Marriott Vacations is Serious about Your Golf Game

Marriott Vacations is Serious about Your Golf Game

The new Marriott Golf Academy is a get-serious-about-your-game reason to be a Marriott Vacations timeshare owner. There is an academy at Marriott’s Shadow Ridge resort in Palm Desert, California and an academy at Marriott’s Grande Vista resort in Orlando, Florida. Since their launch last spring, (after Marriott Golf ended its longtime relationship with golf legend Nick Faldo), Marriott Golf Academy has been redefining its brand as a go-to resource for both serious golfers, recreational players, and golf newbies to tune up their games. (Read more here: )

The Marriott Golf Academy at Marriott’s Shadow Ridge is set in the beautiful Coachella Valley, already a popular area for golfers. The Marriott timeshare resort there offers spacious villa accommodations, along with the eighteen-hole championship golf course, a world-class practice facility, a state-of-the-art swing studio, and a Club Fitter’s Workshop.™

The Marriott Golf Academy adjacent to Marriott’s Grande Vista includes a 35-acre instructional facility with full swing and short game areas, a 9-hole golf course, Swing Analysis Studio, Club Fitter’s Workshop™, plus it backs up to Marriott’s Grande Pines Golf Club.

At both Marriott Vacation Club resorts, you will find one-, two-, and three-bedroom timeshare villas and an abundance of amenities, to please all the non-golfers in the family. This summer, each of the two academies is offers a “Get Schooled & Stay Cool” golf instruction program. For more information on the golf school,  golfers should call 855-642-2369, or visit

An Orlando Timeshare Vacation Never Tasted So Good

An Orlando Timeshare Vacation Never Tasted So Good

Plan an Orlando Timeshare Vacation during Magical Dining Month
Plan an Orlando Timeshare Vacation during Magical Dining Month

For the eighth year, September will be celebrated in Orlando, Florida as “Magical Dining Month.” As if Orlando needed yet another magical reason for you to plan an Orlando timeshare vacation or getaway, the culinary feast is motivation all by itself to visit the City Beautiful.

Diners can enjoy a culinary celebration that involves more than 60 restaurants. For $33 prix fixe (set price), each diner can select a three-course meal, including an appetizer, entrée, and a desert.

Of course, the Disney World area restaurants (including Lake Buena Vista) are involved. These are:

  • Deep Blu Seafood Grille- Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort
  • Hawk’s Landing Steakhouse- World Center Marriott
  • Hemingway’s- Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
  • Il Mulino New York Trattoria- Walt Disney World Swan
  • La Luce® by Donna Scala – Hilton Bonnet Creek
  • Mikado Japanese Steak House – World Center Marriott
  • NINE18- Villas of Grand Cypress
  • Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen- World Center Marriott
  • The Venetian Room – Caribe Royale Hotel
  • Todd English’s bluezoo – Walt Disney World Dolphin

Universal Studios and Universal City Walk area participating restaurants are:

  • Bice Ristorante – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
  • Emeril’s Restaurant Orlando
  • Emeril’s Tchoup Chop – Loews Royal Pacific Resort
  • Islands Dining Room – Loews Royal Pacific Resort
  • Mama Della’s Ristorante – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
  • The Kitchen – Hard Rock Hotel
  • The Palm Restaurant- Hard Rock Hotel
  • Trattoria del Porto- Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

And this link will take you to dozens more restaurants that are participating in this very special, very scrumptious event.

Magical Dining Month, sponsored by Visit Orlando, will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida, with one dollar from each meal being donated to the non-profit organization.  The event runs throughout the month of September.

Westgate Resorts Closes on $140M, Total Financing Reaches $850M

Westgate Resorts Closes on $140M, Total Financing Reaches $850M

Orlando, Florida based, Westgate Resorts, one of the largest privately owned timeshare and vacation ownership companies in the world, recently closed on $140 million securitization. Since April, 2012, Westgate Resorts timeshare has closed financing transactions of more than $850 million.

Approximately $700 million of the money is in securitizations that include 25 new investors, including money funds, hedge funds, and insurance companies. The balance of the funding comes from four new credit lines backed by major commercial banks.

According to Westgate Resorts, the massive funding goes to pay down existing debt and provide greater liquidity for the company. David A. Siegel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Westgate Resorts, says, “We appreciate the continued confidence of the financial markets and we are already on pace to significantly exceed last year’s sales revenues. We attribute our success to the outstanding experience we deliver our guests, and our industry leading sales and marketing efficiencies.”

Siegel adds, “We believe we enhance the lives of our guests by providing them a lifetime of wonderful vacation memories,” added Siegel. “I want to thank all of our financial partners for their support, and our valued Westgate team members for exceeding our guests’ expectations each and every day.”

Which Marriott Timeshares Are Most Popular

Which Marriott Timeshares Are Most Popular

Beautiful Marriott timeshares, like the Ko Olina Beach Club.
Beautiful Marriott timeshares, like the Ko Olina Beach Club.

With more than 416,000 Marriott Vacation Club owners worldwide, and a 25-year history of timeshare vacation excellence, it’s no surprise that Marriott timeshares dominated the Top Ten resales list on the 2013 Timeshare Demand Index. As a vacation owner or prospective timeshare resale buyer or renter, if you are looking for a timeshare destination that other vacationing couples and families love, or already know you want to be part of the Marriott Vacation Club then you no doubt are interested in which Marriott timeshares are the most popular.

  • Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club was the number one most popular timeshare resale this past year, based on offers to buy or rent made through our company. Located in Palm Beach, Aruba, this beachside resort offers guests access to the amenities at the neighboring Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino and the Mandara Spa. Whether you go for the Las Vegas-style entertainment, the world-class diving and snorkeling, or to relax and enjoy the sugary-white sands and ocean breezes, this Marriott timeshare tops all others for resale and rental demand through our website.
  • Marriott’s Newport Coat Villas in Newport Coast, California, ranked as most in-demand timeshare resale or rental #3 on this year’s Timeshare Demand Index. A Tuscan-themed resort, this beautiful timeshare sets on a bluff with Pacific Ocean views. With the Pelican Hill Golf Club to the north and Crystal Cove State Park to the south, this resort is surrounded by green spaces and serene vistas. And there’s also an adjacent spa, the charms of the Newport coastal area, and great dining, shopping, and all the elegance of the Newport Coast community.
  • Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club in Oahu and Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club in Maui round out the top ten, ranking numbers 4 and 10 respectively.  The Ko Olina Beach Club is an oasis of waterfalls and fountains, located on Oahu’s western shore. The Maui Ocean Club is a tropical hideaway tucked between turquoise waters and a lush rain forest. Each offers amenities galore, a Hawaii vacation experience, and amazing golf. The championship courses of the Royal Kaanapali Golf Course and the The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort are convenient to play on your Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club holiday, while Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club offers numerous courses in the area to play including the Kapolei Golf Club.

What does the rest of the 2013 Timeshare Demand Index look like for Marriott timeshares?

These beautiful resorts all fell within the top fifty for most in-demand timeshare resales and rentals based on the number of offers received:

Marriott’s OceanWatch Villas at Grande Dunes (Myrtle Beach, SC); Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club (Palm Beach, Aruba); Marriott’s Grande Vista (Orlando, FL); Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove (St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands); Marriott’s Ocean Pointe (Palm Beach Shores, FL); Marriott’s Grande Ocean (Hilton Head Island, SC); Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club (Koloa – Kauai, HI);  and Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Lahaina & Napili Village (Maui, HI).