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Official Secrets of OWNERS (please) Four Seasons Aviara Thread

Discussion in 'Non-traditional Interval Ownership' started by GregGH, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. presley

    presley TUG Review Crew: Expert TUG Member

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    Since it is your owned timeshare, you can rent the days that you won't be using it. If you post in the Marketplace, you can set any price you want. You can also advertise on Redweek, craigslist and anywhere that doesn't charge a lot to list it.

    When it gets down to the last 45 days before check in, if it still hasn't rented, you can post it in the forums rentals, but the maximum nightly rate you can ask for is $100.
     
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    Thanks presley. I found the rentals section of TUG, but don't see Marketplace...?
     
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    Help with villa location request at Aviara

    Can anyone make a suggestion about what villa location to request for our first visit to Aviara. Owners for 20 years, but have never actually stayed there, but will be there for the week that includes Memorial Day in our 2 bdrm unit and have also rented 2 studio units for other family.

    Priorities would be parking, BBQ access and quiet and a likelihood that all units could be in the same area. Always nice to have the fitness center and other amenities nearby but less important - we can walk!
     
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    I think the first item you want is to have the 3 units close ( preferably in same villa complex - please make sure you request this asap with owners services ). Most villas have 3 levels ( some have 2 ) and many have the upper as a one bedroom unit - leaving the mid and lower floors with two 2 bedroom units ( or lock off to a 1 bedroom and a studio ). The studio's are very large .. so you can party in the friend's rooms as well...:)

    I am confident you won't find a 'bad' unit. Some units appeal to some and less so for others ... example would be what level you are on and how you are handle stairs ( but since you said you can walk ...rule that out ) ... and stairs are only for one floor ( up or down ).

    Another example of a 'weaker' unit might be ... in the Meadows many units back onto the pool area .. great for some and less so for others. The scenery from balconies is very nice - but over time you will develop your favourite views. 20 years an owner - think this will come to change once you stay here ...:) and make this an annual event.

    The fitness area's are smaller now and my wife meet people from the Meadows that came up to the Summit for Gym. But the Meadows has the new Spa and the Restaurant.

    One point lost on many is to request the time you like maid service. Starts at 9:00 thru 4:00. Plan your time and activities to have this service as less of a disruption and more of a feature that is missed when you are back home. We smile at how many put up the do not disturb signs - they have not mastered the system to their max pleasure.

    I can't think of many villa's that are far from a BBQ ( or the stand alone Washer Dryer rooms for the studio's ) ... you are typically spoiled here vs. compared to many high density time shares.

    Speaking of walking ...a favourite walk is from the Meadows to Summit or visa versa ...the views are fantastic. Or need a lift - just call ( we always requested the golf carts vs the mini-van's - the choice as always if yours when at Aviara).

    Enjoy
    Greg
     
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    Here are links to the resort map and google map
    RESORT MAP - http://www.fourseasons.com/content/...en/residence_clubs/aviara/residence_club_map/ (NOTE: The BBQ grills are indicated on the map)
    GOOGLE MAP - https://www.google.com/maps/place/F...ata=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xf3ced4789d40e70e

    Additional Notes
    As Greg stated above if anyone has problems with stairs, you'll definitely want to request a street level units (and tell them about the mobility issue).
    This is a dog friendly resort, so if anyone has allergies, please inform them about that as well.
    Some folks don't care for the building facing Aviara Parkway due to the road noise.

    Keep in mind the resort is built on a hill. The Meadows area is on the lower level. The checkin desk is in the Meadows. The Hyatt Hotel and other sections (Summit & Osprey) are on the upper level. Kingfisher Lane connects the the lower and upper levels.(see videos)
    Videos
    Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara - Inside Our Villas - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuF_qbkhxIg
    Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara - A Luxurious "Home Away From Home" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7geW9rl8EY

    Have a great time :)
     
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    Thanks Greg and alwaysonvac! Yes, indeed 20 years and it is high time to stay there although 20 years of using it to go to Hawaii has not been bad either. (My sister owned a big house in Poway until recently and that became the center of gravity for family visits.) Now everyone is excited to come here and happy to have some more info about the lay of the land. Links and videos very helpful.

    I appreciate the info for figuring out what wuuld work best to request and I figured it was time do that. And skipping the maid service!?! I can't imagine and I always make time requests at hotels and resorts. Usually it is only a mid-week cleaning - do they come more often here?

    Am very excited to stay here and I suspect you are right that this will become an annual event. Was surprised to be able to book the Memorial Day week fairly late in the game, but am thrilled. There is a 5 month old in the mix now (the first in the family) so it will be fun to be all together. [Not sure if you know this are there cribs to request? I will check with owners services when I call....)
     
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    Follow-up

    Had a lovely and helpful talk with a woman in Owner Services. Apparently I have good taste in villa locations (thanks to some help from my TUG buddies ;)) and I had picked out the exact same locations that are apparently the most requested as standing requests from the regulars - 25-29 and 46-47/50-51. It also seemed that the Aviara Parkway is not a requested location and quiet was one of the first things on our list too.

    No idea what the priority is for assignments, but given that we are coming on holiday week, are 1 week owners, and have never stayed there, I don't expect to be anywhere but near the bottom of that list. Sounds like we may end up in Ospray which seems like it would be fine. Looking forward to staying (and they seem not only to have cribs, but baby gear I have never even heard of!)
     
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    Maid service every day ... for a 2 bbd unit is the better part of an hour ... so if you plan stuff in advance it works better. People who don't will put up a 'do not disturb' sign and drive the poor women nuts trying to spot a time to get in and do the work.

    Love the video's - I had not seen them ...

    ps - even the units along Aviara parkway are nice ... our first stay there we in these ... you are 100 feet above street level with nice views of the east. I think you will like it all ... enjoy.

    Greg
     
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    Oops Correction

    I just noticed a mistake. It's Blue Heron Place that connects the lower and upper levels.

    Yes, they have lots of stuff for the small ones - http://www.fourseasons.com/northsandiego/services_and_amenities/family_at_four_seasons/highlights/
    I suggest requesting Hypoallergenic bedding. We brought my niece when she was about 18 month old. We had the crib but during the night my sister brought my niece into the bed with them to sleep. My niece had an allergic reaction to the feathered bedding in the middle of the night.
     
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    Thank you both! You undoubtedly know this, but the nearby Von's will deliver orders over $50 (easy to do) and there is Costco not far away. And the restaurant looks very good, so we will certainly not have any issues with food options.

    Really looking forward to our first stay there!
     
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    We ended up on the first floor of building 24 and have been very happy here (and we also had two other studio units- one on also on the first floor of 24 and a second on the upper floor of 23). They clearly tried to accommodate us.

    Both had some road noise from the Aviara Parkway with the windows/patio open, but we enjoyed the views and enjoyed being in the Summit. As usual the staff was unfailingly accommodating and the "amenities" for the baby were fabulous. Thanks to all for the advice!
     

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