Not everyone is, however, aware that RCI membership also brings access to other renowned travel brands which are part of the Wyndham Worldwide group of companies with RCI – including James Villa Holidays. This exclusive benefit has proved popular with many RCI members, as it gives them even more choice and flexibility in their RCI holiday planning.
Couples Kenneth and Reene Carslaw from Southampton, and Brian and Dawn Howard from Ivybridge, Devon, as RCI members, have made great use of this additional benefit, and thoroughly enjoyed their holidays with all the comforts of their own villa.
The Carslaws in Lanzarote – Renee Carslaw
My Husband and I visited Lanzarote in February this year and stayed in the Villa Casa Solace, Playa Blanca. We took our daughter and granddaughter with us for a real family holiday.
Our villa was a fabulous place; it was beautiful and very spacious too. With three bedrooms and bathrooms, so there was no waiting or fighting over the bathroom for us ladies! I hadn’t stayed in James Villa accommodation prior to this – but I would do so again, especially if they are all as good quality as this one.
We chose Lanzarote for our holiday because it’s warm and not too far to travel from the UK. I’m not a beach person, so when I’m on holiday I like to visit the markets and Lanzarote was great for this. While we were there we hired a car, which helped us to enjoy the area fully.
Being able to stay in selected villas is a great benefit for us to have and, I have to say, our RCI membership works really well for us as a family. Each year we spend six weeks at a resort in Indian Shores, Florida, where we meet up with a group of our Canadian friends. We are going later this year and I am really looking forward to it.
My husband and I enjoy the freedom of our timeshare. We can go on holiday wherever we like, and, at our age, whenever we like!
As far as the James Villa experience goes – I couldn’t fault it.
The Howards in Cyprus – Brian Howard
We visited Cyprus in October 2015 with two of our friends and stayed in the Villa Katerina, Latchi. The villa itself was excellent – with three bedrooms, and a private pool and patio area. The nearest neighbours were around 300 hundred yards away, so it was very secluded and afforded us the privacy to relax.
We have used James Villa accommodation before, when a friend booked it for a group holiday in Albuferia, Portugal, but this was the first time we had booked it using our RCI membership. We were looking to go to Cyprus particularly, and the agent at RCI’s contact centre recommended James Villa Holidays to us. It even worked out fewer points than for a usual reservation and, when we arrived, we were really pleased we had made that choice.
We spent the holiday doing exactly as we pleased, including a visit to Pathos and a boat trip. We hired a car, making it easy for us to explore the island.
We ate out a few times in the evening, but mostly we were content to explore during the day and spend evenings on the patio with a few bottles of wine, with me taking on the role of BBQ king. Our friends said that they enjoyed those evenings much more than dining out and, as the designated driver for outings, these relaxed evenings were also very attractive to me!
Based on the two villa stay experiences we have had, we would definitely use James Villa accommodation again. They are of a high standard and we have been very satisfied.
Although timeshare doesn’t always have the best reputation, it has always worked well for us, and we know how to make the most of our RCI membership. We own at Hollywood Mirage in Tenerife, a resort which has always been maintained to great standards. We are going there again in August. We have been to all of the Canary Islands, most more than once, as well as Spain and the Grand Bahamas. In March of this year (2016) we visited Alcudia in Majorca and in June we are heading to the Lake District. It is easy for us to travel, we don’t need to worry about work or children, so timeshare with RCI membership works perfectly for us.