The ref to breakfast was simply due to the fact that virtually all accomm in Thailand comes with breakfast. We are paying an extreme amount for our week.
I would appreciate hearing about your developer purchase experience, as ours was most unfortunate. We were lied to in a big way and deceived into changing our ownership from the timeshare group we purchased, to the Absolute product. They did not even mention they were acting as agents in the original sale.
This involved another payment of about $9000 AUD from memory, and the maintenance fee went through the roof. It was promised originally to be less than $200. It is now over $700 US for the week every two years. We were not told that that option was available at the time of the original purchase around 2004, not 2007, as they wanted the max out of us, to maximise their commission.
Long story really, however we lost the ability to swap into 3500 resorts at no extra cost by going to Absolute.. They blatantly lied to us about that big change as I specifically asked that Q. There were more lies to come when they promised if we upgraded significantly, they could sell our timeshare at minimal loss to us. That was also totally false, and after explaining the situation to staff in Phuket, we were given about $10,000US refund. Big win, however we are still at $25,000US, not $33k US as I mentioned earlier for the membership.
Anyway, our week as I said costs a fortune compared to what is generally available in Thailand.
Admittedly, to get anything like value for our $25,000 US payout, we have to use their product more. Of course, that is how the thing is structured.
Our dealings with Absolute have left a very bad taste in our mouths apart from the refund.
I would be interested to know what maintenance fees you pay, as ours are ridiculously high at 277 Euro paid yearly, 554 E for the week every two years.....
I am pleased to have found this site, as I intend to familiarise myself with the options/info mentioned here.
I have heard that a class action was being organised by some unhappy/ deceived members.