These condominiums are either owned by Vacation Internationale
(VI), or Wyndham
Resorts. They are fully stocked
vacation rentals timeshare condominiums, not just hotel rooms. We
have several months a year of ownership with VI and rent out
what we don't use. We are also offered very discounted
prices for last minute (under 40 day rentals) and offer those
to you, our guests. Typically VI owns several units
within a complex. There is on site or at times staff very
close by to take care of any needs you may have. If you rent
from us, you will be treated the same as if you were the
CONTACTING VACATION INTERNATIONALE: NOTE: We have been contacted by VI and told that some people who are reading our ads are contacting the resorts and/or the corporate office directly. Please do not do so. VI is a timeshare company, not a rental company and does not want to take calls from non-owners looking for availability or asking other questions. If after reading below, and noting our PAYPAL status and other credentials, you are still concerned that about renting from us thinking this is one of many scams out there, or don't have enough information after we've done our best to answer your questions, then please find your lodging elsewhere. For the skeptics, we have over 140 domains over a $30,000 website, a business license in Washington State and no complaints. The VI link we provide is solely for the purpose of providing you with comprehensive unit and complex information. Once your reservation has been made and you have an additional question about check-in or a particular resort or unit amenity that we are unable to answer for you, please feel free to call the resort directly as they are best able to help you. You are then a guest and have every right to all the benefits we do. If you are interested in buying a timeshare from VI, by all means contact them. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
QUALITY OF UNITS: These are timeshares owned and operated by either Vacation Internationale or Wyndham. Many guests are confused by occasional poor reviews of units within a complex. Considering these reviews would be like believing that all tenants in an apartment complex keep their apartments at the same level of cleanliness. Most timeshare companies own several units in each complex and other units are owned by other companies or individuals. Every one of our units is in very good condition, is well maintained and is well stocked. We have heard our share of horror stories about condos that are privately owned. Whereas we can't provide photos of every unit, in most complexes, decorating and condition is so similar that you won't be able to tell any difference whatsoever from one timeshare owned unit to another. Our highest rates tend to be about 25-30% under the competition. We have 100% guest satisfaction and are confident you'll find the units beyond your expectations. We guarantee that your unit will be clean, fully stocked with matching kitchenware and linens and in very good condition. We have used our VI timeshare for 25 years and never had a bad experience.
CHOICE OF UNITS:
Units are never pre-assigned. This
allows management to allocate units most efficiently as
reservations change. This is necessary as these units
can be reserved with totally flexible starting dates and
number of days stayed. All the interior of the units
within a complex tend to be very similar in condition and
amenities. They are all in very good condition.
You will get the best available unit since we are Prestige
There is no nightly
maid service. Stays longer than 8 days have 1 or more
mid-term maid services. When you are finished with your
stay, you would leave your unit in the same condition you'd
leave a hotel. The maid will clean everything.
Typically you'll be asked to put your dishes in the
dishwasher and start it and dump the garbage under the
sink. We have left usable food behind for the maid to
choose whether to keep it or throw it away.
PETS AND SMOKING:
We’re sorry but none of the Vacation Internationale
resorts allow pets. This
policy is due to the extra cost of cleaning to protect future
guests who have pet allergies.
They also have a strict no-smoking policy in the units
for similar reasons. We’re
sorry for the inconvenience this may cause you and hope that
you can find a way to leave your pet in a loving environment
and enjoy our beautiful resorts. Thank you for your
provide a short
that we will ask you to reference that you agree to.
YOUR SECURITY: Since there are so many scams out there, the following information is meant to assure you that you are dealing with someone reputable. I am a Real Estate Associate Broker in Seattle, Washington and have been since 1977. I have a license to do business as Discount Timeshare Rentals in the State of Washington. Before you pay me, we will send you a land line phone number and we will talk on the phone. Our PAYPAL address is firstname.lastname@example.org. You will see that I am a Verified and Premier member since 2003.. Click here to confirm. You can confirm with PAYPAL that this status isn’t given to account holders who have had any fraudulent activity or complaints. It requires very detailed financial background checks to be able to take credit cards as well. We have over 275 domains and nearly 100 websites. Our original website is http://www.gotohigherground.com/.
We advertise on
several vacation rental websites, including Trip Advisor,
Vacation Timeshare Rentals, Vacation Rentals Galore and the
Vacation Bug. These sites do background checks as well prior to
approving the ads. Trip Advisor also provides feedback from
my prior guests. See reviews
for links to our Trip Advisor ads. You will see on
those ads that we have been verified as owner. If you are still unconvinced, it may
be best to rent directly from a hotel. Rick's Facebook
email@example.com where you will find photos with
plenty of Rick's friends you could contact if you felt Rick
misrepresented or cheated you in any way. If you are still unconvinced, it may
be best to rent directly from a hotel.
DURING BUSINESS HOURS: Vacation Internationale (the timeshare company) must be open to finalize bookings for same day and some last minute weekend rentals. Do not contact corporate or resorts until you are a guest.
1. YOU CONTACT US: You contact us by e-mail or if needed by phone requesting that a unit be secured for a possible reservation. It is our policy that if we can meet all or virtually all of your requested dates less than 40 days in advance, and only 1 unit is available, that we secure the time immediately and send you notice that we put the unit on hold.
2. WE SECURE THE TIME: We call VI (hours) and put the unit(s) on hold. Good until close of next business day. If VI is closed, we will call when they open.
3. PAYMENT: We receive payment from you. Making Payment
4. CONFIRM THE HOLD: We call VI and confirm the hold.
5. SEND THE CONFIRMATION: We send you a confirmation with your name and reservation number copied from the VI website.
NIGHTS, HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS: We can book the "Over 40 Days in advance rates" when VI is closed
1. YOU CONTACT US: You contact us by e-mail or if needed by phone requesting that a unit be secured for a possible reservation.
2. WE SECURE THE TIME: We start an on-line reservation which pulls the units temporarily out of inventory. This secures the unit for about 30 minutes.
2. PAYMENT: We receive payment from you. Making Payment
3. MAKE THE RESERVATION: While we are on the phone with you, after receiving payment, we then complete the reservation on-line.
4. SEND THE CONFIRMATION: We send you a confirmation with your name and reservation number copied from the VI website.
provide the requested location. The
calendars are on a secure owners-only portion of the
timeshare sites so we can't link you to them. We will
provide you with a copy and paste of current months
availability at any of our resorts. We have over 40 resorts at VI and many others at Wyndam as
provide arrival date and departure date or number of
days of stay requested. If your dates are flexible, provide
what time periods work and we’ll provide an availability
AVAILABILITY: There are over 30,000 timeshare owners that can book any of these units at any time. A good percentage of people who wait to book and call us back, even a short time later find the units they want booked. We are able to place a 24 hour hold if that helps you gather information to make a firm decision. There is no obligation or cost for us to hold the unit for you. In the event that the unit isn't available, it can be put on a waitlist. (See details)
RATES: Our rates depend on whether your visit is during low or high season and how many days in advance of arrival that you book. All the rate schedules are posted for each property along with a rate calculator. The rate calculator is an excel spreadsheet that only requires you input the arrival and departure dates occasionally along with the number of weekend nights you'll be staying. There are no hidden fees or taxes. THE RATES ARE ALL-INCLUSIVE. The only exception is $5/night parking at Clocktower and occasional fees for internet.
For rentals over 40 days in advance there is occasionally an accommodation tax that needs to be paid on-site. It is about $3/day for a studio, $4 for a 1 bedroom and $5 for a 2 bedroom unit. This tax is collected in Hawaii and Washington State and may be at some other locations as well. If you are required to pay a tax on-site, notify us of the amount when you return and we will refund it to you. If you contact us prior to your arrival to resorts in those states, we will contact the resort by phone and pay the accommodation tax with our credit card.
Some people wonder how we offer such low rates. We have
an extensive ownership interest in Vacation Internationale
timeshares. There are several benefits we receive.
One of them is very discounted rates for "Bonus Time" which
is under 40 days on VI owned properties and 100 days on
exchanges. We also are given a discount for 60 day and
under rentals. So we pass that discount on, make some
profit and offer these wonderful properties to guests at very
low rates. In fact, we pay much more for our own
vacations when we book a
year in advance than we charge our guests for the last minute rentals.
DISCOUNTS: We offer discounts to our military, to veterans, thank all of you. We also offer discounts to some seniors, to those with some disabilities, to Hawaii residents for Hawaii properties, as well as to repeat guests. Please see our complete guide if you feel you may qualify for a discount. (See details)
DEPOSIT: We are fully responsible for the condition of the unit. Typically we put a $100 authorization (not a charge) on a guests credit card. If payment is by PAYPAL, we charge the $100 extra on PAYPAL and refund it within 3 days of departure. It takes at least two days for us to be notified of any charges for damages. In our over 20 years of ownership plus all the times we’ve rented it to others, no one has ever been charged. The deposit is for damage, not cleaning. At times with larger parties or younger people we take up to a $300 deposit. You may leave the unit as you would leave a hotel room. The check in sheet you’ll receive on arriving simply asks that you dump the garbage and put any dirty dishes in the dishwasher and start it.
We require full payment for rentals made less than 40 days in advance as they are non-refundable/non-cancellable to us as well. For rentals over 40 days, we will reserve your unit for a $100 deposit with the balance due 40 days prior to arrival. We are billed at 30 days for the over 40 day reservations so there are no refunds within 30 days of occupancy unless insurance is purchased at time of booking.
METHODS OF PAYMENT
Direct deposit into Chase or BECU.
Checks: They will need to clear prior to the reservation being confirmed. (Don’t try to scam us with fake cashier’s checks; we already have over $50,000 of them and were not fooled.)
Major Credit Cards by telephone. You will be provided with our phone number when we respond to your e-mail and we have availability.
* All these cancellations will be subject to a $100 cancellation fee. If you ever forfeit a $100 deposit, we will credit $75 toward any future rental at any of our resorts. Typically these reservations are held with a $100 deposit and the balance is not due until 40 days prior to arrival.
If you are concerned
that you may need to cancel less than 30 days in advance, VI
allows us to purchase that right with an additional $45 paid
at time of reservation. The $100 cancellation fees still
apply as well as the $75 credit toward your next rental. You can also purchase travel insurance if there is a
concern about an insurable risk. We pay non-refundable fees
for these discounted rentals and rent to you at very
discounted rates compared to owners that offer full refunds.
We will strive to re-rent your time if you are unable to keep your plans and you are always welcome to sublet your time.
GENERAL: Vacation Internationale is an owner-run Timeshare located in Bellevue, Washington, about 10 miles from my home. I purchased my first timeshare with them over 20 years ago and have been extremely satisfied.
PROVIDED INFORMATION FOR EACH RESORT We have made an effort to be very accurate about the information we provide for each of our resorts. Most of the time, we are relying on an outside party to provide resort details. If there is a listed feature that is very important to you, please contact us or the resort directly for up to date accurate information. Also, there can be construction or recent changes that can affect a properties desirability. We update the "Know before you go" section, which should give you up to date information. If you want the most recent update, please contact us.
NO TIMESHARE PRESENTATION: There is absolutely no requirement for you to attend anything. In over 20 years of usage, we've been approached twice at a VI resort by a VI salesperson asking politely if we'd be interested in additional points. We simply declined.
CHECK IN: On the web page
for each resort,
you will see a link for the Vacation Internationale owned
condos. If you go to that link, you will see a link on that
page for “check-in” information for the condo. That
information is comprehensive. The address and the phone
number as well as the check-in and check-out hours are found
there. We are Prestige owners and you
will receive the benefits that we receive. That includes
unit upgrade, early check-in and late check-out when
available. It is a good idea to bring your confirmation
number with you. However, you will be checking in with your
name. You will also find a Google link on each of our
webpages. That may help you with location and
is not unusual for us to be fielding up to 50 e-mail in a
given day. There are 5 of us on staff scheduled to assure
replies as promptly as possible. We prefer to limit
telephone calls to times when e-mail won't suffice.
E-mail substantially reduces any miscommunication. The
person answering will have all the information ready to give
you the best response that we can. In the event you
need immediate assistance, please don't hesitate to
call. We do speak with each person on the phone prior
to completing booking.