Marriott: Timeshare versus Independent Booking

Welcome to the start of another week with Inside Timeshare, last week we published the article on booking Diamond Resorts via independent booking sites such as, and many more. Today we have a look at Marriott Hotels and Resorts, the average maintenance fee each year for a 1 week in a 1 bedroom apartment is around the 1,100€ mark. Most are paying considerably more depending on whether they are Silver, Gold or Platinum membership. We also have the same complaint of no availability, could this again be due to non-members being able to book?

In our general search for Marbella Beach Resort located on the Costa del Sol, we have found prices ranging from 62€ to 119€ per night. Even using the most expensive price this is only 833€ for the week, this is only 29.75 per person per night based on 4 adults sharing. 

This is quite a considerable saving compared to the cost of the annual maintenance fees along with the considerable initial cost of purchasing the timeshare.

Another booking we found for Marbella Beach Resort at Club Playa Real for a 1 bedroom sleeping, 4 adults for one week was a paltry 483€. That is only 17.25€ per person per night, again you would not get a Travel Lodge for that.

When we now consider the initial costs of purchasing a membership with Marriott Vacation Club which on average will cost between 15 to 30 Thousand Euros per week, depending on the membership level, timeshare doesn’t look like the value for money most are told at the point of sale.

The question we must ask is why can non-members who have not laid out huge sums of money along with annually rising maintenance fees, be able to book cheaper than the members?

It is also a fact that many of the complaints regarding not just Marriott but other timeshare resorts is the subject of availability. We know that points and floating weeks systems are illegal and it is these systems which cause the problems. With the traditional fixed week in a fixed apartment, you own that week, it is yours and the resort can only sell 51 weeks in each apartment. With points and floating weeks, you own nothing but a membership to a club, which has an unlimited membership, with the accommodation being “subject to availability”.

Since publishing the article on Diamond, we have received a promotion being run by Diamond offering 20% discount at various resorts. The promotion is aimed at families, it is also obvious that it is also aimed at non-members, after all when have any discounts been aimed at members?

It should now be very obvious to all timeshare owners that all you were told when you purchased is nothing but hot air. That you were joining an “exclusive” club where only members or their guests were able to use the resort. Purchasing a timeshare would be cheaper than booking by conventional means, that is obviously not the case.

Do you own with Marriott or any other timeshare, did you purchase in Spain after 5 January 1999, do you have floating weeks or points systems with a contract longer than 50 years?

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