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PCFH – Club Med Sandpiper Bay

PCFH – Club Med Sandpiper Bay


tourism has always been a major part of
Florida’s legacy and st. Lucie County is very much part of that tradition but if
you explored all that st. Lucie County has to offer from professional sporting
events pristine waters and secluded environmental preserves the marine
education centers in museums to diverse cultural festivals st. Lucie County has
something burger so join us as we vacation in our own backyard send you
postcards welcome postcards from home the show
that highlights ignacy County’s natural and cultural treasures I’m your host
Erick Gill and each month we take a look at some of st. Lucie County’s best-known
parks museums and nature preserves as well as highlighting some of its
best-kept secrets today we’re gonna be chillin at the beach down at Club Med
located along the banks of the st. Lucie River Club Med’s Sandpiper Bay Resort
features more than 300 rooms multiple dining options and a variety of sports
activities including yoga golf water sports volleyball and more encompassing
216 acres this all-inclusive Resort has been hosting international tourists for
more than 40 years in Port st. Lucie with a focus on being a premier sports
resort Club Med Sandpiper offers a group and private lessons for all levels in
tennis golf volleyball fitness and even flying trapeze with several options for
children as young as four months old Club Med provides an excellent family
getaway where kids can take part in daily camps and programs or just play by
the pool well since there’s so much to do here at Club Med let’s not waste any
more time and go meet country club director Lionel Perry all Ilana thanks for having us here at Club
Med Sandpiper Bay hello welcome to you and I’m so happy to welcome to climates
on Piper Bay and this beautiful place and with this beautiful environment
you know River sport family Florida yeah now we’ve been doing the show about ten
years we’ve never feature the hotel but this is more than a hotel you are really
the Treasure Coast is only all-inclusive resort exactly and we are the only one
in America only one in Florida we open in the 80s and we decide to put and to
take over from Elton who built this hotel in 1971 and we decide to have this
destination close to Palm Beach close to Miami and to bring a lot of European
people mostly in Samara but also to be very open to our American guests and
local guests because it’s it’s a very good choice to be here in in Port st.
Lucie because there is everything mostly river mostly discovery and also with the
climate touch we we are family a result we have a couple result and we do a lot
of Academy a lot of sport we have three Academy a tennis academy we have a beach
volleyball and we have a golf then we its a mix between vacation
staycation a lot of people from the area and we have 1,000 people who can come to
some type of day but it’s a very nice experience it’s a human experience
vacation experience but we want to give the column made where the human the
relation with people because this is our values since 1950 and we open the first
climate in Spain then when I saw you ask Club Med it’s kind of an international
company so imagine a lot of the tours come here are international completely
agree we have a 65 percent of American people but in America there is an
I live in America and I’m French then we have a lot of people from Miami a lot of
people from New York we have also people who come from
California they move to met their family and we have a lot of Canadian and after
European to give you an example July August we will be 65 percent of the
occupancy French we will have another big vacation time and of course we have
a lot of vacation and we enjoy and I love Florida I think this place and
Florida it’s a very good mix because we love America French people love America
and love to visit love to discover we are just two hours from Miami and it’s
one of our main excursion that we offer and people like the place we are just in
the river as you can see it’s unique it’s unique that’s what you have about
300 rooms but you even have a program where local people can come and and take
advantage of some of the amazing cuz the food here is delicious thank you so much
yeah we open we we are a club but it’s a Club Med
it’s a name sometime we have a challenge to to give to the local people to the
local this image we are completely open we are from $35 until $105 for the day
and you can come you can have golf you can play tennis beach volleyball with
professional teacher coach and you can enjoy the food all-inclusive bar if you
want to spend a little cutey by the river yeah I wish to to have the next
time next time in the in the winter and with the snow of Florida and you can
spend a day a magic day with your family and to disconnect from the reality of
Port st. Lucie and we have a lot of people from Boca Raton from Palm Beach
they come here it’s just one hour and they say wow it’s I didn’t know that
clamed was in Port st. Lucie then we have lo I have a lot of good relation
with so Greg our mayor and the Chamber of
Commerce the tourism and because we we do believe that this is the place to
spend a day and more and more people do staycation then people there three four
days you know and they come they enjoy they disconnect and they are live just
30 minutes from their house that’s funny they feel in vacation and they are just
close to next to their skis Americans work too much and so we can’t get away
for those you have to change your way guys you have to adapt French or
European curtail I’m all about that we talked to my boss now you mentioned
working with the city of Port st. Lucie I know you’ve also worked with the
sequency County about trying to create some better partnerships or local
excursions through to say motorized kayaks or something yes we want because
when people come here we want first the discover and they enjoy the Crillon made
experience but we want to make sure that they go outside of the result and to
promote what the county offer and it’s so large it so unique you know you have
the river the river I think we when we renovate in in 2011 we spend 28 million
of US dollar we put all our facility facing to the river why because we add
we have a golf we add a land spot image we want to have water everything when
you walk in this result and I enjoy and I wish you will come more and more you
will feel that you are on the river and it’s unique because all our competition
they are mostly on the ground it’s it’s close here you feel that it’s your if
you are like a boat it’s unique there is you have a lot of
choices for family for couple for groups for convention and for weddings we are
we have a lot of weddings happen here from local people and it’s start to be a
very important activity for us oh yeah I wanna mention attitudes you do
have meeting facilities conference rooms so it’s great for local businesses that
may want to look for because you have catering obviously on-site right here so
you can have a full-blown conference or workshop here also we have
a we have ten rooms we can welcome from ten people to one hundred two hundred
the maximum we use the tiara and we can have one thousand people we have the
access directly from the main gate and you open you arrive in the conference
room convention room and you if you want you stay we bring you food drinks and
you stay focus depends of the topic of your of your day and your convention or
you can also a fern ever out there you know in the convention room and after to
enjoy the sport facility the trapeze the pool the drink because we have more and
more convention groups you know the owner or the CEO wants to to reword and
to encourage their employees you know and in one day believe me you can have
two three hours of walks and after I fan we have team-building we have everything
for local groups and we have a lot of people from Miami or we have some big
company they come they spend one day or two days with one night and there and
it’s shipping it’s changed you know we have a lot of people from Miami they say
wow it’s Florida say yeah maybe it’s the real reason exactly well and you
mentioned to earlier the professional volleyball you’ve had some tournaments
here recently some national volleyball tournament exactly we have our main
partner nvl national volleyball league and we host all the big competition the
first competition we have 200 people and we have almost found white people who
come from outside from local people who come to visit come to encourage they
spend the day a tournament is during three days okay then you have the top
player in the world and AD n of September oh we have the final then
we have the the man and the last final you know the last event and it’s very
fun because it’s beach volleyball we have eight beach volleyball court it’s a
professional court and in the night it’s beach volleyball people then we enjoy we
have fun and a all day long it’s very it’s professional level then you are in
a heart of Port st. Lucie not in California but we have more beach
volleyball player and volleyball player in Florida and in California but the
image is to have the same of yours you know then California in Port Saint Lucie
and this is great for me absolutely now you mentioned families you the sport
aspect of it but it really is a family resort you can come here and you’ve got
clubs and programs for as little as thing is what two months old are four
months four months old four months to 70 years old we have what we call the baby
clamed for four months to four years after we have the mini clamed from four
years to 70 years and from 11 years to 70 years we call the Junior then it’s a
program like with the babies we have just professional and people with no no
sometimes we try from now at four six they can do trapeze but what we we want
is to give a real experience not just babysitting that we want we have some
program you know to to train to teach something from the local from we are
very green everything we because we are in a green place you know then it’s it’s
easier you know and we are teaching them and some people you know it’s funny they
come back because we have a lot of local people they come back mostly for the
trapeze for the girl for the tennis and for the sailing for the paddleboard and
they come back and after and someday sign up for long summer camp with the
spot Academy and some for the year we have some local people and the platini’s
and they start with like us vacation weekend and and we are proud of
that yeah and we didn’t get to mention that but you talk about the water and
water sports is a big part of it you got jet skis paddle boards kayaks yes we
have two type of active water sport activity we have the water sport
activity include in your package in your stay like the paddleboard and Catamount
there will be Kat Kat Amaro and we have free if you want to take a pattern and
you can go on the river and you have also some zeros on our staff who can
give you classes you know all the time are you free or you want to learn and
after we have some parents they they take one class and after they teach all
their family you know they are really mostly it’s some father you know some
very they say I know and the wind is okay in the winter it’s a little bit
strong but in the summer there is no risk you know you can come and come back
easily and after we have our partner waters ski
and water activity and you have to pay you have a very good rate you know for
water ski wakeboard tur being with fishing trip we are fishing ballad you
have the sunshine sunset ballad you know we love the river and in July and August
especially for the guests who live and stay in the reserve we left the
water-ski wakeboard free included in your vacation let’s talk about the food
a little bit here because you’ve got it’s one of the highlights I think of
Club Med resort now where the chef’s come from do you recycle only from other
Club Med’s or they are they are French chefs I know we are
that’s a good question we are we are to cut type of restaurant with executive
dining over the river side in front of the river of course and we have the
marketplace it’s a restaurant with Tim attic with the perfect our executive
chef is from America and we are proud is named
Ralph and we took him we work we select him in Ritz captain okay Ritz Carlton
they don’t recruit they don’t hire they select then we went to know it’s a
little bit French we have between the executive chief and the Academy we have
a nutrition then you can do what you want you can select your food or you can
have the assistant from the chef and his team and the nutrition Sara
nutritionists and she she can build your week even if you don’t want to be crazy
you know – no – enjoy but to select and a lot of people you know that they need
that because we are all the time stress we hit fast and in vacation you have
time time give you the concentration to choose and when you go to the restaurant
you have all this choice we have a lot of fish we are in in Florida and we are
close to the river we have a lot of friendship plate okay but we have
international client then we have ready to mix we have a lot of vegetarian
people then and we have dessert we have the white dark brown chocolate bread if
you if you like bread come here I come to clamed if folks want to find out more
about Club Med I know you guys around social media you have a website of
course we have you have the website you can go to clamed sandpiper dot point
come and you have also our international climate website and after you you can
call me if you want but the best contact is to come here if you’re local and we
can we do some special price for resident okay we had a very good party
yeah not better like contact with the Chamber of Commerce and if you are part
of the Chamber of Commerce its new it’s from this year you have some a good
percentage yeah and after if you are groups if you are if you want to do your
wedding here if you want to wear a birthday if
you want to manage Iranian we we will we will take care of you and we will make
sure that you want to come back then to give you the best price the best cut to
to make sure that you you test this special climate ambience absolutely well
I know we I see some guests lining up to use the pool so I don’t want to keep
them from jumping exits warming up but I do want to take some time you got some
professionals lined up that we can meet some of the Academy folks that we can
talk to us I will have a great pleasure to introduce you Greg Rennick who is the
is our partner is a Club Med Academy partner and it will talk to you it will
share with you how is beautiful how is impressive to have the best Academy spot
Academy in America mostly in the world and you know it will show if you is
experience but just to to show you that something happens in these climates in
six years and in it’s important regimes in Florida and this is something that
it’s for that we we have to market this place because it’s unique and you will
know with Greg Banach how is unique great well Donna thanks so much taking
time this morning my pleasure don’t go anywhere we’re gonna take a
quick break but we come back we’re gonna meet some of the other professionals
here at Club Med that make up this all-inclusive resort welcome back to postcards from home I’m
your host Erick Gill and I’m here at Club Med with Greg Bruning the directory
companies here at Club Med I’m good thanks a little bit of light rain but we
could suffer through it right yeah we’ll be all right
and unless you got some golfers out here that are playing through the rain – yeah
where there’s some golfers from where all inclusive and some of the GM’s from
the resort are out playing great now the academies is something unique to this –
the Club Med property especially if this was a diet well I cam is pretty unique
to the Club Med property yeah but it’s also fairly unique around the world I
mean there’s a lot of people that call themselves academies but the realm in
which my partners and I come from we’ve kind of developed the academy concept
throughout the world in sports and developing world champion athletes and
about how many athletes you have 100 right now we run right around 100
athletes between 120 athletes throughout the year but many of our students stay
from August all the way through to may go to school here on-site train and
training blocks of to our blocks and of study then then training and then break
for lunch and study training and then they’ve back into school in the evening
then they then they compete all over the world so I mean we’re known throughout
the world from our methodology and our art history and really building
high-performing individuals so we have a lot of focus in young people okay and
Club Med’s a family resort so this an ideal environment for us and you know
they bring the hospitality element which kind of refines the you know makes a
very nice environment for the kids when they’re off to playing Fisher I would
say it probably enhances that experience because it gives them some downtime to
relax and I got a massage you know spa here they can take advantage of or so on
their regular gets to the resort so they have take advantage of the food and the
dining they the same place as everybody else and and then there’s other athletes
that come on a short time basis for one week up to eight weeks at a time and
they’re coming in from all over the world so you have pretty pretty unique
environment and with the blend of what Club Med has to offer and what we
deliver pretty high performance level it is pretty exciting and even for the GM’s
because a lot of the adults come in here want to participate want to
be exposed to what it is we do sure it is the for it’s tennis golf well we have
about 85 volleyball players and then we’ve got on a full-time basis boarding
about a hundred hundred athletes that are in the house we’ve got about 80 85
tennis players and then we’ve got about 20 golfers and we’re getting ready to
add the the soccer I’m developed relationship locally with the the FC
guys okay yeah I could use some of that my last show my skills aren’t too good
I’ll come back for that intense training it’s been a while since I’ve it’s
something you probably enjoyed we’d ramp you up pretty quick okay good pretty
good at the end probably pastorate target age group but really we met all
ages we started around nine okay we have some seven year olds we have some off
the page tennis players that are about 7 years old they’re phenomenal you’d be
surprised yeah and we go up in through 18 college players professional players
are coming in and out of the house all the time because this is a pretty unique
environment for them also the counter stay and Club Med provides a pretty good
rates so that they can come in and do it yeah but if you threw out our sports
ages 13 through 17 years old we have primetime athletes you know world
competitors some on their way to becoming primetime professional athletes
and we send all of our kids off to college and we probably myself my
partner’s probably placed 2,500 kids into colleges around the world one of
our graduates this past year is playing number one for Harvard Wow he’s 56 in
the world in the tennis from a Brazilian boy phenomenal play yeah yeah an
imaginable location here I mean the weather it’s sprinkling right now but
year-round you’ve got pretty good weather yeah well smart is known for
sports and known for sports because of the weather yeah and you have the
year-round and you have a great competitive platform so everything we do
is all about skill development but it’s also about competitive confidence and we
have to have competitive platforms sure imagine with the courses you got a lot
of courses in Florida both any a lot of good tennis okay
so it you know and they you have all your
different golf circuits mainly in the US for golf sure I mean there are you’re
peeing tours and whatnot which are phenomenal the tennis is ITF playing all
over the world and the USTA and then the volleyball it’s in your clubs so that’s
what we have 85 kids in our club League that we have that we’ve put together and
the same thing will be the case when we get into the soccer because I got to
have a competitive platform to feed that sure players and the teams in – if folks
have if parents have kids that they want to get enrolled in the Academy do they
go through club matter they contact you they basically come through us directly
through Club Med academies calm okay and or call call into our offices and we
have people coming in on a constant basis interviewing for the full time
year I’m in fact I got five parents and students over there right now okay guys
from different parts of the world and and then we have a lot of locals that
are now starting to participate you know one of us we’re very good at marketing
on the outside we’re very typically very weak in the local community but we have
a lot of local athletes now that are that are stepping up into our programs
and into our school that we have here on-site I mean you can actually get your
diploma and graduate and go off to to college right here inside of Club Med
awesome I want to go back and start over them yeah thank you go back in I trained
me to be a tennis player do it great well I’ll let you get to the irons that
are waiting for you great thanks for coming out no problem if you’re looking for an all-inclusive
Resort look no further than your own backyard Club Med’s Sandpiper Bay Resort
has been tracting tours from all over the world to Port st. Lucie for nearly
40 years located along the banks of the st. Lucie
River Club Med’s Sandpiper Bay features more than 300 rooms multiple dining
options and a variety of sports activities including yoga golf water
sports volleyball and more encompassing 216 acres this all-inclusive resort
features something for the whole family with a focus on being a premier Sports
Resort Club Med Sandpiper offers group and private lessons for all levels in
tennis golf volleyball fitness and even the flying trapeze Club Med provides an
excellent family getaway where children as young as four months old can take
part in daily camps and programs or just play by the pool Club Med also features
more than 6,500 square feet of meeting space complete with in-house catering
making it an excellent location for local business groups corporate events
or family events and weddings to find out more about Sandpiper Bay or other
Club Med resort svit their website at Club Med ta com and if you’d like to see
previously aired episodes of postcards from home check out our youtube page at
youtube-dot-com your host Erick Gill thanks for watching and be sure to tune
in again next month as we continue to send out postcards from home

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