TRAVELLING WITH KIDS | DESTINATION ALL-INCLUSIVE
Not all Mini Clubs are created equally. Doing as much research as possible before hand and remaining flexible is probably the best bet. I outline our two experiences below only as examples of how different they can be.
1. The Tryp, Cayo Coco, Cuba
Our little guy, who was 2 at the time, loved their kiddie pool and we used the playground a couple of times. But that is about it. The building itself lacked any usable toys and rarely had staff in it. I don't recall any kid programming aside from the Mini Disco around 8 PM which was a the highlight of Cuba for Spud. He still talks about it today. During the day though, we were on our own.
2. The Blau, Varadero, Cuba
Spud never used the kiddie pool, at age 3.5 here but the big pool was shallow enough for him to use. The grounds and the building of the mini club were impeccable. There were loads of toys inside, all clean and new looking, and for a couple of hours in the morning and again in the afternoon, you could leave your little one with the mini club staff member. He played bingo, watched TV and puttered around in the corner with big foam shapes. We dropped him off for about 3/4 of an hour for the first 3 days until he declared firmly that he didn't want to go there anymore. Perhaps the staff weren't engaging enough for his liking? Or perhaps there weren't enough kids there for him to play with? The mini disco at the Blau was also great but better suited to the 6 to 8 set.
Check out these two links to learn more about kids programming at the various resorts: Trip Advisor and Debbie's.