Different people like different things out of their vacations (that’s one of the things that makes life interesting) but sometimes there are occasions or situations when, just about whoever you are, it just makes sense to do one certain thing.
One of the major costs of a vacation that often goes unnoticed (until it’s too late) is the cost of eating out. If you’re taking your family on vacation for a week and you’re staying in a normal, everyday, resort you will probably be paying for 3 meals a day for at least six of those seven days (I’m allowing for travel time where you’ll probably be eating meals that are included in the cost of transportation). For a family of four that’s 12 meals a day (or 72 meals in total) and that’s not going to be cheap! This is where renting a unit at timeshare resort starts to make a lot of sense.
Most timeshare resorts have rooms that come with either partial or full kitchens and they’re stocked with all the utensils and appliances you’ll need for feeding the family. Shopping for groceries isn’t always cheap (take Maui, for example, where the price of milk often gives first-time visitors heart palpitations!) but it’s always a lot cheaper than eating the same quality food in a restaurant or diner. Now, we all realise that vacations are for relaxing and having fun and no one wants to be stuck in a hot kitchen every night of the week (you could have stayed at home, had the same experience and saved even more money if that’s what you wanted!) but having a kitchen gives you options. It gives you the option to have breakfast without leaving your room (and without the exorbitant cost of room service) and it gives you the option to have something at lunchtime, after a few hours at the pool, without the cost of resort food. Having a kitchen lets you eat on your terms. You can still eat out all you want but, importantly, you have the choice of eating out or not…..and that’s not a choice a regular hotel room gives you.Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – It’s beautiful…but milk costs a lot!
A unit with a kitchen can make a vacation more affordable and the best way to ensure you have access to a kitchen on vacation (without compromising on standard of accommodation or on amenities) is by renting at a timeshare resort. Hotel rooms don’t have kitchens and vacation villas don’t have the amenities of a resort – timeshare rentals are the happy medium.