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My sister has been offered several 2BR units at Kauai Beach Resort at the Beachboy, from an owner who doesn't use them anymore. She loves Kauai, and is interested, but has many, many questions before she would accept any of the units.

They are oceanfront 2BR's, and MF's are approximately $850/yr per unit. When I searched for information on the resort, I see that Beachboy is part of the Shell Vacation Club, and MF's are a lot more than $850. Does anyone know if all units at the Beachboy are in the SVC point program? If someone owned at the resort for a long time, and never converted to SVC/points, can the new owner use the deeded week - without joining and paying the extra Shell club fees? If you have to join Shell, what is the cost?

Also, are there any owners at Beachboy out there that could tell me how well the resort is managed? Have MF's been stable? I see there was a major renovation recently, and the photos of the units are really very nice. I understand that Beachboy trades through Interval starting in 2012 - not sure if that's a good thing or not? There are already a lot of nice Kauai resorts in II.

Other than the normal advice on buying a timeshare (or in her case, taking on ownership for free), particularly in Hawaii, can anyone offer pros and/or cons on owning at the Beachboy?

Thank you.
Pam
 

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I own shell hawaii and the maintenance fees for 6750 points is $1487. This does include interval internatinal annual fee.

To book a 2 bedroom Ocean view in high season takes 6750 points so the maintenance fees are a bargain compared to shell points.

If it is a deeded week it can be sold and transferred to an new owner without converting to points.

I have only owned for 2 years and my fees have not changed but I don't have much history.
 

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Pam:

I own a deeded week at Paniolo Greens on the BI, which is managed by Shell. I stayed at the beachboy several years ago as an incentive to attend a presentation to switch my deeded week into their points/ club.

Specifically I enjoyed my stay at the Beachboy. The only things I didn't care for was that it was a three floor walkup, and the oceanfront property was not swimable.

Shell does a decent job of managing properties. However I would never seriously consider joining their club. I like the fact I own a deeded property. To join the club you give up your deed if you have one, and you become a member of a club - you get a piece of paper somewhat like a diploma, plus you get to pay higher mf's, and you have no say (vote) for BOD or ability to change management or challenge policy etc etc

Just my opinion

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...To join the club you give up your deed if you have one, and you become a member of a club - you get a piece of paper somewhat like a diploma, plus you get to pay higher mf's, and you have no say (vote) for BOD or ability to change management or challenge policy etc etc

Just my opinion

don

Don, I laughed when I read your post about joining the club. You get a "diploma" with higher MF's and no voice in resort management. What a deal!!! I've read the sticky on Shell Vacation Club, and the system is more than a little confusing to me - your take is refreshing!

Chellej, that's a huge difference in MF's! I wonder if she was given the correct information? Can anyone who owns deeded weeks confirm MF's without Shell membership are that much lower - in this case, 6,750 SVC Points @ $1,487 vs deeded @ $850 for a 2BR oceanfront?

Also, is it true owners can bank/borrow weeks internally? It would be nice to have that flexibility. I understand that KBR/Beachboy used to trade in RCI, and is now affiliated with II. If she wanted to trade through II (not Shell points), is there a Shell/II discount for Shell to Shell trades? I've heard it was a strong trader in RCI, do you think it will have strong trading power in II?

I really appreciate any and all information/tips/advice. Thank you. I've been timesharing for years, and own several weeks in Maui, but know very little about Kauai, and nothing at all about Shell or the Beachboy. I don't have a clue whether this particular offer of free weeks is a good deal or not?

-Pam
 
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I have not been previously aware that Shell ever sold weeks at the Kauai Beachboy. It was previously a hotel and was acquired by Shell and totally renovated into mostly 1BR and 2BR units. I believe it reopened around 2000-2001, around the time that Shell converted from a weeks company to a points company. While weeks and points coexist at the other Hawaii resorts, I have never heard of a weeks owner at the Kauai Beachboy. This does not say they do not exist, as Shell may have been doing week presales at another resort prior to its opening and the change to a points system. If you have seen the actual deeds and verified the actual maintenance fees, then I would say this is a great deal (MF wise). You would we restricted to trading through Interval or using the actual weeks, I think. Are they fixed or floating weeks? Are they annual weeks or every other year (if every other year the actual MF could be double the stated value). There are also 2BR Garden/Ocean View as well as 2BR Ocean Front.
 
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If these are actual weeks and not points

and she decides not to take them, please let me know.
I toured that resort the 1st few weeks they were open and they were selling points. Like Shellboy said, maybe they had pre-sold some weeks, I would sure like to know about these if that is the case.

Greg
 

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