It’s time for our annual look at what the best vacation clubs are that you should join in the coming year. 2021 proved to be another frustrating year for travel, but things are looking bright ahead. There are also a lot of vacation clubs that have new offerings and updated benefits that can be enjoyed in the New Year!
Joining a vacation club is an affordable way to invest in a lifetime of great travel opportunities. Different vacation clubs have different options, but there is something out there for everyone. When considering a club to join, we present you with a list of the top vacation clubs out there that are worthy of your consideration!
Forever a household favorite, Marriott Vacation Club is an incredibly popular vacation with so much to offer every type of traveler. Marriott offers an impressive selection of 3,200 resorts located in top destinations worldwide. And earlier in 2021, Marriott acquired Welk Resorts, adding more deluxe travel options for members.
In addition to the extensive resort selection, Marriott Vacation Club also offers a flexible points-based ownership system that allows owners to easily reserve stays anywhere in the Marriott portfolio of properties. Marriott continues to grow and improve its opportunities for members, making it one of the best vacation clubs to join in 2022.
Hilton Grand Vacations Club had a big year, landing it back on the list of top vacation clubs. For starters, the brand welcomes several new properties including Maui Bay Villas by Hilton Grand Vacations, The Beach Resort Sesoko by Hilton Club, The Central at 5th by Hilton Club, Liberty Place Charleston by Hilton Club, and La Pacifica Los Cabos by Hilton Club. In bigger news, Hilton Grand Vacations Club completed the acquisition of Diamond Resorts back in August 2021, adding even more options for their extensive portfolio.
Hilton properties are known for their luxurious accommodation options and ample high-end amenities. Along with a flexible points-based membership, those who enter into the Hilton Grand Vacations Club automatically enjoy their HHonors loyalty rewards program. This program allows owners to earn points that can be redeemed for various perks and benefits like late check-out, exclusive reservation options, health club access, and more.
Club Wyndham is the largest sector of the Wyndham brand empire. This points-based membership gives owners plenty of flexibility to reserve and plan vacations. Members also enjoy numerous benefits like extra vacations and discounts on travel and entertainment expenses.
Plus, this year Royal Resorts worked with Wyndham Destinations to create signature benefits for Club Wyndham. This includes VIP reservation benefits, suite upgrades, VIP check-in, and points discounts. It also allows Club Wyndham owners to access Grand Residences by Royal Resorts as a new associate resort in the Wyndham resort portfolio.
This small but mighty vacation club is known for its portfolio of 18 luxurious resorts across North America. Plus there are new properties being added all the time. In 2021, the brand added a new family-friendly all-inclusive property in Mexico: Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun. Members enjoy straight-forward and hassle-free reservations and the opportunity for thousands of additional travel options through Interval International.
Additionally, Hyatt acquired Apple Leisure Group this past year. Apple Leisure Group is a top-rated luxury resort-management service, travel, and hospitality group. This acquisition provides more travel options and more member services.
Last on our list of best vacation clubs to join in 2022, the highly desirable Disney Vacation Club. DVC timeshares are so highly in demand that they are sold out from the developer and are only available on the resale market. While there are significant resale restrictions when buying DVC timeshares, it is still the most affordable and efficient way to get into this exclusive club.
While exchanging within the DVC resort network with points is more difficult when you buy resale, working with an external exchange company helps by-pass that issue. Disney Vacation Club just recently entered an affiliation agreement with Interval International. This gives DVC owners the opportunity to purchase an II membership and use it to exchange within the Disney resort network as well as thousands of other top-rated timeshare resorts worldwide.