Mary Funkhouser

Journeys That Fit

Club Med Sandpiper Bay Pickleball Retreat Feb 2022

Feb 13, 2022 to Feb 17, 2022
Club Med Port St. Lucie, FL

Picturesque Pickleball & Wellness Retreat

Journeys That Fit and Bold North Pickleball Invite you
to Join Us for the Pickleball and Stay for the Fun!  

Sunday - Thursday, Feb 13 - 17, 2022
Club Med Sandpiper Bay
Port St. Lucie, Florida
(1 hr south of Palm Beach International Airport)

 We invite pickleball players who are brand new to the sport and up to mid-level players
(and non-playing guests)
to come just as you are and return home 
F.I.T.
 Fulfilled, Inspired & Transformed! 

        

Did you know that the anticipation of a trip can contribute meaningfully to your positive mental health?    What a blessing during this time to say, "YES" to an opportunity that will be invigorating yet relaxing, challenging yet fun, nutritious yet a little 'spirited'!   Bond with other like-minded travelers who have this common goal and raise a toast together at the end of each fun-filled day!

Please give us just five minutes to personally invite you to join us!



PICKLEBALL INSTRUCTOR


Bold North's Founder, Michael Boraas is an experienced pickleball instructor and we are excited to partner with him to host group clinic style lessons throughout the retreat, along with additional lessons upon request.   As the fastest growing sport in the US, pickleball is a fun, energetic yet approachable sport that he is excited to introduce to players as the sport continues to grow!  So, whether this will be your first-time playing Pickleball or you're a mid-level player, Bold North Pickleball is excited to engage with you during our retreat!  

Michael created Bold North Pickleball with a vision to introduce others to his passions involving travel, pickleball, education, yoga and entrepreneurship.   As a former tennis instructor and avid player, pickleball was a natural transition for him.   He has seen Pickleball be a 'game changing' transformation that incorporates health, movement, improved social connections, and mental health benefits.   His mission is to promote these wellness benefits to others.   



PICKLEBALL ENTHUSIAST
 

A fully certified pilates instructor and a certified personal trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Renee Keller fully understands the benefits of keeping your body moving.   She's one of the many pickleball players who are 'new-ish' to the sport, but quickly became an enthusiast! 

As our retreat host, she's a wonderful advocate for the sport and for enthusiastically inviting others to come try it out and/or up-level from a current skill level.    Renee loves that pickleball is easy to learn, social, good cardio and super fun.    Overall, she loves that it's great for your mind, body and spirit!   



CLUB MED'S ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORT

Join us for an all-inclusive stay at Sandpiper Bay, which is the ideal Club Med Resort for an active wellness vacation.  Located along the St. Lucie River, amid wonderfully lush vegetation, Club Med Sandpiper Bay enjoys a delightfully tropical climate and offers an immersive wellness environment for pickleball and many more on-site activities.     This is a great time to click on the video below and take two minutes and imagine yourself enjoying all that Sandpiper Bay has to offer! 

Here's a sneak peek!




CLUB MED ACTIVITIES

Included

Aside from Pickleball, Club Med is a haven for many other included activities that you may enjoy while on-site such as:

  • Pools - Three pools:  main swimming pool, swimming training pool with lap lanes and a relaxing adults-only pool
  • Water Sports - Sailing school, paddle board, kayaking
  • Club Med Academies - Time to perfect your game of golf, tennis, soccer and beach volleyball
  • Flying Trapeze School - Yes, you read that right - when in Club Med, one must trapeze!
  • Group Fitness Classes - Various, such as yoga
  • Various Sports - Basketball, football, volleyball
  • Outdoor Lawn Area Games - Bocce ball and table tennis


Additional Fee
While you can stop at what's included, if you have an additional sense of adventure, you can experience the following for a bit of a fee

  • Motorized Water Activities  - Test your water skills with water skiing, wakeboarding, sea scootering and tubing!
  • Golf - Improve your swing on one of many great golf courses, including the Club’s own 18-hole course
  • Sail - Sail on the St Lucie River
  • Spa - Enjoy a spa treatment (or three 😊)
  • Excursions - Explore and enjoy their following tours:
    • 'Sense of Adventure': Disney or Universal Theme Parks / Flyboard / Jet Ski Discovery Tour / Jet Ski Sensation Tour
    • 'Made to Measure': Horse ride on the beach
    • 'Nature Getaways': Airboat ride / Floridian Sunset Cruise
    • 'Connecting with culture': Tour of Miami / Kennedy Space Center / Palm Beach Tour & Outlets


ITINERARY*
Below is a high-level itinerary for our retreat.   All open time will be at your leisure to enjoy the many Club Med activities and amenities.  Pickleball lessons will be organized by skill level, which we'll initially assess by a survey.   During the pickleball times noted below, when not in a lesson, you may enjoy open play as we have reserved court time.   

Note:  ALL pickleball time below is optional so you can opt to enjoy other things if you so choose, but it's all included in our all-inclusive price.    However, if you'd like additional pickleball court time and/or lessons, see the PB instruction section below.     

  • Day 1 , Sun., Feb 13:
    • 4 pm: resort check-in (early check-in available for resort use & meals for $20* p/p, rooms available in afternoon)
    • 5:30-6:15 pm:  Pickleball 101 session with Michael for brand new players
    • 6:30-7:30 pm:   Group welcome happy hour
    • 7:30 pm:   Encouraged group dinner

  • Day 2, Mon., Feb 14:
    • 7:30 am:  Breakfast (at your leisure)
    • 9am - Noon:  Pickleball-assigned lessons and open play time
    • Noon - 4 pm:  Free time to explore resort amenities and excursions
    • 4 - 6 pm:  Pickleball-assigned lessons and open play time
    • 7:30 pm:   Optional group dinner

  • Day 3, Tues., Feb 15:
    • 7:30am:  Breakfast (at your leisure)
    • 9am - Noon:  Pickleball-assigned lessons and open play time
    • Noon - 4 pm:  Free time to explore resort amenities and excursions
    • 4 - 6 pm:  Pickleball-assigned lessons and open play time
    • 7:30 pm:   Optional group dinner

  • Day 4, Wed., Feb 16
    • 7:30am:  Breakfast (at your leisure)
    • 9am - Noon:  Pickleball-assigned lessons and open play time
    • Noon - 4 pm:  Free time to explore resort amenities and excursions
    • 4 - 6 pm:  Pickleball-assigned lessons and open play time
    • 7:30 pm:   Encouraged group dinner

  • Day 5, Wed., Feb 17
    • 10am:  room check-out (late room check-out not available, but may enjoy meals through lunch and facilities until 3pm )

* Subject to modifications

RETREAT INCLUSIONS:

  • 4 Nights all-inclusive accommodations and required resort membership fee at Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Port St. Lucie, FL
  • All meals starting after 4pm check-in and until lunch around noon on departure day
  • Pickleball small group clinic instruction with Michael Boraas
  • Pickleball Court Fees
  • Many on-site activities as described in detail on their website
  • Opening group cocktail party
  • Trip Planning Fee
  • Rental pickleball paddles 


       Included Gastronomy 
  • Bars - Three bar locations the main bar, the calm pool side bar and the gourmet lounge bar
  • Restaurants -
    • Marketplace - the main restaurant with views of the St. Lucie River and open for every meal.
    • Soleil Terrace - welcomes you at off-peak times through-out the day on this shady terrace by the river.
    • The Riverside - a gourmet waterfront restaurant requiring reservations and open Tuesday - Sunday from 6-9pm

PRICING:

  • Pickleball Players
    • $1150 p/person for 4 nights (single or double occupancy the same rate)
      • $274 deposit due at time of booking
      • $876 final payment due November 5
  • Non-Pickleball Players (single or double occupancy the same rate)
    • $848 p/person for 4 nights 
      • $212 deposit due at time of booking
      • $636 final payment due November 5

  • Optional additional nights, pre and/or post will be quoted separately

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

  • Deposit - non-refundable at time of payment
  • Final Payment - Nov. 5:  50% non-refundable at time of payment
  • All Payments - Dec. 24:  100% non-refundable
  • January 13:  $40 for any registration changes

RETREAT EXCLUSIONS:

  • Airfare
  • Ground Transfers (we can add these onto your trip cost, see details below)
  • Additional non-clinic Pickleball Instruction - Private or Semi-Private (see details below)
  • Additional Pre or Post Hotel Nights (see details below)
  • Early arrival prior to 4pm:  all meals & facility use - $20 p/person
  • Additional Nights (see Pre & Post Travel section below)
  • Parking $12 p/night (if reserved in advance), $15 p/night (if paid upon arrival)
  • Excursions (see Excursion section above)


Pickleball Instruction Fee*

Michael welcomes scheduling additional lessons with you or your small group for the rates below:  

  • Private Lessons: $60 p/hr
  • Semi-private:  2 players:   $30 p/p, p/hr
  • Small Group Drills 3 players:   $25 p/p, p/hr
  • Small Group Drills 4 players:   $20 p/p, p/ 1.5 hrs
  • Court time only - no instruction $10 p/hr

*Costs subject to change 

Pre & Post Travel

A negotiated group nightly rate of $144 p/night, p/person for two days pre retreat and two days post retreat, subject to availability.  Additional nights are available at prevailing rates when booked and also subject to availability.   

Transfers
Carefree travel!   Club Med can pick you up at the airport of your choice and drive you to the resort.

Meet you at your arrival point
Round trip transfer

**Note: Depending on your arrival time, you may have to wait about 30 minutes. You can book this service at registration or anytime up to two days prior to arrival.  Rates are subject to change until booked.  

  • Transfers to/from Palm Beach airport (60 min.)
  • Transfers to/from Fort Lauderdale airport (105 min.)
  • Transfer to/ from Miami airport (120 min.)
  • Transfer to/ from Orlando airport (120 min.)
                                  





HOW and WHEN TO REGISTER:

HOW - For more lodging and pricing details and/or to register, click the 'buy now' button.    When you are ready to register, first select the number of travelers for your room, 1 or 2, and then select the room type, single or double occupancy.   You'll then fill-in your contact details.   You will authorize your credit card so the deposit may be processed.      We will be back in touch very shortly after registration for you to complete, or to validate for returning guests, your client information and collect some additional information.   If the room type/style you want isn't available, please email Mary at mary@journeysthatfit.com.

WHEN - Now!   Secure your room as we have limited lodging and coaching capacity.   Lodging available until November 5 or until until group block sells out.    Plus, February is HIGH season in Florida so secure those flights soon to get your preferred dates and times!    



Available Packages

PB Player - Single Occupancy, Deluxe Room 505.9 sq. ft with Lounge Area & Patio
Available until November 5, 2021

$1,150.00
Deposit: $274.00

Laying on your sun lounger in the heart of the garden after an exciting day – what could be better? These ground floor rooms are large, with brightly colored decor and an inviting furnished patio.  Minibar non-alcoholic drinks refilled upon request.  

Bathtub, Twin vanity sinks, Bathrobe, Slippers, Hair Dryer, Branded amenities (shampoo, shower gel, body lotion) Turndown Service, Beach towel, Luggage service, Cleaning on demand.   Laundry service at an extra cost. 

Final Payment:  November 5, 2021


Non PB Player - Single Occupancy, 505.9 sq. ft with Lounge Area & Patio
Available until November 5, 2021

$848.00
Deposit: $212.00

Laying on your sun lounger in the heart of the garden after an exciting day – what could be better? These ground floor rooms are large, with brightly colored decor and an inviting furnished patio.  Minibar non-alcoholic drinks refilled upon request.  

Bathtub, Twin vanity sinks, Bathrobe, Slippers, Hair Dryer, Branded amenities (shampoo, shower gel, body lotion) Turndown Service, Beach towel, Luggage service, Cleaning on demand.   Laundry service at an extra cost. 

Final Payment:  November 5, 2021