Desire is a super sexy resort and we obviously are big fans. A common complaint with Desire is that they pressure new guests into signing up for a timeshare presentation during the check in process. They don’t like to call it a timeshare but rather the Premier membership. They will offer you gifts and incentives to attend. You probably want to be firm and opt out. Once you have your room key, politely say no thanks and head to your room. If your room isn’t ready, just head to the pool and start enjoying the sweet life.
You are on vacation and should enjoy it! If you really are interested in buying a timeshare Premier membership, you can negotiate it after you go home. Just about all of the information you will hear in the timeshare pitch, you can find out from talking with guests in the pool as you enjoy your vacation.
The timeshare is not necessarily a bad deal and many of our friends have bought it. It is just not smart to negotiate while you are busy drinking, partying and having a very hot & sensual time. You are paying good money for your vacation so why spend your time listening to a sales pitch?
If you wait till you get back home you can take a harder negotiating position and avoid rushing into a big decision. Desire is very flexible on contract negotiations if you invest the time & effort for some hard negotiations. You should speak with current Premier members to better understand the wide price range and negotiated bonus perks in their contracts. The lowest buy-in is around $8,000 to $10,000. Many people buy-in for $20,000 to $30,000. The size of your buy-in determines the number of free nights, & discounted nights, & possibly reduced rates for the ultra premium Villas, & airfare credits, plus other perks.
It is all very negotiable. Don’t assume you are receiving the same timeshare package as your friends. Some new Premier members are very disappointed when they didn’t take the time to carefully read their contract or pay attention to all the specific details. This is why we are fans of waiting on the timeshare decision. You are too likely to make a mistake and not negotiate the best deal for your own personal situation if you rush it. Though one of our friends negotiated a great deal when he first visited Desire because he is a skilled lawyer and his wife was sick the first two days giving him plenty of time to negotiate.
As for us, we haven’t chosen the timeshare because we usually don’t have enough time in our schedule to visit Desire multiple times each year. When we do find time in our schedule we often can find a very good rate at Cheap Caribbean or another internet site that isn’t much higher than the discounted Premier membership rates.
The math just didn’t add up for us but for many of our friends the math has made great sense. It depends on how much you plan to visit Desire each year, & for how many years, & what rate you can negotiate with them.
To be fair, Premier membership is not just about the money. It is also about the extra perks like complimentary room service, VIP check-in, access to the Desire yacht, and other perks that make Desire more enjoyable.
If you would like a taste of the Premier membership, you can ask an existing member for a referral week. This is a code that gives you a discount and some perks but you need to attend the timeshare presentation. If you join the Premier membership, the existing member who referred you can earn some cash.
PS Think twice before signing for a very long term. Climate change seems to be impacting Cancun. Each year it becomes a little bit hotter on the beach and the seaweed growth is harder for the resort to manage.
Naughty Travel Guide to Desire Resorts
- Welcome to Desire Resorts!
- Best Time to Visit Desire
- Choosing Your Room
- What to Wear
- Dining Options
- Desire Discounts & Savings
- Less Thinking, More Drinking
- Entertainment Options
- Sexy Fantasies Made Real
- Swinging at Desire
- Beware Timeshare Tangle
- Drawbacks of Desire
- Other Sexy Vacations
- Weird but Helpful Tips
- Packing List for Desire
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