I just got back from Lindo Mar, WOW!
I had heard from a friend that you can book weeks through tradingplaces.com without having to own a timeshare or having to take a mandatory timeshare pitch, so I thought I would give it a chance. I flew out of LAX into PTO, direct flight about 3 hours.
The taxi to the resort took about twenty minutes and was about $25USD (I guess the taxi’s have to pay an airport tax when they leave the airport? As it was only about $15USD to taxi back to the airport when I left).
When I arrived at the Lindo Mar resort, the resort looked like nothing to write home about – DON’T BE FOOLED! Once you walk in to the Lobby, the resort seems to grow twenty times bigger! I was through the check-in process within 10 minutes and a staff member Alejandro took my bags to my room.
I was staying in a one-bedroom on the 8th floor, the first thing that caught my eye when I stepped into the room was the GREAT OCEAN VIEW! The bedroom is in the back of the unit, a couple people have commented saying that this has been a bad part of their trip, but I did not notice anything wrong.
The bathroom in small, but efficient. Everything that is necessary to do can be done, even the water pressure was good (as good as my house in OC!).
The living room opens up to the balcony where you can view endless miles of sea, not to mention some of the best SUNSETS!
The restaurant “La Playita” (the little beach) is great. Right on the water, good food, good service, they don’t water down their drinks!
Now I want to talk about my timeshare presentation:
There was a note in my unit asking me to go to a timeshare presentation with a guy named Javier. I was a little apprehensive about doing a timeshare tour, as I have heard nothing but horror stories, but thinking I was a single guy, I thought I wouldn’t “Qualify” so I said what the heck and called down to Javier’s “Sales Office” (a little glass office next the activities + internet usage computers near the lobby) and spoke with Javier. I must say this first – Javier was not at all trying to hard sell me and never did he try any of the “sales tactics” you learn in college (the line down the paper, the box technique, the price drop) – He told me what they had available and the prices, I asked about the association fees (My buddy owns down the road at Costa Vida – his association fees are a little under $1000 a year for his 2-bedroom) the prices for both purchase and association fees are very reasonable. Javier told me that the weeks were “forever,” I was not understanding this – but later on when speaking with an owner, he old me how the association owns the “Mexican corporation” that owns the resort so basically the owners own the resort in perpetuity.
Javier gave me some paperwork to mull over and I told him that I would get back to him. He never did try and track me down or pressure me to make a decision. On the second to last day of my stay I decided I would try timesharing and purchase at Lindo Mar (I am Lindo Mar’s newest owner!) a got a 1-bedroom floating week for $4500 – I would urge you to do the same! I was given a membership into a Trading Places membership club, I think there are about 25-30 resorts I can trade my week at Lindo Mar for free, I can trade my week for a cruise as well!!!
I am very happy with this purchase; I will try to update this in the future once I get more information from Trading Places on the membership club (called Premiere Access) and my owner documents. Feel free to contact me at: email@example.com
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled right on Conchas Chinas Beach in the exclusive southern section of Puerto Vallarta, Lindo Mar is the perfect escape. Enjoy ocean views from your one-, two- or three-bedroom condominium suite, complete with a full kitchen, cable television, maid service and air conditioning to cool off after a relaxing day on the beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lindo Mar Hotel Puerto Vallarta
- Lindo Mar Puerto Vallarta