Statesman launches Vacations for Life
It’s taken a decade, but Garth Mann feels he’s hit on the perfect vacation home ownership plan. The resort division of Calgarybased Statesman Group of Companies has unveiled its vision for private membership vacation resorts in several locations in Western Canada and the United States.
Vacations for Life will be launched on Oct. 5.
“We’ve been kicking the idea around for 10 years, but now we are offering something different and affordable,” he says. “We are marketing private membership through our vacation club resorts.”
Mann says founding members in the vacation club will enjoy the benefits of the exclusive right of use in any of the resorts.
“Just like a private golf membership, the affordable investment is for life and may even be included as an asset in your estate,” says an information pamphlet. “When you wish to sell your membership, expect that this value appreciates with time.”
Membership fees vary from $11,000 for a one-bedroom residence for one week per year to $19,000 for a three-bedroom home.
Annual maintenance and hospitality fees run from $495 to $795.
There are currently three resorts operating — Pine Ridge Mountain Resort and Spa at Invermere, B.C.; Toscana Resort and Spa in North Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Pleasant Harbor Marina and Golf Resort and Spa in Puget Sound, Wash.
Future locations include Metropolitan Resort and Water Park and Spa in Chandler, Ariz.; Los Cabos, Mexico; the Hawaiian Island of Maui; Victoria, B.C.; and Las Vegas.
Mann says vacations are custom-planned to suit the individual residents.
“They pick their housing style, they select their interests (base- ball, day trips, etc.); and food choices (with discount vouchers). We offer them something special, to suit them,” he adds.
Mann emphasizes that Vacations for Life is not a time-share or fractional ownership venture where those involved pay on a pro-rata basis — and both are difficult to sell.
“Nobody has done what we’re doing because we include everything in the membership,” he says. “Our resorts give you a feeling of having a home, without the maintenance that goes with it,”
Among the privileges that come with membership are:
Membership appreciation. Founding memberships may be resold through Statesman Resorts for 85 per cent of the current market value.
Preferred access codes for real-time online booking of locations and interests. On-site concierge service. Privileges that include discounts on shopping, restaurants, services, boating, and golf.
The option to add additional vacation time at preferred rates.
Last-minute preferred booking rates; and to gift vacation time to someone else.
The ability to book flights and transportation at reduced rates.
For information, visit www.statesmanresorts.com
A portion of Toscana at Desert Ridge in North Scottsdale has been put into Statesman’s newest venture Vacation’s for Life.