Tahiti Village Vacation Club Owner Saundra Dexter

Tahiti Village Owner Spotlight

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.”

Tahiti Village Vacation Club Owner Saundra Dexter
Owner Saundra Dexter poses by the waterfall inside the Tahiti Village pool on a recent visit.

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?’”

Vacation Ownership

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.

Vegas Calling

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.

Tahiti Village

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.

Halloween events Las Vegas Tahiti Village Resort

Halloween activities and events

Halloween events Las Vegas Tahiti Village ResortFamily friendly Tahiti Village, Las Vegas’ favorite tropical resort, is celebrating the spooky season with tricks and treats for the little kids and discount food and adult beverages for the big kids.

Las Vegas Halloween party Tahiti Village ResortHALLOWEEN PARTY
OCTOBER 30

Our Halloween party is more about the fun and less about the fright, so be sure to join us at 17˚ South Booze & Bites in the Tahiti Village main lobby for a festive evening of food and drink, live music (including select Halloween jams) and prizes for best costume. So come dressed to impress and spend a couple of fun-filled hours with all the guys and ghouls.

TRICK OR TREATING
OCTOBER 31

Halloween at Tahiti Village begins with trick or treating around the property and concludes with a Halloween Social at the Haunted Manihi Isle, where our little goblins will enjoy spooky snacks, play themed games and participate in a costume contest.  We’ll begin passing out treat-or-treat bags, maps and goodies at the front desk at 3:30 p.m. Trick or treating begins at 4:30 p.m. for kids 11 and under and 5 p.m. for kids 12 and older. Unlike other Halloween attractions that try to stop your heart with terrifying shock tactics, our Halloween Social offers wholesome fun time for the entire family.

Book a visit to Tahiti Village, Las Vegas’ favorite tropical resort paradise!

Tahiti Village October activities

Tahiti Village Resort Las Vegas October activities

October in Las Vegas is notable for the final blessed break with summer and the at-last arrival of autumn. With mild days offering a welcome respite from triple digit temperatures and a pleasant chill beginning to permeate the night air, fall in Las Vegas is the favorite time of year for many residents and visitors. Here at family friendly Tahiti Village, Las Vegas’ tropical resort paradise, we celebrate the changing mood of the season with a fun-filled activity schedule that is sure to make your October stay a Hallo-winner! Book your fall visit today.

Tahiti Village Resort Las Vegas October activities

Let’s drink to the return of another football season!

Tahiti Village 17 South Booze & Bites football drink specials

Football is back and 17˚ South Booze & Bites offers the perfect setting to catch all the NFL action this season. Located inside Tahiti Village at the sound end of the world famous Las Vegas Strip, 17˚ South is showing all the nationally televised games every Thursday night, all day Sunday, Sunday night and Monday night. With 10 widescreen TVs for your viewing pleasure you won’t miss a moment of the exciting action.

Plentiful game-day drink specials are sure to hit the spot and include a Budweiser beer bucket for just $24, Patron shots for only $7 and thirst-quenching Bud drafts for a mere $4. Purchase entitles you to enter in our raffle to win an NFL jersey at halftime of the Monday night game, so be sure to order often!

17˚ South Booze & Bites

Bright, airy and spacious, 17˚ South reflects our casual island theme in a beautifully understated tropical environment. Featuring an outdoor patio overlooking the pool, 17˚ South is a great place to grab a bite, relax with a drink, watch a game or take a chance with Lady Luck on one of our bartop gaming machines.

Deliciousness is always on the menu

From starters, salads and sandwiches to burgers, pizza and entrees, mouthwatering selections compete for your attention in every section of our menu. We hope you’ll forgive us for all the delicious decisions!

Grab a cold one

With a lineup of more than 20 to choose from, our tap beer selection is sure to satisfy your taste “Buds.” No matter what your hop persuasion, we’ve got you covered.

Socially acceptable day or night

Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, you’ll enjoy discount pricing on specialty drinks, domestic and imported draft beer, and a select appetizer menu during our two social hours from 2 to 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily.

Vegas Pub Quiz

Test your knowledge on a variety of subjects for fun and prizes every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. Quizzes consist of six 10-question rounds and come in three different game formats: the original trivia-only quiz, Music Bingo (songs instead of balls) and Teams Against Humanity. Vegas Pub Quiz writers develop new quizzes weekly to ensure complete freshness.

Owners Night

We show our appreciation to Tahiti Village Vacation Club owners with discounted food and drink prices and live music from 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday. Ownership has its privileges, but all Village guests are always welcome.

Be sure to stop by 17˚ South Booze & Bites on your next visit to Tahiti Village, Las Vegas’ favorite tropical resort.

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Vote Tahiti Village the Best of Las Vegas!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Best of Las Vegas is now accepting votesTahiti Village Resort 2019 Best of Las Vegas for your 2019 favorites, and family friendly Tahiti Village is vying for the top spot. Tahiti Village, Las Vegas’ number one tropical resort, is hoping to win your vote in the following Hotel/Casino categories:

Best family friendly resort
Best Strip hotel pool
Best spa
Best concierge service
Best lobby
Best hotel rooms/suites

If you have ever visited Tahiti Village, situated on 20 lush acres at the south end of the world famous Strip, we think you’ll agree we are legitimate contenders for the Best of Las Vegas.

REASONS WHY 

We are a popular resort destination for families from all over the world who enjoy our nonsmoking, non-gaming environment and appreciate the numerous kid friendly activities.

Once here, they flock to our refreshing aquatic attractions, which include the city’s longest lazy river and a tropical pool featuring a beach-style entry that encourages hours of sand castle-making fun. Tahiti Village is also one of the few Las Vegas resorts whose pool and lazy river are open year-round.

Recently remodeled, our three-story lobby building is an inviting space for guests to relax with an enticing snack and a specialty coffee drink from the Village Café. The lobby sports a fresh, modern appearance and includes colorful chairs and comfy couches, tables to put your stuff on and decorative space dividers.

Across from check-in you’ll find our helpful and knowledgeable concierges. As certified Las Vegas experts, they are happy to answer all your questions and point you in the right direction.

Be sure to ask for directions to Tower 5, where you’ll find our Mahana Spa. Tucked away in an intimate setting on the ninth floor, Mahana Spa is a relaxing sanctuary where worries and stress melt away. Our boutique spa offers a variety of services in beautifully appointed, candle-lit treatment rooms.

Tahiti Village Mahana Spa 2019 Best of Las Vegas

Lastly, our spacious one- and two-bedroom guest rooms exemplify what the Best of Las Vegas is all about. Ranging from 650 square feet to more than 1,500 square feet, our condo-style accommodations come with numerous convenient amenities, including full kitchens, steam showers and jetted tubs in select units.

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Mermaid and music mark the unofficial start of summer at Tahiti Village

Mermaid At Tahiti Village Pool Las VegasLast week’s return of CaySea the Mermaid and Acoustics and Ale to the tropical beach pool marked a welcome early start to summer here at family friendly Tahiti Village, Las Vegas’s tropical resort paradise. CaySea will entertain kids of all ages every Saturday from 1-2 p.m. Acoustics and Ale, featuring beer and a revolving cast of acoustic musicians, is every Thursday from 4-7 p.m.

Mermaid CaySea

CaySea, wholesome spawn of an unlikely union, made a big splash with Tahiti Village guests last summer, and we are thrilled to have her back this year. Although her origins were unknown and her motives unclear when she arrived unexpectedly at our pool gate last May, asking to be let in, CaySea’s charm and beauty cast a mesmerizing spell on our pool staff – and they had no choice but to acquiesce.

Once inside, she cut through the water like a born descendent of Poseidon, her speckled tail undulating like a piston, and she made a beeline for a group of children frolicking in the shallows near the sandy beach bottom entry. They immediately clustered around her and were instantly captivated by this most unusual creature. CaySea read them “tales” from her mermaid book and engaged in playful games featuring colorful plastic eggs.

To quote Mermaid CaySea herself, it was a “fin-tastic” fun time for all – and will be again!

Acoustics and Ale

When you think about great things that go great together, listening to music and quaffing a cold one has to be high up on anyone’s list. Add to that pairing a peaceful poolside setting and you get Acoustics and Ale, our weekly music and beer mixer featuring an array of eclectic (though not electric) musicians from Nick Mattera Productions. If you haven’t tried a Sierra Nevada Beer yet, be sure to grab one from the Sandbox Bar. You’ll understand why one of the first craft brewers in the nation is still going stronger than ever as you relax poolside listening to great acoustic sounds.

Make sure you don’t miss CaySea or Acoustics and Ale this summer. Book a visit to Tahiti Village!

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Tahiti Village earns RCI Gold Crown Resort® designation

Family friendly Tahiti Village, Las Vegas’ tropical resort retreat, is delighted to announce our designation as an RCI Gold Crown Resort for 2019. Only a select number of RCI-affiliated resorts meet RCI’s requirements for recognition and have earned the RCI Gold Crown Resort award. These resorts have attained high levels of excellence in resort accommodations, hospitality and member experience ratings as measured by RCI over the previous 12-month period.

“Setting a standard worthy of an RCI Gold Crown Resort property designation is something we put into practice daily in every area of our organization,” said Chris Breed, Soleil Management Vice President of Nevada operations. “That we’ve been recognized by RCI exchange members for providing excellent accommodations and customer service is a great honor. Continuing to maintain that standard is a great challenge and one we happily accept.”

RCI’s Resort Recognition Program helps ensure that  RCI-affiliated resorts adhere to RCI’s standards for quality in accommodations, hospitality and member experience.

Achieving RCI Gold Crown Resort status is dependent almost exclusively on RCI member feedback through post-departure surveys. RCI visitors are asked to rate their experience on a 1 to 5 scale in the following areas:

Check-in/checkout
Resort hospitality
Resort maintenance
Unit housekeeping
Unit maintenance

The fact we’ve been able to consistently earn high marks is testament to our team’s pride and work ethic, and we sincerely thank them for their efforts in helping us achieve this honor.

About RCI

RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with more than 4,000 affiliated resorts in approximately 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through RCI® Weeks, the traditional week-for-week exchange system, and RCI Points®, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its approximately 3.7 million RCI subscribing members each year.

 

Book a visit to Tahiti Village and suffer no more from Guilty Vacation Syndrome!

The lazy river at Tahiti Village is one of our cures for Guilty Vacation Syndrome.
The lazy river at Tahiti Village is one of our cures for Guilty Vacation Syndrome.

Are you suffering from Guilty Vacation Syndrome, the nagging urge to cancel or delay vacations due to guilt? Based on the results of a recent family vacation survey, you probably are. It is especially likely if you’re a Millennial, 59 percent of which report feeling ashamed for taking or planning a vacation in a time when vacation-shaming in offices nationwide and around the word is growing at an unprecedented rate.

Of those 59 percent that reported having unused paid vacation days, 40 percent said they left five or more vacation days unused because they did not want to deal with the guilt associated with taking a vacation.

Neither are older individuals immune from the guilt. In the same survey, 41 percent of individuals 35 and older felt the same symptoms of Guilty Vacation Syndrome, or GVS. Symptoms (misplaced emotions, indecisiveness, sadness) often go undetected or are mistaken for other, less serious ailments. GVS can also have the ironic side effect impacting your work productivity.

Recent research also shows that an astounding 55 percent of Americans didn’t use all of their time off in 2015, and 65 percent say that their company discourages, sends mixed messages, or says nothing about taking personal time off.

With vacation-shaming growing in offices across the world, there has been a surge in diagnoses of GVS. Many feel that despite wanting a vacation, they shouldn’t take one.

Proven remedies for GVS include:

Realizing that vacations are a necessity and not a luxury.

Commit to an annual vacation—a recipe for stronger ties with families and friends, less stress and better health.

Learning from those that have never suffered from this malady (specifically, timeshare owners who have continued to make vacations a priority).

It’s proven that one to two weeks away from the daily routine leads to better job performance and productivity—perhaps helping to make your job even more secure when you return to it.

Our advice? Book a visit to Tahiti Village as soon as you can. Las Vegas is a number-one doctor-recommended cure for GVS. You certain to feel like a new you!

OktoberFeast is coming to Tahiti Village! You should be too!

Join us Saturday, October 27, from noon to 4 p.m. for a day of food and drink you’ll never remember! OktoberFeast at Tahiti Village will fill you up with an array of tempting choices from popular local food trucks and a selection of spirits from a variety of joy dispensers.

Presently we have commitments from the following food trucks, which will be parked in our large auxiliary lot adjacent to the Island Courtyard.

Rolling Fusion

Stripchezze

Bone Appetit Bar-B-Cue Grill

Lloyd’s Mixed Plates

Dude Where’s My Hot Dog

The Island Courtyard is also the locale for our special adult beverage tasting. The purchase of a $25 wristband gives you access to unlimited samples from Bacardi, Patron, Sierra Nevada, Corona, Modelo, WoodFord Reserve, Odell Brewery, Tito’s Vodka, and Ace Pineapple and Blood Orange.

And what would an OktoberFeast be without games, a DJ, face painting and free raffle prizes? Answer: not much, which is why they’re a part of this great event. Don’t miss the fun!

Join us poolside starting tonight and every Thursday throughout the summer for Acoustics & Ale!

With the first triple digit temperatures of the year arriving this week with the fury of a vengeful blowtorch, sending guests scurrying to the tropical beach pool and lazy river for instant cooling relief, it’s safe to say the summer season is upon us at Tahiti Village even if it’s still officially spring. The onset of May also augurs the return of our famous Summer Sunday Luau – just weeks away from its traditional Memorial Day weekend start – and now, as a sunny supplement to that popular event, we’re presenting Acoustics & Ale poolside every Thursday at 6 p.m. throughout the summer.

You can quench your parched palate with a selection of enticing beers from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company while you kick back and listen to a revolving roster of talented musical artists from Nick Mattera Productions. Yes, that Nick Mattera, the popular acoustic guitarist who performs at our weekly Owners Night inside 17˚ South Booze & Bites.

If you haven’t tried a Sierra Nevada beer yet, be sure to grab an original Pale Ale, a Hazy Little Thing IPA or a Tropical Torpedo IPA from the Sandbox Bar. You’ll understand why one of the first craft brewers in the nation is still going stronger than ever as you relax poolside listening to great acoustic sounds. We’re also giving away Sierra Nevada swag, including T-shirts and bottle openers.

We hope to see you at Acoustics and Ale!