Fun-filled vacations don’t have to come to a screeching halt just because you qualify to join AARP. Although Club Mediterranee -- “Club Med” -- was once known for its sexually charged atmosphere that attracted swingers and singles alike, the resorts have, over the decades, undergone a more family-friendly, G-rated makeover that has preserved an atmosphere of freedom and fun. Whether you’re traveling alone, with your family or as part of a special getaway, Club Med’s all-inclusive resorts cater to travelers of every variety.
Traveling alone doesn't have to mean that you'll be lonely. Club Med has several adults-only resorts, including its Turkoise resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Kemer resort in Turkey. Mingle with fellow travelers staying at the Kemer resort while exploring Istanbul or the waterfalls at Pamukkale during daylong excursions, or while taking a cruise on a wooden sailboat to the ruins at Phaselis, located around the inlet from the resort. Meet others with similar interests while participating in group fitness lessons and activities such as scuba diving, learning to sail or even riding the flying trapeze at the Turkoise resort. Additionally, you’ll rarely eat alone since the hosts and hostesses at resort restaurants typically seat single diners with other singles or with groups.
Getaways with Friends
Gather a group of friends for a relaxed getaway at one of Club Med's friend-oriented resorts. Plan a soothing spa getaway to Mandara Spa, located at the Club Med Bali Resort in Indonesia. The spa has a variety of packages for men and women, which include access to the resort's sauna and Turkish baths. The spa has individual services and packages including traditional Balinese massages, reflexology treatments, hot stone massages and facials. Tee off while taking in the sights at golf resorts such as Opio en Provence resort in France, which has a golf school to help you improve your game and a nine-hole course at the resort. Additionally, there are three 18-hole courses within 1/2 mile of the resort: La Grande Bastide, Saint Donat Golf Course and Valbonne Opio Golf Course.
Traveling With the Whole Family
Seniors looking to bring their entire family together for vacation can check out one of the Club Med resorts that caters specifically to multigenerational families. Resorts such as Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, Sandpiper Bay in Florida and Ixtapa Pacific in Mexico offer family reunion packages that provide discounted room rates for guests who book at least seven rooms. These resorts also have roomy family suites, sports events and family activities tailored specifically to the family and reserved seating every night at the resort restaurants. As an added bonus, the adults can relax during the day while children ages 4 months to 17 years participate in the resort's programs for kids.
Travelers who prefer to see a multitude of sights on their trip can book a cruise with Club Med 2, a five-mast sailing ship that takes you along the coasts of South America, the Mediterranean or the Caribbean. Cruises range from one to 21 nights. Like other Club Med resorts, cruises include gourmet dining, most beverages, leisure activities, night life, group lessons and sports and accommodations ranging from standard cabins to deluxe suites. The ship can accommodate up to 372 passengers who are attended to by approximately 200 staff members, assuring personalized service while sailing the open water.