I'm recently back from Sandpiper so here are my thoughts.
1. The construction of the new fitness center has not started. It keeps getting pushed back and I think they've decided to change the location so nothing has really been done as far as I can tell. However, there is a temporary fitness center and I was pleasantly surprised by its size and quality. A decent number of weight machines, 2-3 treadmills, 2-3 ellipticals, 3 exercise bikes, 10 spin bikes and free weights. The village was at capacity during my visit but there were never too many people in the fitness center. I didn't see anyone ever waiting for equipment. The temporary fitness center gets high marks from me, which makes me wonder if the new fitness center has been taken off the agenda for now.
2. Don't know the answer to this, but I'm guessing that deluxe won't be worth any added cost. More on this below.
3. Doubtful. I believe only the adult pool is heated, but even its water was cold some days during our recent trip (80-90 temps outside) when the wind was coming around that point. There is a hot tub by the adult pool. My first trip to sandpiper was in Dec 2002 and it was sometimes chilly, but I do remember spending time in pools (unheated) mid-day.
4. I'm not sure there is any date set in stone but I suspect it will be a few years. The only major things that seem to be left are completing the renovations of the rooms and building the new fitness center. The only current work I noticed was work on some of the public bathrooms. But they could have suspended work on more major projects during the high capacity spring break season.
5. They are very aware that people are disappointed in the renovated rooms and that there were bumps in the reopening. They are trying to work things out, but I'm not sure what they can do about the physical aspects of the renovation that have been flops. (Club Med, here's a hint - stop using words like "deluxe" and "luxury" and maybe people will be less likely to complain when they don't get deluxe and luxury). I've been going to sandpiper for years and I too was disappointed in the new rooms, but really only because club med built up expectations well beyond what it could meet. We never spend much time in the rooms at sandpiper so it didn't bother us. The old rooms are/were really run down but I knew what I was in for. As long as people's expectations were measured before they arrived, they generally seemed to be ok with what they got when they arrived. But then club med really touted this big renovation, and the new rooms are not up to the standard they set for themselves. The new rooms are brighter and less dingy, but they have cheap furniture that won't last. Some toilets were painted with red paint (and if you have ever painted a wall red, you can imagine how well it worked out on toilets). Cheap fixtures that already are broken. No soap dish or shelf in the shower. One of the more bizarre things is that there is no furniture to put your clothes in. You can put them on the shelves in the closet, but that can be a bit difficult to navigate with 4-5 people. And the beds are still rock hard. The rooms are still livable, but Club Med didn't handle the renovation well - in both execution and communication.
All that being said, we never went for the rooms before so it doesn't really impact my views on the place. I also feel strongly that if the rooms turn you off from sandpiper, it probably wasn't a good fit for you anyway because the rooms aren't what club med is about. It just frustrates me because I strongly believe in the company and what it stands for, but club med itself seems to have a hard time figuring that out for itself.
There are some great things about the renovations - the grounds are beautiful, the bar is much better now and all the new outside seating is nice (though I wonder if it will hold up). The splash park is great for young ones. Marketplace is nicer (but a lot of the community feeling is lost because there are a lot more smaller tables so people are more likely to stick to themselves).
I don't want to discourage you on the renovations. We are going back - probably in Dec too. The only reason we haven't booked yet is because we haven't decided whether to book a renovated or an old room. They only reason we are considering booking renovated again is because our kids did enjoy the bunk beds.
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