Teens Get Some Space

Club Med Cancun Yucatan opens the latest Passworld program

By: Irene Middleman Thomas

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Pool at the Club Med Cancun Yucatan.
E arlier this month, Club Med Cancun Yucatan unveiled the latest Passworld, the company’s teen concept, designed to give kids aged 11-17 a safe environment of their own in which to meet and socialize.

“Passworld is a concept that focuses on adolescents’ desire to be independent,” said Cedric Gobilliard, Club Med CEO, North America. “We grant them a separate physical space to call their own where no adults, except GOs, are allowed. Slowly we will work to provide all our teen guests with the space and freedom they crave.”

GOs are “gentil organizateurs,” Club Med’s term for their activity staffers, and these teen-friendly trained and certified GOs are assigned to supervise the Passworld areas.

Cancun’s Passworld features a car-wash theme replete with five of the famous green-and-white Volkswagen Bug taxis seen throughout Mexico, cut in half and embedded in the outer wall as a whimsical seating option. Turquoise tiles decorate the walls, while many other commercial car wash touches, such as water sprays, are featured as well. But the real attraction here is the electronics, including free Internet (filtered); high-end sound-mixing equipment where kids will be able to make their own CDs and DVDs; film equipment and projectors; and more.

Passworlds offer other tailored activities for teenagers, such as hip-hop dance classes, performing arts classes, jewelry making, wall climbing, roller-blading, bungee jumping, overnight camping, disco night and roller disco. Activities vary in different villages and some may involve additional cost.

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Teens enjoy the resort’s Passworld.
Passworld youngsters are supervised in two separate age groups, 11-13 and 14-17. Adolescents may also hang out at Passworld during their free time when no supervised activities take place. Club Med Passworld is open during school holidays and when large numbers of teens are booked in the resort.

Club Med Cancun Yucatan, formerly a singles-only resort, reopened last November after $24 million in renovations. Now a family resort, Club Med Cancun Yucatan also includes programs for children ages 4-10, as well as a Baby Welcome Program.

The Passworld concept, first launched at Punta Cana, has been so successful that the company has set up additional Passworlds, each with a unique theme and decor, in 12 Club Med resorts in Europe, Africa and Latin America. Club Med plans to eventually bring the Passworld concept to all resorts that accommodate families.


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