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    You are OK, Tempus

    The developer went into bankruptcy, not the Resort Owners , so don't attend any Diamond Meetings, they just want to sell you their points program. Greg

    Quote Originally Posted by kathstar37 View Post
    hi
    just had call from diamond resorts telling us that mystic dunes is going into backrupcy and diamond resorts would like us to go to tenerife to explain they are the new owners etc, not really understanding any of this and having paid a huge amount to mystic over the years (+ 6000 in feb last year to upgrade!) im not sure what the best course of action is?
    do we lose all we have paid to mystic and our holidays?
    will we end up having to pay loads out to diamond to transfer etc?
    feel really sad and upset as we brought mystic timeshare as our honeymoon present and have had some good holidays thereand thru interval, we also brought extra weeks in feb for our kids, which im assuming is not now valid?
    please help
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  2. #12

    mystic dunes takeover

    hi
    thankyou for the replies, im assuming the best course of action is do nothing and just carry on as normal with mystic dunes until i hear any more.
    I would be very grateful if anyone does hear of any changes to let me know. thankyou again.
    kathryn

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by dcwojo View Post
    Diamond took over Mystic Dunes. Call 1-800-374-2582 and explain what you want to do. They should be able to put you in touch with the right people.
    Diamond is exchanging the deed and asking us to buy more points in order to 'save' our investment. If we do not we will still keep the Deed and will have to use Interval to deposit our week.

    Is the Diamond Point system really worthed? DOes it pay to convert to their system for $7.5K?

    Doe sthe Point system for Diamond relly works well?

    Thanks for the feedback

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    Quote Originally Posted by ticsjk View Post
    Diamond is exchanging the deed and asking us to buy more points in order to 'save' our investment. If we do not we will still keep the Deed and will have to use Interval to deposit our week.

    Is the Diamond Point system really worthed? DOes it pay to convert to their system for $7.5K?

    Doe sthe Point system for Diamond relly works well?

    Thanks for the feedback
    Is it worth 7.5K? That's up to you.

    Does the point system work? Yes, it has worked extremely well for us. Since putting our two Polo Towers units into THE Club we haven't made an exchange outside of DRI's resorts. DRI managed resorts are much easier to reserve (IMHO) than those who are only affiliated. Maui seems to be reasonably easy to get if you can travel using only a one bedroom unit. We've reserved most of our time in Branson but have also reserved weeks in Santa Fe and Estes Park, CO. I have been able to get units for co-workers in Orlando with relative ease as well. I do the occasional search of different areas and there is tpically good availability with the DRI managed resorts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ticsjk View Post
    Diamond is exchanging the deed and asking us to buy more points in order to 'save' our investment. If we do not we will still keep the Deed and will have to use Interval to deposit our week.

    Is the Diamond Point system really worthed? DOes it pay to convert to their system for $7.5K?

    Doe sthe Point system for Diamond relly works well?

    Thanks for the feedback
    The DRI points system works well for me I love the flexibility of it. My recommendation is to research things and see what works for you. I will not go back to regular weeks after going to points. I own points in two different systems and Diamonds is far superior. When Diamond took over the points system from sunterra my maintenance fees went up quite a bit, but over the last few years so has the quality of the resorts and the customer service.

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    DRI system is ok

    I have been with Diamond (DRI) since 2004 when they bought Epic Resorts. I have been to several properties that are both DRI owned and some of their affiliates. I have been able to get into many of the properties I wanted when I wanted. I have stayed at the during Ka'anapali Beach Club in Maui during the height of primetime season in July, as well as Cypress Pointe and Grand Beach in Orlando during July. I have been to both Scottsdale properties during the Christmas winter season which is high season there. I have even stayed at the Coronado Beach Club on Coronado Island in San Diego during the fourth of July week. (That is almost impossible to get!) This year I will be at the Polo Towers in Las Vegas for four days including New Year's Eve. As you can see, I have benefitted from the DRI system. However, I have taken the time to take advantage of the system. For example, you can get vacations for half the points if you book at 59 days or less. Last year I was able to travel all over the the western US in Sedona, AZ, Phoenix, AZ, Santa Fe, NM, and Las Vegas, NV over a 2 week period using only total 5000 points and almost all of these were 2 bedrooms. It's the planning that's the key and knowing when to travel to these places. Take the time and you can do well with the system.

    Also, I have been very successful to use Interval International (II) to exchange into nice resorts as well. I also own Marriott and have stayed at Marriott properties using my DRI points. This may not be as successful now since Marriott has now changed to points too. However, Westin and other nice resorts are available too. Sometimes you can get a nice property using less DRI points in the II system than if you used DRI points in their system. You have to do your homework.

    If you have another timeshare deeded week. You can exchange it to DRI for a year to get additional DRI points for that year. I can get 12,000 additional DRI points if I wanted to for my Marriott property. That's DRI's Club Select portion of the Club program.

    I have never taken advantage of any of the European properties, but I see that they are available. I looked to see if the property outside of Paris was available last month for next summer and was pleasantly surprised there was availability. I do know that many English timeshare owners of DRI complain about lack of availability.

    I will give this warning to you if you are considering joining the DRI Club program. First, the maintenance fees keep going in one direction and that's up. They are a drag. I will say that DRI has been refurbishing and renovating the properties and I have enjoyed staying at them, but sometimes the maintainence fees have increased over 7% in a year. This has been a major complaint.

    Secondly, if you are really going to play in the DRI system you really need to have enough points to take advantage of it. In my opinion, if you don't have at least 10,000 points, you will be very limited in the system. With less points, you will be limited in when you can travel, where you can travel, how long you can travel and the size of room you can have. For example, in Hawaii, there are 12 DRI resorts but only 4 of them have 2 bedroom units, and two of them require more than 10,000 points. If you only use one bedrooms you're fine.

    I hope that this helps. So the bottom line is if you can afford the increasing maintenance fees and get a nice number of points for good usage and flexibility, the DRI is quite a good system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlos View Post
    I have been with Diamond (DRI) since 2004 when they bought Epic Resorts. I have been to several properties that are both DRI owned and some of their affiliates. I have been able to get into many of the properties I wanted when I wanted. I have stayed at the during Ka'anapali Beach Club in Maui during the height of primetime season in July, as well as Cypress Pointe and Grand Beach in Orlando during July. I have been to both Scottsdale properties during the Christmas winter season which is high season there. I have even stayed at the Coronado Beach Club on Coronado Island in San Diego during the fourth of July week. (That is almost impossible to get!) This year I will be at the Polo Towers in Las Vegas for four days including New Year's Eve. As you can see, I have benefitted from the DRI system. However, I have taken the time to take advantage of the system. For example, you can get vacations for half the points if you book at 59 days or less. Last year I was able to travel all over the the western US in Sedona, AZ, Phoenix, AZ, Santa Fe, NM, and Las Vegas, NV over a 2 week period using only total 5000 points and almost all of these were 2 bedrooms. It's the planning that's the key and knowing when to travel to these places. Take the time and you can do well with the system.

    Also, I have been very successful to use Interval International (II) to exchange into nice resorts as well. I also own Marriott and have stayed at Marriott properties using my DRI points. This may not be as successful now since Marriott has now changed to points too. However, Westin and other nice resorts are available too. Sometimes you can get a nice property using less DRI points in the II system than if you used DRI points in their system. You have to do your homework.

    If you have another timeshare deeded week. You can exchange it to DRI for a year to get additional DRI points for that year. I can get 12,000 additional DRI points if I wanted to for my Marriott property. That's DRI's Club Select portion of the Club program.
    I have never taken advantage of any of the European properties, but I see that they are available. I looked to see if the property outside of Paris was available last month for next summer and was pleasantly surprised there was availability. I do know that many English timeshare owners of DRI complain about lack of availability.

    I will give this warning to you if you are considering joining the DRI Club program. First, the maintenance fees keep going in one direction and that's up. They are a drag. I will say that DRI has been refurbishing and renovating the properties and I have enjoyed staying at them, but sometimes the maintainence fees have increased over 7% in a year. This has been a major complaint.

    Secondly, if you are really going to play in the DRI system you really need to have enough points to take advantage of it. In my opinion, if you don't have at least 10,000 points, you will be very limited in the system. With less points, you will be limited in when you can travel, where you can travel, how long you can travel and the size of room you can have. For example, in Hawaii, there are 12 DRI resorts but only 4 of them have 2 bedroom units, and two of them require more than 10,000 points. If you only use one bedrooms you're fine.

    I hope that this helps. So the bottom line is if you can afford the increasing maintenance fees and get a nice number of points for good usage and flexibility, the DRI is quite a good system.
    The Club Select program has been killed to new members. It was a big loophole that was working against new sales.
    Our timeshare and other photo's at http://dougp26364.smugmug.com/

  8. #18

    What to expect from Diamond presentation?

    Hi
    Can anyone tell us what to expect at a Diamond presentation as we are Mystic Dunes owners and we havent had much information from Diamond we decided we should go to the presentation but would like a heads up on what might be suggested for us and how much it might cost us, any idea?
    thanks

  9. #19
    Do what we do - go in with an open mind to learn. If the sales staff feeds you garbage, call them out or take it and feed them garbage. If they ready you with respect and are honesty, reciprocate. I never go into an update with a pre-conceived expectation.
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    Please report back on what you learn. In spite of an email or two assuring us that we'd get lots of details, they have been pretty silent. We did not elect to go to the owner's update the last time we were there. We'll be back again in March, but it strikes me as slimy that they won't just let us know what's going on without a sales pitch being involved.

    Maybe I just hit a couple of bad employees, but the service was disappointing compared to pre-Diamond visits. We arrived after midnight. The room they gave us had about 8" of dirty water in the big tub in the master bedroom. They weren't even apologetic. That seemed to be the norm throughout our stay.

    Sheila

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