THE BAHAMAS: The Grand Lucayan Resort on Grand Bahama Island is going to redevelop one of its wings into a timeshare/fractional ownership section. There is no word yet on when this will happen, nor much in the way of details, but you can’t beat the location.
Called Our Lucaya Beach & Golf Resort until Sept. 2011, there are three resorts under the former Our Lucaya’s tent: Lighthouse Point, which is closed; the 519-room Breakers Key, now called the Radisson Resort Grand Lucayan; and the Reef, which I’ve heard will be renamed the Reef Grand Bahama.
It is the Lighthouse Point resort which is scheduled for timeshare and fractional ownership. Stay tuned.
ARUBA & BARBADOS: InterContinental Hotels Group has revealed the relaunched Holiday Inn Resort Aruba and the Holiday Inn Resort Bridgetown Barbados, which was converted from an independent branded hotel, are the first Holiday Inn Resort properties to open in the Caribbean.
True to the Holiday Inn heritage, the resorts have a range of family-friendly facilities and services. For families with teenagers, the resorts offer a Teen Zone with shuffle board and plenty of board games for youngsters to unwind and entertain themselves. There’s also a KidSpree™ Vacation Club with an array of activities where younger kids can have fun under the watch of professional care takers. The brand’s signature Kids Stay and Eat Free feature makes family vacations truly enjoyable and affordable.
What I’m wondering is whether or not Holiday Inn Club Vacations might someday have a presence at these two new properties?
LOS CABOS: Cabo Azul Resort, a Pacific Monarch Resorts property soon to be a Diamond Resorts International resort, has made it into TripAdvisor’s 2012 Travelers’ Choice® Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Mexico, based on reviews by resort guests.
TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice® list is annual recognition of various resorts and destinations in their specific category. The winners are chosen from tens of thousands of user generated reviews. Reviews are published by TripAdvisor, and based on those reviews, properties are assigned a favorability ranking in their geographic area.
This is a big deal. KUDOS!
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES:
DUBAI: According to an article in Meed.com, the Government of Dubai Land Department (LD) is set to organize training courses for real estate brokers working in Dubai’s timeshare through a couple of professional courses. The programme will be presented by the Dubai Real Estate Institute (DREI), the educational arm of LD in cooperation with the real estate licensing department of the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA).
Timeshare resorts in Dubai include The Emirates Vacation Club, Royal Club at Bonnington Tower, Bavaria Executive Suites, The Torch, Dubai Lagoon Vacation Club, Royal Club At Palm-Jumeirah and Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa Timeshare.
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