Here have decided to try on itself that such «club vacation » and have agreed to visit presentation of the «Club La Costa » in Moscow. Get on presentation as before through the invitation (a card of a lottery), given out at the airports, shopping centers, etc … At once I shall to say – all that we there have heard, and, in general, that have seen all was not news, and has visited feeling of «deja vu» - it is the same Timeshare which has found bad glory in 90th and about what we heard 5,10,15 years ago. So that, they named it “club vacation”, and some travel agencies offered by till now.
In connection with that we not the first year live in this world and our relatives and friends have already tried such kind of vacation, we have gone on presentation prepared. That on presentation there is a psychological “treatment” of clients with aim to get money from them - everybody knows it and much information about it in Internet. We just were interested what is changed and, may be, timeshare is civilized! We were mistaken …
The lie begins directly at office on presentation! We have asked:
1) it is the Timeshare? Reply: no! Having arrived to Spain and having read through the booklet of this the companies (magazine "Word "), I quote: « … Club La Costa - the unique company in the Europe, working on system the timeshare.. »
2) the main question: Is it possible to sell a membership, if we buy it? It cost from Euro15000-30000. They replied that the club would buy it! Full lie!!! Starting from that they do not wish to give any contracts (even on a trial trip), that it would be possible to study at home. You need to take decision during presentation! They lie that only in the same day, only during current presentation they can give big discounts, etc. Really such kinds of presentation are 2 or 3 times on every week And to conclude a contract in Spain only and as per Spanish laws. To sell this membership not to the club but to someone else is not possible at all! It was checked by Spanish lawyer and confirmed by our friends, relatives who have bought that ill-starred timeshares in 90th.
3) If we buy a membership, is it possible to get vacation at any time in the year or, as before, to use only certain week in exact season? They said: at any time you want! But at the presentation in Spain they said we could use chosen week only.
4) Is it comfortable to visit your club with children up to 2 years old? “Yes, of course” –replied to us, - “a smart infrastructure for babies!” As result – NOTHING for such small babies. All others entertainments are much worse then in Egyptian or Turkish 5-stars hotels, may be as in 3-stars!!!
For those who does not know what is timeshare or club vacation: in fact it is the rented apartment, but only in club. Becoming a member of club and having paid introductory 15-30000 Euro, you can use 2 weeks of year for rest as long as you live. But do not forget, that you should pay visas, tickets, insurances, dining, etc. It is the same as for any trip. But buying usual trip you have tickets included; for timeshare – tickets is your problem. Also you should pay annual service payment for membership (starting from 500Euro). And dining on system “all inclusive” will be much cheaper, than to eat at restaurants of club by yourself.
It is fanny when girls-managers try to persuade you that membership is very ridiculously, try to calculate a rest in timeshare system and a rest in 4-5-stars hotels during 10 years and compare them.
It is obviously that such "managers" do not have economic education (if they have any) or experience of own business; it is obvious, as any calculation (in view of the enclosed money not in club but in business) will prove, that you simply will lose the money enclosed in membership at least. And fairy tales, about a rise in prices on the real estate (especially in crisis) - look even more ridiculously, if you know and 10-15 years ago a membership costs the same money. But people having the Certificate and wanted to leave the club can to sell it to you for one thousand EUR only. But many of them do not sell it as it is a pity to give to somebody else for nothing, trying to sell it is a waste of time; so, they simply stop to pay annual fee and to use club.
And in consideration that all this business is based on huge credits (including hypothec), problems of Spain economic can simply lead this timeshare company to bankruptcy and then you will have nothing as you bought not the property but the right a right for rent of 1-2-3 weeks only!!!
They will speak certainly, that membership is also the status and etc … But status of what?! A level of 2-3* hotels! They will show the gold and diamond apartments which are empty for 90 % of time in year and will say, that it is necessary "to grow" to that levels - ridiculously, especially for the person who already took place in this life. Whether on a question if it is possible to pay in addition and move at once to gold apartments, we received the answer - no! But even if you live in such apartments, nothing around you will change: old does not become new, the contingent of people around you will not exchange, the sea will not be closer and will not acquire an infrastructure …
Separately it would be desirable to tell about club La Costa in Spain. The club is 25 years old– and the condition of all around looks on these 25 years. Thus there are no or few elementary descents for people with carriages, invalids, etc. Apartments are cleaned once a week and if it is necessary more often – pay 18Еuro! Plugs, spoons, glasses – are so old, that striped from time. In some pools there is no water and they are not fenced even! The territory is cleaned badly, everywhere it is possible to meet stubs, and bird's dung on balconies, not cleaned for weeks! We have photos and video confirmed it.
In Spain all beaches are municipal, but there are cafe and restaurants on a beach near some hotels, there are chaise lounges, sun beds, other beach infrastructure, but in La Costa there is nothing! May be "rich" members of club like to go to the beach with own sun beds, umbrellas, refrigerators, etc.? Likely too the attribute of «luxury and the status of club » is just 1 train, which goes around the club territory every hour (they have second one but it was always broken or no in use), and territory is hilly and it is hard to move by feet. But managers willingly tell about the bought yachts and planes – but there is no money, by seen, even for elementary things… a Children's playground is under the scorching sun, and the children's room is primitive and small! There are no entertainments in the evening and you need to go to the nearest town. By the way, any taxi from club costs for some reason more expensive, than to return back! Rent a car is also more expensive, than in city. When we have asked to bring a floor carpet for children (we saw it in other apartments) as the floor was very cold, manager told to us «buy a membership first then all around will appear» - ridiculously, as really all around will not change! In some apartments there are no conditioners, instead of them - the fan on a ceiling. In other apartments conditioners are on a balcony, they are very noisy, old and not safe. The child can push a hand to turning blades. The manager has reacted to these remarks, that it is the claim not to the club, but to company-manufacturer of the conditioner! - The masterpiece!
It should be necessary to tell about safety in the club separately since managers say do not talk to gypsies; left nothing in the rooms without the safe (safe costs 10Еuro per week additionally). Anybody can come to the club territory as there are many of private apartments and villas (many of them are for sale), but no security on entrances. When we moved from the one apartments to others, a part of products and a set from mosquitoes were stolen as they have not been packed and closed in suitcases.
There is about 300-500m from apartments up to the sea by twisting mountain paths, further on the walk bridge above the big road or by a dirty tunnel.
The one way transfer on an arrival is free of charge, but you need to reserve a return transfer independently if do not buy membership!
Check-in time in club is 16:00; if you arrive earlier, no any attention even you with small children! We waited for 3 hours to be served!
I t was surprised that we should pay 500Еuro as a deposit for possible damage of property! We did not see it anywhere! And if to consider amortization (deterioration) of all things in apartments, it is absolutely not clear what can cost so much (at residual cost it is equal of all in apartment in the sum)!!! The deposit is return during check-out so you practically do not have time to solve problems (if any), especially if you leave the club at night …
In the club, in city, on a beach we talked with people from the different countries which too were surprised to all aforesaid; someone regretted that has got membership and now is compelled to use it, since cannot sell; others suggest to concede the membership; the third try to sell the points saved up in club even at half price, etc. And it is not necessary to speak about the Internet - it is filled by a negative about timeshare.
At last the club suggested us to buy «a trial membership» from them for 5500Euro for 6 weeks! If you visited the different countries, you will easily compare, that for these money it is possible to rent a villa in Spain, France for 3 months, and small apartments in Bulgaria for 5 months will cost 3000-4000USD! And if you prefer to rest as organized tourist, it is better to go to any 4-5* hotel and take a big «family room» if necessary. Since to compare the club and such kind of hotels in infrastructure, dinings, entertainments, etc. - La Costa will lose to them!
If you want to try timeshare, we advise to say on presentation, that you are very much interested. Then they will spend a lottery so, that you will win 1 free-of-charge week. They garble a lottery in dependence if the person has shown interest or not. By the way, given Certificate for 1000EURO, as they said, covered the cost of one week of residing. And it also mismatches the validity since 1 week costs from 450-630Еuro depending on a season. And the season there is 3 summer months, in other months of year – it is cool and not suitable for sea swimming, and in the winter it is simply coldly.
And one more nuance: they will constantly ask you to fill questionnaires. Fondly to believe, that Russian reach man will write the truth about itself and his incomes in the Questionnaire of some club!!! That is due to any information can be bought and they cannot guarantee a disclosure due to a big outflow of the staff. But I advise to write that the income is a 50000 Euro per year minimum, as they cannot to check it but will give better apartments and with greater respect will concern!
And one more thing: club La Costa is certainly not unique, there are also other clubs which offer more interesting “trial weeks (membership)”. For example, there are the clubs offering 6 weeks for 3600USD for 4 persons by 2 weeks in different countries. You can use it (it is very cheap), go and show interest, have a rest and leave refusal of membership on last week of your trip …
For the sake of objectivity, it is necessary to tell, that there are some places in the club which are very likely: restaurant “Safari”, pools and an infrastructure near it. The close and hospitable personnel of this restaurant were very much liked. In general all local restaurants and shops are cheap enough. And also some managers of club were close and concerned to our claims with attention. Everywhere there are people with which pleasantly to communicate. And negative impression of lies, various inconveniences in the club try to replace positive, having chosen them from a place surrounding you, city and towns that rest has gone right …
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