Other Timeshare Resorts
Just because a timeshare resort does not fit neatly into one of the categories described previously in this chapter does not mean you should overlook it. For many people, destinations are just as important as amenities, and simply getting to Hawaii will be just as valuable as being in the top-rated spa timeshare resort on the island of Maui.
Timeshare resorts that fit into this more generic category can also be great if you are one of those people who just wants to find a place where you feel comfortable so that you can return there year after year during your vacation time. The best-known golf course designers and newest spa treatments may be irrelevant to you, which is absolutely fine when considering which unit will make you happiest over the long haul.
Marriott's Village d'Ile-de-France
This timeshare resort in the French countryside offers private villas that can serve as your home base for exploring the region. Nearby restaurants serve classic French cuisine and regional wines, and the city of Paris is close enough that you can make day trips back and forth to visit the Louvre. The world-famous Versailles is also within day-trip distance.
The resort itself tries to be family-friendly, offering everything from finger painting to classes in the French language. The concierge can also help you arrange a trip to the nearby aquarium or Dali Museum, which offers painting workshops and other art classes.
Harborside Resort at Atlantis
Located on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, this Starwood timeshare resort is a colorful grouping of villas that are adjacent to the marina at the world-famous Atlantis Resort and Casino. The resort's amenities are listed in conjunction with those of Atlantis, meaning your timeshare unit will give you access to everything from the Atlantis resort's substantial indoor aquarium to its lazy river and Mayan water slides. There is a walkway from the Harborside Resort to the Atlantis grounds, as well as a courtesy shuttle. Or, you can stay at Harborside and enjoy its swimming pools, fitness center, and sculpted courtyards.
The good thing about a timeshare resort like the Harborside Resort is that it is in a location that is considered exotic — outside the borders of the United States — but it is still close to home, especially if your home is in Florida. That Paradise Island remains a popular vacation destination for many Americans is a good sign, too, for the future exchange value of your timeshare unit.
At an elevation of 7,800 feet, this WorldMark by Trendwest resort is located about 200 miles from Phoenix, in Arizona's White Mountains — which boast the largest stand of ponderosa pine in the world. Hiking, bird-watching, fishing, golf, and stargazing are among the most popular activities at this year-round Interval International five-star property, though the truly unique appeal is one of historical exploration.
You can really get into the feel of the rustic Old West by taking day trips from this resort to Fort Apache, an 1870s Army outpost, and to the Casa Malpais National Historic Landmark, a sixteen-acre complex built around 1250 A.D. and formerly inhabited by Native Americans. The timeshare units themselves have gas fireplaces for warming up during the winter months.