Timeshare

How To Be A Satisfied Timeshare Owner

A timeshare is a form of vacation or holiday ownership. The original definition or style of timeshare (and the one most people probably think of when they hear that word) involves buying the right to vacation for a set period (usually one week), every year, at a specific resort. For many years now, timesharing has become a popular way to take a vacation. Still, a lot of travellers don’t know a lot about how it works, or indeed are aware of how timeshare products have evolved over time to now include more diverse options that open up a lot more variety and destinations.

When you own a single vacation or holiday home, you have dominion over a physical property. You can use it anytime and every time you want. Holiday home ownership comes with responsibility though. You obviously are committed to pay for the full value of the property including year-round maintenance costs plus rates and taxes, water and electricity charges and body-corporate fees (if a strata property). Having a timeshare is different from this arrangement in many ways.

In its original form, a timeshare essentially offers you an allotted amount of “time” wherein you can use your resort’s accommodation. For example, if you choose to own a 3-bedroom timeshare at a Queensland resort for the first week of January every year, your vacation accommodations are guaranteed at that time, every year. If you are a frequent traveller or vacationer, timesharing might benefit you because you get the perks of a high-end vacation home without having to spend for all of its upkeep.

Of course, over the years, timeshare has evolved. There are now timeshare ‘vacation clubs’ that work by providing a set amount of ‘points’ annually that can be used to stay at a broader network of accommodation owned or linked to that club, as opposed to offering a set week to be taken in just one location.  Some clubs have 20+ properties in their own network, which provides a lot of variety.

A lot of timeshare ownership programs now offer the option for timeshare exchange too. An exchange allows you to go on vacation at a different resort, in a different location beyond your own timeshare property or Vacation Club network. This way, you are not tied down to selecting the same vacation spots every year.

There are a lot of unsatisfied timeshare owners. If you listen to their complaints you will find out that the dissatisfaction stems from not knowing what timeshare is, not understanding what different kinds of timeshare options are out there, or grasping how their specific timeshare works. Timeshare is a significant purchase that you shouldn’t go into with your eyes closed. Equip yourself with knowledge before you sign on the dotted line and you will be a satisfied owner of a timeshare that suits your personal lifestyle needs.

 

Frequently Asked Questions by Timeshare Buyers

 

How is timeshare different from a hotel?

In most instances, Member accommodation within a timeshare resort generally offers more space and amenities as compared to a traditional publicly sold hotels, depending on the operator you go with. Often a hotel room is a studio-sized area that has a bed, then there’s a small bathroom and nothing else. With timeshare, you are more likely to get an actual apartment or a condominium-style unit with a choice of several bedrooms, bathrooms, a full kitchen, dining area and a living room. Amenities are also offered in most timeshare resorts – recreational, sporting and social activities both for kids and adults. Many resorts also offer swimming pools, golf courses, tennis courts, horseback riding, skiing and others all on site.

What are the different types of timeshares?

It’s important to understand the different ways timeshare work. Timeshare ownerships are either deeded or leased for a specified period.

  • Deeded – A deeded timeshare is like a regular real estate purchase. After you buy a deeded timeshare, you own it. You may sell, rent out or will your timeshare to your heirs. A deeded timeshare is a perpetual contract; there is no expiration date.
  • Leased – A leased timeshare gives you the right to use a property for a specific week or weeks for a definite period, usually 20 to 99 years. The right to use the property expires at the end of the leased period.
  • Licensed timeshare – A licensed timeshare requires you go join a “vacation club”. Members of the vacation club receive points that they can use to purchase holidays at a choice of several resorts. (This, for example, is the category that Accor Vacation Club sits within.)

What are timeshare use periods?

When doing your research, it good to understand some basic timeshare terminology, especially in regards to stay options. Depending on the type of timeshare product you might be interested in, you may come across these terms:

  • Fixed week – A fixed week timeshare allows you to use the unit for that specific week. Fixed week typically starts on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
  • Floating week – A floating week timeshare allows you to use the unit anytime during the year based on availability.
  • Flex time – A flex time timeshare is similar with floating week. Flex time refers to a season though wherein you can use your timeshare – winter flex or spring flex

Can I afford to buy a timeshare?

If you are considering buying a timeshare, it is vital to take an honest look at your finances to see what you can afford. First, determine how much you can pay out for the initial purchase price. Most timeshare companies will offer financing, and this can help you delay the up-front cost. Be aware that it’s common for timeshares to require an annual maintenance fee of up to $1,000 or more too (for maintenance, running costs and regular refurbishment). It is good to consider how these costs weigh up against what you might already be spending on annual holidays now and in the future to determine the value and benefits for you personally.

How does timeshare exchange work?

If you own a leased timeshare, a big advantage might be having the flexibility to exchange your week. You can join a timeshare exchange company and trade your week with other timeshare owners. This flexibility allows you to use your home resort every year, if you want to, or trade for any of the affiliated resorts throughout the world. Some timeshare resorts have an internal exchange program while others use an external company. These external companies require an additional membership fee that you can either renew or cancel every year.

 

About Accor Vacation Club

Accor Vacation Club is a licensed timeshare offering of AccorHotels. Members get an allocation of Premier Points annually and they can use this for holidays or short breaks. They can enjoy top-quality accommodation across Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.

A membership in Accor Vacation Club is great if you’re the type of vacationer who plans your holiday in advance and likes the security knowing the type of accommodation you will get. Let’s say your work allows you two weeks of vacation per year that you can pre-schedule. Possibly, a membership with Accor Vacation Club would make a good investment to pre-plan your holiday time in advance. You get pre-paid accommodation that allows you to spread out with friends and family in generously-sized properties, with the flexibility to use the properties facilities to self-cater during your stay.

Here are the top 5 Accor Vacation Club properties that members rave about:

  1. The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach – Your gateway to golden sand, snorkelling and surfing, The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach has a breathtaking waterfront setting. Members can enjoy a variety of fully-furnished accommodations, from studios to one and two-bedroom apartments that boast convenient kitchenettes. Guests can also choose from an ocean view, superior and standard rooms that all have air condition, private bathrooms, LCD TVs and balconies.
  2. The Sebel Melbourne Flinders Lane – Members who love the sophisticated city vibe of Melbourne have good things to say about The Sebel Melbourne Flinders Lane.  Smack bang in the fashion and foodie district of Melbourne, this boutique hotel has 56 exquisitely-furnished apartments that have big bedrooms, living areas and kitchenettes. Just a short stroll to theatres, museums, sporting venues and eateries, urban-loving vacationers surely enjoy The Sebel Melbourne Flinders Lane.
  3. Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort – One of the most popular destinations included in the Accor Vacation Club portfolio, Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort is loved for the luxurious seclusion it provides. Think stylish apartments, and the laid-back ambiance of a mountain lodge.
  4. Grand Mercure Basildene Manor – Accor Vacation Club members love the old-world charm and modern comforts of Basildene Manor. This is the preferred destination for wine lovers not least of all because of its enviable location in the wine region of Margaret River. Needless to say, this rustic manor house and its landscaped gardens is ideal for tourists interested in exploring the area, and is near to great wineries, cafes and restaurants.
  5. The Sebel Pinnacle Valley – An exciting year-round destination, The Sebel Pinnacle Valley offers stylish and modern apartments in the stunning Victorian High Country. Just 30 minutes away from the Mt Buller ski slopes, Accor Vacation Club members can choose from a wide selection of outdoor activities like snow skiing, bushwalking, horseback riding and golf, depending on the time of year.

 

The information in this article is not personal financial advice and has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person.  Before making a decision to purchase or upgrade a membership in the Accor Vacation Club, you should consider the PDS dated 19 April 2018, issued by A.P.V.C. Ltd AFSL 245515 and available at www.accorvacationclub.com.au or by contacting A.P.V.C. Ltd on 1800 70 81 90.

 

Sydney Harbour Bridge

You haven’t lived until you’ve tried these 3 experiences in Australia

Australia is a truly vast country. In fact, with an area of just over 7.6 million square kilometres, it’s almost the same size as the continental United States. It’s also blessed with a diversity of spectacular landscapes, natural and man-made, which give life to some remarkable experiences.

Take the Uluru Base Walk

No list of must do experiences in Australia would be complete without mention of Uluru, or Ayers Rock, a huge sandstone monolith that rises to a height of 1,142 feet above the surrounding desert plain in the southwestern Northern Territory. Uluru has long been revered by the local Aboriginal people, known as the Anangu. Climbing to the top isn’t strictly illegal, but is forbidden by traditional law, so a better option is to take a guided walk around the circumference, which is approximately 10.6 kms. Uluru at sunset is particularly memorable, when the sandstone glows an intense scarlet red.

Dive the Great Barrier Reef

Likewise, any list of amazing experiences in Australia must include a visit to the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef stretches from Cape York in the north and Lady Elliott Island in the south, covering over 348,000 km2 making it the largest coral reef system in the world. The Great Barrier is also one of the most abundant, diverse and colourful ecosystems on the planet, supporting 400 species of coral, over 1,500 species of fish, including a variety of sharks, and over 30 species of marine mammal, including bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales. Whether you swim, snorkel or dive, the mesmeric beauty of the Great Barrier Reef is definitely one of the must do experiences in Australia.

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Last, but definitely not least, in our brief guide to amazing experiences in Australia comes the celebrated symbol of the ‘Land Down Under’, the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Originally opened in 1932 and affectionately known as the ‘Coathanger’, it is the world’s tallest steel arch bridge measuring 134 metres from its top point down to sea level of one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world. If you want to challenge your fear of heights, or simply set your pulse racing, climbing the bridge is an adventure in itself, but also offers panoramic 360º views over Sydney Harbour including, of course, Sydney Opera House, when you arrive at the top. You can climb Sydney Harbour Bridge during the day, at dusk or after the sun has set; we recommend the latter, when the Sydney skyline sparkles and creates a glittering reflection in the waters of the harbour.

If you are interested in enjoying great Australian travel destinations as part of a timeshare membership, visit Accor Vacation Club. If you are already a Member, visit Accor Vacation Club Travel for even more great travel and holiday ideas around Australia and beyond.

 

The information in this article is not personal financial advice and has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person.  Before making a decision to purchase or upgrade a membership in the Accor Vacation Club, you should consider the PDS dated 1 January 2017, issued by A.P.V.C. Ltd AFSL 245515 and available at www.accorvacationclub.com.au or by contacting A.P.V.C. Ltd on 1800 70 81 90.

Senior women enjoying and laughing

Places to visit on a New Zealand holiday

Planning a first trip to New Zealand is never an easy task, unless you have all the time in the world, and the money to enjoy it. There is just so much to take in! For the rest of us on limited time and budget, where do we start; the North Island, or South Island? If you’re a member of Accor Vacation Club, and planning a vacation to New Zealand, things get a whole lot easier. With a selection of quality, thoughtfully selected accommodation options to choose from on both islands, its best to rely on popular culture to make the choice for you as opposed to hotels – and in that case the Hobbits of the North have it sorted!

Hobbiton Village

In the centre of North Island’s farming country, Hobbiton Village sits on the edge of Matamata, and was used to make the Hobbit films and Lord of the Rings movie. When booking your Hobbit tour, look at booking the Waitomo Glow-worm Caves tour as well. It is close by, and the kids will be fascinated by their little glow-in-the-dark friends.

Auckland

You may well have landed at Auckland Airport, but the city is worth more than just a cursory glance as you head toward your destination. Opportunities abound for unique photographs of dormant volcanoes, bubbling mud pools, cascading waterfalls, and surfers riding the rolling breakers on the local beaches. As the children tire, head into the centre, and round the day off at Auckland’s famous Sky City and its many attractions.

Wellington

Before heading to the South Island, take a few hours out. If time allows take a whole day, and explore the sights and culture of New Zealand’s capital city. Visit the National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa. Walk or ride to the top of Mount Victoria for the most fantastic views. Jump on the Wellington Cable Car, or go back in time at Zealandia. All before you board the ferry for your three hour trip across the Cook Strait to Picton, at the top of South Island.

Marlborough Sound

Close to Picton, Marlborough Sound covers over 90 miles of New Zealand coastline. You could spend all the second half of your vacation, walking and cycling the coastline, visiting the nature reserves, and cruising the sunken valleys of this stunning part of New Zealand. If time is of the essence, book a three hour boat trip, to get a real feel of what this area has to offer.

Christchurch

For a laid-back, family day out, Christchurch ticks all the boxes. Enjoy a boat trip, or try your hand at punting on the River Avon. Stroll in the sunshine around the beautiful botanic gardens, or, if the kids are being a little restless, take them over to the International Antarctic Centre, to find out what it’s like to get caught up in an arctic storm.

From Puka Park to Wellington, Queenstown and Wanaka (and beyond!), as an Accor Vacation Club member, the fabulous facilities at each Club property, or Accor Hotels Select accommodation partner, will prove difficult to leave. Nonetheless, to find out why New Zealanders are in the top ten of the world’s happiest people, you need to get out and about, and find out what really makes your average Kiwi tick.

 

 

The information in this article is not personal financial advice and has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person.  Before making a decision to purchase or upgrade a membership in the Accor Vacation Club, you should consider the PDS dated 1 January 2017, issued by A.P.V.C. Ltd AFSL 245515 and available at www.accorvacationclub.com.au or by contacting A.P.V.C. Ltd on 1800 70 81 90.

Accor Vacation Club travel tips for long flights

Long Flight Survival Tips for Families

Going on a family trip, especially with very young children, can be stressful and costly. While becoming a member of Accor Vacation Club is a great way to minimise drama on the ground with great apartment accommodation serving up space and amenities perfect for those with kids, the fact is you may still be left with the stress of air travel to get to your destination. Sorry!

But there are some travel tips that you can employ to make even very long journeys with children easier on everyone concerned.

 

Other People.

First of all, think about other people, as counter-intuitive as this might seem. If other people get upset with your children, this can lead you to become anxious – and children pick up when their parents are upset and this can lead them to behave poorly. To avoid this vicious circle, take stock of the people around you and speak to them, letting them know that you want their journey (and yours) to be peaceful and that you are going to work on achieving that. People will often be understanding if you give them the chance.

To this end, be prepared for the whole time of the flight or voyage (trains and buses offer the same cramped conditions as planes, with almost the same restrictions on easy movement), and make allowances for delays too. Bring toys and games – many can be found in travel versions so pieces do not get lost and pieces will stay in place during play. Bring along pens and paper too, most children love to draw, and the pen and paper can be used for other games if necessary.

 

Make sure that you prioritise your children during the journey.

If you are driving, make time for plenty of stops along the way for toilet breaks and leg stretches, and if you are confined to public transport, make sure the children move around a little (subject to the rules and directions of the carrier) – it is not healthy for anyone to sit still for hours on end. Let the children know what is happening, and tell them some of the exciting things that they will be doing during their Accor Vacation Club holiday.

 

Take a Change of Clothes.

Travelling is a sticky, sweaty business, and sitting in sticky, sweaty clothing is not comfortable for anyone. Change the children’s clothes when needed, and carry plenty of wet wipes so you can all arrive cool and clean, in good condition and ready to go. Any family trip can be enhanced by simply taking a breather, acknowledging discomforts and dealing with them as best you can, rather than ignoring wails and protests to ‘push through’ and get there!

Food & Drink.

Even if the flight or journey offers food, make sure that you take some of the children’s favourite foods so they will have something to eat that they know and like – and that will not upset their tummies. Make sure that you read up on restrictions on the transport of food and drink, especially for those visiting different countries, but also sometimes across state lines. Air flights are more likely to have restrictions on some products, so do make sure that you check – there is nothing more devastating than preparing plenty of food and drink for the family, only to have to throw it all away, and rebuy those exact products once through the security checks.

Also one of the more important travel tips when it comes to air travel with youngsters, do not forget something for the children to suck on or chew while the flight is climbing or descending. The sudden change in air pressure can make our ears pop, but can be very painful for young children and babies, those whose ears are more sensitive than adults’.

These travel tips should help your family trip be one that is remembered fondly, with smiles, rather than with a shudder of horror!

 

 

The information in this article is not personal financial advice and has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person.  Before making a decision to purchase or upgrade a membership in the Accor Vacation Club, you should consider the PDS dated 1 January 2017, issued by A.P.V.C. Ltd AFSL 245515 and available at www.accorvacationclub.com.au or by contacting A.P.V.C. Ltd on 1800 70 81 90.

How Accor Vacation Club points work

How Accor Vacation Club points work

Accor Vacation Club was Australia’s first hotel branded holiday ownership club and commenced operations in 2000. The Club has over 28,500 Member families who enjoy holidays at the Club’s 24 Club Properties.

The Club’s operator is part of the AccorHotels group, the largest hotel group in the Asia Pacific region with operations in no fewer than 17 countries.

Thanks to this international prominence, Accor Vacation Club is pleased to be able to reward its Members with a number of unique privileges. These valued members can transfer what are known as Première Club points towards a host of additional services, each implemented to help heighten your overall travel experience. Let us take a quick look at how Accor Vacation Club Points work as well as why they can prove to be so beneficial for your future travel needs.

 

Première Plus Benefits

Première points are the currency that Members use to book accommodation at Accor Vacation Club’s range of properties. However, they can also be used to leverage a wide array of other benefits, negotiated especially for Première Plus Members.

There are a handful of ways in which Accor Vacation Club Première Points can be redeemed to secure a multitude of travel and lifestyle options.

 

These include:

  • Accor Hotels Select, Accor Hotels Asia and Accor Hotels Select Elite programs
  • Accor Vacation Club Travel
  • Interval International

 

Accor Hotels Select, Select Asia and Select Elite enables all Première Plus Members to utilise their Première Points when making reservations at selected AccorHotels hotels and resorts, that are normally not included within Accor Vacation Club’s core portfolio of 24 Club properties portfolio. This offers a greater sense of flexibility and convenience for Première Plus Members seeking destinations beyond the core network.

Alternatively, Première Points may be converted into Discovery Dollars as part of the Accor Vacation Club Travel program. This program is extensive and extends to touring, accommodations and even cruise holidays.  After they are converted into Discovery Dollars, Première Points can be used towards a world of other travel and lifestyle experiences that are available – including discounted golfing for example, flights, or even to shop for wine online.

Accor Vacation Club’s alliance with Interval International enables existing Première Plus members who chose after their first year of membership to continue their membership with Interval to use these points towards an additional 3,000 properties found within over 80 countries. If you consider yourself a global traveller, this option will certainly come in handy.

The World of Travel at Your Fingertips

Accor Vacation Club firmly believes in the principle of rewarding loyal Première Plus members and the programs described above will certainly help to accentuate any current holiday package. Would you like to learn more about how Première Points can be leveraged? If so, feel free to contact a representative. We will be pleased to address any additional questions.

 

 

The information in this article is not personal financial advice and has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person.  Before making a decision to purchase or upgrade a membership in the Accor Vacation Club, you should consider the PDS dated 19 April 2018, issued by A.P.V.C. Ltd AFSL 245515 and available at www.accorvacationclub.com.au or by contacting A.P.V.C. Ltd on 1800 70 81 90.

The Sebel Pinnacle Valley

The Best Places to Visit in Australia during Winter?

Australian winters deliver plenty of snow and balmy, temperate oceans still warm enough for a swim. The continent redefines the meaning of cold, bringing mild days that completely evade the 40 degree heat of December. No wonder so many travellers prefer to get out and take a trip in the milder months. Winter clears away the crowds, too, letting you enjoy a peaceful break without the queues.

Places to Go in Australia during Winter

Australia celebrates its heritage and culture during the winter, bringing vibrant festivals and dynamic music to the fore. May comes with free light shows and art installations to the tunes of local musicians. There’s a winter film festival for cinephiles and a beer can regatta in July. Australia takes its rugby and AFL seriously, so winter is also best for immersing yourself in two of the nation’s favourite sporting competitions. You’ll even be able to pack a little skiing into your schedule. Thredbo has long runs if you prefer speed, and The Bluff is challenging enough for experienced skiers. Mt Buller is one of the country’s prettiest natural areas and offers the best winter family holidays Australia has to offer.

Whale Watching and Water Sports

Whales migrate towards Australia in the winter, so you’ll begin to see them arriving in May and June. Byron Bay and Hervey Bay are the most beautiful spots for whale watching, and while you’re there, shark cage diving will let you get a close view of the local great white and tiger sharks. The New South Wales Open State Titles begin in May, and there are several other surfing contests to check out during the winter. They bring a festive ambience to the coast even if you’re not a surfing enthusiast.

Outback Tours

The Outback is a little too hot for summer, but from May to July, you can take comfortable drives through the desert. Ayers Rock has a surreal atmosphere, and Uluru park has a cultural centre where you can view art exhibits and fetch a visitor’s guide. The hike around Uluru’s base is an unchallenging 10.6 km, but birders shouldn’t miss the Mutitjulu Waterhole, which has a mystical waterfall close to the car park.

Ben Lomond National Park is one of nature enthusiasts’ favourite places to go in Australia in winter. The snow turns the peaks into a wonderland perfect for bushwalking and climbing. Of course, no trip to Australia is complete without a visit to Tropical North Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef. Rainfall is rare, making this a safe time to dive and snorkel.

The Kimberley region’s landscape gives four-wheel drive adventurers some exciting trails along Gibb River Road. This route is also a gastronome’s heaven, with vineyards and restaurants at Margaret River.

The Australian climate is forgiving, and many of its most important events occur in the middle of the year. With less travellers traditionally around, there are lots of discounts to be had too on popular tourist activities and the dining scene, if you shop around. Whether you’re an adventurer, a sportsperson, or a culture enthusiast, check out your own backyard and some Australian travel to keep you entertained!

For more information about the benefits of a exploring Australia as part of a timeshare membership, visit Accor Vacation Club Holidays.

 

The information in this article is not personal financial advice and has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person.  Before making a decision to purchase or upgrade a membership in the Accor Vacation Club, you should consider the PDS dated 1 January 2017, issued by A.P.V.C. Ltd AFSL 245515 and available at www.accorvacationclub.com.au or by contacting A.P.V.C. Ltd on 1800 70 81 90.

Oakridge Resort Wanaka, Accor Vacation Club Apartments

Timeshare travel review – Oakridge Resort Wanaka, Accor Vacation Club Apartments

Many people rave about the spectacular destination that is Queenstown, but not too far away in the Queenstown Lakes district on Lake Wanaka awaits an equally amazing resort town, brimming with mountain vistas and activities crossing every season.

The idyllic South Island village of Wanaka is a year round destination that has appeal for those who love the great outdoors and seek a food and wine fuelled relaxation break away from it all.

Situated on the crystal clear waters of New Zealand’s fourth largest lake, just a short drive from Mount Aspiring National Park, Wanaka is an ideal spot to go fishing, hiking, skiing, wine tasting or golfing. In winter, the snow covered slopes of Treble Cone and Cardrona are close by for ski enthusiasts.

The city also hosts an annual event, ‘Warbirds Over Wanaka’, which is the largest three day air show in the Southern Hemisphere.

For some inspiration on all the major events and attractions not to miss, check out this fabulous and comprehensive list of things to do, and the 10 top reasons to visit Wanaka, courtesy of Wanaka Tourism.

We love the sound of Wanaka River Journeys, for a chance to enjoy the great outdoors with a jet boat adventure (to get your pulse racing!). Another fantastic way to immerse yourself in the wilderness, this time on foot, has to be a guided walk or hike to enjoy the mountains, glaciers and for a spot of Lord of the Rings location spotting along the way.

Pool view at Oakridge Resort Wanaka, Accor Vacation Club Apartments

When it’s time to turn in after a day of adventure  in the great outdoors, check into the Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka. Set in a stunning mountain landscape offering majestic views overlooking the Southern Alps in Wanaka, the resort presents Accor Vacation Club Members with a selection of one and two-bedroom apartments.

One-bedroom apartments can sleep up to four people and include a full kitchen, access to a communal laundry, one bathroom and individually controlled heating for the cooler months. The two-bedroom apartment option can sleep up to six guests, and also features heating and a kitchen, in addition to a convenient internal laundry, two bathrooms, and two bedrooms.

Beyond your apartment, the Oakridge Resort on Lake Wanaka offers two heated swimming pools, seven hot tubs, a 25 metre lap pool plus a gym and sauna.

Of course if pampering is an essential part of your holiday schedule, look no further than The Sanctuary Day Spa, located onsite at the resort. The spa offers a full range of massage and beauty treatments that you can check out here.

For local eats, Jacob’s Grill Restaurant and Bar is open for guests for breakfast and dinner seven days a week. The resort’s pool bar is also open daily from 3pm.

To plan your next holiday escape with Accor Vacation Club to explore the best of Otago and Wanaka in New Zealand, visit www.accorvacationclub.com.au

 

 

The information in this article is not personal financial advice and has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person.  Before making a decision to purchase or upgrade a membership in the Accor Vacation Club, you should consider the PDS dated 1 January 2017, issued by A.P.V.C. Ltd AFSL 245515 and available at www.accorvacationclub.com.au or by contacting A.P.V.C. Ltd on 1800 70 81 90. All hotel and cruise bookings are subject to availability.

Grand Mercure The Vintage Hunter Valley Accor Vacation Club Apartments

Styling up at Puka Park and the Hunter Valley

In need of some winter holiday inspo? Accor Vacation Club has updated its apartments in two key locations, setting the scene for holiday fun during the cooler months.

 

Fire and wine make for hot nights in the Hunter this winter!

The Grand Mercure The Vintage, Accor Vacation Club Apartments has unveiled an elegant new refurbishment, with cosmetic updates and new features bound to impress.

Updated include a new wall-mounted TV, new artwork, a larger bathroom vanity and mirror, and a new sofa bed in the living room.

Fresh cabinetry joins modern accessories such as fresh scatter cushions, bed throws, curtains and bedside lamps while in the bathroom, guests can enjoy a new vanity and mirror.

Those visiting this season will of course notice the fabulous new electric fireplaces that have been installed – perfect thing to warm up to a perfect holiday in the Hunter Valley during the cooler months!

If the wine country beckons this winter, then this property is hard to go past, located against the backdrop of the Brokenback Ranges, and in short distance to great cellar door experiences and renowned wineries  that define destination Hunter Valley.

Accor Vacation Club’s stylish one and two bedroom fully furnished apartments offer first class luxury, a easy two hour drive from Sydney. The Grand Mercure The Vintage blends into the idyllic surrounds of the scenic countryside and is perfect for a relaxing getaway.

To take a look at the before and after photos of the room recent renovation, check out our recent Facebook post here

 

What’s ‘new’ in New Zealand?

Accor Vacation Club’s flagship North Island property, the Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort, has also completed a soft room refurbishment, introducing some new soft furnishings and accessories for Members to experience on their next visit.

Highlights of the update include new lamps and bed throws, plus painting where required to truly ‘freshen’ up the feel of the space for guests.

Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort combines boutique elegance with retreat style tranquillity. It offers the ultimate environment for you to take time out to restore, indulge and completely relax.

Managed by Accor Vacation Club, Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort is a secluded luxury lodge, set amidst 25 acres of New Zealand native bush, on Mt Pauanui in the Coromandel Peninsula. Only two hours drive from Auckland, the resort offers luxurious chalet accommodation, ideal for any season. Guests can spend the evening star-gazing on the private deck of the grand chalet in the treetops. There is also an award winning restaurant on site, Miha, for those who want to enjoy great dining in an unsurpassable location.

To check out our very first amateur images of Puka Park’s room update, just in, head to Accor Vacation Club’s page, or click on this link.

To plan your next holiday escape visit www.accorvacationclub.com.au

 

Multi generational travel with Accor Vacation Club

Talkin’ bout multi-generation (travel)

So, it’s official. Multi-generational travel is THE top trend for 2018. Some might argue that holidays that include three or more generations – be it grandparents, parents, children and even cousins and uncles and aunts – have always been a popular option. However, the phenomenon was officially identified by tourism authorities as an emerging ‘travel trend in 2015, and has been on the up and up ever since.

If you don’t quite believe us, then a recent report from travel experts Virtuoso might convince you!

You can check out the full Forbes article here, which reports that, Taking the kids — and even grandma with you — that’s the top travel trend for 2018, according to luxury travel network Virtuoso. It has revealed that the families continue to travel, in search of experiences that create closer bonds and lasting memories. Connecting with family through travel is one of 2018’s must-have experiences.”

Think back to your own childhood experiences. We bet some of the best (and the hilariously worst!) were spent with extended family! Accor Vacation Club is possibly ahead of the curve when it comes to the trend to take grandma, kids and cousins along for the trip.

Indeed, many Accor Vacation Club Members already use their memberships to take advantage of the great apartment accommodation on offer across the Club’s network to spend quality time with extend family regularly throughout the year.

Here are our top five reasons for jumping on board this trend – if you haven’t already.

 

  1. Getting serious about family time

Let’s face it. In our modern world, time is our most precious commodity, and spending it with the people that matter most to us should be a priority. We schedule work time, gym time, even me time – but what about time with extended family members? While social media, phone and email is a great way to stay in touch with those you love, nothing beats scheduling holidays together for actual face time and real contact. Seeing each other in the flesh, sharing a hug, conversation or just hearing each other laugh is the ultimate for creating memories based on shared experiences.

  1. Built in babysitters

For many parents juggling careers and family, grandparents have become more essential than ever to the family mix, lending a hand in the childcare stakes and for emotional support. That of course goes for time spent on holidays too. If a date night is hard to come by, then a multi-generational holiday offers a great opportunity for a mum and dad who have little chance to spend time together the perfect excuse for a mini-date escape. And let’s not forget the other relatives also on hand to keep a watchful eye on little ones, to give Nan and Pop a break too. A million memories are made from playing with cousins and that hilarious uncle or auntie who provide entertainment value for days!

  1. Sharing is caring

The beauty of bringing more family members along for the ride? There are more people to delegate to and collaborate with!  Sharing duties has to be one of the best perks of organising a holiday with an assortment of different family members involved. Cooking, cleaning, and even divvying up who is driving or researching different day trips can be a godsend. It means everyone can actually enjoy some time off, with each person bringing something different to the party. Collaborate and celebrate.

  1. Forging strong next-generation relationships

As we get older, we start to realise just how fragile life can be, and how important creating a legacy and establishing meaningful bonds truly is. Parents age. Children grow up quickly. Other family members move away as ‘life’ and new opportunities beckon. It’s so important not to wait until someone is sick and unwell, or until all your school and work commitments are completed, before planning that special holiday together. An annual trip is another brilliant way to ensure that special bonds are formed, encouraging a lifetime of love, support and of course a lust for travel with the people who know and (still) love you!

5. It’s FUN!

Ok, we admit it. Sometimes family time can be challenging. But in the scheme of things, holidays spent with family also represent some of the most rewarding and beautiful times you’ll ever have the privilege of enjoying. Embrace the crazy – and your family – and enjoy all the fun times that family travel represents.

To plan your next holiday escape visit www.accorvacationclub.com.au

 

The information in this article is not personal financial advice and has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person.  Before making a decision to purchase or upgrade a membership in the Accor Vacation Club, you should consider the PDS dated 1 January 2017, issued by A.P.V.C. Ltd AFSL 245515 and available at www.accorvacationclub.com.au or by contacting A.P.V.C. Ltd on 1800 70 81 90. All hotel and cruise bookings are subject to availability.

 

Eureka flag The Sebel Creswick Forest Resort

Timeshare travel review – The Sebel Creswick Forest Resort

The Sebel Creswick Forest Resort is a fantastic place for a mini break beyond Melbourne, located just out of Ballarat and near gorgeous Daylesford. With a great choice of mountain biking trails, spa culture, golfing, pubs, restaurants and cafes on its doorstep, the destination is definitely one to lock in for an autumn or winter escape. Of course if you need more incentive to book a stay, then you’re in luck, with the property recently finishing a $145,000 refresh of its 18 apartments.

 

Step back in time

Located in the heart of Victoria’s gold rush country, Creswick, and its neighboring villages of Clunes, Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, The Sebel Creswick is the launch pad for a whole range of amazing sightseeing, wellbeing and heritage tour options. While some might argue that the town’s most famous export is author Norman Lindsay – who wrote the iconic children’s book, The Magic Pudding – others would say that historically, gold is its enduring legacy.

While Lindsay’s artistic memory is kept alive with museums, parks and many buildings named after him in Creswick, the intoxicating gold rush era of the 1850 is never far from mind, with elegant, grand heritage architecture on display in most main streets. A beautiful reminder of the intense prosperity the gold rush represented for the region.

The Buried Rivers of Gold Heritage Trail is a self-guided driving tour worth doing, for a personal journey to uncover the amazing history of gold fever across land and local rivers. Booklets and maps are available for $2 at the Creswick Museum or the Creswick Visitor Information Centre and provide an insight into Creswick’s past and surrounds.

 

Spas and wellness

Before wellness holidays were ever a ‘thing’, Victoria was en trend and home to the hot spring holiday phenomenon for more than 150 years.  Offering Australia’s largest concentration of natural mineral springs, the twin spa towns of Daylesford and the Hepburn Springs are restorative, natural healing and wellness qualities that need to be experienced to be believed! Since 1895, that is exactly what travellers have done, and although swimming in the mineral rich Hepburn Pool is now advised against, you can still soak in the rejuvenating warm waters at a range of nearby professional spas, not least of all the historic Hepburn Bathhouse or delightful destination day spas at The Lakehouse or the Mineral Spa, to name a few.

If spa therapies, steam rooms, pools and aromatherapy aren’t your game, then head to the 30 acre Hepburn Springs Mineral Reserve where an abundance of beautiful gardens and walks wait. The reserve is the perfect place for a picnic, and to fill up your empty water bottle with your choice of mineral waters from Australia’s first mineral reserve, created in 1865. Each spring tastes a little different as the composition of minerals varies – not exactly wine tasting, but a lot healthier for you most would say!

 

Did someone say wine?

Of course, if you have wine on your mind, Creswick is within easy driving distance to Ballarat, Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges’ many wineries for those who want to trade spring water for a taste of the red, white and sparkling!

The region has a premium wine reputation, with many boutique wineries benefiting from the region’s low temperatures and yields. Popular varietals include pinot noir, pinot gris, chardonnay and sparkling wines. The 2018 Trip Advisor Excellence awarded Daylesford Wine Tours is a great way to explore local vineyards, without the need for a designated diver.

For traditional cider lovers, check out the Daylesford Cider Company to sample English-style, estate-grown apple brews at their best. Worth a visit in winter, with mulled cider by the fire a perfect way to warm up.

 

Golden golfing and a great yarn

For some, no holiday is complete without a round of golf. Fortunately, The Sebel Creswick Forest Resort is moments from the Creswick Golf Club. Designed by legendary course architect, Tony Cashmere, the 150 acre, international class course is set against a native bushland setting. Each nine holes has two five-par holes and two three-par holes, and is an impressive 6300 metre, championship length from the back tees.

After talking up your golf game, another type of yarn awaits at the Creswick Woollen Mills, a new tourism experience with a difference.  “A Very Fine Yarn” showcases the journey of fibre sourced direct from its source – alpacas! Be sure to arrive at Creswick Woollen Mills early in the day to make the most of your production-site visit, check out the beautiful products on offer or to simply stroll the picturesque grounds and see the mills’ resident alpacas up close.

To plan your next holiday escape visit www.accorvacationclub.com.au