<html> <head> <meta http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/html; charset=us-ascii"> <meta name=Generator content="Microsoft Word 14 (filtered)"> <title>Club Med, Columbis Isle - 2015</title> <style> <!-- /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {color:blue; text-decoration:underline;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple; text-decoration:underline;} p {margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} @page WordSection1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} --> </style> </head> <body bgcolor=white lang=EN-US link=blue vlink=purple> <div class=WordSection1> <img src=flower1.JPG hspace=2 vspace=2 align=left border=1 TARGET="_top"> <img src=flower2.JPG hspace=2 vspace=2 align=right border=1 TARGET="_top"> <p> <br> <hr> <p><br> <p> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:24.0pt; color:maroon'>Club Med </span></b></p> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><i><span style='font-size:24.0pt; color:maroon'>Columbus Isle, Bahamas</span></i> </p> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><span style='font-size:13.5pt; color:#C20000'>April - May, 2015</span> </p> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:13.5pt'> The "logo" in front of the reception building. <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <img src="sign.JPG" alt="Description: sign.JPG"></p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <hr size=2 width=500 style='width:375.0pt' align=center> </div> <p><span style='font-size:18.0pt;color:maroon'>Introduction </span></p> <p class=MsoNormal> </b> We visited Club Med Columbus Isle (San Salvador Island, Bahamas) in late April, 2015. This was our 7th visit to this Club Med and something like our 30 visit to Club Med overall, so we knew what to expect and how things work. We qwere hoping to get in some good sailing on the Hobie 16s that this Club Med usually has, but we missed out on some of the sailing in several ways. </p> <p><span style='font-size:18.0pt;color:maroon'>Getting there and Back </span></p> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:13.5pt'> The large and luxurious San Salvador International Airport. <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <img src="airport.JPG" alt="Description: airport.JPG"></p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <hr size=2 width=500 style='width:375.0pt' align=center></b> </div> The Spirit Airlines "charter" flights between Ft Lauderdale and San Salvador were surprisingly on time and organized compared to past flights. This is in welcome contrast to past visits using Spirit. Room assignments were made at the airport and buses were waiting to load up all the incoming visitors. Instead of waiting for the bus, we decided to make the 15 minute walk to the village so within about 30 minutes of landing we were in our room and getting comfortable. <p align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:13.5pt'> Our room. It was a perfect location for us, looking right out at the sailing beach. <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <img src="room1.JPG" alt="Description: room1.JPG"></p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <hr size=2 width=500 style='width:375.0pt' align=center> </b> </div> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:18.0pt;color:maroon'>The Village </span></p> <p class=MsoNormal>&nbsp;</p> <p class=MsoNormal> Several days prior to our departure I had come down with some kind of cold, with a sore throat and coughing and such. A couple of days after arrival Susan also came down with the illness, so we were somewhat under the weather the whole visit. While not ideal, it was not so bad  recovering by laying on a lounge along a beautiful beach and occasionally hopping on a Hobie-Cat for a run across the beautiful waters. Because of the congestion and such we did not do any snorkeling and were a little less active than normal and we skipped some of the evening shows but we definitely made the best of it. </p> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:13.5pt'> The connecting walkways sometimes seemed like "a maze of passages, all alike". . <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <img src="halls.JPG" alt="Description: Hallways"></p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <hr size=2 width=500 style='width:375.0pt' align=center> </b> </div> <p class=MsoNormal> The Club Med village uses a central air-conditioning system that then distributes cold water across the entire very dispersed village. On the day we arrived a key piece of the central system apparently failed. The cold water in the system kept things slightly cool for a day or two, but then things warmed up. Since we had grown up in Florida without AC, we were not especially uncomfortable, but some people were. A couple of nights when the wind was blowing the right direction we opened our sliding glass doors, closed the screen door, and let the fresh air blow in and we were pretty comfortable. Before we left, Oliver, the Chief de Village, announced that Club Med would give credits toward a future visit for each day that the AC was out of order for a significant part of the cost of the land part of our trip. We felt it was a very generous arrangement. </p> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:13.5pt'> The pool deck had been renovated with planking that looked nice, but got a little hot to the touch. <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <img src="pool.JPG" alt="Description: Pool area "></p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <hr size=2 width=500 style='width:375.0pt' align=center> </b> </div> <p class=MsoNormal> There had been a significant amount of maintenance and minor upgrades to the village since our last visit three years ago. All the guest room building exteriors had been recently painted and most buildings appeard in good shape. The pool deck area had been redone, covering the decorative concrete with a planking material. While this certainly looked nice and was easy on the feet most of the time, it did seem to get hotter in the midday sun than the concrete. Outside dining area had been rearranged with more outside tables and some higher "har-height" tables also. </p> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:13.5pt'> Some of the outdise dining area had been changed around with different tables breaking things up some. . <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <img src="dine1.JPG" alt="Description: Outside dining."></p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <hr size=2 width=500 style='width:375.0pt' align=center> </b> </div> <p class=MsoNormal> The food was very good, as expected at Columbus Isle, both in quality and selection/variety, although we could not fully appreciate it with our illnesses. The dining room had been rearranged (again) since our last visit but the basic layout was similar. The included wines were drinkable, but not as good as in past visits to this village. </p> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:13.5pt'> Inside the main dining room and food service area. Note the decorative ceiling. <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <img src="rest1.JPG" alt="Description: Inside dining."></p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <hr size=2 width=500 style='width:375.0pt' align=center> </b> </div> <p class=MsoNormal> Breakfast was about the same every day, with plenty of available fruits and breads and the usual omlete station. Lunch had lots of prepared salads and a good selection of hot dishes, alweays including at least one kind of fesh fish. There were the usual nightly themes (Caribbean, Italian, Mexican, etc.) and one night the tables were set all around the pool area. </p> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:13.5pt'> Thankfully, it did not rain the evening they set up dinner around the pool area. <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <img src="pooldinner.JPG" alt="Description: poolside dinner."></p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <hr size=2 width=500 style='width:375.0pt' align=center> </b> </div> <p><span style='font-size:18.0pt;color:maroon'>Sailing - Wind Surfing </span></p> <p class=MsoNormal> Sailing is our primary activity and we were again disappointed to see that Club Med is degrading the quality of the sailing equipment at villages in the Americas zone. While we prefer the standard Hobie 16s, there were none at all. There were plenty of Hobie Waves and a couple of the larger Hobie Getaways and one rather well used Hobie 15 (a Club Med specific boat). </p> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:13.5pt'> The well-worn Hobie 15 as seen from our favorite lounges, with the other boats in the background <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <img src="hobie15.JPG" alt="Description: Hobie 15."></p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <hr size=2 width=500 style='width:375.0pt' align=center> </b> </div> <p class=MsoNormal> While the Hobie 15 is almost as much fun as the 16, the Waves and Getaways just are not in the same category for having fun. One of the sailing GOs did mention that the standard sailboat in the European villages is the Hobie 15 and a quick review of the Club Med "catalogue" pictures appeared to confirm this. We have seen this same problem at Turkoise, Cancun, and now Columbus Isle. I m not sure just why Club Med is degrading the equipment in this zone, but it is bound to impact guest satisfaction. </p> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:13.5pt'> The main part of the sailing beach with all sails up and boats ready. <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <img src="sailing.JPG" alt="Description: sailing beach."></p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <hr size=2 width=500 style='width:375.0pt' align=center> </b> </div> <p class=MsoNormal> The sailing GOs were all good and we got along with them well. Momar, the chief of sailing, is very tall, slender, but surprisingly strong and is from Senegal. The other sailing GOs were Sonja, Guillaume ("Jackson"), and Toma. If you happen to meet either Guillaume or Toma, ask them about the little silver haired woman and who could do the most push-ups </p> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:13.5pt'> Momar, from Senegal, was the chief of sailing and was friendly and ran a good sailing beach. . <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <img src="momar.JPG" alt="Description: Momar"></p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <hr size=2 width=500 style='width:375.0pt' align=center> </b> </div> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:13.5pt'> Guillaume was one of the sailing GOs and was very helpful and always smiling. <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <img src="guill.JPG" alt="Description: Guillaume."></p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <hr size=2 width=500 style='width:375.0pt' align=center> </b> </div> <p><span style='font-size:18.0pt;color:maroon'>Evenings </span></p> <p class=MsoNormal> The evening shows we did get to were somewhat mixed. Most of the entertainment was very geared toward the French GMs and occasionally left the English speakers out altogether. The "gospel show" featured a couple of outside singers who were very good, but the GO dance numbers did not reflect Gospel style in either the dance moves, costumes or skin color </p> <p><span style='font-size:18.0pt;color:maroon'>Some other photos </span></p> <p class=MsoNormal> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:13.5pt'> A sample of some of the breads available at breakfast. </span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <img src="bread1.JPG" alt="Description: Breakfast Breads"></p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <hr size=2 width=500 style='width:375.0pt' align=center> </div> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:13.5pt'> The main beach in front of the village. </span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><img src="beach1.JPG" alt="Description: main beach area."></p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <hr size=2 width=500 style='width:375.0pt' align=center> </div> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:13.5pt'> Looking back down the beach toward Club Med from the other end of the long beach. </span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><img src="beach2.JPG" alt="Description: lone beach view"></p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <hr size=2 width="100%" align=center> </div> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:13.5pt'> The main entrance into the reception area. </span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><img src="entrance.JPG" alt="Description: main entrance"></p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <hr size=2 width="100%" align=center> </div> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:13.5pt'> A fitting last photo--- Sunset at Columbus Isle. </span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><img src="sunset.JPG" alt="Description: Sunset"></p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'> <hr size=2 width="100%" align=center> </div> </div> </div> </body> </html>