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HGVC Series: The Elara in Las Vegas

Photo curtesy of Hilton at www.hilton.com

Photo curtesy of Hilton at www.hilton.com

To start off our Hilton Grand Vacations Club series, we will look at the Elara in Las Vegas, Nevada. This premier hotel sits at the center of The Strip. It’s towering glass window walls reflect the lights and energy of the street it calls home. This is Las Vegas at its finest.

But before we can explore the Elara, we must first learn what is so special about the Hilton Grand Vacations Club. Hilton’s motivation behind the HGVC system? The importance of travel. Hilton makes travel a priority, knowing that vacation can rejuvenate the soul and expose us to new horizons. HGVC strives to make travel more cost effective, more comfortable, and more accessible.

There are a few perks to HGVC ownership. First, their resorts are in some of the most popular travel destinations in the country, easily making you the envy of your peers. If leaving the country is your fancy, HGVC has partnerships in nearly 100 countries across the globe to make your international travel easy.

HGVC ownership also offers a number of perks in the form of points, which reward your travel and help you live the most luxurious vacation possible. These perks and more make Hilton a strong contender when looking to buy a timeshare.

So now we know why to buy an HGVC timeshare, but the question becomes, “Which one?” The Elara on the Las Vegas Strip is a strong contender for those who love shopping, entertainment, and testing their luck.

Photo curtesy of Hilton at www.hilton.com

Photo curtesy of Hilton at www.hilton.com

For starters, the hotel is connected to the Miracle Mile mall, a circular building with over 170 shops and restaurants. The Elara shares this shopping center with Planet Hollywood, which means Elara visitors have easy access to all of Planet Hollywood’s fine eateries and casinos.

In the rooms, owners can take advantage of separate bedroom suites that include a furnished kitchen and dining area. Rooms exploit the tower’s view of Las Vegas with floor to ceiling windows and each room has a 42-inch HDTV for those nights you want to stay in.

The hotel features a fully equipped fitness center and relaxing outdoor pool, complete with the Oasis Bar & Grill. When the sun is hot, one can easily sit under a cabana with a refreshing beverage and revitalize before the evening’s events begin.

Photo curtesy of Hilton at www.hilton.com

Photo curtesy of Hilton at www.hilton.com

Whether you prefer a more upscale dinner or something low key, the Miracle Mile has an abundance of options for you and your date, or the whole family. Start the night right with Pampas Churrascaria Brazilian Grille or take it easy at Sin City Brewing Co. before catching a show at the Miracle Mile’s theatre for the ultimate variety performance. All of this and more is available right outside your hotel door.

Photo curtesy of Hilton at www.hilton.com When exploring The Strip with kids, there are a ton of fun attractions you simply can’t miss. For animal lovers, the Shark Reef at Mandalay bay will inspire and mesmerize youngsters and adults alike. Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage is another great stop, featuring white lions, tigers, and dolphins. Oh my! Plus, the Mirage puts on a show each night with an erupting volcano that is sure to entertain the little ones.

To learn what other fun attractions Las Vegas has for kids and adults, follow our blog series and we will expose all of the secrets of Sin City as we look at the other three HGVC hotels in Nevada.

If you’re not convinced check out our Why Buy a Timeshare page that will explain all the benefits to becoming a timeshare owner. If it’s time to sell your HGVC timeshare, contact one of our trained agents today.

5 Reasons Why I Keep Coming Back to Las Vegas

las vegas fabulousI recently returned from a weekend getaway to Las Vegas, Nevada. Only a six-hour drive from Salt Lake City, Las Vegas is a popular vacation spot out here. I remember taking annual summer trips to the fabulous city growing up, and enjoy escaping to Las Vegas every now and again with my friends now that I’m older.

That’s the great thing about Las Vegas. While its reputation makes the city seem adult-friendly only, the town is really built for fun-lovers of all ages. The Strip has been designed to entertain the young and the young at heart. Here are five of my favorite attractions from being a wide-eyed tyke in Caesar’s Palace to a 20-something thrill-seeker.

5. Race for Atlantis – Caesar’s Palace
I’ll lead with the bad news: this ride doesn’t exist any more. It was taken out recently due to some remodeling, however, I remember this virtual trip through the sea as a kid and it was amazing. Now, although the ride is gone, the pre-show and aquarium are still there. Caesar’s features a small, round aquarium that contains many fascinating sea creatures from stingrays and blue tangs. It’s not quite the same, but still gives children and adults alike an entertaining view. And above the aquarium you can still catch the pre-show, where King Atlas asks his son and daughter to duke it out for who will be the next ruler of Atlantis. These animatronics figures use fire and water to engage the crowd and it ends in a shocking display of fierce family competition. Although this won’t entertain you all day, it’s a great show to catch in-between shopping and dining at Caesar’s Palace.

4. The Big Apple Coaster – New York, New Yorklas vegas NY
There are many rides to choose from when in Las Vegas. The Big Apple Coaster was one I had wanted to try for a long time and I was finally able to during my most recent visit. The coaster is visibly older and not nearly as fast as I thought it would be, but it has loops and corkscrews that keep it interesting. It’s a short ride and contains no unseen turns, so hesitant children needn’t be too afraid. Every passenger gets their picture taken before and during, which make for great souvenirs. Also, the entrance is located at the back of an arcade, so those who prefer not to ride can be entertained and it gives everyone a fun place to be after the ride. Maybe you’ll even get lucky and will a few prizes!

3. The Lion’s Share Slot Machine – MGM Grand
I’m a sucker for mythology and this slot machine has a lot of it. Two decades ago when the MGM Grand first opened, the Lion’s Share machine sat amongst hundreds of others waiting to be played. While the other slot machines have cashed out their lottery and been removed for newer models, the Lion’s Share stays because no one has ever scored the big bucks. Today, with a $2.345 million jackpot and counting, the Lion’s Share has become a legend, encouraging gamblers from las vegas slotsall over the world to come and test their luck at this life-changing machine. Legally, the MGM Grand can’t remove the ancient device until the maximum lottery is won, so the Lion’s Share stays while the rest of the casino has grown and modernized. The romantic idea of the $3 minimum turning into over $2 million is what draws hopefuls to this machine day and night, and is why it’s a must-see stop when visiting Las Vegas.

las vegas bellagio2. Bellagio Fountains – The Bellagio
One used to be able to find many free and elaborate shows simply walking along the Strip. However, favorites like Treasure Island’s “Sirens of TI” have been replaced by Walgreens and shopping centers. Fortunately, the water show outside of the Bellagio is still in full force. Featuring classic tunes by Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, the fountains dance through the hot Nevada air every 30-minutes. The gentle mist of the water-works cools observers’ faces as tourists young and old gather around the 8.5-acre lake for a little bit of Las Vegas magic. I make sure to catch a show every time I visit Las Vegas and it never gets old. I revert back to my youthful sense of astonishment every time.

1. Wander the Strip
It may seem ridiculous that this is my favorite thing about Las Vegas, but it is. As a young girl, I remember walking through mall after mall and seeing all of the beautiful, sparkling things and people. A decade later, I’m still mesmerized by everything that Las Vegas is. Yes, there are some grimy, inappropriate parts. But there is also constant spectacle; Las Vegas is a place where you must suspend your disbelief and live in a new kind of place. Simply sliding on your walking shoes is the beginning to an unpredictable adventure every time you’re in this city. From the extravagance of fine eateries and elaborate acrobatics to costumed superheroes posing for pictures and lazy days by the pool, Las Vegas has entertainment for all sizes of people and budgets.

las vegas vivaMy description of Las Vegas may be romanticized, but it is not exaggerated. Discover our incredible list of timeshare deals in Las Vegas and find out for yourself. If you’ve never been, try renting a Las Vegas timeshare. Or, if you’re like me and have visited fabulous Las Vegas many a time, perhaps it’s time to learn what buying a Las Vegas timeshare could mean for you.

Hilton Hawaiian Village Gets New Timeshare Tower: the Grand Islander

Someone has plans for a 37-story timeshare tower in the Hilton Hawaiian Village at Waikiki, and it’s none other than Blackstone. Purchasing the property from Hilton Worldwide, Blackstone will develop the land at the corner of Kalia Road and Paoa Place, nestled right in next to the rest of Hilton’s Hawaiian Village at Waikiki. Whether Blackstone plans to purchase the entire village or just the corner space where the new timeshare tower is planned is as yet unclear.

 

Hilton-hawaiian-village-timeshare-resaleHilton Hawaiian Village at Waikiki has 22 oceanfront acres of Waikiki’s widest stretch of beach and offers guests as many as five pools (including the Waikiki’s longest water slide) and twenty restaurants and bars. Timeshare owners who have stayed at Hilton Hawaiian Village at Waikiki have never complained about its exotic wildlife, gardens, ponds and waterfalls interspersed throughout the grounds, or its world class spa, children’s program, or programmatic activities like Hula lessons or morning exercise classes. Hilton Hawaiian Village at Waikiki is truly one of those unique places that has something for everyone.

 

So Blackstone’s plans for a new timeshare tower come as no surprise, and Hilton Worldwide’s president and CEO Christopher Nassetta confirmed the rumors of the purchase, saying that the deal for Blackstone’s timeshare at the Hilton Hawaiian Village at Waikiki is mutually beneficial: the location for the new tower was previously used by Hilton as a loading dock. With this transaction, both parties get more revenue and long term value.

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And while the Hilton Hawaiian Village at Waikiki has consistently demonstrated excellence in timesharing customer service, travelers to Hawaii might be interested in another Hilton Hawaiian property: the HGVC Waikoloa Beach Resort. Hilton’s Hawaiian properties are not to be overrated and if you’re interested in Hawaiian timeshare resale, contact an agent today to decide whether a Hilton Hawaiian Village timeshare resale could be within your grasp.

The Independent Tourist

Destination and Point of Origin: Asia

 

Our last post was about India, and in this one, China takes the spotlight. Globally, more than half the world’s population resides in Asia, and their economies, policies and trends are worth paying attention to. Sometimes as Americans we tend to have an insular point of view, but changes in the last fifty years in levels of personal and financial freedom have given rise to more mobility for millions across the continent, and the Chinese are no exception.

 

Who’s Traveling Where

 

In fact, China has overtaken Germany and the USA as the world’s biggest spenders on travel, with Chinese travelers spending $102 billion on international travel in 2012, an increase of over 40% on 2011.

 

Trends also reveal that most international travelers from China travel alone, rather than in groups, and that their destinations of choice include countries such as Australia, France, New Zealand, USA, Switzerland, the UK, and Canada. As such, these countries tourist and hotel industries are poised to gain much from the Chinese, most of whom travel for leisure over business.

 

The Impact

 

The big deal about these facts and figures is that travel and accommodation industries would do well to expand their marketing strategies to reach this rapidly growing population through online and social media channels. The big companies like Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, Westin, and Wyndham already have some marketing strategies in place, but most have a long way to go in order to better capitalize on this exploding industry to adapt facilities and services to more extensively cater to the world’s largest market of travelers.

 

As big hoteliers rush to accommodate the influx of Chinese tourists, you may or may not notice some changes in your affiliations with them. Room prices may rise, given the increased demand, and timeshare owners or rewards members with the company may find their links to the companies more valuable in terms of savings and stability.

 

 

 

What’s in it for me?

 

If you’ve been thinking of buying a timeshare resale, consult with our licensed agents who can inform you of many of the rewards, discounts, and privileges associated with memberships across various chains

 

We can also help you sell your timeshare with NO UPFRONT FEES and agents who are dedicated to legitimizing the timeshare industry with state real estate licenses, professional licensed brokers, and the promise of true service. We stand behind our hard work, our client reviews, and our dedication to travel and adventure. See what your timeshare may be worth today.

 

 

Travel Spotlight: Seattle

After a few days in Seattle, I’m realizing that this city pretty much has it all. Want a west-coast experience? Laid-back beaches abound. If you’re interested in the sea, the city offers an array of experiences like the free salmon ladder where you can watch fish swim upstream from the ocean one small waterfall at a time, and with docks and mariner’s museums, there’s enough here to hold your interest in oceanic matters for as long as your attention span. The city’s downtown area and Pioneer Market have a distinctly urban flavor with upscale shopping, art galleriers and public art installations, haute cuisine and brew-pubs, but to escape all that, a hidden free-to-the-public waterfall garden offers a welcome retreat. Even with the rain, the city is geared toward outdoor exploits, and city parks offer hiking trails through its verdant rainforest trees as well as children’s playgrounds. It’s easy to get around, and day-excursions can take you sailing, whale-watching, or to the nearby island where the quaint city of Victoria and its famous Butchart Gardens will charm you for several hours. As Washington state’s cultural capital and center of activity, the diversity in character and activity offering is astounding while naturally blending in to the social and geographical landscape.

 

Accommodations in the area vary from the affordable to the extravagant. From boutique hotels and exquisite and privately run inns and bed-and-breakfasts, Seattle also offers stays at trusted properties. The Seattle Marriott Waterfront (and several Marriott properties) provide the familiar Marriott guarantee for comfort and style. Hilton, Hyatt, Sheraton, and Westin all offer luxurious stays in fabulous locations for the traveler who wants to be in the middle of it all.

Though the pickings are slim for timeshare properties in Seattle, many abound in Washington state, where travelers can enjoy the cascade mountains and greenery that decks the hills of Washington’s coast year-round. Worldmark by Wyndham offers several properties alone, and Ocean Shores is a popular place for city dwellers to take a weekend away from the hubbub.

 

Summer is upon us, so especially if you have reward or trade points, don’t waste time and get yourself to this fabulous place that has so much to offer. (Just don’t forget your umbrella!)

 

If you have a timeshare in Washington and don’t want it anymore, get info on how to sell a Washington State timeshare. If you’re interested in buying a Washington timeshare, click on the link above or contact our agents.

 

 

Hilton: how the Garden Inn saved us

After four nights camping in Yellowstone National Park, and another two in Grand Teton, we were stinky and sore. And a long drive from Jackson Hole, WY to Billings, MT is enough to make anyone cranky and tired. But again, we were saved by civilization! This time by Hilton’s line of superb roadside accommodations: their Garden Inns.

 

The one in Billings was suited to our needs: laundry for our smelly camp clothes, an indoor pool for the baby to get out her pent-up energy after a long car ride, and a hotel bar for the parents, complete with gourmet food and local brews. (Not to mention 24-hour business center, fitness facilities, and conference rooms available).

 

Hilton has a fabulous reputation for a reason: they are consistent in their provision of upscale service, and often at affordable prices. For the weary traveler, these Garden Inns, with over 550 locations worldwide, offer a haven of rest and rejuvenation.

 

For the loyal Hilton customer, Hilton timeshares offer even more amenities and vibrant locations. Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare resales are available in Hawaii, Florida, Las Vegas, California, Utah, and other international locations. Click on the link to see a listing of PTR’s current Hilton timeshare resales.

 

If you own and want to sell a Hilton Grand Vacations property contact our licensed agents—eager buyers may await you, as Hilton’s name carries weight and desirability.

 

Look for our upcoming post on Yellowstone’s Old Faithful Inn, a true Lodge of the West, or shop more timeshare resales here.

Hilton Timeshares: Hawaii

When many of us think timeshare, we think of swaying palm trees, white beaches and crystal clear oceans. Hilton’s Hawaiian timeshare can fulfill these dreams and more, so listen up as we list all of Hilton’s perfect Hawaiian timeshares.

 

 

The Lagoon Tower by Hilton Grand Vacations Club

The Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations Club is the first of many Hilton Hawaiian timeshares located in Honolulu. It features a spectacular view of the Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, and also includes all the features and amenities of a five-star hotel. This tower features luxurious rooms with their own balcony, and a prime location in the middle of

The Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations Club

Hilton’s Hawaiian Village. The Kalia Tower by Hilton Grand Vacations Club is yet another exotic resort located within Hilton’s Hawaiian Village, and is only a short walk to the famous Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. The resort is also immediately located next to an array of shops and restaurants and allows guests to explore some of Hawaii’s off shore adventures, including scuba diving, snorkeling and surfing. The Lagoon Tower  by Hilton Grand Vacations Club is a resort and spa, and also holds a 5,000 square-foot family activities pool and Waikiki’s longest slide. The resort also overlooks the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon and is a short walk away from the best stretch of Waikiki beach on the island.

 

 

The Kings’ Land by Hilton Grand Vacations Club

The Bay Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort

The next group of Hawaiian Hilton resorts are located in Waikoloa, Hawaii. Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort offers a relaxing vacation in spacious suites that give you easy access to both the Waikoloa beach and various pools in the resort. The Big Island offers plenty of activities for everyone, including visiting an active volcano, seeing a working coffee plantation or visiting golf championship courses. The Kings’ Land by Hilton Grand Vacations Club resort is the newest of all Hawaiian Hilton resorts, and was carved out of a lava field to form a 112-acre oasis located between two of the best golf courses on the island. King’s Land is superbly located next to lively restaurants, boutiques and endless water recreation.The Bay Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort allows guests to enjoy the beauty of the island firsthand as you explore the many nature paths and trails from the resort throughout the island. Guests can also enjoy access to the pools, whirlpool spa and pool bar at the neighboring Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort.

 

 

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