Timeshare Vs. Peer-To-Peer Rentals: What’s the Verdict?

A recent popular trend has become share or peer-to-peer vacations – like Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway – where vacationers rent rooms or houses directly from homeowners. For most families a vacation is a once-a-year event, where everything needs to go right to fully enjoy the relaxation a vacation provides. Yet, people are still going on vacations that don’t fully meet their needs, even through these peer-to-peer services.

While this type of vacation can work for some people, a recent survey of over 1,000 vacationers conducted for the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) by research group Leger revealed many drawbacks. Respondents said they least liked the fact that there was no housekeeping (47%), no concierge/front desk (23%), and that it was not a part of a resort (17%).

Now while this survey showed the things vacationers who use peer-to-peer services did not like, it also showed some of the things that they found very beneficial to their vacation enjoyment. Two of the main things respondents cited were the fact that their rented unit had a kitchen and that there were multiple rooms.

So, what offers these in-demand amenities without the downside of the drawbacks found in peer-to-peer rentals? Timeshare resorts like Tahiti Village!

According to a recent article in Hotel Management Magazine, “A quick glance at the media hype surrounding Airbnb, HomeAway and other sharing economy hotel alternatives would lead many to believe that these companies are the founders of a new concept that is revolutionizing the industry. But, in fact, another facet of the hotel industry¬—timeshare—considers itself the ‘original’ sharing economy, and has the facts to make a compelling case.”

Timeshare accommodations offer a large living space that includes a kitchen for when you want to cook your own meals as well as multiple rooms that give you both space to be together as a family or privacy to be alone. And, most timeshares also offer housekeeping, a concierge/front desk and a resort style property. Ultimately, timeshares offer the size and space that peer-to-peer services offer while also providing the key amenities that have almost become expected during a vacation. The last thing you should be thinking on vacation is vacuuming!

Article courtesy of our friends at Vacation Better.

 

Hit! Split! Double down! Learn `21′ at our new blackjack social

Friendly dealer Chelsea teaches our visitors the basics of `21' during our new weekly blackjack social.
Friendly dealer Chelsey teaches Tahiti Village visitors the basics of `21′ during our new weekly blackjack social.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn blackjack but were intimated to try your luck on a live game for actual money, or you like to play but could do without a smoky casino environment, our blackjack social is just the thing for you.

You’ll learn the basics of blackjack from Shawn Tinling, a Las Vegas gaming instructor and former dealer.  He’ll teach you to play like a pro and offer tips to help you earn a winning hand. By the time you’re through, you’ll know when to hit, when to stand, when to split, and when to double down. You may even be ready to conquer the Strip!

Join us every Thursday from 2-5 p.m. in the Skyview Lounge (10th floor, Tower 5). This activity is offered through our friends at 21 Nights, a local casino gaming entertainment company

Please note: this activity is purely for fun and recreation. No money is won or lost.

Football is back

You’ve suffered long enough.

The last meaningful football game occurred seven months ago, when the Broncos slobberknockered the Panthers to win that game we can’t mention by name – or else.

In the meantime you’ve had basketball, hockey and baseball to mitigate the withdrawal symptoms, but who are we kidding?

It’s football you want and now it’s football you will get with this Thursday’s NFL season opener, a rematch of Denver’s 24-10 championship victory over Carolina way back in February.

The renewal of another football season – that annual rite of fall so graciously bestowed upon us by the Pigskin Deity – also means the return of great food and drink specials at 17° South Booze & Bites. Game day offerings include $3 Bud and Bud Light drafts, $17 Bud and Bud Light bottle buckets, $4 Jack Daniel’s and Ketel One cocktails, and $5 appetizers and stadium style specials. .

If you’re visiting Tahiti Village in the next four months you won’t miss a minute of the action. We’re showing all the nationally televised pro and college games on our 10 widescreen televisions.

Join us all season for nonstop football action and great food and drink specials!

2016 Summer Sunday Luau season concluding this Labor Day weekend. The good news? We’re offering an extra Saturday performance!

Get fired up for our last luaus of the summer.
Get fired up for our last luaus of the summer.

There is good news and sad news regarding our 2016 summer luau season. The sad news? This Sunday’s is the last show of the year. Not for another nine months will you delight in the hypnotic hips of our hula girls, marvel at the courage of our brave fire twirler, and enjoy our authentic Polynesian buffet.

The good news? To accommodate our sold-out Labor Day weekend crowd, we’re adding an extra performance on Saturday. Both shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Island Courtyard and will offer wonderful entertainment from Hot Lava and delicious island fare straight from our 17° South kitchen.

Please see our concierge for tickets or call 702-440-6915.

This year’s luau has been a massive success, and we look forward to another great season starting next May. It’ll be here before you know it!

You never know what you’ll find at the Wiki Wiki, but it’s bound to be something you can’t live without. Like a hula girl shot glass.

These charming hula girl shot glasses can be yours at the Wiki Wiki. Can you resist their charms?
These charming hula girl shot glasses can be yours at the Wiki Wiki. Can you resist their charms?

One of the keys to running a successful resort gift shop is the ability to meet a variety of practical needs while getting you to buy a snow globe. Striking the proper balance between necessities and souvenirs requires insight into what is required and what is desired, a professorial understanding of vacation buying psychology, and a keen eye for inventory presentation.

Las Vegas gift shops satisfy those criteria better than any in the world. In a one-of-a-kind city that attracts millions of visitors, they get a lot of practice. But it’s more than that. They have an uncanny capacity to draw in customers without even trying, acting as a Field of Dreams strewn with dice clocks.

Tahiti Village tiki tumblers

Here at Tahiti Village, the Wiki Wiki transcends the narrow definition of gift shop through its dual function as a minimart and snack bar. We say that with the understanding that, for some of you, a Cup O’ Noodles or a frozen burrito may constitute a gift. Therefore, in the interest of clarity, we hereby consign inventory items to their traditional categories: food, groceries and remedies under Essentials; apparel, costume jewelry and flasks under Novelties.

The ratio of one to the other within Wiki Wiki’s inviting retail space appears roughly 50-50 to the naked eye – a virtual even split between stuff you need and stuff that wages war with your resistance and magically opens your wallet.

Coconut coin bank
Coconut coin bank

You know what we’re talking about:  the myriad alluring items waiting on shelves and hanging on racks for you to discover, some of them loud and verbose (BUY ME! BUY ME!), others quiet and unassuming (buy me! buy me!).

So go ahead and splurge. Grab that coconut coin bank hand-carved as a jungle savage. Take home a Tiki tumbler or two. And what would a trip to Tahiti Village be without a hula girl shot glass? These and so much more can be yours at the Wiki Wiki. And don’t forget about our new online store, where you can purchase a selection of Tahiti Village apparel items that are also available at the Wiki.

As the onsite store for a timeshare resort, the Wiki Wiki’s primary function is to provide you with a facsimile, albeit in miniature, of your home supermarket (minus a meat counter and produce aisle). Any practical human need, want or desire that can possibly arise, be it pharmacological, biological or technological, the Wiki Wiki has thoughtfully provided for.

And that’s a very comforting thought, particularly when you’ve just split the inseam on your favorite pair of pants before a night out in Vegas and could sure use a travel sewing kit.

 

Las Vegas With Kids – What to Pack

Planning a visit to Tahiti Village with the kids? Remembering to pack some essential items will make your stay that much nicer.
Planning a visit to Tahiti Village with the kids? Remembering to pack some key items will make your stay that much nicer.

Packing for Vegas used to be so simple when you were single. Usually a change of clothes would do, and maybe not even that if you weren’t planning to ever leave the craps table.

But those days are over. You’re respectable now, which means you’ve probably procreated. And yet you still make time for Vegas. If this summer marks your first trip with the kids to Sin City, and therefore to Tahiti Village, you may be wondering what you should pack.

Trust us, you’ll need more than you think.

Suitcases

How many to bring? This question has bedeviled travelers making their first trip to Las Vegas with children since the early `90s, when Sin City officially became a family destination. Don’t sweat it: We’ve devised a foolproof formula to help you determine how many bags to pack.

First, subtract the number of children you’re bringing from the number of days you’re staying. Do the reverse if the number of children exceeds the number of days.

Next, divide the difference by the number of spots on a roulette wheel, multiply the result by the number of seats at a blackjack table, then add by the number of times you’ve left Vegas in the red instead of the black.

Now take that number and subtract it by Las Vegas’ daily average July temperature and you’ll have the answer.

Or to put it simply – one suitcase per child.

Clothing

Yes, bring it. Las Vegas, believe it or not, has the same mandatory clothing expectations as your own hometown. Use the length-of-stay metric as a barometer for determining how much to pack, but be sure to include two extra shirts per child (in the event of profuse sweating), sleepwear, an extra pair of shoes per child if you’re planning on walking a lot – not recommended in 100-plus degree temperatures during the day – and of course bathing suits for our beautiful tropical beach pool and lazy river!

Toiletries

Whatever products contribute to your kids’ personal hygiene at home will also suffice in Las Vegas. See? We’re not that different after all..

Gadgets

We stressed in a previous article the importance of keeping kids occupied on vacation and suggested that nothing does that better than gadgets. See our recommendations here.

Sunscreen

Think of this as extra clothing. Unlike regular clothing, you’ll want to wear more in summer.

Travel Toys

Click here for a handy guide to age-appropriate transportable toys. You’ll need `em.

Things For Baby

If you’re planning on making your children lifelong Vegas visitors, you have to start them young. We recommend no later than two weeks postpartum just to get their little lungs acclimated to smoky casinos. Here’s what you should bring with you:

  • Five diapers per day per child
  • One full package of wipes
  • A sling
  • Sippies and microwave sterilizing bags
  • Formula
  • Baby food
  • Transportable toddler snacks
  • Disposable diaper sacks

 

Now that you know what to pack, just remember to bring your kids.

 

Shop our new online store and free up your suitcase!

These are just some of the stylish Tahiti Village tees you can purchase from our new online store at shop.tahitivillage.com.

Have you ever wanted to take home Tahiti Village souvenirs but didn’t because you couldn’t fit them all in your suitcase? Or have you ever flipped a coin to decide between two equally desirable items from the Wiki Wiki because even one more shirt in your bag would exceed the maximum allowable weight limit of most airlines?

Compromise no longer!

The launch of our new online store means you can buy as much Tahiti Village gear as you like, whenever you like. Just visit shop.tahitivillage.com for a selection of attractive hats, shirts and accessories – all with our sleek new logo. With our fast shipping, your purchase will probably beat you home.

Happy shopping, and check back often for even more Tahiti Village logo items coming soon!

Take some tanning tips to keep from getting toasted!

As a Tahiti Village timeshare owner, you know Las Vegas in summer heats up like a nuclear reactor on the fritz. So with temperatures expected to climb to near record levels early next week, now is a good  time to review some common sense tanning tips if you’re on property or soon will be and planning to lay out by our tropical beach pool or lazy river. Take the following precautionary measures to ensure you don’t get toasted!

Use sunscreen

The most obvious. Apply a sunscreen with enough SPF to keep you from burning but not so much as to prevent you from tanning.

Know when – and when not – to tan. 

Avoid outdoor tanning between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun is at its hottest.

Know your limits

To avoid the risk of skin cancer caused by overexposure to the sun, it is best to limit your tanning time to two hours. It can be helpful to use a timer when you’re tanning outside in the event you fall asleep.

Protect your eyes

Always wear sunglasses with UV protection to prevent the sun’s damaging rays from burning holes in your corneas.

The best way to cook

When you think about it, sunbathing humans aren’t too terribly different than a pig on a spit. For best results, the slow rotation method is advisable for even tanning.

Enjoy your summer!

 

Summer Sunday Luau returns for another big season

Summer Sunday LuauOur first official Sunday Summer Luau on May 29 drew a sellout crowd for an evening of great food and wonderful entertainment. With 320 tickets sold over the busy Memorial Day weekend, it was one of the most successful opening nights in the event’s history.

The following week’s, on June 5, attracted another large crowd to the Island Courtyard, where attendees enjoyed a delicious Polynesian buffet and authentic island music and dance from Hot Lava. Our popular summer luau is 7 p.m. every Sunday through Labor Day. Don’t miss it!

For pricing and tickets please call (702) 440-6915.

Get Eventful at Tahiti Village

We can make your wedding day one to remember. Don't forget the invitations!
We can make your wedding day one to remember. Don’t forget the invitations!

With winter receding in the rearview mirror and triple-digit temperatures still a month or two away, now is the perfect time to hold your event here in the tropical desert paradise of Tahiti Village. Whether it’s a wedding, vow renewal, reunion, birthday, anniversary, banquet, meeting or merriment of your own making, our professional event planners can help you have a wonderful experience.

Our multiple unique spaces are just the right setting for small- to medium-size events, and our features and amenities offer your guests the perfect getaway destination for the celebration of a lifetime. And with Las Vegas temperatures presently hovering near a perfect 80 degrees, you’re certain to enjoy your visit in comfort.

For more information, please call us (702) 639-8330 or fill out a form at the link below. We look forward to hearing from you!

Book your event at Tahiti Village