Monday, March 31, 2014

Celebrate Spring in the Pacific Northwest!

The Pacific Northwest is an oft-overlooked vacation destination. While winter buffets the coasts of Washington, Northern California and British Columbia with snow, sleet and freezing rain, spring brings a softer side to the Northwest. For vacationers seeking adventure and something a little wilder than a run-of-the-mill vacation, a spring trip to the Northwest might be a perfect choice!

British Columbia

Despite what one might be inclined to think, Canada's British Columbia can make for a brilliant vacation getaway. Surprisingly, British Columbia's coastal region boasts a temperate climate that transitions well into "shorts weather" by May, despite its northern latitude. Inland temperatures can run a little chillier through earlier spring but eventually falls into line with the more temperate coasts. Meanwhile, the snow-covered slopes in the Whistler area are consistently cool and allow for some fantastic skiing opportunities.


The Vancouver skyline cuts an impressive picture.

It's this diversity that makes British Columbia such a gem among adventurous travelers; there's few destinations where you can ski in the morning and sail in the afternoon. Vancouver allows for plenty of water and land based adventure as well as all the luxury of vacationing in a big city. Victoria - the capitol of British Columbia - is the cultural epicenter of the province and boasts an array of museums, historical buildings and cultural centers to explore, as well as those famous flower gardens! Whistler's main slopes are wrapping up ski season around late April, but Blackcomb Mountain stays open until mid-May and glacial skiing opens up during the transition into summer. Hiking, gondola rides and bear viewing tours are also a few off-season draws to be found in Whistler.

Washington

Washington is the home of RedWeek, and so it's exciting for us to delve into the unique vacation experiences the Evergreen State has to offer. Although Washington carries with it a reputation for cold and rainy days on end, things begin to warm up to a mild 60 degrees in April. Much of Washington's allure lies in its sheer beauty - snow-capped mountains, lush forests and the breathtaking Pacific coast. In this spirit, many of Washington's attractions involve the great outdoors, but there's plenty of more tame activities as well.

The Olympic National Forest is nothing short of breathtaking.

The Olympic Peninsula is undoubtedly one of Washington's most gorgeous retreats. Hikers and nature enthusiasts are sure to elated with the Olympic National Forest and the plethora of activities within. If the ocean is more your scene, the Olympic Peninsula houses a multitude of marinas where you can sail and fish, as well as beaches suited for surfing and kayaking. For the more city-bound vacationer, Seattle might be your destination of choice. Seattle has a peculiar quirkiness that makes exploring the city a blast. On the hunt for the best attractions? Check out the acclaimed Space Needle and get some shopping done at Pike Place Market!

Northern California

When we think of vacationing in California, it's most often the sun-soaked beaches of SoCal that come to mind. However, Northern California has a spirit all its own and is one of the most diverse vacation destinations imaginable in the Pacific Northwest. Beaches reminiscent of the southern half of the state line the coast, while the stunning Sierra Nevada mountains rise in the east. Of course, the spring weather is what we expect from California - enviously warm!

The iconic Golden Gate Bridge beckons visitors into San Francisco.

One of the premiere draws to Northern California is the pinnacle of wine country - Napa Valley. Those looking for luxurious vacation will be hard-pressed to find anything more captivating in the region. Wine tours and wine tastings at premier vineyards and wineries are the prime draw, and the experience is only enhanced with fine dining options and local spas. For a truly iconic trip, perhaps San Francisco is the choice for you. With high energy and a focus on culture and variety, San Francisco encompasses everything a city vacation should be.


Friday, March 28, 2014

Top 5 Things to Do in April 2014

Heading out for spring break? Don't miss these must see April events on your next timeshare rental. From music to nature to culinary feasts there's something for everyone in your family.

1. Savannah Music Festival (March 20 - April 5): This is the largest musical arts event in Georgia. Be treated to cross-genre music with timeless and fun productions that unite talented artists and listeners from across the nation.
Web: Savannah Music Festival
Location: Savannah, GA

2. National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20 - April 13): Treat your senses to the blooming of hundreds of pink and white cherry blossom trees. Visitors to the festival will also enjoy a cultural feast with a Japanese festival, a parade, and art and food events.
Web: National Cherry Blossom Festival
Location: Washington, DC

3. Skagit Tulip Festival (April 1 - 30): If you are a tulip lover this festival is for you (pictured). Put on rain boots (the fields are often muddy) and head out to view rainbow colored rows of Washington State tulips. Tulip lovers are also treated to rows of daffodils, irises, and lilies.
Web: Skagit Tulip Festival
Location: LaConner and Mount Vernon, WA

4. Vertiage Miami (April 9 - 12): A festival with 3,000 wines, beer, and spirits attract top sommeliers, prestigious wineries, and world-class winemakers doing what they do best under the Florida sun. This festival is ranked as one of the top 10 wine events in the nation. Visitors enjoy culinary and wine events and there's even an auction.
Web: Veritage Miami
Location: Miami, FL

5. Tribeca Film Festival (April 16 - 27): The Big Apple is home to one of the most prestigious film festivals. Founded by Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro the event celebrates New York City as a key film making center. Head to Tribeca and rub elbows with Hollywood.
Web: Tribeca Film Festival
Location: New York, NY

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Disney Vacation Club Debuts Membership Magic Program!

When Disney Vacation Club says membership is magic, they really mean it! Just recently, Disney Vacation Club has rolled out a new program that bestows even more benefits upon DVC members. Titled the Membership Magic program, this set of perks grants DVC members additional flexibility, offers and exclusive vacation experiences.

Membership Magic was launched with a wide selection of unique experiences. Adventures by Disney debuted two exclusive options for DVC members - San Francisco/Napa and New York City trips. The very first member cruise aboard the Disney Dream is slated for August, and includes extras such as live entertainment and nightly gifts.

Expanding upon current vacations is another focus of Membership Magic. In effort to add a special touch to existing plans, members can enrich their Walt Disney World or Disneyland vacations with options such as Culinary Magic and Recreation Magic. Culinary Magic adds a new spin to premiere on-property restaurants with exclusive dinner events once a week. Likewise, Recreation Magic kicked off with two separate boating experiences along Walt Disney World waterways. Guests can enjoy participating in a fishing competition off of Disney's Contemporary Resort or a Magic Kingdom fireworks cruise complete with sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries.

Perhaps Membership Magic's most exciting addition came earlier this month. Upon Disney's renewed  affiliation with exchange giant RCI, DVC members have more exchange options than ever. Members will, first and foremost, notice an increase in resort options. If that isn't enough, Disney and RCI have announced increased availability at such resorts eligible for exchange as well as fewer points required to make the switch.

Want to experience a bit of the DVC magic yourself? Consider renting at one of the DVC resorts! Whether you're staying at Walt Disney World, Disneyland or one of DVC's destination resorts scattered about the globe, you'll come to learn what makes this experience so magical for other RedWeek members. Some of our favorites are...
If you're eager to join the DVC family, you can also consider by-owner DVC points resales. However, be sure to verify with the owner prior to purchasing - not all resales will quality for perks, offers and services like Membership Magic.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Top 5 Museums in America

One of the best ways to introduce yourself to a city is to visit the local museum. If you travel to America's big cities then you will be treated to a plethora of art. Don’t miss these five top museums during your next timeshare rental:

1. The Art Institute of Chicago: When you travel to Chicago ask a local: “What must I do while I’m in town?” Most Chicago locals will tell you: “Don’t miss The Art Institute of Chicago.” This museum is packed full of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. Insider Tip: And the best part is photography (pictured here) is allowed in their permanent collection (without a flash of course)!
Web: The Art Institute of Chicago
Location: 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

2. The Frick Collection: One of the last remaining mansions from Fifth Avenue’s Gilded Age is the former home of Henry Clay Frick. Here you are treated to amazing European art from the Renaissance to the late 19th-century. (including original works from Francisco, Goya, Rembrandt, and El Greco). A feast for art-loving eyes.
Web: The Frick Collection
Location: 1 E. 70th St. (right off Central Park), New York, NY

3. National Gallery of Art: If you want an art gallery that competes with European galleries, this museum is it. You will be treated to works by Warhol, Pollock, and Picasso. The museum also offers American paintings. And they feature sculpture, works on paper, photographs, and decorative arts as well. Insider Tip: Don’t miss the Italian Renaissance art.
Web: National Gallery of Art
Location: 6th and Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC

4. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: What the Louvre is to Paris is what The Met is to New Yorkers. This fine museum is a landmark on the Museum Mile and is the largest art museum in the United States with a collection of over two million art pieces! In their permanent collection are works from paintings and sculptures by almost all European masters to classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt. Don’t miss the Temple of Dendur.
Web: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: 1000 5th Ave., New York, NY

5. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: Want a museum dedicated to conserving the Sonaran Desert? This is it. Founded by William Carr and Arthur Peck, the museum protects native plants and animals. The museum collections are featured indoors and outdoors with more than 300 species of native wildlife and 1,300 varieties of native plants.
Web: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Location: 2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Preview the NEW RedWeek.com

RedWeek is proud to announce we are testing a brand new look!  We have been working hard on designing a new site that we hope will be easier, and more fun for you to use.
RedWeek.com's New Home Page - Beta Test

Keep in mind this is just a beta test -- you are still welcome to use the familiar RedWeek.com for the time being. Many of the pages on the re-designed site are still being actively developed, so you can expect to see many improvements before it becomes the "main" RedWeek site, and we will be continuing to roll-out more community features even after that.    



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Monday, March 17, 2014

Top 25 Resorts Spotlight - The Best of Aruba

This week brings our final installment in our Top 25 series, and we end it with the most exotic pick on our lists - Aruba. Sunny skies, turquoise waters and classic Caribbean culture make Aruba many a vacationers' favorite pick when seeking out a tropical getaway. As such, its no surprise that Aruba has since become home to a host of breathtaking resorts. Which ones have captivated RedWeek members? Let's find out!

Marriott's Aruba Surf Club

Marriott's Aruba Surf Club is one of RedWeek's most active resort pages, typically boasting several hundred postings at any given time. It's not hard to see why - classic Marriott luxury is a perfect match for sun-soaked Palm Beach, Aruba. With one, two and three bedroom villas - each with a private balcony and complete kitchen - the Surf Club has the perfect accommodations no matter your group size. The Surf Club's location is also ideal for exploring the entire Palm Beach area - be sure to check out Red Sail sports for water sports, the Ayo and Casibari rock formations and the Stellaris Casino at the nearby Aruba Marriott Resort!

Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club

Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club is considered the sister resort to the Surf Club, and certainly lives up to the comparison. The Ocean Club has been described as being a bit more "relaxed" than the high- energy Surf Club while still maintaining many of the perks. Fully equipped one and two bedroom villas provide plenty of room for rest and relaxation, but during the day you'll want to play! Enjoy private access to Palm Beach itself and be sure to take advantage of the on-site pool as well as the full-service spa.

Costa Linda Beach Resort

Our next pick brings us from Palm Beach down to the Aruban capitol of Oranjestad. The Costa Linda Beach Resort captures the spirit of Caribbean with one, two and three bedroom suites decked out in tropical colors and beachy accents. Amenities are exactly what you'd expect from such a gorgeous resort - winding pools, a dedicated spa and salon, tennis courts, a marketplace and a full gift shop. If that's not enough, consider checking into the daily scheduled activities ranging from sports to dancing, crafts to games.


Playa Linda Beach Resort

The Playa Linda Beach Resort excels in blending the island backdrop of Aruba with all the comfort offered by a luxury resort. Surely, the grounds evoke the image of a tropical grove; palm trees ring the resort and the pool is filled with sweeping lines and rocky outcroppings as well as a waterfall. Mix a gorgeous atmosphere with the nearby attractions of Palm Beach and you’ve got the start to a great vacation. Water sports and piers dot the coast, and more inland lies a variety of unique shopping and dining opportunities, as well as two upscale malls.



This concludes our Top 25 series! Want to see what we've covered before? Check out the links below!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Top 5 National Parks in America

Spring, Summer, and Fall offer great seasons for road trips to our nation's National Parks. Millions of visitors flock to these parks each year. And all are known for their grand peaks, mountain wildlife, and gorgeous nature. Stay in a nearby timeshare and make mountain memories at one of these parks!

1. Great Smoky Mountains: This is one of America's busiest parks drawing over nine million visitors a year. The famous "smoky" fog is known to shadow the highest point at Clingmans Dome (6,643 feet). Nature lovers will enjoy the deciduous forest, plant varieties, and mountain wildlife.
Web: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Location: Tennessee and North Carolina

2. Grand Canyon: Families flock to the canyon each year. With over five million visitors a year the Grand Canyon is a feast for the eyes. Enjoy sweeping views from the South Rim and watch the sun set on the North Rim. Hiking is a popular activity here so be sure to bring your hiking boots.
Web: Grand Canyon National Park
Location: Arizona

3.Yosemite: This is the third most visited park in America and it is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Yosemite is known for its deep valleys, looming rock formations, ancient sequoias and wildlife. Highlights include the 317-foot Vernal Fall a fast moving waterfall on the Merced River just downstream from Nevada Fall.
Web: Yosemite National Park
Location: California

4. Yellowstone: This park has more geysers and hot springs than any other place in the world. Bison abound here and the park is also home to elk, bighorn sheep, grizzly bears, moose, deer, and birds. The famed Old Faithful Geyser erupts every 35 to 120 minutes for 1-1/2 to 5 minutes giving visitors a taste of a natural erupting water fountain.
Web: Yellowstone National Park
Location: Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming

5. Grand Teton: This park is open year round but September and October offer fewer crowds and the fall season features the famous elk migration. The tippy top peaks of the Teton range (pictured) are spectacular at sunrise from Schwabacker Landing (a great viewing point). And keep an eye out for wildlife in the lowlands below the entire Eastern Rocky Mountain range.
Web: Grand Teton National Park
Location: Wyoming

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Marriott Adds Hana to Maui Offering

MAUI --- In a move to create more vacation opportunities for timeshare owners --- and to alleviate an inventory crunch at the Maui Ocean Club --- Marriott Vacation Club (MVC) has partnered with a luxurious, rustic and remote resort in Hana to accept Vacation Club points for nightly reservations.

As a result, MVC Destinations Club owners can now book stays at the Travaasa Hana, a so-called "experiential" resort that caters to couples who want to unwind in the most deliberately underdeveloped resort on Maui.  On a busy day, for example, this 70-unit resort at the very end of the steamy Road to Hana can host 140 adults and a handful of kids.  With a one-story, original Hana plantation look and feel, it's an extreme change of pace from the hustle and bustle atmosphere of the family resorts along Kaanapali Beach on the western side of the island.

Views along Hana Highway
photo credit: Jonathanking
That's the whole idea in Hana.  Create an original island experience that celebrates the culture, customs and culinary tastes of Hawaii.  Unplug, unwind, take a spa and enjoy the spectacular views of Kaihalulu Bay.  But don't look for TVs, clocks or radios in the rooms, because there aren’t any.   On purpose.

Travaasa Hana is the charter member of a new "boutique partner" program that Marriott just launched, without any fanfare, to increase owner options on Maui.  The program is new enough that not many reservations agents are familiar with it.  If you call Travaasa Hana directly, their agents will refer you to Marriott's Destinations Club and www.My-VacationClub.com for reservations.  Room rates range from 1000 to 3000 MVC points per night, depending on number of guests and time of year.  Kids are extra.

"This is a great option for people who are going to spend a few days at Maui Ocean Club then drive to Hana anyway," said Brody Long, marketing director at Maui Ocean Club.  He also acknowledged that it takes some pressure off a chronic supply-and-demand problem at Maui Ocean Club.  In peak seasons, Marriott simply doesn’t have enough rooms at its massive, nine-to-12 story, four-tower Maui Ocean Club resort to fulfill requests from deeded owners and members of its Destination points program.

Too Popular for Its Own Good

Maui Ocean Club is arguably the jewel in the crown of Marriott's Vacation Club.  With 719 villas, the Kaanapali Beach resort is ideal for families who want to explore the island or just hang out at the giant waterslide pool, the swim-up bar or kiddie pirate ship. It's walking distance to restaurants and shops in Whale's Village and a short shuttle to Lahaina.  The newer units in the 12-story Lahaina Villas and 10-story Napili Villas are all two- and three-bedroom oceanfront suites with complete kitchens and modern appliances.  What's more, the staff is persistently service oriented.  Unlike some other timeshare resorts on Maui, the Maui Ocean Club suites also draw top rentals.  Marriott owners using RedWeek.com can typically rent a summer week in a 2-bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps-8 suite in the Lahaina Villas tower for $3500 to $4500 (approximately double the annual maintenance fee).  No surprise that Maui Ocean Club earned a #4 ranking on RedWeek.com's list of top 25 timeshare rental resorts for 2014.

The downside of all this popularity is a housing squeeze.  For legacy and new owners, it is increasingly difficult to get weekly reservations at Maui Ocean Club.  This has been a problem for years.  Even though

Marriott has added resorts around the world, and created other travel programs for owners to use points --- such as guided tours of Europe and Asia, attending major sports events, or Manhattan getaways  --- Marriott has not added inventory on Maui.  Because of its location, amenities and year-round activities, the Maui Ocean Club also has a much higher rate of returning owners every year compared to stateside timeshares.

In fact, Marriott keeps contributing to the popularity crunch.  Their marketing staff aggressively sells new memberships in the Destinations Exchange Club, citing the availability and example of Maui Ocean Club as a place where new owners can come back again and again, as if the inventory is unlimited.

It's not.  In its Annual Report for 2012, Marriott executives bluntly stated, "Our points-based product…exposes us to an increased risk of temporary inventory depletion."  With 421,000 owners/members, and increasing sales of points to legacy owners, the risk of having "no vacancy" signs at Maui Ocean Club continues to grow.

More Rooms, More Options

That's where the Travaasa Hana comes into play.  Even though it's tiny compared to the Marriott Ocean Club, it has expansive grounds, including 70 acres of tropical gardens, ocean views and a get-away-from-it-all atmosphere that will appeal to many.  Only downside is that it caters primarily to adults.  Kids under 16 are not allowed in the "couples only" Sea Ranch View Cottages except during family weeks, which are very limited.
Travaasa Hana's Sea Ranch Cottages

It also takes commitment to get there, because the only thing that stands in the way of enjoying a getaway at the award-winning Travaasa Hana is the infamous Road to Hana, which is one of the muddiest, bumpiest and least maintained highways in the USA.   Tourists who drive the circuitous 50-mile Hana Highway, along S-curve switchbacks at 15 miles an hour, usually call it a "once in a lifetime experience."  They mean it.  They're happy to navigate it once, and to see all the jungle waterfalls along the way, but they're not likely to return.   Too taxing for a laid-back trip to Hawaii.  Especially on a road that is purposely under-maintained (this is Hawaii's way of reducing traffic).  It's a three-hour drive that takes all day if you're making a single-day round trip trek from Kaanapali Beach to Hana.  But if you're heading there for a two- or three-night stay at Travaasa Hana, it becomes a tropical road trip worth repeating. Travelers who don't want to risk wrecking the suspension on their rental cars on the Hana Highway can, instead, reach Hana by taking a tour bus from Lahaina or hopping a six-seater Airbus from Kahului Airport ($200 per person, round-trip).

Owned by Travaasa Experiential Resorts, the Hana property won "#1 Resort in Hawaii" and "#1 Spa Resort in Hawaii" in Conde' Nast Travelers 2011 and 2012 Readers Choice Awards, respectively.  Its regular room rates are steep, especially for their all-inclusive packages but also for their a la carte packages.

For example, a family of four reserving one of the two-bedroom, two-bath, full kitchen Waikoloa Suites would pay $970 per night this summer.  A couple, meanwhile, would pay $681 per night to stay in one of the coveted ocean view sea ranch cottages under the a la carte package.  The everything-included package (meals and activities) would cost $1234 per night.

More Bang for Your Points?

The Hana resort should appeal to Marriott owners with deep pockets in their MVC accounts.  But is it a good value?   The least expensive rooms garden view suites cost 1000 to 1500 points per night.  High season rates for ocean front sea ranch cottages can reach 3000 points --- per night.  For comparison purposes, here are examples of other ways MVC owners can use their points this summer.

A seven-night, eight-day, 9-meal guided tour of Rome and Florence costs 7500 MVC points per couple.  A week in a two-bedroom, two-bath week villa at Marriott Ocean Club requires 5450 points for an island view, or 8650 points for an oceanfront suite.  One week at Marriott's Newport Coast Villas, where all 700 suites are two-bedroom, two-bath villas, costs 4725 points. The Fourth of July week at Newport is 5675 points.

In addition to booking stays at Travaasa Hana, MVC owners can redeem points for rooms at the Ritz Carlton in Kapalua, which is located just a short drive up the coast from Maui Ocean Club.  Depending on time of year, nightly rates run from 1000 to 2200 points in a deluxe hotel suite, and from 1400 to 2600 points in an ocean view suite at the luxurious Ritz Carlton.

The good news for Marriott owners is that there are no restrictions --- yet --- on how they use their reservations at Travaasa Hana.   Other than observing a 10-day cancellation policy, owners can list their Hana reservations for rent on RedWeek.com.

Need More Information?

Reservation tips: Family friendly dates for Sea Ranch Cottages are March 11 to 24, July 25 through August 8, and December 22 to January 4, 2015.  Travaasa Hana will provide complimentary room upgrades to Marriott owners, depending on availability.  For reservations, call a Marriott ownership advisor at 888-682-4862.  For specific information on Travaasa Hana, call 808-248-8211 or visit www.travaasa.com/hana.

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This article provided by RedWeek's new investigative reporter, Jeff Weir.  Jeff is a California-based journalist who has covered California, Congress and the White House. He also has roots in Silicon Valley, where he directed public relations and marketing programs for high-tech companies. He is also a timeshare owner and member of RedWeek.com.

Monday, March 10, 2014

All You Need to Know About All-Inclusive!

All-inclusive resorts allow you to experience all a resort has to offer, at an extremely affordable, preset price. Most all-inclusive timeshare resorts are based on the same model - an all-inclusive fee is paid for each guest for every night of their stay. In return, guests are free to take advantage of all the resort has to offer. The fee typically covers food and beverages (some have limits on alcohol), and often an array of activities.  Much of an all-inclusive resort's allure stems from the fact there's no need to carry your wallet or budget as the day goes on.

However, not all all-inclusive resorts are the same. Prices, plans and activities will all vary by resort. Some resorts offer tiered options - each level offers more and more perks, at a higher rate. Other all-inclusive resorts offer varying plans based upon the unit you'll be staying in, where a more lavish room equates to a better plan.  It's also vital to be aware of how the resort you're looking into handles the payment of the all-inclusive plan. On RedWeek, owners generally do not bundle the all-inclusive fee into their rental price, since the overall cost of the all-inclusive plan is based on the number of guests.  More often, a credit card is taken at the beginning of your stay and the charge for the plan is processed on check-out day. If you plan on staying at one of these resorts, make sure you find out whether the all-inclusive plan is mandatory or optional – this will vary based on the individual resort, and who you rent it from.   

Check out a few of our members’ favorite all-inclusive timeshare resorts:


The Royal Sands


The Royal resorts’ recent change to an all-inclusive format was met with mixed opinions. While the all-inclusive plan is optional when renting from an owner, it is mandatory when booking directly through the resort. Titled the REFINE package, this all-inclusive program offers guests access to the bulk of the Royal Sands' amenities and dining options. What's included?


  • Access to all restaurants and bars on property, buffet breakfast and lunch, a la carte lunch and dinner (premium dishes include a surcharge)
  • Snacks served twice daily
  • Selection of national and international beers, cocktails, house wines, liquors, liqueurs as well as non-alcoholic beverages (premium drinks include a surcharge)
  • Beach and pool food and drink service
  • Fully stocked minibar
  • Access to on-site pools, children's pool and lighted tennis courts
  • Sports desk for use of beach towels, snorkeling gear, sailboats, bicycles and golf clubs
  • Fitness center and beach sports, including beach volleyball and beach soccer
  • Daily resort-based activities and nightly entertainment
  • Kids' Club for children ages four to twelve
  • All taxes and tips
To make their stay even more exciting, guests can upgrade to the REFINE Special package. The Special packages offer day spa services and guided outings to local attractions. The REFINE daily rates do vary by owner status, season and length of stay although the average tends to be about $70-$90 per day for each adult. Children under the age of twelve and teenagers from thirteen to seventeen also receive reduced rates for the all-inclusive plan,  and there is no charge for children under three. For the most accurate price for your stay, be sure to check directly with the owner.

Pueblo Bonito Rose Spa & Resort 

Pueblo Bonito Rose is a perennial favorite among RedWeek members. With a classic Spanish theme that emphasizes European luxury, it's only fitting this Cabo San Lucas getaway embraces an equally lavish all-inclusive plan. Dining, activities, fitness options and access to Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos dining options all come together to compose the perfect all-inclusive plan to complement your vacation. Here's what's included:


  • Housekeeping twice daily
  • Dining at all restaurants and bars on-site as well as at sister resort Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos
  • Wide variety of cocktail and beverage options (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
  • Private access to El Medano Beach
  • Fitness center featuring a variety of exercise classes
  • Access to pool and pool/beach activities
  • Daily activities including options like ping-pong, tennis and Spanish lessons
  • Exclusive themed dining nights at the Mare Nostrum restaurant
Much like The Royal Sands, Pueblo Bonito Rose offers a number of additional plan options for an extra fee: spa packages, family packages and couples packages. Standard daily all-inclusive rates do vary, although guests can anticipate $80-$100 per adult, per day with occasional promotions such as buy five days and receive two days free. Of course, it's always best to get current prices from the owner prior to arranging your rental.

Villa del Arco Beach Resort & Spa

A more modern approach to all-incluive plans involves implementing a base plan as well as range of add-on benefits to customize your vacation. This method is employed by Cabo San Lucas' Villa del Arco Beach Resort & Spa. Villa del Arco offers a solid, non-mandatory base all-inclusive plan with plenty of optional additions to create an unforgettable experience. Their base plan includes:


  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks at all of the resort's restaurants and bars
  • Fully stocked minibar
  • Premium wines and various drinks by the glass
  • Nightly entertainment including theme nights and live music
  • Water sports equipment such as kayaks, paddle boards and boogie boards
  • Fitness center and tennis courts
  • Daily activities for adults and children such as volleyball, pool games, dancing lessons and Spanish lessons
  • All taxes and tips
The Best Value package is the "base" plan and the most affordable. From there, Villa del Arco also offers Family Experience, Los Cabos Experience, Romantic Getaway and Spa Indulgence packages, each with various perks that emphasize the nature of each plan. The base daily rate for adults is approximately $100 per day. There is no charge for children under four, and children ages four to twelve are eligible for a reduced rate. As always, you'll want to directly contact the owner in order to learn how to book a more extravagant plan as well as obtain up-to-date rates based on the particular rental you're looking at.


We've only scratched the surface of what a few all-inclusive resorts have to offer. There are dozens more out there, each with their own plans in place to help make your vacation as convenient and worry-free as possible. Check out the all-inclusive section on RedWeek.com to browse through some other fantastic resort options with all-inclusive plans!

Friday, March 07, 2014

Top 5 Spring Break Destinations

Feel the sand beneath your toes this Spring Break season. Whether your Spring Break dates are in March or April this Top 5 list will narrow down where to go, what to do, and where to stay on your next timeshare vacation.

1. Las Vegas: For most people Sin City is just a road trip away. Las Vegas is teeming with Spring Break fun with an endless line of casinos, restaurants, night clubs, day clubs, pools, and concerts. This is a town that stays up all night to party in the desert air.
Web: Las Vegas Timeshares
Location: Nevada

2. Miami: Head to South Beach where international jet setters flock. Discover the Art Deco district along Ocean Drive with colorful architecture from the twenties and thirties (pictured). Then put on some roller blades and skate down the promenade. Finally, relax on the white sandy beach before getting dressed up to hit the clubs around town.
Web: Miami Beach Timeshares
Location: Florida

3. South Padres Island: It's no secret that everything is bigger in Texas. And this Spring Break destination is Texas-sized. There are award winning beaches and several chances to play. Ride on jet skis, go for a boat ride, parasail, snorkel, play beach volleyball, and don't miss Coca Cola Beach with its giant MTV-style stage.
Web: South Padre Island Timeshares
Location: Texas

4. Daytona Beach: The highlight here is the 23-mile stretch of white sand beach front. Visitors can enjoy hanging on the beach or you can drive the 16 mile stretch along the beach and surf the Atlantic waves. Water parks and night clubs abound here. And Daytona Beach is only 60 miles from Orlando's Disney World!
Web: Daytona Beach Timeshares
Location: Florida

5. Panama City Beach: The Spring Break party takes place on 27 miles of sugar white sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. This stretch of beach is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Beach volleyball is popular here and so is parasailing and jet skiing. End the day at one of the popular night beach clubs in the area.
Web: Panama City Beach Timeshares
Location: Florida

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Monday, March 03, 2014

Top 25 Resorts Spotlight - The Best of Florida (Part 2)

Disney's Old Key West Resort 

What do you get when you mix the timeless beauty of Key West with the fun and energy of an Orlando vacation? Disney's Old Key West Resort is the answer - with a perfect mix of ways to relax and Disney magic, Old Key West offers the best of both worlds. Situated mere minutes away Walt Disney World's shopping and entertainment center Downtown Disney and with bus service to all major parks, you have access to all of Disney's famed parks but can come back to a resort with all the turn-of-the-century charm of classic Key West.

Marriott's Ocean Pointe

Marriott's Ocean Pointe whisks us away from Orlando to one of Florida's coastal hotspots - Palm Beach Shores. This resort occupies a prime location - pressed right up against the Atlantic Ocean, but close enough to Palm Beach Shores' world-glass golf, spas and shopping. Of course, that doesn't mean there's a lack of activities to keep you busy on-site; Marriott's Ocean Pointe boasts four swimming pools, tennis courts, a fitness club, cafe and a playground for children. Best of all, every unit is guaranteed an oceanfront or oceanside view - is there any other view you'd rather wake up to?

Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort - West Village

West Village represents the heart of Holiday Inn Club Vacations' Orange Lake Resort complex. Located in Kissimmee, guests have nearby access to all of Orlando's favorite attractions. Of course, the resort itself is gorgeous and packed with more than enough to keep any group occupied. River Island and Splash Lagoon are poll complexes sure to delight, and Orange Lake right on-site allows guests the opportunity to partake in beach volleyball, water skiing, jet skiing and fishing. If golf is your interest, Orange Lake Resort still has you covered - four unique courses occupy the grounds and provide more than enough to keep any avid golfer occupied.

Our final spotlight next week will highlight the top resorts in Aruba, and it's one you will not want to miss!