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The Ridge on Sedona Golf

One of our Interval International Liaisons, Becca, recently took a trip to Sedona, Arizona, and stayed at the Ridge on Sedona Golf. After she got back, we caught up with her to ask about her trip and the property she stayed at. The following is a summary of our conversation.

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Grand Luxxe Nuevo Vallarta

The Grand Luxxe is part of the Interval International (II) network.

Andy, Interval International Support Department Manager in Owner Relations, recently took a vacation to Mexico and stayed at the Grand Luxxe in Nuevo Vallarta. After Andy returned, we sat down with him to find out more about the resort and the adventures he went on.

What was your first impression upon entering the Grand Luxxe?

I was immediately impressed. The lobby had high ceilings, and there were numerous chandeliers that dimmed the area and really just invited you in— it was a great way to kick off my week in a relaxing way. Furthermore, the architecture presented the resort in a luxurious modern Mexican décor. In addition, there is free shuttle service to and from the airport, which was extremely nice.

What size room did you book? Can you tell me about it?

We were booked into a two-bedroom unit, and it was massive. Right out of the gate, we noticed a massage room, where you could order a private masseuse (that was really neat). We had a full gourmet kitchen and several king-size beds. In total, I would say that the unit could have slept 8–10 people. But the pinnacle of this two-bedroom unit was the balcony. The balcony had an ocean-river view and across the balcony were several lounge chairs with a lounge bed and—get this—a plunge pool! It was a cold plunge pool, and I can’t tell you how nice it was to dip into on a hot day… very refreshing.

How was the customer service?

By far, hands down, definitely one of the best customer service experiences I’ve ever witnessed. From the moment we walked in to the time we walked out, we were treated exceptionally well. There was the “fun squad,” looking to see if they could start activities, for instance, a volleyball game. There were servicemen walking around offering cold towels on silver platters and people willing to clean your sunglasses. One of my favorite things were these carts that traveled around the property with bartenders hand-making margaritas. These carts also offered some really tasty flavored popsicles. Finally, a concierge agent on every floor was there on the pulse, ready to reserve anything from fishing trips and tequila tours to tee-times and restaurants. In fact, we went out a few times—and you would think Mexico would mostly have Mexican eateries, but you had the world to choose from: French, Italian, grilled Americana—it was all very delicious, without being overpriced.

What was it like walking around the resort?

Every day had its own entertainment theme, and each night the resort presented live music on the beach. Also, the aquatic facilities were well-made. Between the 11 pools (some family-friendly and others adult-only), there was always a place to swim or nap in a cabana. Something I thought was neat were these small library-type areas to pick out a book or two.

Did you mostly kick back or did you explore the area?

We did a tad bit of that. We took a fishing trip, which was great for the kids. But the fish happened to not be biting much that afternoon. I also went out on a catamaran excursion. But honestly, we stayed on the resort a ton; it was just so hard to leave because it was so comfortable.

Is there anything else that you want to tell our owners?

Thanks, and yes! I was thoroughly impressed with the technical features behind the resort: you can download its app that would inform you of the daily activities and ongoing drink and food specials, and even had GPS location services that would tell you your location and the walking distance to other areas around the property—that last one was is probably my favorite aspect of the Grand Luxxe just because the resort is quite large and that was a very useful tool. I really think our owners would love to stay at the Grand Luxxe.

Well, Andy, that certainly sounded like a blast. Thank you for your time today.

Thank you.

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The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas

The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas is part of the Interval International (II) network and part of the BGV II resort highlight series.  Volcanoes, palm trees, wonderful beaches, scuba diving, and exquisite scenery—yes, Hawaii has it all, and so it’s no wonder the area has the highest demand within Interval’s network. We certainly want to get […]

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Grand Luxxe Nuevo Vallarta

The Grand Luxxe is part of the Interval International (II) network and part of the BGV II resort highlight series. 

We are in the heart of winter and, although many of us are still praying to Uller for snow, some of us are dreaming of warmer climates. Perhaps because there’s nothing better than a quick getaway to a beach far removed from the single-digit temperatures of your morning commute. To answer our call for a warm sun and fresh margarita, allow us to introduce to you the Grand Luxxe in Nuevo Vallarta.

You certainly can’t go wrong with reserving a room at the Grand Luxxe. Recipient of the AAA Five Diamond Award, the Grand Luxxe is the apex of comfort and opulence, built along the Ameca River and hidden amid the Sierra Madres. There you will find excellent views from one of the nine towers of accommodations and pools. Would you like to float through a lazy river that winds through the resort? They have that covered. Do you need a water slide for your little ones? Yep, covered. Or would you like to soak and relax and
take in the surroundings? Then try the serenity of one of their rooftop pools.

It doesn’t stop there, either, for the resort also has a plethora of activities you can participate in, including paddle boarding, salsa lessons and water volleyball. Additionally, there are two golf courses to test your swing. Finally, when it comes to dining you’ll have options from seven five-star restaurants to casual and in-room dining options. So next time you need to escape from the grind of winter, remember the Grand Luxxe Nuevo Vallarta and add some fun in the sun to your vacation.

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Sheraton Steamboat Resort Villas

The Sheraton Steamboat Resort Villas is part of the Interval International (II) network and part of the BGV II resort highlight series.  As much as we all love Breckenridge and Summit County, it’s sometimes nice to venture out and try something new. Colorado is a big place and there’s more than one mountain to shred […]

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Cabo Azul

Cabo Azul is part of the Interval International (II) network and part of the BGV II resort highlight series. 

 

Many of you have likely vacationed in Cabo San Lucas, well known and popular for its beauty, its many activities on, off, and under the water, and its exciting night life. Still, one shouldn’t ignore the lesser-recognized resorts on the Baja Peninsula. Indeed, there is much to be said for the vacation haunts in Cabo San Jose, better known as San Jose del Cabo. Among these, one that prominently stands out is Cabo Azul, a spectacular resort reminiscent architecturally of an imposing Spanish castle of old, but one dedicated to leisure and fun rather than conflict.

The first thing you see as you approach the Cabo Azul Resort are the massive French wooden doors etched in a style inspired by 18th century Spanish Colonial architecture. In fact, you will see many beautiful, hand-crafted carvings throughout the property—the Front Desk, for example, or the gloriously large torches that provide ample after-dark lighting.

Once inside the Villas at Cabo Azul—which come in one and two-bedroom varieties with modern, fully equipped kitchens—you’ll be struck by the sleek décor of their spacious accommodations, perfect for entertainment, comfort, and convenience. In the bedroom, you’ll enjoy a roomy king-size bed and, in some Villas, have a chance to let your cares evaporate in the in-room soaker tub. By all means, open the glass doors to the balcony, enjoy the ocean views, and let in the gentle, warm coastal breeze to add to the relaxing effect.

Speaking of water, Cabo Azul boasts impressive aquatic amenities—five pools that include a tri-level, ocean-edge infinity one. Among these is the convenient “swim-up” poolside bar with a stellar selection of margaritas and cocktails. Around all of them, should you need a respite from sunbathing, swimming, or water sports, are lovely cabanas that provide cool shade and comfortable lounge chairs.

Last, but certainly not least, if you venture to Cabo Azul you must try the on-site five-star eatery, Javier’s Restaurant, which offers authentic home-style Mexican Cuisine “bursting with colors and flavors” and enhanced by amazing beach views.