SINGAPORE, April 22 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and one of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), today announced the addition of seven affiliated properties to its worldwide exchange network including four resorts in Vietnam, two in Indonesia and a sea-villa resort in Malaysia. The Registry Collection(R) program, the world's largest luxury exchange program and one of the three worldwide exchange programs under the RCI(R) umbrella, also welcomed two newly affiliated resorts in Indonesia and Vietnam to its global portfolio.
The addition of these new resorts extends RCI's footprint to nearly 150 affiliated resorts in Asia and over 4,000 resorts globally, offering 3.8 million RCI subscribing members a broad and diverse selection of holiday destinations and quality accommodations for superb and memorable vacation experiences.
The significant number of signings also marks the growing interest in fractional and vacation ownership products among consumers and the appreciation of its competitive advantage as a viable and attractive business and operating model for resorts by leisure real estate owners and developers in Asia.
The announcement was made at the RCI Asia Leisure Real Estate Symposium held in Singapore, attended by more than 100 senior executives and decision makers from the vacation ownership, hospitality and real estate sectors across the region. "The BIG Reveal" Symposium is a response to the continued interest in vacation ownership in Asia which is anticipated to gain even greater momentum in the next few years. At the event, RCI revealed the winning strategies of vacation ownership and unveiled innovative initiatives that will help to further accelerate the development of vacation ownership in Asia.
"We are honored and pleased to welcome these seven new resort affiliates to RCI and two new additions to The Registry Collection(R) program," said Geoff Ballotti, president and CEO, RCI. "These vacation destinations have chosen to partner with the largest and most global vacation exchange provider in both the timeshare and fractional ownership space. We are very much looking forward to helping these developers grow their brands and ownership levels across Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia. We are actively working on welcoming additional vacation resorts to our network in these countries as the vacation ownership industry continues to grow and expand across this very important part of the world for RCI."
"What makes RCI an exchange company of choice for leisure real estate owners and developers is our continuous effort to innovate and reinvent vacation exchange," said Adrian Lee, managing director, RCI Asia. "As the pioneer of vacation exchange, we have achieved many firsts including a series of product and service innovations to optimize member satisfaction while at the same time increasing awareness and exchanges for our affiliated resorts."
Joining The Registry Collection program are:
delMango Villa Estate - Seminyak Gardens, Indonesia
delMango Villa Estate - Seminyak Gardens is a luxury boutique development consisting of 14 beautifully-appointed designer villas. Located in the heart of Seminyak, the estate is only a short stroll to the beach and is nearby the restaurant and shopping district of Oberoi. It is an idyllic vacation getaway for guests who relish their privacy but want all the luxuries and services that are associated with a star establishment. Resort features include open- plan living and dining areas, designer interiors, air-conditioned bedrooms, private swimming pool, large private garden and a private sundeck.
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay sits on dramatic Ninh Van Bay, with its impressive rock formations overlooking the South China Sea, white sand beach and towering mountains. 58 beautiful villas are spaciously designed and generously equipped with two rooms and either a garden terrace or a large sundeck. Each villa has a private pool and is located either on the beach, on the water, on the rocks, in the jungle, or on a mountain slope offering a variety of panoramic ocean views and secluded privacy. The lovely resort can only be reached by boat. The car transfer from the airport to the resort's jetty takes about one hour, followed by boat transfer of 20 minutes to Ninh Van Bay. The resort has been conferred with over 12 international awards from prestigious travel organisations such as Guide Award, Luxury Travel, World Travel Awards and Elite Traveler.
Joining the RCI exchange network are:
Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa - Nha Trang, Vietnam
Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa - Nha Trang is conveniently located one kilometre away from Nha Trang town centre and 40 minutes by car from the airport. Managed by Six Senses Resorts & Spas, guests can enjoy warm hospitality and personalized service provided by the resort's 272 hosts. Situated directly on the private beach with 17 villas containing 74 well- appointed guest rooms, all rooms have their own private terraces along with all the amenities and comforts of a five-star resort.
Ana Mandara Villas Dalat - Resort & Spa, Vietnam
Ana Mandara Villas Dalat - Resort & Spa is a 65-room resort, restaurant and spa situated in the rural highlands of Dalat, just half an hour away by car from the Lien Khuong Airport. The resort comprises fifteen fully-restored colonial-style villas, each originally constructed between the 1920's and 1930's by the French settlers at that time. Rooms are independently furnished and are restored to their original design and decor. A personal butler is assigned to each villa, which is surrounded by landscaped greenery and expansive views of local urban life and farming countryside.
Ana Mandara Resort Hue, Vietnam
Ana Mandara Resort Hue is located 15 kilometres east of Hue City, at Thuan An village at the Thuan An Beach. The resort is an ideal holiday spot, surrounded by picturesque rice paddy terraces, beautiful Tam Giang lagoons and set within luxuriant landscaped tropical gardens filled with coconut palms, manicured lawns and lotus ponds. Designed with the most modern and complete facilities, the villas and guest rooms are considered to be among Hue's largest offerings with 78 varying styles of spacious accommodations including beach pool villas, beach villas, duplex rooms and deluxe rooms. Opening May 2010.
Ana Mandara Resort Ninh Binh, Vietnam
Ana Mandara Resort Ninh Binh is nestled within the Van Long Natural Ecological Conservation and within proximity of the Red River Delta. It is just 90 kilometres away from Hanoi and a two and a half hour drive from Noi Bai International Airport. Incorporating traditional rural Northern delta architecture design as well as a blend of the Ancient Capital and contemporary design using environment-friendly materials, the resort is perfect for a quiet retreat. It has a total of 172 rooms, consisting of 116 standard suites, 36 deluxe suites and 20 duplex suites of 52 charming Vietnamese villas. Opening October 2010.
Bali Island Villas & Spa, Indonesia
Located within the vibrant pulse of Seminyak, Bali Island Villas & Spa is a private complex of self-contained luxury one-bedroom villas. Although very much a part of Bali's most cosmopolitan district, the villas remain a calming niche ideal for a relaxing break. While deviating architecturally from what is considered typically Balinese, the villa still features plenty of elements that reflect local culture. It respects the natural surroundings in a concept that has evolved to embrace the future. Each villa makes a daring statement through aesthetic design to create an atmosphere that meets the expectations of the modern traveler.
Golden Palm Tree Sea Villas & Spa, Malaysia
Managed by Swiss-Belhotel International, Golden Palm Tree Sea Villas & Spa is the first water villas resort to be developed on the Sepang Gold Coast. Accessible from the existing Bagan Lalang beach via a boulevard, the resort is about 25 minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). It comprises 399 water villas lined up in the shape of a palm tree stretching 1.2 kilometres into the Straits of Malacca. The villas' design is a fusion of Polynesian and Maldivian architecture with interiors exuding modern Malaysian design elements. In 2008, the resort won the CNBC award in the category of "Best Property" and "Best Interior Design" for its Ivory Palm Villa.
Hawaii, A Club Bali Resort, Indonesia
Hawaii, A Club Bali Resort is a popular holiday destination on the Anyer coast, about 145 kilometres away from Jakarta. The resort comprises 73 apartments in studio, one-, two- and four-bedroom presidential suite configuration. The resort offers a wide range of services and facilities such as a water park that includes five swimming pools and water slides, a sea water lagoon, restaurant & bar, tennis court, meeting rooms, banquet hall, BBQ pit and karaoke as well as outbound and water sports activities. Guests can either relax or enjoy the surroundings at the resort or partake in adventurous trips to Banten National Park, Tanjung Lesung Beach or Krakatau volcanic island.
RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange and Rentals, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the European leader in vacation rentals, with exclusive access for specified periods to more than 65,000 vacation properties in approximately 100 countries. Wyndham Exchange and Rentals is comprised of vacation exchange, including RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and provider of travel services to businesses and consumers and The Registry Collection(R) program, the world's largest luxury exchange program; vacation rentals, including Endless Vacation Rentals(R), Landal GreenParks(R), Novasol(R), and other renowned vacation rental brands, through which vacationers can rent a variety of property types, from city apartments to villas; and NorthCourse(R) Leisure Real Estate Solutions, a research and consultancy firm providing advisory services to the global leisure real estate industry. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation is one of the world's largest hospitality companies with leading brands in lodging franchising, vacation ownership, vacation rentals and vacation exchange.
About The Registry Collection
The Registry Collection program is a global network comprising over 30,000 members and more than 130 affiliates on five continents. More than 175 properties are available through The Registry Collection(R) program and are either accessible for exchange or under development. As the world's largest luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection program provides members with access to an elite global network of the very finest vacation properties at some of the world's premier destinations, as well as personal concierge services that are available 24-hours a day. From condo hotels and high-end fractional resorts to private residence clubs and fractional yachts, The Registry Collection program facilitates exchanges around the world and redefines the vacation experience for owners and developers. The Registry Collection program is offered by Wyndham Exchange and Rentals, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the European leader in vacation rentals and one of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE: WYN). For additional information, visit the media center at http://www.wyndhamer.com .