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
“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
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.
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.