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Marriott Vacation Club Pulse: New Additions and New Brand

Boston SkylineMarriott Vacations Worldwide has announced an extension to their Vacation Club brand with the addition of Marriott Vacation Club Pulse. The five announced properties that are included as Marriott Vacation Club Pulse destinations are located in New York City, San Diego, Washington, D.C., Boston and South Beach, Florida.
In Marriott’s press release Stephen P. Weisz, president and chief executive officer of Marriott Vacations Worldwide said, “Our Owners and guests are eager to explore new places and try new experiences, especially those in more urban locations. Marriott Vacation Club Pulse expands vacation choices into even more destinations, all with a very unique style. Now, our guests can truly immerse themselves in the cultures, local scenes and neighborhoods of their favorite cities.”
Washington DCThese new city destinations include four recent acquisitions by Marriott in New York, San Diego, Washington, D.C. and South Beach. In Boston, the Custom House is now included as a Marriott Vacation Club Pulse location. Marriott Vacation Club Destinations owners can use their points to book their vacations at these new urban locations now (except San Diego which is available beginning in July).
Big Island Hawaii 2Marriott also updated investors recently on their acquisition of new units on the Big Island of Hawaii in the Waikoloa hotel. Stephen P. Weisz said in their earnings call that they have reached an agreement with the owner of the hotel to purchase 112 one and two bedroom timeshare units at the property when their conversion is completed. The expected completion date for these units is July 2017. Marriott has begun construction of a permanent sales center to open this fall. It is interesting to note that this timeline is in line with what Marriott announced in March of 2015.
If you are interested in discovering these new properties, contact one of our licensed agents today to learn more about a Marriott timeshare ownership and how buying timeshare resale can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

Marriott Vacation Club Plans to Expand in Three Key Markets

Marriott owners and fans: rejoice! Marriott Vacation Club plans to expand in three key markets. First, the company indicated that they have acquired a property in South Beach, Florida. This was a long anticipated move by Marriott. Second, Marriott Vacation Club has taken over the management of a property in New York City. Third, Marriott announced plans to expand their existing resort: Marriott’s Ko’Olina Beach Club in Oahu.

Image courtesy of Marriott.com

Image courtesy of Marriott.com


In 2015, Marriott said that they planned to acquire a 182-unit property in South Beach, Florida. Recently, Marriott indicated that this sale would not be proceeding. Instead, Marriott purchased The Edgewater Hotel in South Beach, Miami, Florida. The Edgewater was built in 1936 and offers 49 studios and suites. These units are available for booking through the Marriott Vacation Club Destinations Exchange Program as well as through Interval International. Now branded as Marriott Vacation Club, South Beach, the property is located on the 1400 block of Ocean Drive and offers a rich South Beach experience.
NY SkylineEarlier in 2016, Marriott announced an expansion in New York City with the management of The Strand Hotel. The Strand Hotel is located in Midtown Manhattan on 37th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Marriott plans to purchase the 176-unit hotel over time, beginning in 2018. It will be rebranded as a Marriott Vacation Club destination this month and is already available to existing owners to book through the Destinations Exchange Program.
Oahu SunriseMeanwhile in Hawaii, Marriott Vacations Worldwide says that they plan to add as many as 202 new timeshare units to their popular Marriott’s Ko’Olina Beach Club in Oahu. Currently Marriott’s Ko’Olina Beach Club has over 500 villas. Oahu is one of the most popular destinations in Hawaii and the Ko’Olina Beach Club has been a staple for families and couples alike.
Marriott’s Vacation Club Destinations points are an ideal way to explore these two new locations as well as existing Marriott locations, like Ko’Olina. Premier Timeshare Resale has licensed resale agents able to assist you in buying Marriott Vacation Club Destinations Points. Contact us today!

Marriott to Purchase Starwood Hotels

The travel industry is abuzz with the news today of a merger between two vacation titans and rivals. Marriott International is purchasing Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide creating the largest hotel chain in the world.
Marriott brands include The Ritz Carlton, Courtyard, Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn and Suites, just to name a few. Swimming PoolMarriott currently has over 4,300 properties in 85 countries. Acquiring the 1,270 properties that Starwood manages in over 100 countries will increase Marriott’s worldwide presence. Starwood property brands include Sheraton, Westin, and St. Regis.
Already announced earlier this year, Starwood is moving forward with plans to separate their vacation ownership business into a separate entity known as Vistana Vacation LandscapeSignature Experiences, so their timeshare resorts will not be included as part of the deal with Marriott. At the end of October, plans were revealed for Interval Leisure Group to acquire Vistana, with the transaction expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2016. Interval Leisure Group operates Interval International and Trading Places International.

We will be watching for updates and further details for both of these Starwood sales. And we can’t help but think that this news is a good reminder that the only constant in life is change!

New Marriott Vacation Club Locations

Marriott Vacation Club continues to expand their North American and worldwide presence, with two brand new acquisitions in addition to the three new Marriott Vacation Club resorts being added in Hawaii, Miami, and San Diego. The two new resorts are located in Australia and Washington, D.C.

Australia's Gold Coast

Australia’s Gold Coast


In August, Marriott purchased the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa Gold Coast in Queensland on Australia’s Gold Coast. Currently Marriott plans to convert eight dedicated floors into 88 one bedroom and studio vacation villas for timeshare ownership. They expect that the first units will be converted and a new sales gallery will be completed in the first half of 2016.


Australia’s Gold Coast
boasts 300 days of sunshine each year and is known for ideal year-round temperatures and ideal surfing conditions. Long established as a popular Queensland tourist destination, the Gold Coast offers more than can be explored in just one vacation, with national parks, surf beaches, entertainment, restaurants, shopping and more right at your doorstep. This is an exciting addition to Marriott’s Asia-Pacific offerings.

The White House, Washington, D.C.

The White House, Washington, D.C.


Back in the U.S., Marriott Vacation Club purchased 71 rooms in the Mayflower Hotel located in the heart of Washington, D.C. with plans to make them part of the Marriott Vacation Club ownership program. These units are available now through the Marriott Vacation Club Destinations exchange program.

The Washington Monument

The Washington Monument

The Mayflower Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Spend your day touring the sights of the nation’s capitol, including those nearby like the White House, the Smithsonian Institution or the National Gallery of Art and then return to the refined luxury of this beautiful property which includes a restaurant, fitness center and rooms featuring flat-screen televisions, complimentary Wi-Fi and daily housekeeping service.

These two exciting new destinations are in addition to the Marriott Vacation Club Resort offerings announced earlier this year coming soon to Miami, San Diego and Hawaii. But why wait until all of these resorts become available? Talk to a licensed timeshare professional today about a vacation ownership.

HOT SPOT: Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club in Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu beachOahu’s city of Kapolei has been blossoming into a premier getaway location over the last few years. From quaint, agricultural beginnings, Kapolei, and its resort section Ko Olina, have become an urban center that has brought in over 15,000 local residents and thousands of visitors each year.

This metropolis paradise has been dubbed Oahu’s “Second City” as a runner up to the state capital Honolulu. With all of the amenities of an urban city and the tranquility of a beach town, it’s no wonder why Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club timeshares are flying off the shelves.

waikiki-beachThe name Kapolei comes from the term “volcanic cone” or Pu’u o Kapolei. “Pu’u” means hill and “Kapo lei” means beloved Kapo. According to Hawaiian legend, Kapo was the sister of Pele, the volcano goddess that acts as the mother of the Hawaiian islands.

The area was once a small patch of agricultural land, mainly used for producing sugarcane and pineapples. But today, the area has been developed into a Mecca of local restaurants and home of luxurious resorts.

Photo Courtesy of Marriott.com

Photo Courtesy of Marriott.com

Just 30 minutes from Honolulu is the peaceful Ko Olina Beach Club. This Marriott resort is a 642-acre paradise complete with soothing waterfalls and a crystal clear lagoon. This resort sports three swimming pools and seven whirlpool spas for the family to enjoy, as well as a private beach oasis perfect for watching those signature Hawaiian sunsets.

Photo Courtesy of Resorts.disney.go.com

Photo Courtesy of Resorts.disney.go.com

Also located in Ko Olina is Disney’s Aulani Resort. This beautiful resort comes with all of the amenities of a world-class resort as well as the endless fun of a Disney hotel. From a quiet evening in the romantic infinity-edge pool to fun in the sun with Aunty’s Beach House kids club, this resort has something for everyone to enjoy. Whether lounging poolside with Minnie Mouse or go on a treasure hunt with Goofy, Aulani helps you do Hawaii the Disney way.

Photo Courtesy of Monkeypodkitchen.com

Photo Courtesy of Monkeypodkitchen.com

Across the street from Disney’s Aulani Resort is a local restaurant called the Monkeypod Kitchen. A must for visitors and locals alike, the Monkeypod offers unique, refreshing cocktails, a robust selection of craft beers, and delectable dishes for lunch and dinner. Take advantage of Monkeypod’s Happy Hour and stop in for some afternoon spirits and scrumptious appetizers before sauntering home to your cozy vacation villa.

golferKapolei is full of adventurous day activities that will help you explore the island and soak up the sun. The Ko Olina Golf Club is Oahu’s premier golf course; an 18-hole golfer’s paradise voted one of the best resort courses in the United States. If you’re traveling with kids, Wet’n’Wild Hawaii is an exciting 25-acre open-air water park complete with slides, pools and hot tubs.

With average temperatures ranging from 60 to 80 degrees year-round, premier beaches, and big city amenities with small town charm, it’s easy to see why Kapolei has become a hot spot for travelers. Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club is the perfect way to visit Oahu. Its one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas come with a washer and dryer and fully equipped kitchen, which make your stay easy and convenient. Its location in Ko Olina makes it easy to walk from attraction to attraction and the private lagoon makes for ideal snorkeling.

If you’re looking to buy a Ko Olina timeshare, the agents at Premier Timeshare Resale can help you find the best deal. Or, if you’re ready to sell your Ko Olina timeshare, advertise it for FREE on our website. Whatever your timeshare needs are, Premier Timeshare Resale is here to help!

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Opening Three New Vacation Destinations for Club Owners

If you love Marriott Vacation Club and have been wondering when they might have some new properties in the United States, we have the inside scoop on three new offerings coming soon!

 

During their fourth quarter earnings call, Marriott Vacations Worldwide President and Chief Executive Officer, Stephen P. Weisz, announced new Marriott Vacation Club resorts coming to Miami, San Diego and Hawaii.

 

Miami: There are currently 182 units under construction in South Beach that are scheduled to be completed in August of this year. Marriott anticipates opening a new sales gallery in the first half of 2016.

 

Beach in MiamiWorld-renowned for its many pleasurable pursuits, Miami’s South Beach defines paradise. But there is more to South Beach than just beautiful, white sand beaches and famous Art Deco architecture. Miami’s South Beach also boasts an eclectic nightlife scene, culturally diverse restaurant choices and shopping galore. Everything South Beach has to offer has earned it the nickname the “American Riviera.”

 

San Diego: A 264 unit former Marriott Suites hotel, located close to the Gaslamp Quarter and the San Diego Zoo has been secured by Marriott Vacations Worldwide. Marriott anticipates that renovated units will be available by mid-2016.

 

SanDiegoSan Diego is well-known for its year-round pleasant temperatures, sunny skies, and gorgeous beaches. Whether surfing or just enjoying the fresh ocean air, San Diego offers the opportunity to experience laid-back California culture at its best. The Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego has been transformed into a first-class dining, shopping and entertainment district.  The San Diego Zoo features open-air exhibits that seek to re-create the animals’ natural surroundings. The San Diego Zoo holds the distinction of being one of a handful of zoos in the world with giant pandas.

 

Hawaii: Marriott Vacations Worldwide has acquired 240 guest rooms at the Marriott Waikoloa Resort Hawaii Big Islandon the Big Island and will convert them into 112 timeshare units. Marriott anticipates opening a sales gallery in 2016 with converted units being available by 2017.

 

The Island of Hawaii (Big Island) offers the opportunity to explore a collection of unique natural wonders. The largest of the Hawaiian islands, the Big Island has earned the label “Hawaii’s Island of Adventure,” because there is just so much to see and do. The Big Island is the ideal place to discover Hawaii’s famous natural splendor. With 11 of the world’s 13 climate zones, one trip is not enough to fully experience everything the Big Island has to offer.

 

We know that if you are a Marriott timeshare owner, the announcement of these new resorts is exciting news. If you’ve been considering buying a timeshare and don’t want to wait until these resorts become available, our licensed agents can give you tips about the best Marriott timeshare prices and options. Contact Premier Timeshare Resale today to learn more about timeshare ownership.

 

Marriott’s Harbour Lake Review

Photo curtesy of www.marriottvacationclub.com

Photo curtesy of www.marriottvacationclub.com

My husband and I stayed at Marriott’s Harbour Lake last fall and were very impressed. The resort is not quite as large as Marriott’s Grande Vista, but it’s ideal for families with children.

The rooms were well-appointed and seemed to have undergone a recent renovation. The two bedroom villa sleeps eight with a Master Bedroom, Guest Suite and two sofa beds. The kitchen is equipped with all the items one would need to prepare a meal in with the family. Being Orlando, this resort is also set alongside a beautiful lake, which makes for a nice backdrop for a family photo.

The resort is located just off International Drive making it very close to Sea World and just a short drive to Disney’s theme parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Dining options abound and you’re sure to find your favorite chain in this franchise haven.

Photo curtesy of www.marriottvacationclub.com

Photo curtesy of www.marriottvacationclub.com

The best thing about Marriott’s Harbor Lake in Orlando, Florida, is certainly the pools. On one side of the resort, there is giant pirate ship with planks to walk, slides to splash into the pool and of course water guns. Activities staff keep the children busy with all kinds of games and contests. We had the pleasure of watching the children go on a treasure hunt while we caught some rays poolside. The smiles on their faces and excitement in their eyes told me these were memories they won’t be forgetting.

As if the pirate ship isn’t enough, a second pool on property is surrounded by a giant water activities area, a waterslide into the pool and a miniature golf course. We saw kids and adults alike enjoying the water features. You can run under sprinklers or shoot giant water guns at one another from opposing towers. Don’t get caught not paying attention in the towers! Both are topped with a giant bucket and when it’s full it dumps a tidal wave of water over those lurking beneath.

disney world epcotThis resort definitely caters to the wee ones with a poolside snack shack that has all their favorite popsicles, smoothies and ice cream treats. If you’re coming to Orlando with children I highly recommend this resort. At Marriott’s Harbour Lake Resort, Mom and Dad can relax poolside and let the many activities wear the kids out. A day off from touring the nearby theme parks can be fun and relaxing for everyone.

Of the multiple Marriott Vacation Clubs in Orlando, this resort is one of the smallest but as they say, “Good things come in small packages.” When it comes to Marriott’s Harbour Lake Resort I’d have to agree.

If an annual trip to Orlando is something you’d like to cherish with your kids or grandkids then buying a Harbour Lake timeshare will ensure those memories are made year after year.

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