May 2015 Update from the President

A huge “Thank-You” to our Members for making the first quarter of 2015 one of our best! In February we topped 2,500 Members, saw an increase in activity for both vacation deposits and exchanges and provided more Elite Escape and Marketplace vacation options than ever. In addition, Elite Alliance added new properties, in places like Telluride, Colorado and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

A key factor to our success has been our commitment to selecting only the best luxury, professionally managed properties to Affiliate with. As I have mentioned before, Elite Alliance is not an ‘aggregator’ of travel options, nor a ‘key-under-the-mat’ type of company. Comparable, luxury exchange opportunities is our goal. Sure, there are a number of properties and destinations that have inquired about affiliation with Elite Alliance, however delivering on our membership commitment to excellence is paramount in the decision making process. I recently read an interesting report confirming that we are on the right path as a company.

Our consumer research strongly indicates that shared-ownership buyers are interested in the opportunity to access other properties, but only if such properties are of comparable quality to their own. Given this interest it appears good opportunities exist for exchange companies that understand that ‘like for like’ is critical criterion rather than just affiliating the masses.”
 

The Shared-Ownership Resort Real Estate Industry in North America: 2015 by Ragatz and Associates, the most revered international consulting and market research firm in the resort real estate industry.


Request A Vacation

You spoke… we listened. Members now have the opportunity to ‘Request A Vacation’ in Elite Alliance. The process is easy! Select a destination. Select a specific week that you would like to vacation. Offer the depositing member additional Elite Credits (optional) which gives them an added incentive to make the vacation deposit. Your Elite Credits are then pulled from your account and placed on hold. Each Thursday, an email is sent to the owners of the property you are requesting. On the following Tuesday the requesting member is notified if their ‘offer’ has been accepted for exchange!

Members will still be able to make Future Vacation Requests by adding these requests to their ‘Watch List.’ This process remains the same, sending Matching Request notifications when a member makes a vacation deposit matching your vacation criteria.

Two great ways to request a vacation.

 
 

Telluride, Colorado

In January we announced Madeline Hotel and Residences in Telluride, Colorado as the newest addition to our growing portfolio of vacation destinations. Madeline Hotel and Residences, conveniently located just steps from the gondola in Mountain Village, offers slope-side ski valet, 24-hour room service, multiple on-site dining options, an ice skating rink and world-class spa. Consistently ranked among the top ski destinations in the world, Telluride is known for its rugged peaks, 2,000+ acres of ski terrain and majestic beauty. Condé Nast Traveler, Reader’s Choice named Telluride as the “Best Ski Resort in America” in 2014, 2013 and 2012.


Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

In February we announced the addition of The Grand Luxxe at Nuevo Vallarta in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. The Grand Luxxe at Nuevo Vallarta offers members access to exclusive private beaches and pool areas, a Nicklaus-designed golf course with a Greg Norman championship course under construction, the luxury Spatium & Brio Fitness Center, nighttime entertainment at the Santuario, an array of fine-dining or casual restaurant options and a boutique shopping experience at the newly opened La Plaza market, restaurant and shops.


Bocas Del Toro, Panama

In March we added Red Frog Beach Resort and Spa, located in beautiful Bocas Del Toro, Panama. Red Frog Beach Island Resort & Spa is a 15-minute water taxi ride from the local airport and the shops in Bocas Town. Red Frog includes 41 Luxury Villas with private pools, Marina, Punta Lava Beach Bar and Grill, and El Susurro Spa. The island also includes miles of rain forest trails, five beaches, great snorkeling and surf access, Nature Preserve and turtle habitat, the Zipline Canopy Tour, the Cave Tour, access to other islands and so much more!


Big Island, Hawaii

I wanted to personally thank everyone for a wonderful vacation at the Big Island Villa. My family and friends had an amazing time, enjoying the sunsets, outside grill, and comfy beds. We went to Volcano Park, Hapuna/Mauna Kea beaches, Mauna Lani Golf Course, snorkeling, Happy Hour at Lava Lava Beach Club and dinner at the Four Seasons Resort. Not to mention the great sunset dinners at the villa and waking up to beautiful ocean views. It was one of the most memorable vacations we have had ‘living the dream’ thanks to Equity Residences and Elite Alliance,” - The Lin Family.

Be sure to catch Season One, Episode Three of “Building Hawaii – Renovating a Contemporary Home with a Pool and Ocean View”, on HGTV®, featuring Equity Residences Big Island Villa.

 

Destination Spotlight: The Residence Club of Argentina

Argentina is a country that has long attracted experienced and discriminating travelers from around the world. It is the most visited country in South America because it offers rewards for everyone.

 
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