Great Savings from eXpectations Holidays
2016 is drawing to a close so we’re taking the opportunity to look back at some of the great holidays and huge savings that eXpectations members could have enjoyed this year*. From the elegant water-villas of the Maldives and refined apartments of New York City to the luxury wooden lodges of Cameron House and coastal beauty of the Algarve, this year had it all!
To highlight how eXpectations Holidays creates great value for money we searched TripAdvisor to compare prices of equivalent accommodation. For a full price breakdown on the holidays featured please see the full articles by clicking on the images below. With savings from at least £1,000 and often more in RCI Gold Crown and Hospitality awarded resorts here are 2016’s biggest holiday savings!
1Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa®, Florida
Saving over £2,200!
Brimming with festive spirit and twinkling Christmas lights in Orlando, Florida, this magical 7-night holiday was available to eXpectations members during 17th – 24th December 2016. A stylish 1-bedroom apartment (sleeping 4), situated within Orlando’s most famous theme-park places guests a stones throw from the excitement and spirit of the festive season for 68,000 points.
Refreshing heated swimming pools, a PGA quality golf-course and peaceful lakeside fishing combine with sensual signature spa treatments to relax you before the adventures awaiting in the park! Show-stopping performances from timeless characters, heart-racing roller-coasters and the joy of Christmas create unforgettable memories in this magical wonderland.
2Medhufushi Island Resort, The Maldives
Saving over £1,900!
In July 2016 we brought you this outstanding holiday to the tropical coral islands of the Maldives at the Medhufushi Island Resort for 7-nights during 4th – 11th November 2016. Members of eXpectations could have checked into a luxurious 1-bedroom villa (sleeping 2) with floor-to-ceiling windows unveiling unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean for 32,000 points.
This picture-postcard location creates a peaceful tranquillity to soak up the sunshine in the beach-front infinity pool and relax at the spa pavilion before dining on freshly caught cuisine at the Malaafaiy Restaurant. Scuba dive into the crystal clear water to explore colourful reefs frequented by whale sharks, catch the breeze windsurfing or simply kick back and relax upon the white-sandy beach.
3West 57th Street by Hilton Grand Vacations Club, New York
Saving over £1,900!
We found this fascinating 7-night break to New York during 14th – 21st May 2017 at the West 57th Street by Hilton Grand Vacations Club located in the heart of Manhattan. Available to eXpectations members was an elegant Studio apartment (sleeping 2) affording spectacular city skyline views out over the Big Apple for just 69,500 points.
Within easy walking distance is Central Park, the Lincoln Centre home of The New York Ballet and Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the designer brands of Fifth Avenue’s exceptional shopping district. Capture memories of New York from the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State, an incredible wealth of art at The Metropolitan Museum and eye-catching performances on Broadway in Times Square.
4Four Seasons Vilamoura, Portugal
Saving over £1,700!
A wonderful European summer escape could have been booked for 7-nights at the luxurious Four Seasons Vilamoura on Portugal’s Algarve during 16th – 23rd July 2017. A stylish 2-bedroom apartment (sleeping 6 guests) complete with a private balcony overlooking the neighbouring Oceanico Pinhal golf-course was available to members for only 77,000 points.
Soak up the sunshine alongside the swimming pools, unwind in the sauna before visiting the spa and dine ’til your hearts content at the Brasserie or Pateo Al Fresco. Relax alongside 1,000 luxury yachts at Vilamoura’s stylish marina, recline upon the golden sands of Praia Dona Ana beach and discover the ancient city of Loulé and it’s fascinating 13th Century castle.
5Golden Sands Island Residence Club, Malta
Saving over £1,600!
During October 2016 we found this fantastic RCI Extra Holiday for 7-nights over Christmas during 20th – 27th December 2016 at the Golden Sands Island Residence in Malta. eXpectations members could have checked into a stylish 1-bedroom apartment (sleeping 4) with sweeping views across the Mediterranean and Golden Bay beach.
Pamper your senses at the Moyaka Spa, dine in style at the Essence restaurant admiring gorgeous coastal scenery and catch live entertainment at Swizzles Bar of an evening. Get into the festive spirit in Valletta with candle-lit processions and carol singing, attend the annual pantomime held at Manoel Theatre and experience the Malta International Christmas Festival.
6Hilton Grand Vacation Club at The Flamingo, Las Vegas
Saving over £1,500!
The bright lights of Las Vegas were calling during 29th April – 6th May 2017 with this 7-night stay at the Hilton Grand Vacation Club at The Flamingo ideally located opposite the famous Bellagio hotel and casino. Checking into a 1-bedroom apartment (sleeping 4 guests) you are situated under a mile from the famous Caesar’s Palace casino directly on the legendary Las Vegas strip for just 40,500 points.
Kick back poolside surrounded by swaying palm trees and beautiful gardens, visit the hotel’s wildlife habitat featuring pink flamingos or grab a bite to eat before trying your luck on the slots. Admire the Bellagio’s famous dancing fountains, ride the thrills and spills of Stratosphere and Freemont Experience or take a whistle stop Helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam.
7Pestana Miramar, Madeira
Saving over £1,450!
A fantastic 14-night summer holiday to the “Floating Garden of the Atlantic”, Madeira, was available to eXpectations members at Pestana Miramar during 5th – 19th June 2017 and coincided with The Atlantic Festival. This comfortable Studio apartment (sleeping 2) decorated with a classical charm of subtle décor complete with captivating views over the pool, sub-tropical gardens or Funchal bay was available for 80,000 points.
Rejuvenate your senses with an invigorating Turkish bath and enjoy a pampering beauty treatment, relax poolside or take a wander through the colourful floral gardens before a sumptuous evening meal. Endless vistas stretch out from Pico do Ariero, rising over 1,800 metres up! Soar over the capital Funchal aboard a Cable Car, glide through the streets upon the Monte Toboggans and step into the wild along a Levada walk.
8Karma St Martin’s, Isles of Scilly
Saving over £1,200!
A fantastic 7-night summer escape to the Isles of Scilly was available to eXpectations members during 14th – 21st July 2017 at the highly popular Karma St Martin’s. A luxurious Deluxe Room (sleeping 2) comes complete with sensational views across the white-sandy bay and the shimmering shallow waters.
Explore this two-mile long paradise island and its stunning natural beauty with walks through the heather-lined pathways and around secluded coves. Discover unique experiences from scuba diving with curious seals to island hopping to Tresco and it’s beautiful sub-tropical gardens.
9Cameron House on Loch Lomond, Scotland
Saving over £1,000!
The unbeatable charm of Loch Lomond was available during 17th – 24th March 2017 at the highly acclaimed Cameron House in Scotland for 7-nights for only 52,000 points. Begin your holiday in the privacy of a luxury 1-bedroom lodge complete with enchanting views across the famous loch and surrounding rural beauty of the Trossachs National Park toward Ben Nevis.
Practice your swing at the challenging 9-hole “Wee Demon” course, refresh your senses within the rejuvenating spa or cruise the loch aboard a luxury yacht spotting curious wallabies along the way. Set off pony trekking into the countryside, visit the fascinating Dochart Falls and historic Dunbarton Castle dating back to the time of Mary Queen of Scots, Glasgow and Edinburgh are also easily reachable.
10Ona Aucanada, Majorca
Saving over £950!
Welcome in the New Year or Año Nuevo in spectacular fashion on the beautiful Spanish island of Majorca at Ona Aucanada during 31st December to 7th January 2017. Available to eXpectations members were 7-nights in a luxurious 3-bedroom villa (sleeping 8) complete with sea-facing private terrace ideal for catching fireworks filling the night sky from Port D’Alcudia!
Soak away the days within the bubbling Jacuzzi, stroll through the manicured gardens and dine on delicious local cuisine before setting off to discover what Majorca has in-store for you this New Year. Kick start your celebrations at the marina with tasty tapas, explore the capital Palma and it’s extensive New Year’s Eve party, run the traditional Sant Silvestre Race and enjoy the feast on Dia del Reis (Three Kings Day).