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Marriott Vacation Club Opens the World for Traveling Families


Marriott Vacation Club - pool

Marriott Vacation Club – pool

By Lois Alter Mark, Taking the Kids Correspondent

Let’s face it. Traveling as a family can be challenging.

You want to go someplace new but you also want all the comforts of home.

You want to make sure there’s something to appeal to everyone but you want it to be affordable.

Maybe you should check out Marriott Vacation Club.

Backed by the Marriott name and celebrating its 30th anniversary, it’s a far cry from those old school timeshares where you got stuck with the same week in the same place every year.

Marriott Vacation Club - master bedroom

Marriott Vacation Club – master bedroom

In fact, Marriott Vacation Club uses a point system, so you simply buy points and use them whenever and wherever you want, from ski destinations in the U.S. to Caribbean beaches to top European cities. There’s a great chart on their website to give you an idea of how much a specific stay would cost you so everything is upfront and you don’t have to worry about hidden fees.

I recently spent a weekend at a Marriott Vacation Club property – the gorgeous Oceana Palms in West Palm Beach, Florida – and could happily have moved into the 2-bedroom, 2-bath villa that was bigger than our first apartment. With three TVs, a washer and dryer and a kitchen stocked with dishes, utensils and pots and pans, it’s the kind of place that makes you sigh with relief when you open the door.

Marriott Vacation Club kitchen

Marriott Vacation Club kitchen

“I love that we never have to worry about quality when we book a trip,” says Claudina Rubinowicz, who’s been a Marriott Vacation Club owner for years. “Plus, we get bigger, better accommodations than we would in a hotel for the same price.”

That’s especially important for larger families like the Rubinowiczes, who have three teenagers and need the extra space. Having a kitchen means they don’t have to spend a fortune on meals, and they usually enjoy breakfast and dinner in the villa, eating lunch out.

These benefits weren’t lost on their friends, the Waitmans, who became Marriott Vacation Club owners themselves after spending a weekend away with them.

“We’ve been ‘forced’ to go on more vacations this way, and we’ve gotten to visit amazing places,” said Claudia Waitman. “We’ve filled many photo albums with memories that will last a lifetime.”

And isn’t that the real point of a family vacation?


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38 Responses to Marriott Vacation Club Opens the World for Traveling Families

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I would LOVE to be there right now. We have 3 feet of snow on the ground at my house!!

  2. Jennifer B says:

    This sounds like a good deal for families who do a lot of traveling!

  3. Liz Mays says:

    What a cool program they offer. I’m loving that you can use the points for multiple destinations!

  4. Debbie L. says:

    The Vacation Club sounds like something we would like. Checking it out

  5. That’s cool that they use a point system. I’ve never heard of any others doing that.

  6. Jess Weaver says:

    With all the coldness in Indiana right now, would love to be there! Definitely checking into this Vacation Club!

  7. That looks like such a beautiful vacation. I like the idea of a point system, that’s pretty neat.

  8. How cool. That kitchen looks amazing and I would love to go now. We have a cold and snowy weather

  9. lisa says:

    I am going to check this out. We have friends with timeshares but this sounds great!

  10. Danyelle says:

    That looks amazing! The point system is interesting too, going to look more into this.

  11. Pam says:

    I love the vacation club idea. We have always loved staying at Marriot properties.

  12. coolchillmom says:

    Even being in Sunny Florida, I would flock there in a heart beat! I love Marriott, they are just amazing for hotel stays

  13. becca says:

    What a great way to get to spend time traveling and yet have comforts of home. Must look into this for sure. I love to travel.

  14. Love the Marriots, I have had great experiences with my stays. This one I would not want to leave – the views are amazing!

  15. Jeanine says:

    Can I go there now? It looks absolutely incredible. Especially with this cold and snow we have in Toronto right now. Looks like a great place!

  16. April G says:

    That place looks so nice. I love vacationing with a full kitchen, instead of a kitchenetter. Marriott is a great brand.

  17. Aida Ingram says:

    First this looks like a beautiful place to go, I know we are going to be taking a lot of trips this year and I love that I could make this a business only visit, or it would also be a great place to a relax

  18. Brittany says:

    Take me with you next time, will you? 🙂 I’m only 3 hours away in Orlando so I’ll travel really light. Gorgeous pictures!

  19. Debbie Denny says:

    The club sounds great. This place is fantastic.

  20. Trisha says:

    That master bedroom is gorgeous! I wish my kitchen looked that nice! I don’t think we’ve ever stayed at a Marriott while vacation but its definitely something we’ll consider!

  21. Kristin says:

    So awesome. I am so ready to go on vacation!

  22. Veronica says:

    That reminds me that I need to go on a vacation. A Marriott vacation sounds nice

  23. Vacation clubs often allow people to stay at beautiful properties which otherwise might be out of reach.

  24. Heather says:

    Take me there now! I have been wondering about these memberships.

  25. mburbage says:

    Looks really nice, I would love taking the family there. Very comfy

  26. Ashley Gill says:

    I would love to go a little more south. Living in Florida makes me think I’m always on vacation!

  27. Rosey says:

    Oh I would love to be on vacay right now. I’m so ready for one. I like a kitchen when we’re out of the house too, it does make things easier.

  28. Paula Schuck says:

    This is a great deal. It can be hard to find family friendly vacations. I love to travel with my kids. It is fun to see things threw there eyes.

  29. Angela S says:

    What a great vacation club. I would love to be in Florida right about now.

  30. Alice Chase says:

    I love this idea. As a family of 6 we are always looking for properties that can comfortably accommodate us all. this looks great.

  31. Melissa Vera says:

    I have heard about these vacation clubs and I can honestly say after reading this post my interest has been piqued.

  32. This is a beautiful destination for a family vacation. I could use some sun and fun like this right about now.

  33. Lisa Rios says:

    Looks so amazing. Yes travelling as a family is so challenging & a comfort home like place is very much important & Marriott Vacation Club looks like one of those best answers. Would love visiting soon.

  34. Kerri says:

    I totally need a vacation! We went to a Marriot in Hilton Head a few years ago and loved it.

  35. Laura Funk says:

    I have never found a Marriot that I didnt love. Thanks for the post

  36. This looks amazing for a big family like ours. Must check out West Palm Beach Marriott!

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