In the first part of this discussion I talked about how we ended up being time share owners; I would like to continue that discussion and describe the point system and how it applied to our ability to have luxury vacations. Simply put points are days, x number of points equals one day. Each property owned has different point values and of course different seasonal values. An example would be at Whistler Ski Resort during snow and prime summer hiking season you points won't go very far. Now during mud season you can get a longer stay if you don't mind the conditions.
If you remember in the first installment I mentioned we received 1500 points and were gifted another 1500. It won't take much imagination to guess why they gave us the extra points. 3000 points will get you about a week in almost every resort owned in almost prime season.
I do need to backtrack a little here to when we were enjoying San Francisco we took a bus tour to Napa Valley wine country. Dana and I fell in love with the area and vowed to return for a real vacation there. Low and behold our time share company had a new flagship property opening there soon. Our anniversary falls in March so we decided to book a week when the new resort opened. Our 3000 points bought us a week in a studio apartment at the newly opened resort.
On check in we processed through the front desk of the hotel that managed the property and were introduced to the Concierge who worked for the time share company. She gave us a welcome packet made us feel very special not only as new member but as members in general. We learned of the amenities special to the condo owners and the facilities shared with the resort.
Upon arrival at our room which was located in one of three buildings all named after a type of wine; we inserted our key card and opened the door. OK, no room we are in a foyer with two doors one was ours and one belonged to someone else. So again we slip in our key card and walk into the most impressive studio apartment I have ever been in. Marble counters a king sized bed (remember this facility is brand new) and a well appointed bathroom. Don't let me forget the balcony which overlooked the pool and hot tub area. The view of rolling hills was spectacular. Did I mention there was a complimentary bottle of wine on the counter. Dana and I opened the bottle and sat on the sunny balcony enjoying a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon produced from the resorts own winery all this before even unpacking.
I can only say we sampled wine ate great meals out and prepared some easy meals for ourselves in our room. We did learn that cheese, crackers a salad and a bottle of wine brought a great day to an even better close. What a fantastic week, we vowed to return when we had accumulated sufficient points to return.
Stay tuned for Part 3...yes there is more.