October 2008: Economical Winter Holiday Getaways

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October 2008
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Economical Winter Holiday Getaways

The current economy, high airfares, and increasing gas prices make it hard for anyone to budget for a winter vacation. But who says you have to go far to have a great holiday getaway? Some of the best unexplored regions can be found in your own state. If you live in Denver, head north to Vail; if you're in Charleston, drive south to Hilton Head; livin' in Los Angeles - how about Tahoe? Great deals at these locations and more can be found on RedWeek.com.

Eagle Point

Eagle Point, Vail (4.5 stars) is ideally located beside Gore Creek in the Vail Valley. This resort offers a heated indoor/outdoor pool, sauna, two hot tubs and a barbecue deck with gas grills. During ski season, a complimentary shuttle allows convenient access to Vail's world-class ski slopes and snowboarding terrain. Christmas week rental, only $221/night. Own for only $1,600. Exchange for 1,821 RedWeek Exchange Points.

Marriott's Grande Ocean

Marriott's Grande Ocean, Hilton Head (4.0 stars) comes with all the luxuries and room you'll need to stretch out and make the most of your vacation. Each two-bedroom/two-bath villa comes complete with a balcony overlooking the ocean or lagoons. With comfortable couches, roomy arm chairs and open and airy rooms, Grande Ocean's villas provide relaxation with a touch of luxury. Christmas week rentals start at $114/night. Buy for just $2,500.

Tahoe Beach and Ski Club

Tahoe Beach and Ski Club, Tahoe (4.0 stars) is a 5 minute drive from world class skiing, and steps away from 400 feet of private beach for summertime activities. Also offered on-site: an outdoor pool, a sauna, children's play area, fitness center, shuttle-service, and more. Christmas and New Year's week rentals start at $125/night; Resales starting at $299. Exchange for 1,450 RedWeek Exchange Points.

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New Full Service Resale Option

RedWeek now has a new partner who offers a full-service timeshare resale option - an alternative to doing it yourself on RedWeek.com. If you go this route, you'll get a market valuation, a complete review of your ownership with a sales professional, and you won't have to worry about advertising, answering questions from buyers, or closing the sale.

This option is currently offered for a select list of resorts. If your resort is on the list, just click the "Sell using our full-service option" from the resort's page to get started.

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Ensuring a Safe Transaction on RedWeek.com

You've found the perfect timeshare rental on RedWeek and have made an offer. The owner has asked for cash up-front, but you are hesitant. How can you ensure you are protected when renting a timeshare over the Internet? RedWeek.com has a couple of suggestions that will help protect both the renter and owner.

Use an escrow service - First American Title provides both rental and resale escrow services to RedWeek members. This is the best way to protect your interests and ensure you get what you are paying for.

Vacation Rental Escrow Service »

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Sign a rental agreement - RedWeek.com provides suggested steps for privately managing your transaction, including a basic sample rental agreement for the owner and renter to sign. The rental agreement acts as a contract between the two parties and will be invaluable should a dispute arise. Please note that RedWeek.com is not involved in any privately managed transaction and will not mediate disputes between owner and renter unless the escrow process is used.

Privately managed transaction steps

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Package Discounts on Orlando Nightly Rentals

Sheraton Vistana Resort It might be the end of summer, but the rates are hot for two all-villa resorts in Orlando! With a three night minimum stay at Sheraton Vistana Resort or the Sheraton Vistana Villages, get discounts off regular nightly rates (one-bedroom villa for $99/night or a two-bedroom villa for $129/night), plus receive a $50 pre-paid American Express card, 20% off the resort's food and beverage outlets, and 10% off merchandise.

Both resorts are located minutes from Disney World and feature 1- and 2-bedroom villas with fully equipped kitchens, dining areas, washers/dryers and amenities for the traveling family.

Reserve by November 5, 2008 to take advantage of this "Dream Package" (valid for select dates October 5 - December 21, 2008). Space is limited, restrictions may apply, not valid for groups. This package is a special offer for RedWeek newsletter readers and not advertised on the site, so contact Starwood now for more details.

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Notable Exchange Options

25% off October Weeks:

St. Lucia now 1,695 pts

P. Vallarta now 1,513 pts

Cabo now 839 pts

Christmas Weeks:

Las Vegas for 1,934 pts

Florida for 800 pts

Mexico for 2,108 pts

New Weeks:

Tahoe in May; 1,508 pts

Palm Spgs in Mar; 1,067 pts

Las Vegas in Dec; 738 pts

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Featured Resort:
Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas
Lahaina, HI

The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas
Attention to detail is what makes this such a remarkable resort. Perched on 26 lush acres with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and nearby islands, this resort provides the ultimate in pampering and relaxation.

Spacious one- and two-bedroom vacation homes feature large lanais with ocean views, stone flooring, marble counter tops, roomy bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, washer/dryer, and the famous Westin Heavenly Beds.

You'll enjoy the conveniences of the resort's many amenities including a 10,000 square foot luxury spa, 7,600-square-foot swimming pool featuring waterfalls and a 90-foot slide, a poolbar, lighted tennis courts, owners lounge and game room, outdoor gas grills, children's pool and programs. For relaxation and rejuvenation, guests can enjoy the resort's two hot tubs or the fitness center, which features a sauna and steam room.

Rental Opportunities
Starting at $114/night

5th Night free for a limited time when renting by the night from Starwood

Resale Opportunities
$9,500 - $71,500

Member Review
"This is an awesome resort with every amenity. The rooms are the best part about staying in Maui, next to the golf, snorkeling, fishing, hiking, bicycling and the food. Wow, what a wonderful experience. You will totally enjoy your stay."

Average Member Rating
4.5 stars

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Exclusive Discount:
5th Night Free

Rent by the night at these resorts by Nov 8 and get your 5th night free. Some restrictions apply - contact Starwood for more info:

Scottsdale, Arizona

Jensen Beach, Florida

Maui, Hawaii

Kauai, Hawaii