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(Entrance to the Mayan Palace Resort, Cancun, Mexico.)
ENTRANCE TO THE MAYAN PALACE RESORT, CANCUN, MEXICO

TIME SHARE RESORTS

Story and Photos by

LEE A. WOOD


If you have read travel stories, or traveled to tourist spots, you have heard about, or experienced, TIME SHARES SALESMEN.

Let me set you straight. They are not Time Share Salesmen. They will not, and can not, sell you a time share. You can talk to them all day and you will not end up with a time share.

They can: sell you a trip to a tourist activity; arrange for a car rental; or get you a good price on a hotel, depending on who they work for.

Nine times out of ten the price they give you is based on you; going to visit a resort, and talking to, a Time Share Salesmen.

I believe, though I don't know for sure, that there is a healthy commission in getting you to go to the resort. These front runners, whether they work out of a little stand along the street or just wander about freely, are very aggressive. Once they have your attention they will not let go.

And even if you already own a time share they will still ask you to attend a lecture, at a different resort, because they get their commission whether you buy or not.

If you do not want to talk to them, avoid them. Even if they stand in front of you, do not stop and talk to them. A polite, `NO, THANK YOU' preferably in their language, should dissuade them. If that doesn't work try a language from another continent.

For instance if you are in North America, answer them in German, or Chinese. They will quickly stop bothering you because the Time Share Salesmen will not want to talk to you as it is to hard to approve your credit rating.

I usually, politely, reply to their inquiries, but keep walking, until they give up asking me question. And don't worry about being offensive, they have heard it all before. They will, however, try to turn your offense against you. Ignore it, keep walking.

However, if you are willing to talk to them, if you are willing to spend a day at a sales presentation; I know they say 90 minutes, but that doesn't include travel time, and believe me the lecture will take the better part of the day, (If it doesn't, make it. I will explain in a moment.), get the best deal you can.

If you desire to rent a car, or if you want a good price on a scuba trip, then go for it. Whatever price they offer you, ask for more.

Do not be afraid.

Ask for more.

When you have them at the very best price that you can get, stop, shake your head, think, out loud: you forgot; the little children are alone at the beach; you were supposed to pick up your wife at the bus depot»..

Whatever the excuse, walk away.

Watch how he will sweeten the pot. He is not going to lose you now. Whatever the offer was: ż price on a boat ride; one night in a hotel, just became a free boat ride, or two nights in a hotel.

Remember this trick, you will use it again at the time share.

Whatever the front runner has offered you, be sure it is all in writing.

Whatever it is you won't get it today. You won't get it until after the presentation. Pick a day that is not going to screw up your schedule, because, as I said, the ninety minutes will actually become seven hours. If it doesn't you could get the shaft. And if you are willing to go to this investment seminar, and that is exactly what it is, you, for your own financial well being, must drag it out as long as you can.

Do not leave any questions unanswered.

Ask everything you can think of.

Do not get snowed under by salesmen hype.

Understand exactly: what you are buying; how much you are paying; and what you are getting.

It could be the worst, or the best, investment of your life.

Let me give you an example of each.

There is in Mexico, off the Yucatan Peninsula, a hotel that was hit by a hurricane, several years ago. It is on the windward side of an island and is constantly being pounded by waves and storms.

The hotel sat empty for several years and, as far as I know, some enterprising, and unscrupulous, gentlemen filled the cracks in the walls with polyfilla, and gave the edifice a cheap face lift, and a fresh coat of paint.

To my mind, whoever buys into this timeshare is pouring their money down the drain.

Within the not too distant future the paint will peel and the polyfilla will fall out. Heaven knows what will happen the next time the hotel has to endure a hurricane.

And it will, it is in hurricane alley.

On the other hand, a time share could be the greatest investment you will ever make.

You may not be able to afford it at this time and it would, more appropriately, suit your budget at some time in the future.

Presenting this argument will cause the salesman to redirect his line of attack. He may suggest you move to a lower price room, a shorter package, or even a package at a different hotel in a different town.

He has you on the hook, he is going to reel you in. Make sure he increases the size of the bait.

As I said before, when the deal is complete, and you have the best deal you think you can get, walk away.

Watch how fast the deal gets better.

There is one key ingredient here.

At this moment you must take a moment, ask for it, demand it.

Take a breath, count to ten, search your sole.

Is this a good deal. Is the hotel, or salesman, on the up and up.

If you firmly believe you can't trust him. Say so. If he can't prove you wrong, walk away.

If you feel it is a good deal your next decision must be financial. Can you spare the down payment, and the monthly payments, or will it cripple you severely when you get home?

If so walk away.

If you can squeeze the down and the monthly's, out of your budget, then decide: why are you gong to buy; as an investment for your future holidays; or as a financial investment.

Many people love to stay in lovely resorts with all the amenities. If that is your thing, this may be the deal for you. One or two weeks a year in a different hotel in a different country. Or you can stay at the same resort each year at a different time of year.

If you have read any of my travel stories you know that I tend to cheaper establishments. I like to pay for a simple bed and eat in simple establishments where I can sample the local food and mingle with the local populace.

If this is your style, like me, you may be interested in a time share as an investment.

You buy the room, for one or two weeks, then, each year, you give up your time and the resort rents it out, with a portion of the monies being returned to you, and, hopefully, within a few short years, the investment will pay for itself and you will, eventually, realize a profit.

The following pictures are of a resort that I invested in. If you would like to rent a week or two, you can contact me and I will arrange for you to take over my time period, or if you are interested I can arrange for you to meet with a salesman and you can invest in your own time share.

Yes, I will receive an incentive for sending you.

If my story inspires you, and you want to contact them directly, please tell them you read about it here.

`04/03/25

(Interior grounds of resort.)
FINISHED WING
(Buildings and grounds under construction.)
BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Future plans call for a floating restaurant on this pond.

(Open air restaurant with palm thatch roof.)
THIS OPEN AIR BUILDING HOUSES A SMORGASBORD STYLE RESTAURANT
AND A LARGE STAGE FOR EVENING ENTERTAINMENT.
(Interior of restaurant.)
INTERIOR OF SMORGASBORD RESTAURANT.

There will be, with the floating, and the smorgasbord, a total of 7 restaurants.

(Entrance to the smorgasbord restaurant.)
ENTRANCE TO THE SMORGASBORD RESTAURANT
Inside the entrance, the large column is covered with a cascade of water.
(Interior of restaurant.)
MAIN STAGE
Above the stage are cables and trapezes for circus acts.

(Undeveloped beach.)
FUTURE BEACH DEVELOPMENT AREA
(People and waves on beach.)

(Pool with fountain and chairs.)
NORTH END OF POOL
(People in pool.)
NORTH END OF POOL

(Bin & Luis beside the pool, in front of a large fountain.)
LUIS, OUR TIME SHARE SALESMAN, SHOWS BIN THE POOL
(Bar in center of pool.)
SWIM UP BAR NEAR CENTER OF POOL

We were shown two display suites; the Mayan, and the Grand Mayan. Both are dividable into two separate units. You can stay in one side and use the other side for friends, or rent it out.

(Interior of bedroom, with adjoining bath.)
BEDROOM AND BATH
Looking from the balcony.
(Balcony with small pool.)
BALCONY WITH SMALL POOL
Not a hot tub or Jacuzzi.

The Mayan has a separated balcony. The Grand Mayan has two sliding dividers to separate the balcony into; one, two, or three portions.

(Interior; front room, dinning area, kitchen.)
Front Room, Dinning Area, Kitchen
Looking from the balcony.
(Interior; dinning area, front room.)
DINNING AREA, FRONT ROOM
Looking towards the balcony, from the kitchen.

The one side is only bedroom and bath, while the other side has the kitchen.

(Interior; bedroom, bathroom.)
BEDROOM, BATHROOM
Looking from the balcony. Sliding dividers separate the bathroom from the bedroom
and also divide the bathroom into two rooms.
The bathtub is a Jacuzzi, soaker.
( Interior; bathroom, bedroom.)
BATHROOM, BEDROOM
Looking, toward the balcony, from the bathroom.

Construction is over 50% completed and occupancy, of the completed part is about 95%.

(A panorama of the pool and grounds from the balcony of the display suite.)
A PANORAMA OF THE POOL AND GROUNDS FROM THE BALCONY OF THE DISPLAY SUITE

Not being particularly wealthy, but still wishing to invest, I purchased two weeks in the Mayan style rooms, in the Mayan Riviera, just South of Cancun, Mexico, and two weeks in the Mayan Resort in Mazatlan.

Unlike some Time Shares, my weeks are not fixed. I can phone in, or go on-line, and reserve them for, almost, anytime of the year. I can use them one week at a time. I can use them: in any of the Mayan resorts, Acapulco, Nuevo Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta; or in any one of the thousand of affiliate resorts around the world.

And, theoretically, I could rent them out but that never happened and I canceled my timeshare as I was never going to use it.

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