The weather turning colder may be a cue to start planning for holiday happenings, but we’ve got something else on our mind: vacation. And if, like us, you’re looking for a new, luxe, family-friendly resort that’s a short flight away, we’ve got you covered ... especially if you’re a Club Med fan. Meet Club Med Miches Playa Esmerelda, the all-inclusive resort chain’s first 5-Trident (read, Club Med’s most top-of-the-line category) resort to open in the Americas. Located along the unspoiled northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, the eco-chic resort features four distinct boutique-villages with unique accommodations and activities and stunning scenery everywhere you turn.
The options of what to do here are endless, from yoga in a treetop palapa to electric surfing to wine tasting. And then there’s plenty of kid-focused fun like a secret chocolate room, splash park, and pint-size gardening in addition to excursions focused on the whole family like whale watching tour in the gorgeous Samaná Bay. And, of course, the food scene is simply stellar, too, with a multitude of restaurants and bars including the design-centric beachfront seafood spot Coco Plum Beach Lounge, the family-focused Cacao & Co, and the Argentinian-style Coal & Copper Steakhouse.
Ready to go? Club Med Miches opens next month so better ask Santa now for a new sarong and sandals ...
Club Med Miches Playa Esmerelda, 855.265.2155, From $158 per adult.