Every year, Accor Vacation Club takes a look at which properties are most popular with Members using their Premiere Points to access the AccorHotels Select Asia and Elite programs. Here we reveal the top two destinations, as booked by you.
NOVOTEL BALI BENOA
Definitely, one to consider for your next overseas holiday, Novotel Bali Benoa has been the most popular resort with members using their Premiere Points on the Accor Hotels Select Asia program to date.
Novotel Bali Benoa is perfect for a tropical family escape or romantic getaway. With beach access to popular watersports destination, Tanjung Beach, and three popular pools onsite, water babies will be in heaven! The resort is also just 45 minutes away from the famous Uluwatu Temple for those that like a dose of local culture while on holiday overseas.
On the dining side – which let’s face it, is such an important part of any holiday – there are three convenient restaurants and bars to choose from at the hotel, and of course many other great options beyond the Novotel to explore. Other onsite hotel facilities include a fitness centre, kids club, tennis courts and water sports activities to keep you entertained. Back in your your room or villa, guests can still enjoy an authentic Bali experience with interiors featuring local coconut wood, and surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Overall, an idyllic escape.
PULLMAN PHUKET ARCADIA NATHION BEACH
A five-star lifestyle resort at its finest, it is no surprise that the Pullman Phuket Arcadia Nathion Beach in Thailand is the most popular hotel option with Accor Vacation Club Members using the Accor Hotels Select partner program.
The must-know detail Members need when it comes to this resort? Location, location, location! Positioned high on a lofty headland, the Pullman offers a spectacular poolside panorama from its pool, offering guests the chance to sit back, relax and soak up views of the Andaman Sea while swimming with a cocktail in hand. True holiday heaven. For those who want to explore the beach below, the Pullman has a direct staircase to the sand, offering the best of Phuket pool and beach life, right on your doorstep.
From a design perspective, the resort presents a sophisticated and contemporary feel, and brings a cosmopolitan sensibility to a seaside setting allowing guests to ‘check in and chill out’. There is a Pullman Spa in-house with spa rooms looking out over the ocean, and multiple massage and beauty treatments available whether you prefer a traditional Thai option, facial or aromatherapy indulgence.
With multiple restaurants and bars available, guests can enjoy a variety of cuisine experiences during their stay. Elements is open for all-day dining seven days a week, serving up a wide range of international cuisine, not least of all Thai and Western flavours.. Each dish is served with a contemporary twist: fresh seafood with just the right seasoning or banana blossom palm leaf salad to tempt the palette.
For convenient casual dining, The Deli is a great option with fresh baked croissants, imported cheeses, old and new world wine plus and other indulgent treats that you are welcome to buy and take back to your room for a private eats on your balcony.Vero, open for dinner daily. The Italian trattoria and wine bar Vero is open daily for dinner, and is a great venue to celebrate a special occasion with loved ones and friends.
Accor Hotels Select and Select Asia programs – what are they?
Accor Vacation Club work in partnership with AccorHotels to deliver two great programs, specifically created as an exclusive benefit for Members. The programs provide a great way to use points to explore the region, beyond Accor Vacation Club’ core network of 24 properties to broaden your travel horizons. A true synergy with the Accor network of hotels, the key benefit of the program is the ability it gives Members to retain points and redeem them within the larger AccorHotel network.
Accor Hotels Select Asia network of 27 hotels across Asia is available to Platinum, Traveller and Corporate level Premiere Plus Members. The Accor Hotels Select Elite program offers a choice of 34 different hotels, primarily under the Sofitel Luxury Hotel, Pullman and MGallery brands, and is available to Traveller and Corporate level Première Plus Members.
For more on booking the Novotel Bali Benoa, Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithoin Beach, or any other resorts and hotels in the Accor Hotels Select programs, contact a representative of the Accor Vacation Club Member Services team on 1300 761414.
To plan your next holiday escape visit www.accorvacationclub.com.au
It comes as no surprise to us that Australian’s are now among the most well-travelled people in the world. While there is no doubt that we still love exploring our own backyard, more than half of us now owns a passport which means that as a nation, we’re probably likely to be headed overseas some point in the near future.
According to a recent report from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the most popular international destinations for Aussie’s remain New Zealand and Indonesia (primarily, Bali). However according to the Bureau of Statistics, Thailand continues to climb in popularity among travellers, and most of us would agree that it’s easy to see why. Known as ‘the land of smiles’, Thai people are genuinely warm and welcoming. Combine that with great hospitality, affordable dining and activities plus an easy to manage short haul flight, and you have all the ingredients of a great (and good value) trip.
The capital of Thailand, Bangkok might be famous for its nightlife, bars and shopping, but many Australians tend to see this city as more of a stopover option before seeking out resorts on the coast or islands around the Andaman Sea. Here, travellers can experience some of Thailand’s most popular beaches and holiday at a more relaxed pace. Whether you are bold and budget conscious or more selective with luxury tastes – there is a location and hotel style to suit your needs.
If you are considering a trip to Thailand in the near future, Accor Vacation Club’s AccorHotels Select and Select Asia Programs are definitely worth investigating, and are a smart way to leverage your Première Plus Membership to its full advantage. Combined, they offer 12 different hotel and resort options to consider on your next trip to Thailand, taking in the region’s most popular destinations such as Bangkok, Krabi, Samui, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Phuket.
Where can I stay in Thailand with Accor Hotels Select Asia?
- Grand Mercure Phuket Patong
- Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa
- Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam
- Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort
- Novotel Samui Resort
- Grand Mercure Bangkok Asoke Residence
- Mercure Hotel Pattaya
- Novotel Phuket Resort
Where can I stay in Thailand with Accor Hotels Select Elite?
- Hotel Muse Bangkok Langsuan
- Veranda High Resort Chiang Mai
- Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort
- Pullman Pattaya Hotel G
Accor Hotels Select and Select Asia programs – what are they?
Accor Vacation Club work in partnership with AccorHotels to deliver two great programs, specifically created as an exclusive benefit for Members. The programs provide a great way to use points to explore the region, beyond Accor Vacation Club’ core network of 24 properties, to broaden your travel horizons. A true synergy with the Accor network of hotels, the key benefit of the program is the ability it gives Members to retain points and redeem them within the larger AccorHotel network.
Accor Hotels Select Asia network of 27 hotels across Asia is available to Platinum, Traveller, and Corporate level Première Plus Members. The Accor Hotels Select Elite program offers a choice of 34 different hotels, primarily under the Sofitel Luxury Hotel, Pullman and MGallery brands, and is available to Traveller and Corporate level Première Plus Members.
For more on booking any of the hotels within these programs, and your Membership eligibility, contact a representative of the Accor Vacation Club Member Services team on 1300 761414.
To plan your next holiday escape visit www.accorvacationclub.com.au
Over the years, Accor Vacation Club has been satisfying the vacation needs of its thousands of members. Most of them have rave about their experience and about how Accor Vacation Club goes over and beyond their duties to please them.
While grateful for the positive feedback from long-time members, Accor Vacation Club continues to address the complaints they sometimes get. Most of the complaints boil down to the failure to understand how vacation clubs operate. This can be expected because most buyers do not read the fine print when they buy a product. Not knowing what they’re getting into usually leads to misunderstanding.
Here are some of the complaints about Accor Vacation Club which we will try to address in simple terms:
Points schemes are complex
A common complaint about vacation clubs, not just Accor, is that the points schemes are complicated to follow. It would be better off if the consumer books his holidays by himself. The fact is, members of Accor Vacation Club are happy with the points-based scheme.
Members are given an annual allocation of Premiere Points, the Club’s currency, which they can use to stay at holiday locations.
- The amount of points a member receives depends on their level of membership. The level of membership determines the length of the booking window for full-week reservations and the validity period (two years) of the points earned from the time of issue.
- At the end of the validity period, unused points expire.
- If you do not have enough points for the holiday you wish to take, you may borrow your points from your next year’s allocation.
- Members who are friends or family may pool their points together and go on a holiday together.
- Members may book for their guests and bring visitors at no additional charge.
It can be boring because you’d end up going to the same place every time.
Accor Vacation Club has individual club apartments in 24 different club resorts across Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia. You will find a resort that will suit whatever type of holiday you want. There are beach resorts if you want to go diving, snorkeling, surfing and other beach activities. If your preference is mountain trekking, Accor Vacation Club has a resort for that. During winter, if you want a ski vacation, there is a resort where that is the main attraction. Urbanites can also go on a holiday and still do urban activities in a venue that has a city vibe.
On top of the exiting club resorts, members can look forward to future club apartments. The developers of Accor Vacation Club continue to locate and procure club apartments to meet the needs of the members.
On top of the membership fee, there are other fees, so it really comes out as too expensive.
Signing up for a vacation club membership, but it is an investment in your lifestyle. If you consider going on a regular vacation a necessity for your well-being, then a membership is a worthwhile investment because it assures you of a top-notch vacation destination for life.
A club fee is charged to members and this ensures that the quality of the club property is maintained. This fee pays for ongoing operating expenses like management fee, landscaping costs, cleaning costs, repairs and other administrative expenses.
If you own a vacation home, maintaining it will be more expensive. You may also need to hire caretakers for its upkeep.
Members cannot discontinue their membership.
It’s true that membership continues up to the end of the club and cannot be canceled except during the cooling off period, which is seven days from the commencement of membership. Members have no right to withdraw from the club, but they can transfer their membership. Membership may be canceled following the death of the member.
Membership may be transferred by sale, gift or interstate disposition upon approval by the management of Accor Vacation Club. The member will shoulder fees incurred during the transfer.
Life is a rat race and we need to escape every so often to recharge and regain our sanity. Work allows us to go on an annual vacation for this purpose. Planning a vacation need not be another source of stress. If your family is the type who plans a holiday in advance and who wants to know the type of accommodation you’re getting, a timeshare or vacation club is something you should consider. In my case, my family goes on a yearly vacation every school break. A membership in Accor Vacation Club is a good buy because we already know that we have a place to go to on our vacation schedule. I no longer need to canvass and look for available dates in other resorts. Plus, Accor Vacation Club has a lot of wonderful vacation destinations and we already have our favorites.
What’s great with Accor Vacation Club’s destinations is they’re not hotel rooms where all you get is a bed and a bathroom. They have condominium units where there are multiple rooms, a living area, dining room and a fully-equipped kitchenette. The kitchenette is a huge deal because I love cooking — yes, even when I’m supposed to be holidaying. There are days when I cook for my family their favorites and there are also meals that we take in nearby restaurants. I can’t have the choice to cook for my brood were it not for timeshare. Oh, did I mention the multiple rooms? The condos have several bedrooms so we all sleep near to each other. In a hotel or other resorts, we’d be needing separate bedrooms and it can be a hassle.
There is a notion that vacation clubs or timeshare limits you to the type of vacation you can have. It’s not true at all. There are hundreds, even thousands, of member resorts in a vacation club in the different parts of the world. The ambiance and amenities that these resorts offer varies. For instance, there are beach resorts where you can surf and snorkel. There are also mountain resorts where you can go on a cycling or hiking tours. During winter, you can go on a skiing holiday in the resorts with ski slopes in the vicinity. If you want to go on a winery tours, there’s a resort that offers that. And, for those who enjoy the urban scene, you can have a grand time holidaying in museums, watching shows in theaters or going on a food trip in excellent eateries nearby.
So, you see, a planned vacation works great for those who already know beforehand what they want. And, it doesn’t have to be repetitive. Why should it be when you have a wide selection of destination that offers different types of amenities and attractions? We grow and our interest changes. What should be constant is we take our vacations regularly. Rewarding ourselves with a relaxing holiday must be part of our lifestyle. Vacation Clubs in an investment in lifestyle that will have a huge pay-off if you know how to use it well.
A timeshare is a form of vacation ownership. Simply put, buying a timeshare means 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 vacation, but a lot of travelers don’t know a lot about how it works.
When you own a vacation home, you have dominion over a physical property. You can use it anytime and every time you want. Ownership comes with responsibility though. You pay for the full value of the property including the year-round maintenance cost. Having a timeshare is different. With a timeshare, you own an allotted amount of “time” wherein you can use your resort’s accommodation. The amount you pay for ownership and maintenance is a lot less. If you 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 traveler or vacationer, timesharing will benefit you because you get the perks of a high-end vacation home without having to spend for its upkeep. A lot of timeshare ownership programs now offer the option for timeshare exchange. It allows you to go on vacation at a different resort, in a different location. This way, you are not tied down to the same vacation spot 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 how what timeshare is and how it works. Timeshare is a significant purchase that you shouldn’t do with your eyes closed. Equip yourself with knowledge before you sign the dotted line and you would be a satisfied owner of a timeshare.
Frequently Asked Questions by Timeshare Buyers
- How is timeshare different from a hotel?
A timeshare resort offers more space and amenities compared to a traditional hotel. Usually a hotel room is a studio-sized area that has a bed, then there’s a small bathroom and nothing else. With timeshare, you usually get a condominium-style unit with 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?
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 vacations at several resorts.
- What are timeshare use periods?
- Fixed week – A fixed week timeshare allows you to use the unit for that specific week. Fixed week 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, look at your finances to see what you can afford. Determine how much you can shell out for the initial purchase price. Most timeshares offer financing, and this can help you offset the cost. It’s common for timeshares to require an annual maintenance fee of up to $1,000 but this may cover an entire week if you are staying in a two-bedroom condo. If a hotel, a similar accommodation may cost you at least $300 per night.
- How does timeshare exchange work?
A big advantage in owning a timeshare is 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.
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, a membership in Accor Vacation Club would be a good investment. You get a guaranteed pre-paid accommodation that allows you to spread out and fix your own meals.
Here are the top 5 Accor Vacation Club members rave about:
- Sebel Sydney Manly Beach – Your gateway to golden sand, snorkeling 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 boasts of kitchenettes. They can also choose from an ocean view, superior and standard rooms that all have air condition, private bathrooms, LCD TVs and balconies.
- Sebel Melbourne Flinders Lane – Members who love the sophisticated city vibe of Melbourne have good things to say about Sebel Melbourne Flinders Lane. Right smack in the fashion and foodie district of Melbourne, this boutique hotel has 56 exquisitely-furnished apartments that have big bedrooms, living areas and kitchenette. Just a short stroll to theaters, museums and sporting venues and eateries, urban-loving vacationers surely enjoy Sebel Melbourne Flinders Lane.
- Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort – One of the most popular destinations included in the Accor Vacation Club membership, Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort is loved for the luxurious seclusion it provides. The stylish apartments with fare beautifully set against the laid-back ambiance of a mountain lodge.
- Grand Mercure Basildene Manor – Accor Vacation Club members love the old-world charm and modern comforts of Basildene Manor. This is the preferred destination of wine lovers because it’s located in Margaret River, a beautiful wine region that boasts of boasts of luxurious gardens. Needless to say, this rustic manor house is near wineries, cafes and restaurants.
- Sebel Pinnacle Valley – An exciting year-round destination, Sebel Pinnacle Valley offers stylish and modern apartments. 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.
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