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Palace Resorts Begins Renovations in Jamaica

Last summer, Palace Resorts announced plans to open their first resort outside of Mexico — the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande. This week, Palace Resorts officially began construction on the new timeshare resort.

Formerly known as the Sunset Jamaica Grande, the resort was purchase by the Palace Resorts group during July of 2014. Palace Resorts plans to remodel most of the property including guest rooms, meeting spaces, common areas, restaurants, and the resort’s curb appeal. [Read more…]

Club Meliá Reveals Plans to Build $3.5 Billion Bahamas Resort

Club Meliá Reveals Plans to Build $3.5 Billion Bahamas Resort

melia-at-baha-marMeliá Hotels International has announced that it will build a new resort compound, Meliá at Baha Mar. The new luxury timeshare resort will extend over 1,000 acres including a large stretch of beautiful white-sand beach.

Plans for the new Meliá development will include five hotels, a private residence club, and various amenities. Meliá at Baha Mar hotels will include a new Rosewood Hotel, Mondrian and Grand Hyatt resorts.

The Baha Mar Casino and Hotel will be featured as the main property and will offer a 1,000 square ft. casino and 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. The development will also include an ESPA spa and a dozen resort style pools. For business travelers, the compound will also feature a meeting and convention center.

Baha Mar’s Chairman, Sarkis Izmirlian said, “Meliá brings a wonderful, upscale name with global recognition and exceptional values to our brand portfolio at Baha Mar. The company’s expertise in the European, Latin American and Russian markets will further support Baha Mar in attracting a worldwide clientele. In addition, Baha Mar will be proud to offer Meliá’s all-inclusive resort experience, which is a leader in one of the fastest-growing segments in vacation travel.”

Chairman of Meliá Hotels International, Gabriel Escarrer shared, “The prospect of the future Meliá at Baha Mar being part of one of the most ambitious hotel and leisure projects in recent decades is a new source of pride for our brand, already present in 40 countries.

“Opening our first hotel in the English-speaking Caribbean, complementing our presence in the best vacation destinations around the world, is also a major achievement for Meliá Hotels International.”

In total, the new resort will feature over 2,900 guest rooms. Meliá Hotels International and Club Meliá are excited for the new project and the ability to present new accommodations to their timeshare owners. Visit their website to learn about membership and other new Meliá resorts.

Sunset World Resorts Celebrates Christmas with Boat Parade

Sunset World Resorts Celebrates Christmas with Boat Parade

sunset world resort boat parade 2013Last week, Sunset World Resorts & Vacation Experiences celebrated the holidays with a festive boat parade off the coast of Mexico.

Sunset World employees, members, celebrities, and other guests enjoyed the annual parade of boats and a fantastic holiday evening. In attendance were many local celebrities, including Renato López from Zona Trendy E! Entertainment Television, Krystof Raczynski, Johana Erubry de Anda, and Alexandra Ivanisevic.

The parade began at the Sunset Admiral Yacht Club & Marina, traveled down the Laguna Nichupté, before circling back to the Marina for the rest of the evening.

After the parade, guests enjoyed a VIP party with music, acrobatic displays, and a fireworks finale. Invitees were also treated to a special Flyboard performance. Here, experts demonstrated the innovative new water sport that Sunset World guests can actually try themselves at the resort.

CEO of Sunset World Resorts & Vacation Experiences, Orlando Arroyo Marrioquin took a moment to graciously thank their local sponsors, Cancun industry professionals, and the community for their help and participation in the event. Boat parade sponsors included: Cenacolo, Bubba Gump, Aquatours, La Destileia, Xbaal, La Vaquita, Outback Steakhouse, Maragritaville, Pueto Madero, Bandoneor, Camalache, Energy Fitness, Café Blasón, Cocoa-Cola, and CRAD. Sunset World also collaborated with the Cancun CVB and the Public Relations Association of the Mexican Caribbean for promotion of the event.

Attendees were also informed that a social media contest will be held for fans to vote for their favorite boat on Sunset World’s Facebook page. Voting is now underway and will be open until December 16th, 2013.

About Sunset World Resorts & Vacation Experiences

Sunset World owns resorts throughout Cancun and the Riviera Maya, offering a variety of all-inclusive travel packages. Their membership program offers a VIP travel club with access to their resorts, golf, spas, and marina activities. Sunset World Resorts include the renowned Hacienda Tres Rios Resort, Sunset Royal, Sunset Fisherman, and the Sunset Marina Resort &amps; Yacht Club.

Vacation Ownership Software SPI chosen by Playa Linda Beach Resort

Vacation Ownership Software SPI chosen by Playa Linda Beach Resort

Great vacation ownership resorts are more than beautiful views and comfortable beds (although both of those are important.) As the Playa Linda Beach Resort in Aruba recognizes, keeping your resort operations running like clockwork is critical too. That’s why the Playa Linda Beach vacation ownership resort has selected to upgrade its systems to SPI Software, a leading provider of timeshare and resort ownership systems.

Here is their news media release provided by SharonINK PR & Marketing:

Vacation Ownership SPI Software Chosen by Playa Linda Beach Resort

Vacation ownership software leader SPI Software is pleased to announce that Playa Linda Beach Resort, a top-rated resort located on Palm Beach in Aruba, has selected SPI Orange as their future software platform.

Richard Betrian, financial director of Playa Linda Beach Resort, commented, “We selected SPI Software based on their product functionalities with the objective to improve the service to our members and guests and also to streamline our accounting processes.”

“We are delighted that Playa Linda Beach Resort selected SPI Orange to manage reservations, property management and owner financial transactions. We want to thank management and the owner’s association for making the move. Playa Linda Beach Resort joins a growing family of vacation ownership companies on SPI Orange, the industry’s most advanced platform,” adds Matt Brosious, vice president of sales for SPI Software.

About Playa Linda Beach Resort

Rated internationally as a 5-star resort, Playa Linda Beach Resort is comprised of 214 units, among them studios, one-bedroom, lanai suites, two-bedroom luxury suites, town-homes and a luxurious penthouse. Each of these beautifully decorated and fully appointed vacation homes is spacious and exceptionally well-designed. Playa Linda Beach Resort has won the RCI Gold Crown Award for twenty one consecutive years (1992-2013), a designation given to resorts that have attained the highest level of excellence in resort accommodations and hospitality. Interval International also bestowed Premier Status on the resort for 2005 through 2013. Playa Linda Beach Resort has the distinction of being a Green Globe 21 and ISO 14001 certified resort, an honor shared with only six hotels in Aruba.

About SPI Software

SPI Software provides developers and operators of vacation ownership (timeshare, fractional, private residence club and others using either traditional or points-based usage strategies) with Web-based and Microsoft.NET-based software as either an enterprise suite of software called Orange, or in specific modules to handle marketing, sales, property management, finance, maintenance fee and receivables servicing, centralized reservations or owner website access. Founded in 1978 and based in Miami, FL, SPI can be reached at 305-858-9505, [email protected]