States­man launches Va­ca­tions for Life

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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.states­man­re­

A por­tion of Toscana at Desert Ridge in North Scotts­dale has been put into States­man’s new­est ven­ture Vacation’s for Life.

Garth Mann

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