Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG), announced the affiliation of Artisan Vacation Club, a points-based club with four luxury resorts in highly demanded vacation destinations in Mexico. The concept, combining mixed-use resorts in beach and urban locations, was the brainchild of Manuel Perez Alpuche, whose two decades of experience in the vacation ownership industry includes developing some of Mexico’s most luxurious vacation clubs.
“As the leisure travel market continues to grow in Mexico, this is a wonderful opportunity to increase our presence in a variety of appealing settings, from the iconic beaches of Playa del Carmen to the Spanish Colonial streets of San Miguel de Allende,” said Alpuche, president at Artisan Vacation Club. “Interval’s executives shared our vision for creating a distinctive portfolio highlighting Mexico’s diverse cultural treasures and provided invaluable guidance every step of the way. We are thankful for their expertise and ongoing support.”
“Artisan Vacation Club has developed an outstanding product that provides travelers with the quality and flexibility they are seeking,” noted Marcos Agostini, Interval’s senior vice president of resort sales and business development for Latin America. “Its beautifully appointed properties receive excellent reviews, and we look forward to supporting the expansion of a brand increasingly recognized for its exceptional service and attention to detail.”
Situated on 5th Avenue, Playa del Carmen’s world-famous pedestrian shopping and dining street, the adults-only Artisan Playa del Carmen consists of 22 units with a contemporary aesthetic, bathrooms with modern finishes, LCD TVs, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The onsite amenities include a restaurant, roof garden with a large terrace, bar, hot tub, and infinity pool. The property is 15 minutes from the beach and 45 minutes from the Tulum Mayan Ruins. It is a recipient of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
Set within landscaped gardens overlooking Chachalacas Beach on the Gulf of Mexico, Artisan Playa Esmeralda is located in the state of Veracruz, 250 miles (405 kilometers) east of Mexico City. All 50 units include premium bedding, LCD TVs, iPod docking stations, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Guests can enjoy two restaurants, indoor and outdoor pool, gym, full-service spa with hot tub and sauna, and mini-golf. Among the activities available onsite and nearby are kayaking, wave running, and quad biking on the Sabanal Sand Dunes.
Surrounded by tropical vegetation on Mexico’s Caribbean coastline, the Artisan Riviera Maya features 38 units decorated in a sophisticated, modern design with luxury bedding, LCD TVs, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The property’s amenities and activities include a restaurant, rooftop terrace with an outdoor infinity pool facing the sea, 24-hour front desk, entertainment, and water sports.
In the planning stages, Artisan San Miguel Allende will be six blocks from The Jardin, or main square, of the celebrated Spanish Colonial town of San Miguel de Allende. The UNESCO World Heritage Site in the foothills of the Sierra Madre, three hours north of Mexico City, was voted “The World’s Best City” by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine in 2013. This 80-unit property will include a swimming pool, bar, restaurants, concierge, complimentary parking, and wireless Internet.
Together the four Artisan Vacation Club resorts offer members a unique portfolio of vacation experiences designed to showcase the color, history, and rich cultural diversity Mexico offers. “In conjunction with great partners, we have successfully launched these superb properties,” said Miguel Angel Bermudez, developer of Artisan Vacation Club. “We are excited to further expand our presence in the vacation ownership industry.”
Artisan Vacation Club members are being enrolled as individual members of Interval International and also become Interval Platinum® members, entitling them to a number of flexible exchange opportunities and upgraded benefits and services. These include complimentary airport lounge membership through Priority Pass; Interval Options®, the ability to use points toward a cruise, tour, golf or spa vacation; ShortStay Exchange®; Hertz Gold Plus Rewards® membership, with which they may earn bonus points for up to two free weekend rental days; priority Getaway viewing; US$50 Getaway discounts; free Guest Certificates; Platinum Escapes; and special offers at hotels, restaurants, and retail outlets worldwide.
About Interval International
Interval International operates membership programs for vacationers and provides value-added services to its developer clients worldwide. Based in Miami, Florida, the company has been a pioneer and innovator in serving the vacation ownership market since 1976. Today, Interval’s exchange network comprises more than 2,900 resorts in over 80 nations. Through offices in 16 countries, Interval offers high-quality products and benefits to resort clients and approximately 2 million families who are enrolled in various membership programs. Interval is an operating business of Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: IILG), a leading global provider of non-traditional lodging, encompassing a portfolio of leisure businesses from exchange and vacation rental to vacation ownership.