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Forum: Marriott Resort System January 31, 2012, 12:16 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,123
Posted By davewasbaloo
Lol, there is a running joke that the Germans do...

Lol, there is a running joke that the Germans do this around the globe and indeed I have witnessed it many times. Though on cruises, I saw this most frequently with fellow Americans.

I am...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 23, 2012, 03:11 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 10,620
Posted By davewasbaloo
Absolutely, we deliberated for 7 years before...

Absolutely, we deliberated for 7 years before buying, and we narrowed it down between MVCI and DVC, and as we enjoy non Disney vacations too (this year is Centre Parks, Legoland Windsor Hotel, a gite...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 19, 2012, 12:30 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 10,620
Posted By davewasbaloo
There is much to love about MVCI: 1. Lovely...

There is much to love about MVCI:

1. Lovely big units in themed and highly manicured environments (at least at the European resorts and Newport coast).

2. Wonderful amount of space that has...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 16, 2012, 09:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,166
Posted By davewasbaloo
Sadly not any more. I love the Marriott resorts,...

Sadly not any more. I love the Marriott resorts, but when you an rent for a little bit more than a week's maintenance, I cannot in good conscience recommend them. The only exception, as others have...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 8, 2012, 04:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,357
Posted By davewasbaloo
Thanks folks, I really do not think II is for us....

Thanks folks, I really do not think II is for us. Once the kids are grown and flown the nest, then it will likely make sense again. But I have not traded in about 3 years and getaways are worthless...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 3, 2012, 11:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,357
Posted By davewasbaloo
Interval International Renewal???

Hi folks,

I wondered if any of you might be able to help me with my query? We have owned our MVCI for 4 and a half years and took out a 5 year membership with II. We used to love II before DVC...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 3, 2012, 11:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 974
Posted By davewasbaloo
This is one that I have written to the board...

This is one that I have written to the board about before, I will try again, and I will grab the exec team when I am there in Easter. I would rather pay for a pool people can use, and that we as a...
Forum: Marriott Resort System December 30, 2011, 04:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 974
Posted By davewasbaloo
Glad to hear you are enjoying our resort. ...

Glad to hear you are enjoying our resort.

Swice, since your visit, the indoor pool has been refurbed, the bar has new flooring, and flatscreens have been rolled out to all the units. also some...
Forum: Marriott Resort System December 20, 2011, 02:04 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 16,132
Posted By davewasbaloo
That is a very good point Malcolm, being so close...

That is a very good point Malcolm, being so close to Paris probably is a big driver of cost indeed. Also, I think there is more bureaucracy and therefore cost in France than Spain too. I suppose we...
Forum: Marriott Resort System December 19, 2011, 08:51 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 16,132
Posted By davewasbaloo
Ile de France

I was quite relieved, though after seeing MALC's posts, wished we bought in Spain now :doh:

2 bedroom unit in Ile De France

Operating fee: Euro 995.05 $1296
Replacement fee Euro 108.13...
Forum: Marriott Resort System November 13, 2011, 05:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,075
Posted By davewasbaloo
My tip is this, while the internationally...

My tip is this, while the internationally reknowned cities may appeal (and are good), the real do not miss expereince in the area is Ronda - less touristy, and a living museum of 1000's of years in...
Forum: Marriott Resort System October 29, 2011, 03:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 966
Posted By davewasbaloo
Looks lovely, thanks for sharing. This one is on...

Looks lovely, thanks for sharing. This one is on our cards potentially for the future.
Forum: Marriott Resort System October 11, 2011, 06:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,489
Posted By davewasbaloo
Well, we do tend to book and try to exchange...

Well, we do tend to book and try to exchange about 12 months in advance. I suppose I am always a little nervous of the request first option - "what if we do not get the trade/in enough time to get...
Forum: Marriott Resort System October 11, 2011, 04:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,670
Posted By davewasbaloo
Sadly our resort has opened up membership to...

Sadly our resort has opened up membership to locals, MFs have still gone up, and the resort feels less exclusive. Bad idea all around.
Forum: Marriott Resort System October 11, 2011, 04:18 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,814
Posted By davewasbaloo
Thank you for this thread. It was of great...

Thank you for this thread. It was of great interest to me because of how many timeshares (Disney, MVCI, Hilton etc. are on the island) and confirmed my hypothesis that it is not for us.

Thanks.
Forum: Marriott Resort System October 11, 2011, 04:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,489
Posted By davewasbaloo
I must confess, I have given up on the idea of...

I must confess, I have given up on the idea of exchanges now in the school holidays. We have had a great time with MVCI, but it is no where near as flexible as it was before the kids started school,...
Forum: Marriott Resort System September 9, 2011, 03:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,590
Posted By davewasbaloo
Aha, thanks. Since europe is not a part of the...

Aha, thanks. Since europe is not a part of the DC, that would explain why I have not heard about it.
Forum: Marriott Resort System September 7, 2011, 08:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,590
Posted By davewasbaloo
Are we talking the regular Marriott newsletter or...

Are we talking the regular Marriott newsletter or a specific MVCI one? I get the former, but I only get one like the latter about once a year. Is that right?
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 31, 2011, 12:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,491
Posted By davewasbaloo
Thanks for sharing Mark. I think with those...

Thanks for sharing Mark. I think with those prices, I would be more inclined to stay at MVCI and book dinner at AMA AMA instead. We did wonder about a split visit between the two, but I am not sure...
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 27, 2011, 08:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,037
Posted By davewasbaloo
Well the Circus is not owned by Disney and I...

Well the Circus is not owned by Disney and I agree, Cafe Mickey is very poor. We never eat there (hence my suggestions I made for other Tuggers). There are some great dining options in the Val De...
Forum: Buying, Selling, Renting August 27, 2011, 06:09 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,552
Posted By davewasbaloo
In the Uk, they cut to the chase. Some pie has...

In the Uk, they cut to the chase. Some pie has beer in it. MMMMmmmmm Pie.

But fruit pies suck here though. They make great fruit pies in the US, the Netherlands and Germany, but not in the UK....
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 27, 2011, 05:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,278
Posted By davewasbaloo
It's great that MVCI offers such diverse...

It's great that MVCI offers such diverse opportunities. Nothing bores me more than hanging around one resort by the pool (unless playing with the kids). And of course we like to soak up the markets...
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 27, 2011, 05:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,278
Posted By davewasbaloo
This is very true. Our 10 day vacation in the...

This is very true. Our 10 day vacation in the Netherlands this month, it rained every day. It made us decide the next vacation will probably be Italy (shame there is no MVCI there).
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 27, 2011, 05:41 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,037
Posted By davewasbaloo
Interesting, i am guessing you are not theme park...

Interesting, i am guessing you are not theme park people....I find the queus are no worse than most theme parks around the globe. We have been to 68 parks, and at Park asterix, the wait for Tonniere...
Forum: Buying, Selling, Renting August 26, 2011, 11:50 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,552
Posted By davewasbaloo
Welcome to the internet, a place people seem to...

Welcome to the internet, a place people seem to love to go to argue :hysterical:

But I think the purchase price is often disregarded because they paid peanuts to begin with or becuase they have a...
Forum: Buying, Selling, Renting August 26, 2011, 11:49 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,552
Posted By davewasbaloo
absolutely, though our deed is for 75 years (well...

absolutely, though our deed is for 75 years (well 70 now) If we worked the purchase price out over that time, then it is only really about the MFs.

My mood has changed about where I want to...
Forum: Buying, Selling, Renting August 26, 2011, 11:23 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,552
Posted By davewasbaloo
Peak season rental for our villa can still be...

Peak season rental for our villa can still be $560 a night I have noticed.
Forum: Buying, Selling, Renting August 26, 2011, 10:45 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,552
Posted By davewasbaloo
In fact, our week in the Netherlands earlier this...

In fact, our week in the Netherlands earlier this month, we staying in a Holiday Inn and then a cottage at Efteling. The accommodation was $2000. If we wanted accommodation to sleep 6, it would have...
Forum: Buying, Selling, Renting August 26, 2011, 10:34 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,552
Posted By davewasbaloo
To be fair Jeremy, it does save us huge amounts...

To be fair Jeremy, it does save us huge amounts of money still. I work away and have lived in hotels for 15 years, so staying in a budget hotel does not feel like a vacation. Disneyland Paris is 3...
Forum: Buying, Selling, Renting August 26, 2011, 09:59 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,552
Posted By davewasbaloo
One thing I wish though is that our resort had...

One thing I wish though is that our resort had more 2nd hand to buy at the time we bought ours. Sadly now we can buy 2 weeks for what we still own on our developer week. Tuggers warned me at the...
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 26, 2011, 05:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 845
Posted By davewasbaloo
Thanks for the update. We too love both of them....

Thanks for the update. We too love both of them. For different reasons. I think Marbella have more activities and refreshment options on offer, and I love the spa tubs in the units.

I think Playa...
Forum: Buying, Selling, Renting August 26, 2011, 05:27 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,552
Posted By davewasbaloo
I do consider the costs of my purchase as a part...

I do consider the costs of my purchase as a part of the overall costs of my vacation. Overall, I am still quite happy with my purchase. It does annoy me that rentals are only a couple of $/100's...
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 26, 2011, 05:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,037
Posted By davewasbaloo
Congratulations on becoming a grand parent. Some...

Congratulations on becoming a grand parent. Some things are more expensive here (Diesel is $10 a gallon), but some things are cheaper - theatre tickets, fruit and veg, bread, baby items, free...
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 26, 2011, 05:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,037
Posted By davewasbaloo
It depends, the first week of June is school...

It depends, the first week of June is school holidays for the UK (we get a one week holiday at the end of May or beginning of June dependent on the year). It can be quite busy.

School holidays in...
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 26, 2011, 04:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,037
Posted By davewasbaloo
I don't understand why you would sleep with the...

I don't understand why you would sleep with the windows open, that is what the aircon is for.
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 26, 2011, 04:58 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,037
Posted By davewasbaloo
I agree Son Antem is a great resort with little...

I agree Son Antem is a great resort with little ones. It has the very best indoor pool IMHO. Also there are great little excursions such as the train from Palma to Soller, the Drach Caves, the...
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 26, 2011, 04:55 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,037
Posted By davewasbaloo
again, by European standards, that is not bad. We...

again, by European standards, that is not bad. We live 40 miles north of London (MVCI is about 25 miles East of Paris). We pay 12 (14 euro, $18) to park for the day at our local station. And to take...
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 26, 2011, 04:51 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,037
Posted By davewasbaloo
Welcome to the Eurozone and also modern inflation...

Welcome to the Eurozone and also modern inflation I am afraid. In the last 12 months we have been to Spain, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium and Holland. Overall, we found the cost of fuel, food...
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 26, 2011, 04:45 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,037
Posted By davewasbaloo
Another tip, if you are planning to go to DLP for...

Another tip, if you are planning to go to DLP for a day or two, you can buy an annual pass for as little as 99 euro. This includes free parking. We park at DL and then take the train. Parking is free...
Forum: Marriott Resort System August 26, 2011, 04:42 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,037
Posted By davewasbaloo
there is lots to do, check some of my older...

there is lots to do, check some of my older threads:

Disneyland
Walt Disney Studios
Park Asterix
Val D Europe and the aquarium
Cheese and Wine markets in the local village
The Louis Braille...
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