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Marriott: What is Your Timeshare Worth?

Inside Timeshare has recently been running a series of articles on rentals being made available on various booking sites to non-timeshare owners. Many of these are much cheaper than the average owner/member will pay in annual maintenance fees. This coupled with the main complaint from owners/members of never getting the availability is certainly causing many to reevaluate their financial commitment to their membership. Today we begin a new look at timeshare and its actual value on the resale market, beginning today with Marriott and Marbella Beach Resort.

Marriott Marbella Beach Resort is located in the heart of the Costa del Sol in the prime location of Elviria Beach, Marbella. It is considered one of the best timeshare resorts in the area, with superb access to the entire coast and beyond.

As with all timeshare, it is sold on the promise of luxury and exclusivity, it is also “pitched” by the sales staff to be a sound investment. The inference is that it will go up in value as it is property, well, we all know that is not the case along with many owners who eventually tried to sell and found that they were almost worthless.

Inside Timeshare has had a look at a couple of websites offering various Marbella Beach Resort membership, these range from Silver, Gold and Platinum. The two websites are:

Fab Timeshare is based just outside the resort and the owner and CEO is Julie Brett who was once the Regional Sales Director at Marriott. It is regarded as the No1 Marriott resale site.

The second website is based in Holland and is run by Karlijn de Beer, it is primarily a website run for and on behalf of owners. It is a place where you can rent direct from the owners and also a place where those owners can place their unwanted timeshare for sale.

On the FAB website, there are many weeks on offer, these range in price from 1000€ for a Silver Week with three advertised at this price for a 1 Bed, 2 Bed or 3 Bed apartment, with the most expensive being a 3 Bed Platinum at 19,000€.

The second website Rentals Resales again has prices ranging from 1000€ to a 3 Bed Platinum week for 19,000€, one difference on this particular website is they do actually show the current annual maintenance fees. So at least that will not come as a surprise.

Why do the prices vary so much I hear you ask?

The answer is simple, the lower prices are those who have probably tried on numerous occasions to sell over the years, more than likely being scammed by the old resale outfits that were prolific years ago. These are the desperate ones who just want out and so are basically giving it away.

The higher prices are what the owner actually believes their “membership” is worth, probably remembering the patter of the sales staff as to how it is a fabulous investment, not just for holidays but for the future as it was “property”.

Remember you actually own nothing, you are a member of a vacation club, you have restrictions on when it can be used and is also only subject to availability.

So the question now is where is this “investment” that purchasers were promised?

Answer: There isn’t one!

Did you purchase timeshare with this “promise”, have you tried to sell it and been ripped off, are you now looking to get out of it for good?

If you would like to know your legal options and how you may be entitled to take the case to court and have the contracts declared null and void along with the return of the full purchase price, then please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.

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?

Would you like to know where you stand legally, if so please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you?