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    I was wondering if anyone here had a good or bad experience with lifestyles vacation club. I think something like a vacation club could be a good deal and I try to keep an open mind. But I went on the tour in Cofresi one time and am not sure about the business practices.

    First of all it is really a time share and they know that time shares have gotten a bad name so they change it to a vacation club. Then they want you to decide right there on the spot. I told the guy I was there for a month on that trip so I wasn't in a hurry to decide. When I didn't sign that day he was very upset and did not even want to give me his phone number. It was buy right then or it was a problem. I told him I searched for 8 month for my first car and 1 1/2 years for my first house. So why on earth would I decide about a vacation club in a couple of hours.

    The do not want to show you anything on paper. They will eventually get a pad to write on and write some notes. But there is not official paper work to look at our something to show you on the internet.

    Since I knew how cheap you could rent a house in Cofresi and how cheap you can book nights at lifestyles in Cofresi with cheap carribean. I point this out to the sales person why would I spend $5000 or a lot more for a hotel I can sometimes book for $50 to $100 a night for 2 people. After you pay the $5000 or more then you still have to pay for the all inclusive when you stay there. So it would actually cost you more on that stay then with cheap carribean.

    But then you can go to the VIP locations. They took us to the VIP locations and they did have some nice places that were for VIP only. Then you are suppose to be able to book the villas. And of course they show you this awesome villa that was just built. I asked him to show me the worse villa and he never did. I just figured if I but the cheapest package the really nice villa is also going to be booked.

    There are a lot of other little sales pitches. They take you to a room and you sit down at the end. That is when they try to close the deal and a supervisor is there. I think they most get a lot of people who don't do research, maybe never been out of their country, give them some free drinks and get them to sign.

    I am not saying it is a bad deal because I did not join. I would like to hear more stories from people who did join. If anyone goes on the tour I would suggest bring your own pad and paper. Take a lot of notes and ask a lot of questions. Then when you sit down they will shoot you there high price and work down from there. I wish I would of taken detail notes to share with everyone.

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    Why anyone would ever sign up for this time share/vacation club thing is beyond me!

    We did the tour thingy at that place and the guy was so ****ed when we didn't sign and I told from from the start I wasn't going to, I just laughed it off and got whatever "free" gift they gave us.

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    I'm so glad I'm a woman. They tried that crap on me when I took the kids to Ocean World one day, showed me all kinds of stuff and I just told them I could not sign anything without my husband and he's in Switzerland on business. They left me alone after that because I told them "Quieren que mis hijos sean huerfanos??? Aaaaaa....entonces! Porque si yo firmo eso y se entera mi esposo...me mata!"

    SHALENA

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    Pushy salespeople...enclosed spaces...BS info...high pressure sales tactics...an obnoxious "supervisor".....

    Show them no mercy dammit. Taze them if they dont stop running their mouth

    ~~P to the P

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    It is a time share in wolf's clothing sold by sharks.
    You will do much better booking hotels, condos, apts etc when you visit.

    Bob K

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    We were hounded a bit while there too. On the last day, we were sitting with an American couple at one of the bars, and they gave us priceless information.

    You know the guy who is your contact when you arrive? The one who is there to help you with anything you need? Well he gets $20/USD for each person/couple that he delivers across to hear the sales pitch. Hmmm.... So this couple just hands the guy $20 on the first day, and says "don't bother me with sales pitches, I'm here to relax".

    If we go back, it will be with a $20 bill in our hand.




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    It can work out well if you have time to waste and the willpower to resist them. At a certain all-inclusive in Sosua I accepted their free gift and several free beers before taking my leave of the various different salespeople who tried to make me sign up. I don't think they were best pleased!

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    I just thought anything that pushy could not be a good deal. I didn't mind going on the tour. I like trying to ask them questions and what there answers are going to be. Besides being able to rent houses in that area you can also rent a house inside the complex from an owner and pay for the all inclusive. It is a nice option to be able to have a house instead of a hotel room. I have only stayed at houses in Cofresi but not inside lifestyles. I will eventually rent one from them owner inside lifestyles to see how I like it.

    Also to see the nice villa they built is worth seeing. Of course that is probably the villa that is always full until you upgrade your membership. They are also building new villas and expanding. I am not saying it is a good deal but if you like to look at construction projects it is interesting. The nice villa had central air. It has nice larger windows with nice views. I have some pictures I can try and load. The sign on the front of this villa says RV11. So if anyone does go on the tour I would ask to see that house if possible.

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    Timeshare waste of money very true.. But whats even worse than the time share sales reps are the "mooches" who endure the sales presentation all for a free breakfast... no better than the reps..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contango View Post
    Timeshare waste of money very true.. But whats even worse than the time share sales reps are the "mooches" who endure the sales presentation all for a free breakfast... no better than the reps..
    I really wasn't interesting in the free lunch. But it as an OK chicken sandwich which I pointed out to the sales rep. It wasn't anything amazing and there wasn't a big choice of items. I also pointed out they only have one type of beer like the rest of them. If this is suppose to be VIP and paying for some VIP membership then I want VIP service. I would like a variety of beers.

    I think it isn't a good deal. But I really enjoyed seeing that nice villa. I would like to know who built it and what they would charge per sq foot to building something like that. Also how much electricity is that central air unit using? Where the windows imported? I will give them the credit that the villas are nice.

    The biggest red flag about lifestyles is there isn't anyone who lives here that tells me it is a good deal or something to look into. If it was a good deal and people liked it then it would be a lot more word of mouth and not pushy salesmen. But I like to see things for myself.

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