DVC owners who cannot use all of their points in a year often rent points to vacationers seeking reasonably priced accommodations at Walt Disney World. DVC villas range from studio to one, two or three bedroom villas complete with full kitchens, Jacuzzi tubs and washers and dryers.
Booking a Villa
While DVC units can be booked directly through the Disney World Central Reservations Office, it is cheaper to rent a unit from an owner. An owner buys points at a particular resort, which becomes his home resort. Although the owner owns points at that resort, he can use his points to stay at any Disney hotel. A certain number of points are required per night based on the resort and unit size.
Owners decide how much they will charge to rent their points, with points usually renting for $10 – $12 per point. If a potential renter would like to stay for one night in a unit that requires 14 points and the owner is charging $10 per point, the cost would be $140 per night. DVC owners who wish to rent their points often advertise on such websites as Disboards.com and Mouseowners.com.
The DVC owner must make a reservation for the renter. The renter does not have access to the DVC website and can’t discuss the reservation with the DVC Member Services Department. All changes and requests must be made through the owner.
While there have been few reported problems with renting points, renters do have to be careful to ensure that there will be a room for them when they arrive at the resort. The owner should provide a vacation rental contract with deposit amounts, deadlines and cancellations fees clearly explained. He should also provide the renter with his name and telephone number and offer references.
DVC Resorts Offer Varied Themes
There are currently seven DVC resorts in Orlando, each of them offering unique themes. The Animal Kingdom Villas have a private savanna, complete with giraffes, zebras and flamingos that can be viewed from guest balconies. The ocean is the theme at the Boardwalk and Beach Club resorts, located within walking distance to Epcot and Disney Studios. Old Key West and Saratoga Springs are located near Downtown Disney, while the Villas at Wilderness Lodge offer convenient boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom. Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary Resort is within walking distance of the Magic Kingdom and is on the monorail line.
DVC resorts feature themed pools with slides, hot tubs and pool bars. Villas come complete with a basic set of dishes, utensils and pots and pans. On-site gift stores offer basic groceries and supplies for those guests who want to make a few meals in their villas.
Top 5 Wimco Luxury Rental Villas
Luxury Travel knows the value of an upscale vacation can’t be described monetarily, even though the best luxury trips can cost a pretty penny. The best luxury vacations are those that result in memories of friends and families having wonderful, extended times together – and how better to spend vacation time together than in a luxury rental villa? Wimco is a trusted name in rental villas in Mexico,the Caribbean, Europe and Hawaii.To celebrate the past year’s memories of terrific group and family vacations, Wimco put together a collection of their top 9 luxury rental villas from 2009. These are Luxury Travel’s Top 5 of those villas.
Villa BRV GUA in Tuscany, Italy
Located in southern Tuscany, the La Guardia tower is near the Maremma Natural park and medieval town. The villa has drop-dead views of the Mediterranean, and the property’s hiking trail leads right to the sea. A family or group of eight people can stay in this historic Italian villa. Best of all for movie buffs, this villa was the setting for part of Quantum of Solace, the recent James Bond movie.
Villa MIT PED near Puerta Vallarta, Mexico
The luxury rental villa in Punta Mita, Mexico has views of the oca, and the Marieta Islands. Named Casa El Destino, or “The Destination,” it’s one of the top rated villas in the Puerta Vallarta area. This is a new villa, with access to the Resident’s Beach Club and the nearby golf course with preferential tee times. The new infinity pool provides the sensation of endless water.
Villa SIB ING in the Caribbean
Colombier, St. Barthelemy has a recently renovated rental villa called Villa Mirador. It’s far enough away from the hubbub of St. Bart’s to feel pampering and escapist, but close enough so as to not feel isolated. The views of the turquoise Caribbean ocean water and the hills of the island are gorgeous. Four bedrooms are separate, with four bathrooms.
Villa HHI AQU in Maui
Maui is the most popular Hawaiian island for family vacations, and this villa in Makena (just east of Wailea) provides a great home base for an upscale trip for a small family or two couples. The Aquarium at La Perouse is private, resting on the famous black sand (ground up lava) beach along Makena. Step out of the villa and into the water for some of the best snokeling on this Hawaiian island.
Villa CT CHA in the Caribbean
The 3 US Virgin Islands each offer different travel experiences, and this villa, in Catherineberg, St John is on the least developed of the US Virgin Islands. Le Chateau is smaller; a 2-bedroom Mediterranean style luxury rental villa. It doesn’t skimp on style, though; the property’s 2-acre estate assured privacy, and the panoramic views make it seem that the US Virgin Island of St John is only inhabited by the rental couples or family.
No matter where the luxury traveler seeks to spend his or her vacation, one of these Wimco rental villas are sure to go beyond all expectations.