December 2007: Benefits of All-Inclusive Resorts

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Benefits of All-Inclusive Resorts

Why spend valuable time crunching numbers and budgeting for everything from food to entertainment when planning your vacation? By choosing an all-inclusive resort, you pay everything up-front and know, for the most part, how much your escape to paradise will cost. At an all-inclusive resort, your meals, snacks, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), activities, entertainment, tips, and taxes are all typically included in the price of your room, or are lumped into one additional all-inclusive fee paid to the resort at time of check-in. There are a number of all-inclusive resorts listed on

Palace Resort at Moon Palace

Palace Resort at Moon Palace (5 stars) in Cancun, Mexico, offers you a world of tropical vacation pleasures. Bask on the powdery, white-sand beaches; swim and snorkel in aquamarine waters; or try your luck at deep-sea fishing. Rentals as low as $25/night! Resales start as low as $3,000.

Harborside Resort at Atlantis

Harborside Resort at Atlantis (5.0 stars) on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, provides a wealth of private amenities and pleasures, including the world's largest marine habitat, a Mayan Temple waterslide, an electrifying casino, international cuisine, exceptional facilities for sports and shopping, and salon and spa services. Rentals start at $228/night, while resales can be found for as little as $7,000.

Villa del Palmar Cabo San Lucas

Villa del Palmar (4.0 stars) in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: with two pools and a "whale" water slide, tennis, water sports, and an ocean view from every balcony, you can't go wrong. The European Health Spa offers fitness equipment, aerobics room, sauna, steam room and hydrotherapy, facials, massage, and a complete menu of soothing body treatments. Rentals start at only $104/night, and resales start as low as as $750.

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Tips for Renting Floating Weeks

For the most part, timeshare weeks come in two different types: fixed and floating. With a fixed week, the owner will have the same week each year (i.e. week 52 or week 35). Alternatively, the owner of a floating week may choose a week within a given season, dependent upon availability at the resort.

When searching for timeshare rentals on, you can tell if a week is fixed or floating by the availability dates listed. Fixed weeks will have a specific seven-day period listed, such as Dec. 21, 2007 - Dec. 28, 2007. Floating weeks will have a much longer availability timeframe, such as Sep 25, 2007 - Dec 31, 2008.

When renting a floating week, be sure to contact the owner to determine if there are any date restrictions (i.e. holiday weeks). Next, keep in mind that just because your desired week falls within the timeframe listed, it does not necessarily mean that the unit will be available. Ask the owner to contact the resort to verify that your preferred week is still available. Weeks fill up early, so it is best to attempt to book as far in advance as possible.

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Common Timeshare Scams

There are many different versions of timeshare scams that have been robbing innocent and trusting owners of their hard-earned money. The best way to protect yourself is to be educated about these fraudulent practices so you know when things aren't legit.

One of the oldest scams in the resale business is making a return. Essentially, the owner receives a "cold call" from "Jim" who states that he has a buyer for the owner's timeshare at a slightly lower amount than the asking price. The owner agrees to sell through Jim. A few days later Jim calls saying a fee is due to cover "advertising" costs, and that "state regulations" require that the owner record a statement saying that the money to be paid is for advertising only. Months of ensuing excuses by Jim about why the sale isn't finalized result in the owner being told there is no buyer, a reminder that the money paid was for "advertising", and a quick exit by Jim.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the legitimacy of a posting, or of a solicitation received from another member, please alert us. The safety of our members is priority #1. We take fraud very seriously, and make every effort to prevent it from occurring on

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Holiday Travel Planning

What's better to talk about over a holiday feast than an upcoming family trip to Hawaii, or a quiet romantic getaway to the Caribbean, and where better to shop for accommodations than

RedWeek has thousands of timeshare rental postings at locations around the globe. The price per night of a timeshare rental is often less than hotel accommodations. Best of all, timeshares often offer a full kitchen to cut the cost of eating out.

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Notable Exchange Options:

These last minute exchange weeks have been reduced up to 50% …

Branson, MO:

330 - 494 points

Grand Cayman:

452 points

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico:

382 - 757 points

La Paz, Mexico:

585 points

Williamsburg, Virginia:

584 points

Roatan, Honduras

675 points

And these prime destinations have several weeks now available for exchange …


1,500 - 2,684 points


350 - 2,067 points


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Featured Resort:
The Westin Kierland Villas
Scottsdale, Arizona

Marriott's OceanWatch Villas at Grande Dunes
The past meets the present at The Westin Kierland Villas, located on 10 acres within the exclusive Kierland master-planned community just outside Scottsdale, Arizona.

One-bedroom premium and deluxe villas are elegantly appointed, accommodating four guests. These units have fully equipped kitchens with a microwave/convection oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, disposal, stove, and granite countertops. The Master bedroom features a king size Westin Heavenly bed, 27" flatscreen TV, and a jetted whirlpool tub. The living/dining room is equipped with a queen size sleeper sofa, a 32" flatscreen cable TV, DVD player, and dining area. Units also have a washer & dryer, private patio or balcony, and complimentary wireless Internet access.

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Purchase a timeshare for just $2,350

Member Review
"We loved the resort, it is very clean and quiet and situated near Lahina. The people who work there are so friendly and accomodating you feel comfortable immediately. We stayed one week in the one bedroom/two bath which sleeps 4 and the nest week in the large 2 bedroom with 2 baths which sleeps 6. The units had been recently renovated and updated. The lagoon pool and kiddie pool are in a garden like setting. The Hot tub is even built into the lagoon area so it looks like a natural pool. We were there two weeks and had no problems at all, until we had to leave the problem was that everyone complained they wanted to stay longer."
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Average Member Rating
4 stars

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