Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, the brand's first-ever Exclusive Collection resort in the Americas, officially opened on 23NOV.
Nestled on an unspoiled beach in Miches, Dominican Republic, the 93-acre resort is the first major tourism site to open within the region. With a new highway connecting Punta Cana to Miches directly, the tourism industry is expected to grow in the area substantially over the next few years.
“The opening of Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda marks a huge milestone in Club Med’s history,” said Carolyne Doyon, President and CEO of Club Med North America, who was onsite to welcome the resort’s inaugural guests.
“This new resort embodies the strong trailblazing spirit at the heart of Club Med. We open our doors to travellers from all over the world in hopes that they too can experience what first drew us to Miches: the rich culture, the pristine and untouched beaches, the beautifully lush landscapes, and the welcoming, lively spirit that abounds in the Dominican Republic.”
Exclusive Collection Resort
Club Med's Exclusive Collection resorts are characterized by “premium accommodations, exceptional hospitality and personalized services, beautiful locations around the world, refined dining concepts and lounges, transformational experiences, and unique architecture and design elements.”
Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda introduces a new concept to the brand’s Exclusive Collection: four boutique villages, each presenting its own unique environment, activities and accommodations.
The villages include Archipelago, Caribbean Paradise, Emerald Jungle and Explorer Cove.
The Archipelago village features an oceanfront sanctuary exclusively for adults and only accessible to those that stay there. It features 18 oceanfront suites, each with private pool, an outdoor shower, a direct infinity view from the bedroom and exclusive access to a private section of the beach.
Caribbean Paradise is the heart of the resort, featuring 111 rooms and a central location with proximity to the main pool and the beach lounge. This village features Deluxe Rooms and Ocean View Junior Suites.
The Emerald Jungle boutique village is a “relaxing eco-chic retreat” with 48 deluxe rooms. It's part of Club Med’s adult-only Zen Oasis concept. The area is close to the Zen pool, fitness facilities, spa and wellness bar.
Explorer Cove provides 158 family accommodations with large rooms, a playful atmosphere, and a location close to the children’s clubs and sports facilities. This village features four room types: La Perla suites, Ocean View Family Junior Suites, Deluxe Family Rooms, and Deluxe Rooms.
Within Explorer Cove, La Perla is an exclusive area featuring 16 oceanfront family suites and four oceanfront penthouse family suites with a rooftop terrace.
Club Med says its "eco-chic" concept is based on five core pillars: agriculture, immersion, waste management, energy and people.
The company says sustainability is at the heart of the resort with programs and initiatives including:
No single-use plastics;
Locally sourced coffee and cacao products;
Employee uniforms created from recycled plastic bottles
Programs have been implemented to provide more than 900 locals with language, vocational, and hospitality skill trainings;
Eco-friendly certifications from BREEAM for construction, Green Globe for operations;
45,000 square feet of solar panels to generate renewable energy;
Farming development projects to increase the efficiency, quality and demand for local farmers;
Responsible excursion program offers sustainable activities;
Environmental workshops for parents and children
Dining & Lounges
Guests have access to four restaurants, four open-bar lounges, three wine cellars, a locally-sourced Coffee House and a Secret Chocolate Room.
The resort’s gastronomy is led by Executive Chef Thierry Van Rillaer, who trained at Michelin two- and three-star restaurants in Brussels.
Activities & Entertainment
At Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, guests enjoy more than 25 different sports and activities, including fitness classes, tennis, pickleball, archery, indoor climbing, circus activities (including the flying trapeze), kayaking, snorkeling, aqua fitness, team sports, dance classes, a guided running trail, several yoga classes and many more.
The Cinq Mondes spa features single and double treatment rooms, reflexology and relaxation areas, hydrotherapy treatments, hot and cold plunge baths, steam room, sauna and beauty salon.
The resort offers rich family programming, including a full range of children’s clubs from 4 months to 17 years, as well as a Pyjama Club babysitting service.
Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda is additionally equipped with a Little Gardeners’ House (an interactive family-friendly gardening experience) and a children’s Splash Park.
Explore The Destination
For those seeking to explore the region, the resort offers a robust excursion program, enabling guests to explore places like the Laguna Limón nature reserve; the 170-foot-high cascading Limón waterfall; Samaná Bay, featuring protected islands with native flora, wildlife, and a known site for whale watching.
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