Up early and we took Whiskey for a decent walk before 9:00am. Turned the air conditioning on in Sherman, and then we walked over to the entrance to the resort next door.
Our representative met us there and had us driven to the main Grupo Mayan resort on the beach. There, we had to show our drivers licences and a credit card (they did not take the number) and we were introduced to our sales rep. This was a typical time share presentation, even though our sales rep assured us that it wasn’t. He also tried to say that the time share company owns Budget, National, and Avis car rental…so we knew that we couldn’t believe anything this guy was telling us. That and the FACT that our timeshare purchase was GUARANTEED to double in value within two years. This guy was really good. Or bad. Yeah, must have been bad. Too funny.
So we had our free breakfast with him, buffet style, but it was nice. Ruth was looking forward to an omelette, so she wasn’t impressed because there were no freshly done egg dishes. But I thought it was fine. Wasted about half an hour answering his stupid questions.
Then did the tour of the property. Nice place and everything, but to be honest we have been to very expensive resorts and very cheap resorts, and we have as much fun at either…just a different atmosphere. We’re not hard to please that way.
But this time share thing doesn’t make economic sense to us. Especially when it seems you can buy a “used” timeshare on eBay or similar for about 10% of what you would pay from these guys. And then they come up with these complicated systems of buying “burn weeks” and how you can make money trying to rent your ownership out. Sorry, keep it simple for me. And then, when you own the time share you still have to get there so you have airfare to pay. And meals to make, and booze to buy, and extras to pay, and maintenance fees and so on. We get fantastic deals to all inclusive destinations from Canada and that is always the best way to go and they simply cannot compete with a good travel shopper.
And then I brought up www.couchsurfing.org and the guy simply couldn’t grasp that concept. Long story short, his supervisor came in to try and close a deal but quickly realized he was wasting his time.
This left us to enjoy the afternoon at the resort. Went to get towels and we were told we had to leave a 300 pesos ($25.00) deposit…for two towels. Okay, whatever. Then, we went to the small waterpark area, but we were told that we had to pay extra for that…we were only allowed at the beach and the main pool area. Okay, whatever. So we went to the beach and sat under a palapa for an hour and a half or so.
All in all, we enjoyed the day…it was a bit of a diversion from what we normally would have done. And no, they wouldn’t let us park Sherman in their parking lot, although had we bought into their membership deal then we could have. Yeah, like that would have been worth it!
And so we have paid for another night at Diamante Trailer Park and in all probability will do the same thing tomorrow night. We are looking forward to meeting our son Alex tomorrow afternoon at Acapulco airport though, and then Tuesday morning we will start heading further south!