After 40 years of presence, Club Med has said goodbye to its only village in the United States, the group has announced that it is finishing operations at Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Port St. Lucie.
Club Med has confirmed rumors and speculations that have been circulating for months: the tour operator has sold its Club Med Sandpiper Bay property in Port St. Lucie, on the east coast of Florida, the only one of the group in the United States. A popular destination for the French for over 40 years, the village was nestled in an alcove of the gentle St Lucie River (two hours from Miami) and offered access to the charm of Florida and its legendary sunshine. In recent years, the resort has mainly attracted a clientele resident in the United States. “It was time for Club Med to sell this place to a new owner who plans to invest heavily for the benefit of the local community.», Entrusts Thierry Orsoni, its communications director, to Figaro.
What about vacationers who have already booked?
Don’t panic, customers affected by the closure of Club Med Sandpiper Bay are offered several options in accordance with the group’s policy in this area:
Transfer to another resort in the US area
- Possible at Sandpiper Bay fare.
- Transfer to another destination: support up to 250 euros per adult and 125 euros per paying child if the procedure is more expensive.
In case of cancellation:
- Reimbursement of the sums paid.
- Issue of a credit note in the amount of € 250 per adult and € 125 per paying child.
From Florida to Utah, passing through Marbella
Is there a future opening in the region? “At this time, we have not identified any other locations in Florida, but we are still actively looking for new destinations for the sun, both here and throughout the Caribbean.“, Develops Thierry Orsoni. We don’t worry, Club Med is fine. Four new resorts were opened last year, and last April the group unveiled a plan to open 17 resorts by the end of 2024. “Our priorities are to open one or two mountain clubs a year and develop our Exclusive Collection offerexplained a few months ago Henri Giscard d’Estaing al Figaro. And it is precisely on the American market that the rebound was stronger and faster after Covid. The all-inclusive formula is clearly appreciated there to the point that large hotel chains are starting to draw inspiration from it.In addition, in November 2021, a long-awaited opening marked the return of Club Med to North America in the mountains, that of Club Med Quebec Charlevoix (read our article: “We pushed the doors of the new Club Med Québec Charlevoix”). This winter, the tour operator will open its fourth village in China, a third in Japan and an Exclusive Collection Club in Isère Valley . And in 2024 we return to the United States where we will be able to enjoy the snow of Snowbasin (about fifty kilometers northeast of Salt Lake City, ed) in L ‘Utahas part of an extensive refurbishment program for this ski resort located in the Wasatch massif.
But the GMs who prefer the heat should be reassured, know that closer to home, in Spain, Magna Marbella has just welcomed its first guests at the foot of the Sierra Blanca. Welcome on the Costa del Sol! It is not Florida, but it is a return to the origins: 72 years ago the first village was born in Alcudia, north of Mallorca.