SUNNY WAYS, HAPPY DAYS

At this Club Med in Florida, slip­ping into va­ca­tion mode is easy

Best Health - - CONTENTS - by AN­GELA SEREDNICKI

Can this Florida Club Med help you get your groove back? Find out (and win the trip) here!

AS I STOOD ON THE BRIGHT BLUE TEN­NIS courts of Club Med Sand­piper Bay, the hot Florida sun shin­ing down and me­mories of high school gym class haunt­ing me, I didn’t have any hope of win­ning my first match. But when I suc­cess­fully swung my first fore­hand shot, then my sec­ond and my third, it seemed like I’d fi­nally dis­cov­ered the game I was made for.

Be­fore I could con­vince my­self that I was the next Ser­ena Wil­liams, I re­al­ized the ori­gin of my new-found ath­letic abil­i­ties. Of course I’d be able to swing the shots over the net – I was, af­ter all, hav­ing semi-pri­vate lessons at one of the top ten­nis schools in the United States. This was just one of the many perks of va­ca­tion­ing at the only all-in­clu­sive Club Med in Canada and the United States.

Lo­cated in Florida’s quaint coastal com­mu­nity of St. Lu­cie County, north of West Palm Beach and a two-hour drive from Or­lando and Mi­ami, Sand­piper Bay is nes­tled on the lush trop­i­cal banks of the ma­jes­tic St. Lu­cie River. The mul­ti­tude of free ac­tiv­i­ties of­fered at this 216-acre pre­mium sports re­sort makes you feel like a kid at camp. From soc­cer and bas­ket­ball to pad­dle­board­ing and yoga, Club Med Sand­piper Bay en­sures that your days will be filled with care­free play again.

More than just an idyl­lic va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion, Club Med Sand­piper Bay is also home to in­ten­sive ten­nis and golf train­ing acad­e­mies. A num­ber of promis­ing young ath­letes live on the prop­erty while train­ing to be­come the world’s best. Luck­ily, you’re able to learn from the same in­struc­tors.

From the mo­ment you step onto the re­sort, you’re treated to top-notch ser­vice, which makes the tran­si­tion to hol­i­day mode seam­less. Guests are wel­comed with a re­fresh­ing towel and a fresh trop­i­cal mock­tail. Be­fore you can fin­ish your fruity drink, you’ll be es­corted to your room. The wrist­band you’re given at check-in is also the key to your room – just one of the smart ways that the re­sort is de­signed to make re­lax­ation easy.

With 337 rooms, Club Med Sand­piper Bay has the fa­cil­i­ties of a large-scale re­sort, but the re­sort’s mul­ti­ple walk­ing paths and sensible lay­out make it easy to nav­i­gate. And with three restau­rants, two bars, four swim­ming pools, a ren­o­vated 2,500-square-foot gym and var­i­ous other ameni­ties, there’s al­ways some­thing to see and do.

You can even brush up on your golf game at the re­sort’s 18-hole course, equipped with an out­door driv­ing range. One of the ben­e­fits of golfing at Sand­piper Bay is that you don’t have to worry about pack­ing your favourite set of clubs; ev­ery­thing you need to play golf is in­cluded.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Whether you’re grab­bing a freshly made cold-pressed juice at The Mar­ket­place, the re­sort’s buf­fet-style restau­rant, or en­joy­ing At­lantic sal­mon at the River­side Grill, the adults-only restau­rant, this re­sort will cater to all your gas­tro­nom­i­cal whims.

Thanks to the re­sort’s se­lec­tion of trop­i­cal fruit, salad bar and fresh grilled chicken and fish, eat­ing healthy on your va­ca­tion is easy. This is def­i­nitely a good thing be­cause any trip to a Club Med re­sort is in­com­plete with­out at least a taste of its iconic White Choco­late Bread. Best de­scribed as a freshly made baguette, this de­li­cious home­made bread is crispy on the out­side and soft and chewy on the in­side. You’ll be glad to know that the dessert is made with a gen­er­ous amount of white

choco­late chips and avail­able at ev­ery meal.

I was happy that my new-found dis­cov­ery of White Choco­late Bread co­in­cided with Club Med’s Body & Mind Weeks. Each year, the re­sort de­signs pro­gram­ming fo­cused on sports, nu­tri­tion and well­ness. Whether it’s a Q&A pe­riod with a nu­tri­tion­ist or a healthy cook­ing sem­i­nar with the re­sort’s sous-chefs, you’ll go home with ideas on how to kick-start health­ier habits. What a per­fect way to keep your hol­i­day go­ing, long af­ter you leave the warm em­brace of Florida’s sunny ways.

MAS­SAGE AWAY STRESS

Af­ter a long day of en­joy­ing the Florida sun­shine, there’s no bet­ter way to cool down than at the re­sort’s bright and spa­cious yoga and Pi­lates stu­dio. Al­though it’s been a while since I prac­tised yoga, I felt right at home in the be­gin­ner’s 30-minute restora­tive yoga class. The in­struc­tor was easy to fol­low, and she even gave me tips on how to deepen my stretch. The class was the epit­ome of re­lax­ation, and I loved how it wrapped up with a sooth­ing, guided med­i­ta­tion. When the class was fin­ished, it felt like I’d had a full eight hours of sleep. Long af­ter we stepped off our mats, my friends and I couldn’t stop rav­ing about how good we felt.

For even more R&R, be sure to treat your­self to a treat­ment at L’Occitane Spa. I opted for the Re­lax­ing Aro­ma­cholo­gie Mas­sage. My mas­sage be­gan with a calm­ing laven­der foot­bath, and my masseuse used a va­ri­ety of laven­der, tea tree and gera­nium es­sen­tial oils through­out my hour-long mas­sage. In ad­di­tion to the Swedish and Ba­li­nese mas­sage tech­niques, the aro­mather­apy melted away any stress. The spa also of­fers an as­sort­ment of anti-ag­ing and detox­i­fy­ing fa­cials. An­other note­wor­thy treat­ment is the spa’s Florida Or­ange Body Scrub, where the juice and peels of lo­cal or­anges are used for their deep-cleans­ing prop­er­ties.

NO MAT­TER WHAT YOU’RE CRAV­ING, CLEAN EAT­ING IS MADE EASY HERE

EN­JOY A DIP IN ONE OF THE RE­SORT’S FOUR SWIM­MING POOLS

A TRIP TO THE SUN­SHINE STATE IS IN­COM­PLETE WITH­OUT A ROUND OF GOLF besthealth­mag.ca

INDULGE IN A TREAT­MENT OR TWO AT L’OCCITANE SPA

BREAK A SWEAT AT THE EX­PAN­SIVE, STATE OF

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