Festiva Owners Section
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March 2014 News
The Dues Redemption feature is now available on the member portal for members of the Festiva Adventure Club. To utilize, select “Dues Redemption” in the “Manage Your Points” link. Follow the prompts to complete the process.
We are excited to announce that members of the Festiva Adventure Club are now able to book reservations with the following resorts through the member portal:
- Coconut Palms Resort II, New Smyrna Beach, FL
- Palm Beach Resort, Orange Beach, AL
- Stonebridge Resort, Branson, MO
September 2013 News
Festiva’s RTX members should check your mailboxes this month for the latest issue of RTX Traveler magazine. This issue features two fabulous coastal destinations on opposite sides of the country: Carlsbad, California, and Dunedin, Florida.
Carlsbad is a laid-back beach village on the southern coast of California. Home of LEGOLAND California, the Museum of Making Music and fabulous beaches and restaurants, Carlsbad is a great pick for families, couples or groups. Less than an hour south of Carlsbad, San Diego is one of the country’s most fascinating and fun cities to explore. Let RTX Traveler help you plan your Carlsbad vacation!
Dunedin is an idyllic small beach town on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Two of America’s most beautiful and undisturbed beaches are nearby at Honeymoon Island State Park and Caladesi Island State Park. If you decide to part from the sand and surf, plenty of attractions and activities are easily accessible in nearby Tampa and St. Petersburg. From Busch Gardens Tampa to The Dali Museum to plenty of baseball and the local Craft Beer Trail, Dunedin is a fabulous Florida destination.
Also check out this issue for helpful information about RTX memberships, including tips for getting the best exchange and a firsthand account of using Premium Plus benefits. Plus, check out RTX Traveler to see how you can find out if your one week deposit could be worth up to 2 weeks of exchange!
August 2013 News
Festiva is excited to announce the recent acquisition of Florida-based vacation ownership company Kosmas Group International, Inc. (KGI). With this acquisition we welcome 13,000 owners and members to the Festiva family. Beginning in 2014, Festiva Adventure Club members will have access to reservations at two KGI resorts, both located in Florida.
Coconut Palms Beach Resort II in New Smyrna Beach, FL
This peaceful oceanfront resort is an ideal escape for strolling the wide beach, taking in a colorful sunrise or exploring the quaint shops and fresh seafood offered in New Smyrna Beach. Daily excursions are easy from here with Daytona to the north, Kennedy Space Center and Canaveral National Seashore to the south and all of the attractions of Orlando just a little bit inland.
Vacation Villas at Fantasyworld in Kissimmee, FL
If location is everything then this gem in the heart of central Florida has it all. Just minutes from theme parks and other attractions in the Orlando area, Fantasyworld is where your family’s dream vacations can come true. The well-equipped units and high-quality amenities will coax you to return to this vacation haven year after year.
June / July 2013 News
The Summer 2013 Issue of RTX Traveler is here! In this issue, our Festiva Adventure Club exchange affiliate, Resort Travel & Xchange (RTX), shows members the best of summer vacation fun in two fabulous destinations: Sedona, Ariz., and Daytona Beach, Fla.
Sedona is famous for the stunning red rock formations surrounding the town, which are popular draws for hikers, cyclists, artists and anyone seeking the metaphysical power of the vortexes said to be contained in several of the formations. While you’re not taking in the breathtaking scenery, there are plenty of art galleries and boutiques for shopping and browsing, and some of the country’s best spas will welcome you for a treatment to induce total relaxation.
Daytona Beach proudly boasts its “World’s Most Famous Beach” designation, and there’s a lot to love about this coastal treasure. NASCAR fans flock to the Daytona International Speedway and may seek out the area’s original racetrack which included a 1-mile stretch on the hard-packed sand of the beach. Nearby Ponce Inlet charms visitors with living history at one of the oldest and tallest still functioning lighthouses in the state. Sports fans and history buffs can visit the Jackie Robinson Ballpark, and those who want a different kind of experience on the water can take a stand up paddleboarding tour.
Check out the best attractions for your family summer vacation with RTX in Sedona and Daytona, and learn more about RTX with Traveler Magazine!
Click the image below to view the Summer 2013 edition of RTX Traveler:
May 2013 News
Have you visited Festiva’s Blue Ridge Village lately? Over the last year or so, the resort has undergone several renovations and improvements to the units as well as public areas and amenities. The resurfaced tennis courts, new tile in the indoor pool area, upgraded mini golf course and new outdoor pavilion and fire pit have all been a hit with guests.
In addition to these amenity upgrades and renovations to several of the units, visitors to our Banner Elk resort may have seen the new construction of our 2 and 3 bedroom log cabins in Blue Ridge Village Phase III. These new cabins provide the ultimate in mountain luxury with modern appliances and amenities combined with a cozy and rustic décor that facilitates comfort and relaxation for the entire family.
We are thrilled that these cabins are available for Festiva Adventure Club members. Contact Member Services today to request your reservation in Blue Ridge Village Phase III!
April 2013 News
We are happy to present the Spring 2013 edition of RTX Traveler, a quarterly magazine provided by our exchange affiliate Resort Travel & Xchange (RTX). This issue of RTX Traveler features Scottsdale, Ariz., and Williamsburg, Va.
Go cowboy chic in Scottsdale where country music and western saloons meet modern art and sophisticated dining. See the treasures of Old Town and the shopping and arts districts before reconnecting with nature through hiking, horseback riding and other outdoor adventures. Indulge at the area’s restaurants on your own time or take a guided food tour to taste a little bit of the best of everything. Find out why Scottsdale is one of the best vacation destinations in the Southwest!
Step back in time in Colonial Williamsburg, where history is much more of a complete experience than mere a roadside attraction. Walk along the cobblestone streets beside horse-drawn carriages and talk to characters that actually lived in the area at the time. See how colonial families made their food, clothes, tools and more. Dine in a pub serving traditional fare of the time. Come back to the present and get your thrills at Busch Gardens Williamsburg with rides and fun for the whole family, shop at the famous outlets or take a stroll through the beautiful campus of William & Mary. RTX Traveler will show you why Williamsburg is an ideal Spring family destination.
As a reminder, Festiva Adventure Club members are automatically eligible for RTX Premium memberships, and we are thrilled that so many have chosen to upgrade to the Premium Plus level. Festiva resort weeks owners also have the option to join RTX as Basic, Premium or Premium Plus members.
Click the image below to view the Spring 2013 edition of RTX Traveler:
March 2013 News
We would like to present the newest resorts that are now a part of the Festiva Adventure Club family. The addition of these four properties in Arkansas, Alabama and Missouri increase options for our members in the Midwest and Central South, and we are excited for our Adventure Club members to take advantage of these new destinations. We would also like to welcome the owners at these and other Escapes! resorts as well as members of the Escapes! Travel Club to the Festiva family.
The Greens at Bella Vista Village: 430 Town Center, Bella Vista, AR 72714
The Greens at Bella Vista Village features 126 holes to conquer among 8 golf courses in 36,000 acres of Ozark Mountain majesty. The on-site pro shops offer rental clubs and a full line of golf apparel and equipment. You'll also find tennis, badminton, volleyball, horseshoes and an outdoor pool. The nearby village has additional tennis and racquetball courts, four outdoor pools, an indoor pool and a nature trail. Seven small lakes have everything from water skiing to fishing.
Los Lagos at Hot Springs Village: 1 Los Lagos Boulevard, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909
Los Lagos at Hot Springs Village is a four-season resort, located only 20 miles from Hot Springs National Park, known for its natural mineral springs. This is an excellent area for hiking and horseback riding. Boating, fishing and swimming are offered on Lake Hamilton and Lake Quachita. On-site activities include tennis, badminton, volleyball and horseshoes. Nearby, the Village features six 18-hole golf courses, two outdoor pools, tennis, a playground and a picnic area.
Branson Yacht Club: 611 Rock Lane, Branson, MO 65616
Situated on a peninsula surrounded by the waters of beautiful Table Rock Lake, Branson Yacht Club feels very much like an exclusive island, with over a half-mile of private shoreline. You could easily spend your entire vacation enjoying the full-service marina with paddleboats, fishing boats, pontoon boats and water-skiing equipment. The resort is just minutes away from Branson’s many attractions and is perfect for the whole family.
The Shores: 24060 Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Situated on sugar-white sand, overlooking the emerald waters of the Alabama Coast, The Shores is a great year-round vacation destination. Beautifully appointed accommodations offer plasma-screen televisions and Internet access. Each unit has a spacious balcony facing the Gulf. Resort amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, a sauna, steam room, outdoor gazebo, picnic area and state-of-the-art fitness center.
February 2013 News
We are happy to announce that our new exchange partner, Resort Travel & Xchange (RTX) recently featured Festiva Hospitality Group in the Winter 2013 issue of their RTX Traveler magazine. As the preferred exchange provider for the Festiva Adventure Club, RTX offers unparalleled flexibility and benefits to its members.
RTX Traveler is a great resource for members to learn more about the benefits and features of RTX, and each issue also features two destinations where members can vacation. The Festiva Edition of RTX Traveler features skiers’ favorite Rangeley, Maine, home of Festiva’s Rangeley Lake Resort, as well as Gatlinburg, Tenn., a favorite mountain getaway among members.
RTX Traveler Magazine is just one of the fantastic benefits of RTX. Members can view new issues of Traveler magazine four times a year, either by visiting RTX’s website or picking up a hard copy at several of Festiva’s resorts. RTX Premium members also get two hard copies of the magazine mailed directly to them each year, and Premium Plus members will receive a hard copy of every issue.
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January 2013 News
Last summer, Festiva announced the acquisition of the Festiva Orlando Resort, formerly known as Celebration World Resort, in Kissimmee, Fla. As part of the acquisition, Festiva made the commitment to fix the various issues at the resort with financial contributions for renovations as well drastic operational changes and improvements.
Festiva’s commitment to making much-needed improvements to the property and its operations speaks directly to the company’s purpose: We are passionately committed to improving people’s lives by providing a lifetime of travel, vacations and priceless memories. The ultimate goal is to improve the resort so its owners and guests can enjoy the quality vacations they expect and deserve.
At this time we are thrilled to report that several improvements have been completed at the property as part of the multi-million-dollar refurbishment and renovations project. These changes will ensure that the more than 11,000 resort owners have the quality accommodations and amenities that they expect and deserve.
All buildings at the resort including the clubhouse and pool bath house have been completely repainted and new signage has been installed throughout the property, giving guests an immediate warm welcome to the resort. The landscaping throughout the property has been refurbished, and free Wi-Fi access has been installed in all of the units for members and guests.
Interior renovations to all units in two of the buildings have been completed with all new, décor, appliances, flat-screen televisions, countertops, furniture, soft goods, carpeting and paint. To execute the “vintage Florida” interior design theme for the renovations of the units, Festiva has called on the Star Group Company, who has provided design services for many of Festiva’s resorts that have undergone renovations.
Festiva’s vigorous efforts to improve both behind-the-scenes operational aspects of the HOA as well as more obvious renovations to the property and its units is based on previous experiences of Festiva’s seasoned executives as well as feedback from the resort employees and its owners. A commitment to providing exceptional customer service and high-quality vacation accommodations is transforming this resort from an unremarkable spot on Orlando’s map to a home away from home that owners will be proud to call their own, and guests will want to return to year after year in one of the best vacation destinations in the country.
December 2012 News
Festiva Hospitality Group employees raise over $20,000 for Asheville charity
Festiva Hospitality Group is proud to announce that our 9th Annual Holiday Charity Auction, held Wed., Dec. 12, at Festiva’s headquarters in Asheville, was a record-breaking success. Festiva employees once again worked together to donate more than 350 items, and raised a total of $20,000.
All proceeds from Festiva’s auction go to the Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministries (ABCCM) to benefit the children of families that are struggling as so many are during this holiday season. This year, the ABCCM focused on helping families in the Asheville area who recently experienced unexpected job loss. As in past years, Festiva will match the amount raised by employees and will put that into the Festiva Charitable Fund, a flexible endowment fund managed by the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.
“We’re so thrilled that we can help more families than ever this year,” said Sabrina Green, Festiva’s Contracts Supervisor and head of the auction committee. “This event is always heartwarming as it shows how willing our employees are to help those in need, and we are especially blessed that we can do so while the economy is difficult for many.”
This year’s auction was a joint effort between Festiva employees as well as those from Festiva’s new exchange partner, Resort Travel & Xchange (RTX), also based in Asheville. Approximately 130 Festiva and RTX employees participated in this year’s event by contributing, purchasing items and/or volunteering time to organize the auction, shop and deliver toys to ABCCM.
Festiva and RTX would like to extend sincere gratitude to several area businesses who contributed to our auction this year with generous donations including: Main Street Inn & Spa, Blue Ridge Village, Peppertree Atlantic Beach, Animate Fitness, Prestigious Mark, Allegra Print & Imaging, Kutter’s Edge, Fat Cat’s, Brother Wolf, Roman’s Deli, Marque Gritta, Linda McCane, Joseph Hurwitz, Leanna Terrell, Kathy Cardillo, Gene Rice Studio, Amanda Berk Photography, Trevor Stoia, Kelley Poff, Jimmi Carni, Anderson Nissan, Twisted Crepe, Computer Mechanix, Harvest Records, A Show of Hands Salon, Judd Pires, Fired Up Creative Lounge, Asheville City Market, Bellagio Bistro, Eric Lorette Photography, ImageSmith Communications, Malaprop’s, Biltmore House, Texas Roadhouse, Caroline Eye Care, Bevin Coffee, Davenport Vines, Hillside Games, Laura’s Kitchen, Mail Management, FedEx/Forrest Nelson, Pepsi Co., Mona Lisa Food Products, The Star Group Company, Coca-Cola and Budweiser.
As a result of the auction, Festiva and RTX sponsored 14 families and purchased $10,000 in other toys for ABCCM. With new families signing up each month that have never needed assistance before, the ABCCM needs help from the community more than ever this year. Festiva employees also shopped for the families and toys and delivered them to the charity on December 17. Festiva would also like to give special recognition to Dancing Bear Toys who gave Festiva and RTX shoppers 15% off of everything purchased with our auction proceeds.