Mishaps and Memories: Celebrating the big 50 in Wanaka!

Today I turned 50. I did so with grace and poise! Unfortunately it is not so for my girlfriend, Angela, who coincidentally shares the exact same day and year of birth. Herself and two friends have joined us at Wyndham Wanaka to celebrate this milestone – two 50ths and 46 years of friendship.

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Sylvia (left) and Angela (right) celebrating their 50th birthdays in Wanaka

Let’s rewind … we’ve booked into the 4-bedroom presidential apartment – after all we need room to celebrate, and of course, a hot tub! The following days are all about us. We’ve made it this far in life without any mishaps – I’ve spoken too soon, but I’ll get to that. Continue reading

100 Club Event: Seven Mile Beach

Nineteen 100 Club members enjoy the very best of Tasmania over four unforgettable days.

Story by Candice Dittman, Sales Program Manager, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific

On Wednesday 30 November 2016, nineteen 100 Club members – accompanied by a handful of Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific staff members and Executives – kicked off one of the most memorable 100 Club events to date.

The event began at the beautiful Brooke St. Pier in Hobart with a signature cocktail and canapés in the stunning Glass House restaurant, before moving downstairs for dinner in Brooke St Larder. The restaurant was closed off especially for our 100 Club guests, who received personal attention throughout the event.

I think their faces tell the story.

Excited 100 Club members and Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific staff and Executives

Excited 100 Club members and Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific staff and Executives

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Oasis of the Seas: Caribbean Cruise

After a very exciting four-week trip across the USA, we set sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on a seven-night Caribbean cruise.

We left sunny Fort Lauderdale standing on the top deck of the cruiseliner, sipping a cocktail, watching the coastline disappear from view … life doesn’t get much better than this.

Departing Fort Lauderdale

Departing Fort Lauderdale

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USA: “Four fabulous weeks of travel across the USA”

Hi! Both my husband Michael and I have been members of WorldMark South Pacific Club for over 13 years, achieving Privileges Platinum level. Recently, we documented four fabulous weeks of travel across the USA followed by another week of cruising in the Caribbean.

The journey begins …

Los Angeles

The weather here was sunny and warm to hot. The highlights were Disneyland, Universal Studios and Hollywood, even though Hollywood wasn’t what I thought it would be … it turned out to be quite dirty and cramped with construction work in front of Mann’s Chinese Theatre and most of the surrounding streets.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Where the stars are immortalised on Hollywood Boulevard! It has more than 2,500 stars spread over 18 blocks and over 10 million visitors a year. We could only do a few blocks due to time restrictions, but what a thrill to be here.

The Hollywood Sign was initially Hollywood Land sales. Originally made from timber, it was rebuilt in metal and is now an icon.

Rodeo Drive was very exciting. Beverly Wiltshire Hotel is where Pretty Woman was filmed. The street is lined with exclusive shops such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, etc. so I could only window shop. There were lots of prestige cars such as Mercedes, Ferrari etc. to look at.

Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive

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A Golden Marriage: Owners tie the knot at Ramada Golden Beach

On the afternoon of November 5, 2016 Ramada Golden Beach (Sunshine Coast, Queensland) hosted the wedding of Anthony Quin and Kerry L’Estrange.

Anthony and Kerry met on online dating site eHarmony four years ago and joined the Wyndham Discovery program whilst holidaying on the Gold Coast in 2014.

Wedding, Golden Beach, Sunshine Coast, Ramada

Mr and Mrs Quin at Golden Beach

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Denarau Island: “We love everything about this resort”

On the 3rd of July this year we flew from Brisbane to Wyndham Resort Denarau Island (Fiji) for a one-week stay. This holiday with our daughter Lauren, son Matt and daughter-in-law Melinda had been planned for four years, since Matt and Melinda had returned from living and working in the UK. The holiday was originally planned for May to coincide with our (Bevan and I) 35th wedding anniversary but as Matt is a school teacher we had to wait until the July school holidays. The holiday was even more special, as we had become grandparents to precious Oliver in late December of 2015, so this was his first overseas trip! The family time was so special and gave us a chance to spend quality time with Oliver and get to know him better.

The staff at the resort were so good with children. Oliver was greeted with so much joy by everyone that we encountered.

Bevan and I stayed at Wyndham Resort Denarau Island ten years ago, for our 25th wedding anniversary. It’s safe to say our stay this year will not be our last. We love everything about this resort – friendly staff, excellent accommodation, fine dining options and most importantly time to rest and relax.

I have attached a photo of a beautiful Fijian sunset with us all enjoying this spectacular sight – as you must!

 

Wyndham Resort Denarau Island Fiji Sunset

Denarau Island Fiji Sunset

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California, USA: “A great holiday with some great memories”

It was my husband’s 60th Birthday and the 30th anniversary of when we first met in USA, so to celebrate both occasions we decided on a trip to California, USA. We wanted to restrict it to two weeks so that it would fit in the September school holidays.

We decided on Anaheim due to the theme parks and San Diego because going to the San Diego Zoo was high up on my children’s bucket list.

We stayed at Worldmark Anaheim resort and Wyndham Inn at the Park at San Diego. We only had points to cover one week, but by borrowing on next year’s point we had enough to cover the whole accommodation. September is a good time to go because it is not peak season in USA, however the weather is still warm.

At Anaheim we went to Disneyland for two days and to Universal Studios on one day. The kids loved Disneyland of course. My husband and I really enjoyed Universal Studios, especially the Studio Tour which included a 360-degree 3D show of King Kong versus T-Rex. The special effects show was interesting and the kids loved the animal actors show. The Minions 3D ride was fun and it was so warm that day that the kids walked through the Water Park with their clothes on just to cool down. (Hint: bring swimming costumes for the kids.)

Disneyland Anaheim California

Disneyland

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Londonderry: UK & Ireland Club Tour

Londonderry Morning

Londonderry Morning

This photo was taken from our hotel window during our stay in Londonderry as part of our UK and Ireland Club Tour in August.

Francis & Jennifer, 

Wyndham timeshare Owners since 2014

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Flynns Beach: “We will be back in November because we can’t stay away and because we can!”

With my partner Rosemary, I have been a Wyndham Owner since 2006.  In ten years of accumulative membership we have experienced some fantastic vacations and short stays in beautiful places within Australia and overseas.  We have enjoyed time in Vancouver, Whistler, Fiji, Bali, Wanaka (at least 10 times in both summer and winter) and thanks to our RCI association, holidays in France, Greece and Tahiti. Did I mention the cruises?

In 2017 we will enjoy another New Zealand stay in Wanaka followed by Hawaii, California, Missouri, Florida and New York.  While that will be exciting, it is the winter break in North Queensland, Port Douglas and we particularly love when the warm jackets can be left at home in the cupboard.

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Lakes Entrance: “Endless sand and beautiful views”

A recent trip where we stayed at WorldMark Resort Lakes Entrance

The first photo was at Lake Tyers Beach where there is endless sand and beautiful views and we ate fish and chips by the sea!

Lake Tyers Beach

 

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