A rendering of the Creactive Playscape in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Credit: Club Med)

If you’re going to run away to the circus, it may as well be to paradise. Club Med and Cirque du Soleil have joined forces to form Creactive—a hands-on training facility for those interested in experiencing up to 25 Cirque du Soleil skills and theatrics. Creactive opens at Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic in June 2015.

As a travel writer, sometimes the bucket list forms itself: If I’d known that training with veterans of Cirque du Soleil was a possibility, it would’ve been high on my list a long time ago.

Cirque team at Creactive

My introduction to the newly formed Creactive was hosted at Cirque du Soleil’s headquarters in Montreal in preparation for its opening at Club Med’s Punta Cana resort in the Dominican Republic. Visitors of the Dominican Republic property will not only enjoy the many amenities the resort already offers, but now also have a chance to be trained in the arts that are uniquely Cirque du Soleil.

Creactive activities

The two companies are a perfect match in many respects; one is a well-known purveyor of exotic and luxurious vacations, the other a maker of magical, eye-popping shows, and what they’ve created together is a one-of-a-kind experience for all ages and skill sets.

It was intense and challenging to attempt the various acrobatics, but the care and attention of the Creactive professional performers put me at ease. There was no doubt that they had safety as a top priority, even as they remained highly focused on helping everyone succeed at challenges completely out of the norm.

German wheel at Creactive

With the professional coaching of ex Cirque performers, you might be surprised to find yourself doing flips on the bungee trapeze, pushing your body to take command of the German wheel, or trying to master the devil sticks. The theatrical training will give you a chance to allow that inner child to break free and express itself in ways you may not have allowed it in years.

Even a brood of teenagers and tweeners will find Creactive training one to put down in the family annals—and at no extra cost, as Creactive inclusive in the vacation package.

Punta Cana Club Med

The excitement of Creactive is not a daily commitment for participants, so go snorkeling, play golf, lounge by the pool, or do any of the other Club Med offerings in Punta Cana as you like, but make sure to save time in your vacation schedule to challenge yourself through this unique adventure (not to mention create some impressive vacation photos).

Punta Cana Club Med—soon to be home to the Creactive experience

Think about it: When will you have the opportunity to make this kind of memory again?

More photos:

Punta Cana Club Med
Creactive Playscape in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Credit: Club Med)
Creactive Playscape in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Credit: Club Med)
Learning to fly at Creactive
Trapeze training at Creactive
Bungee trapeze training at Creactive
Headpiece created for Cirque du Soleil
Having fun with Cirque du Soleil actress
Juggling with a Creactive pro
Focused training at Creactive
German wheel at Creactive
Dragon tail, behind the scenes at Creactive
Clown shoe at Creactive
Cirque team at Creactive
Bungee trapeze
Learning to act in the ring for Cirque du Soleil
Creactive Playscape in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Credit: Club Med)
Punta Cana Club Med
Punta Cana Club Med—soon to be home to the Creactive experience
Creactive activities
Cirque team for Creactive
Cynthia Cunniff

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