Thursday, June 30, 2011

A July 4th Patriotic Timeshare Vacation

The Fourth of July is all about patriotism, and what better place to be patriotic than in our Nation’s Capital? Washington, DC, is the definitive spot for celebrating America’s Independence and annual birthday bash.

Washington DC’s Fourth of July celebration begins in the morning and goes to well after dark. When you rent a timeshare at Wyndham’s Old Town Alexandria or at the Wyndham Vacation Resorts National Harbor you’ll have a great home base from which to enjoy America’s party from start to finish.

The entire family will enjoy beginning the day with Washington, DC’s Independence Day Parade, down Constitution Avenue along the National Mall. You’ll be getting those patriotic goosebumps as you watch the marching bands and specialty military units, along with floats and even VIPs.

4th of July at the National Archives is especially stirring as this institution holds a special birthday party of its own. Celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence with special family programming, you’ll enjoy patriotic music, a dramatic reading of the Declaration by historical reenactors, and other free family activities and entertainment.

The White House even gets in on the party with the White House Visitor Center offering games, crafts and other family-friendly activities. The National Park Service rangers and volunteer reinactors help bring alive the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence with the sights and sounds of yesteryear.

In the evening you can choose from two great concerts. The Concert on the Washington Monument Grounds includes the U.S. Navy Concert Band, the Sea Chanters chorus, and the Cruisers, the Navy’s “rock and top-40” ensemble.

A Capitol Fourth Concert is the 4th of July tradition that includes a live concert by the National Symphony Orchestra, and several pop artists performing patriotic music on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building.

And, of course, the 4th of July Fireworks on the National Mall is the exciting finale to this fun-filled holiday. The fireworks are launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and light up the sky over the Washington Monument.

(Photo credit - adventure-crew.com)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Paris Timeshares for the Tour de France

Running from Saturday July 2nd to Sunday July 24th 2011, the 98th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 2131 miles (3,430 kilometers).

There are some great timeshare rentals available in Paris this summer. For example, a stay at Citadines Apart’ Hotel Paris Bastille Nation is just $171/night. Timeshare rentals at the elegant Marriott’s Village d’tle-de-France start at just $213/night.

Thank you to Dave Buckskin at usdish.com for this fun Tour de France infographic.

Monday, June 27, 2011

5 Things Your Timeshare Salesperson Won’t Tell You

This article is printed with permission by author Lisa Ann Schreier.

With summer vacations right around the corner, vacationers are gearing up for another round of timeshare sales pitches. Enter Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader, the leading timeshare advocate dedicated to educating consumers.

Schreier, a Chicago native and former timeshare salesperson, is the author of “Surviving A Timeshare Presentation…Confessions From The Sales Table” and “Timeshare Vacations For Dummies”, and has been the timeshare thought leader and leading consumer advocate since 2005.

“As a result of the current economic climate and the demand from consumers for more education and more transparency, I now see my ideas from six years ago slowly being embraced by some forward thinking timeshare companies. Suddenly, they don’t see me as much of a whacko as they used to”, says an amused Schreier. “There is still a long way to go, but I’m staying focused on the positives.”

When dealing with timeshare salespeople and pitches, Schreier offers consumers these tips:
  1. Today Doesn’t Really Mean Today
    Sure, they tell you that the price is only good for that day. Don’t succumb to the pressure, because the same deal will be there the next day.

  2. Do Your Homework Ahead of Time
    Not all timeshares are the same, so it makes sense to research the different types available. Timeshare salespeople are trained to present that specific timeshare as the “solution” to your vacation problems. Only you can decide what type of timeshare would improve your vacations.

  3. Know and Use All Your Exchange Options
    Timeshare resorts are usually affiliated with either Interval International (II) or Resort Condominiums International (RCI). The salesperson will talk a great deal about how you can exchange or trade your timeshare for a great property elsewhere in the world using one of these fine companies. What they won’t tell you is that you are not always limited to using only one. There are a multitude of other exchange companies that can offer you great benefits and services. Check out Dial An Exchange, Trading Places, Platinum Interchange, and SFX among others.

  4. The Developers Makes Most Of Their Money On Financing
    The convenient financing that the developer can offer you looks enticing but averages 15.9 percent; not so convenient. Know your financing options and ask if there is a penalty for pre-paying the timeshare mortgage. If there is, don’t sign anything - 15.9 percent over 10 years can add more than $20,000 to the cost of the timeshare.

  5. Buying At The Resort Is Not Your Only Option
    In most cases, there’s no such thing as a “new” or “used” timeshare. Timeshares on the legitimate resale market can save you thousands of dollars. There are some important questions to ask however when dealing with the timeshare resale market, so again, do your homework and be sure to deal with only reputable companies. Schreier recommends RedWeek.com as a great starting place.

About Lisa Ann Schreier:Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader, is a former timeshare salesperson and the author of both “Surviving A Timeshare Presentation…Confessions From The Sales Table” and “Timeshare Vacations For Dummies.” She is the founder and director of the consumer information site Timeshare Insights and is currently working on her third consumer book, due out later this year.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Shell Management Hawaii Named Best Place to Work

For the second consecutive year, Shell Management Hawaii, Inc. was awarded the number one Best Places to Work in Hawaii in the large company category at an awards dinner last month.

The award was presented to Linda Anthony, Regional Vice President of Shell Management Hawaii, by Steven Petranick, Editor of Hawaii Business Magazine. The seventh annual event honored Hawaiian businesses in its “Best Places To Work In Hawaii” program, and was co-sponsored by Best Companies Group (BCG) of Harrisburg, PA., and University Health Alliance.

BCG also awarded Shell Management Hawaii the top award for “Healthiest Workplace Company” in the large employer category. The Healthiest Workplace award focuses on specific health and wellness related topics such as ‘Does a company pay 100 percent of medical care? Does a company have a health and wellness program?’

This survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Hawaii, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses. Included in the large company category were respected companies such as Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Deloitte and New York Life.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Hawaii. The first part consisted of evaluating each participating company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience.

“Winning this prestigious award two years in a row speaks to a major tenet of Shell Vacations’ corporate culture – consistency and passion in our support of the mental and physical health, wellness and happiness of our employees," said Anthony. "The commitment to employee satisfaction is an essential component and enduring aspect of our corporate culture. I’m proud to be part of a team that walks the talk of putting employees first.”

There are five Shell Vacations’ resorts on the Hawaiian Islands: Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village, Kona Coast Resort (see photo) and Paniolo Greens on the Big Island; Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy in Kauai and Waikiki Marina Resort at the Ilikai in Honolulu.

Headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois Shell Vacations is one of the nation’s most respected independent vacation ownership developers in the United States. The company specializes in the sales, marketing, and hospitality management of its vacations ownership resorts with 25 resorts in the U.S., Mexico and Canada and 1,700 employees serving over 115,000 owners and members.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bluegreen’s Christmas Mountain Village Set for Big Top Fun

Bluegreen Corporation, a leading provider of "Colorful Places to Live and Play," has announced that its Wisconsin Dells timeshare resort, Christmas Mountain Village, is a prime location for owners to stay while visiting Circus World, May 22-September 5, 2011.

Circus World, located just a short drive from Christmas Mountain Village in Baraboo, WI, comes to life during the summer months. The attraction is held at the original site of the Ringling Brothers Circus Winter Quarters, which is now a National Historic Landmark.

This is a circus lovers chance to enjoy circus performances, magic shows, animals and rides, along with the world’s largest circus wagon collection, and circus museum. Kids will even get a chance to be a part of an interactive circus.

“Circus World is always a large draw for our owners,” Bluegreen’s Scott Rao said. “The big top showcase is a great addition to any vacationer’s experience."

You won't want to miss Circus World's "Circus of Chefs" gala, scheduled for June 26, 2011. This annual event features more than 30 exceptional chefs, vintners and brewmasters from the finest restaurants.

On July 23-24, 2011, Circus World presents a wild and wooly reenactment of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, along with the exciting Congress of Rough Riders of the World.

Christmas Mountain Village is an 1200-acre, family-friendly resort, highlighted by its 27-hole championship golf course.

Non-golfers can enjoy tennis, swimming in the indoor or outdoor pools, and a huge selection of other activities and entertainment that only the Dells has to offer. There are over 20 indoor water parks in the Wisconsin Dells area, including well-known Mt. Olympus. Noah’s Ark, an outdoor water park, also makes a vacation to this exclusive Bluegreen resort a great time all year round.

Timeshare rentals this summer at Christmas Mountain Village start at the astounding budget-friendly price of just $28/night to sleep 6.

(Photo credit - circusworld.wisconsinhistory.org)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Timeshare Spotlight: Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – Part 2

Jim Lewis is President of Disney Vacation Development, Inc., and past chairman of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA). We continue our look at excerpts of an interview done by Perspective Magazine's Matt McDaniel in Part 2 of our 2-Part series.

How would you respond to someone who says, “I don’t have kids, so Disney Vacation Club isn’t for me”? Is that accurate for some people?

Everybody likes to have fun, everybody likes to have a good time, and everybody likes to get value out of vacation dollars, so Disney Vacation Club really is for everyone. And we like to say that there’s a little bit of a kid in all of us.

You were ARDA's recent chairman during one of the industry’s most difficult periods ever. How has your term as chairman affected you?

Well, I’ll tell you, despite the economic challenges, it’s been a blast for me. And I do believe that in some small way I helped to make a difference. ARDA continues to be very healthy as an organization, it continues to serve the industry very well, and its lobbying efforts continue to be tremendously effective in terms of promoting our industry and protecting our owners.

Looking forward, given the Great Recession and the downturn that’s affected shared ownership on the whole, where do you see the industry in five years?

I believe in five years the industry will be back to where it was prior to the recession. I think folks in this country tend to have short memories, quite candidly. Already we’re seeing signs that the economy is improving, consumer confidence is going up - so I think we’re going to be fine and I think the companies are healthier.

As I said, it’s rare that you find anybody who doesn’t want to go on vacation and who doesn’t want to save money as they go on vacation, and this is a product that helps you do that, do it more frequently and at a more affordable cost. So this concept of paying for future vacations in today’s dollars, we think that its time has come and the future’s bright.

As I often say, with more than 90% of the world’s population living outside this country, I think timeshare makes sense for folks in the U.S. as well as folks abroad. And because of that, the pickup that I believe that we’re going to see domestically, the opportunities that we see internationally - I think this is an industry that has a tremendous future, so I continue to be very bullish. The timeshare industry in many respects is just getting started.

Timeshare Spotlight: Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – Part 1

(Photo credit - resorts.disney.go.com)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Maui Timeshare Rentals are Great for Fathers Day

If your dad likes to be active, then the perfect Father's Day gift is to rent a timeshare for him on Maui, where he can be active to his heart's content.

For starters, there's the exciting Sunrise Tours of Haleakala (see photo), offered by Haleakala Bike Company ("Home of the original Freestyle Haleakala downhill!") among other choices. If Dad joins a Haleakala bike tour, he'll arrive at the 10,023-ft summit of the dormant volcano in time to watch the spectacular sunrise, what Mark Twain described as "The sublimest spectacle I ever witnessed." And then comes the amazing bike ride down - Dad will drop 3000 feet in 10 miles and negotiate 29 switchbacks. Hopefully he'll remember to stop once in awhile to take in the incredible views - of Maui surrounded by the dazzling multi-hued blues of the Pacific Ocean - as he passes by protea farms and wineries and paniolo (cowboy) country.

After Dad catches his breath he can step up the excitement of his active Maui vacation by soaring above Maui's lush tropical landscape in a hang-glider. This idea isn't as outrageous as it seems. "Hang Gliding Maui" offers everyone a chance to experience this special thrill by riding on a powered tandem hang glider out of Hana airport.

If hang gliding isn't enough excitement, Dad can head to "Skyview Soaring" and add a soaring glider ride to his adventures. He and his glider pilot will be pulled back up above Haleakala. From there he'll experience an incredible 45 minutes of soaring and gliding as they make their way back down to the Hana airport.

And, perhaps Dad would enjoy the Hana Cave Tours which offer a fun experience exploring deep into the subterranean passages of an extinct lava tube. As Dad clambers across a cinder trail, under stalactites and around stalagmites (hand-rails are provided), he'll be seeing first-hand, and from the inside out, the last minutes of a lava flow before it was frozen in time.

Or how about a good hike? Above the Pools of O'heo (where Dad can swim and even "cliff" dive), in Haleakala National Park, is the Pipiwai Trail, considered one of the best hikes on Maui. It's 4 miles roundtrip and gains 650-feet in elevation. There are several great waterfalls along the route, with the final destination being the Waimoku Falls that spectacularly plunges 400-feet down a sheer lava rock wall.

Did Dad think the only thing to do in Hawaii was to spend lazy days on the beach?

(Photo credit – viator.com)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Father’s Day is Well Done at Bluegreen’s Orlando Resorts

Bluegreen Corporation, "a leading provider of Colorful Places to Live and Play," has announced that its Orlando, Florida timeshare resorts, The Fountains and Orlando’s Sunshine Resort II, offer the ideal convenience for those in search of the best steakhouses and Father’s Day celebrations. Bluegreen’s resorts, The Fountains and Orlando’s Sunshine Resort II, look forward to providing Dad with a relaxing retreat after spending the day in America’s Favorite Vacation Destination.

“The Fountains is certainly a popular resort, especially for dads with an appetite for the best steaks in Orlando,” says Brandon Gamble, Activities Director at The Fountains, Orlando resort. “We offer convenience and relaxing accommodations for our guests celebrating Father’s Day in Florida.”

Orlando’s top steakhouses that Bluegreen Corporation recommends include popular restaurants like Charley’s Steak House, located on International Drive, that uses a method of grilling called Seminole Indian cooking - a wood-burning pit oven.

Del Frisco’s Steak House serves up thick cuts of porterhouse, sirloin, rib eye and more. Vito’s Chophouse starts every meal by chopping T-bone loin in view of its guests then cooking the meat over a wood fire for a rich distinctive flavor.

Medieval ambiance and prime rib are always on the menu at Le Cellier Steakhouse in EPCOT’s Hotel du Canada. Prices vary by restaurant, but main courses typically cost between $20-$35.

Bluegreen’s Orlando, Florida resorts are convenient to world-famous theme parks, outlet shopping and championship golf courses. Treat dad to the comfort and convenience of The Fountains or Orlando’s Sunshine Resort II during Father’s Day Weekend while enjoying a steak dinner at one of the many steakhouses in the area. Visit this site for recommendations on where to go for the best cuts of meat in Orlando’s steakhouses.

The Fountains (photo right) has timeshare rentals for Father's Day starting at $121/night.

Orlando's Sunshine Resort II (photo left) has a timeshare rental available for Father's Day for $163/night that sleeps 8.

Founded in 1966 and headquartered in Boca Raton, FL, Bluegreen Corporation is the leader in providing "Colorful Places to Live and Play" through its vacation ownership resort and residential real estate business segments. Since 1996, Bluegreen has managed, marketed and sold a flexible, real estate-based vacation ownership plan with more than 222,600 owners, over 54 owned or managed resorts, and access to more than 4,000 resorts worldwide.

Monday, June 13, 2011

3 Golf Timeshare Vacations for Father’s Day

Father's Day will be here soon. Have you figured out a gift for Dad yet? If he's a golfer, here's a great gift suggestion - give him a timeshare rental week at a resort where he can spend as much time out on great links as he wants.
  1. California
    Many timeshare resorts are centered around golf. The Lawrence Welk Resort Villas in Escondido, CA, is a great example. The story goes that the famed band leader went for a drive through the country side north of San Diego, planning to invest in a grove of orange trees. Instead he bought a motel and a nine-hole golf course. Being an avid golfer, Welk knew a good deal when he saw it.

    Today you'll find a luxury resort with two 18-hole golf courses on site, and more than 70 additional courses in San Diego County, all within a half hour drive. Timeshare rentals at the Lawrence Welk Resort Villas start at just $91/night.

  2. Hawaii
    Prince Golf Course at Princeville on Kauai is considered the "Number 1 Golf Course in Hawaii." The magnificent views from 300 feet above the ocean certainly accounts for part of that acclaim, but the main attraction is the course design by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. One reviewer said, "Tough as nails but lots of different kinds of shots to be played and pretty as can be."

    The nearby Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas has timeshare rentals that start at just $114/night.

  3. Colorado
    Bet your dad has always wanted to drive a golf ball like a pro. Well, he can experience what that feels like by playing the beautiful golf courses that are high in the Rocky Mountains. At these courses, where the clubhouse is anywhere from 6,000 to 9,000 feet up, resistance in the thinner mountain air is reduced and balls fly straighter and farther.

    Send Dad to Vail, which has one of the finest golf courses in Colorado, Eagle Vail Golf Course. "The perfect combination of a gentle river course and a challenging mountain course."

    There are a number of great timeshare rentals, starting at just $96/night, at Marriott's Streamside at Vail Resort. Each of the resort's three buildings - Birch, Douglas, and Evergreen - has its own d├ęcor. When he's off the links, Dad can join in the organized activities available at this resort, including onsite racquetball.
Give your dad a dream Father's Day gift. Timeshare rentals are budget-friendly, and the golfing is exquisite.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Timeshare Spotlight: Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – Part 1

Jim Lewis, President of Disney Vacation Development, Inc., (see photo at right) is on the timeshare industry's A-List. In a 2-Part series we are going to offer some excerpts from an insightful interview of Jim Lewis, conducted by Prospective Magazine editor Matt McDaniel. Part 1 is a discussion about Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.

PM: The big news lately is Aulani – how is that coming along?


JL: The resort is progressing nicely and we’re extremely happy. It’s located on 21 acres of oceanfront property on the island of Oahu. The resort is going to have 359 hotel rooms and 481 two-bedroom equivalent timeshare villas - and we are on track for our scheduled opening of August 2011.

What have you learned from Vero Beach and Hilton Head that you’ve taken to Aulani and may be expanded or improved on?

The great guest service that we provide is legendary, and we can transport that anywhere around the globe. Hawaii is just one of the most beautiful places on the planet, and there’s a lot to see and do. It is a place that’s known for warm greetings, storytelling and attention to detail - and those are also terms that are synonymous with Disney. We think it’s a perfect match, and we expect it to be hugely successful.

We have a variety of different amenities that we’re building into the resort there; we’re going to have a spa that’s going to be 18,000 square feet - it’s going to be out of this world. The way we have incorporated the storytelling element - it’s going to be a lot of fun, but also very educational.

The folks in Hawaii have given us big-time kudos for the research that we’ve done by really going out and talking to people, and for using a lot of the locals as consultants to guide us and make sure we get it right.

I seem to remember something when it was first announced about this resort doing more to bring Disney character interaction and more of the “theme park” feel – is that correct?

I wouldn’t call it a “theme park” feel, but we are going to have a character presence there. We do have characters that make appearances - we call them visitors to Hilton Head and Vero Beach; this will not be any different. So, you’ll see Mickey and Minnie there on vacation, in their aloha attire, right along with all the other guests. But it’s not a theme park at all; it’s a very relaxing resort experience. There are going to be activities for kids and adults, and it’s going to be a lot of fun, but it’s clearly not a theme park experience.

Timeshare Spotlight: Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – Part 2

(Photo credits - perspectivemagazine.com and resorts.disney.go.com)

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Timeshare Spotlight: King's Creek Plantation

If you're planning a vacation to the Colonial Williamsburg area of Virginia, consider a timeshare rental at The Cottages of King's Creek Plantation. Here you'll experience staying in a timeshare with a bit of a twist. These are cottages, with white picket fences and grass yards. Along with hardwood floors, intimate fireplaces, and cathedral ceilings this resort accentuates the romantic colonial feel so appropriate for the Historic Triangle.

The first floor of the 1,800 sq. ft. cottage contains the master suite, the dining room, a full sized kitchen, and living room. The living room features a big screen television and VCR, with additional televisions in each of the bedrooms. The master suite offers its own kitchenette, a private patio, sitting room, and Jacuzzi in the master bath. Each unit is also equipped with a washer and dryer.

The Cottages of King's Creek Plantation are perfectly located for venturing into historic Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, or Yorktown, or seeking fun-filled excitement at attractions such as Busch Gardens or Water Country USA.

Timeshare rentals at this resort start at just $100/night for a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath unit.

Reviewers say this:
"The King's Creek's separate cottages are the ideal situation for traveling with another family - privacy, loads of room and great location. We have stayed here many times before finally purchasing one. I have had nothing but great comments from my renters on the years that we couldn't go."
"This is the nicest place we've exchanged our timeshare for!! It felt like a home away from home. The cottages are very spacious. It was also great to have a separate level with a living room, so the kids could sleep while we watched TV or a movie at night. Everything we wanted to do was very close by. Water Country is right next door, Busch Gardens is 1 mile away, a large outlet shopping mall is 20 minutes away, and Colonial Williamsburg is just 15 minutes away. Everyone was very helpful and kind, the staff is very friendly.”

See Timeshares Available at Kings Creek Plantation

Monday, June 06, 2011

Summer Timeshare Rental: Celebrate 50 Years of Six Flags

Things are heating up. Warm temperatures are pushing their way across the country, the days are getting longer, and it's all adding up to what else? Summer! That means it's time to start that timeshare summer vacation planning. And here's an idea - Six Flags!

2011 marks the 50th Anniversary of the original Six Flags theme park - Six Flags Over Texas. And to celebrate, all of the Six Flags parks will be offering special fun this summer.

Texas oilman Angus Wynne opened the first Six Flags theme park in 1961 with 105 acres and a handful of rides. The original park has now grown to 212 acres and over 100 exciting rides, and the company, Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, is the world's largest amusement park business based on quantity of properties. The company maintains 14 properties located throughout North America, including Montreal, Canada, and Mexico City.

Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington is not only the original Six Flags Theme Park but is also the home of many firsts including the first log flume ride, El Aserradero, in 1963, and the first roller coaster with consecutive loops, the Shock Wave, in 1978.

There are great timeshare rentals available near many Six Flags parks.
Here are some examples:
  • Texas
    Rent a San Antonio timeshare and visit Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Among its great thrill machines, this park features Superman: Krypton Coaster, the largest steel coaster in the Southwest, and Poltergeist, which launches riders from 0-60 mph in the ride's first 3 seconds.

  • California
    Rent a San Francisco timeshare and head to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in nearby Vallejo. Besides wild rides such as the launched coaster, V2: Vertical Velocity, this park also has interactive animal exhibits and a train-themed children's show Thomas and Friends.

    When you rent a Southern California timeshare you can visit Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, outside Los Angeles. The biggest and badest of the Six Flags chain, this park's own description says, "Originally, the park's theme had something to do with cute gnomes that lived in a Magic Mountain. After Six Flags came on the scene, it threw out the gnomes, pumped up the testosterone, and created what it has dubbed the "Xtreme" park. Six Flags Magic Mountain now has one of the world's largest--and white-knuckle-inducing--arsenals of coasters."

  • Washington, D.C.
    Rent a Washington, D.C., area timeshare in Alexandria, VA or Fort Washington, MD, and head to Six Flags America, just a 15 minute drive from our Nation's Capital. The 200-foot Superman: Ride of Steel hypercoaster features an adrenaline-pumping 198-foot first drop. Zoomazon Falls is an Amazon rainforest themed attraction at Hurricane Harbor, the water park that is included with admission to Six Flags America, and the largest waterpark in the D.C. area.
No matter which Six Flags park you choose, your timeshare rental vacation is sure to be sizzling with fun this summer.

(Photo Credit - sixflags.com)

Friday, June 03, 2011

Hilton Grand Vacations Acquires OHANA Islander Waikiki Hotel

Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) and Outrigger Enterprises Group has announced that HGV has acquired from Outrigger the OHANA Islander Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii.

HGV plans to transform the hotel into Hilton Grand Vacations Club – Waikiki Beach Walk – an upscale urban timeshare resort. HGV will manage the sales and marketing of timeshare intervals and will also oversee the timeshare homeowners’ association management. Outrigger will provide comprehensive onsite property management services.

Anchoring the northernmost stretch of Outrigger’s celebrated Waikiki Beach Walk development, the new Hilton Grand Vacations Club will offer immediate access to Waikiki’s most vibrant showcase and gathering place for dining, shopping and entertainment.

Following a dramatic renovation, the resort is slated to welcome its first guests in summer 2013, offering 143 luxurious one-bedroom vacation ownership suites and an array of upscale amenities.

According to Mark Wang, president of Hilton Grand Vacations, “We are excited to build upon the tremendous success of our three Hilton Grand Vacations Club locations at Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa. Outrigger’s Waikiki Beach Walk development offers an ideal new venue for the expansion of our brand on Oahu, and we’re eager to transform the OHANA Islander Waikiki Hotel into a sophisticated urban Club property.

"We are confident that our collaboration with Outrigger Enterprises Group will provide a tremendous vacation experience for our timeshare owners and guests. Our reputation for delivering extraordinary ownership options in renowned destinations will be further strengthened by this distinctive project,” concluded Wang.

“Our new relationship with Hilton Grand Vacations fits perfectly within our ‘Many Brands, One Ohana (Family)’ strategy of managing not only our proprietary Outrigger and OHANA brands but other brands as well," said Mel Kaneshige, Executive Vice President Real Estate and Development for Outrigger. "With this transaction, Outrigger will now be managing hospitality properties for four of the top five global brands."

Interval sales of Hilton Grand Vacations Club – Waikiki Beach Walk are anticipated to begin in the summer of 2012. Hilton Grand Vacations Club – Waikiki Beach Walk will debut as the seventh Hilton Grand Vacations Club affiliated resort in Hawaii; in addition to three thriving locations at Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa, HGV operates three renowned resorts on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Hilton Grand Vacations Company, LLC, is a division of Hilton Worldwide, recognized as the leading global hospitality company. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Hilton Grand Vacations develops, markets and operates a system of brand name, high-quality vacation ownership resorts in select vacation destinations.

(Photo Credit - ohanahotelsoahu.com)

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Rent a Timeshare for Father’s Day

Father's Day is on the horizon, and it's time to start thinking about what to give Dad besides a tie and some socks. Try this idea on for size - you can wine and dine Dad throughout the entire month of June with Food Festivals that are being held all across the country. Rent a timeshare and let the patriarch of your clan indulge. A fun blog "Feeding America's Middle" from nileguide.com suggests these as the top June food festivals sure to tickle Dad's fancy.
  1. Philippine Food Festival, San Francisco CA, now through the end of June, offers countless varieties of Filipino food at no less than 15 different participating restaurants, and is hosted by the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco. The Lechon Paella - a whole roasted pig stuffed with paella - is sure to get Dad's attention. Check out budget-friendly San Francisco timeshare rentals.

  2. Chili and Brew Fest, Snowmass, CO, June 4-5. The International Chili Society holds its annual chili competition and tastings in Snowmass, while microbrewers will face off in this prestigious summer ale competition. Dad will enjoy two brew sampling sessions featuring 50-plus breweries. A new addition this year is the European and exotic beers tent. Check out Colorado timeshare rentals.

  3. New Orleans Oyster Festival, New Orleans, June 5-6. Taking place in the historic French Quarter with its famous oyster eating and oyster shucking contests (see photo), this is one of the biggest food festivals in the country. The aim is to “educate the country about the benefits of the Louisiana Gulf Oyster, and honor and celebrate the restaurateurs and oyster farmers who have solidified the New Orleans French Quarter’s position as the Oyster Capital of America.” In light of the oil rig disaster in the Gulf, this year all proceeds will go to Save Our Coast. Check out New Orleans budget timeshare rentals.

  4. NYC Food-Film Festival, New York City, NY, June 23-24. Have you ever watched a movie and wished you could join in the food scenes? Be it a clam bake, an elegant dinner party, or a hotdog street vendor, it's tempting to want to hop right into the film and chow down. At this unique festival, Dad will watch a movie, and while watching the film he'll actually be eating the food that’s being shown in the scenes. How cool is that? Check out New York City timeshare rentals.
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(Photo Credit - nileguide.com)

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Timeshare Spotlight: Wyndham Bali Hai Villas

Wyndham Bali Hai Villas Resort is nestled into the dramatic cliff terrain of Princeville, along the sweeping vistas of Kauai's north shore - mountains views that span the entire Hanalei Valley and an ocean panorama that stretches from the famous Bali Hai silhouette to historic Kilauea Crater.

If you're looking for a secluded timeshare vacation on Kauai, the Wyndham Bali Hai Villas Resort is beckoning you - "Come to Me." Each one- and two-bedroom suite at this timeshare resort offers a spacious living area that includes a queen sleeper sofa, private lanai, washer/dryer, and a king bed in the master bedroom. It's easy to prepare cost-saving meals in the full kitchen with a local market just 5 minutes away by car.

The centerpiece of this RCI Gold Crown resort is its beautifully landscaped swimming pool - cascading waterfalls for pure spa relaxation, a free-form underwater reef area that creates a separate kiddie pool, and a shallow sand-bottom entry that leads to a beach perfect for sandcastles and volleyball games. This exotic pool also features a state-of-the-art water purification system that uses no chemicals so there's no smell of chlorine.

Princeville is Kauai's leading resort community and offers fine restaurants, beaches, golf courses, and exciting shopping. Use the Wyndham Bali Hai Villas as a homebase from which to explore the many extraordinary sights on Kauai including the Na Pali Coast, Fern Grotto, Kilauea Lighthouse, the National Wildlife Refuge, and the stunning Wiamea Canyon.

Reviews say this:
"One of the better equipped kitchens I have seen. They even give you some Kona coffee and microwave popcorn. The unit is very large and was very clean. Very friendly staff".
"There are a lot of great beaches for swimming, snorkeling, and boogie boarding on the north side. None are within walking distance, but you need a car to get around on this island, anyway. You can drive to some of these great beaches in less than 10 minutes".
"If you are a golfer, you will love the golf courses. If you are a walker/runner you will like the walking path around the golf courses".
"The resort is very beautiful and made me feel like I truly was in paradise".
"We own two units and love vacationing here. The views are breathtaking and the pool is the best. We particularly like the hot tub with waterfall and lava sand bottom".
This was a spacious, quiet, and comfortable "home base" for our time on the island, with an unexpectedly great view.
RedWeek currently has 6 timeshare rental postings ranging from $127 - $286 per night. There are also 8 timeshare resale postings from $799 - $15,500. Points/credits from $0.01/ea.

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