Anne and I have traveled to a number of different islands over the years and have stayed in many different hotels, hotels of varying classifications from standard to superior and deluxe. What we've found is that owning a timeshare apartment has some advantages over many of the hotels we've stayed in.

One definite advantage is the costs, especially when you are accompanied by another couple. The costs for a week in a hotel for two rooms is significantly more than the cost of the timeshare apartment. But, an even better advantage is the size of the apartment. Ours is classified as a one bedroom. It has a large bedroom with king bed, a full bath, and a large living area consisting of a kitchen, dining area and living room. Oh, there is also a balcony with a Jacuzzi that we enjoy very much. With two couples there is plenty of room and no crowding.

Living room

Another advantage, to us, is that we know the place, both the island and the accommodations. There are almost always no surprises or disappointments. We don't walk in and find that there are twin beds and not a king, that there is no TV, and that the room is barely large enough to walk around in. We know exactly what to expect.

Pool view from our apartment.

Our apartment, top right,
from the pool area.
Another advantage is having the kitchen available 24-hours a day. It's not the biggest or the best equipped, but it serves its purpose. Anne and I prefer eating dinner out most of the time (except when we buy the local prawns and steam them), but for breakfast and the occasional lunch the kitchen comes in handy. Just think about it. Breakfast without having to dress or leave the room. That is an advantage!

When my sister, Carol, and her husband, John, join us they like to cook in the room so half the time we eat in and the other half we eat out. Having the kitchen really does come in handy. Having breakfast alone in the room rather than at a hotel restaurant can save as much as $40 a day for two couples. Breakfast is probably the single most outrageously priced meal on the island.

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