As a frequent traveler and Marriott point collector, I’ve
stayed in a lot of Marriott hotels. You
don’t have to stay in very many Marriotts before you notice a “Ko’Olina Beach
Club” sales desk in the lobby. Marriott
owns a huge percentage of what is likely the hottest resort property on planet
earth right now, in the south western corner of Oahu Island in Hawaii. They have a J. W. Marriott hotel there (the
Ihilani resort) and they have a block of several towers where they sell
timeshare condominiums called the Ko’Olina beach club.
I love this area so much that I spent valuable Marriott
Rewards points to stay there for seven days, on two separate occasions! When people ask me about my vacations to
Hawaii, I can’t even begin to describe the serenity and the calm that I
experience there, it’s truly something you have to experience, there’s no way
for someone to describe it to you. It’s
easy to see how, after spending a few days there, people get “hooked” on the
beauty, the way of life, the sunsets, etc, and they begin to think about buying
Marriott’s sales success is so high against the numbers
of people they can pitch to in this location; they’ll do almost anything to get you to sit
through their timeshare presentation when you get to the site. If they didn’t entice you with a sweet deal
for a week’s stay, they’ll do it by offering you an absurd number of Marriott
points (20,000 or more), a whale watching or snorkeling excursion, or any
number of other amazing offers worth several hundred dollars or more.
So, “What’s so bad about a timeshare?” You ask? Nothing, if you’re the right type of
person. If you’re willing to pay the
monthly maintenance fees, and other fees for the “privilege” of staying a week
per year in your unit, then go for it.
The Ko’Olina location is probably your best bet because you could
instantly trade a week there for any other timeshare in the world, since
everyone wants to come to Hawaii.
For me (and for most of the rest of us), it doesn’t make
sense to buy a timeshare. I use Marriott
points to take my vacations, why would I want to spend my own money on fees and
things when I could just as easily spend points? Still, it might be worth it to give Marriott
90 minutes of my time to earn a free whale watching trip for my wife and
Whatever property you may be considering, there’s
probably a lucrative timeshare pitch deal to be had if you ask around. If you decide to commit to the presentation, just
be aware that the 90 minutes will turn into much more time if you start asking
a ton of questions. Just sit quietly,
stay silent, smile politely and say “no thank you” at the end. If they push, just tell them that you’ve
scouted the location of the surrounding property and that there are other
properties you’d like to research first.
Then get the heck out of there and enjoy your vacation!