I have had the pleasure of staying at Club Med Columbus Isle twice and it is truly a hidden gem. Far from the hustle and bustle of Miami International Airport, yet only a 45 minute flight away, San Salvador Island is a perfect getaway for those seeking sun, relaxation, and pampering away from the throngs of tourists in nearby Nassau.
Other than the thousand or so residents of the island, Club Med is one of 4 hotels and the only full-service resort on San Salvador. As a Floridian and a single mother on a budget, I found the location and all-inclusive price unbeatable for such a stunning location with an incredible host of amenities. Club Med Columbus Isle is like a giant summer camp for both adults and kids and has a clubby feel with many repeat guests, some returning yearly. Most of the staff and many of the guests are French, which adds to the allure of escapism and gives the resort a foreign vibe. The accommodations are in Bahamian, cottage style structures connected by walkways in a hue of primary colors that offsets the gin clear water and powdery beach. The rooms are not luxurious but are well-appointed with attractive island décor and stunning views.
The beach and water activities are front and center at this resort. Sailing, waterskiing, paddle boarding, and kayaking are all available at no charge, and with instruction. A new kiteboarding school is also available for a fee. The beach is divine, private, and you will never struggle to find space on a lounge chair here. In fact, you may find yourself alone while taking your morning walk. Scuba divers from around the globe come to Columbus Isle, as some of the best diving in the world can be found just a short boat ride away. For those not interested in perusing the serious depths, the resort has a large, fully equipped snorkeling boat to take guests to a nearby reef – we saw barracuda, parrot fish, and even nurse sharks on our one trip out. Island excursions are also available for a charge should you want to venture off the property. My favorite was the High Cay boat trip to a private swath of sand where a feast of grilled lobster, steak, and all the rum punch you could drink was served under umbrella and on white linen. Magnifique!
Land activities abound as well if you need a break from the life aquatic. Tennis with instruction, a fully equipped gym, and all manner of exercise classes, from zumba to morning yoga are once again included in the price.
The resort was directly hit by Hurricane Joaquin in October of 2015 but there was very little evidence of it on our trip there 8 months later. A spa with L’Occitane products and new pool deck with beach beds was added that give the property a more luxurious feel. My lavender massage was so decadent, I went back for another.
Let’s talk about the food! Who can resist Club Med’s signature white chocolate bread as well as the stunning assortment of pastries and desserts offered with every meal? Gotta love the French! Afternoon tea was an added bonus…for my waistline. The main restaurant serves buffet style meals with rotating themes and there is a more upscale dining area that requires a reservation as well as a fee.
A week at this slice of paradise with a deluxe ocean view room ran us a little over $3,000, including airfare, for 2 people. The spa services were extra.
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