The staff didn't know when special activities started or ended. You sort of never really know what you are supposed to do.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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4  Thank RPoz
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Address: 4500 S.E Pine Valley Street, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952-6125
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Region: United States > Florida > Port Saint Lucie
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Port Saint Lucie
#6 Romantic Hotel in Port Saint Lucie
Price Range: £211 - £580 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Club Med Sandpiper Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 337
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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