Last week, my husband and I were in the Sunrise Mall across from hotel diria. We were approached by a young man that offered us a day pass to Langosta Beach club for listening to a sales presentation. We thought it was regarding a development that was part of Langosta Beach club. Since we have been curious about the beach clubs, we said sure and met the young man and his sponsor a couple days later. When we went to the Beach Club, it was a team of people (southern Californians) just in from Mexico that were "selling" factional ownership, but honestly, we are still not even clear. The name they went by was Luxury L* Alliance. I cannot remember the second L. I have tried to google them and cannot find anything. They had materials that had "brand names" that looked like common travel industry logos but with different words in the familiar script. The gist of the "product" they are selling is that in exchange for an upfront fee ($100k+), you can book through their company at reduced rates for luxury hotels, airfare, cruises, events, etc. for a predetermined number of weeks per year. They also spoke of plans for furture development around Tamarindo/Langosta, but when pressed for details or plans they said the printer was down. They couldn't show us anything concrete in spite of the fact many of their people appeared to have iPads.
We have been through time share presentations and this was no hard sell. It simply appeared to be individuals offering us too good to be true hotel rates (think Ritz Carlton for $600 a week in season) and event access (The Masters Golf Tournament) because they "buy in bulk"
We think the whole thing is a complete scam, but wanted to see if anyone knows anything else. They offered us no materials to take with us and even went so far as to destroy the handwritten notes they made during the presentation. There we no last names, business cards or anything that would allow us to follow up if we were interested. What worries me most is that they are training locals to reel tourists in off the street, so if it is a scam, then it's bad for the locals in regards to reputation and finances!
Anyone know anything?