Thursday, December 31, 2009

Timeshare Vacation Planning for 2010

The new year starts tomorrow! Happy new year! Now is the time to plan your 2010 timeshare vacation. Be sure to plan early and get the whole family involved. Take a look at what RedWeek.com has for timeshare rental and timeshare exchange inventory and be the first one to get the vacation destination you really want.

As a timeshare owner, you know the huge benefits of regularly scheduled vacations for reducing stress. Building bonds and spending time with your family also makes many happy memories. Plus, what’s better than having something fun to look forward to!

January is the best time to get your vacation planned far in advance so all your accommodations are taken care of and all you’ll have to worry about is packing your suitcase and finding a great rate on airfare, (unless you’ve chosen a driving destination).

So, gather the family and make it your new year’s resolution to plan the annual vacation together this year. But, don’t wait too long to find that perfect week and timeshare resort. Inventory is at its peak right now and moving fast.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Improvements Underway at Disney Timeshare Resorts

Disney Vacation Club has already begun “refurbishment” (as they say in the Disney park) on Disney’s BoardWalk Villas. Upgrades for this timeshare resort and Disney’s Old Key West include some great improvements to refresh the interiors such as: refinishing of wood floors and replacing carpets; fresh coats of paint; and replacements for blinds and draperies.

Other improvements include: Reupholstering sofas, new granite countertops, and updated kitchen cabinetry hardware. New ceiling fans will be installed and new lamps will be added. The electronics upgrade is quite exciting as all televisions will now be flat screens. All improvements for both properties will be complete by Spring of 2011.

Also on the list for upgrades is the Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. Their big plan for 2010 is to greatly expand and renovate the pool area. Timeshare owners will love the new 3300 square foot pool that will include a 146-foot water slide. Guests can relax in the hot tub and the kids can enjoy a spacious water play area as well. New outside dining will also be available in the pool area with a place to get quick service on burgers, fries and drink refills.

See all Disney timeshares.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Share Your Love of Timeshares on Your Web Site

RedWeek.com, the largest online marketplace for timeshare rentals, resales and exchanges has just created two great widgets that will allow you to share your love of timeshares on your web site or blog.

Widgets look like web banners and are little bits of code that you can easily grab and put on your own website. Not only is it a portable way for you to show your interest and support of timeshares, it makes finding a timeshare to rent, buy, sell, or exchange a snap!

We have two interactive versions of the RedWeek.com widget. One allows someone to search by location (such as Orlando or Maui) and the other that makes it easy to find a resort by searching on its name (this one will even auto fill your answer and provide options based on what you’ve typed to help guide you). Both widgets will direct the person back to RedWeek.com with the results found.

So, add our widget to your web site for a quick and easy way to search for a vacation! You might even find that you are the one using it the most.

Monday, December 28, 2009

A Kauai Timeshare: Paradise within Paradise

The beautiful Hawaiian island of Kauai has been called "Paradise within Paradise." A family vacation on this stunning island can easily be yours when you rent a timeshare. Located on the north shore of Kauai, Princeville was originally a coffee plantation that was established in 1853. It's now the largest planned development on Kauai, and home to some of Hawaii's most luxurious resorts. Below is just a sample of timeshare resorts available on RedWeek.com. All have spacious units with patios or lanais, fully equipped kitchens, and separate living areas.

The Cliffs at Princeville
Even with the Gold Crown rating through RCI and a 5 Star rating with Interval International, timeshare rentals at The Cliffs at Princeville start at the reasonable price of just $57/night. Perched on a high bluff with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and of spectacular sunsets, this resort has 22 acres of lush tropical landscaping, and amenities that include everything from a pool and a spa to tennis, and even a putting green with a sand trap. The nearby Foodland market is reasonably priced for groceries for budget meals in your timeshare kitchen. Grill your own steaks at the BBQ area poolside. One RedWeek member says, "If you are looking for a retreat from the stress of daily life, you will never want to leave."

Hanalei Bay Resort
The Hanalei Bay Resort sits beachfront on a semi-private, secluded white sand beach on the famous and spectacular Hanalei Bay. Timeshare rentals here start at just $71/night. Breathtaking sunsets and a picturesque pool amid lush tropical gardens are just some of the wonderful natural amenities for you to enjoy. For a break from your meals in your timeshare enjoy the popular onsite Happy Talk Lounge for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and live entertainment in the evening. RedWeek members say, “This resort treats you like royalty."

Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
Timeshare rentals at the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas start at a reasonable $82/night. This resort has over 18 oceanfront acres on Kauai's Anini Beach, a narrow reef-protected beach that stretches for over 2 miles. The reef ensures that Anini beach has the calmest ocean conditions on the north shore. Amenities include a children's pool, a plunge pool, and poolside "huts" for rent where you can relax in comfortable plush chairs. Member reviews say, "Love this resort - Friendly, smiling staff makes a point to get to know you during the week."

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Is it Time to Sell Your Timeshare?

Is it time to sell your timeshare - to trade up, or maybe downsize? If you've started noticing that your current timeshare just isn't working for you any longer, have no fears. Our needs - and wants - change over the years, and when they do it's time to take charge and make that change.

Perhaps you were a bit timid when buying a timeshare for the first time, and now that you've become a seasoned timeshare owner you know more about what you want in a timeshare vacation. Perhaps you started out as timeshare owners when you were a young married couple, and now that you have children you need more room and a resort that is kid friendly. Perhaps it's an "empty nest" for you now, and you would prefer a smaller unit at a slower-paced resort near a great golf course.

When you do decide to purchase another timeshare, think about going the "resale" route. There are definite advantages to buying resale through a reputable company such as RedWeek. If you buy a timeshare directly from a developer, the cost can easily be up to a third more than buying resale, for the exact same thing.

Some developers do offer incentives, such as being able to reserve a specific unit (if it's available) and free guest confirmations. But when you crunch the numbers you'll find that the incentives are pricey and might not be worth the extra cost. And keep in mind that when you buy from a developer you are also paying for his high overhead and marketing costs.

RedWeek lists many timeshare resales, and with RedWeek there are no surprises. As you look through RedWeek's listings and do your research you'll see that the resale prices are much less than comparable timeshares purchased through developers. In addition, RedWeek takes its role in assisting those who want to buy resale very seriously and has strict guidelines to which resellers must adhere in their postings.

So go ahead, make a change in your timeshare ownership by buying resale, secure in the knowledge that you have RedWeek's vast knowledge and experience with you, and that buying a timeshare resale is the right thing to do right now!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

PH Towers Westgate Timeshare Opens in Las Vegas

With 52 stories of luxury, Westgate is proud to unveil its newest resort, the PH Towers at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The property offers residential suites, rooms to the general public as well as timeshares for vacation ownership. Twenty percent of the 1,201 rooms are available for timeshare owners which include studios, one and two bedroom timeshare units.

Planet Hollywood Towers is “in the middle of it all” located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Visitors will find exceptional shopping, luxurious dining, exciting gaming, and a wealth of entertainment to choose from for their Las Vegas vacation. The resort itself offers an exotic tropical pool surrounded by white sand, as well as state-of-the-art meeting facilities, a health club, and business center.

Many of the rooms offer stunning views of Las Vegas with floor to ceiling windows. Guests will be delighted by the marble accented bathrooms and personal in-room spa tub as they bask in luxury. This Westgate Timeshare offers all the rest and relaxation guests could want on vacation. Rent a timeshare at the PH Towers and find a new place to call home.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Maui Timeshare Zipping at the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas

Article written by guest blogger: John Locher, VP of Marketing for RedWeek.com (Part 2 of 2)

As I mentioned in my last article, before this trip, Kauai was my favorite Hawaiian island, but, after my stay at the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas on Maui I have another favorite to add to the list. The island and this resort was nothing short of wonderful. The one bedroom unit I stayed in was quite spacious and the timeshare resort itself had so many amenities and recreational services that I didn't have nearly enough time to enjoy them all in the 4 days I was there.

One thing I did make time for was the Flyin Hawaiian Zipline. This thrill seeker activity has 8 separate lines that you do consecutively and it takes about 4 hours to complete the entire journey. Their tour contains nearly 2.5 miles of zipline and brags to have the longest AND second longest of any zipline available in Hawaii. One is over 3200 feet!

But, don’t think that you just get a ticket and go! They train you, provide protective gear and make sure you are securely harnessed. In addition to flying over tree tops, there are some very short steep hikes between the platforms to each line. The view on top of the mountain is breathtaking as you overlook the Maui coastline, including the area known as "Jaws" where the tumultuous surf is often at record heights.

One question we all had of our guide was, "how do I stop myself on this cable once I’m at the bottom?" Well you soon find out that you have to be prepared before hitting their custom braking system or the jolts will stay with you for a few days. Their guides are coaching you all the way and giving signals for when to get in the stooping position. They realize that you are taking in the scenery and getting caught up in the rush of speed, so they are there to help. After a few runs you easily get the hang of it.

If you decide to take one of their tours, I encourage you to read about their "eco" friendly posture and dedication to protecting the mountain. We even planted some endangered flowers during our journey. I really enjoyed naming and planting my own flower on the mountain side we had just zipped over.

So, at the end of this trip, I now have two favorite islands in Hawaii; Kauai and Maui. If your plans take you to Kauai, check out the timeshare rentals at the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas. But, if you want to have the best zipline adventure I highly recommend that Maui should be your first choice.

See part 1 of this article for a detailed review of A Maui Timeshare Experience at the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas.

A Maui Timeshare Experience at the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas

Article written by guest blogger: John Locher, VP of Marketing for RedWeek.com (Part 1 of 2)

My favorite Hawaiian island used to be Kauai, before this trip. When I left my Seattle area home at 6AM it was 19 degrees. When I landed on Maui it had just rained and was 75 degrees. Even with a little drizzle I put the top down on my rental convertible and I was in heaven. There is a vibe for me on Maui that resonates in many ways. First is the weather, then the Jawaiian music (Reggae with island flavor), add in the kick-back island style and of course the ocean and how could you not have a great vacation. But, this trip for me was primarily for business. In less than 20 minutes from the airport on the ocean road to Lahaina it was a clear, sunny and 80 degrees. Perfect weather that remained for the next 4 days of my stay.

My timeshare unit was at the wonderful Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas. When you drive up there are two resorts, the first one is the “North” building. RedWeek.com offers timeshare rentals and timeshare resales at both the main building and the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas North where I stayed. This building just opened up in 2007.

Like so many properties in Hawaii the building opens up wide to the outside and faces the ocean. The main lobby overlooks a koi pond, 2 pools and finally the palm tree guarded beach. It is a grand entrance. Just standing there makes you forget anything else that may be on your mind.

When you visit the "North" building lobby you’ll find some separate amenities such as the spa, the Westin workout and a few different bars and restaurants but the resort property is really just one large facility and you are welcome to stroll between buildings. The North resort area also features a very unique pool with a pirate ship and slide for kids, right next to the Kids Club.

The spacious rooms are the best in Westin luxury. The kitchens are large with marble topped counters. The dishwasher, fridge, washer/dryer and cookware were all high-quality and like-new. The bathroom had a separate glass enclosure for shower and toilet and a separate Jacuzzi tub with folding opaque glass windows opening to the bedroom. My timeshare rental unit was a one bedroom. There were two flat screens TV, DVD players and a music system. The place was furnished perfectly and I had a vast amount of space. There were two sliding glass doors, one from the living room and one from the bedroom that opened onto the patio. The pool was 20 feet away and the beach another 30 footsteps beyond that.

The location, unit, service and resort amenities were all you would ever need on any vacation. In fact, I didn't have nearly enough time to enjoy all of the recreation, restaurants and services the resort itself had to offer. That is a challenge when one is doing business on Maui or just on vacation. You need a lot of time to lay back and take it all in.

See part 2 of this article to learn about Maui Timeshare Zipping at the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Timeshare Company Alleged in Consumer Fraud

As reported by Legal Newsline, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued a cease and desist order against the company doing business as Premier Timeshare Solutions. They are a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida timeshare company that has allegedly violated North Dakota's consumer fraud, home solicitation sales and do not call laws.

In addition, the principals of the company, Jose Goyos, and Kristina Cameron, have been included in the cease and desist order. Stenehjem has alleged that they falsely promised timeshare owners that they had buyers ready to purchase their timeshare resales.

"Premier's deceptive sales practices constitute an absolute scam. Premier's claims that they have buyers for the timeshares are untrue and are nothing more than a ruse to obtain money under false pretenses," Stenehjem said. "This conduct in North Dakota will be prosecuted."

The consumers allege that they had been charged thousands of dollars in advance for timeshare resale services by Premier Timeshare Solutions, but the company never delivered. One consumer claimed that they paid $4,200 for this service with no result. When the timeshare owners attempt to follow up with the company, their calls go unanswered, there is no way to leave a message and no refunds are ever issued.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Everyone Loves a Disney Timeshare

Did you know, several Disney timeshare resorts in Buena Vista, Florida, were listed by Redweek's members in the top 10 of the list of the Top 25 Timeshare Rental Resorts. Everyone loves Disney, but not everyone can afford the hotel rates to stay at Disney resorts. However, when you rent a timeshare, you'll see just how budget-minded a Disney vacation can be. This is the way to take the entire family on a Disney winter vacation to sunny Florida.

How about enjoying a family vacation in the mountains without having to endure winding roads, chilly nights, and thin air? It's easily done by renting a budget timeshare at the Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, starting at just $107/night. Listed at number 8 this resort has a National Parks old lodge rustic feel to it. You'll even get to watch the Old Faithful geyser faithfully erupt. Open your windows and enjoy the lovely pine-scented air from the secluded woods behind the villas. "It is so wonderful, by far the best of Disney's Deluxe Resorts. Don't miss it!" says a RedWeek member.

Are charming island hamlets more your style? Disney's Old Key West Resort evokes the quaint era of the 1900s in the Florida Keys, complete with a replica of the Key West Lighthouse. This very first Disney timeshare resort was listed as number 7, and timeshare rentals here begin at $130/night. You'll feel tucked away from the real world in a peaceful tropical getaway. Besides normal Disney bus transportation anywhere in the parks you want to go, including the amazing 18-hole golf course, there is also a fun boat ride to Downtown Disney. "Addicted - Already planning next trip!" says another member.

A 1930's eastern seaboard boardwalk along the shore is what is summoned up at Disney's BoardWalk Villas. Coming in at number 2 on the Top 25 list, pets are allowed at this Atlantic City-style seaside resort, where timeshare rentals start at just $126/night. The old Americana ambiance will transport you to another time and place. Rent a paddle boat or a surrey bike and enjoy another era. Member quote: "It's a beautiful resort with great service - you'll love it here!"

Disney's Beach Club Villas was voted as the number 1 timeshare rental resort by Redweek members, and is considered one of the top resorts in the world. (see photo) This amazing resort has 3 acres of water slides and sand bottom pools, a white sand beach, and even pontoon boating. Timeshare rentals start at $175/night which gives you a "three-fer" - guests here are also welcome to enjoy the amenities of Disney's Yacht Club and Disney's Beach Club Resorts located right next door. If you are going over Christmas, see what this member has to say: "Best thing were the Christmas decorations. We took almost an entire day just to visit each resort and look at all the decorations. Amazing!"

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Top 5 Reasons to Love a Timeshare

Whether you are new to timeshares and considering a timeshare resale, or you are already an owner, these are the top 5 reasons to love a timeshare:
  1. Choices
    Timeshare ownership gives you choices. Through timeshare exchange, you can change your destination, resort, unit size and even the time of the year in which you travel, and it’s easy to do at an online site like RedWeek.com.

  2. Quality
    The quality of accommodations offered at timeshare resorts is typically higher than that of standard hotel rooms. In fact, some of the top hospitality brands have specifically developed timeshare resorts that exceed the quality of their established hotel brand, such as Marriott, Hyatt and Hilton.

  3. Amenities
    The amenities that come with a timeshare vacation are more than just the additional space in your room, many of the resorts also offer great activities and bonuses, all included in the price of your unit.

    • Amenities in unit:
      Fully equipped kitchen with separate dining area; washer and dryer; stereo; more than 1 television; DVD players and VCRs (with movies available)

    • Amenities at the Resort:
      Swimming pools (often more than 1); tennis courts; Jacuzzi; spa facilities; fitness gyms; golf courses; water sports and planned activities for kids of all ages.

  4. Family Memories
    Taking annual timeshare vacations is a great way to ensure that your family spends quality time together building special memories. With so many destinations to choose from, your family can relax and enjoy outstanding locations year after year. Studies show that timeshare owners tend to vacation more than others and it’s one of the best ways to reconnect with your loved ones.

  5. Future Cost Savings
    And, don’t forget that when you purchase your timeshare at today’s prices, you are guaranteeing a lifetime of vacations without the worry about inflation costs. Your future vacation costs the same every year, as others are paying more and more as hotel rates continually increase.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Look Who’s Renting Timeshares for Budget Vacations

A timeshare vacation is not what it used to be. Some people still think about their Grandparents annual vacation when they think of timeshares, but, you might be surprised to learn that it’s not just seniors and retirees who’s renting timeshares and taking advantage of timeshare exchange. Timeshare rentals are now on the minds of budget conscious travelers looking for a great deal on their family vacations.

And why not? Timeshares are perfect for family vacations due to the extra space with individual bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchen facilities. More and more families are learning about the joys and savings timeshare vacations can bring. Whether they buy one through a resale or rent one every year on RedWeek.com, more and more budget travelers are learning about the benefits of a vacation in a timeshare.

Timeshares allow you to travel to destinations you may never have been able to afford and stay in luxurious accommodations for half the price you’d pay for a hotel room. What’s not to love about that? So, when you think timeshares, don’t think about how it used to be thirty years ago, think of how far the industry has come today and be glad that it’s so easy to rent a timeshare at the largest online marketplace. You can easily connect with timeshare owners and experience your dream vacation for less.

Monday, December 07, 2009

RCI TV Now Available Online for all Timeshare Owners

RCI timeshare exchange has announced that its online television network, RCI TV, is now available for any timeshare owner to view on their web site. You do not need to be an RCI member in order to have access to their TV channel.

RCI TV is a helpful resource for those who are new to timeshare ownership and want a visual reference that explains the benefits of timeshares, or for the seasoned vacation ownership traveler who likes to see videos that show the beautiful details of the timeshare resorts. There are even destination reviews to help you get ideas for the next vacation you may want to take.

“The overwhelming response to RCI TV from our members and affiliates continues to push us to expand this unique network that is truly revolutionizing the vacation planning experience,” says Geoff Ballotti, CEO of RCI.

There is even a section where owners explain why they enjoy timeshare ownership so much. Claiming the "quality time" with family, flexibility of destinations through timeshare exchange, and the high-end quality of the resorts helped them experience so many luxurious vacations that they could not have been able to afford any other way than through a timeshare.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Give the Gift of a Timeshare this Holiday

Wondering what to get the family member who has everything? Consider the gift of a timeshare! You can give a timeshare in several ways: buy a timeshare resale or purchase a timeshare rental. Either way, you are giving the gift of wonderful family memories as you travel to wonderful destinations and enjoy exciting vacation activities and moments together.

Timeshare Resales
Buying a timeshare resale is easy on Redweek.com. There are many units to choose from and depending on the resort you choose, your gift can be as easy paying the annual maintenance fee (as many owners are selling their properties for zero down.) That way you’ve got your gift covered every year! Browse the bargain timeshare resales section of the web site to learn more.

Timeshare Rentals
Or, just take a family vacation together for one week in 2010. Jet off to that exotic Caribbean location you’ve always dreamed of or choose a popular US destination like Orlando. Visit a theme park, dig your toes in the sand, or spend the day on the back nine of a world class golf resort. The possibilities are endless and the time you’ll spend with your family is priceless.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Rent a Timeshare for Holiday House Guests

If you have a large family and everyone is descending your way for the holidays, why not rent them a timeshare? Timeshares are available across the United States and there is sure to be one close to your city that offers all the comforts of home, especially if your home is too small to accommodate sleeping arrangements for up to eight people!

A timeshare will allow your family and guests ample space to spread out and with all the extra room, no one will be in each other’s way when the hustle and bustle of the holidays tapers off and everyone needs some downtime. Depending on the number of guests you expect, there is a timeshare that is just the right size. When browsing RedWeek.com for timeshare rentals available, you’ll see the listing shown with the number of bedrooms in the unit. The bedrooms are almost always actual rooms off of the main living area. A studio or hotel-style accommodation would be listed as having zero bedrooms, for example. Most timeshares are equipped with sleeper sofas, so, a one-bedroom will usually sleep four people comfortably, a two-bedroom sleeps six and a three-bedroom sleeps eight.

So, this year, make the holidays a little less hectic and give everyone a little more room (and their own bed) to be well rested and energized for the many days of festive family events.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Timeshares Offer Easy Vacation Planning

If you’re a timeshare owner you already know how easy it is to plan your vacation every year. In fact, it hardly takes any planning at all because you own a week at your favorite resort. You know exactly the week when you are going and what the view is that you will enjoy from your room. There are no surprises. You don’t have to wonder what the room will be like, or what you’ll need to bring because the unit is fully stocked with all the amenities of home. As a person who travels regularly, there’s a lot of comfort in knowing what to expect when you arrive and that peace of mind makes planning your next vacation so easy.

Plus, there’s all the great resort activities to enjoy when you are not sightseeing around the city. Timeshares offer so many extras you just can’t get when you stay in a hotel and there’s always something for everyone in the family to see and do. Saving money on fun family activities by enjoying what the resort has to offer. . . what could be easier than that? Now, all you need to worry about is packing your suitcase and forwarding your mail. Here’s to a relaxing and easy vacation.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Timeshares are a Purchase and Not an Investment

When you buy a timeshare, you're making a significant upfront investment guaranteeing an annual vacation with your family. Because of the additional space and amenities, timeshares are a great way to vacation. You can build family bonds and memories in home-like accommodations and unlike your typical rental home, there’s no need to pack sheets and towels. But, as a wise buyer, you must realize that you should not buy timeshare with the sole intent of reselling it or that it will be a financial investment.

Timeshares are simply pre-paid vacations at wonderful resorts you love and want to visit every year. They do not appreciate in value. While many timeshares are considered deeded real estate, they should not be thought of as a money-making investment. If the timeshare you’ve chosen to buy is deeded, you are buying real property, with the option to treat this property in a variety of ways: give it away, will it to your heirs, rent it out, resell it, and so on, but this is not the same as buying a home which most likely will appreciate in value over the years.

Due to the upfront costs, and the fact that the majority of timeshares do not appreciate like normal real estate, the cost savings is in future vacations. You pay a one-time purchase fee that entitles you to a one week vacation every year at a resort. The savings come when you calculate how much you would have spent renting hotels for the same amount of time every year, considering hotel room rates increase every year. With timeshare ownership, you experience long term savings and guaranteed vacations and that is the reason timeshares are a vacation purchase and not an investment.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Rent a Timeshare in the Exotic South Pacific

If you're thinking about a trip to the exotic South Pacific - Fiji and French Polynesia RedWeek.com currently has just three timeshare rentals left. Who will be the lucky people to have a dream vacation of a lifetime? Imagine staying on an alluring south sea island for as little as $86/night at Club Bali Hai see photo)!! Better reserve your timeshare now!

Fiji
In Nadi, on the western side of Fiji's main island of Viti Levu, you can rent a timeshare at the Worldmark South Pacific Club for $142 that sleeps six. Bring a group of friends, split the cost, and you have the rate down to less than $25/night!! Nadi International Airport is just outside the city, and is served by major airlines such as Korean Air and Air New Zealand. There is plenty of scuba diving, golfing, boating and watching sunsets from the beach. Plus, there are unique sight-seeing opportunities in Nadi, as well. The Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple is the largest Hindu temple in the southern hemisphere. "Well worth the visit - beautiful temple and beautiful people," says one RedWeek.com member.

Spend Christmas in the WorldMark Fiji Resort where you can drift above coral reefs and mingle with manta rays on Denarau Island. Or, visit The Garden of the Sleeping Giant, which takes its name from a nearby mountain, is an incredible plantation of over 2000 different types of orchids, thick with their delicious fragrance, started in 1977 by the late actor Raymond Burr, of Perry Mason and Ironsides fame. Another member tells us, "There are plenty of benches when the view is just overwhelming and you need to sit down to appreciate it."

French Polynesia
French Polynesia is best known for its popular bustling island of Tahiti. But for a more tranquil vacation rent a budget timeshare at the Club Bali Hai resort on neighboring Moorea Island, just a ferry boat ride from Papeete, Tahiti's capital. This resort is located on Cook's Bay, one of the most stunningly beautiful tropical bays in the world, and offers free Tahitian dance shows and complimentary evening activities. Besides relaxing on white sand and black sand beaches there's also scuba diving and parasailing. Island fun also includes horseback riding, lagoon excursions and glass-bottom boat cruises.

Staying at the Club Bali Hai is best summed up by this RedWeek.com member: "I'm a major Type A personality. By the time I left the Club Bali Hai, I was so loose and relaxed you could have poured me into a gallon container and shipped me home. It was magical, the most relaxing, stress free, laid back vacation I've ever experienced!"

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

National Family Week and the Importance of a Timeshare Vacation

This week kicks off National Family Week, an event organized by the Alliance for Children and Families. “Children do better when their families are strong and families do better when they live in communities that help them succeed,” is what the Alliance proclaims. During this week, they are encouraging everyone to participate in activities that build strong families.

One of the best ways we know of to grow and nurture family bonds is to take an annual timeshare vacation. People know that taking time to unwind is an important health benefit, but, in the hustle and bustle of daily life, some people are skipping their vacations this year. Relieving stress and re-connecting with the family on vacation helps everyone grow closer, as well as providing a great way to re-energize and offering a break from the daily grind.

Why is a Timeshare Vacation Better?
Vacationing in a timeshare offers a better family vacation because everyone has a place to unwind and activities to participate in. Timeshare units are larger than hotels, so, there is more space for everyone. Full kitchens allow families to eat in as much as they want to save money. And, the resorts are filled with great amenities and activities for all ages, many included in the price of the unit.

Plus, when you travel to the timeshare you own, there are no surprises about the room. And, those who own a timeshare are much more likely to go on vacation and use it! No excuses. The great thing is that for those that do not own, timeshare rental is available for everyone on sites like RedWeek.com. With more than 5,000 resorts in 100 countries, the possibilities with a timeshare vacation are endless.

So, help your family stay strong and connected and plan your timeshare vacation today!

Monday, November 23, 2009

There’s Still Time to Win a Free 1 Week Vacation

RedWeek.com, the largest marketplace for timeshare rentals, resales and exchanges, wants you to know that there’s still time to enter the contest to win a free 1 week vacation!

How To Enter (NOTE: CONTEST IS OVER AND NO LONGER ACTIVE)
To enter, just visit the Need a Vacation page of RedWeek.com and choose any of the banners and widgets located there. Post one of them to your blog or Web site, then, email learnmore@redweek.com with a link showing the page where it is posted before Nov 30, 2009 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

Where Can I Go on Vacation?
The winner can choose from any destination listed on the "Last Minute Exchanges" page of RedWeek.com. You’ll see destinations such as: Hawaii, Canada, Florida and California, just to name a few. (Locations and resorts will vary depending on the date you decide to take the vacation, which can be redeemed up to 1 year from 12/1/09.)

Legal Details
This is a week's vacation giveaway — no strings attached, not a timeshare "tour" offer. Accommodations only. Airfare and car rental are not included. The winner is responsible for any local taxes or fees, as well as all incidental charges incurred at the resort during the stay including telephone charges, tours or activity fees, cleaning services, and any similar fees charged to your room. Prize may not be redeemed for cash. Winner may not transfer or sell this week.

All entries must be received by Nov. 30, 2009, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. RedWeek will select a winner at random on Dec. 1, 2009, and contact the winner via the email address provided at the time they entered the contest.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Timeshare Industry Stats

This year, Ernst & Young conducted a survey of 1,629 recognized timeshare resorts in the United States. This information was compiled by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) to provide an overview of the state of the timeshare industry in the United States.

The 1,629 timeshare resorts in the United States, represent a total of approximately 182,100 units available for vacationers. Each resort, on an average, holds 112 units. Regarding unit sizes, 5% are studio units; 22% one-bedrooms; 64% are two-bedroom; and 8% have three or more bedrooms.

The top states that have the most timeshare resorts are: Florida, California and South Carolina. Those three states represent 39% of all U.S. timeshare resorts.

It’s not too surprising that beach destinations are the top category for resort location at 23%. This was followed by country/lakes resorts at 18%, golf resorts at 11% and ski resorts, also reported at 11%.

As a timeshare owner, it’s great to learn more about the industry and see how your resort compares to the 1,628 other timeshares available for rent, resale and exchange.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Vacation in a Puerto Rico Timeshare

If you want everything in one beautiful Caribbean package, visit Puerto Rico. Splashed down in crystal blue waters, Puerto Rico is composed of an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands.

Rent a timeshare and spend a happy family vacation with all there is to do and see in Puerto Rico. This tropical volcano island has a myriad of natural activities to please every member of the family. Enjoy everything from rock climbing to cave exploring, from leisurely walks along white sand beaches to serious hiking through dense rain forests.

Snorkeling and scuba diving range from a shallow reef teeming with tropical fish at Angel Reef, to the exciting dive area of Black Wall "a sheer wall draped in black coral trees" that begins at 60 ft and drops to 200 ft.

Puerto Rico is known as the "Golf Capital of the Caribbean," and sports an amazing 23 golf courses, so no matter what your handicap you'll enjoy a day on the links. At night Puerto Ricans know how to party and the night life will have you literally dancing as you learn about Puerto Rico's amazing native music that showcases its Spanish, African and Taino Indian heritage. If you're looking for night life that's a little slower than the beat of the Salsa, try a midnight boat ride on the dazzling bioluminescent bay at Parguera.

Since Puerto Rico is a self-governing territory of the United States, Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, the currency is the American dollar, English is one of the two official languages, U.S. citizens do not need a passport to visit, and there are no customs duties on articles bought in Puerto Rico and taken to the U.S. mainland. All of this makes Puerto Rico a very easy vacation destination for Americans. So, don’t wait! Rent a Puerto Rico timeshare for your next vacation!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Joys of Timeshare Exchange

Let's say you own a timeshare in Gatlinburg, TN, in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. You love timeshare ownership and have enjoyed your week there for years. But, now you'd like to vacation somewhere else. That’s the joy of timeshare exchange. You have the choice and flexibility to exchange your week for someone else’s and visit somewhere new!

The best way to exchange is to use an online service like RedWeek.com. We provide a free timeshare exchange valuation of your week and then assign it points. You get all the information up front, and you can view the exchange choices BEFORE deciding to deposit your week. Once you are a member, exchange fees are just $125 per week you want to exchange, for domestic or international locations.

Looking for a real deal?
We have great timeshare exchanges on sale for November and December 2009 priced from 30% to 80% off! It’s a great time to take a vacation!

Maybe you want to take the kids to Disney World in Florida - Check out the Vacation Villas at Fantasy World in Kissimmee, FL, just a shuttle ride away from breakfast with Mickey - 51% off - just 739 points!

Or how about something really different - a family trip to historic Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Stay at the Wyndham Partriots' Place - 54% off - just 469 points!

These are just a few examples of the many timeshare exchanges on sale now through RedWeek.com. And the best part is you get to "Keep the Change." All of the left-over points you saved with the sale are yours to keep, and apply to another exchange! Happy traveling!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Owning a Lock-off Timeshare Unit

When a timeshare condominium has a middle door that can “lock” the unit in half, this is referred to as "lock-off." There are many advantages to owning this type of unit, also known as a lockout. Because it can be divided into two separate sections, the owner has several options if they decide to rent out their unit:

Lock-Off Rental Options
  • Rent the entire unit to one party

  • Stay in one half of the unit themselves and rent out the other half

  • Rent out both halves to two different parties
While the complete timeshare unit may have a full kitchen and laundry facilities, the lock-off portion will likely look more like a hotel room - with one room, a bathroom, and possibly a small kitchenette. If you are considering renting a timeshare lock-off, make sure to have the owner confirm the unit size and amenities that will be included in writing so you know how large your rental is. If you are considering renting your lock-off, please be clear in your rental posting as to what is included and which half of the unit is for rent.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Rent a Timeshare at the Sheraton Desert Oasis

The Sheraton Desert Oasis is just that - a tranquil oasis in the middle of the bustling desert that is Scottsdale, Arizona. Next door to Phoenix, Scottsdale is an up-scale tourist destination which the Sheraton Desert Oasis epitomizes. If you're a budget traveler, just rent a timeshare at this resort (starting at the incredible low price of $78/night) and join in the fun!

The resort sits on 10 acres of lush tropical landscaping with splashing water features. The main swimming pool is a huge 4,000 square feet. The hidden "spray pool" offers quiet relaxation and cascading waterfalls refresh the spirit.

The Sheraton Desert Oasis is all set up for family vacations and retiree getaways. A separate children's play area, and cribs on request, make staying here easy for parents with small children. For older youngsters there is the Kids Club at the main clubhouse.

Each Sunday evening the Sheraton Desert Oasis resort invites guests to a welcome party held by the pool, with complimentary hot dogs from the grill and discounted cocktails. On Tuesday night you can enjoy the complimentary wine and cheese party.

In the City of Scottsdale, there's plenty of local golf courses from which to choose, including the well-known Scottsdale Tournament Players Club, which hosts the PGA’s Phoenix Open. Priding itself as "The West's Most Western Town" western activities and events abound. Since 1955 the internationally famous Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has been attracting thousands of tourists for a look at over 2000 stunningly beautiful horses.

Beginning in February, the month-long Scottsdale Jaycees Parada del Sol offers Scottsdale visitors real western entertainment, from the nightly PRCA rodeo events to the Parada del Sol parade. With over 150 horse-drawn entries, this is the largest horse-drawn parade in the world.

If piston engines are more your style, every January is the Barrett-Jackson Auto Show. This week-long event attracts auto enthusiasts and collectors from around the world. Luxury automobiles, exotic motor cars and historic vehicles are all on display.

When the sun goes down, adults of all ages will find plenty to rave about with the swinging nightlife in downtown Scottsdale, named by the New York Times as one of the "hippest and most happening" places in the country.
See all Scottsdale timeshare resorts.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Interval International Adds Dubai’s Royal Club to Timeshare Exchange Offerings

Interval International (II), a global provider of vacation services announced it has added Dubai’s Royal Club at Bonnington Tower to their timeshare exchange offerings. The 40-story, five-star Bonnington Tower is located in the heart of Jumeirah Lakes Towers, one of Dubai's most prestigious residential and commercial communities.

Royal Club at Bonnington is a 40 story tower, consisting of 30 spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments furnished in five-star luxury. The resort includes six onsite restaurants and bars, 24 hour concierge service, and a host of amenities including a Leisure Deck with infinity pool, and a state-of-the-art exercise facility.

“Interval International has worked with Royal Club in Dubai and its marketing partner for many years, and we’ve developed a relationship based on shared respect for quality product and service excellence,” says David Clifton, managing director for Interval International timeshare exchange.

Interval International has been a recognized leader in the timeshare exchange industry for more than thirty years.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Rent a Timeshare at Sheraton Mountain Vista and Ski Colorado

Avon, Colorado, is a small town in the heart of big skiing. Spread along the shores of Eagle River high up in the Rockies, it is home to the world-famous Vail Resorts, which owns and runs the popular Avon ski areas of Beaver Creek and Vail, as well as the other popular Colorado ski resorts of Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly.

Beaver Creek offers great cross-country ski trails, downhill skiing, and regularly hosts the Alpine World Cup skiing event. Vail is the second largest ski mountain in North America, after Whistler/Blackcomb in Vancouver, B.C. Rent a timeshare at the Sheraton Mountain Vista resort in Avon and enjoy world-class skiing to your heart's content.

The Sheraton Mountain Vista is a 5-star resort where you can actually rent a timeshare for as little as $129/night that sleeps four people. Talk about a first-class vacation with budget prices!

Each unit comes with a kitchenette that has a microwave/convection oven, dishwasher, disposal, and a refrigerator with icemaker, perfect for making snacks and easy breakfasts. Each unit has a fireplace, perfect for cozy après ski relaxation! Each unit has a balcony with its own natural gas BBQ, perfect for quick brats-on-the-grill! Your unit's dining table doubles as a game board - perfect for family bonding!

Other amenities include a heated underground parking garage with plenty of room. Leave your car snuggly parked and jump on the frequent zero-fare shuttles that will take you not only to the ski lifts, but to the grocery store, as well. Swim in the heated outdoor pool even when it's surrounded by piles of snow! And don't forget to sign up for the restaurant discount program offered through this resort - you'll save 10-30% when dining out at the area's restaurants.

Your stay at the Sheraton Mountain Vista resort will get you hooked on renting timeshares, on Colorado skiing, and on budget vacations with a champagne flavor! See other Colorado timeshares.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Timeshare Resorts Can Win Green Award from RCI

Resort Condominium International (RCI), one of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies, recently launched their “RCI Going Green Award” for its affiliated timeshare resorts in the Pacific.

Developed in conjunction with Dr. David Weaver, Professor of Tourism Research at Griffith University, RCI’s Going Green Award will focus specifically on timeshare resort operations. The program was modeled after some of the top green certification programs and awards currently running in the tourism industry.

“I am absolutely delighted to be working on this initiative with RCI,” said Dr. Weaver. “I expect an award program such as this will really raise awareness of and participation in environmentally-friendly best practices within the sector.” Dr. Weaver specializes in the fields of sustainable tourism management and ecotourism.
Winners of the inaugural Gold, Silver and Bronze RCI Going Green Awards will be announced at the Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council annual conference in September of 2010.

RCI is promoting and encouraging sharing of environmental sustainability best practices in the tourism industry through its Green Council. WyndhamGreen by Wyndham Worldwide is working to manage energy consumption as a part of the company’s overall green strategy.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Rent a Timeshare in Rhode Island and Vacation in the Ocean State

It's time to pack up and head to Rhode Island for a vacation. The smallest state by area in the U.S., Rhode Island has more to do than you can shake a lobster claw at. Rent a timeshare in Newport, Jamestown or on Block Island. It doesn't matter where - you're close to everything in Rhode Island!

A fascinating little state, Rhode Island is full of historical firsts. It was the first colony to declare its independence from England, the first proposal of a Continental Congress was made at a town meeting in Providence, Newport had the first streets to be illuminated by gaslight, and Rhode Island's capital building was the first building in the U.S. to be built with an all-marble dome (today that dome is the fourth-largest self-supporting marble dome in the world).

Rhode Island's official nickname is the "Ocean State" and for good reason. Half of this state consists of over 30 islands scattered throughout Narragansett Bay. With over 400 miles of ocean shoreline, maritime life permeates Rhode Island's culture. Take a drive along its picturesque coast to view magnificent waves crashing against rugged rocks. Since you're visiting the "Sailing Capital of the World" you might want to charter a sailboat for the same sight-seeing excursion from the water. Or simply choose between relaxing on the beach in the sun, or a leisurely walk by the shore.

Exploring the mansions along Newport's coastline is a popular excursion for tourists. By following the "Newport County Gilded Age Trail" you'll be able to see what once were the glittering summer homes of wealthy families such as the Astors and the Vanderbilts. Many are open for tours.

The "Providence Heritage Trail" invites you to sample the many colonial and Revolutionary War sites that made Rhode Island such an important player in America's fight for Independence.

Rhode Island is also proud to say "Welcome to Foodie Paradise!" Of course fresh seafood is in abundance - from clam shacks to lobster houses you'll get your fill! There are even gastronomy delights that you can only find in Rhode Island such as gaggers and snail salad and clam cake. From grinders to pizza strips to Clams Casino if you certainly won’t leave Rhode Island hungry! See all timeshares in Rhode Island available for rent.

(Photo shown is Wyndham Inn on the Harbor)

Florida Attorney General Seeks Injunction for Timeshare Resale Fraud

It’s been reported by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), that the Florida Attorney General’s Office moved to seek an emergency injunction against a West Palm Beach timeshare operation for resale fraud.

Creative Vacation Solutions, a timeshare resale company located in West Palm Beach, Florida was charging nearly $2,500 in marketing fees to their clients, but did little or nothing to sell their timeshares. Hundreds of people were affected by this fraudulent activity.

Although there are many reputable timeshare resale companies, like RedWeek.com, that provide resale services on the secondary market, the system is unregulated. Because of this, dishonest companies using unscrupulous tactics are being formed with the sole purpose of taking advantage of timeshare owners looking to resell.

We at Redweek.com appreciate the efforts of the Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and his ongoing investigations into dishonest companies whose actions give the timeshare industry a bad name.

Friday, November 06, 2009

ARDA Timeshare Conference Comes to a Close with Keynote Speaker Dana Perino

Today was the final day of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) Fall Conference in Washington DC. ARDA is the professional association that represents the timeshare vacation ownership and resort development industries. The general session breakfast honored ARDA Chairman League members and featured Keynote Speaker Dana Perino, Former White House Press Secretary. Ms. Perino brought her unique viewpoint from her time inside the White House, providing the insight into the current political climate. She is only the second female press secretary in U.S. history and a most widely respected members of President Bush's senior staff.

Her first remarks Friday morning mentioned thoughts and prayers for the victims and families of those caught in the gunfire tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas. Her comments also extended good wishes to President Barack Obama who, as a result of this tragedy, now faces more challenges as he deals with the healthcare vote, Afghanistan troop decisions, and raising jobless rates to mention just a few of the pressing larger issues. As a former White House press secretary, Ms. Perino could identify with juggling the day to day White House plans and being faced with an unexpected crisis that weighs additionally on government leadership. She shared many stories of the President Bush's work style, his patriotism, and her personal struggles when dealing with negativity during election time. This very sharp and spunky speaker helped put in perspective the issues facing business and industry segments as well as world issues in comparison to the inner-conflicts of doing one's job.

Those who were present from the timeshare industry enjoyed a wonderful talk to conclude fall the conference.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

ARDA Timeshare Conference Talks of Resales

We have Redweek.com representatives attending the American Resort Development Association Conference (ARDA) Conference taking place this week Nov 4 – 6 in Washington DC. ARDA is the professional association that represents the timeshare vacation ownership and resort development industries.

Yesterday was the first day of the conference and there were many committee meetings, as well as an opening reception. The hot topics for several of the committees was, and lately always seems to be, timeshare resales. There were many discussions on what to do and how to regulate and help stop unscrupulous companies.

In an effort to help clean up a few companies and tactics, ARDA has put together a Resales Task Force to proactively establish suggested legislative language to clarify and standardize resale activity. There are many complaints and unhappy consumers in the resale market as some businesses lack honesty and integrity. Timeshare scam companies hurt not only consumers, but, other reputable businesses in the secondary timeshare market industry. ARDA and those of us acting ethically for consumers, like Redweek.com, want to eliminate these deceitful ways and those who would practice them.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

High Demand Timeshare Weeks

Every timeshare resort has what’s called "high demand weeks". This is what is considered their peak season. If you are looking to buy a timeshare resale, you should consider a purchase during the high demand period. You will have more trading value for your week in the long run. Resorts determine their peak season based on their geography. Resorts that offer snow skiing will be more in demand during the winter, whereas those with beach front property are more popular in the summer.

Here are a few examples to better explain high demand timeshare weeks for your next resale purchase. You should always check with the resort to confirm their peak season before you buy a timeshare resale.

Hawaii
Hawaii is one of the locations that is always in demand. Due to their tropical climate and great weather, it’s always a great time to visit Hawaii. No matter what week you choose, Hawaii timeshares are always in peak season.

Colorado
In the winter when the snow is falling and you are waxing up your skis, Colorado timeshare resorts will be in high demand. Summer is considered mid season because there are still plenty of outdoor activities to participate in. Low demand weeks would be during the Spring and Fall when it isn't cold enough for snow and not warm enough to do be outdoors. In mountain regions this time is often referred to as "mud season”.

Desert Resorts
If you are looking for a Palm Springs timeshare or Arizona timeshare resort, the Winter season will be in demand. Other areas of the country are cold and a vacation in the desert is a great way to stay warm in the nice 70 – 80 degree weather. But, a visit in June through September brings 120 degree temperatures that are too hot, so, this would be the low season.

Disney Vacation Club
In addition to a resort being in demand based on geography and weather, location can also play a part. All Disney timeshares are in high demand year round. Vacations to the Magic Kingdom are always popular for family travel, so, no matter what time you choose to visit, it’s peak season.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Timeshare Terms Defined

Are you new to timeshares? Are some of the terms confusing to you? Here’s a short list with a few definitions to help you understand the timeshare terminology.

Accelerated Use:
A right-to-use program that allows the member to accelerate usage of the time purchased. For instance: you have a 10-year right to use one week per year at a resort offering accelerated use. Instead of using one week every year, you may choose to use two weeks every year for five years or five weeks per year for two years (based on availability).

Banking:
Depositing a week into an timeshare exchange company's "bank." If an owner does not use a week in a particular year, they are generally allowed to bank it and use it at a later time.

Fractional:
Timeshare ownership of two or more weeks at the same resort during a calendar year.

Lockout/Lock-off Unit:
Some timeshare condominium units are referred to as "lock-offs." A lock-off, sometimes called a lockout, is a unit that can be divided into two separate sections. The owner of a lock-off can choose to rent the entire unit to one party, stay in one half of the unit and rent out the other half, or rent out both halves to different parties. The lock-off portion will likely look more like a hotel room - with one room, a bathroom, and possibly a small kitchenette. Before renting, make sure to ask whether you are getting a lock-off, and confirm the unit size and amenities in writing (an escrow agreement is the most secure way to do this).

Points Clubs:
A system where owners hold timeshare points which entitle them to use a period (varying from a few days to a few weeks) every year from a choice of resorts. Sometimes points are backed by an actual deed.

Time Division:
A system of establishing the value of a timeshare week typically based upon season. For example: a week 3 (Mid January) purchased at a New England beach resort would not hold the same value as a mid-summer week at the same resort due to the fact that the season in January is not conducive to vacationing on the beach. Time divisions are expressed as high demand or prime time, white time or medium time meaning medium desirability, or blue time or low time meaning the least desirable time. Some resorts, in locations such as Hawaii, consider all weeks as high demand since their tropical climate permits pleasant vacations throughout the calendar year.

See our full list of Timeshare Glossary Terms on our web site.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Five Tips for Your Next Orlando Family Vacation

If you travel with your family and your children are still young enough to love theme parks, a vacation to Orlando will most likely be in your future. Here are 5 tips to make the best of your Orlando theme park vacation experience.
  1. Decide Ahead of Time What Parks to Visit
    Orlando is a mecca of wonderful theme parks and attractions. Make sure you decide (before you go) on which parks to visit. With six Disney parks, three Universal parks and three SeaWorld experiences you will certainly not be able to see everything on one trip, and with so much to choose from, you’ll want to have a game plan before you arrive. And remember, you don’t have to visit 1 park per day. Take time to just explore the Orlando area (and even the pool at your timeshare) as well.

  2. Rent a Timeshare
    Redweek.com has a large inventory of timeshare rentals and exchanges available in the Orlando, Lake Buena Vista and Kissimmee area. Renting a timeshare is the way to go when traveling with family. There’s so much more room to spread out and with the kitchen in your unit, you can save on meals when you are not in the theme parks. Plus, the resorts have so many amenities geared for family travelers, the kids can have lots of fun without ever seeing the theme parks at all.

  3. Take Food Into the Parks
    Since you’ll be renting a timeshare, you’ll have your own kitchen, so, you can prepare a few sandwiches to take into the park. This will save you in many ways. Time: Lines at theme parks can be quite long during the lunch rush. Money: Theme park food is expensive. Taste: Even a homemade peanut butter sandwich probably tastes better than the cardboard hamburger the parks offer.
    And don’t forget to pack plenty zipper bags of snacks with raisins, goldfish, cheerios, and even granola bars. You expend a lot of energy walking all day, and you can’t always find a concession stand when the kids are starting to melt. Bring in your own water as well.

  4. Don’t Forget the Rain
    Florida gets its fair share of rain, even when it’ looks like sunny skies! Pick up a light weight poncho from a drug store before you get to the park and pack it in your stroller or back pack to be prepared.

  5. Manage Your Children's Expectations
    Discuss beforehand what rides they REALLY want to ride or characters they must meet. Then set expectations accordingly. You know you can’t ride everything in one day and some lines are much longer than others for attractions. Not all characters are out for the whole day, or every day. Be honest with our kids about what can reasonably be achieved so no one is disappointed.
See Orlando timeshares.
See Kissimmee timeshares.
See Lake Buena Vista timeshares.
See Disney timeshares.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Display a RedWeek.com Widget on Your Site for a Chance to Win a Vacation

RedWeek.com, the largest marketplace for timeshare rentals, resales and exchanges, wants to send you on a one week vacation if you are the lucky winner in our "Display a RedWeek.com Widget" contest.

Here’s How It Works
To enter, just visit the Need a Vacation? page of RedWeek.com and choose any of the widgets available on that page. Post it to your blog or Web site, then, email learnmore@redweek.com with a link to show the widget in place. All entries must be received by Nov. 30, 2009, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. RedWeek will select a winner at random on Dec. 1, 2009, and contact the winner via the email address provided on their entry. RedWeek will also announce the winner in Facebook, Twitter and on their blog.

Grab Your RedWeek.com Widget now!

Where Can You Go?
The winner can choose from any destination listed on the "Last Minute Exchanges" page of RedWeek.com. They will have up to one year to redeem the vacation.

Legal Stuff
This is not a timeshare "tour" offer. This is a week's vacation giveaway — no strings attached. Accommodations only. Airfare and car rental are not included. The winner is responsible for any local taxes or fees, as well as all incidental charges incurred at the resort during the stay including telephone charges, tours or activity fees, cleaning services, and any similar fees charged to your room. Prize may not be redeemed for cash. Winner may not transfer or sell this week.

VacationBetter.org Announces Winners of Bring My Vacation to Life Contest

As we reported back in May, the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) launched the “Bring Your Vacation to Life” photo and story contest and contestants were asked to share a memory from their timeshare vacations that enhanced their lives. This was in an effort to get people to realize that taking time to unwind, de-stress and connect with family is an important health benefit. The large number of contest entrants substantiates the value of timeshare ownership and how pre-paying for future vacations guarantees that owners get away at least once a year contributing to better health, relationships, and job performance.

The American Express gift cards were awarded to first- and second-place photos and one first-place story. The highest award went to Sally Lessig for her the story “Thru the Years”. Second-place photo prizes were awarded to Alexis MacDonald for “Lexie & Dan Love Myrtle Beach” and to Tracy Dunn for “For My Next Act”.

See Sally’s story below: “Thru the years…”
“The year was 1982 and my husband Al and I were visiting Myrtle Beach with friends. While the guys went golfing, the girls shopped and went downtown. On every corner there were people handing out brochures inviting us to visit local time share resorts. If you did go you got a "free" gift. Now 27 years later, I can't even remember what that gift was but, I wanted it. After much discussion my husband said he would go, listen to the sales pitch, get our free gift, and get out of there. We went, toured the property, listened to the presentation and we fell in love with the Beach House Golf and Racket Club. We signed on the dotted line that day. That is where this story begins. We have not missed a visit in 27 years. We bought another unit to accommodate our ever growing family and week #31 has become our yearly vacation together. We don't do much that week other than golf, beach and enjoy each other’s company. We participate in all the activities that the Beach House provides right there in our back yard. It has been such a joy to watch our children grow up, marry, have their own children and this year our Great-Grandson came for his first visit. That makes four generations sharing fun at the Beach House. Over the years we have invited many of our PA friends to travel with us and several families have purchased units and bring their families. We also have made many friends who we only see once a year on week #31 and they have become our South Carolina extended family and we look forward to reuniting with them for many years to come. Now the year is 2009. Our timeshare purchase of the Beach House Golf and Racket Club in Myrtle Beach was one of the best decisions we ever made. Priceless!”
(Photo taken by Sally Lessig - “Al Relaxing")

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort

Located on Orange Lake in Kissimmee, Florida, the Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort sits on a whopping 23 acres. Rent a timeshare from Redweek.com and spend a week of your next vacation immersed in fun for every member of the family.

The timeshare units range from studios to 3-bedroom villas. All are decorated with soft paint colors and wicker furniture in bright tropical prints. Many units have screened porches to make relaxing in the Florida outdoors comfortable and pleasant.
What does your family want to do? How about water activities! There are three pool complexes, including Splash Lagoon with a wade-in pool, slides and an interactive fountain. River Island covers 12 acres of tropical landscaping and includes a lazy river type pool where you can float along on inner tubes. For more active water sports, River Island also offers water volleyball and a basketball pool. Head down to Orange Lake for boating, jet skiing and waterskiing. There you can also enjoy a day of lazy fishing.

For the golf enthusiast in your family, there are four golf courses. The choices range from challenging courses designed by Arnold Palmer to an easy 9-hole novice course. Other things to keep the family busy include a movie theater, an arcade game room, racquetball and tennis. Child care is available.

As you see, the Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort is an immense resort with a multitude of activities spread out across many acres. Not only are there enough things to do to keep you busy for a week just at the resort, but theme parks such as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World are close by. The Resort provides free shuttle service through-out the resort, and offers shuttle service, for a fee, to the theme park attractions.

When you rent a timeshare here you'll appreciate the wholesome family atmosphere. And as an added bonus, from many of the timeshare units the Disney fireworks can be seen each night!

See timeshares at Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort – West Village
See timeshares at Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort – East Village
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

5 Reasons to Rent a Timeshare for a Family Vacation

A family vacation is the best way for all members to bond and really get to know each other. We’ve got 5 Reasons why you should rent a timeshare for your next family vacation:
  1. Budget-Friendly - With this challenging economy, many families feel they are unable to afford a vacation, especially since a family vacation means funding for a number of people. Most timeshare rentals are much less expensive than hotel rates. You can find rentals under $100/night, and that covers the sleeping accommodations of several people. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how inexpensive renting a timeshare can actually be.

  2. Lots of Room - A hotel room is small and if anyone has tried to stay in a cramped hotel room with children you'll appreciate right away the spaciousness of a timeshare unit. Most come with a living room, often a dining room, and a patio, balcony or lanai. That's a lot of space for kids to play in and spread out. A separate bedroom (or 2 or 3) allows the adults to stay up and enjoy television, DVD movies, card games or just visiting without worrying about disturbing sleeping children.

  3. Kitchen Saves on Meals - Every parent who has vacationed with children knows how difficult it can be to keep constantly hungry kids fed and happy. If you're staying in a hotel or motel this can become a real chore, not to mention expensive. A fully-equipped kitchen right in your unit makes snacks a breeze, and it's easy to take care of breakfast. One of the biggest expenses for families on vacation is always having to eat meals out. With your own kitchen you can save money by preparing most dinners, and then as a vacation treat enjoy a night out in a restaurant or café.

  4. Play at the Resort - Included in the one low price of your budget timeshare are all of the amenities of the resort. Many resorts have children's playgrounds, arcade game rooms and kid's activity programs. You'll almost always have a swimming pool, a spa, and often tennis courts and golf courses. Depending on where you're staying you could have additional activities such as snorkeling and wind-surfing or cross-country skiing and sledding.

  5. Vacation Almost Anywhere - Timeshare rentals are available all over the world. You can choose timeshares near large cities where you can enjoy popular attractions such as the theme parks in Orlando, Central Park in New York City, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Or you can find a timeshare tucked in a quiet corner such as beautiful Vernon Valley, New Jersey, the California Wine Country, or peaceful Payette Lake, Idaho.
BONUS!! Take the 4-Legged Family Member Along - You can find many pet-friendly timeshares will cater to the furry members of your family, providing meals, toys, and even pet sitters.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Rent a Timeshare in Aruba - The Jewel of the Caribbean!

Aruba has the well-deserved reputation of being one of the top Caribbean destinations. Take the family or share with a group of friends and rent a timeshare at the Costa Linda Beach Resort for the treat of a lifetime.

The Costa Linda Beach Resort is centrally located along the southwest coast of Aruba. You can rent timeshares there that sleep up to 8. The units are kept immaculate by maid service six days a week. Not only will your maid make your beds, but she'll do your dishes, too! All of this while you're enjoying one of the most stunning beaches in all of the Caribbean. The sand in front of this resort is white and powdery soft, and the brilliant jeweled turquoise water is a feast for the eyes.

Aruba, an island in the Lesser Antilles, was settled by the Dutch and is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Amazingly it lies outside the hurricane belt. Aruba's capital city and the largest town on the island is Oranjestad. Here, amidst beautiful Dutch ornamental architecture in glowing pastel colors, is the primary shopping center on the island. Since your timeshare has a kitchen head down to the wharf and take advantage of the fresh fish that is sold right off the boats every morning.

The Arikok National Park is a natural preserve which covers 25% of the island and showcases Aruba's unique arid landscape. Along the hiking trails you'll see Aruba's amazing variety of plants and animals, including the wind-sculpted divi-divi trees, beautiful tropical flowers, brightly colored birds and even iguanas.

A fascinating site to visit on Aruba is the California Lighthouse. It's named after the famous ship that received the distress signals from the sinking Titanic. The Californian met its fate when it sank off the shores of Aruba, and the wreck near the lighthouse is a favorite dive site. Also near by is the California Sand Dunes, a popular place with the kids for dune "surfing!"

Don't miss the celebrated Natural Pool on the windward side of the island. Surrounded by rugged terrain this hidden pool of ocean water is a favorite for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. However, getting there can be extremely arduous and although it is possible to hike in (only if you are in very good shape), it is suggested that a professional jeep tour company is the best means of reaching the pool safely.

You can rent a timeshare at the Costa Linda Beach Resort for a little as $128/night. What a budget-friendly opportunity to experience Aruba, the jewel of the Caribbean! See all Aruba timeshare resorts for rent.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Take Our Quick Timeshare Survey

Do you own a timeshare? Do you rent timeshares for your annual vacations? RedWeek.com is looking for timeshare owners and renters to provide some feedback on timeshares in a quick two question survey. Want to participate? Just click through to the Timeshare Survey web page and type in your answers to these two questions:

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Most Timeshare Owners Rent Before They Buy

According to the Vacation Timeshare Owners Report, prepared by the ARDA International Foundation (AIF), almost half of the recent timeshare owners say they chose to rent a timeshare before deciding to buy. The report also went on to show that recent purchasers are younger, (58 percent are under the age of 45) wealthier (with an average household income of $94,933) and happy with their timeshare purchase.

The biggest motivators for the timeshare purchase were: The quality of the accommodations, savings on future vacations, and the credibility of the timeshare company.

"This study underscores the flexibility and value of vacation ownership products for a broad range of consumers and lifestyles. The value of timeshare that comes from its use gives people the discipline to have a better vacation year after year," said Howard Nusbaum, ARDA president and CEO.

Eighty-six percent of all timeshare owners responded that owning a timeshare was an excellent, very good, or good experience. Sixty-nine percent of all owners would recommend their own resort or vacation club and cite that beaches (52 percent), attractions/entertainment (48 percent), and shopping (39 percent) are the most appealing resort characteristics.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Visit Disney's Beach Club Villas Timeshare Resort for an Unforgettable Christmas Holiday

A sun-splashed beach vacation and Christmas at the same time? Why not! Rent a timeshare at Disney's Beach Club Villas in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and you're just steps away from an unforgettable Christmas holiday celebration at Disney's Epcot.

The Disney's Beach Club Villas are decorated in the pastel colors and wood accents of beach architecture typical of the eastern seaboard, and range from a studio size, which has a kitchenette (includes microwave and small refrigerator) to 1 and 2-bedroom units that include a fully-equipped, full-size kitchen, and in-room washers and dryers.

All guests have full access to the amenities of the resort. These include Stormalong Bay, a massive 3-acre water park with exciting water slides and delightful sand bottom swimming pools, and restful pontoon boating at Bayside Marina. For more relaxation soak up the sun out on the beautiful white sand beach, or even enjoy some lazy fishing.

Epcot is within easy walking distance of the Villas. From November 27, 2009 through December 30, 2009 Epcot presents "Holidays Around the World." You and your family will thrill to experience the holidays at the pavilions of 11 different nations as if you had actually traveled to those countries for Christmas.

Your children will be thrilled to share cookies and cocoa with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at American Adventure. And then they'll also get to meet "Santa Claus" in his other international forms, such as England's Father Christmas, France's Pere Noel and Italy's La Befana.

The most popular holiday presentation at Epcot is the Candlelight Processional. Held at the outdoor America Gardens Theater at three different times each evening, this is a spectacular musical performance of the Christmas Story. Backed by a mass choir and a 50-piece orchestra celebrity narrators retell the story of Christmas. This is a serious and moving experience so your children will see no Disney Characters included in the performance, but most children are enthralled with the pageantry.

Just a reminder, evenings in Florida during November and December can be cool, so be sure to bring warm clothes and jackets if you plan to attend the outdoor Candlelight Processional performance. Learn more about Disney’s Beach Club Villas. See all Orlando timeshare resorts.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Starwood Opens 150th Hotel in Asia Pacific

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. recently opened its 150th hotel in Asia Pacific – the ITC Royal Gardenia, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Bengaluru. The opening of the 292-room hotel in India is part of Starwood’s long-term strategic growth plans in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to this new hotel, Starwood also opened seven others earlier this year and still have seven more slated to open before the end of 2009.

“Reaching our 150th hotel in Asia Pacific is an important next step for Starwood as we progress on the journey to open our 1,000th hotel and resort worldwide,” said Frits van Paasschen, President and CEO of Starwood. “The growth opportunities in Asia Pacific are unsurpassed perhaps anywhere in the world. And we are working with our best-in-class partners to further extend our position as the region’s largest upper-upscale and luxury hotel company, while strengthening our place as the industry innovator in the select service segment.”

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 966 properties in more than 100 countries. Starwood brands include: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element SM. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality timeshare resorts.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Rent a Timeshare at Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club

Think that a Hawaiian vacation is just too expensive? Think again! Budget-friendly family vacations can be had at the Marriott Maui Ocean Club timeshare resorts. Located in Lahaina, the Ocean Club has three phases right on the beach with sand and snorkeling available practically out your front door.

The name "Lahaina" means "merciless sun" in the Hawaiian language. All that this means to a visitor is that they will be enjoying a sun-drenched tropical climate. Lahaina averages only 13 inches of rain annually, usually in December and January, and if you happen to find yourself in rain here you'll soon discover how soft and almost musical a tropical rain can be.

Over two centuries ago, before the islands were unified, Lahaina was a bustling whaling town. After island unification, Lahaina was the "Royal Capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom" from 1820 to 1845. King Kamehameha III preferred this quiet village to busy Honolulu, and built a palace getaway on a one-acre island in a fishpond near the center of town.

A spectacular banyan tree in Courthouse Square was planted in 1873. With twelve major trunks it now spans an incredible two-thirds of an acre. Front Street was built in 1820 and today is the main area in Lahaina for shops, restaurants, and entertainment and is the center for nightlife in west Maui. With over 60 shops Whaler's Village is the only oceanfront shopping area on Maui. It also includes the popular Whalers Village Museum, an enjoyable and educational exhibit on whales.

Timeshare rentals at Marriott's Maui Ocean Club start as low as $113/night. Each unit has a kitchenette with a microwave and a small refrigerator. Marriott's Maui Ocean Club Lahaina Villas timeshares offer full-sized, fully-equipped kitchens, in-room washer/dryers, and upscale furnishings starting at just $145/night. The new Napili Villas at Marriott's Maui Ocean Club feature top-of-the-line lock-off, two-, and three-bedroom timeshare accommodations, upscale furnishings, and beautiful ocean or mountain views, from $143/night. All the resorts offer grills for barbecuing, children's pools, swimming and tennis.

See RedWeek.com for complete reviews and resort details.