ORLANDO, Fla., June 12, 2003 - This summer, dive into a vacation of swimming, boating, fishing, jet skiing, scuba diving and lounging by the pool. Picture yourself and your family at such great getaway venues as Hawaii, California, Florida and Aruba. Whether you like swimming with your children or swimming with the dolphins . . . you’ll find cool pleasures at villa rentals in premier destinations worldwide with Marriott Vacation Club International.
Oahu, Hawaii: Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club presents beautiful beachfront villas on a private lagoon on the island’s western shore. Guests enjoy snorkeling in crystal-clear waters and catamaran cruising into brilliant Pacific sunsets. They also can take private surfing lessons, scuba dive, windsurf, deep sea fish, bicycle through rainforests and go horseback riding along gold-sand beaches. For spectacular views of waterfalls and volcanic craters, hike over to Diamond Head, drive four-wheelers into the mountains, or take a helicopter ride over the Pacific. Land lovers enjoy the Ko Olina Golf Club - 18 holes of championship golf on a Ted Robinson course surrounded by mountains and rolling surf. The rental rate for a two-bedroom/two-bath villa, which sleeps up to six people comfortably, is $339 per night valid until Dec. 19, 2003.
Park City, Utah: Marriott’s MountainSide offers villas in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, home of the 2002 Winter Olympic Downhill Ski races. During the summer, Park City is teeming with activity. Guests find rivers, lakes and reservoirs close by in which to enjoy fly fishing, jet skiing, wind-surfing, waterskiing, kayaking and boating amid spectacular scenery. Ever swim in a volcanic crater? The steamy-hot, crystal-clear pools in nearby Midway are good for soaking, snorkeling and scuba diving. For a day trip, white-water raft excursions provide close-up views of wildlife in a wonderland of colorful rock and deep river canyons. Land lovers enjoy Park City’s summer jazz and art festivals, as well as historic Main Street, with shops, galleries and restaurants alive with activity day and night. MountainSide’s rental rate for a two-bedroom/two-bath villa is $129 per night and valid until Nov. 22, 2003.
Lake Tahoe, California: Marriott’s Timber Lodge invites travelers to the base of Heavenly Ski Area for some of the most scenic views in the West. The Timber Lodge package offers four days and three nights in a two-bedroom villa plus two adult Heavenly Gondola ride passes for $744, valid through October 4th. In the summer, guests enjoy waterskiing, jet skiing, kayaking, fishing, boating and sunset dinner/dance cruises on the crystal blue waters of Lake Tahoe. Hot air ballooning and parasailing provide panoramic vistas of the lake, standing 6,229 feet above sea level and surrounded by Sierra Nevada Mountain peaks. For thrills and chills, white-water rafting takes guests down nearby rivers. On land, hiking, biking, horseback riding and gondola rides are popular, too. Timber Lodge is within walking distance to Lake Tahoe’s glittering casinos, offering gaming, dining and shows. The nightly rate for a two-bedroom/two-bath villa is $320.
Panama City Beach, Florida: Marriott’s Legends Edge at Bay Point overlooks historic St. Andrews Bay on the 17th fairway of Lagoon Legends golf course, possibly Florida’s most challenging course. Nearby marinas offer fishing excursions, parasailing, sunset cruises and sailing. Rent a pontoon boat to Shell Island - an exquisite, undeveloped barrier island of sugary-white sand and windswept dunes - known for snorkeling, shelling, kayaking and swimming. Named for the patron saint of fishermen, St. Andrews Bay is packed with marine life. It is no wonder Panama City has earned the monikers “Best Beach in America” and “Seafood Capital of the World.” At Legends Edge, the rental rate for a two-bedroom/two-bath villa is $229 per night now until Dec. 19, 2003.
Orlando, Florida: Marriott’s Grande Vista welcomes guests to a lush, 160-acre resort conveniently located to all Orlando attractions, including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld. Grande Vista’s SeaWorld package offers four days and three nights in a two-bedroom villa plus two adult passes to SeaWorld for $530. At SeaWorld, little ones enjoy shows starring Shamu, the killer whale, as well as close encounters with marine life at feeding pools throughout the park. Also near the resort, water parks offer some of the longest, fastest water rides in the Southeast. If you prefer the ocean, Orlando is within driving distance to some of Florida’s most famous beaches. Marriott’s Grande Vista boasts five pools as well as a lake for fishing and boating. For golfers, the on-site Faldo Golf Institute by Marriott features state-of-the-art video swing analysis and PGA instructional staff for all levels of players. The rental rate for a two-bedroom/two-bath villa is $179 per night and valid until Dec. 18, 2003.
Palm Beach, Aruba: Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club features ocean-view villas surrounding a magnificent, wandering, free-form pool. A tiny chunk of the Netherlands in the Caribbean, Aruba is world-famous for diving and windsurfing in surrounding turquoise waters. Explore stunning underwater scenery, while diving or snorkeling among natural reefs, wrecked ships and sunken airplanes. Rent a wave runner or windsurf in gentle trade winds. Sailing trips, sunset cruises, diving courses, parasailing, deep sea fishing, kayaking, waterskiing and more are available close to the resort. For land lovers, there is plenty more to enjoy, with cosmopolitan shopping, casinos and Las Vegas-style shows also nearby. The rental rate for a two-bedroom/two-bath villa is $369 per night and valid until November 21, 2003.
Marriott Vacation Club villa rentals are available at other premier destinations worldwide, including: Marbella, Spain; Paris, France; Hilton Head Island, S.C.; Palm Beach Shores, FL., and Newport Beach, Calif. Rental rates are subject to availability. Travelers who rent the roomy villas are under absolutely no obligation to attend a sales presentation.
Marriott Vacation Club International, a division of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), is the recognized world leader in vacation ownership. In 1984, Marriott became the first branded hospitality company by nearly a decade to enter the timeshare industry. Today, Marriott Vacation Club continues to expand with a diverse portfolio of 6,000 vacation ownership resort villas and more than 225,000 vacation owners in all 50 states and 143 countries. Owners can travel the globe by exchanging locations or by trading for Marriott Rewards® points that are redeemable for travel awards, including Marriott hotels, airfare, rental cars, cruises and more. Marriott’s one, two and three-bedroom villas, featuring spacious living and dining areas, fully-equipped kitchens and often Jacuzzis and private balconies, are located in leading beach, mountain, golf, historic, island and family attraction destinations worldwide. Marriott Vacation Club International recently was named the country’s Best Sales Organization at the inaugural American Business Awards, the first national, all-encompassing business awards program honoring great performances in the workplace.
For rental information or reservations, call Marriott Vacation Club toll-free: 1-800-294-0690 or visit online at www.marriottvillarentals.com .