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This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Club Med Sandpiper Bay. All opinions are my own.
I was invited to stay at the Club Med Sandpiper Bay Resort the past weekend. I am getting to the point in my pregnancy where I am trying to stay more local and take advantage of “staycations” whenever I can before it gets closer to when I really can’t travel any distance. The Sandpiper Bay is the only all-inclusive resort in the United States situated on the East Coast of Florida in the Port St. Lucie area. The resort sits on the St. Lucie River which allows for lots of water activities to partake in. Even though the resort is touted as an all-inclusive which usually means it is more adult driven, I would say this is a very family friendly driven vacation spot. They have a lot of child care options throughout the day ranging in all the age ranges. There are lots of kid-friendly activities such as mini golf, water sports, tennis, basketball, a large pool, and even a trapeze.
Our room was quite spacious and had a lovely view overlooking the water. Mark enjoyed the large tv to be able to catch the football games during our stay. There are also a lot of configurations that work with families available such as bunk beds for kiddos and extended rooms with additional beds for teens.
I personally like to relax on vacations so I made sure to head to the adults only pool which overlooked the water. It is an infinity type set up with plenty of room with cabanas around it. The views in the morning were quite lovely. There is also a full bar there if you choose to partake in the all-inclusive drink options.
If you like to stay active on vacations then there are certainly plenty of options here. At check-in, we were given a schedule which had activities listed throughout the entire day which started with 8am yoga out by the pool. There are tennis, soccer, and basketball clinics. There is a driving range, mini golf, water activities such as stand-up paddle boarding, and a trapeze that the adults can even participate in. The majority of these are included in your stay but there is an extra charge if you want to take advantage of the motorized activities out on the water. There is a large fitness area with a ton of classes even spin classes. Everyone around the resort was pretty much dressed in workout gear, there was no shortage of ways to stay active at this resort.
In regards to the food, there is a marketplace that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I would put the food on par with what you would typically see on a cruise. Actually, that is what Mark and I remarked about this overall stay is that it felt like. There was a lot of entertainment by the staff and they were very hands on with the guests. There is one sit-down restaurant that you can make a reservation for if you would like a more formal experience. There is also a grill with quick bites that is open during the down times of the marketplace.
I personally enjoyed the L’Occitane spa services. I had a very much needed mani/pedi and Mark opted for a massage. It was definitely a nice way to unwind before we headed out.
As far as the all-inclusive amenities, you are given a band that unlocks your room so essentially you don’t have to worry about your wallet while you are there. If you have a set family budget for travel this is nice because you won’t leave the resort with all the additional charges that sometimes happen when you partake in cruises. Plus, you don’t have to worry about the additional time of loading and unloading off of a boat, no sea sickness, and the rooms are definitely more spacious than a cruise cabin. There are a ton of ways to stay active, relax and unwind, and multiple ways to keep the kiddos entertained.
What are your thoughts on all-inclusive resorts? Do you enjoy staycations more or like planning longer trips? Thank you to the Club Med Sandpiper Bay for this complimentary stay. This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Club Med Sandpiper Bay, I did receive compensation in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.