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Enjoy a “Heavenly” Christmas in Tahoe!!

Heavenly_Gondola_ Wouldn’t you love to spend your Christmas in a snowy winter wonderland? How about in the heart of Tahoe?

And how about at a 25+% discount?

Located just 50 feet from the Heavenly gondola and a scenic five-minute walk to the beach, the Stardust offers an abundance of opportunities to experience the exhilaration of a Lake Tahoe vacation within walking distance as well as without ever leaving the hotel.

  • Easily walk to casinos, the Heavenly ski resort, and the heart of Tahoe’s entertainment and shopping district!
  • Want to explore? Jump on one of Stardust’s free mountain bikes or grab a sled and a pair of snowshoes from the Activities Center.
  • Experience some of the most exhilarating skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing in the West.
  • After you’ve schussed the Tahoe slopes, enjoy a soothing soak in our perfectly 86° heated outdoor pool and 104° hot tub or head over to our sister property, the Americana Village Suites, to unwind in the Finnish Dry Sauna. Imagine watching the snow fall over Lake Tahoe from your relaxing, bubbling hot tub. After a rejuvenating soak, you’ll be ready for another day on the slopes.

Each morning the Stardust’s daily activity sheet goes up, welcoming you to join in water aerobics, guided bike tours, Karaoke parties, themed dinners, and more.

Lovely Stardust studio roomIn addition to its great location and activities, year round the Stardust offers guests a continental breakfast, as well as special touches such as daily donuts, coffee, hot popcorn, Wi-Fi Internet, DVD movies, board games and outdoor sport rentals. Residence-style conveniences include comfy seating areas and kitchenettes, flat-screen televisions and beautifully appointed bathrooms.

Stay in your South Tahoe studio home away from home from December 22 through December 29 for only $1008! (That’s a savings of over 25% from the going rate of over $1,300!)Stardust studio kitchen

Contact me today, as this deal won’t last!

See Yelp reviews here: Yelp 4.5/5 star reviews!

Additional abundance of complimentary amenities & services at the Stardust Lodge include:

  • Free property-wide Wi-Fi Internet
  • Year-round heated pool, with a second heated pool open in the summer
  • Hot tub
  • Kitchens and kitchenettes loaded with dishes, plates, cutlery, cookware and small appliances to go with the refrigerator, microwaves, and 2 burner electric hotplate or cooktop
  • Big-screen TVs and DVD players
  • Free DVD library
  • Free cookies at check in
  • Continental breakfast
  • Coffee and popcorn all day
  • Free bikes & seasonal equipment like sleds and snowshoes
  • Fitness room
  • Free private beach pass
  • Free on-site laundry
  • Free public computer & printer
  • BBQ grills and outdoor fire pits year round
  • Activities Center, offering daily hosted group activities
  • Free parking

Enjoy resort living without the seasickness!

More pictures of your home away from home below…

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Luxury Living at All-inclusive Hard Rock Resort Dominican Republic

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Limited Time (June 30)
Special Price of only $3,188 for a Presidential Suite
(a savings of over $13,000, cost is $17,000 on kayak.com)
!!

HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO

PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

8 Days and 7 Nights (airfare not included)

October 16 – 23, 2013 (other dates and resorts may be available**)

9 restaurants, 15 bars, 15 pools, 4 swim up bars, casino, gorgeous white sand beach. Amazing spa, kids’ club, golf course and plus $1500 RESORT CREDITS!

 

Welcome to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Punta Cana. It’s time to relax and enjoy luxury in your heaven on earth. You’ve been working hard so you deserve to live a life of royalty!

Your luxurious, relaxing all-inclusive experience features 15 swimming pools, 9 restaurants, a Nicklaus-designed golf course and an astonishing Spa, all lovingly cradled by the most pristine beaches in the Caribbean.

signaturepresidentialroom3 Complete with all the rock star perks, your Signature Presidential Suite comes with 2,496 square feet of luxury and relaxation.

With two bedrooms, a living area, and dining room, these suites feature the real estate for an unforgettable Hard Rock experience,  including:

  • Two bedrooms: One bedroom with king-size bed and second bedroom with two double beds, each with their own double Jacuzzi  tub and private baths
  • A living area, dining room, and half kitchen and bathroom
  • An expansive terrace with spectacular views of this island paradise; where you can lounge or dine, and you may never want to leave
  • Your own double Jacuzzi tub and in-room wine & private bath with double showers
  • A fully stocked mini bar and liquor dispenser with premium brands
  • Wireless Internet
  • 24-hour room service & turndown service
  • Ocean front, pools or tropical views (depending on building)
  • Maximum occupancy: 6 guests, including children (4 – 17) & infants (ages 0 – 3) [Extra people over 4 cost $98/night for adults, $49/night children]

Flaming Japanese dinner showALL-INCLUSIVE BENEFITS

  • 5 star accommodations
  • Dining in 9 restaurants
  • Fantastic dining with nine top-notch restaurant choices at no charge! Dine casual or dressed up gourmet… your choice.
  • All snack, buffets, even 24/7 hour room service
  • Delicious snacks, including poolside service
  • All drinks, including unlimited top-shelf alcoholic beverages, frozen concoctions, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks. Indoor, pool and beach bars are available — never leave the water!
  • Land sports
  • Body Rock® fitness center with instructors
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Live entertainment
  • Wireless Internet and free unlimited phone calls to the Continental US and Canada
  • On-site water purification for the entire resort and carefully controlled kitchen sanitation and hygiene
  • One back massage, pedicure and manicure per person (must be over 17 for back massage)
  • Free Internet on resort computers (30 min. max)
  • Express check in, greeted with champagne!!
  • All taxes and gratuities included (with exception of service fee, only if you use your $1,500 credit)
  • Your $1500 credit can be used for excursions, romantic dinner, golf, photos and Spa ($300 limit per room). You will need to pay a service charge of 16% on the resort credit used. Read the rest of this entry »

Your September Paradise at Rancho Banderas


Soft white sands, crystal-clear waters, stunning underwater seascape… paradise for scuba divers and snorkelers…

This September escape to five-star Rancho Banderas Vacation Villas, a beachfront property located on the north shore of the Bay of Banderas in the state of Nayarit, Mexico. The resort consists of luxurious villas nestled on red sandstone bluffs that rise from the beach and fit naturally into the landscape.

The resort is just a few minutes from wondrous snorkeling at Las Islas Marietas, a protected wildlife sanctuary, offshore in the Bay of Banderas near Punta de Mita, a few miles north of Nuevo Vallarta.

The visibility in the waters of Puerto Vallarta varies from about 25 to 40 meters. (Summer is the best time to go diving.)

Islas Marietas became popular for its roles in the documentaries Jacques Cousteau created in the 1970’s which showcased the area’s rich underwater life. Reefs covered with fish and stingrays abound. You can also see underwater caves and cliffs in the area.

Visit Rancho Banderas September 20 through 27 with a ocean front junior suite (complete with kitchen) for only $788 a week! (If you booked this at kayak.com, you would pay over $200 per night! Price negotiable depending on individual circumstances.)

Contact me today for details and to reserve. This deal won’t last!

PS: Go here to read about my visit to Rancho Banderas.

Need a vacation and a deal?

Need a vacation? I’m sure I’ve got one perfect for you!

I’m a bit of a shopaholic so bought into four timeshare memberships, which came with three exchange programs.

Check out my home resorts and exchange programs and let me know what interests you.

I can offer you great savings and feedback on the timeshares I’ve visited! Please contact me today, so I can check availability for you.

Isn’t it time for a vacation?

Palace Resorts, royal living for less

Sunrise from our balcony

Sunrise from our balcony

I am so grateful to have had the privilege to stay at Sun Palace in Cancun, a resort that’s part of Palace Resorts. We spent five wonderful nights there for free, as part of the membership we gifted ourselves with during our first day in Cancun. (“Gifted” translates to “I bought into another timeshare-like deal.” However, this one is the best of all of the ones I’ve bought into!) World-class spa treatments, gourmet meals, unlimited delicious drinks, infinity pools, in-suite jacuzzi (my favorite), daily maid service, 24-hour room service, free wireless connections, free calls to US and Canada, half-price golf, tours to ancient Mayan temples… I could get use to being treated like royalty! What a perfect getaway vacation!

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Rancho Banderas, premier beachfront luxury living

Yum, fresh lobster

Yum… four of us had a huge platter of fresh seafood at the local outdoor restaurant down the beach from Rancho Banderas! The whole platter only costs us around $25!

Wouldn’t you love to escape to soft white sand and crystal clear waters? Well you can by visiting  Rancho Banderas, a beautiful beach-front property located on the north shore of the Bay of Banderas in the state of Nayarit, Mexico. This resort is located on Playa Destiladeras, which is renowned as the premier beach within the Bay of Banderas. The resort consists of luxurious villas nestled on red sandstone bluffs that rise from the beach and fit naturally into the landscape.

Rancho Banderas is a short flight away from San Diego and such a great quick getaway from the city!

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Diamond Resorts, global lifetime memories

I bought my first timeshare from Sunterra (now Diamond Resorts). Since that purchase over 10 years ago I’m gone on so many awesome vacations at Diamond Resorts. They have  large and diverse selection of resorts with something for everyone!

Diamond Resorts has properties in 26 countries with destinations throughout the continental United States and Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.

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