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Westin St John Master Thread - Part 3 [Dec. 2017 and forward]

SMH1968

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My searches have returned little-to-no information, so forgive me if this is not the place to ask. I'd like to use my Staroptions to stay in a 1-bedroom at the Westin St. John, but no matter what dates I plug in there is no availability. Does anyone have any tips for booking a 1-bedroom here? Or do the 1-bedrooms no longer exist? I can't even find availability for one night 12 months out (even though I know I can't book this, it is still showing as unavailable).
 

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My searches have returned little-to-no information, so forgive me if this is not the place to ask. I'd like to use my Staroptions to stay in a 1-bedroom at the Westin St. John, but no matter what dates I plug in there is no availability. Does anyone have any tips for booking a 1-bedroom here? Or do the 1-bedrooms no longer exist? I can't even find availability for one night 12 months out (even though I know I can't book this, it is still showing as unavailable).
1 BR do exist. I just looked entered a random date and a 1-BR came up. Says low availability though. When are you looking to go? In the past I had tried to search for a week that worked with school schedules and could never find anything. I was able to find weeks once I looked during low season. October and November I was able to find available weeks. (After staying on SO a couple times I bought on the resale market so I can go every year.)rez.png
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DavidnRobin

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WKV (Scottsdale)
My searches have returned little-to-no information, so forgive me if this is not the place to ask. I'd like to use my Staroptions to stay in a 1-bedroom at the Westin St. John, but no matter what dates I plug in there is no availability. Does anyone have any tips for booking a 1-bedroom here? Or do the 1-bedrooms no longer exist? I can't even find availability for one night 12 months out (even though I know I can't book this, it is still showing as unavailable).
The only 1Bd villas are in VGV (Hillside) phase - so naturally limited in availability. I think there are only around 32 of them (4 buildings x 8 1Bd per building).


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alexadeparis

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according to my notes, there are only 24 one bedroom units. Keep in mind that they are loft like, with the bed upstairs open to below, and the downstairs part is still basically studio sized. If you can spare the points, I would see if you can get a 2 bed.
 

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according to my notes, there are only 24 one bedroom units. Keep in mind that they are loft like, with the bed upstairs open to below, and the downstairs part is still basically studio sized. If you can spare the points, I would see if you can get a 2 bed.
Your probably right - I was trying to remember from the difference between villa numbers between the 2Bd TH on ends.


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Your probably right - I was trying to remember from the difference between villa numbers between the 2Bd TH on ends.


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Either way, they are scarce and hard to get
 

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Hi all - everyone here is always so knowledgeable so I am hoping someone here will have some advice: We are in the process of purchasing a Sunset Bay 2BR privately and have money in escrow (3 weeks). Originally we were told 2 weeks it would go to the closing and they expected it to close in 75-90 days.....When I inquired with the realtor she said the closing agent has said they are waiting on the estoppel from the resort (I also asked the sellers to call and inquire); so my questions:

1) is this typical, anything we can do to make this move faster from the resort end
2) dues will be due around 1st of the year, I am not comfortable paying the fees when we have not closed - what options do we have
3) we are purchasing weeks 1-14 and 51-52 (diamond) with points of 176, 700 (ish) we are concerned that closing will not allow us to use our purchase in 2021 - will everything be booked and we miss out on those weeks (we are very flexible in our vacation time)

Any advice?

We really are thinking of making a trip to the Island January or February but do you think we will be able to use our ownership or should we look at renting something

Thanks all - you really are the most knowledgeable group out there :)
 

GrayFal

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Hi all - everyone here is always so knowledgeable so I am hoping someone here will have some advice: We are in the process of purchasing a Sunset Bay 2BR privately and have money in escrow (3 weeks). Originally we were told 2 weeks it would go to the closing and they expected it to close in 75-90 days.....When I inquired with the realtor she said the closing agent has said they are waiting on the estoppel from the resort (I also asked the sellers to call and inquire); so my questions:

1) is this typical, anything we can do to make this move faster from the resort end
2) dues will be due around 1st of the year, I am not comfortable paying the fees when we have not closed - what options do we have
3) we are purchasing weeks 1-14 and 51-52 (diamond) with points of 176, 700 (ish) we are concerned that closing will not allow us to use our purchase in 2021 - will everything be booked and we miss out on those weeks (we are very flexible in our vacation time)

Any advice?

We really are thinking of making a trip to the Island January or February but do you think we will be able to use our ownership or should we look at renting something

Thanks all - you really are the most knowledgeable group out there :)
I am currently closing on a 148,100 contract SB.
Vistana will not do the transfer at this time before the 2021 fees are paid. I have put the 2021 fee in escrow. If this is private just ask the current owners to make a resie for you. They will also know you are paying the fee. They can simply change to your name on the resie. Home option (Not StarOptions) reservations will transfer with the sale

Edit. I am currently busy but will look later tonight to see what SB resies are available.
I am helping a friend with a Marriott sale and the buyer wanted s January resie. We made it and since the monies including maintenance fee are in Escrow he is happy to let the buyer use the resie

WSJ SB 2 BR 1/16,17,18,19 2 BR
1/20,21,22,23,24 2BR

That’s it is. I searched thru mid May and there were no resies in SB.
Best to ask your people to reserve one of those dates for you. You can reserve outside of your season at 8 months out.
 
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