Club Med this weekend confirmed rumors and speculation that had been circulating for months – it is selling its Club Med Sandpiper Bay property in Port St. Lucie on the east coast of Florida, about halfway between Daytona and Miami.
According to a statement, the new owners are Altitude International Holdings, Inc., a development and hospitality group that plans to turn the property into a hotel and sports academy.
Altitude International takes over on Monday September 5th.
Club Med Sandpiper Bay has been around for over 40 years and has often been referred to as the “Local Club Med” because it attracts many families nearby.
“We are extremely grateful to the loyal community of travel advisors who have contributed significantly to the success of Club Med Sandpiper Bay. We look forward to continuing this relationship as they introduce guests to our global resort portfolio,” said Carolyne Doyon, President and CEO of Club Med North America and the Caribbean, in a statement. “As a pioneer of the all-inclusive concept for over 70 years, we will continue to develop new destinations around the world, including here in North America.
Travel agents whose clients are currently booked for a vacation at Club Med Sandpiper Bay after the September 5 closing date will be contacted by a member of the Club Med sales team. Customers will have the possibility either to revise the dates of their stay, or to apply their reservation to another Club Med Village, or to request a future travel credit, or to request a refund of the amount already paid for their stay.
The closure of Sandpiper Bay has been rumored for months. WPSF, an ABC TV affiliate in Florida, reported in July that Club Med sent official notification to the city of Port St. Lucie and state-level officials in Tallahassee that it planned to close Sandpiper. Bay and lay off 225 employees.
“It is heartbreaking to see Club Med moving its operations out of Port St. Lucie, and our hearts go out to its employees. Club Med Sandpiper Bay All-Inclusive Resort was a one-of-a-kind family destination, and we are proud Club Med has called Port St. Lucie home for so long,” Port St. Lucie Mayor Shannon Martin said in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming new owners, Altitude International Holdings, Inc., which has a 40-year history of developing performance academies and operating in the hospitality industry.”