Nudist Retreat Plans to Add Timeshare Units

Nudist Retreat Plans to Add Timeshare Units

Now here’s a new twist on timesharing that I couldn’t resist bringing to your attention. The Mira Vista Resort in Marana, Arizona is planning an expansion that will include timeshare units. What makes this unique is that Mira Vista is a clothing optional guest ranch near Tucson.

Mira Vista Resort currently is a small, charming destination with 14 guest suites, a pool, spa, and restaurant. The historic property was once a stagecoach stop on the Butterfield Line for passengers traveling between St. Louis and San Francisco in the mid 1800’s. Later, in the heyday of the classic Western, movie stars including John Wane, Katharine Hepburn, Greta Garbo, and Cary Grant stayed at what was then known as the Saguaro Vista Guest Ranch.

Along the way, Mira Vista has also been a retreat for the families of alcoholics; a health resort; and, according to an article in the Arizona Daily Star, a guest ranch catering to gay and lesbian vacationers.

About a year ago, Mira Vista reopened as a nudist vacation destination. Now, the ownership has announced that planned expansion will include 100 new guest suites to be sold as timeshare units.

I am not very familiar with clothing optional resorts, but as I thought about this, I decided to place a call to the American Association for Nude Recreation. According to my conversations with AANR, Mira Vista is the first clothing optional destination to go timeshare, but it never really surprises me where timesharing shows up because it is one of the fastest growing segments of the vacation and hospitality industries today.

…You know I usually like to include photos with my blog posts, but this time, I just wasn’t sure what photos to use!

Timeshares for Singles? It’s a Whole New Marketing Dynamic

Timeshares for Singles? It’s a Whole New Marketing Dynamic

Timeshare Vacation Resales and Rentals

If you assume that married couples with children own the majority of timeshare units, you are correct. The average timeshare purchaser is likely to be middle to upper income, married, and somewhere between ‘fortyish’ and ‘fiftyish’. A large percentage of the timeshare vacation property sold today is to people in this demographic, and quite honestly, it accounts for a lot of timeshares.

According to an article published recently by Hotel Interactive, the sales of new timeshare units in the US climbed by 16 percent in 2006 to a total of $10 billion. The article, which is based on a study conducted by Ernst & Young, LLP, and released by ARDA International Foundation, also said that among the 625 US timeshare resorts surveyed, timeshare sales are up 81 percent over the past five years. But as you will quickly realize if you look at the vast inventory of timeshare resales available at Sell My Timeshare NOW, while many people are buying timeshare, many people are also selling timeshare.

Timeshare vacations in the US Virgin Islands

Dennis Serpone, president of Singles Marketing Group adds an interesting twist to the topic of who’s buying timeshare units. In an article published in the June 2007 edition of Perspective, A Timeshare & Leisure Property Magazine, Serpone suggests that timeshare sales today should be directed more toward singles than couples. In “The Singles Experience,” Serpone describes singles as the, “largest group of the most receptive overlooked people in the world”. Serpone says that most singles hate the way they currently vacation, traveling alone or with a friend to a resort where they are left to mingle primarily with families or couples. He points out that singles generally “have more disposable income, more time and desire to travel, (and) less family obligations…”

Timeshares mean freedom to travel.

The article also announces plans for “the first totally dedicated singles resort”, which I suppose means first totally dedicated singles timeshare resort. The resort is planned for Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands and will feature fifty beachfront timeshare units, anticipated to sell for $15,000 to $25,000 per timeshare interval week.

It’s all an interesting idea. While I don’t anticipate that timeshare developers will ever neglect couples because couples represent the heart and soul of the timeshare vacation market, it would be nice to see the needs and interests of the millions of adult singles also addressed by the timeshare industry. Choices and options are always a good thing.

New ARDA Chairman for Timeshare’s Largest Association

New ARDA Chairman for Timeshare’s Largest Association

President of Welk Resorts takes on more responsibilities with the American Resort Development Association.

The American Resort Development Association, known as ARDA, is the professional association for the vacation ownership (timeshare) and resort development industries. With over 1,000 members, ARDA protects and advances the needs of its timeshare industry related membership.

This month, Jon Fredricks, CHA, RRP, president of Welk Resorts was elected as the new chairman of ARDA. Howard C. Nusbaum, RRP and ARDA’s president and CEO was quoted in Hotel Interactive Magazine as saying, “Jon Fredricks is an exemplary Leader in timeshare, fractional, and private residence club development, with a history of stewardship as an active member of the ARDA Board of Directors and as chairman of the ARDA California Legislative Committee.”

Welk Resort timeshares include:

For those of you “mature” enough to remember the impresario of television’s champagne music, Jon Fredricks is the grandson of the late musician, entertainer, and bandleader, Lawrence Welk. And to refresh your memory, take a look at this great piece of video we found on…and a one…and a two…

Forty Percent of Homes Purchased are Second Homes

Forty Percent of Homes Purchased are Second Homes

Before you buy vacation property, learn the facts.

Vacation home

According to statistics recently released by the National Association of Realtors, four out of every ten homes sold are purchased either as investment properties or as a second home. As today’s baby boomer generation enters their peak income earning years, as well as comes into inherited money from previous generations, this trend is expected to escalate.

The vacation home market it thriving and with it comes new options for ownership beyond the traditional cabin in the woods or condo on the beach. Fractionals and private residence clubs are choices for people looking to buy deeded property to use on a part time basis. Destination clubs are another option in which owners do not acquire a deed to a specific property but instead gain the right to use a portfolio of homes.

Condo hotels or condotels are actual operating hotel properties that offer some or all of their suites for sale to individuals. While the hotel units may be privately owned, the condo hotel management assumes responsibility for running the hotel and providing contracted management of the units to be rented like regular hotel rooms. Owners can schedule the units at any time for their personal use.

And of course, there are timeshares and vacation club memberships which offer a variety of products from deeded ownerships, to right-to-use, to points-based programs. Timeshares enable you to buy vacation property yet pay for only the days and nights you actually schedule to use. While new timeshare in 2005 sold for an average price of more than $17,000 per week or interval, resale timeshare is available at much lower prices. If you are among the many people who are looking for vacation ownership, ARDA, the American Resort Development Association, has developed the following questionnaire to help you decide which option is best for your lifestyle and your budget:

  1. How much time will we be using the vacation home?
  2. Is the destination choice difficult to purchase in, or seem over-valued due to location popularity?
  3. Are we looking at this second home as an investment and/or family legacy, or perhaps primarily as an annual ‘go to’ vacation spot?
  4. How much time and money are we willing to invest in home maintenance or decor?
  5. Is it important to be in the same vacation home every time we visit the area, or do we prefer variety?
  6. What level of luxury are we seeking, and are we realistically able to achieve it in a second home?
  7. Is it important for the vacation home to be deeded?
  8. What is our annual vacation budget?

Here’s one more important addition to the list: Before you buy any vacation property, visit and look into your opportunity to buy resale timeshare at excellent prices.