Owner Tip: Lock-off

lock-offOwn a two-bedroom, but don’t need the entire unit for your next stay? Take advantage of locking-off your unit! Every two-, three- and four-bedroom residence at Grand Timber Lodge, Grand Lodge on Peak 7, and Grand Colorado on Peak 8 can be locked off to increase your vacation time and value. Each one-bedroom and suite becomes its own independent week for use.

This benefit allows owners to:

  • Increase their vacation time in Breckenridge.
  • Give a stay to friends and family.
  • Rent to the open market.
  • Exchange additional time with Interval International.
  • Donate a week to charity.

You may lock-off your unit at any point during or after you have made a reservation. It is important to note that some of the benefits mentioned above are time sensitive and will not be available past a specific date. To get the most out of your ownership, take advantage of the lock-off option no less than 120 days before your reservation check-in date.

For more information or to lock-off your unit, please contact our Owner Relations department at 877.453.4440. They are available Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time.

All-Inclusive Resorts

Have you started looking into possible destinations for your 2017 Christmas and New Year’s vacation yet? If not, this is a perfect time to plan your winter escape to somewhere warm where you can relax on a nice beach. Caribbean Islands, anyone?

If you have ever planned an exchange to the Caribbean, you may have noticed that there are a lot of resorts that require you to pay for an all-inclusive meal plan. While some of us may be turned off by the cost, others enjoy the convenience of not having to figure out where and what to eat and how to get transport between the resort and restaurants.

You can recognize an all-inclusive resort in the directory or when you search for an Exchange by the blue plus sign next to the three-letter Resort code:

The all-inclusive package is not a new concept: the program has been around since the 1950s. Over time, the program’s reputation has suffered, with some resorts offering cafeteria-style food bars and watered-down drinks at a premium price. Nowadays, however, in order to accommodate quality-conscious consumers, our growing network of highly rated Premier and Elite Resorts within Interval increasingly offer premium drinks, gourmet food, and first-class amenities, in some cases even a personalized server for the entirety of your stay.

What exactly does “All-Inclusive” mean?

  • An all-inclusive fee is paid directly to the resort and generally includes food (meals offered by on-site fine dining establishments), alcohol, and other beverages throughout your stay, as well as on-site entertainment and non-motorized watersport activities. In some resorts it may even include additional amenities, such as childcare.
  • The all-inclusive fee is advertised prior to your purchase of the Exchange, so you know up front what you will pay and you can budget for the trip, since there is only one price for the entire stay.
  • Most all-inclusive fees are mandatory and have to be paid in full and up-front to the resort. The resort will reach out to you after they receive your reservation information to collect payment, or advise you on how to pay when you check in. Be aware that, even if you are not staying for the entire week, there is generally no discount or refund for unused days.

What is the price of an all-inclusive?

  • This depends on the resort and varies based on the package that a resort may offer. The price may be as low as USD $80 per person and day and as high as USD $300 per person and day or more.

Is it worth it?

  • Obviously, there is not just one answer to this question. You will need to decide for yourself if the price of the all-inclusive resort is worth it. According to Interval International, approximately 52 percent of members in the US are interested in all-inclusive resort stays.
  • We talk to owners who love the convenience of having all amenities right at their fingertips and knowing up front what they have to pay and where they can eat. These members are specifically looking for all-inclusive resorts: they pay the fees and then just sit back and enjoy a worry-free trip.
  • Others prefer to venture into town and explore the local cuisine through local restaurants on their own, rather than being limited to the resort-based establishments. If you fall into this category, we are happy to assist you with booking a resort that does not have a mandatory all-inclusive plan.

Whether you fall into the former or the latter category, please feel free to talk to us about your idea of a perfect vacation so we can assist you in making it a reality. You can always talk to us or email us for assistance or clarification! We are here Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 877.453.4440 and via email at interval@BreckenridgeGrandVacations.com. Thanks for being a part of the Grand Vacations family!

Getting to Breckenridge

Driving in the mountains of Colorado can be tricky, especially in the winter. If winter mountain driving is not something you are interested in, why not let the professionals at Summit Express, Peak 1 Express, and Fresh Tracks take the wheel and get you safely to your destination? Their shared shuttles and private charters from the Denver and Eagle airport are often a preferred method of transportation to the mountains.

The Town of Breckenridge shuttle offers door-to-door service, private cars, group discounts, and more. With Wi-Fi aboard and a friendly staff, it is a great option for relaxing during your last couple hours of vacation.

Take a look at one of these great shuttle options:

Summit Express – Shared shuttles to private transportation between DIA and Summit County, along with a 10% discount when you reserve your ride through Breckenridge Grand Vacations. Click here to book online!

Fresh Tracks –  Affordable shuttles to and from DIA, along with a 10% discount when you reserve your ride through Breckenridge Grand Vacations. Click here to book online!

Peak 1 Express – Affordable private or shared shuttles from DIA to Summit County. Click here to book online!

Once you are in town, there are a variety of ways to get around. Take a look at our comprehensive list of way to get around Breckenridge. For more information call the Owner Relations department Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time at 877-453-4440.

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Green Tip

Giving your sweetheart chocolates for Valentine’s Day?  Look for the little green frog on the box that indicates that the chocolate is certified by the Rainforest Alliance. The certification not only means that the chocolate was produced in an environmentally friendly way, but also ensures that the cocoa farmers have good living and working conditions. To find a list of certified products, check out http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/find-certified.

Property Calendar of Weeks

An important resource for any ownership is a calendar of weeks. Please review the 2017, 2018, and 2019 calendar of weeks for your specific property. These calendars include booking days and seasons. Please feel free to contact our Owner Relations department with any questions or concerns that you may have about your ownership. The Owner […]