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4 Simple Steps that Will Save You Money or Fly Time

Want to save some money? Of course you do! Don’t we all? Thing is, we know our destinations are not always serviced by reasonably priced or convenient airfare.

From some destinations, such as Canada or Europe, or during certain dates, Charter Operators are able to offer very attractive packages that include both air and accommodations.

We want you to be able to take advantage of these charter offers while at the same time enjoy all the many benefits of the membership.  We have managed to do just that with our new service “Charter Vacation Package”.

Here is how you do it:

  1. Call our Customer Service and Reservations Center to confirm availability and booking
  2. Once confirmed, research if your market has an air and room package pricing convenient for you. Book it.
  3. Call or email us to confirm the package you purchased so that we can close out the booking. Your unit is now confirmed. You already paid for the package, there is no additional payment to us*.
  4. Check-in at the First Desk Lounge, your room assignment and all other Membership services and facilities will be provided just as before.

Easy, right?

A few things to keep in mind the using the Charter Package option:

  • If your contracted unit is not available when you call us with your confirmation, you will be booked in a hotel unit and your Owner’s Week will still be available for you to use.
  • We do not guarantee any of the services or quality of the service offered by the charter operator of your choice. Our commitment to you stars upon check-in at the property.
  • This program is at an experimental stage and may be cancelled at any time. All existing confirmed bookings will be honored.
*Grand Level members will pay a surcharge usually equivalent to the difference between the First Club Rate and the Grand Level Rate

 

 

Great Things are On the Way!

This was a great year for the Club. We worked hard making your Club even better, and that included several renovations in our different resorts. From new First Clubs and Beach Lounges to Infinity Pools, there are a lot of new areas for you to enjoy your vacation.

We are very excited for 2015, and the many more renovations that it will bring! We are currently working on three projects that will have you dreaming more than ever about your next vacation. Take a look!

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Club’s President, Luis Namnum, Selected For American Resort Development Association (ARDA) Board Of Directors

We are proud to announce that Luis Namnum, President of Occidental Vacation Club (OVC) has been selected to the elite Board of Directors of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA)!

“I am honored to be selected for this position,” said Luis Namnum. “We are proud to be part of the international timeshare community and privileged to be a voice on this prestigious Board.”

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Stories DID Bind Us Together!

Last month was a lot of fun on our Facebook Page. We encouraged our members to participate in our photo contest “Stories Can Bind Us Together”. It was easy. All you needed to do was upload a photo of an unforgettable moment during your vacation with the Club, and tell us the story behind it, what made it so specials, and ask your friends to vote for your photos. Many photos and their beautiful stories were shared, and after hundreds of votes, the winners were announced! Keep reading to see the winner photo and the story that made that particular moment a ver special one.

1st Place – 702 votes

John Reteguiz Jr.

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November 2013 in the Royal Club Grand Nuevo Vallarta; 6 of us: Bishop (Philly), Juwas (Boston), Reteguiz (S.F.), celebrating 25 years traveling together. We met first on cruise. We hit it off great. Decided to do it again. 13 years ago we joined OVC and 2 years later we invited Bishops and Juwas as guest (instead of cruise) to Xcaret. Need I say more! They joined and since we have celebrated many special occasions at different resorts. Got together  8 times in 10 years. 

2nd Place – 75 votes

Andrés Mora

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It has been our most unforgettable time, because it helped to made our honeymoon amazing. We became more in love than ever and began our life together in such a wonderful and beautiful place: Xcaret. The whole Club and Hotel service was spectacular, all was a combine of good moments that we will never forget. Our honeymoon was more than unforgettable for the rest of our lives.

3rd Place 69

Traci Eickhorst Eaton

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This was my boy’s first spring break in Mexico. The activity crew came up with lots of fun and interesting games for them to do. They met several friends that week. It was a vacation fun for all ages. We love the Occidental Vacation Club Family!!

We would like to give a special mention to Michael Wooldridge, Raymond Todd Gratton and Michelle Fracchia-West, whose photos and stories were both amazing and unforgettable.

During the last couple of weeks we will be sharing some of the participating photos with you. In the meantime, click here and see the video we put together with the photos!

Napa and Sonoma…Wine Lovers Paradise!

When you think of California’s many wine regions, the two regions that always come to mind are Napa and Sonoma. These two exquisitely beautiful areas started what was to become a trend in California: wine making. Though California boasts a half a dozen or more other wine regions, Napa and Sonoma are still the premier regions. The California trend really blossomed when at a 1976 blind tasting at a Paris competition, wines from California beat out the French entries, and ended the French wine reign. More award-winning wines come out of Sonoma and Napa than any other wine region in California.

Sonoma and Napa have a long and illustrious history of wine making. Sonoma County, about the size of Rhode Island, is three-times larger than Napa. It encompasses 1500 square miles where climate and soil come together to form the perfect environment for growing grapes and producing wine.

Napa, known for its luxury inns, premium wineries, world-class restaurants and award-winning chefs.

Sonoma

Sonoma’s first grapevines were planted in 1824 at Mission San Francisco de Solano. (If only the friars knew what they were starting!) General Mariano Vallejo acquired the mission holdings and started his own vineyard while also spurring the growth of the town of Sonoma. The first vintage was poured in 1861. One hundred twenty wineries had sprung up in the county by the late 1800′s. Those wineries included Korbel and Simi with Sebastiani following after the turn of the century. Though some of the largest wineries are located in Sonoma (Gallo, Kendall-Jackson, Clos du Bois), Sonoma’s laid-back personality welcomes new upstart wineries too.

Our Route of Wine Tour accommodations are at one of the most popular inns in Sonoma, Fountaingrove.  This lovely inn is strategically located near the wineries of Dry Creek, Russian River and Alexander Valley, and the favorite towns of wine lovers, Healdsburg, Calistoga and Sonoma. As a tour member you will be treated to a 7 hour, custom-made tour of the area’s wineries; the last stop highlighted with a very special private tour of White Oak Vineyards & Winery. You’ll learn all about winemaking from the winemaker himself as he leads you through the winery. You’ll be able to sip and savor White Oak’s award-winning wines, and for the grand finale: a delectable al fresco meal that pairs each course with the perfect wine!

If Sonoma is the more laid back of the two areas, Napa is its more sophisticated cousin. The area is 

Napa’s wine history began over 100 years ago atop Howell Mountain, one of the peaks that cradle Napa Valley. The first winery on the mountain, La Jota Vineyard, is once again operating. Way before the 1976 Paris tasting, La Jota founder, newspaperman Frederick Hess, grew grapes that produced award-winning wines at the 1900 Paris Expo and the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Other wineries followed, but soon all faced devastating hazards. First, a vineyard pest phyloxerra attacked the vines, and then Prohibition in 1919 provided the final blow. But, that’s all in Napa’s past, and when Napa’s Chateau Montelena Winery 1973 Chardonnay (made from Sonoma County grapes) was judged the finest white wine by the French judges, Napa started on the road to what is now one of the most prosperous wine making areas.

 All Aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train!

Sure to be another highlight of the Route of Wine Tour is the Napa Valley Wine Train. As a tour member, you will board this gorgeous, restored antique train for a 3-hour ride through Napa Valley.  You’ll enjoy the best views of Napa in the relaxing comfort of your Pullman Lounge Car, and be treated to a gourmet three-course lunch.

First stop, a tour and tasting at Grgich Hills Estate Winery. Napa is the model for sustainability in wine making. Wine makers farm organically without unnecessary chemicals, and use novel techniques such as allowing gravity to move the wine rather than pumps.  Grgich is a perfect example of this type winery. This family- owned and operated winery is dedicated to the art of wine making and its vineyards are 100% estate grown certified organic and Biodynamic. Founder and Winemaker Mike Grgich, inducted into the Vintner Hall of Fame in 2008, became famous after crafting the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay that won the historic 1976 Paris Wine tasting.

Napa and Sonoma are two of the premier travel destinations in the world. Our Route of Wine Tour is a vacation value that spares no effort in presenting our members all of the wonderful experiences these destinations have to offer. If you’re looking for the perfect vacation, join us on the Route of Wine!