The Galleon Resort
Example Booking: 36,500 eXpectations points, December 2017, 1-bed sleeps 4
Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the grand looking Galleon Resort is situated in the southernmost region of Florida in Key West with Cuba just a mere 90-miles away.
eXpectations members could have escaped the hustle and bustle of the lead up to Christmas by checking into The Galleon Resort for 7-nights from 16th-23rd December 2017 to relax in a spacious one-bedroom apartment (sleeping 4). When we looked on RCI.com on the 01.06.17 this break was available for rejuvenation before the festive season for only 36,500 points.
The Galleon is only 3-miles from Key West Island International Airport and the Overseas Highway provides direct access to mainland Florida making it an ideal destination to explore and places the popular attractions of mainland Florida in easy reach.
Key West attracts visitors to enjoy the beautiful coral reefs, water sports, chic restaurants, museums, bars and nightlife ensuring a fun holiday destination for families and couples alike.
Sunshine State, Florida
Key West boasts a pleasant annual climate and December offers sunny days with warm daytime temperatures of 23 degrees Celsius, perfect for catching a tan before Christmas.
The Galleon Resort RCI Gold Crown
The Galleon Resort features its own private beach for those looking to relax in the sun and enjoy the fun water activities, including boat and jet-ski hire or book a fishing charter for the best catch of the day. Want a relaxing moment? Then simply sip a cool drink whilst lounging around the pool and enjoy the beautiful views across the Gulf of Mexico. One of the most beautiful features at The Galleon Resort is its stunning marina that accommodates up to 90 yachts and boats and offers many different water sports activities.
Stroll along the resort’s boardwalk to Tiki Bar to enjoy fine dining with mouth-watering dishes and capture special moments as the sun sets beyond the horizon. Soak up the atmosphere of the gentle, live music with a tantalising cocktail as the boats gently sway in the harbour in The Galleon Resort’s marina bar.
The beautifully designed décor at The Galleon Resort offers a sensation of fashionable Florida and Caribbean charm evoking a homely atmosphere. The spacious suites feature a modern kitchen with all the essential utilities and entertainment systems including Wi-Fi access in the beautifully furnished lounge. The master bedroom has its own jacuzzi bath and the private balcony overlooks either the pool, marina or ocean.
Key West Bight Before Christmas
Key West Island offers a great festive atmosphere with a series of celebrations including the “Bight Before Christmas” event, featuring a magical show of Christmas lights lit up along the historical Harbour Walk. Feast your eyes on the fabulous floating Christmas trees and the impressive boat displays reflecting their colourful lights in the water.
Get into the spirit of Christmas on the famous Duval Street, with an extravagant choice of chic boutiques, art galleries, restaurants to suit every pallet and numerous fashionable bars. Duval Street is just over 1-mile long and boasts views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico at either end. The Galleon Resort is just a short distance away so it will not be long before you are in the heart of all the excitement.
The home turned museum of the legendary Ernest Hemmingway must be one of the most popular attractions to visit in Key West. Situated in the heart of Old Town Key West you can wander around the beautiful home and gardens of the former Nobel Prize winning author. The house and gardens were the author’s peaceful haven in 1928 for over 10-years and today over 40 cats have taken residency. Take time to admire the well-preserved architecture and Mr Hemmingway’s treasured ornaments, kept in place from a bygone era. The gardens are bursting with colour from hundreds of different species of flowers and trees. Visitors can appreciate the author’s influential work as they enjoy the tranquillity of his home.
The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservation is paradise for nature lovers. A garden of Eden is home to between 50-60 different species of butterflies and exotic birds flying around a garden filled with beautiful flowers, trees, rock pools and waterfalls. Spend some time in the learning centre to discover the fascinating lives of the beautiful butterflies. The feeling of being surrounded by stunning gardens and the graceful butterflies is truly a unique and relaxing experience. The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservation was awarded the Certificate of Excellence by satisfied TripAdvisor visitors in 2017.
Key West and Dry Tortugas National Park
A short distance from The Galleon Resort visitors can discover the historic Malloy Square. A place where for over a hundred years, locals and visitors would gather to enjoy the amazing acts from the street performances and browse the shops for a souvenir or hand-made jewellery. Feeling peckish? Indulge in fresh fish and steak dishes, traditional pizza or Cuban cuisine in a wide choice of restaurants, or perhaps people-watch in the delightful cafes. The Square is also a famous meeting point to experience the most spectacular sunsets and enjoy the bustling atmosphere of the street artists showing off their talents of an evening.
Enjoy a day trip to the Dry Tortugas National Park, approximately 70 miles from Key West with direct ferry links. This spectacular 100-square mile park features 7 small islands for you to explore with incredibly blue waters, stunning coral reefs boasting memorable marine life and of course the unmissable Fort Jefferson. Keep your eyes peeled for the 2 metre Leatherback Turtles frequenting these waters as you dive below the surface to discover the Windjammer Wreck before relaxing upon Garden Key beach to soak up the sunshine.
You cannot leave Key West without taking a few photos of the brightly coloured, Southernmost Point buoy, marking the nearest land to Cuba. Visit in the evenings to experience the most awesome sunsets and fabulous sea views.
To highlight the great value of eXpectations Holidays we conducted a price comparison using TripAdvisor to source an equivalent booking. We were unable to get an exact like-for-like match for the same unit size, however, we were able to find a booking at The Galleon Resort during the same dates. 7-nights at The Galleon Resort were available on Booking.com during 16th – 23rd December 2017 within a Studio apartment (sleeping up to 4 people) for £1,462 (based on 4 people sharing when we looked on 1/6/2017).
In comparison, we found this 7-night booking at The Galleon Resort during 16th – 23rd December 2017 within a 1-bedroom unit (sleeping up to 4 people) for 36,500 points on RCI.com (when we looked on: 1/6/2017).
For Full Members of eXpectations Holidays, the total price for this accommodation (excluding the initial purchase price of your membership / points) would come to £503 (at the time of writing: 7/6/2017). To calculate this we have included: the associated maintenance fees for 36,500 points, 1x annual membership, 1x online RCI exchange fee and a resort amenities fee.
|Associated maintenance fees for 36,500 points @ £5.75 per thousand||£210|
|1 x eXpectations Annual Membership||£162|
|1 x RCI online exchange Fee||£116|
|Mandatory miscellaneous fees (e.g. tourist tax)||£15|
So, by taking this eXpectations exchange holiday Full Members of eXpectations Holidays could have made a potential saving of over £900, based on the comparison above.
See for yourself! Check out the costs of a 1-bedroom apartment sleeping up to 4 people for 7 nights during 16th – 23rd December 2017 at The Galleon Resort on Booking.com.