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 […]
Bula! Wow, what a welcome! Fiji sure knows how to make you feel special. My husband Brett and I have been here just a few hours and already I feel at home, relaxed and totally special. Even the weather has put it on for us with beautiful cool breezes and a bright pink-orange sunset against the blue of the ocean. Ever since I got the call to say I had won the Fiji Resort Reporter competition I’ve been […]
I have some important information for WorldMarkSP Owners! The previous WorldMarkSP mobile apps will not be supported, and will longer function, in the coming weeks. “Oh no”, you say?! But wait… its not bad news! The *NEW* WorldMarkSP Resort Assistant app offers all the great benefits of the old apps + even more! Why a mobile app? The new WorldMarkSP Resort Assistant mobile app is all about convenience. Sure, it’s useful to have your Resort Guide, and Destinations Magazines are fantastic for […]
Categories: Owner Tips, Uncategorized • Tags: Australian travel app, mobile application, mobile apps, resort and holiday destinations, Resort Assistant app, Resort Assistant mobile app, Resort Credit Calculator, WorldMark Owner tips, WorldMarkSP Resort Assistant
What types of holidays do you prefer? Beach? City? Gourmet food and wine trails? Did you know that Perth, in Western Australia, has all these things? Here’s your fast guide on veering a little of the beaten trail…
We had our first WorldMark Travel & Service Expo for the year in Brisbane on Saturday. It was fun and, for me, educational. It was great to speak to so many Owners in person, and it helped me gain a better understanding of what I can do to make WorldMarkSP Online an even more helpful place for our WorldMark Owner Community. I thought I’d share a couple of the things I learned. 1. Facebook isn’t for everyone – but some […]
Will you be staying at a WorldMark resort near a beach that’s on this list? Here at WorldMark, we know that Owners love holidaying for different reasons – to catch up with family, for gourmet food and wine, for skiing, golfing, and, of course, beaching. Ok, so beaching isn’t quite the right word in this context; but you know what I mean! To help you decide where to holiday next (or give you places to visit for an upcoming trip), I’ve […]
Categories: Travel • Tags: Australia, beach, Holiday, new south wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Travel, Victoria, Western Australia, Worldmark South Pacific Club, Worldmarksp, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific
During my recent trip to Victoria (great shopping!) to host some Education Sessions for WorldMark Owners; I found that there were lots of questions being asked about the Privileges Membership.
I’m sorry to do this to you. And I must admit I got a shock myself. The Christmas decorations, Christmas trees and general Christmas paraphernalia are out at David Jones already. I’ve never thought of myself as a Grinch - I like tinsel, carols and candy canes as much as the next person but 100+ days out?! Is it just me, or does that seem to take some of the ‘joy’ out of Christmas and put a whole lot more of the ‘commercial’ in? […]
Bula! The Moment Has Arrived! Today is exciting for everyone involved with the WorldMark South Pacific Club – team members and Owners alike. For over 13 years WorldMark South Pacific Club Owners have been relaxing at arguably their most loved Resort – Wyndham Resort Denarau Island. After much anticipation, today Owners can begin to book their holidays in the Brand New Apartments! I’ll share links below to all the information you need to know about booking your apartments, but before you […]
A special report from Suzy Berry, Resort Manager at Wyndham Flynn’s Beach. On Thursday 5th September, at our regular Wyndham meet and greet event/ Owners Drinks, we hosted a special fundraiser. 250 native plants along with 18 advanced Koala Feed Trees were sponsored by the local community and Owners/ guests of the resort, and planted throughout the resort grounds. This was a contribution toward the existing Wyndham/Landcare project to regenerate Wrights Creek, and will enhance the existing Koala habitat. Combining […]
My dad loves cheesecake, so every Fathers Day and birthday this simple homemade cheesecake makes an appearance. You could add in your favourite flavouring – think berry, chocolate or caramel swirl, or keep it simple with some fresh seasonal fruit. This recipe makes one big cake, but you could easily turn it into individual cakes using a muffin tin and baking paper strips. Homemade cheesecake with macerated strawberries 150g (3/4 packet) arrowroot biscuits 90g flaked almonds 135g white chocolate, melted […]