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  1. Clifbell

    Review One Bedroom Sheraton Kauai Resort Villas at Poipu Kauai Hawaii

    It is hard not to love staying at the Sheraton Kauai Resort... You are right on the beach... The pool looks out onto the ocean... You can get small cabanas right on the beach... The rooms are of high quality. The one bedroom / one bathroom layout is great. I was in Building 7 on the fourth...
  2. Clifbell

    Review Two Bedroom Sheraton Kauai Resort Villas at Poipu Kauai Hawaii

    It is hard not to love staying at the Sheraton Kauai Resort... You are right on the beach... The pool looks out onto the ocean... You can get small cabanas right on the beach... The rooms are of high quality. The two bedroom / two bathroom layout is great. I happened to stay here as part of an...
  3. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 53... The Five Biggest Timeshare Mistakes

    In this video, I discuss the five biggest mistakes that timeshare purchasers make. The top five include; 1) Being sold a timeshare without Researching 2) Not Learning all the Features Available 3) Not Planning Ahead 4) Not Leveraging Bargains 5) Not Leveraging the Hotel Side. With each...
  4. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 51... Three wonderful Timeshares in Princeville Kauai

    I have stayed at three wonderful timeshares on the beautiful Hawaiian island of Kauai. I stayed at the Westin Princeville, the Club Wyndham Bali Hai Villas, and the Makai Club. As a comparison, the cost to rent a two bedroom unit at each is $820/night for the Westin Princeville, $509/night at...
  5. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 50... Survival Guide for Timeshare Presentations

    A lot of people don't like timeshare presentations because they can feel like high pressure situations. But they don't have to be. If you know what you are looking for and you approach the presentation as an opportunity to learn, you can survive a timeshare presentation. I'll explain my...
  6. C

    Owner Update + Westin Flex Purchase = Confused!

    We just did our owner update at WDW and ended up purchasing Westin Flex, but we're thinking we're going to rescind after reading a lot of the latest TUG posts. We have one developer unit and 4 resold mandatory units. They said the developer unit would get us DP with MVC, but only around 2,000...
  7. Clifbell

    Westin Princeville (Studio, 1, and 2 bedroom) comparison in Princeville Kauai Hawaii

    This is my first comparison video of a all the room types in a timeshare. It is hard work, but someone has to try out all the configurations :cool: . About an hour drive from the Lihue Airport in Princeville Hawaii on the Island of Kauai sits the Westin Princeville (part of Vistana and...
  8. Clifbell

    Review Westin Princeville Two Bedroom in Princeville Kauai Hawaii

    About an hour drive from the Lihue Airport in Princeville Hawaii on the Island of Kauai sits the Westin Princeville (part of Vistana and Marriott Vacation Club). Today's review is of the two bedroom unit. The building are three stories tall and have lush tropical plants throughout. There are...
  9. SueDonJ

    Thread Dedicated to the Upcoming/Anticipated Integration of Vistana and Marriott Ownerships

    All "official" indications via Marriott Vacations Worldwide Investor Calls have been that following Vistana coming under the MVW umbrella, there will be some type of Vistana/Marriott timeshare integration with reciprocal usage benefits. Sales reps have been mentioning it for quite some time but...
  10. B

    westin lagunamar (not an owner)

    Hi Owners, me and wife recently went to westin langunamar resort. my wife got a timeshare tour email that offered 4 nights for $299. we took it and went to Cancun for a small vacation. during the presentation i was offered 10.2K initial fee and $846/year maintenance fee , 47k pts and 5 gateways...
  11. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 41… What happened to the Vistana / Marriott Merger?

    Originally announced in May of 2018, The Marriott Vacation Club purchase of Vistana promised a vision of a high end and extensive network of quality timeshares. As an owner of both Vistana and Marriott Vacation Club, I was excited about the proposed merger. I even went so far as to upgrade my...
  12. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 33 How I earned 71 free hotel nights in one year

    In this video, I reviewed my overly obsessive approach to figure out how to earn 71 free hotel nights in a single year. My goal is offer you several ideas for how you can leverage what you are doing to earn free hotel nights by doing what you are doing anyway. I look forward to learning...
  13. 5

    Vistana sales email re: Marriott merge

    I receive the below email last week, and I am considering taking the call to find out about any concrete merger plans. Obviously I know an upsell is going to be part of the pitch, but curious if anyone has more information they can share to help me prepare for the call. FYI I have a even year...
  14. I

    Baja Point villas not part of The Westin Los Cabos Resort Villas & Spa anymore?

    Hello, does anyone know if the Baja Point villas have been recently separated from the main Westin Los Cabos resort? I tried to make a reservation for next October, as I am inside my home reservation period for the Los Cabos resort, and while there is availability at Baja Point, I am being told...
  15. JudyS

    RENTED - Sheraton Vistana (Orlando), 1bdrm sleeps four, Thanksgiving, 7 nights check-in 11/21

    I have already reserved a one-bedroom villa for Thanksgiving week at the original Sheraton Vistana Resort, close to Disney World! The dates are Sunday, November 21 through Sunday, November 28th. The price is $700. This is a standalone suite, not part of a lock-out. It is in the Cascades...
  16. T

    Using Previous Owner to Reserve Weeks Pending Resale Closure

    I bought at SVV-Bella this summer. The Closing Process is moving rather slow. I have a recorded deed approved by the county, and now the paperwork is in vistanas queue to confirm my ownership on their end. They have had the paperwork since 14 July. My issue is, I am planning a vacation to the...
  17. T

    Vistana confirming Timeshare Transfer

    Howdy! Question on Vistana Timelines. I just closed on SVV in late June and closing company sent docs to Vistana to confirm the transfer on their end. According to the tracking info I received, Vistana received all documents required on July 19. I haven’t heard anything beyond this point. I’ve...
  18. TJALB

    Booking WKORVN at 8 month mark

    I purchased a resale 2 Bdrm lock off at WKORVN. It is annual usage but, want to go every other year so we can save staroptions to take kids. Being new to Vistana I’m learning that banked options can only be used to book 8 months in advance even if booking at my home resort, instead of 12...
  19. W

    Verifying a vistana reservation purchased on ebay (Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas)

    Hi All, I recently purchased a timeshare on ebay for a 1 week rental @ Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas(Vistana Property). Payment was fully submitted via ebay and the seller was prompt in his response. He asked for my name and later said that he has changed the reservation to my name...
  20. J

    Going on Westin St. John sales tour

    Hi all. I’m going on a tour at Westin St. John just to get a free snorkel tour. We are actually interested in a unit here but obviously not retail. A few questions: 1) are developer prices negotiable ? To the price points of resale? I figured I’ll just offer them a market price for the...
  21. dioxide45

    Did Vistana Extend 120 COVID StarOptions to 12/2022?

    Marriott extended DC points that were from cancelled reservations under the 2020 COVID cancellation policy to December 2022. Has anyone checked to see if Vistana did the same for restricted StarOptions?
  22. T

    Every Other Year StarOptions Banking

    Considering Buying an Every Other Year (Odd) at a Mandatory Resort. I should have the ability to bank these options if I am unable to use this year correct? Can I bank them in 2021 and Spend them in 2022? All while only paying Maintenance Fee in 2021, 2023, etc.....? Thanks!
  23. R

    New Vacation Club Owner with possible Buyer's Remorse. Help appreciated!

    Hi All, New member to the TUG community and Vacation Club Owner. This past week we purchased the Sheraton Flex Vacation and can really use your guidance and expertise on the offer we received. We are not sure if we made the right decision. It was an emotional buy to be able to travel more...
  24. N

    Trouble getting reservations for 2022 Hawaii

    Last night at midnight Eastern time, I went online to reserve 2022 WKORV as I have for about the past 10 years. It returned zero inventory, and the message said I could try at the 8 months out window (which would not guarantee me the ocean view I pay for). This has never happened before. This...
  25. T

    Newbie. Wondering if I should rescind. Help appreciated!

    Hi, new member here! Currently staying at Vistana Villages in Orlando and was invited to a presentation yesterday. Long story short, purchased Sheraton Flex deeded ownership w/25,800 star options/points annually starting in 2022 and a bonus of 50K points this year. Unlimited getaway weeks and...
  26. J

    Vistana - cancelled contract few years back and suddenly received call about the ownership and points

    I'm just wondering if anyone had the same experience. We signed for timeshare ownership but cancelled it shortly thereafter and within the period as indicated in the contract. We received a cancellation confirmation from Vistana and any funds paid were returned. All this happened 4 years ago...
  27. B

    HELP needed re: “Upgrading” into Sheraton Flex (from Vistana Cascades Orlando)

    HELP needed! Ok, I got roped into going to my “owner update“ last week while using my timeshare at Vistana Cascades in Orlando, and despite insisting that I would NOT buy anything, I got convinced to sign a new contract to “upgrade” into the Sheraton Flex program. I am still within my 10-day...
  28. Andrearr

    Really happy with my 2020 exchanges so far

    Just wanted to share my experience with my recent exchanges. 2020 was my first use year for my Vistana Timeshare that I bought resale on this site after rescinding my developer purchase. We have a 2 bed lock off that can be split into two different weeks. Hawaii 2019 for Colorado 2020 We traded...
  29. B

    Anyone having any luck canceling Vistana bookings without cancellation fees?

    Anyone having any luck canceling Vistana bookings within 60 days without cancellation fees or other onerous terms? Our state of MN is requesting no travel and a 14 day quarantine on return. So we can’t go to our January reservations at Kierland. This is a public health emergency and even...
  30. D

    Maui Westin 2b2b Villa Rental w. Kaanapali Beach Access Dec 12-19th/7n $800

    Timeshare owner renting a 2b2b villa on at a brand new Westin Resort on Kaanapali Beach (famous for its beautiful sunsets!). The time booked is Dec 12-19, 2020 for 7 nights of stay. The villa has 2 spacious bedrooms with 2 king beds, 1 sofa bed, fully equipped kitchen, dining , living room, and...
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