October with Friiends at Club Med, Turkoise
We visited Club Med Turkoise in late October. This was something like the 17th or 18th visit to Turkoise so we know our way around pretty well. As we have done for the past several years, we timed our visit to coincide with our friends Bruce and Helene from Long Island, NY. As usual, Steve at Mill Travel made our arrangements in a friendly and efficient manner. Our Delta flights were on time and reasonably comfortable in both directions
Grace Bay with the Club Med village in the area where you don't see any buildings.
Around the villageNot much has changed in the village since our last visit in May. Some of the staff (GOs) had changed, as usual but we also found some familiar faces. The interim Chef de Village , Dan, was filling in between the departure of Jessie (to open a new ski village in China) and the arrival of Francis on the first of November. He did a credible job as CdV but he apparently liked to show off his language skills by making all announcements in five languages, which got to be a bit tedious.
Noon Crazy Signs" around the pool.
EntertainmentThe evening entertainment had not changed much with only the addition of a new music & dance show "Bollywood" which was OK, but needed a bit more practice. The other shows (including "Movie Factory", "Music Factory" and a couple of circus themed shows) were pretty standard. Some of the shows and activities were impacted by the weather which included some rain several days and nights.
Bruce, Helene, and Susan in the theater awaiting the show.
Little Miss Tortie on the Palapa.
Food and DrinksThe food was decent, probably a little better than last October, but about the same as this past May when there were more guests (GMs) there. The wine was drinkable, but just barely. They still would be better off getting “Two Buck Chuck” from Trader Joes. They had done away with the “corkage fee” so you could now bring your own bottle of wine into the restaurant at no charge. We picked up a couple of bottles of wine at the local food store (Graceway Gourmet) and enjoyed them two evenings for about half the price that Club Med would have charged for those bottles. We did splurge on the last night and bought a couple of bottles of wine so as to get a table by the pool. (More on that later.)
The main dining room one evening.
SailingSea conditions made sailing and other water sports somewhat challenging most of the week. A northeast wind and fairly large northeast swells made for choppy water and launching the boats tended to be a bit exciting. They were able to run the regatta (sailing race) in which Susan and I again demonstrated our many years of sailing experience, but the conditions were just too rough to allow the Armada to Iguana Island. Unfortunately, but not unexpected, the only sailboats were still the Hobie Waves and Hobie Getaways whereas we keep looking for the higher performance boats that they used to have, such as Hobie 16s. Other watersports such as diving and snorkeling were also limited by the rough seas and poor visibility in the water.
There were 8 Waves and 2 Getaways (the larger ones).
Sailing team at dinner: Aryton and Eric standing, Helen (Pineapple), Dan, and Nick with Susan.
Wrap-upAll in all, it was a fun week but after 18 visits and the general decline in the condition of the village, the food/wine, and the sports equipment, we’re looking at other places to go some. We will probably be back, but I’m not sure Turkoise deserves two visits a year any more.