Five Nights in Hawaii, St. Maarten, and More for $540 + Happy 4th!

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Happy Fourth of July!  I hope you are all enjoying this holiday whether it is in the backyard grilling, watching one of the impressive fireworks displays across the country, sleeping in (Lord knows the parents aren’t doing that!), or traveling the world.  We are taking it easy at home swimming, grilling, and gearing up for a fun family trip.

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C enjoying a patriotic symphony concert

Here is some quick info on today’s Daily Getaway:

Five consecutive-night stay at one of 67 Diamond Resorts International® properties in a one-bedroom accommodation $600 – $540 with 10% Amex discount.

  • Dates of Travel: Certificate expires July 4, 2014 (one year from date of issue).
  • View of full list of participating locations here, but some samples include The Point at Poipu (Hawaii), Ka’anapali Beach Club (Hawaii),  Royal Palm Beach Resort (St. Maarten), The Historic Crags Lodge (Colorado), Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort, and The Kenmore Club (Scotland).
  • Diamond Resorts reserves the right to select alternative accommodations, such as hotel, motel or condominium.
  • Certificate may be subject to high season, holiday and other blackout periods depending on destination.
  • Within 10 business days of purchase, a certificate will be mailed via U.S. Mail to the shipping address you provide at purchase. This certificate will include instructions on how to redeem your vacation.
  • This certificate is non-transferable.
  • Credit card deposit will be required for incidentals.
  • Reservations are subject to availability.
  • 200 available, max purchase of 1.
Ka’anapali Beach Club – Maui, Hawaii

Ka’anapali Beach Club – Maui, Hawaii

Deal Analysis:

I’ve never personally dealt with Diamond International, but there is no doubt the price for a one-bedroom unit it places like Maui or Kauai for $108 a night is interesting.  Sure it won’t be as posh as a place like the Grand Hyatt Kauai, but it looks totally decent and also looks like it is a better set-up for a family than most of the rooms in hotels like the Grand Hyatt.  You should be aware these are typically timeshare units and you may be offered time share sales pitches while you are there.

Living room at Ka’anapali Beach Club

I don’t know how difficult it will be to get reservations the week you want, so that is really the potentially deal killer for me.  I know I’m itching to return to Hawaii with my family, and while the reviews for the two Hawaii properties don’t look amazing, they still look pretty solid on the whole.  Of course there are 65 properties outside of Hawaii you can redeem at as well.

I’d love to hear from anyone with personal experience with this deal or at some of these properties.

These packages go on sale Thursday at 1PM Eastern on the Daily Getaways website.

Comments

  1. We own Diamond Resorts-their establish resorts are pretty decent but not Hyatt, Westin, Marriott quality by any means. The newly purchased resorts may have some time to go before their quality gets up to snuff. With Diamond, the devil is in the details/ fine print, so beware of things such as blackout dates, deadlines to redeem your purchase, etc. one interesting thing to note, is that the coli property has only 2 bedrooms AFAIK. Hmmmm. anyways, this could be a good deal, but best of luck with the timeshare presentations.

  2. I was looking at the Kauai property as well. Would the discrepancy lean toward them allowing a 2-bed booking or not allowing Kauai?

  3. “sleeping in (Lord knows the parents aren’t doing that!)”
    .
    I have two words for you: “summer camp”. Our girls started at 8.

  4. I read all the bullet points, and this is a dealbreaker for me:

    Diamond Resorts reserves the right to select alternative accommodations, such as hotel, motel or condominium.

    say WHAT? I don’t think I’d ever be willing to agree to purchase something with this stated right up front……

  5. I would be very careful about Diamond International. I called about blackout dates and I was told neither Hawaii property is even available until sometime in 2014. I decided to pass on the offer

  6. We redeemed AA miles for the Sedona Summit over spring break. Very nice property. They offered us free stuff to go on time share tour, which we declined. No hard sell.

  7. I own a Diamond resort timeshare week in Maui and have stayed a couple of times at the one on Kauai and they are both very nice, but the one on Maui is the gem of the diamond resorts. The last 2 times I’ve stayed there I got a Scenic view room on either the top floor or the 2nd to the top floor that has a wrap-around balcony that gives you both a mountain view and ocean view. Very nice suites and amenities at the resort in Maui.

  8. @Buddy. May you elaborate on what ammenities are nice at the Maui resort? We have booked (not this current deal) some time to re-visit the property next year. The last time we were there (three years ago?), there did not seem too much to the resort. Their kitchens were even missing stove tops which made cooking that much harder for us. In terms of the overall quality of the room interiors, our unit was very nice with a HUGE bathroom. On the other hand, the outside (pool, lobby, parking lot, etc.) did not give us the WOW factor which the nearly Westins and Marriotts gave us (we stayed at all three properties during that one visit to Maui).

    @JC – From our experience with Diamond Resorts, I would lean towards this offer NOT being allowed for the Kauai property. That property from what we know is very popular and there is no real reason they would rent two bedroom units at the prices quoted by this promotion, even if it means attending a timeshare presentation while on your stay.

    Diamond Resorts is fast becoming a large hotelier company, but they mostly buyout bankrupt companies (think neglected resorts) and over time improve the resorts up to the Diamond quality. A couple of the properties mentioned on the promo are such properties (taken over during the past year) – I would not gamble my vacation time on these newly acquired properties, I would wait three to five years for the resorts to be updated to Diamond Quality and the staff the same.

  9. We stayed at a Diamond resort near Malaga, Spain last year. Compared to Westin and Hilton timeshare properties I was not impressed. We actually booked it online thru Diamond’s web site at a rate cheaper than the daily getaway price. For me, the quality was similar to what you might find at a good Best Western – not horrible but clean, adequate, with some rough edges that are obvious to someone who normally frequents 4-5 star hotels. Would I stay at one of their properties again? Maybe if the price was exceptional and reviews are positive.

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