Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is a fantastic way to get on the water and explore lakes, rivers and ponds located around Summit County. This activity is great for all ages and in some locations you can even bring your dog along with you! There are a variety of ways to try this activity out […]

Interval International Resort Rating System

While browsing the Interval International Resort Directory, I’m sure you have noticed the symbols that are listed next to the resort names and codes:

While every resort in the Interval network must meet certain quality standards and provide you an outstanding vacation experience, some resorts exceed those standards and are therefore recognized with a certain tier rating.

Let’s review a summary of what determines the tiers. The whole process is complex and includes many additional considerations beyond what is listed below. This guide is simply meant to give you an overview of what may determine the ranking.

Consideration is given to the following aspects:

  • Resort location, including beachfront, ski-in/ski-out, and close proximity to key area attractions;
  • Size, style, and other features of accommodations, such as Wi-Fi accessibility, cable or satellite television, Hi-def television, in-unit washer and dryer, and high-grade upholstery;
  • Kitchen and Dining facilities, focusing on appliance packages, size of microwave and refrigerator, marble or granite countertops, gourmet cookware, high-quality china, and dining furnishings;
  • Bedroom and bathroom outfitting, such as king-sized bed in master bedroom, brand-name pillow-top mattress, triple-sheeted bedding package, and thread count of sheets;
  • On-site amenities and recreational facilities, such as water features, pools, hot tubs, and surroundings, fitness center, restaurant, snack bar, and possibly a designer-branded golf course;
  • Security and safety, including Front Desk staffed 24/7 and 24-hour security with gated entrance, inviting and well-marked resort entrance, lush and mature landscaping throughout the resort, and well-maintained buildings and grounds with like-new finishes.

The individual tiers are distinguished by the following symbols:

Elite

An Elite Resort is identified by the blue lotus and is considered the very best of Interval’s network providing exceptional service and luxurious features and amenities. All Elite Resorts are subject to periodic inspection to reconfirm their continued eligibility and ongoing participation in this program. Our very own Grand Lodge on Peak 7 and the new Grand Colorado on Peak 8 resorts are categorized as Elite Resorts.

Premier

Premier Resorts are identified by the golden laurel leaf, which represents a symbol of distinction, high standards, and status. These resorts continuously and reliably provide an outstanding vacation experience, with state-of-the-art conveniences and modern amenities. Our Grand Timber Lodge is considered a Premier Resort.

Premier Boutique

There is a subcategory in the Premier tier that provides accommodations in desirable locations but may have limited on-site amenities. A new Premier Boutique resort in Branson, Missouri, is D’Monaco Private Residence Club.

Select

The silver pineapple indicates an Interval Select Resort, reflecting hospitality, friendliness, and a warm welcome. Those resorts are generally very comfortable and provide a more homelike atmosphere, but might not offer amenities such as an outdoor pool or on-site restaurants. Our Gold Point Condominium facility is considered a Select Resort with townhome-style accommodations.

Select Boutique

The Select tier also has a subcategory, the Select Boutique Resorts. These are homelike accommodations in wonderful locations, but with limited on-site amenities. Some of these Select Boutique Resorts may be located in cities or residential areas. An example of a Select Boutique resort is the Hotel Boutique Las Escaleras in San Cristobal de las Casas in the State of Chiapas, Mexico.

Select, Premier, and Elite tier recognition is established and re-examined annually through resort-wide inspections conducted by Interval International specialists. The resort’s Consumer Satisfaction Index (CSI) is also taken into account, which means that your post-travel survey responses are very important for a resort’s status. Good reviews in combination with the annual exam results can upgrade a resort to the next higher tier, while numerous bad reviews might move a resort to the next lower tier.

 

Preferred Residences

In addition to the tiers described above, Interval is now also offering a new program in conjunction with Preferred Residences, a hospitality branding program for luxury resorts and private residence clubs. Resorts that participate in this program have unique branding opportunities to promote their upscale vacation residences. The program was designed to appeal to the affluent consumer and provides valuable leisure and lifestyle benefits with comprehensive service solutions for owners and vacationers at these resorts. As an example, consider the Blue Residences in Oranjestad, Aruba, which is a new member and Preferred Residences resort.

We emphasize that resorts that are not rated with one of these descriptors are not low-quality destinations. They may be new to the Interval network and may not yet have achieved a rating, or they may not yet have received the necessary CSI responses. We recommend conducting research prior to booking an exchange to a non-rated resort and consider third-party sites such as TripAdvisor to review customer ratings.

If you have any questions regarding any Interval program, please feel free to reach out to us at 877-453-4440. We are always happy to assist you.

Green Tip

To prevent the spread of infection, wash your hands with plain old soap.  Anti-bacterial soaps are no better at killing bacteria and microbes, and their active ingredient, triclosan, has been linked to liver toxicity and disruption of thyroid function.  Anti-bacterial soaps may also encourage bacterial resistance to antibiotics, and triclosan often ends up in lakes and rivers where it is very toxic to aquatic life.  Stick with the kind of pure soap Grandma used, with no chemicals and only natural scents, and use it often.

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August Event Rundown

Mark your calendar for one or all of these great events taking place this August! Bring Fido along for the canine 4k or take the kids to one of the many amazing art installations during the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts.

10 Extra Items to Pack for a Week Vacation

Staying for a week in Breckenridge creates the ultimate experience of relaxing, rejuvenating and having the time of your life. All the Breckenridge Grand Vacation resorts provide necessities such as coffee, tea, toilet paper, shampoo, lotion and laundry detergent. But, there are some items that you may not think about throwing into your suitcase that […]

View from the Bottom

No one who lives in Summit County needs to be reminded that early June weather can be a bit unpredictable, but for the second year, the sun shone brightly on the Rob Millisor Heart Health Walk on Saturday, June 10. More than 700 participants – both two-legged and four-legged – filled the streets and trails of Breckenridge under blue-bird skies. Best of all, almost $160,000 was raised for programs and initiatives to support heart health – and donations are still coming in.

Not everyone “walked,” as we added a 5K run this year and 59 people took advantage of this new option. The 36 canine participants had their choice of courses, and mostly followed their human companions.

This event is quickly becoming one of my favorite occasions of the year. The walking and running are really just the beginning. When everyone reconvened at Carter Park after their meander of choice, the fun really began. The crowd restored spent calories with a delicious and heart-healthy lunch catered by Summit County restaurants, danced to the music of The Pine Beetles and 2 Dudz and enjoyed company and conversation with old and new friends. I couldn’t help but notice that the patrons of the face painting booth were not limited to kids this year!

I was very pleased to see that 35 people took advantage of the heart health screening that we offered for the first time this year. As many of you know, my brother Rob passed away a year and a half ago from a heart condition that could easily have been prevented had he been tested for it. This screening is one of many things my business partner, Mike Dudick, and I want to do to help others avoid Rob’s fate. Other offerings in the Vendor Festival area of Carter Park provided information and tools to promote heart health among all Walk participants and those they love.

If you haven’t had a chance to join us for the Rob Millisor Heart Health Walk yet, I sincerely hope that you’ll consider it for your early summer plans next year. Mike and I are committed to continuing this annual event far into the future, to help ensure that families everywhere will be able to enjoy each other’s love for many long, heart-healthy years!

Mike Millisor
GrandVacations@BreckenridgeGrandVacations.com