Easter is a special time of year for all of us – mostly because there is a copious amount of Chocolate available.
Are you sitting at a desk reading this? Are you dashing to a meeting? Pausing between loads of washing, ironing and mopping? Did you miss lunch today because you were too busy? This is a reminder that there is so much more ‘outside’. There’s a little place not far from the inner city. A little island, a little rocky outcrop surrounded by the crisp waters of the Tasman Sea. Covered in wildlife, rolling tundra and sparse Australian brush. Walk all […]
Categories: Creating Balance, Travel, Uncategorized • Tags: Australia, Holiday, holiday in Victoria, Inspire, Phillip Island, Photos of The Nobbies, pictures of Phillip Island, Ramada, spectacular photos, Vacation Ownership, Worldmark South Pacific Club, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific
This week I caught up with Lauren. Lauren has been an both an Owner and member of the sales team for almost ten years. Currently she is our Community Marketing Manager, based in Sydney. Recently she’s been living a ‘gypsy kind of lifestyle’ and immersing herself in travel (par for the course when you work with Wyndham). And lucky for us, she’s agreed to share some of her secrets. How many of our WorldMarkSP resorts have you visited? I have […]
Some of the wisest men in History agree with me – Learning about your Ownership is the best way to live a happy and fulfilled life. – Anne Owner Education
Categories: Owner Tips, Uncategorized • Tags: Australia, education, Food for Thought, holidays, Inspire, learning, life, Motivational, quotes, Travel, Vacation Ownership, WorldMark, Worldmark South Pacific Club, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific
You might be missing out on something, a tucked away gem, a road less traveled – I know I was! As a Queenslander, when traveling to Victoria I never thought to venture far from Melbourne. I stayed near the city, and never thought much about what lay beyond its bounds. When recently I took a few days off to recharge my batteries, not just rest – but that true recharge of my creative side, the side that sees wonder and […]
Categories: Creating Balance, Travel, Uncategorized • Tags: Australia, Ballarat, Blythwood Grange, explore country Victoria, Historic ballarat, holiday in country Victoria, Victoria, what you're missing, WorldMark, WorldMark Ballarat, WorldMark Resort Ballarat, you're missing out
Anyone who’s stayed at Ramada Port Douglas knows Bozo, our Resident Cockatoo. We received some very sad news from our Resort Manager, Nathan Hunt, regarding Bozo today. Nathan says ‘It is with great sadness that I have to announce that Bozo, our resident cockatoo, passed away last night. Bozo became distressed and was taken to the Vet late yesterday afternoon. She was diagnosed as having had a stroke and was placed on oxygen. She passed away peacefully at 3.30.am’. Bozo […]
Recently WorldMarkSP Owners, the Kilpi family stayed at WorldMark Resort Denarau Island, Fiji. Thanks to beautiful images from Katriina Kilpi Photography, we felt almost like we were there. And for me, it just pushed Fiji right to the top of my Bucket List. Here’s why. 1.Fiji isn’t just beaches – it’s also stunningly beautiful countryside. 2. The people. Say no more. 3. Nature 4. Your WorldMarkSP Resort. 5. Family Time – with your existing and new family <3 Bonus Reason […]
(Or, 15 Reasons to Love Australia) Whether you live in Australia, or dream of visiting, these 15 incredible images are guaranteed to inspire and whet your travelling appetite. Feeling comfy? Let’s go!
It is important to know how to get the best out of your WorldMark South Pacific Club Ownership. I have put my top 10 tips below on how to maximise your Ownership and continue to experience fantastic holidays each year.
This month we celebrate two years of the My Club Blog! Two years that we authors have had the gift of sharing with you our ideas and excitement about all things WorldMarkSP and Holidays. Thanks so much for coming with us. Your most popular posts Posts about Denarau Island. This is a topic close to many of your hearts. Especially during the construction of Phase III. We think Fiji Phase III was definitely worth being interested in. Speaking of Fiji, […]
This week I chatted with Doug, from our sales team in the beautiful Port Douglas. Doug is a proud WorldMarkSP Owner and has had the pleasure of many WorldMarkSP holidays. How many of our resorts have you visited? Wanaka, Sydney, Coffs, Kirra, Surfers, Marcoola, Golden Beach and Rotorua….and I am very lucky as I get to visit my hometown resort everyday. Are you a Port Douglas local? I’m a Kiwi, having spent most […]
Whether you’re a ‘relaxing by the pool’ kind of holidayer, or a ‘get up and go’ person, Sunshine Coast QLD has something for everyone! Last fortnight, we based ourselves at Marcoola Beach for a weekend getaway with friends. Why Marcoola? Marcoola Beach isn’t too commercialised, the resorts are situated right on the beach, and you’re only a short 1hr 30mins drive from Brisbane, or a few minutes by car from Sunshine Coast Airport. In other words – perfect for an […]
Are you on holiday now, taking time out to smell the sea-salt crusted air or walking a cool, damp rainforest track to the sound of bell birds? No?! Well as everyone knows there’s only two types of people – those on holiday, and those planning for the next holiday! It’s time to start planning… Enter the zone of holiday planning peacefully with these photo’s, from around this place we are blessed to call home – our lovely islands in the […]
Categories: Creating Balance, Travel, Uncategorized • Tags: beaches of Australia, Cape Otway lighthouse, Cradle Mountain Tasmania, Crescent Head, Hunter Valley region, port stephens photos, scenic photos, Wanaka
This week I chatted with Alan, from our Sales Team in Wanaka. Alan often sends me information about what’s happening around Wanaka to share with Owners on social media, so I knew he would be be a great person to give us the inside tips on the beautiful town of Wanaka! How long have you lived in Wanaka? We moved here in Feb of 2013 from Lake Tahoe/Reno area which is very similar. Lake Tahoe is half in Nevada half […]
Do your family and friends think you’re a secret agent because you get to holiday so much? Does your Resort Guide have pride of place on your coffee table? Inspired by your conversations on the Owner Forum - you know you’re an Owner when…
“Give me your tired, your stressed Your city souls and spirits yearning to breathe free; The gloomy work-weary of your teeming shore, Send these, the overworked, Holiday-deprived to me I open my lands in welcome, the land of the Apple Isle! “ Inspired by the inscription on the Statue of Liberty Tasmania Australia is more than special – its unique landscape, picturesque beaches, historic ruins, pristine air and all round beauty make it one of the best, yet least explored, […]
Categories: Creating Balance, Food for thought, Uncategorized • Tags: Explore Tasmania, holidays, Organic Apple Cider, Photos of Tasmania, Port Arthur Tasmania, Salamanca Market, Tasmania, Tasmanian Whisky, The Apple Isle, Why you should go to Tasmania on holidays
WorldMark South Pacific Club Owners do around 3000 RCI exchanges each year! Want to know where they are going? Below are the 4 most popular exchange Resorts for WorldMark South Pacific Club Owners. The Manhattan Club in New York is in one of New York City’s most strategic and most desirable locations, The Manhattan Club puts many of the Big Apple’s most famous attractions at your doorstep. Walk across the street to the renowned Carnegie Hall or around the corner […]
Categories: Owner Tips • Tags: Astoria Plaza Suites, Imperial Hawaii, International Travel, Nepean Country Club, RCI, The Manhattan Club, timeshare, Travel, Vacation Ownership, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific
This week I chatted with Shayne, one of our wonderful Customer Service & Loyalty team members. As a Port Macquarie boy, he has plenty of tips for WorldMarkSP Owners visiting there for the first time. What are your best memories about growing up in Port Macquarie? Everything is really close, and there is much more freedom to get out and see things than you’d have in a bigger city. I spent a lot of time playing cricket and tennis. Port […]
Want to celebrate Valentine’s Day your way? More to the point, why limit yourself to just one day? Make time in February or March or April or throughout all of 2014 for the ones you love. It’s a New Year’s resolution that sometimes slips by the wayside… A holiday spent exploring a new destination or lazing on a beach or solving a jigsaw puzzle – whatever activities you love doing with your partner or family – can be more rewarding […]
Last week I was in Perth doing Education sessions for our wonderful WorldMark South Pacific Club Owners. Whilst there I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to head over to Rottnest Island with my Dad, and can I say – what a beautiful destination to travel to!!!
Yesterday I was reading a story about a young mother who sparked a ‘pay-it-forward’ storm of goodwill, by offering to bake a pie for a family in need once a week, and I was prompted/convicted/encouraged to see where in my life I can make a small change, which could start a small (maybe not quite Tropical Cyclone Dylan size!) storm of heartfelt warm fuzzies So I scribbled down my ‘pledge of small things’ for twenty-14 This year I pledge to […]
This week, we caught up with Candice Dittmann, member of our Sales Team – and although based in our Gold Coast Head Office – still a Coffs girl at heart. We talked to her about the best things to do in her hometown, check out her secrets below. What are your favourite memories about growing up in Coffs? Being outside! There are 2 different aspects to being outside in Coffs – the bush, and the beaches. For your hit of […]
‘What’s Couran Cove?’, I hear you ask. Owners have already been and loved it. Read on for Owner reviews and helpful tips,and discover Couran Cove… Ramada Couran Cove Added just last year as your newest Associate Resort, Ramada Couran Cove is in South Stradbroke Island – or Straddie, per the affectionate locals – located on the Gold Coast, QLD. Only accessible by ferry or air (like all the best resorts!), Couran Cove is an eco-destination with a whole slew of […]
I know that many of our WorldMarkSP Owners generously donate to the people of Fiji when they visit, and have been particularly generous when natural disasters have struck. The staff at Denarau Island are also involved, and recently donated $4,000 to Loloma Home. Located just outside of Nadi Town in Fiji, Loloma Home is a refuge for desperate mothers and their children and also cares for orphans, the homeless and the elderly. The donation was an initiative of the resort sales and […]
During my recent trip to New South Wales to conduct Education sessions, the topic of WorldMark South Pacific Club apartment credit values came up.
2014 is shaping up to be a year where my balancing scales – relationships / health / career – will be put to the test! With my partner heading north – seizing a fantastic job opportunity, which takes him away for the majority of days in a month; my health, post major surgery last year, feeling great… but weak and needing conditioning; and, as with everyone, finding the passion to not only do my job, but to do it with […]
Categories: Creating Balance, Food for thought, Uncategorized • Tags: 2014 free calendar, 2014 resolution for creating balance, creating balance in your life, Health, Holiday, Holiday Planning, prioritising family, relationships
After spending the last three weeks holidaying at home on the Gold Coast, I’ve (re)discovered some of it’s best kept secrets. Today I’ll share them with you! 1. Mt Cougal National Park, Currumbin Valley. Apart from the obvious benefits of simply being in this stunning natural environment, if you swim in the many rock pools, you’ll come home with beautifully soft hair and skin, feeling cool, calm and refreshed. Being a somewhat cautious mum, I had to take lots of […]
One of the best things about a new year? Lists! Countdowns! Perhaps it’s a little too early to be nostalgic for 2013 already, but, frankly, I can’t help it – over the past year, your fellow Owners have shared some amazing memories on your WorldMarkSP Facebook Page and on the MyStory holiday blog. Which means that, today, I’m celebrating the New Year by revealing what your most popular WorldMarkSP resorts were in 2013.
Categories: Travel • Tags: Australia, Fiji, Gold Coast, Holiday, Port Macquarie, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Travel, Vacation Ownership, Worldmark South Pacific Club, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific
We are back! All of the Owner Education team are looking relaxed, feeling energised and ready to start off the New year with gusto! Last year’s success has made us even more motivated this year to help our WorldMark South Pacific Club Owners with their holidays. To recap last year, thousands of Owners participated in more than 450 education sessions either in a Face to Face session or by Conference Call inspiring and creating thousands of holiday bookings! So what […]
Can you believe it’s 2014 already? Sometimes a year just flies by, but when you look back, it may not feel like that much happened. Is there a trick to having a memorable year; stretching time into long, endless summer days of the like we indulged in as children?
Well Firstly I would like to wish all our loyal readers a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!!! The owner Education girls are enjoying a well deserved break with their respective families, and today being Christmas day, I am sure we are all enjoying good food and wine with excellent company! However… If your family is anything like mine, sometimes it’s nice to be able to get away for a more peaceful and secluded break after Christmas […]
With so many of our WorldMarkSP Owners going on holiday over December and January, I thought some Summer Holiday Tips might come in handy! 1. Pack Light. But not too light. This year whenever I’ve traveled I’ve either packed too much or too little. Neither are much fun! The trick is to really consider your holiday, and pack appropriately. Apart from your new togs and gorgeous new beach dress, be careful not to pack things from your wardrobe that you don’t usually […]
Hear that? It’s Santa’s sleigh bells ringing :) Christmas is practically around the corner, so, in the spirit of the season, I’ve compiled some of my favourite stories Owners have sent in from their past Christmases at WorldMarkSP resorts – for holiday inspiration. Tis’ the season to be jolly, after all!
Owner education teaches the basic fundamentals of The WorldMark South Pacific Club. Education Sessions are designed to help WorldMark Owners use their Ownership and enjoy holidays year after year!
I recently had a quick trip to Western Australia. And I’m regretting that I didn’t make it longer. Everything I hear about Dunsborough & the Margaret River Region tells me it’s well worth the extra couple of hours drive from Perth. Just yesterday, Trip Advisor users voted it the 2nd highest ‘on the rise’ destination in the South Pacific. Here’s why I think they voted (yes, it’s just a list of things I’d like to do in Dunsborough!) 1. Visit […]
Have you been to Sydney so many times that you feel like you’ve seen it all? Or have never holidayed in Sydney and are unsure what to do once you’ve ticked off the usual? I’ve recently returned from a long weekend getaway, and my absolute favourite memory of the trip is a bit of a hidden gem. Ever heard of the Roar and Snore?
What I love about living on the Gold Coast is the proximity to so many weekend escape destinations! It is just too tempting to NOT take advantage of the wide range of holiday opportunities. So, after a hectic few months and a very busy schedule I decided that was exactly what I would do.
I’m planning a mammoth holiday at the moment – taking a whole month off to do some serious exploring, serious relaxing and serious creative reawakening! As exciting as taking a whole month off is, it’s also been a bit daunting. Taking a whole month off, using up all those annual leave days, means that I want to make sure I get the most out of the time! And being the planning fanatic that I am, I bought some of those […]
In many ways we’re pragmatic parents. Our approach to forming a strong, kind and caring human being is to have frank (without creating fear) discussions about the world around us, and the people who inhabit it. Although Hendrix worked out for himself reasonably early that Santa and the Easter Bunny were made up, I like to think that his childhood still has had moments when he’s been filled with a sense of wonder and awe at our world. For instance, […]
Want a 5-minute break to relax, recharge and get inspired? You’ve come to the right place! Below, I’ve compiled some of my favourite travel quotes and ideas – guaranteed to get your feet itching for an adventure…
As a WorldMark South Pacific Club Owner did you know that you have a full service team available to assist and help you to plan holidays! Introducing to you…your Owner Education Team. Here are 5 reasons why you should get involved and participate in an education session. The Owner Education Team make every effort to connect with Owners in YOUR local area. Education sessions are typically conducted off-site away from the resorts at independent venues like RSL Clubs, Hotel function […]
I’ve always wanted to visit Western Australia. Last month I had the opportunity to travel there as part of the Travel & Service Expo team. There were quite a few of us that had never been, and as we’d calculated we had approximately 4 hours in which to soak up the true Tourist experience of Perth – we made the most of it. Since there was no time to do everything, we decided to focus on one spot – Fremantle. […]
Bula! How many times have you visited Fiji? Once? Twice? Every year? If you haven’t quite made it to the beautiful islands of Fiji yet, or if you haven’t yet experienced the new apartments at your resort in Denarau Island (only just released!) – read on…
Can you think back to when you first learnt a new skill? Maybe you can remember when you first learnt to ride a bike. How did you feel attempting to take on that monumental new task?
Bula, Today it’s time to soak up as much of Fiji as we can because this afternoon we sadly have to go home. It feels like we’ve been here for ages and the staff have definitely treated us like we have. They all greet us by our names and treat us like we’re long lost friends. I’m going to miss saying Bula all day. While all of the staff are wonderful as they always are in every Wyndham resort we’ve […]
Well, it’s official. Nothing can dampen Fiji’s spirits. Not even rain and storms on one of the country’s biggest night of nights. We woke up excited that today was the official opening of Stage 3 of Wyndham Resort Denarau Island – the biggest project on the island in years. But we also woke up to a damp and overcast Fiji. The light drizzle did nothing to ruin our plans: a tour of Nadi, including Vuda Lookout, Sri Sivasubramaniya Swami (Hindu) […]
You can feel the excitement in the air at Wyndham Resort Denarau Island today. It’s getting awfully close to the grand opening of the resort extension and everyone already seems to be in celebration mode – or maybe this is just Fiji? I’m lounging on a beach chair on my balcony looking out at the brand new adults only pool (we really must try out one of the five spas we counted in there) and watching one of the staff […]
Our own private island. That’s where we spent our second day in Fiji. Crystal clear water that somehow turns the bluest of blues, coral reef and silky white sand. I doubt I need to say it, but it doesn’t get better than this. Ok, so it wasn’t quite ours alone. We did have to share the island with a handful of other tourists, but when you’re in Fiji, everyone is happy and friendly. The day began when we were picked […]