The Four Seasons at Desert Breezes Resort has earned an RCI Gold Crown status. Trading Places International just announced that resort has been awarded the prestigious RCI Gold Crown Resort property designation by RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange. Gold Crown status means that a resort has attained high levels of excellence in resort accommodations, hospitality and member experience as measured by RCI. Located in Palm Desert, California, the property includes multiple lighted tennis courts and swimming pools among other amenities.
Archive for February, 2012
Tapestry Resorts is now managing the Eloquence Residences in North Miami. The new resort located in the semi-private island community of North Bay Village, is a socially conscious property that offers whole ownership, fractional ownership, and rental opportunities. Surrounded by Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the property currently has 20 units with an estimated 42 unit available in the first quarter of 2012. Tapestry will provide full resort management services with on site management, reservations, rental sales and marketing, and concierge. Amenities at Eloquence include daily housekeeping, pool, jacuzzi, sports courts, putting green and state-of-the-art fitness center.
Mexico is poised to break tourism records in 2012. Building on solid tourism numbers in 2011, the Mexico Tourism Board predicts 52 million tourists will visit Mexico in 2012. This follows a strong winter break season with hotels in many of the top tourist destinations, from Cancun to Los Cabos, seeing a significant increase in occupancy compared to last year’s winter break. The Mexican Ministry of Tourism reported that the number of air arrivals in December 2011 was up 13 percent compared to the same period in 2010. More than 1.07 million international travelers visited Mexico in the last month of 2011, a record for December. In addition to an increase of visitors from the US (10.6 percent) and Canada (9.1 percent), Mexico received significant year on year increases from Spain, Italy, Argentina, and France.
Jardim Atlantico Beach Resort is among the newest Interval International properties, one of the leading vacation exchange programs. The resort is located in the northeastern state of Bahia in Brazil. The oceanfront property sits on nearly nine acres of tropical gardens just outside the historic city of Ilhéus, a Portuguese colonial settlement that was founded in 1534. According to Interval International, the resort is undergoing complete renovation and features a tranquil ambiance in the midst of the region’s lush natural environment with a white-sand beach, warm waters, shady palm trees, a sports-and-leisure area, a kids’ club, and zen-style relaxation space. The resort also features delicious regional cuisine, dance parties, and theme nights.
The Dubrovnik Sun Gardens Resort has joined The Registry Collection. The world’s largest luxury exchange program has welcomed its first Croatian resort. Situated on the coast near the village of Orašac, this resort is 20 minutes from Old Town Dubrovnik and just 45 minutes from the international airport. The property boasts one of the most comprehensive spas in the Adriatic and is recognized as a world leading spa, having just won for ‘Best International New Spa’ award from Spa Traveler magazine. The resort also has its own private beach, 13 bars and restaurants, three pools and an extensive sports club, and offers some of the largest and most flexible meeting spaces in Dubrovnik and Croatia. Included in the resort complex, is a 201-room contemporary Radisson Blu hotel.
The Park Plaza Resort has recently been designated an RCI Gold Crown property. Tapestry Resorts, a division of ResortCom International, announced that its Park Plaza is a gold crown resort. Located in Park City, Utah, the resort is a family-orientated property located in the center of the town, just minutes from three major ski areas including; Deer Valley, Park City and The Canyons. The resort is just a short walk from Main Street in Park City, an area filled with great shopping, fine restaurants and exciting nightlife. At the Park Plaza, there’s a beautiful indoor pool, a sauna, whirlpool, and if you still feel you need to exercise, and a complete fitness gym.
Honua Kai Resort and Spa generated more than $54 Million in sales in 2011. The Honua Kai Resort and Spa, the only new, whole ownership timeshare property on Ka’anapali Beach in more than 25 years, has closed more than 75 new home transactions in 2011. The property, located on 38 acres of west Maui shoreline, has quickly become a popular destination for both leisure travelers and potential homeowners alike. Since opening in 2009, the resort has sold and closed on more than 410 units resulting in more than $518 million in real estate sales. Purchases have come from residents of British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, and the western United States cities of Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.
Florida’s Timeshare Resale Accountability Act has made progress in the state legislature, having passed through the first house committee. Sponsored by a house representative and supported by the Florida Attorney General, the bill unanimously passed in the Business and Consumer Affairs subcommittee. The bill was amended in committee to provide for several changes, all of which will promote a healthy secondary market, and will benefit consumers who purchase timeshare advertising services. The legislation will require, among other things, timeshare resale companies to disclose all terms and conditions of their business offerings to the consumer, provide for a right of rescission for consumers to cancel a contract for resale services, and impose penalties on companies who continue their deceptive practices.
The Hotel Jerome is Aspen is now an Auberge Resort. The Jerome will join a collection of award-winning Auberge properties including Napa Valley resorts, such as Auberge du Soleil, Calistoga Ranch and Solage Calistoga; Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe, California; Encantado in Santa Fe, New Mexico; The Inn at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina, and the Auberge Residences at Element 52 in Telluride, Colorado. Among the amenities at the Hotel Jerome, there’s exclusive access to the Aspen Club and Spa, a fitness studio, heated pool and jacuzzis, picnic baskets for day trips, 24-hour concierge, valet parking, and more.
Bluegreen Wilderness Club at Big Cedar was presented with the City of Branson’s 2011 Green Initiative award for its eco-friendly practices. While Bluegreen Wilderness Club is decidedly focused on rustic luxury, with 18 Concierge and Presidential villas, slate and hardwood floors, flat-screen TVs, exquisite fireplaces, stainless steel appliances and soft, comfortable and inviting furniture and bedding; it is also diligent about remaining energy conscious and eco-friendly. The resort is eco-friendly in its landscaping practices to reduce use of water and fertilizer to guard against runoff into Table Rock Lake, and to recycle organic materials into the soil by composting and mulching. The resort’s recycling programs divert and transport an estimated 128.5 tons of recyclable material that would otherwise be sent to a landfill.