When you think of a super hero, you think of someone that wears a cape or scales walls, but in this day and age when we think of a super hero we think of all the countless first responders fighting on the front lines against this insidious virus. So we thought it only fitting to honor the Super Hero’s in our life today, on National Super Hero Day!
We would like to introduce you to the Vesterfelt Family. Marianne, Tyler, Katie, Blair, Kayla and Noah have been owners with Somerpointe Resorts since 2002. Marianne is a nurse practitioner and the Director of Clinical Services for Optalis Health Care in Michigan.
She runs 9 skilled nursing facilities and 3 assisted livings. They were forced to open 5 COVID units within designated parts of some of her buildings to help with the hospital overflow in her city. She has directed set up, training, policy/procedures on safety and helped with care items within these units, but truth be told her favorite place is bedside, she often will choose a unit where she can spend time next to the patents simply just holding their hands. Her patients are not on ventilators. They require monitoring and therapy. Some come to her on hospice others are trying to stabilize and get stronger to return home. The mental toll is heavy, but so worth it to her. If that isn’t a super hero, we don’t know what is.
But this is just part of the story, her daughter Katie is finishing her first year in college at Michigan State University awaiting entry into the nursing program. She is currently working as a nursing assistant at Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center which is part of Optalis Heath Care system. Evergreen is a dedicated COVID unit recognized as part of the state of emergency relief package provided by Michigan’s governor Ms Whitmer. Katie provides for all of the daily needs and assistance to the residents. She works 12 hour shifts with all of the PPE on and NEVER complains.
Marianne is amazed at how seamless Katie’s transition to healthcare has been. Her mom describes her as fearless and incredibly compassionate. (We wonder where she gets that from )
Marianne and Katie have been away from their family for 4 weeks, all they want is to be back together as a family sitting on a beach, but as the selfless superheroes they are, they know where they are needed now.
We want to honor not only Marianne and Katie but Tyler, Blair, Kayla and Noah for their sacrifice back home. It isn’t easy being away from the ones you love.
Without people like Marianne and Katie this world would be a much different place.
The Somerpointe Team wants to thank youfrom the bottom of our heart, you truly are our super heroes!
Family friendly Tahiti Village, Las Vegas’ favorite tropical resort paradise, is home to 50,000 happy vacation owners who return year after year to enjoy our relaxing lazy river, tropical beach pool, two 24-hour hot tubs, condo-style accommodations, convenient amenities, numerous onsite activities, and tempting menu choices at 17˚ South Booze & Bites.
In our new monthly feature on the Tahiti Village blog, you will meet a Tahiti Village owner who has embraced vacation ownership and discover the reasons our Polynesian-styled resort on the south end of the world famous Las Vegas Strip is like a second home. We’re sure you’ll relate!
For this, our premier owner profile, we present Saundra Dexter , an original Tahiti Village owner from Minnesota.
When you live in the coldest city in the contiguous United States, as Saundra Dexter does, visiting tropical Tahiti Village Resort & Spa in sunny Las Vegas is like going from an icebox to an oasis.
Saundra is one of the 6,000 or so inhabitants of International Falls, Minn., the so-called “Icebox of the Nation” where the temperature dips below freezing more than 100 days a year.
So it always time to rejoice when she and her husband, Sandy, pay their twice yearly visits to family friendly Tahiti Village in Las Vegas.
Out Of The Cold
“We absolutely love it here,” Saundra says of Tahiti Village, Las Vegas’ favorite tropical resort paradise. “It’s just beautiful. Everyone’s so kind, and I like being away from everything yet having access to it all. We met a guy on the shuttle last night. He was staying at another resort and said he hadn’t slept in three nights. I said, `Honey, trust me. You’ll sleep here.’ That’s what I like about Tahiti Village. It’s peaceful; you can go into Vegas if you want to and still get away from the hustle and bustle. It’s like being away from everything yet having access to everything.”
Original Tahiti Village owners, the Dexters bought into vacation ownership here at Tahiti Village in 2003, three years before our grand opening. “It was just a lot of gravel,” Saundra says. She, Sandy and their two children were visiting Las Vegas and staying at Circus-Circus when they came across a vacation ownership booth in the casino.
“They asked us to take a tour. We said, `Sure, who not?’”
The following day they visited Club de Soleil, a sister Somerpointe Resorts property that had an architectural model of the proposed Tahiti Village property.
“They showed us where it would be,” Saundra says, “and we bought the Bora Bora sight unseen. Later on we bought a second Bora because we have two children, and when we pass each of them could have their own. Then we made it two Royal Tahitians to get the most out of our time. With two Royals we can do a week in a Moorea and a week in a Bora. I could have four weeks if I wanted.”
For the Dexters, it has been nothing but good times ever since. Before they became Tahiti Village Vacation Club members, they rarely if ever left International Falls. As owners of Sandy’s Place, a 38-seat mom and pop restaurant, time away was almost nonexistent.
“When you own a restaurant you don’t take vacations,” Saundra says, citing all the responsibilities on her plate. “I cook, I waitress, I do the books.” If she doesn’t do it, it may not get done.
After years of staying close to home, Sandy made a corporate decision for the both of them. “He finally said, `We are buying a condo so it will force you to go on vacation’.”
And it worked, Saundra says. “If I have the weeks to use I’m not going to lose them. We’re definitely going!”
The Dexters typically split sides with their two grown children, who take the Moorea while mom and pop get dibs on the larger Bora Bora.
“That way we can all be together yet still have our own space,” says Saundra, who brought the entire Sandy’s Place staff to Tahiti Village as a Christmas bonus (“they had so much fun”) and her mother and sister on another visit. It was not only their first trip to Las Vegas, but her sister’s first time on an airplane.
“It’s very nice to be able to bring your family and friends to Las Vegas without it costing a huge amount,” she says.
Outdoor Dining at 17° South
As a restaurant owner, Saundra naturally compares other eating establishments to her own. She enjoys the tropical ambiance and spacious patio dining at 17° South Booze & Bites, Tahiti Village’s popular onsite restaurant.
“I love that it opens up to the outside, especially when we’re here over the holidays and the temperature is in the 50s or 60s,” she says. “We can’t eat outside at home in December, so it’s a nice treat.”
As original owners, the Dexters have witnessed numerous positive additions to the property over the years, including 17˚ South, an adults-only hot tub, comprehensive room renovations, a complete lobby remodel, a coffee and snack bar addition to the Wiki Wiki gift shop, and most recently an all-new game arcade in Tower 1.
“We’re always excited to see what they’ve done since the last time we were here,” Saundra says. “It’s one of the things that keep us coming back, in addition to the resort staff and management. Everyone is so nice.”
Sandy, a former U.S. Marine who served in Vietnam, plays golf when he comes to Las Vegas, and the Dexters always see the sights, including the Fremont Street Experience, the Bellagio Fountains and Red Rock Canyon.
“We always have to go to Fremont Street to see the lights.”
But mainly, Saundra says, “we like to kick back and relax. It’s just so peaceful.”
Thank you, Saundra! We truly value your ownership.
Escape to paradise at family friendly Tahiti Village Resort & Spa, Las Vegas’ premier tropical retreat. Situated on 27 acres at the south end of the world famous Strip, Tahiti Village offers a welcome respite in a gorgeous island setting. With three residential guest towers surrounding a lushly landscaped courtyard, Tahiti Village has numerous desirable amenities and attractions.
Guests can lounge by a sandy beach pool, float down a relaxing lazy river, or unwind in guest suites offering uncommon space, convenience and privacy. Each of Tahiti Village’s three unit configurations has separate bedrooms, with the one-bedroom Bora Bora and two-bedroom Royal Tahitian featuring full kitchens, washer-dryers, steam showers, jetted tubs and private balconies. The Bora Bora and one-bedroom Moorea can accommodate four people, while the deluxe Royal Tahitian – a combination of the two – can sleep eight.
The resort also offers enticing food and drink options at 17° South Booze & Bites, our onsite bar and bistro, and Wiki Wiki convenience store-gift shop with an adjacent food and beverage counter.
Whether you’re staying for a week or a weekend, Tahiti Village has everything you need for the time of your life.