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Marriott Adds Hana to Maui Offering

MAUI — In a move to create more vacation opportunities for timeshare owners — and to alleviate an inventory crunch at the Maui Ocean ClubMarriott Vacation Club (MVC) has partnered with a luxurious, rustic and remote resort in Hana to accept Vacation Club points for nightly reservations.

As a result, MVC Destinations Club owners can now book stays at the Travaasa Hana, a so-called “experiential” resort that caters to couples who want to unwind in the most deliberately underdeveloped resort on Maui.  On a busy day, for example, this 70-unit resort at the very end of the steamy Road to Hana can host 140 adults and a handful of kids.  With a one-story, original Hana plantation look and feel, it’s an extreme change of pace from the hustle and bustle atmosphere of the family resorts along Kaanapali Beach on the western side of the island.

Views along Hana Highway
photo credit: Jonathanking

That’s the whole idea in Hana.  Create an original island experience that celebrates the culture, customs and culinary tastes of Hawaii.  Unplug, unwind, take a spa and enjoy the spectacular views of Kaihalulu Bay.  But don’t look for TVs, clocks or radios in the rooms, because there aren’t any.   On purpose.

Travaasa Hana is the charter member of a new “boutique partner” program that Marriott just launched, without any fanfare, to increase owner options on Maui.  The program is new enough that not many reservations agents are familiar with it.  If you call Travaasa Hana directly, their agents will refer you to Marriott’s Destinations Club and www.My-VacationClub.com for reservations.  Room rates range from 1000 to 3000 MVC points per night, depending on number of guests and time of year.  Kids are extra.

“This is a great option for people who are going to spend a few days at Maui Ocean Club then drive to Hana anyway,” said Brody Long, marketing director at Maui Ocean Club.  He also acknowledged that it takes some pressure off a chronic supply-and-demand problem at Maui Ocean Club.  In peak seasons, Marriott simply doesn’t have enough rooms at its massive, nine-to-12 story, four-tower Maui Ocean Club resort to fulfill requests from deeded owners and members of its Destination points program.

Too Popular for Its Own Good

Maui Ocean Club is arguably the jewel in the crown of Marriott’s Vacation Club.  With 719 villas, the Kaanapali Beach resort is ideal for families who want to explore the island or just hang out at the giant waterslide pool, the swim-up bar or kiddie pirate ship. It’s walking distance to restaurants and shops in Whale’s Village and a short shuttle to Lahaina.  The newer units in the 12-story Lahaina Villas and 10-story Napili Villas are all two- and three-bedroom oceanfront suites with complete kitchens and modern appliances.  What’s more, the staff is persistently service oriented.  Unlike some other timeshare resorts on Maui, the Maui Ocean Club suites also draw top rentals.  Marriott owners using RedWeek.com can typically rent a summer week in a 2-bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps-8 suite in the Lahaina Villas tower for $3500 to $4500 (approximately double the annual maintenance fee).  No surprise that Maui Ocean Club earned a #4 ranking on RedWeek.com’s list of top 25 timeshare rental resorts for 2014.

The downside of all this popularity is a housing squeeze.  For legacy and new owners, it is increasingly difficult to get weekly reservations at Maui Ocean Club.  This has been a problem for years.  Even though

Marriott has added resorts around the world, and created other travel programs for owners to use points — such as guided tours of Europe and Asia, attending major sports events, or Manhattan getaways  — Marriott has not added inventory on Maui.  Because of its location, amenities and year-round activities, the Maui Ocean Club also has a much higher rate of returning owners every year compared to stateside timeshares.

In fact, Marriott keeps contributing to the popularity crunch.  Their marketing staff aggressively sells new memberships in the Destinations Exchange Club, citing the availability and example of Maui Ocean Club as a place where new owners can come back again and again, as if the inventory is unlimited.

It’s not.  In its Annual Report for 2012, Marriott executives bluntly stated, “Our points-based product…exposes us to an increased risk of temporary inventory depletion.”  With 421,000 owners/members, and increasing sales of points to legacy owners, the risk of having “no vacancy” signs at Maui Ocean Club continues to grow.

More Rooms, More Options

That’s where the Travaasa Hana comes into play.  Even though it’s tiny compared to the Marriott Ocean Club, it has expansive grounds, including 70 acres of tropical gardens, ocean views and a get-away-from-it-all atmosphere that will appeal to many.  Only downside is that it caters primarily to adults.  Kids under 16 are not allowed in the “couples only” Sea Ranch View Cottages except during family weeks, which are very limited.

Travaasa Hana’s Sea Ranch Cottages

It also takes commitment to get there, because the only thing that stands in the way of enjoying a getaway at the award-winning Travaasa Hana is the infamous Road to Hana, which is one of the muddiest, bumpiest and least maintained highways in the USA.   Tourists who drive the circuitous 50-mile Hana Highway, along S-curve switchbacks at 15 miles an hour, usually call it a “once in a lifetime experience.”  They mean it.  They’re happy to navigate it once, and to see all the jungle waterfalls along the way, but they’re not likely to return.   Too taxing for a laid-back trip to Hawaii.  Especially on a road that is purposely under-maintained (this is Hawaii’s way of reducing traffic).  It’s a three-hour drive that takes all day if you’re making a single-day round trip trek from Kaanapali Beach to Hana.  But if you’re heading there for a two- or three-night stay at Travaasa Hana, it becomes a tropical road trip worth repeating. Travelers who don’t want to risk wrecking the suspension on their rental cars on the Hana Highway can, instead, reach Hana by taking a tour bus from Lahaina or hopping a six-seater Airbus from Kahului Airport ($200 per person, round-trip).

Owned by Travaasa Experiential Resorts, the Hana property won “#1 Resort in Hawaii” and “#1 Spa Resort in Hawaii” in Conde’ Nast Travelers 2011 and 2012 Readers Choice Awards, respectively.  Its regular room rates are steep, especially for their all-inclusive packages but also for their a la carte packages.

For example, a family of four reserving one of the two-bedroom, two-bath, full kitchen Waikoloa Suites would pay $970 per night this summer.  A couple, meanwhile, would pay $681 per night to stay in one of the coveted ocean view sea ranch cottages under the a la carte package.  The everything-included package (meals and activities) would cost $1234 per night.

More Bang for Your Points?

The Hana resort should appeal to Marriott owners with deep pockets in their MVC accounts.  But is it a good value?   The least expensive rooms garden view suites cost 1000 to 1500 points per night.  High season rates for ocean front sea ranch cottages can reach 3000 points — per night.  For comparison purposes, here are examples of other ways MVC owners can use their points this summer.

A seven-night, eight-day, 9-meal guided tour of Rome and Florence costs 7500 MVC points per couple.  A week in a two-bedroom, two-bath week villa at Marriott Ocean Club requires 5450 points for an island view, or 8650 points for an oceanfront suite.  One week at Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas, where all 700 suites are two-bedroom, two-bath villas, costs 4725 points. The Fourth of July week at Newport is 5675 points.

In addition to booking stays at Travaasa Hana, MVC owners can redeem points for rooms at the Ritz Carlton in Kapalua, which is located just a short drive up the coast from Maui Ocean Club.  Depending on time of year, nightly rates run from 1000 to 2200 points in a deluxe hotel suite, and from 1400 to 2600 points in an ocean view suite at the luxurious Ritz Carlton.

The good news for Marriott owners is that there are no restrictions — yet — on how they use their reservations at Travaasa Hana.   Other than observing a 10-day cancellation policy, owners can list their Hana reservations for rent on RedWeek.com.

Need More Information?

Reservation tips: Family friendly dates for Sea Ranch Cottages are March 11 to 24, July 25 through August 8, and December 22 to January 4, 2015.  Travaasa Hana will provide complimentary room upgrades to Marriott owners, depending on availability.  For reservations, call a Marriott ownership advisor at 888-682-4862.  For specific information on Travaasa Hana, call 808-248-8211 or visit www.travaasa.com/hana.

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This article provided by RedWeek’s new investigative reporter, Jeff Weir.  Jeff is a California-based journalist who has covered California, Congress and the White House. He also has roots in Silicon Valley, where he directed public relations and marketing programs for high-tech companies. He is also a timeshare owner and member of RedWeek.com.

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Top 25 Resorts Spotlight – The Best of Hawaii (Part One)

In light of our recently released Top 25 Timeshare Rental Resorts List, we’re going to spend the next few weeks checking out some of the top-ranking resorts by location. This week, we take a look at RedWeek members’ favorite resorts in Hawaii. With a total of eight separate properties making the list, we decided to cover four at a time to give a more in-depth look at what makes these resorts so desirable.

Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club

Based in Lahaina, Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club has long been a favorite among RedWeek members and boasts one of the largest rental posting counts of any resort. Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club carries a strong focus on relaxing and taking in all that beautiful Maui has to offer. Nestled right up alongside Ka’anapali Beach, the Ocean Club offers classic beachside fun as well a host of shopping and dining opportunities in the nearby Whaler Village. Perhaps the biggest draw of Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club is the 3.5 acre superpool complete with a water slide, waterfalls, children’s area and a poolside bar.
Also, be sure to check out Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Lahaina Villas and Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Napili Villas for units with full kitchens.

Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club

On the western shore of Oahu, Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club truly embraces the spirit of water; the resort is ringed by seven lagoons as well as countless waterfalls and fountains. A host of tropical gardens and native flora only enhance the hidden-paradise vibe of the Ko Olina Beach Club and lend a exotic feel to the property’s numerous pools and whirlpools, poolside bar and grill, full-service marina and wedding chapel. Situated just thirty minutes from downtown Honolulu, there’s plenty to keep any group occupied – snorkeling, windsurfing, sushi dining, helicopter rides and the staple favorite; lounging under the sun.

The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas

Tucked tightly against Ka’anapali Beach, The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas holds true to its namesake. With unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean as well as the island of Lana’i and Moloka’i, The Westin Ka’anapali focuses on providing guests with luxury in one of Hawaii’s most beautiful getaways. The Spa Helani onsite is part of Westin’s Heavenly Spa chain and assures guests the utmost pampering, while one of the fully-equipped Westin Workout Centers keeps you feeling as great as you look.

Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Hilton Hawaiian Village

Situated oceanside on Honolulu’s famed beach Waikiki, Hilton Hawaiian Village seeks to provide everything needed for the perfect Hawaiian vacation. There’s six pools and a waterpark, twenty separate restaurants and bars, scenic grounds with exotic wildlife and gardens, ninety boutiques and specialty stores, Mandara Spa and daily activities that range from hula lessons to giving surfing a shot – and it’s all onsite. Guests testify that getting away from the resort to experience the rest of the area is a challenge in and of itself!
This is only the first installment of many more to come in out Top 25 series! Check out next week’s post to get an in-depth peek at which other Hawaiian resorts made our list!

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Marriott Takes 10 Spots in RedWeek’s Top 25 Timeshare Rental Resorts

1.5 Million RedWeek.com members were polled for the Top 25 timeshare rental resorts which resulted in Marriott resorts making up a good portion of the list.

The ten Marriott resorts are:
2. Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Lahaina, Hawaii
5. Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club – Palm Beach, Aruba
6. Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club – Kapolei, Hawaii
7. Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club – Palm Beach, Aruba
8. Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas – Newport Coast, California
12.Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club – Koloa, Hawaii
13.Marriott’s Ocean Watch Villas at Grande Dunes – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
15.Marriott’s Grande Ocean – Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
16.Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club Lahaina Villas – Lahaina, Hawaii
17.Marriott’s Ocean Pointe – Palm Beach Shores, Florida

Four of the Marriott resorts are in Hawaii, two are on the Caribbean island of Aruba, two are in South Carolina, one is in California, and one is in Florida.

“The fact that Marriott has taken almost half of all the top timeshare resorts will only serve to add to Marriott’s already shining reputation in the timeshare property market,” stated a Marriott spokesperson.

Below is a sampling of the Marriott resorts on the list:


Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club is a prime example of a luxury Hawaiian resort where timeshare rentals start at a budget-friendly $96/night.


Marriott’s Ocean Watch Villas at Grande Dunes is a luxurious beachfront resort in Myrtle Beach where timeshare rentals start at just $71/night.


The Caribbean is affordable and stunning at Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club where timeshare rentals start at just $86/night.

Take a look at Marriott resorts around the world.

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Timeshare Spotlight: Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club

Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club is one of the most sought-after timeshare resorts in Hawaii. Located on popular Ka’anapali Beach on Maui’s famous North Shore, it’s close to attractions such as Whaler’s Village and Cannery Shopping Center. Timeshare rentals start as low as $100/night.

Elegance and comfort are the hallmarks of accommodations at Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club. The original structure of the resort is a converted hotel that offers one and two-bedroom suites that include separate living & dining areas, a gourmet center with mini-refrigerator, sink and dishwasher, and TVs with DVD players. The private balconies offer scenic views and stunning sunsets, and are perfect for whale watching in the winter.

(If you are looking for a unit with a full kitchen check out Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club Lahaina Villas.)

The superpool – it covers 3.5 acres – has lush tropical landscaping, a waterslide, and beautiful waterfalls. The children’s play area has its own sandy “beach,” and a waterslide off a fun pirate ship. The poolside bar is a great place to rest and relax while keeping an eye on the kids. The Maui Ocean Club also offers amenities such as a barbecue area, arcade game room, and top-rated restaurants.

Here are what two reviews say:

“My husband and I have owned a timeshare at the Maui Ocean Club for 6 years and have gone each year. We ALWAYS have received excellent friendly service and have had extremely clean rooms. They actually clean the carpet after each checkout and when you request extra pillows, towels, etc., Housekeeping calls within 30 minutes to see if you have received the requested items. The grounds are immaculate with leaves being picked up each morning. The famed Marriott bedding is very luxurious. As you can tell, we love the place and look forward to going back each year.”

“Having purchased 2 weeks (one via RedWeek), my wife and I are extremely satisfied. The grounds are impeccably landscaped and maintained (if you get up early enough you can see workers sweeping sidewalks, cleaning chairs, picking up cigarette butts EVERYDAY). The resort is well situated (along the Kaanapali beach strip) and within walking distance to Whaler’s village. The pools and slides are a great way to enjoy yourself. This has to be one of the better maintained resorts in a good location (hence, their occupancy rate and their “owner return” rate is pretty high)!”

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Paradise Found at Marriott Vacation Club Resorts in Hawaii

Enjoy a taste of paradise in Hawaii at six distinct Marriott Vacation Club resorts on the islands of Kauai, Maui and Oahu. For a limited time, guests can take advantage of a relaxed and carefree vacation with daily dining credits to use during their stay.

The new “Escape! Taste of Paradise” package provides vacationers with a $25 daily dining credit* to use at various on-site food and beverage locations at these pristine resorts which offer spacious guest rooms and one, two- and three-bedroom villas with all the amenities of home.

Guests can choose from luxury beach resort in Kauai, such as Marriott’s Kauai Lagoons, Marriott’s Kauai Beach Club and Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club where you can indulge in luxury Kauai two bedroom villas. “Hawaii’s Island of Discovery” awaits with award winning beaches, signature golf courses, Kauai day spas and dramatic coastline views.

Additional properties participating in this exciting offer include Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club, a picturesque Ka’anapali Beach Club on Maui, which provides guests with easy access to favored local attractions and restaurants in Lahaina, including Longboards Ka’anapali. The resort also features a one-of-a-kind 3.5 acre super pool for unrivaled poolside fun.

On the secluded western shore of Oahu, guests at Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club within the Ko Olina Resort will find themselves amidst a 642-acre gated community that features seven crystal clear lagoons and is nearby the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa.

Resort amenities include spa services and exceptional dining at Chuck’s Steakhouse and Kolohe’s Beach Bar & Grill.

To make reservations, with the “Escape! Taste of Paradise” call 1-800-VILLAS-9 and use the promotional code D60.

*The offer is valid through 12/31/11 and daily credit may be used at on-site food and beverage locations including The MarketPlace, which features one-stop shopping for grocery items, souvenirs, sundries and more. Credit must be used daily and may not be rolled over, used against room rate or redeemed for cash.

Marriott Vacation Club is a worldwide leader in vacation ownership. In 1984, Marriott became the first branded hospitality company to enter the timeshare industry, adding its signature quality, service and hospitality expertise.

(Photo credit – Marriott.com)

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3 Marriott Maui Timeshare Floor Plans

Marriott has three timeshare resort options on Maui. If you’re investigating the choices that are offered by Marriott regarding floor plans in its Maui timeshare resorts, here is some good information for you.

Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club is the original structure of this timeshare resort. It’s a converted hotel that offers one-bedroom, two-bath, and two- bedroom, three-bath accommodations. Each unit features a king bed, separate bath, and lanai in the master suite, kitchenette with microwave, mini- refrigerator, and dishwasher, and TVs with DVD players. There are 9 floors with 442 suites.

On-site amenities at Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club include a luxurious 3.5-acre superpool with a water slide, waterfalls, and children’s area, poolside bar, beachfront access to over one mile of Ka’anapali beaches, on-site spa and fitness center, fabulous dining and an array of amenities that provide fun for all ages

Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club is located in the town of Lahaina and overlooks Maui’s Ka’anapali Beach. It’s also just blocks from Whaler Village for great dining and shopping. Location is perfect for whale watching in the winter.

Your second option is Lahaina Villas at Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club, and your third choice is Napili Villas at Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club, the newest resort to be built on this property.

Both Lahaina Villas and Napili Villas offer nothing but the best with fully equipped kitchens, in-room washer/dryer, upscale furnishings, and beautiful ocean or mountain views.

One-bedroom and lock-off units that sleep four with a queen sleeper sofa and king bed are featured by both Lahaina Villas and Napili Villas. Also offered are two-bedroom units sleep eight with two king beds and two queen sleeper sofas. Three-bedroom units sleep ten with a king bed in the master and guest bedroom, a full-size bed in the third bedroom, and two queen sleeper sofas.

Both of these resorts have their own smaller outdoor pools, but share all the amenities of Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club as listed above.

Timeshare rentals at Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club start at $143/night, at Lahaina Villas at $129/night, and at Napili Villas at $107/night. All three resorts also have timeshare resales listed on RedWeek.com.

If you own a Maui Timeshare, let us know which resort is your favorite and add your comments below. Aloha!

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Hawaii Timeshares: The Top Dream Vacation

Hawaii has been named the top “Dream Destination” in a recent 2010 Holiday Study conducted by Leisure Trend Group (LTG) of its 1.2 million Most Active Americans Panel.

Hawaii topped Australia and New Zealand for the number one spot when those surveyed were asked where they would take their favorite person on vacation if money were no object. Hawaii captured 9 % of the vote, while Australia and New Zealand each had 5 % of the vote.

“Hawaii has long been a dream destination for many and we’re proud to see the demand remains strong among domestic travelers,” said John Monahan, president and CEO of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau. “With six unique islands, a rich culture and history, regional cuisine, and diverse activities covering land, air, and sea, the Hawaiian Islands offer an experience like nowhere else in the world.”

For those of you who agree with the findings of LTG’s survey, and consider Hawaii a dream destination of your own, the good news is that even if money is an object, this dream can still come true.

Timeshare rentals on several of the most popular Hawaiian islands can be found to match almost any budget. A timeshare rental can give you accommodations that are up to 50% less than hotel rooms; are spacious with separate bedrooms, a living area and a dining area, as well as a full-sized kitchen; and are attached to luxury resorts where the cost of your timeshare rental includes many of the resort’s special amenities.

For example, on Oahu you can rent a timeshare at the Imperial Hawiian Vacation Club for just $57/night. Head to Maui for a timeshare rental at Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club for only $72/night. On the beautiful Garden Island of Kauai you can find a timeshare rental at the famous Hanalei Bay Resort for $86/night. And on the Big Island, the Kona Coast Resort II has timeshare rentals starting at $71/night.

You almost can’t afford not to go to Hawaii with these and other great bargains available on Redweek.com.

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Top 5 Most Requested Hawaii Timeshares

Hawaii is such a wonderful vacation destination. If you are planning a trip to Hawaii soon, you’ll want to review the top 5 most requested Hawaii Timeshares, as determined by RedWeek.com members.

  1. Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Lahaina, Hawaii (Maui)
    Relaxation is the focus at Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club. When you’re ready for fun, try the resort’s 3.5-acre super pool complete with a water slide, waterfalls, and children’s area. Amenities include a beauty shop, barbecue area, game room, and restaurants. Each unit features a king bed, separate bath, and lanai in the master suite, kitchenette with microwave, mini-refrigerator, and dishwasher, and TVs with DVD players.

    Also available, Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Napili Villas. If you are looking for a unit with a full kitchen please see Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Lahaina Villas.

  2. Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club – Kapolei, Hawai (Oahu)
    Just 30 minutes from Honolulu, this beach front oasis is secluded and peaceful situated on the spectacular Western shore of Oahu. Waterfalls, fountains and seven lagoons surround you at the resort sprinkled among the stunning gardens and beautiful landscaping.

    On-site at Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club you will find four pools and whirlpools, a poolside bar and grill, Polynesian dinner show, children’s activity center, a fitness center, The Marketplace convenience store, golf, a full-service marina with 270 slips, and a wedding chapel.

  3. The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas – Lahaina, Hawaii (Maui)
    The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas is a remarkable resort. Perched on 26 lush acres with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the islands of Lana’i and Moloka’i, this resort provides the ultimate in pampering and relaxation. There are five outdoor heated pools, four outdoor jacuzzis, two lighted tennis courts, and outdoor gas grills for barbequing.

    Enjoy several lagoon style pools, the luxurious 10,000 square-foot Spa Helani by Westin Heavenly Spa or the fully equipped Westin Workout facilities. Children will have fun at The Westin Discovery Center where they can learn culture, create crafts, and play in the pirate ship pool.

    There are also rooms available in the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas North.

  4. Kaanapali Beach Club – Lahaina, Hawaii (Maui)Located on Maui’s world famous Ka’anapali Beach, the resort offers sumptuous landscaped grounds and is located directly on the beach. A highlight of the resort is its one-acre swimming pool with a two-story water slide. The resort also offers miniature golf and a children’s program and a variety of on-site dining.
  5. Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club – Koloa, Hawaii (Kauai)
    Elegant units await you with separate living and dining areas, a private lanai, master suite with a separate bath, and oversized soaking tub and shower. The Waiohai Beach Club is beautifully landscaped with waterfalls and lagoons, lush tropical plants, and is a stone’s throw away from the beach. Two outdoor pools are available plus a shallow kiddie pool. Also on-site are a fitness center and children’s activity center.

    While on the island, take a cruise on a flat bottom riverboat up the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto, a lava rock grotto covered with tropical ferns. When you arrive you will be serenaded by Hawaiian musicians playing traditional, local songs. The acoustics within this natural amphitheater are fantastic and greatly enhance the singing and guitar accompaniment.

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Nine Marriott’s Listed in the Top 25 Timeshare Rental Resorts

Did you see our recent list of the “Top 25 Timeshare Rental Resorts” as selected by RedWeek.com users? Nine resorts on the list are Marriott’s, the most of any one company.

Marriott has its roots, as it were, in a Washington, D.C., root beer stand opened in 1927 by J. Willard Marriott and his wife, Alice. As customers gratefully sought relief from the sweltering summer heat of the area, the little place to get a cool drink became so popular that the Marriotts opened a chain of stands that eventually became a chain of restaurants and hotels.

Today Marriott International is run by their son, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, J.W. (Bill) Marriott, Jr. Under his guidance Marriott International boasts about 3,150 lodging properties located in the United States and 67 other countries and territories.

In 1984 Marriott expanded into the lucrative timeshare industry, the first major hotelier to do so. Today Marriot’s Vacation Club International has over 400,000 timeshare owners across North America, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Known for its innovative approach, Marriott is the company that created the concept of floating time in response to consumer concern over the inflexible fixed time. It’s “Gold Standard” service and accommodations has made Marriott resorts some of the most sought-after luxury vacation destinations in the world.

Here’s how the Marriott’s rank on our list and what our members have to say about them:

On RedWeek’s Top 25 Timeshare Rental Resorts list, Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, comes in at #24. RedWeek member review: “Had a great trip here. Loved the accommodations, staff and the setting.”

Marriott’s OceanWatch Villas at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is #14. RedWeek member review: “This is a great property with excellent amenities. Staff is always very helpful. Everything is kept up very well, very clean, good location, nice beach. Top notch accommodations.”

At #13 is Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club, Kapolei, Hawaii. RedWeek member review: “My family and I just returned from Ko Olina and can’t wait to go back next year. We’re already booked. The resort is beautiful and immaculate. The staff is friendly and efficient.”

Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club, Palm Beach, Aruba, checks in at #12. RedWeek member review: “I’ve been an owner at the Aruba Ocean Club for 8 years. My family and I look forward to our time there year after year. The timeshares are very roomy, clean and beautifully decorated. You won’t be disappointed.”

Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club – Palm Beach, Aruba, is #9. RedWeek member review: “I have found the Surf Club wonderful for a family vacation. The villas are very spacious, very clean and the staff is VERY friendly and helpful.”

Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club, Lahaina, Hawaii and Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Lahaina Villas, Lahaina, Hawaii come in at #7 and #6 respectively. RedWeek member reviews: “For a Wonderful time great sunsets and excellent choice of restaurants Maui Ocean Club is the best!” “We just returned from our week at the Lahaina Villas. We were absolutely thrilled with it! Everything is very high end — great beds, linens, kitchen, laundry, bathrooms — and we loved the shady, grassy area between the pool and the ocean.”

At #4 is Marriott’s Crystal Shores, Marco Island, Florida. RedWeek member review: “Just returned from a great vacation at Marriott’s Crystal Shores. Beautiful place, exceptional service, stunning ocean front view. Great beach and sunsets are spectacular. We would definitely return.”

And at #3 on the Top 25 list is Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Napili Villas – Lahaina, Hawaii. RedWeek member review: ” We absolutely love how the Napili Tower. It’s a beautiful resort.”

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Top 25 Timeshare Rental Resorts Selected by RedWeek.com Users

We’ve released our Annual Top 25 list of timeshare rental resorts! Brand new timeshares and recently opened resort phases marked the most significant additions to this year’s list. Marriott Vacation Club International has six resorts new to the list for 2010 for an impressive nine resorts overall in the top 25. Disney Beach Club Villas in Orlando secures the number one slot for the second year running.

The top chosen timeshare rental resorts continue to group in the popular vacation destinations. Florida, the Caribbean and Hawaii have 16 of the top 25 top picks with New York, U.S. Virgin Islands and Cabo San Lucas having two resorts each on the list.

The Top 25 timeshare rental resorts for 2010 are:

  1. Disney’s Beach Club Villas – Lake Buena Vista, Florida
  2. Harborside Resort at Atlantis – Paradise Island, Bahamas
  3. Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Napili Villas – Lahaina, Hawaii
  4. Marriott’s Crystal Shores – Marco Island, Florida
  5. Disney’s BoardWalk Villas – Lake Buena Vista, Florida
  6. Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Lahaina Villas – Lahaina, Hawaii
  7. Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Lahaina, Hawaii
  8. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House – Lake Buena Vista, Florida
  9. Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club – Palm Beach, Aruba
  10. The Manhattan Club – New York City, New York
  11. Costa Linda Beach Resort – Oranjestad, Aruba
  12. Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club – Palm Beach, Aruba
  13. Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club – Kapolei, Hawaii
  14. Marriott’s OceanWatch Villas at Grande Dunes – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  15. Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Lake Buena Vista, Florida
  16. The Westin St. John – Virgin Grand Villas – St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
  17. Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort – East Village – Kissimmee, Florida
  18. Disney’s Old Key West Resort – Lake Buena Vista, Florida
  19. Wyndham Old Town Alexandria – Alexandria, Virginia
  20. Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino – Oranjestad, Aruba
  21. Playa Grande Resort – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  22. Villa Roma Resort Lodges – Calicoon, New York
  23. Playa Linda Beach Resort – Palm Beach, Aruba
  24. Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove – St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
  25. Casa Dorada at Médano Beach – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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