I’m Syed Sarmad, the Principal Broker for Advantage Vacation, a licensed real estate company located on Maui specializing in timeshare resales. I often get asked about the difference between purchasing a Westin timeshare or a Sheraton timeshare at a “Mandatory Resort” versus purchasing at a “Voluntary Resort”.
Following you will find a list of Westin timeshare and Sheraton timeshares at Mandatory and Voluntary resorts and an explanation of the benefits associated with each ownership.
What is the difference between purchasing a Starwood timeshare resale at a “Mandatory Resort” versus a “Voluntary Resort” and why is it important?
There are six “Mandatory Resorts” which participate in the StarOptions program which is also known as the Starwood Vacation Network or SVN. They are:
Westin Ka anapali Ocean Resorts Villas, Lahaina, Maui
Westin Ka anapali Ocean Resorts Villas North, Lahaina, Maui
Westin Kierland Villas, Scottsdale, Arizona
Westin St. John Villas (Hillside Phase), St. John, US Virgin Islands
Sheraton Vistana Villages (Bella and Key West Phases), Orlando, Florida
Harborside Resort at Atlantis (Phases I and II), Paradise Island, Bahamas
The most important factor about purchasing a Westin timeshare resale or a Sheraton timeshare resale in a “Mandatory Resort” is the owner is allowed to participate in the Starwood Vacation Network (SVN) and exchange into other Starwood Vacation properties. Purchasing resales of Westin timeshares or Sheraton timeshares in a Voluntary Resort will not allow the owner to participate in the Starwood Vacation Network (SVN).
If being able to exchange into other Starwood Vacation properties is NOT important to you, you might want to consider purchasing Westin timeshare resales or Sheraton timeshare resales at one of the following 14 “Voluntary Resorts”:
Westin Princeville Ocean Resort, Princeville, Kauai
Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas & Spa, Cancun, Mexico
Westin Desert Willows Villas, Palm Desert, California
Westin Mission Hills Resort & Villas, Rancho Mirage, California
Westin Riverfront Mountain Villas, Avon, Colorado
Sheraton Mountain Vista, Avon, Colorado
Sheraton Steamboat Resort Villas, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Lakeside Terrace, Avon/Vail, Colorado
Sheraton Desert Oasis, Scottsdale, Arizona
Sheraton PGA Vacation Resort, Port St. Lucie, Florida
Sheraton Vistana Resort, Orlando, Florida
Sheraton Vistana Villages (Amelia and St. Augustine Phases), Orlando, Florida
Sheraton Broadway Plantation, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Villas of Cave Creek, Cave Creek, Arizona
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What to look for when buying a timeshare resale:
Buying Westin timeshare resales or Sheraton timeshare resales on the secondary market is much less expensive than purchasing direct from the developer because of the fact that the developer incurs marketing costs that are passed on to the consumer. It is the developer who sets the price on the retail market. On the secondary market of time share resales, prices are determined by individuals and current market conditions.
A timeshare interval should be purchased for enjoyment. The purchase of resales of Westin timeshares and Sheraton timeshares ensures that you will be able to vacation and spend quality time with your family and friends each year. You might want to think of it as vacation insurance for all your future vacations!
Syed Sarmad, Principal Broker for Advantage Vacation