In a competitive resort market like Orlando, it seems there's always a new timeshare resort advertising its 'Grand Opening.' While some of these properties become landmarks, many simply fade from view; eclipsed by the next newer, larger, or more luxurious developments. At present, there are over eighty Orlando timeshare resorts, and counting... There are, however, a very select few resorts that transcend Orlando's timeshare cacophony; your stable neighbor in a sea of constant change. Resorts like Marriott's Grande Vista, just off I-4 near SeaWorld.
Located on 164 acres of prime Central Florida real estate, Marriott's Grande Vista opened in 1997. Development continued through the 2000's, and is now completed. The resort became the first Marriott Vacation Club property to offer the Faldo Golf Institute, which features personalized golf instruction inspired by 6-time major winner Sir Nick Faldo. The on-site Grande Vista Golf Club is a 9-hole, par 32 course, set amongst preserved Florida wetlands. Other Grande Vista resort amenities include a full-service spa, a fitness center, and numerous pools and spas located throughout.
Owners and guests at Marriott's Grande Vista have a choice of luxurious studio, one, two, and three-bedroom villas, all with private balconies and free WIFI. Larger units come totally loaded, with full-kitchen, washer/dryer, flat screen TV, and whirlpool tub. Marriott is known for its superior maintenance and upkeep, and accommodations at Grande Vista are no exception: TripAdvisor reports 80% of its users describe the resort as either 'excellent' or 'very good.'
Marriott's Grande Vista is currently the largest Marriott Vacation Club resort, with a total of 1,616 units in a total of 24 buildings. Given the sheer size of the property, and thus the number of timeshares that have been sold there, the resort has managed to keep a fairly low profile. In the course of writing this article, I spoke to a few frequent Orlando visitors (self-described 'timeshare junkies'), most of whom had no idea Grande Vista was one of the city's largest resorts. Part of this is marketing strategy: Rather than using street-level OPCs, operating out of Orlando's ubiquitous ticket booths, Marriott schedules timeshare tours through its existing hotel clientele and owner referrals. The sales strategy at Grande Vista is also an innovative one: Little to no pressure. Simply put, this is a resort people want to own. Marriott salespeople are there to explain the product, not to create desire for it.
While you probably won't find brightly colored hot air balloons marking the entrance, Marriott Grande Vista timeshare offers unrivaled amenities, quality accommodations, beautiful grounds, and a solid, stable ownership experience!