Diamond Resorts is one of the timeshares that we own, and we’ve traveled throughout the US and abroad to Mexico, St Maarten, and France with them. They are growing their portfolio of resorts with the addition of 9 properties with the acquisition of Intrawest Resorts Club Group.
We have used our timeshares extensively to travel the world – domestically in the US, Australia, France, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Canada. Aside from being in, or near, locations that we want to travel to, there are several reasons why we love using our timeshare to travel.
Saving money on food
Since we use airline miles to fly almost everywhere we go, and we use timeshare or hotel points to stay, our biggest expenses when traveling are food and fun. Now that we have two small children in our family, access to quality food at an affordable price is even more important.
If you take a weeklong vacation, you’re looking at approximately 21 meals. Even if you’re going economical and eating fast food for every meal, for a family of four that’s almost $700 in food if you only average $8 a person per meal. Imagine the groceries you could buy for $700 to feed your family for just one week!
When we travel, we don’t eat exclusively at the timeshare because we want to experience some of the local cuisine and other times, we’re frankly too tired or too busy exploring to prepare a meal. However, imagine how much money you’d save if you were able to cut out half the meals while traveling.
More space, even when traveling with friends
The other primary reason we love using our timeshares is how much space you get. In a normal hotel room, you get the bed, the bathroom, and a U-shaped area surrounding the bed. If you pay for a room upgrade or have high-level status with a hotel chain, you may get upgraded to a bigger room, which is always nice… however, not always guaranteed.
When we travel with our children, it is nice to have a 1- or 2-bedroom unit where we can put the kids to bed, then can enjoy some evening fun watching TV, sharing a bottle of wine over great conversation, or playing a board game without fear of disturbing a sleeping child. Nobody wants a cranky kid in the morning!
And traveling with friends is more fun this way too! If you book rooms at a hotel, there’s a small chance your rooms could be adjoining or near each other, but most likely you’ll be on different floors or wings of the hotel. With a timeshare, you can reserve a bigger unit where both families can enjoy a common area to play and share meals, while still having a your own space to retreat to when you need some quiet time. We do this a lot with our friends and family… to me, this makes travel so much more fun!
Club Intrawest locations
Within these 9 new resorts, there are some places I definitely want to visit. Click on the links below and you may be as impressed as I am with how attractive these resorts are. Here are the acquired resorts:
- Vancouver, British Columbia
- Ucluelet, British Columbia
- Whistler, British Columbia
- Panorama, British Columbia
- Blue Mountain, Ontario
- Tremblant, Quebec
- Palm Desert, California
- Sandestin, Florida
- Zihuatanejo, Mexico
These additions are exciting for our family as owners of Diamond Resorts. More resorts to choose from increases the enjoyment of our membership. Anna and I like to snowboard and are looking forward to teaching our kids how much fun that can be. Palm Desert is a short drive away, so that could be a great weekend getaway spot. And Mexico is a fun “exotic” location that is a short plane ride from our home in Southern California. I can see our family visiting all of these locations once they’re available.
Availability of these new locations
Unfortunately, owners of Diamond Resorts will have to wait awhile before we can book one of these Club Intrawest resorts, per the email I received from Diamond Resorts this morning:
Due to the size and limited availability of these resorts, it is unlikely that these vacation destinations will be made available to members of THE Club® for the time being. While this decision will be reviewed in the future, our immediate priority is to ensure that the vacation ownership of the current Club Intrawest Members remains fully accessible for them to book. We also want to be transparent with members of THE Club® and realistic with you about the availability at Club Intrawest resorts at this time.
I’m sure that the delay is so that Diamond Resorts can determine which “collection” each resort will belong to, and at what price in points night at the new resort will cost. Since it is only January 2016, I would guess we should receive an announcement later this year providing more details and announcing availability starting in 2017.
I’ve owned timeshares since I was about 20 years old. I’ve had so many positive experiences because I like to plan ahead. What are your experiences with your timeshare units? Do you have any favorite locations where you’ve stayed? Any tips or tricks on how to get the most out of your membership? We’d love to hear from you. Please write us here.