We went to Silverleaf as part of a visit for the timeshare trip. I only paid $79, so for a 3 day weekend, it was worth it. If I were someone that bought a timeshare though, I'd constantly wonder if it's worth whatever I paid. As part of the $79, I got a $40 Visa debit card back, plus three additional vacations, one of which includes air fare. I've yet to take the vacations, but I already know I won't be able to make all three. Of course there are catches to it. You have to provide three different dates, each 30 days apart, that you would like to take the trip, and they tell you which works best for them. Not the most convenient for normal people that have a limited # of vacation days from work, but I'm sure they know that and that's part of the plan. If everyone actually took all of these trips, they wouldn't make money. We also got a day pass to the resort and a day pass to the waterpark on site.
There is alot of patience required if you intend to take one of these trips. Many of the details provided when you sign up are not actually the truth when you arrive. It was not disclosed that we would not be staying on site. I found out after I paid that they were putting us in a La Quinta about 10-15 minutes away. No big deal, nice hotel and location. There are other small details not revealed as well, but I expected that not everything I was told would be what they made it seem.
We arrived on a Saturday and wanted to get the 90-min tour of the facility out of the way so that we could enjoy our weekend how we wanted. We arrived an hour late because the directions provided were wrong, and I could not get anyone on the phone to tell me how to get where I needed to be. Once we arrived, we had to wait for two hours before a rep was available to take us on the tour. It appears they severely overbooked, possibly because of spring break. The sales rep/tour guide drove us around in his truck, which was weird, and really did not sell the place very well at all. He was probably brand new. Did not have very polished sales skills at all, and didn't know anything about the area because he said he was from Jacksonville. The financial figures involved in purchasing a timeshare are not disclosed very well. It's very similar to the way used car sales used to be, or if you have ever seen a Rainbow or Kirby vacuum presentation, it was very much styled the same. It was very easy to get them to cut their pricing in more than half, but we were not buying anyways. Would not recommend anyone making that kind of financial commitment that quickly, without enough financial disclosure, and without enough explanation of front of what you are getting out of the resort.
I can definitely see how pre-teen and teenagers would have alot of fun on the weekend or during the summer staying at this place. A nice indoor waterpark, a club that has video games, a movie room, pool and air hockey, miniature golf, fishing, horseback riding, etc. Reminded me of church camp. I'm surprised that the members have to pay for the waterpark. That was not disclosed at all during our tour, and that would be a deal breaker for me. You can rent towels for free as a member, but they are not full-sized towels. Bring your own!
Overall, a pretty interesting place that I might make another trip to once my kids are a little older. If I had around $200 a month that I wanted to spend on something recreational, I would strongly consider this instead of a sea-do or boat or something like that. I gave an average rating because of the way they operate the business, but overall, it was actually a nice, no-frills place to chill.
- Also Known As:
- Silverleaf Resort - The Villages Hotel Flint