More Exotic Locations
From Africa to Asia to Australia, timeshare opportunities are out there waiting to be had. You can do everything from ski down the slopes in Whistler, British Columbia, to explore downtown Beijing, China, or take a safari in northern or southern Africa. Here is a look at a few exotic timeshares that continually receive high rankings from exchange companies and consumer groups alike.
Beijing Shihao International Hotel, Beijing, China
Located in the heart of this international city, this Resort Condominiums International Gold Crown Property offers tours to the Great Wall of China, Ming Tombs, the Summer Palace, and more. The list of on-site amenities is extensive, including children's and adults' swimming pools, a sauna and spa, exercise equipment, a game room, a hairdresser, a health club, a playground, a snack bar and full-service restaurant, and shopping. Timeshare units are air conditioned, and some of them also have full kitchens. There is a grocery store on site, and laundry facilities are available, as well.
According to the president of one major exchange network, China and the Middle East are expected to be the next regions to see major growth in timeshare development.
Edgewater Club, Wanaka, New Zealand
Heli-tours of the area are one of the unique activities you can enjoy at this Resort Condominiums International Gold Crown Resort. It is situated at the foot of the nation's Southern Alps and offers year-round activities. Popular ski areas are nearby for wintertime fun, while rafting and trout fishing tend to capture tourists' imaginations during the summertime.
All of the timeshare units at the Edgewater Club have full kitchens and private laundry facilities, and a grocery store is about two miles away. Some of the timeshare units have lakefront views. The resort is family friendly, with on-site child care and a playground. For the adults, amenities at the resort itself include boating, fishing, a full-service restaurant, a sauna, tennis courts, and a whirlpool tub. Within about two miles of the resort, you can enjoy golf, horseback riding, live entertainment, and more.
Gokarna Forest Golf Resort and Spa, Kathmandu, Nepal
This Interval International Five Star Award resort is about five miles from the airport in Kathmandu, using the spectacular Himalayan mountains as a backdrop for its golf and spa amenities. The eighteen-hole golf course meanders through almost 500 acres of untouched forest, and because the resort is part of the Interval International Golf Resort Program, members will receive advance tee times along with discounts on greens fees, lessons, and more. The Harmony Spa adapts traditional Ayurveda treatments for modern-day uses, with options including massages, body wraps, facials, and reflexology.
You can take nature walks on the resort's trails, which are home to deer, monkeys, birds, and more. Also on site are a fitness center, restaurant, sauna, whirlpool tub, and indoor swimming pool. Nearby, you will find an outdoor swimming pool, horseback riding, tennis, bicycling, shopping, live theater, and a casino.
Hilton Sharm Dreams Resort, South Sinai, Egypt
This Resort Condominiums International Gold Crown property is in the Naama Bay area and boasts seven swimming pools plus three on-site restaurants. The city of Sharm El Sheikh is nearby, with countless cafes, shopping malls, and access to Red Sea snorkeling and scuba diving. Safari trips by way of motorcycle or camel are also an option amid the sandstone mountains.
Timeshare units at the Hilton Sharm Dreams Resort are air conditioned, and some have partial kitchens. Laundry facilities are on site, and a grocery store is nearby. Amenities at the resort include children's and adults' swimming pools, a game room, a casino, live entertainment, a playground, and a spa. Nearby activities include boating, fishing, golf, squash, tennis, water-skiing, and wind surfing.
Hotel Santa Clara and Las Bovedas de Santa Clara, Cartagena, Colombia
Timeshare units at this resort are configured in hotel-style, efficiency, and one- and two-bedroom layouts, and the resort's services have earned it an Interval International Five Star Award.
Once a convent, the Hotel Santa Clara is a restored seventeenth-century building that is now regarded as a historic national monument inside the legendary walled city of Cartagena de Indias. There are two buildings on the property, the hotel and Las Bovedas, and both offer views of the Caribbean Sea.
On-site amenities include a fitness center, restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, sauna, and whirlpool tub. Nearby, you can enjoy boating, a casino, live theater, fishing, golf, shopping, horseback riding, scuba diving, tennis, and water-skiing. You also will have the privilege of beach club services in the nearby Rosario Islands.
Mabula Timeshare, Bela Bela, South Africa
This game reserve timeshare is in the foothills of Waterburg, about two hours by car from Johannesburg. More than 300 bird species and several of Africa's Big Five animals (lion, elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, Cape buffalo) are on site at this Resort Condominiums International Gold Crown property, and live snake demonstrations are held weekly.
All of the timeshare units have fireplaces, and some have partial kitchens, as well (though the nearest grocery store is about thirty-four miles away). Laundry facilities are available on the property. Onsite amenities include child care, exercise equipment, a game room, horseback riding, a sauna, squash and tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a restaurant.
Mariner Shores Resort and Beach Club, Miami, Queensland, Australia
This Resort Condominiums International Gold Crown property is on Queensland's Gold Coast, which offers beaches, shopping, nightlife, restaurants, a casino, water sports, and more. All of its timeshare units have full kitchens and private laundry facilities. A grocery store is nearby, though not on the resort property itself.
The resort is just eight miles from the nearest airport and offers exercise equipment, fishing, a game room, a sauna and spa, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a whirlpool tub. Nearby, you can find boating, golf, live entertainment, and restaurants.
Marriott's Phuket Beach Club, Phuket, Thailand
Boasting access to Mandara, one of the top-rated spas in all of Asia, this resort is situated on Mai Khao beach. It has a sushi bar on site, along with an Italian restaurant, an international cafe, and a pool bar. Also on the resort property are two adults' swimming pools and one children's pool, a hot tub and whirlpool tub, a miniature golf course along with chipping and putting greens, hiking trails, a spa, a sauna, tennis courts, and more.
Timeshare units are referred to as villas. Each has two bedrooms, a full kitchen, a private balcony or terrace, ocean or garden views, air conditioning, private laundry facilities, and satellite television.
This resort is family-friendly, with on-site activities for the whole family including batik-making classes, children's diving and snorkeling instruction, and child care services.
Rincon del Este, Punta del Este, Uruguay
This Interval International Five Star Award resort is located in Punta del Este, on Uruguay's easternmost seashore. It is a sophisticated beach destination where yachting regattas, offshore racing, and a variety of arts and crafts festivals take place each year. The shops are filled with the latest in American and European couture, much of it delivered by way of the nearest airport, which is just thirteen miles from the resort.
Can I find golf at this resort?
Golf is nearby, and the Rincon del Este resort is a member of Interval International's Golf Resort Program — meaning members get discounted greens fees and lessons, advance tee times, and more.
Timeshare units at Rincon del Este are configured as efficiencies, one bedrooms, two bedrooms, and three bedrooms. On-site activities include bicycling, a fitness center, table tennis, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a restaurant, a steam room, tennis courts, and a whirlpool tub. Nearby, you can find boating, a casino, fishing, horseback riding, scuba diving, and water skiing.
Risata Bali Resort and Spa, Bali, Indonesia
Located on South Kuta Beach, this Resort Condominiums International Gold Crown property is part of the Tuban network of resorts, which pledge a commitment to protecting the environment. There are 139 timeshare units, each of which is air conditioned and some of which also have full or partial kitchens, depending on their size. Laundry facilities are available on site, as are a snack bar and a full-service restaurant.
Amenities at the Risata Bali Resort and Spa include children's and adults' swimming pools, exercise equipment, a health club, and a spa. Nearby activities include boating, fishing, golf, horseback riding, scuba diving, shopping, tennis, and water sports such as wind surfing and water-skiing.