When you say the word timeshare you get a surprised look on people’s faces. You don’t have to look far to find some sort of scandal in the timeshare industry. I know all that. Owning a timeshare for us has been a great experience that has rewarded us. We’ve seen gorgeous places and experienced them in a way that we could not have otherwise done with our limited travel budget. It’s taken our vacations to new heights. We have stayed in really gorgeous accommodations and that makes all the difference when you’re out to have fun.
Here are some of the highlights from our timeshare vacations around the world. Our all-time favorite destination is Kauai, Hawaii. This is one of the first places we went with our timeshare. The 2 bedroom villa was right on the beach with a balcony that looked right out on to the ocean. It was just jaw dropping. The unit was fully equipped with 2 bathrooms and lots of space which made it much more accommodating staying with our kids. We were able to stock up on food and snacks (which is always good when you have kids) and store it in the kitchen. Being right on the beach we were able to sit out and watch the sunset with a glass of wine. And after a fun-filled day of seeing waterfalls, laying on the beach, exploring Hawaiian Villages it was nice to come home and have room for everyone to relax and not be on top of each other. And as a bonus, the timeshare resort has the largest pool in all of Hawaii. I have a difficult time staying in a hotel room after that.
Another favorite destination of ours is Aruba. I strongly recommend the Caribbean for your next vacation. Soft sand beaches with warm crystal-clear water. How would you like to be served delicious fresh fish and wine while sitting down at a dinner and the table is on the BEACH? The waves of the ocean are crashing on the shore as you are eating and being served. And as good as you think that is, it’s even better. Aruba is a gorgeous island with lots to see and do but it is not a party place. It’s a very laid-back feel. The resort feels like an oasis. The unit was so much larger than any hotel room and included a very nice hot tub. There was a nice living room space with a TV, DVD player, and stereo system. It’s like getting the keys to your rich Uncle Willard’s place on the beach. I can’t remember staying in a hotel room that had a living room that wasn’t also the bedroom.
Have you ever been to the coast of Spain? Last but not least was our trip to Marbella, Spain. I had never been to Europe before. Friends have told me stories of staying in hostels and low cost hotels and those stories were definitely interesting. That was not for me. But when I checked into the cost of higher quality hotels in the major cities I was flat-out alarmed at the prices. Staying in a timeshare allowed us to stay within our budget, stay in a gorgeous location and very upscale accommodations and for less than the cost of a hotel room. And if you do your research, you can trade your timeshare for free. The unit we stayed in had marble floors, a Jacuzzi tub, full kitchen, large screen TV and stereo system with ample space. What a way to experience Spain!
Staying in timeshares has dramatically changed the way we vacation. Adding extra room and amenities to our vacation as well as upgrading the resort quality has been a blessing. Yet to this day when we say the word ‘timeshare’ we still get that funny look. It doesn’t matter how you get there whether you use IntervalInternational.com, RCI.com or another company, staying in a timeshare on vacation is a great way to go. See you on the beach!
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