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Timeshare: The Traveller’s Choice

Jun 3, 2015
Category: General

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Our Top 50 Timeshares of 2015

We’ve been awaiting the recent release of TripAdvisor’s 2015 “Certificate of Excellence” awards for a few weeks now. You’ve no doubt seen the green crest before since it’s not just accommodations but restaurants and attractions that can receive the award for “consistently achieving outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.”

There’s another, higher accolade too. The “Traveller’s Choice” award is given to the Top 25 Hotels in popular countries with a sub category specifically for those resorts which excel when it comes to family holidays.

So, as we have done in previous years, we’ve taken our Top 50 best selling resorts from the past 12 months and have been busy pouring over the data for past couple of days.

It’s a great way to gain a comparable and measurable insight into the overall quality of timeshare resorts and the satisfaction of guests. With almost 40,000 traveller ratings the data is certainly comprehensive too!

After sorting through the results we are pleased to announce that there has been some notable increases since our previous Top 50 review back in January 2014. Here’s a summary of our findings.

Overall Performance

A very respectable performance from resorts in our Top 50 saw the total number of resort with an award increase from 43 to 44.

However, the biggest “wow” was the number of resorts given the “Traveller’s Choice” award. Don’t forget! This is awarded to the Top 25 Hotels on a country-wide basis. Here we saw a huge increase from 3 to no less than 10 resorts now boasting this prestigious acknowledgement. That, for us, speaks volumes about the quality and service timeshare resorts afford.

Collating all reviews (yes, all 39,138 of them) we were able to see how guests rated their stay at our most popular resorts from “Excellent” to “Terrible”. An astounding 83% of all guests rated their stay at our Top 50 resorts as either “Excellent” or “Very Good” whilst only 7% of guests experienced a less than average holiday.

Certificate of Excellence and Travellers Choice Crests

Certificate of Excellence and Traveller’s Choice Crests


A firm favourite among timeshare owners with numerous top-quality resorts, the tiny Island of Madeira once again boxes well above its weight, increasing the number of resorts in our Top 50 to six (from five). All resorts hold at least a Certificate of Excellence whilst the Porto Mare Residence rightly deserves the coveted Traveller’s Choice award.

Elevated gardens of Porto Mare Residence with Sea View

Porto Mare Residence, Madeira – Traveller’s Choice Winner

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria also consolidated its position as one of the most popular destinations. Mirroring Madeira it saw an increase in the number of resorts in our Top 50 from five to six with a clean sweep of awards! Five Certificates of Excellence and one Traveller’s Choice going to Club Gran Anfi.

Portugal’s Algarve

Home to five of our Top 50, the Algarve sports some exceedingly high satisfaction levels. 92% of travellers rated their experience as either “Excellent” or “Very Good” and no less than three of the five in our Top 50 were Traveller’s Choice winners! Four Seasons Vilamoura, Four Seasons Fairways and Pine Cliffs all took home the greatest honour.

Outdoor pool and deckchairs

Travellers Choice 2015 Family Category winner: Four Seasons Vilamoura

Marriott Resorts

Marriott Resorts also deserve a special mention claiming seven spots in the Top 50 with three Traveller’s Choice awards for Cypress Harbour, Village d’lle-de-France and Phuket Beach Club

Outside our Top 50

It’s worth considering that our Top 50 is shaped by supply and demand on the resale market and so there’s a raft of luxurious, notable timeshare resorts that have been highly decorated by TripAdvisor reviewers but aren’t included in the above data (Four Seasons Country Club and a selection of Marriott resorts being great examples).

So, for a slightly differing view point we looked at the resorts making up the 25 Traveller’s Choice Hotels in the “Family” categories in some of the destinations popular with UK holidaymakers.

Looking at the USA and Portugal in particular, the findings are a great testament to the quality of timeshare resorts. In both cases, no less than 9 of the 25 Traveller’s Choice resorts are RCI or II affiliated!

Top 50

= Certificate of Excellence
= Traveller’s Choice

  • The Village at St. James’s Club –
  • Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort –
  • Marriott Cypress Harbour –
  • Orange Lake Country Club
  • Sheraton’s Vistana Resort –
  • Sheraton’s Vistana Villages –
  • Marriotts Village d’lle-de-France –
Gran Canaria
  • Amadores Beach Club –
  • Anfi Beach Club –
  • Bahia Blanca –
  • Club Gran Anfi –
  • Club Monte Anfi –
  • Puerto Anfi –
  • Diamond Club Las Calas 2 –
  • Pestana Grand Hotel –
  • Pestana Palms –
  • Pestana Promenade –
  • Pestana Village –
  • Porto Mare Residence –
  • Royal Savoy Resort –
  • Fortina Spa Vacation Resort
  • Island Residence Club at Radisson Golden Sands –
  • Four Seasons Fairways –
  • Four Seasons Vilamoura –
  • Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort Spa –
  • Pine Cliffs Resort –
  • Alanda Club Marbella –
  • La Quinta La Manga Club
  • Macdonald Dona Lola –
  • Macdonald Villacana Resort –
  • Marriott Marbella Beach Resort –
  • Marriott’s Club Son Antem –
  • Marriott’s Playa Andaluza –
  • Sahara Sunset –
  • Beverly Hills Heights –
  • Hollywood Mirage –
  • Pearly Grey Ocean Club –
  • Royal Sunset Beach Club –
  • Sunset Bay
  • Sunset Harbour –
  • Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club –
  • Belton Woods –
  • Cameron House –
  • Hilton Craigendarroch Country Estate
  • Kilconquhar Estate & Country Club –
  • Lakeview Country Club –
  • Marriott 47 Park Street –
  • Slaley Hall –
  • The Carrick at Cameron House on Loch Lomond –
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