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For teens, the new skate park has ramps and rails.No need to bring your blades; there is a (free) rental area, with skates, helmets and pads.
Throughout the day, there are various fitness activities for adults, from a power walk in the morning to water aerobics in the pool and ocean.Best of all are the classes in the pavilion on the beach, from a step class to sunset yoga.At certain times, there are volleyball or soccer games, but you can also grab a ball and start your own game at any time.The tennis courts are in perfect condition, and there are racquets and balls if you didn’t bring your own.
My kids were particularly drawn to the circus, where they soared in the flying trapeze. This is also available for intrepid adults.If you are able to learn how to let go and be caught, you can star in the circus show.Each night features a kids’ show and an adults’ show, with the multi-talented G.O.s adding a professional flair.
Parents (and teens over 16) can indulge in the new spa, with 10 well-appointed treatment rooms, plus two outdoor treatment areas in open-air palapas.You can hear the waves crash while luxuriating during an Indian or Mediterranean massage, each of which uses different strokes and oils.Alas, if you want a hot stone massage, you have to be inside.One-hour massages are about $125 (they are priced in Dominican pesos).The spa includes an outdoor relaxation lounge with herbal teas, and private pool.Kids 13-16 can book facials, manis or pedis, and suite occupants can have special “VIP” services; there are also scrubs and massages geared towards men, and couples treatments.
About the only downside to the Tiara suites (which command about a 50 percent premium over regular rates) is that a family of five can stay in one only if all the kids are under age 15 (which excludes my family).Because Club Med charges per person based on age, there is no extra charge if you bring a family of five and stay in two rooms.Recession be damned, you could always take two suites if you have a large family.It might be a better investment than a 401K.