It’s not my momma’s Club Med!

“Our purpose in life is to be happy. The place to be happy is here. And the time to be happy is now “words of Gerard Blitz founder of Club Med.

I’ve had the pleasure of visiting two Club Med locations – Punta Cana and Sandpiper Bay, Florida. In a few short weeks, we will be visiting our 3rd – Turks and Caicos and I am super excited to be going.

When I mention Club Med to my friends and families, it usually gets a very large “OOOOOOOHHHH”, and the eyes go up! They are thinking of the 80’s Club Med reputation. No locks on the doors, party central and wild vacations (you know the line “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” – I think that might have started at a Club Med!) It’s no longer so . . . . .

We had the absolute pleasure of staying at the Zen Oasis, Club Med in Punta Cana. It is the adult’s only section of the resort and it was magnificent. There are a total of 78 spa-inspired deluxe rooms that come fully equipped. We stayed in the upper level room.

So, it was my husband and myself – you’ll notice in the picture the way the room is set up – you walk in directly in front of you is the bed. To the left is the shower, sink area and the toilet. Dopey us, we never realized until our last day that there is a curtain you can pull across to separate the bathroom area from the sleeping area.

The Zen Oasis has its own pool, bar and beach. Every afternoon at the bar, they would bring out different horderves. We spent a lot of time in this pool and at the Jacuzzi.

There are (3) restaurants – one right on the beach and the food was good.

But, I will tell you this – it was hot! It was hot all the time. This had nothing to do with Club Med – it’s Punta Cana!

We did wander over to the Hard Rock to check it out, beautiful – but in my opinion way way to big for me. They had shuttle buses from the resort to the beach!!!

HOT TIP FOR PUNTA CANA- Don’t drinks the water – not even to brush your teeth – they have bottled water in the room and it is there for a reason. I am telling you this from my own personal experience – the day before we were leaving to come home, we did a sunset catamaran cruise – we had a great time, drinking, swimming. We all had a lot to drink – when the catamaran stopped for us to swim, my husband decided that he would just jump into the water – well, he landed on a sea urchin and ended up with urchin spines in his foot (he didn’t really feel it, cause of the booze) but, he certainly did later on. OUCH!! Anyways, back to the water – so we returned to the room after the sunset cruise to get ready for dinner. Not thinking (must have been the booze) I brushed my teeth with tap water – as soon as I did, I said – Geez, hope I’m not going to be sorry! Well, around 3 am the following morning – boy, was I sorry? I honestly didn’t think that I was going to be able to get on the plane and fly home. I was sick for a week!

 

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A little about me!

I’ve been a travel agent for almost six years. And I’m new to blogging, this is my first one ever, so bear with me. Previous to this, I was (and still am) a Licensed Customs Broker.  I spent 30 plus years working at JFK Airport, assisting customers with the clearance and delivery of their international packages.  I thought, if I could move cargo, I can move people and it has to be more fun!!!

And it is!!!  There is nothing more satisfying then planning the perfect adventure for someone.  Convincing them to use a travel agent, instead of doing it on their own can be a daunting task.  Most people think they can get it cheaper on the internet.  And maybe so, sometimes!  If your just booking air to visit grandma, go ahead do it on your own, nothing difficult or special about it.  You may even think if your booking something like “just a cruise” you can do it on your own.  Yes, you can!  But did you know that a travel agent may have special deals, fares, amenities that they can offer you.  Sometimes, even upgrades are available through a travel agent, that you wouldn’t be able to secure yourself.  It would never ever hurt you to ask a travel agent for their help.

Most (not all), but most agents, in most cases do not charge a planning fee or research fee (more on this topic later).  Travel Agents are paid by the cruise line, hotel, resort, wholesaler, tour operator.  It does not add to the cost of your vacation at all!!!  Again, I must say – that using a travel agent will get you more bang for your buck then you can get on your own.  Travel Agents, in most cases, are not paid until your trip is completed.

I’ve made mistakes (as all travel agents have) but my clients would never know it, well except for my son –  when I first started I booked him and his wife on a trip from New York to Florida –  he was extremely perplexed while on his flight TO Florida, why he was getting text’s from JetBlue telling him to check-in for his return flight.  Well, his mother (the travel agent) booked his flight going and coming on the same day!!!!  Luckily, I was able to fix it without any costs.

So, here’s my plan with my new blog –  every week I will share something new – it maybe about a destination, it maybe travel tips, it may some interesting Travel Agent stories, but it will be new and entertaining and I hope you will enjoy it