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How many Worldmarks have you stayed at ?

Discussion in 'Worldmark The Club' started by sun starved Gayle, May 30, 2019.

  1. sun starved Gayle

    sun starved Gayle TUG Member

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    I always try to book during Monday Madness, Inventory Specials or Bonus time. Paying the $85.00 housekeeping fee for only one night does not sit well with me so I try and avoid booking during "regular" booking time, unless I have no choice, like in Kauai or Maui where it is still cheaper to stay there than in a regular hotel room. We have owned since 2011 (resale, of course !) and have stayed at the following 15 resorts:

    Bass Lake X 1
    Angels Camp X 1 (Big hard sell staff here to try and pressure you take update tour.)
    Running Y X 1
    These were booked on Inventory special for stops on a recent road trip to Yosemite and Monterey area.

    Seaside X 12 plus
    Closest resort to my home, we like to lure our Seattle based kids down over Labor Day weekend. Also use this for a last minute bonus time for a night on the weekend.

    Birch Bay X 2 (Another high pressure to take update, both times)
    Mother's Day weekend trips, easy for our kids to get to.

    Eagle Crest X 5 plus
    We like to book this in late October when blue season starts, very reasonable and the weather is usually good. Have gotten a few summer nights here on Bonus Time too, it can be quite crowded.

    Kapaa Shore X 2
    We have supplemented a week we have traded for with our Westin for few day extra days here.

    Discovery Bay X 1
    Another Mother's Day destination. Nice setting, but pretty isolated. Good place to sit and look at the water and "veg".

    Depoe Bay X 1
    Love the setting. Very popular destination.

    Long Beach X 1
    A newer resort that needs lots of points. You can walk to town.

    The Camlin X 2
    If I cannot get this on Bonus Time, Monday Madness or Winter Madness or the like, it is usually cheaper to Hotwire a downtown hotel, than pay the points and the housekeeping fee. My daughter bought a house in Seattle with room for us to stay so I don't have to deal with this any more.

    Arrow Point X 1
    Very pretty, but isolated.

    Oceanside X 1
    Was not wild about the neighborhood, seemed a little "gritty".

    Mission Valley X 1
    Needed one night after a wedding.

    EDITED TO ADD:
    Kehei X 1
     
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  2. bbodb1

    bbodb1 TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

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    A week at St. George for us.
    Review available here.

    A week at Blaine for us.
    Review available here.

    I'd stay at both of these locations again if future travel needs aligned...
     
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  3. Luanne

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    One that I can think of. That was the Worldmark Kona. Didn't care for the unit much and wouldn't stay at that one again.

    Are you including the Wyndham Worldmark as well?
     
  4. sun starved Gayle

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    I am only a member of Worldmark so did not include Wyndham.
     
  5. Karen G

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    I really enjoyed both of your reviews--very informative and well done.
     
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  6. bbodb1

    bbodb1 TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

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    Thank you, Karen! I enjoy writing about a stay for many reasons but one (admittedly selfish) reason is it helps me recall the stay in future years in case we want to return to that same area. A more useful reason (to others who happen to read a review I wrote) is we have found many destinations because of the detailed reviews others wrote in the past. I guess that's my version of Pay it Forward!
     
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    WorldMark was the first timeshare we bought. We purchased second hand, in 2005. We've stayed at multiple WorldMarks, multiple times. We like to use Monday madness quite a lot.

    We've stayed at all the Worldmarks in Oregon except for Seventh Mountain and Portland.

    We've stayed at all the Washington WorldMarks except Lake Chelan Shores.

    Other stays include all the WorldMarks in Canada; all the WorldMarks in Northern California; all the Worldmarks in Hawaii accept Valley Isle; Wolf Creek Utah, St George Utah; and Estes Park Colorado.

    Except for WorldMark Kihei, which we like, we use the Hawaii resorts to fill in a night here or there when we have other timeshare reservations that have a gap. In Southern California, we prefer other resorts to WorldMark, with the exception of Inn at the Park, which we like.
     
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    I have never stayed at a Worldmark resort. I would like to give them a try, but haven't been able to yet.
     
  9. easyrider

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    I liked the WM Kona well enough for a resort that has no beach view. For me, a block away is too far. Same with WM Kehei. It is not really beach front or direct ocean view because it is across the street from the beach. Even so, not bad as it is WM. For Hawaii, the Valley Isle is ocean front but some years the beach disappears.

    We use the WM Seaside the most. WM Depoe Bay was very close ocean front but no beach. WM Discovery Bay was 10 ft from the bay off the deck. WM Victoria was in the harbor and was a good view. WM Canadian was good for a big city. WM Lake Chelan has very large three bedroom units but the view is not great and the main road is right in front of the deck. WM Lake Chelan Shores is one of my favorite WM's. WM Eagle Crest is good for golf. We had family in Sisters so we used this resort alot back then. WM in Bend , Inn at the Seven Mountains is a good location for Bend Oregon. WM Leavenworth is a favorite of my wife for October-fest and Christmas Lighting. WM Surfside is a good resort for fishing Buoy 10. WM Longbeach is a nicer than WM Surfside but there is no place to park a boat at the Longbeach location. We use the Camlin for Seattle hospital visits mostly. We use the WM Running Y for driving trips as a driving break. WM Anaheim was a great place to stay while taking the kids to Disney Land. WM Oceanside was a fun place to surf and goof around at the pier.

    The WM Coral Baja was ok but I haven't been back since the storm and all of the remodeling.

    For a while Worldmark had the ability to make reservations at Morritts in Grand Cayman , Vacation Internationale certain resorts like the Sea Village in Kona and other places. We did Morritts and Sea Village through the WM portal. I liked Sea Village so much we bought a Vacation Internationale RTU.

    I did leave reviews for most of our WM stays. I haven't had a bad WM unit yet.

    Bill
     
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    I am only a Wyndham Member, but with clubpass access that I hate not getting my VIPP perks with. Have stayed at:

    TX
    Marble Falls - 2nd visit with be week of 4th of July
    Hunt - 1X
    New Braunfels - 5X

    Others
    West Yellowstone 1X
    St George 2X

    I have stayed somewhere else but it is escaping me right now.....
     
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    Anaheim; Dolphin Cove
    St. George; McCall for us.
     
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    Including WMSP - 35 different Resorts. Many of these have multiple trips since August 2002. Sydney 2 trips. Rotorua 2 trips. Coral Baja probably 6 or 7. Kihei 4 to 6. Victoria 4 or 5. Canadian 4 or 5. Windsor at least 4 trips. Clear Lake 2 or 3. Mission Valley 2 or 3. Seaside at least once per year.
     
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    52+ including WMSP
     
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    Wow !!! I haven't been to any of the South Pacific resorts. Which one do you like best ?

    Bill
     
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    We've only been to two WMSP (Port Stephens and Sydney Suites) plus Boambee Bay via RCI. Of the three, my personal favorite was Boambee Bay. Strangely, the Sydney Suites no longer appears on the Resort map?

    WMSP Port Stephens was too focused on being a golf club. One wasn't invited or allowed to walk anywhere unless officially playing golf. I felt very disconnected from nature while on the property but really loved the general area and activities. We took a guided nature trail through the Tilligerry Habitat for Koala sightings and a fabulous dolphin encounter on Catamaran on Nelson Bay. Both provided my 'nature' fix! We also enjoyed meandering the Nelson Bay area for shopping & dining. So, we loved the area ... but the resort left me 'cold.'

    Really didn't like Sydney Suites. The units are tiny and ineffective. No privacy between the master bedroom and bath given the glass wall used to separate the two spaces. Thus, to use the bathroom, one had to lock off the entire master bedroom. A night-time trip to the toilet was an adventure in total darkness as turning on a light would wake the spouse. It was a weird place, indeed. However, once we mastered using local transportation (bus and rail) and could reach the harbour ... life relaxed. We spent most of our time on or near the water and took a splendid day trip to the Blue Mountains.

    Boambee Bay, however, was a hit right from the git'go. It was a simple resort surrounded by nature. The resort offered kayaks (free?) for exploring the creek and estuary. Lots of birdlife, great pool, relaxing, friendly ... simply "a hit." Loved it.
     
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    Guess I need to get vacationing.... only 48 here (but no WMSP).
     
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    I feel like such a newbie at this. We’ve stayed at:

    WM Leavenworth
    WM Seattle The Camlin
    WM San Francisco
    WM Avenue Plaza
    And currently driving to WM St. George.

    Dave
     
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    Just swing up to Northern Utah on your way back and could almost double your count (Wolf Creek, Bear Lake, Park City, Midway)... plus a night at Estancia (which is technically a separate resort).
     
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    Speaking of Bear Lake, we are headed there soon and looking forward to it. Any must - do or must - see suggestions in that area, Eric?

    I'm surprised there are only -3- reviews of WM Bear Lake on TUG.....there will be a 4th soon!
     
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    Hi Rhonda. Were you living in Australia or flying back and forth ?

    Bill
     
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    We didn't like the Worldmark Kona for several reasons. We had five people staying in a two bedroom, and the fifth person was on a murphy bed in the living room, which made the space tight when it was pulled down. But the worst part was the lanai. We couldn't use it. It was small, on back with no view, but the worst part was that a/c vented out onto the lanai which made it hot and uncomfortable. You couldn't get a cross breeze in the unit so we needed to leave the a/c on. Just not a very comfortable unit overall.
     
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    We have stayed at Sydney Suites twice. Both times in a 2 Bedroom and did not have the Bathroom Privacy issues. As for WMSP Resorts it depends on what you want. Sydney Units do have a smaller foot print. But then so does the Canadian and NOLA. We loved the Sydney Resort and Sydney. But we also loved Rotorua. The North part of North Island is geothermally active. There is also Hobbiton, the Glow Worm Caves, etc. We have been to both twice. Once on the same trip. We also loved Tasmania and we are going back next February. This time for 2 weeks.
     
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    Was fun remembering them.

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    When we first purchased there were 30'something locations, or so we were told by sales. We set a goal to visit every one ... but the list keeps growing! We'll keep trying!!
     
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    Just visiting! The first trip was in 2002 using a "9/11" airfare special ($450 pp r/t lax). The fare was advertised in very early Sept with the restriction that you must fly, internationally, on 9/11. So, with about 10 days notice, we found ourselves in Australia! We flew LAX>Sydney, took the rail north to get out of the city before renting a car and then drove to Coffs Harbour. Saw the Big Banana, walked around the WM Coffs Harbour resort but stayed at Boambee Bay (RCI last minute rental week). Did lots and lots of touring in that area before working our way back down the coast towards Sydney including our stay in the Nelson Bay area (WM Port Stephens).

    The second visit was in fall 2016. We sailed on Holland America from San Diego to Sydney (25 nights, lots of island hopping along the route) and then had a week at the WMSP Sydney Suites. Returned home flying on Award Miles in Business Class with lay flat seats. Sooooo awesome. Every bit of it.
     

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