It’s summertime! More importantly, for many parents, it’s the school summer holidays. That means that you’ll be counting down the days ‘til take off, if you’re not already there, for lazy days by the pool and splashing around in the sea with the kids. For others however, the school holidays have crept up faster than expected and prices seem to be much higher than last year for that cherished week away. If you’re fretting over costs and are still yet to book somewhere, fear not.
RCI, potentially the most recognisable name in the timeshare industry, offer a wealth of Late Deals and Extra Holidays at prices starting from just £139 per week at destinations worldwide. But why are these holidays so cheap you ask? These “extra” weeks come from surplus stock which is yet to be sold by resorts or is from new resorts that would rather fill their rooms at a reduced rate than leave them vacant.
Here we will guide you through RCI’s fantastic offers with examples of real holidays that were live on the RCI website at the time of writing (5/8/2015).
So, what are RCI Late Deals? These are holidays which can be booked up to 6 weeks prior to departure and are available to purchase with cash, at clearance prices, meaning you won’t need to spend any of your annual points or weeks allocation. RCI members can benefit from great last-minute holidays, even during the peak summer school holiday period which is the time of year the savings can be at their best.
To make sense of this we have highlighted some examples for you below.
Royal Tenerife Country Club, Tenerife
The prestigious Royal Tenerife Country Club is nestled amid lush tropical gardens in the South of Tenerife within the Canary Islands and currently holds RCI’s Gold Crown. Available at this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence (2015) winning resort was this elegant 2-bedroom apartment for only £225 or just over £8PPPN (Per Person Per Night) based on 4 people sharing during 14th – 21st August 2015. Located adjacent to the fairways of a challenging 18-hole golf course the Royal Tenerife Country Club also boasts a magnificent outdoor swimming pool, tennis & squash courts as well as a tasty restaurant with an Andalusian style.
Hollywood Mirage, Tenerife
Holidaymakers looking for a last-minute deal to the vibrant side of Tenerife could have booked this 2-bedroom apartment at the RCI Gold Crown Hollywood Mirage, also awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence (2015), for just £225. At a little over £8PPPN, based on 4 people sharing, this holiday begins on 28th August 2015 for 7 nights in the lively town of Los Cristianos where gorgeous beaches meet a bustling nightlife for a holiday to remember. Guests can refresh themselves within the outdoor swimming pool, be pampered in the health & beauty salon and dine ‘til their hearts content at the sumptuous International restaurant.
The beauty of Extra Holidays allows you to take the dream RCI holidays that you’ve come to love without having to exchange any of your points or weeks. You could even take an Extra Holiday if you’ve already spent your annual allocation of points or used up your annual fixed weeks. These holidays can also be booked with cash but aren’t restricted to the same time-scales as Late Deals meaning you have added freedom when you take Extra Holidays. What’s more, there is no limit to how many Extra Holidays you can take each year, meaning you could be on holiday all the time if you so wish!
Potentially where the biggest savings can be made is the summer holidays; here we look at 3 that stood out on the RCI website at the time of writing (5/8/2015):
Sheraton Vistana Resort, Orlando
Checking in on the 14th August 2016 this Extra Holiday at the RCI Gold Crown Sheraton Vistana Resort in the heart of Orlando, Florida was available for just £561.38. Perfect for a family of four sharing this 2-bedroom villa makes for an ideal 7-night holiday during the peak summer school holiday period at just over £20PPPN. Voted TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice Award (2015) winner in the family category Sheraton’s Vistana Resort boasts 7 swimming pools, 8 whirlpool and 13 tennis courts to spoil its guests. Located on the edge of Walt Disney World means the kids will be bursting with excitement from day one whilst the thrills continue with Universal Studios, Epcot Centre and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter all on your doorstep!
Beverly Hills Heights, Tenerife
Another fantastic offering from RCI is this peak summer week at the Gold Crown Beverly Hills Heights resort in Tenerife checking in on the 8th July 2016 within a 1-bedroom apartment for just £299! Costing a little over £20PPPN, based on 2 people sharing, this is an excellent deal for couples looking to escape to the Canaries for a sun-soaked week during the height of summer.
Barnsdale Country Club, England
The opportunity for a peaceful holiday to the English countryside at the RCI Gold Crown Barnsdale Country Club was available during 19th – 26th June 2016. This elegant 3-bedroom lodge could have been yours for just £569 or an incredible £14PPPN, based on 6 people sharing. Nestled in England’s smallest County, Rutland, the Barnsdale Country Club provides guests with a swimming pool, sauna, squash & tennis courts all within this rolling countryside setting.
Pestana Palms, Madeira
Ever wanted to spend Christmas abroad? How about in the pleasant climate of Madeira, the Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean? Available to book for 7-nights during 21st – 28th December 2015 was this 1-bedroom apartment ideal for couples at the multi-award winning Pestana Palms for only £269 or less than £20PPPN, based on 2 sharing. Spread some Christmas cheer with the locals at the Mercado dos Lavardores (Workers Market) on the 23rd December; join in with the Missa do Galo (Midnight Mass) on Christmas Eve before preparing for the big day on the 25th!
Australia & Asia
Exotic holidays can be yours for a lot less than you think when booking an RCI Extra Holiday. We thought as the destinations are that little bit further away you’d like to stay for 2 weeks instead of just one, so all prices are quoted for a fortnight’s holiday:
Berjaya Tioman Resort, Malaysia
Picture yourself relaxing on a tropical island beach for a two week holiday during 16th -30th March 2016. Now, imagine that holiday cost you just £378 or £13.50PPPN, based on 2 people sharing. That could have been a reality had you booked this Extra Holiday within a Hotel unit at the RCI Gold Crown Berjaya Tioman Resort located on a secluded island just East from Malaysia. Enjoying some of the most stunning coastline the region has to offer this resort is a true paradise for couples looking to escape it all for 2 weeks!
Royal Bali Beach Club at Sanur, Bali
Another great example of an exotic RCI Extra Holiday is this fortnight at the Gold Crown Royal Bali Beach Club at Sanur during 6th – 20th March 2016. For just £418 you would be staying in a chic Studio apartment which equates to less than £15PPPN, when based on 2 people sharing. This resort infuses traditional living with more modern amenities such as its tree-lined swimming pool, spa and local cuisine served at its restaurant.
Korora Bay Village, Australia
Ever thought you could have 2 weeks in Australia for just over £5PPPN (based on 4 people sharing)? You can with RCI Extra Holidays! Costing just £318 was this 2 week holiday within a 2-bedroom apartment at the Silver Crown Korora Bay Village during 14th – 28th August 2016. Located in the famous Coffs Harbour this resort provides a great value holiday to explore Australia’s East coast and offers some great local entertainment too. From the Big Banana theme park to a whole host of National Parks, most notably the stunning Dorrigo National Park, Coffs Harbour has something for all ages.