Club Med Punta Cana Debuts The Ultimate Teen Lounge, The Ramp

If your family includes teens, you know that summer family travel planning can be tough. The best family vacations offer something to please every family member, and teens can be hard to satisfy. If you are seeking a family vacation that is sure to please teens, consider family travel to Club Med Punta Cana this summer, where they have just launched one of the coolest teen lounges ever.

Club Med has made great strides in capturing the hardest market to please teens aged 14-17 with their recent launch of The Ramp, the ultimate teen lounge at Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Designed by Studio Red at Rockwell Group, The Ramp serves as a fun, interactive and (above all) cool place for teens to socialize with their peers in a space that's all their own no guests outside the ages of 14 to 17 are allowed. Club Med plans to roll out The Ramp at its family properties in Ixtapa, Mexico and Sandpiper, Florida by the end of 2005.

The two-story, open-air lounge, providing spectacular views of the tranquil Caribbean waters, not only serves as a multi-functional activity center where teens can rollerblade, skateboard and play foosball, but also a fun environment for them to escape the family and interact with teens from all over the world.

The top-floor deck houses a ramp for skateboarding and rollerblading beneath an immense fabric sail, a giant built-in hammock and two benches with telescopes for star- (or people-) gazing. Tucked beneath the ramp is an open-air lounge with every detail designed with a teenage audience in mind. Lined with chairs, the lounge features a stainless steel self-serve soda fountain bar featuring a variety of Coca-Cola beverages and flavored syrup shots, giving guests the opportunity to create their own custom concoctions.

Within the lounge, teens can play foosball at one of two tables, read a selection of magazines, or play the state-of-the-art jukebox that features a constantly updated selection of the latest hits from around the world. Given Club Med's multicultural clientele of GMs (Gracious Members) and staff of international GO's (Gracious Organizers), The Ramp provides an interesting opportunity for teens of all cultures to meet, interact, and make new friends.

Upon check-in to the village, each 14-to 17-year-old receives his or her own welcome packet, which includes a combination for a personal mailbox located at The Ramp. The mailbox not only serves as a way to get daily information on The Ramp activities for teens, but also allows teen guests to communicate with their new friends. Accompanying the welcome packet, each teen guest receives a special red cloth bracelet granting them access to The Ramp, as well as tokens for The Ramp's own photo booth. Each mailbox contains a clear front panel where teens can place a photo of themselves so that others can leave notes for their new friends.

While The Ramp has been created to allow spontaneity and the time to perfect the art of "hanging out," Club Med organizes evening activities that include events such as "Waterworld" in the pool, movie nights with the latest feature films displayed for viewing on The Ramp's signature fabric sail, themed dance parties featuring guest DJs and even "Club Night" which turns the disco into a teens-only dance party.

Prior to leaving the village, teen guests have the opportunity to "Leave a Mark" at The Ramp -- whether it"s a note, a graffiti "tag" or a name, they can create a memento on an area of The Ramp that will become a fixed part of Club Med Punta Cana's history.

"We were delighted to have the opportunity to work closely with such an important partner to create a one-of-a-kind custom-designed teen experience that helps Club Med address one of their key business goals, capturing the teen market,"said Bill Levisay, senior vice president, Customer & Alliance Group, The Coca-Cola Company.

Set on a pristine half-mile beach spotted with palms on the Caribbean Sea on the island of Hispaola, Club Med Punta Cana was recently renovated and boasts world-class amenities including 519 spacious two-room suites, a variety of restaurants and bars, live nightly entertainment, and a host of sports and activities daily. Beyond The Ramp's teen-focused activities, the village offers a comprehensive Children's Club program supervised by a qualified and energetic staff, with games, circus school, arts & crafts and other educational and recreational activities for kids aged 2 to 13.

Probably most importantly, all of these activities and programs for kids of all ages allow parents the time and peace of mind to enjoy the Club Med experience as well whether it's snorkeling, the trapeze, simply soaking up the sun, or meeting other parents from around the globe.

Seven-night Total All-Inclusive Vacations rates at Club Med Punta Cana for Summer 2005 start at $840 per adult and $430 per child (ages 4-15) and $305 per child (ages 2-3) based on double occupancy. Airfare and annual membership fees of $55 per adult and $25 per child are additional. For more information on Club Med, travelers can call 1-800 CLUB MED (800-258-2633), visit Club Med online at http://www.clubmed.com/ or contact their local travel agent.

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