Decades ago I vacationed at Club Med in Moorea (French Polynesia, closed since 2001) and I loved it so much that I ended up working there; it was an easy choice between my corporate job in Los Angeles and a tropical job in Tahiti. My vacation changed my life as I went on to travel for two years around the world.

I have been back as a guest to various Club Med resorts and my trips are usually a mix of nostalgia and appreciation for how both the Club and I have evolved over the years. One of their new innovations is the creation of weeks which focus on different themes from food to sports. The one that caught my eye is a Food and Wine Festival in Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic the week of September 27 – October 4, 2009. The resort has recently undergone a $34 million dollar renovation, and there will be 32 chefs in a Caribbean island cook off, as well as demonstrations, seminars and dinners throughout the week. All this is sponsored by Travel & Leisure, so top notch chefs and sommeliers will be in attendance as guests and speakers. All this for only $207 per person per night is a great deal considering that Club Med is still all inclusive, so all your gourmet dining and drinking is included with your room and entertainment!

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