Here are a couple of money-saving vacation deals I just found, hot off the press. If you're into tropical islands and boats, you can stay at a yacht club resort in the Bahamas for an amazing price. If European culture and coastal scenery are more your style, then this timeshare deal in Portugal might be for you.A pool with a view! The coast of Portugal, from Villas d'Agua resort
This week's deals both fall into the "Getaway" or "Extra Vacation" category. That means they're available for timeshare owners only, but you don't need to exchange your timeshare to use them. I'm not sure how long these will be available, so take a look today.
1 - Portugal by the sea for $579/week
Algarve is the southern region of Portugal, and it's a popular area for tourists. It's noted for its mild climate, beautiful beaches, and spectacular views (as you can see above!). You can dine on fresh seafood, or explore nearby historic sites.
The Villas d'Agua resort is located in this area, and has a stunning setting on the shores of the Atlantic. From late Sept through Oct, you can get a 1-bedroom timeshare unit here for $579/week ($83 per night).Dining poolside at Portugal's Villas d'Agua resort
What do you get? The outdoor pool here is is lovely, and the resort also has a workout center and sauna. You can bike along the shoreline or stroll along cliff-side pathways overlooking that ocean view. In case all of that just wears you out, their spa facilities offer a relaxing massage in a cabana overlooking the sea.
What's the catch? The catch is that the good prices start at the end of September. (You'll pay a lot more to travel before that.) This isn't really a hardship, though. Daytime highs in October in Algarve still average in the 70s - very pleasant!
Who's eligible? Sorry, but this Getaway deal is only available to timeshare owners who are members of Interval International. If you're searching on Interval, look for resort code VAG.
Check out the resort - Villas d'Agua, Algarve, Portugal
Torre da Medronheira Olhos d'Água
8200-635 Albufeira, Algarve
2 - Bahamas for $244/week
If you can travel on short notice, then you might like this deal for a timeshare vacation in the Bahamas. You can stay at the Ocean Reef Yacht Club and Resort for a week for as little as $244 (in a studio), or $294 if you want a larger 2-bedroom unit.
Since I'm a boat person (as well as a timeshare person), this one is right up my alley! Tropical temperatures, balmy breezes, right on the water, and plenty of boats, too? It sounds perfect! 🙂The pool at the Ocean Reef Yacht Club and Resort, Bahamas
Kayak shows round trip airfares from Miami at $299 through most of May. Combine that with paying as little as $35/nt for accommodations, and this could make a pretty sweet vacation deal.
What do you get? You get a studio, 1-bedroom or 2-bedroom condo for under $300 for 7 nights. (Prices vary, but all sizes are less than $300.) And an important thing to check on Caribbean resorts - this one does NOT have mandatory all-inclusive fees. The price you see is what you pay.
The resort is right by the water, next to -- you guessed it -- a marina where those yacht owners dock their boats. There are pools and jacuzzis, a swim up bar, a regular bar, restaurant, tennis court, putting greens, bike rentals and dive shop. This is a relatively small resort (about 60 units), in a quiet and relaxing location. That quiet is what many reviewers love about it.
What's the catch? This is a short-notice deal, that has availability right now for multiple dates in April and May. You need to be able to make plans quickly. Also, this place is not right on a beach - you'd need to take their free beach shuttle or get a rental car if you want some beach time.
Who's eligible? You need to be a timeshare owner who's a member of RCI in order to get this Last Call deal.
Check out the resort - Ocean Beach Yacht Club and Resort
Ocean Beach Yacht Club and Resort
Freeport Lucaya, Bahamas
Both of these deals are limited time offers, so if you're interested, it will pay to act fast.