Club Med Punta Cana Review: The Best Resort for Families
Imagine this, it’s 80 degrees, the sun is glowing, you just finished a delicious breakfast with an ocean-front view and now your hardest decision is relaxing at the beach or sipping on a refreshing cocktail poolside. This is what staying at Club Med Punta Cana is all about!
Our editors here at Avoya Travel had the opportunity to spend a day at Club Med Punta Cana. We’re sharing our first-hand experience on what we loved about the atmosphere, restaurants, must-try activities, and helpful tips for those looking to stay at an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic.
A Top All- Inclusive Punta Cana Resort
From the moment you arrive, you can put your wallet away and forget about budgeting because the best part about Club Med Punta Cana is that everything is all-included!
What does all- inclusive mean?
At Club Med Punta Cana you can look forward to unlimited meals at any of the three restaurants, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at the restaurants and select bars, and scheduled activities available on-site at no additional cost.
Your days and evenings will be filled with a plethora of options for guests of all ages. You might not even want to explore outside of the resort because everything you could imagine is available at your fingertips and within proximity. Here are some of the venues and activities that we loved…
Favorite Food and Drink Finds
Nothing quite starts vacation off right like a great meal! It was recommended by our GO, Chloe, to try Hispaniola Restaurant.
A GO is a “Glentis Organisateur”, which means they are the staff members on-site, who make you feel welcome and connected throughout your stay. They are there for your every need and ensure that you’re having a great time!
Hispaniola Restaurant is one of the two buffet style restaurants and offers a wide range of cooking styles that appeals to the most refined and selective palates. You can choose from French cuisine, an expansive salad bar, pizza, locally-inspired dishes and fresh seafood prepared in every way possible.
If you’re a seafood lover, we highly recommend trying the ceviche and any fish of your choice prepared in front of your eyes, BBQ style! When you’re ready to indulge in some sweets, you can choose from freshly baked pastries, tropical fruits or gelato. The guava gelato was to die for!
Not only will you want to help yourself to seconds at Hispaniola Restaurant, you won’t help but feel mesmerized by the stunning ocean views in front of you.
If you’re looking for an ideal restaurant for a date, we recommend Indigo Restaurant which offers a la carte menu options and sit-down service.
Each bar offers a different scene and atmosphere. For a true essence of Dominican culture, check out Cielo Bar, where you can enjoy a rum cocktail, take a Latin Dance class and dance to top island rhythms! Whether you’re on-site or explore outside of the resort, you’ll see that any time is a great time to unwind, let loose and celebrate life, that’s what Punta Cana is about!
For a more relaxed environment, we recommend Indigo Beach Lounge for ocean views or our favorite spot, the Hibiscus Bar & Lounge, where you can have a fresh fruit smoothie or blended cocktail. You won’t want to miss out on the mango smoothie or mojito, which is even more enjoyable from the Zen Oasis jacuzzi! Did we mention this is an adults-only area?
Must Try Activities
With such beautiful weather all-year round, you’ll find it effortless to disconnect and simply enjoy the present moment by the water or on land. You can take a dip at the main pool, enjoy the white-sand beach, or take on a thrilling excursion like kayaking, paddle boarding or snorkeling. No matter if you’re hanging out by the pool or at the ocean, the water is reviving and just as dreamy as seen on calendars!
If you need a break from the water, you can participate in any of the fun activities like archery, tennis, or yoga. Never tried any of them before? That’s okay! You can take a complimentary group class or for more one-on-one attention, you can take a private lesson for an additional cost.
A great way to meet new people at the resort is to participate in the sports tournaments like beach volleyball or soccer. Each day, a new schedule of events is posted, and you’ll be able to see what shows, classes and games are happening.
If you’re still looking for more thrills, a popular spot is CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil. Both kids and adults are encouraged to feel inspired, move and challenge themselves in new ways. You can try trapeze school or watch the experts perform in a nightly show.
This had to be one of our favorite places in Club Med Punta Cana! From the moment you enter, you’ll immediately feel tranquil vibes and will only hear water flowing, even the blenders at the bar were silent! This adult-only haven is perfect for catching up on a good book, taking a nap on one of the napping beds, squeezing some laps in at the pool or soaking in the jacuzzi.
Club Med truly makes a family vacation easy, fun and stress-free! If you’re traveling with kids, it’ll be hard to tell who’s having more fun because there’s an activity for everyone and they can enjoy interactive games, arts & crafts, sports and parties at the Kid’s Club at no additional cost. The Kid’s Club is split up by age and is complimentary from 8:45 am to 5:15 pm and 7 to 9 pm. Kids can be as young as 4 months old to 10 years old and if you have older kids or teenagers with you between the ages of 11 to 17, they can meet at Passworld.
Kids and teens will love hanging out at the clubs because the GO’s that lead them are all experts in having fun and connecting. Not only will your kids be in good hands, but they will more than likely pick up some new phrases or learn about different cultures because over 20+ nationalities are represented among staff, almost every language imaginable is spoken and guests that visit Club Med are just as diverse!
Babysitting services are also available from 8:30 am to midnight for an additional fee of 2000 Dominican Pesos for 2 hours, which is around $40 USD.
Helpful Tips and FAQ’s
Ready for your next best vacation? If you’re planning a stay at Club Med Punta Cana, here are some helpful tips for frequently asked questions:
What is not included?
There are a few things available at the resort that are not included in your vacation package like Medical Center services, spa services and beverages at La Cave Bar. Select areas in the resort do have limited hours of operation for general access or are exclusive to the type of accommondation you book.
How should I dress at the resort?
You’re on vacation, so your attire can be just as relaxed! Casual shorts, polos and light dresses are perfectly suitable. The weather in Punta Cana stays between the mid to higher 80’s from December to April and raises to the higher 80’s to lower 90’s from May to November.
If you forgot a pair of sandals, need a hat or swim suit, you can find these items at the Main Boutique.
Is there Wi-Fi at the resort?
Wi-Fi is free to use on-site and we recommend downloading the “Club Med Resorts” App so that you can access a digital map of the resort and see the schedule of events.
Is it safe to leave your resort in Punta Cana?
No matter where you travel to, it is always recommended to be mindful of your surroundings, however, since Punta Cana is frequented by many tourists, it is generally very safe to explore outside of the resort.
Club Med Punta Cana is conveniently located, and you can get around easily by taxi to the following:
- Approximately 3 miles to Punta Cana International Airport
- Approximately 4 miles to Bachata Rosa Restaurant, a restaurant owned by the award-winning singer, songwriter and composer, Juan Luis Guerra
- Approximately 9 miles to Coco Bongo, a Vegas style club
- Approximately 14 miles to El Cortecito, where you can find great restaurants in front of the beach and is a place recommended by locals
- Approximately 25 miles to Macao Beach, a hotspot for locals and tourists to visit
Whether you’re looking for a Punta Cana family vacation or couples retreat, Club Med Punta Cana will satisfy your every craving and vacation need. From active and relaxing days, there’s no doubt you’ll feel 100% rejuvenated and will come back with a fresh perspective!
Book your stay at Club Med Punta Cana here!