(Closed) Timeshare Honeymoon woes…

posted 13 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
38 posts
  • Wedding: September 2008

we’re doing the same thing- a timeshare honeymoon, which was a gift from my aunt and uncle. we’re staying at a condo at a resort near san diego. we’re on the east coast, so this is a treat, but it’s not my top pick- in fact, it’s a lawrence welk resort, geared at families and the senior set!

i was a little bummed about the timeshare process as well (clearly not our top choice resort, limitations on location and availability, etc), but we look at it this way:
we’re not paying for accomodations, so while they may not be at the resort of our dreams, we can afford to splurge elsewhere- we’re going a few days early to stay at a nice hotel (with a SPA), we’ll go out for nice dinners, we’ll treat ourselves well! if we were paying for a hotel for a week we would certainly not have much money to splurge. 

while it feels weird to complain about such a gift, i understand your woes! but seriously, use the money you’ll save on the hotel for fun stuff you wouldn’t be able to do otherwise. and hey- you’ll be in aruba! not too shabby! 

Post # 4
31 posts
  • Wedding: May 2008

I sometimes crash with my parents at their Marriott Timeshare in Hilton Head and it’s WONDERFUL – Great amenities, fun time, lively resort – you can do all the more luxurious things (go to the spa, go to dinner every night, etc) but have more than just a hotel room to go back to every night.


In the Marriott we stayed at, it had maid service and everything – but was nice that you had a fridge/dishes/silverware if you did just want a bowl of cereal in the morning.  I think you’ll still have a fab time.

Post # 5
212 posts
Helper bee

can u postpone the honeymon until when the other places on your list open up?

Post # 6
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I think you will be surprised with all you will be able to do since you are not footing the hotel bill. Most of the nicer timeshare resorts have spas on site as well as excursions (daytrips), great pools as well as beaches with swim up bars, dancing etc.  See if you can get the name of the resort and google it.. it might make you happier than you thought! and you will actually have cash to really make it a fun honeymoon!

Post # 8
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Well, at least you get a free trip, right after your wedding, to a fantastic location, even if not your top choice!  You can always have a second honeymoon later, right? And fabulous anniversary trips…  There is no way we can go right after the wedding, because of moving, work, and getting his kids off to college.  Plus we won’t be able to afford what we really want that soon.  So we are just having a weekend in a little wine country hotel, and waiting almost 6 months for our actual honeymoon!

Post # 9
78 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

When my fiance proposed, he wanted to do it surrounded by Christmas lights in the swanky part of town….but, even though he had the ring, had bought a FLASHLIGHT so I could see the ring in the dark, and flown my two best friends in from out of town to surprise me in celebration afterwards, he didn’t think to find out exactly where in the swanky part of town the cool lights were. So he ended up getting down on one knee in front of some random person’s house in the middle of a fairly dark street and telling me about how my eyes lit up his life. 🙂

My point is, it didn’t go quite according to plan and he was a little bummed, but I told him that life isn’t always going to go the way we plan, but we’ll go through it together and always make the best of it, knowing we’re so lucky to have found each other. You might try reminding yourself of this…

Also, I’ve found that some of my most fun trips and experiences happen when my expectations are lowest and I’m pleasantly surprised instead of having super-high expectations and ending up disappointed. Maybe that’ll happen here. Plus, you’ll have the rest of your life to go on an extravagant trip, and it might be even more fun when you can comfortably afford it instead of adding on several thousand dollars to an ALREADY very expensive wedding. Good luck and have fun! 

Post # 10
2 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

I am in a similar situation.  We want to go to Maui for our honeymoon and I just found out that my fiance’s parents are footing the bill…which is SO nice of them…but we are going to one of their Trendwest timeshares. 

While I do feel extremely grateful for their generosity, I looked up the timeshares online and was completely disappointed.  The rooms look like an old cheap motel…definitely NOT where I imagined spending my honeymoon.

I haven’t said anything to my fiance, because I don’t want to hurt his feelings or have him think I’m ungrateful…but I can’t help but feel disappointed.  He was originally going to keep everything a secret and surprise me…but I’m glad I found out now so I can get over my disappointment before we get there.  I can’t imagine showing up and seeing it for the first time. 

I think I may do like nikkinicole and splurge elsewhere…maybe I’ll even book our last few nights in a nice place and surprise my new hubby! 🙂

Post # 11
8 posts
  • Wedding: May 2008

Though I’ve never done a timeshare, I went to Aruba last year and extensively reserached the island and hotels. The Marriott there is a wonderful facility, with a nice stretch of beach and not stuck in the middle of all of the hotels (a good thing).  The timeshares are just other buildings on the Marriott property and are supposed to be very nice. So, don’t fret!

 And make sure that you (1) have dinner on the beach at the Flying Fishbone (very romantic, we saw a proposal while we were there); (2) go to Natural Pool (you CAN’T MISS this one!); (3) drive up to the lighthouse and watch the huge waves breaking on the rocks.

Post # 12
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Are you staying at the ocean club or surf club?

I am a true believer in timeshare, and I actually bought one for my hubby as a wedding gift (In Virginia).

Most of the timeshares in the Carribean are located on site at a resort, so basically it will be like staying at the Marriott, but you get more spacious and nicer accommodations.

Here’s the writeup and a review from redweek.com for the Ocean Club:

"Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club features one-and-two-bedroom oceanfront or oceanview villas, all with a Caribbean flair. Amenities include a private balcony, whirlpool bath, and complete kitchens. Room service is available, and maid service is upon request. Also available on-site are a children’s pool, BBQ area, multiple restaurant choices, a spa, a fitness center with 24-hour card access, tennis courts, and a variety of planned activities for children and adults."

"We sent our daughter and new son-in-law here for their honeymoon in August of this year. They had nothing but great things to say about the facilities, and the usual excellant service from the Marriott staff. As a matter of fact – my daughter is pretty picky and she had absolutely nothing bad to say about the entire experience! She has convinced us to exchange our week another year for ourselves"

and the Surf Club:

"Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club sits beachfront on the Caribbean with a 10,700 square foot casino, an outdoor swimming pool, and health club. The resort features spacious villas designed to provide high-quality accommodations within a relaxing, escape resort-atmosphere. Each villa has spacious living and dining areas, full kitchens, multiple TV sets, VCR, and daily maid service (upon request). Guests of Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club have access to services at the Mandara Spa in neighboring Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club’s lobby."

"The best Place to be in! Seeing is believing! The place is so relaxing and fun that you just can’t get enough of it all in one week, that’s why I’m buying another week so I can pretend I live in Aruba……"

Sorry for the long post, but Hope This Helps

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