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Vidanta is increasing the resort fees for exchangers again

Yellowfin

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I was looking at an exchange into GLPV in Interval and I noticed this:

Fee Advisements
REQUIRED SURCHARGES (energy, accommodations/occupancy tax, bed tax, fees or other miscellaneous) ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE OCCUPANT AND ARE PAYABLE DIRECTLY TO THE RESORT. Surcharges are subject to change without notice.

Confirmations made on or after July 10, 2020: 0BED: USD345. 1BED: USD 518. 2BED/LARGER UNITS: USD 863. Resort fee per unit/per week. Confirmations made on October 5, 2018 to July 9, 2020: 0BED: USD252. 1BED: USD378. 2BED/LARGER UNITS: USD 630. Resort fee per unit / per week. Resort fee includes:One-way, transfer to resort, Wi-Fi, maid service, newspaper, access to gym & internal transportation. To schedule airport transfer to resort: https://shuttleservices.vidanta.com The following information must be provided within five days before check-in: confirmation number, name of the resort and flight information. Valet parking: MXN 390 weekly/per car.
You are responsible for imposed utility/energy surcharges, occupancy or similar taxes, service charges, telephone connection fees, long distance phone charges, personal charges, and applicable amenities usage, housekeeping or resort fees.

Resort parking is typically limited to one car per unit. A parking fee may be charged. Some resorts may have no on-site parking, requiring the use of an alternate off-site facility at an additional fee. Prior arrangements must be made for parking trailers, boats, motorcycles or any type of recreational vehicle (usually at an off-site location).
 

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Fee increases haven't made it into RCI yet. Might be that they aren't planning on providing any notice for RCI. If you look at availability through Registry and go to the website they provide, it says the following:

RESORT FEE CREDIT PROMOTION:
For a limited time, as a promotion and subject to change without notice, guest traveling with international flights, that present the international flight ticket used to travel from outside of México under his/her name, as well as coincide with the date of the check-in at the Resort, will receive a fixed amount of “Resort Credit” that will apply as specified below. The Resort Credit will be applied during check out at the front desk to the total bill. The Resort Credit may be used towards expenses accepted in the Resort Restaurants, Spa and Golf. Resort Credit will not apply to restaurants operated by third parties. Resort Credit, may not be redeemed for cash, transferred to a different account or reimbursed. Transferring any remainder does not apply. Resort Credit must be applied during the corresponding reservation and may not be applied in additional or future reservations.

For Nuevo Vallarta and Los Cabos:
The mandatory resort fee per hotel unit (HU), per stay is $250.00 U.S. dollars, this fee includes a Resort Fee Credit promotion of $100.00 U.S. dollars.
The mandatory resort fee per one bedroom unit (1B), per stay is $600.00 U.S. dollars, this fee includes a Resort Fee Credit promotion of $200.00 U.S. dollars.
The mandatory resort fee per two bedroom or any larger unit (2B), per stay is $950.00 U.S. dollars, this fee includes a Resort Fee Credit credit promotion of $250.00 U.S. dollars.

For Riviera Maya and Puerto Vallarta:
The mandatory resort fee per hotel unit (HU), per stay is $200.00 U.S. dollars, this fee includes a Resort Fee Credit promotion of $100.00 U.S. dollars.
The mandatory resort fee per one bedroom unit (1B), per stay is $450.00 U.S. dollars, this fee includes a Resort Fee Credit promotion of $200.00 U.S. dollars.
The mandatory resort fee per two bedroom or any larger unit (2B), per stay is $700.00 U.S. dollars, this fee includes a Resort Fee Credit promotion of $250.00 U.S. dollars.

For Puerto Peñasco, Acapulco and Mazatlán:
The mandatory resort fee per hotel unit (HU), per stay is $150.00 U.S. dollars, this fee includes a Resort Fee Credit promotion of $50.00 U.S. dollars. The mandatory resort fee per one bedroom unit (1B), per stay is $350.00 U.S. dollars, this fee includes a Resort Fee Credit promotion of $100.00 U.S. dollars.
The mandatory resort fee per two bedroom or any larger unit (2B), per stay is $550.00 U.S. dollars, this fee includes a Resort Fee Credit promotion of $200.00 U.S. dollars.

We'll see where they wind up with for the fees, but this gives an indication. Notable that the Resort Fee Credit only applies if you stay at Vidanta first - Vida Vacations wants the first opportunity to sell you an ownership in Mexico instead of getting a second chance at someone that might already own there....
 

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It's also amusing to note that for Registry exchanges you get round trip transportation to/from the airport; for RCI it's one way to the resort. It's just ~200 pesos, but one of the little things they do for higher end clients.
 

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Does anyone know if SFX still has low fees on exchanges? I always thought they picked you up at the airport so you couldn't stop and get groceries and drinks so you could reduce your resort bill. I do know they are all about the money. Beautiful resorts but I hate feeling like a prisoner. I can appreciate why people love the resorts but I go to Mexico to be out and about with the Mexican people.
 

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Does anyone know if SFX still has low fees on exchanges?

I always thought they picked you up at the airport ......
.....go to Mexico to be out and about with the Mexican people.
I think they give inbound transportation so that you do not talk to the folks in the shark tank at the (PV) airport.....
- they are not the Mexican people you want to meet.

I do not use SFX - but I would assume that they still have a lower resort fee.
IMO - Vidanta & SFX have a different contractual revenue split - which allows Vidanta (& SFX) to keep the report fee lower.
 

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SFX does still have the resort fee of 75.00 I spoke to my person there last week. This was for Riveria Maya resort groups
 

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Wow! 37% that's steep.
It was already a rip-off and a guise to get people to attend the presentation.
Have stayed at all the Grand Luxxe resorts in the past and was very impressed, but no longer visit since the high-fees.
Thinking back we always received parking lot views and Ground-Floor [trees] views but didn't mind since the rooms were nice and we weren't owners.
However, the last time we stayed in a 4BR in PDC, we switched rooms twice. Once due to rats that after a few days with traps they couldn't catch.
The second room was most likely taken offline but given to us as the bedroom floor was soaking wet due to a tub overflow that they didn't fix.
After a few days of 24hrs non-stop blowers we were walking on bubbles on the hardwood floors.
A dividing panel [200lbs] in the main living room fell over and almost killed our 7 year old breaking the lamp for which we were charged an additional $650.
We admitted fault as the kids straightened it out causing it to tip over so we paid the fee to replace the lamp.

After having stayed twice at 3BR-Units at Las Residencias, Cabo and a 3BR Grand Solmar Lands End, Cabo we will no longer be visiting Vidanta.
Looking forward to trying out the 4BR-Units at Vista Encantada next summer. Any feedback is welcome.
 

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Wow! 37% that's steep.
It was already a rip-off and a guise to get people to attend the presentation.
Have stayed at all the Grand Luxxe resorts in the past and was very impressed, but no longer visit since the high-fees.
Thinking back we always received parking lot views and Ground-Floor [trees] views but didn't mind since the rooms were nice and we weren't owners.
However, the last time we stayed in a 4BR in PDC, we switched rooms twice. Once due to rats that after a few days with traps they couldn't catch.
The second room was most likely taken offline but given to us as the bedroom floor was soaking wet due to a tub overflow that they didn't fix.
After a few days of 24hrs non-stop blowers we were walking on bubbles on the hardwood floors.
A dividing panel [200lbs] in the main living room fell over and almost killed our 7 year old breaking the lamp for which we were charged an additional $650.
We admitted fault as the kids straightened it out causing it to tip over so we paid the fee to replace the lamp.

After having stayed twice at 3BR-Units at Las Residencias, Cabo and a 3BR Grand Solmar Lands End, Cabo we will no longer be visiting Vidanta.
Looking forward to trying out the 4BR-Units at Vista Encantada next summer. Any feedback is welcome.
I agree. I will no longer stay at the Grand Luxxe properties because of the fees (unless I go through SFX).

I also had an issue with rats at the PDC location in one of the 4 bedroom units though the one rat must have left after the second day as we didn't see it again. The problem is that the 4 bedroom units at PDC are on the ground floor surrounded by jungle. If the maids leave the door open to clean (or if you don't keep the outside door closed) rats can easily get in the unit. There is an approximate 3 foot glass barrier on the patio so I am not sure rats can get in from the patio.

I have two trips scheduled to stay at the Vista Encantada resort in Cabo next year (one in a 3 bedroom unit in March and a 4 bedroom unit in November) so hopefully those units will be just as nice as the Grand Luxxe.
 

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I agree. I will no longer stay at the Grand Luxxe properties because of the fees (unless I go through SFX).

I also had an issue with rats at the PDC location in one of the 4 bedroom units though the one rat must have left after the second day as we didn't see it again. The problem is that the 4 bedroom units at PDC are on the ground floor surrounded by jungle. If the maids leave the door open to clean (or if you don't keep the outside door closed) rats can easily get in the unit. There is an approximate 3 foot glass barrier on the patio so I am not sure rats can get in from the patio.

I have two trips scheduled to stay at the Vista Encantada resort in Cabo next year (one in a 3 bedroom unit in March and a 4 bedroom unit in November) so hopefully those units will be just as nice as the Grand Luxxe.
Thanks Henry.

We plan to be there for 2 B2B weeks in a 4BR in Early-July 2021.
Looking forward to your experience.
 
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I agree. I will no longer stay at the Grand Luxxe properties because of the fees (unless I go through SFX).

I also had an issue with rats at the PDC location in one of the 4 bedroom units though the one rat must have left after the second day as we didn't see it again. The problem is that the 4 bedroom units at PDC are on the ground floor surrounded by jungle. If the maids leave the door open to clean (or if you don't keep the outside door closed) rats can easily get in the unit. There is an approximate 3 foot glass barrier on the patio so I am not sure rats can get in from the patio.

I have two trips scheduled to stay at the Vista Encantada resort in Cabo next year (one in a 3 bedroom unit in March and a 4 bedroom unit in November) so hopefully those units will be just as nice as the Grand Luxxe.
Some friends of mine went to Vista Encantada and it's just as nice as GL in terms of the rooms.
 

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A dividing panel [200lbs] in the main living room fell over and almost killed our 7 year old breaking the lamp for which we were charged an additional $650.
That must have been a really nice lamp to cost that much?
 

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Some friends of mine went to Vista Encantada and it's just as nice as GL in terms of the rooms.
Excellent!
Good to know.
Thanks.
 

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That must have been a really nice lamp to cost that much?
It was an average size table lamp that I assume would have cost at most ~$100 but that's what the resort estimated would be the cost to replace it.
 
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