What You Need to Know About DVC Availability

Disneyland: the happiest place on earth and one of the most expensive. The cost of a week’s holiday at Disneyland for a family of four can end up verging on the extortionate.

Factoring in flights, accommodation, food, and activities, you could end up paying almost $10,000 for a seven-day vacation.

Of course, the kids will love it. The parks are great, and there’s always so much to do and see. But, if you can put a price on the shine in their eyes when they get to meet their favorite Disney characters, three zeroes does seem a little steep!

But what if we said you could stay in style at even the most exclusive of Disney’s resorts? While also saving up to 80% on the cost of your accommodation? Sounds too good to be true, right?

Cue the DVC.

Continue reading to find out more about DVC availability, what it is, and how it could save you a ton of money on your next Disney holiday.

What Does DVC Stand For?

For those not in the know, DVC stands for “Disney Vacation Club,” which is sort of like a timeshare that helps families stay at some of Disney’s most sought after resorts.

You can enjoy this kind of access year after year with very little outside competition. Their access to advanced booking helps them secure the top spots on-site…well before non-members can reserve rooms for themselves.

The word timeshare, we know, is unappealing to many. It conjures up ideas of investment scams and substantial outgoings with very little return. Disney’s scheme, though, is a bit different and well worth considering.

Like with a traditional timeshare property, when you join the Disney Vacation Club, you purchase a deeded share in one of their resorts. On top of that, you also pay annual dues to help maintain the park.

However, unlike a regular timeshare, DVC members can also buy a set amount of “points” that are added to their account each year. You can cash in these points to stay in any DVC property at any point during any season.

Plus, if you find you’re unable to use all of your points, it isn’t a problem; you can rent them out to others and recoup some of your money in the process!

So, What’s DVC Rental?

DVC rental is the rental of a Disney Vacation Club Room. These rooms are among the best on offer across all of Disney’s Resorts at Disney World, Disneyland, and Aulani.

Disney’s rules allow DVC owners to make reservations in anyone’s name, even if the person(s) listed on the booking forms aren’t DVC members themselves.

This means members can (legitimately!) use up their points by renting them out, and you can enjoy all the perks of a DVC membership without having to sign up for one yourself. Simple, right?

How Much do DVC Points Cost to Rent?

Exact prices depend on the specific resort you would like to book and the size of the villa you require for your party. They will also fluctuate at different points throughout the year.

Some seasons will always be cheaper than others, but—no matter what time of year you book your trip for—you stand to save hundreds, potentially even thousands of dollars on your accommodation.

The average price per point is around $15, plus you won’t pay any taxes, parking, or resort fees (unless you go to Aulani, where a small resort charge is applicable).

If you’re wondering “how many DVC points should I buy to cover my vacation,” you’re not the only one. Check out this great guide before booking; it contains all the information you will need to make your purchase.

Where Can I Rent DVC Points?

You can rent DVC points directly through the owners (if you know them personally, fab; if not, searching for them online is quick, easy, and pretty safe to do!), or through trusted sites like David’s Vacation Rentals.

DVC Availability

As you can imagine, premium rooms (especially at these rates) are in very high demand! To avoid disappointment, it’s best to book as early as possible—we recommend making your reservations at least seven months in advance.

Existing members, with priority booking, found that booking even earlier to secure any room is a good strategy. DVC owners can make reservations at their home resort up to 11 months before they wish to stay. This gives them a four-month head start over everyone else.

Once reservations open up, members can shop around and switch resorts if they want to—but, if nothing else is available, they already have a booking to fall back on.

This way, owners can guarantee themselves a vacation, and may even end up with a more luxurious trip than they had initially planned!

Aran Sweater: The Perfect Companion for the Summer Season

Wool might seem an unusual choice for the summer, but our beautiful range of cardigans, shawls and sweaters from Aran Sweater Market are ideal for layering up and will take you from sunny days to chilly nights with ease.

At Aran Sweater Market, we have an extensive catalogue of clothing that is made from natural merino wool, and our designs are inspired by the history and landscape of Ireland. You’ll find natural shades that reflect the colors of the sea, the countryside and the plant life of our coastal areas, and stitching that tells the story of the people who made their lives in the remote and unforgiving environment of the Aran Islands.

Why Wear Wool in Summer?

When you imagine a day on the beach, you probably think of stylish summer shorts and t-shirts, along with swimwear if you’re feeling brave. When you come out of the sea, however, you’ll need to warm up and an Aran sweater or cardigan is a great way to transition into a cooler evening as you carry on the fun. Whether you’re having a beach barbecue or simply want to be prepared for a change in the weather as you take a summer walk, an Aran sweater is a flexible option that will ensure you look great whatever happens.

Aran sweaters are a great choice because:

They’re lightweight. Our collection is full of beautiful designs that add a layer of warmth but are light to carry and will easily roll into your bag without creasing. In the Irish climate, it’s good to be prepared for the weather to change and our Aran sweaters are a great way to handle unexpected clouds with style.
They’re waterproof. An unexpected shower of rain might threaten your summer fun, but an Aran sweater can ensure that you don’t get wet through. Wool is naturally water resistant and will remain waterproof as it takes on at least 30% of its weight in water. These sweaters were originally worn by the fishermen of the Aran Islands to keep them dry at sea, and if it’s good enough for them, you can be sure it’ll protect you from some summer drizzle.
They’re breathable. Aran wool is a natural fiber, so it’s a pleasure to wear and won’t leave you feeling sticky in the sun. The wool will wick away sweat and you won’t be left with telltale patches on your clothing.
They’re easy to care for. Aran sweaters are often ready for wearing again after a simple airing, and if they need a wash, they are easy to rinse out and reshape while wet. Your Aran sweaters should not need washing as frequently as clothing made from more synthetic fibers, and you don’t need to worry about ironing as they won’t crease at all!
They look great. Of course, when you’re planning your summer wardrobe you’ll be thinking about the look you want. Aran sweaters and cardigans have been popular across the world for many years and the timeless style has been encapsulated by many icons and featured in Vogue magazine on several occasions. You can get the chic look you want by choosing from our stunning range of Aran sweaters today.

Private Escapes Around The Globe for Secluded Luxury Travel

With socially distant vacation offerings and secluded, private accommodations being in high demand, here we share a selection of stunning private residences and resort villas around the world that are ideally suited to offer guests luxury seclusion and privacy.

COMO Parrot Cay Island Buyout or Private Estate Rentals

COMO Parrot Cay (pictured) is a private island resort in the Turks and Caicos, with 1,000 acres and a mile-long white beach. The resort features 8 private estates available to rent, tucked away in secluded spots on the island but with full access to the resort’s many facilities such as wellness and fitness classes, the COMO Shambhala Retreat spa, and full service dining. All private estates offer their own private pools and butler service, with many featuring private beach access as well. Point House, one of the private estates on island, is also available to purchase for $15 million USD. It is located on a private 1.72 acre space with direct access to a private beach and ocean. The 5,000 square foot three-bedroom villa is located a few minutes by golf cart from the main resort and is the last estate before the Rocky Point area, still on the resort side, with exceptional sunset views. For the ultimate private-island experience, guests can also opt for a complete island buyout for a maximum of 200 people starting at $178k per night during low season or $226k per night during high season.

Jamaica Inn – Ocho Rios

At the iconic Jamaica Inn, among its luxury accommodations are the beautiful and completely private one- and two-bedroom cottages, which are ideal accommodations for seclusion and social distancing. Tastefully decorated in a blend of Jamaican and Indonesian style, each cottage features a private infinity plunge pool, outdoor shower, and direct access to the sea. Guests can safely enjoy their accommodations alongside the resort’s signature services and amenities, which have been updated with Jamaica Inn’s new Pinwheel of Safety Protocols, enhanced guidelines addressing guests’ wellbeing across key aspects of the resort experience.

Viceroy Los Cabos – San José del Cabo, MX

Waterside Casitas (three or four-bedroom)

Located in the heart of San Jose Del Cabo on the Coast of Baja California, the beachfront property of Viceroy Los Cabos faces the Sea of Cortes and embodies the essence of water throughout its architecturally stunning design. For the ultimate luxury of space and privacy, guests can choose between the resort’s spacious three-bedroom (3,575 ft2) or four-bedroom (6,200 ft2) waterside casitas, that offers a home-away-from-home that guests will never want to leave. Guests will enjoy the sounds of crashing waves and unobstructed ocean views from the private rooftop terrace at their very own casita. An ideal setting for family or “quaranteams”, guests can see the ocean through the floor-to-ceiling windows in their spacious living space and also from the roof, where a swimming pool beckons day and night. The terrace has a grill and invites guests to wine, dine and entertain. Or simply lounge on their private rooftop deck. To

elevate the stay even further, each waterside castita comes with a dedicated Lifestyle Assistant to tend to every guest’s needs.

Celebrate National Relaxation Day (Aug 15) in these Dreamy Bathtubs

If your current idea of a peaceful escape consists of the four walls of your bathroom, then it’s time to switch up the scenery! There’s no better place to hide, unwind, and find some peace and quiet than soaking in a geothermal bathtub made of volcanic rock in Iceland, exchanging one filled with bubbles for one filled with bubbly in Italy, or gazing at amazing views while bathing in a St. Lucia sanctuary. In honor of National Relaxation Day, which falls on August 15th, here are some alternative bathtubs we all can’t wait to relax in instead.

Baoase Luxury Resort
Curaçao

Baoase Luxury Resort, Curaçao’s only five-star resort, features gorgeous Asian-inspired villas that pay homage to a signature Balinese style with impeccable attention to detail. The resort’s Superior Beachfront Pool Suites, for instance, feature a private garden, pool, patio and beach, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, an oversized canopy king bed, Dolby surround sound system and a private outdoor bathtub and rain shower. The bathrooms, often surrounded by the lush foliage of the tropics, feature a signature Indonesian-inspired design with elements – including the bathtub and sinks – that have been imported from Indonesia. The gorgeous oversized tubs are carved from large rocks found on the secluded island of Java, while the sinks are often made of Belgian slate, and the shower heads are the creation of an Italian designer.
Hotel Ranga
Iceland

As one-of-a-kind as Iceland itself, and just like Hotel Ranga’s seven renowned continent-themed suites, the new Icelandic Suite has at its center a freestanding custom-made tub specifically shaped for comfortable sitting. The bathtub is covered in smooth stones that can be found on Iceland’s iconic black sand beaches, and is also surrounded by a floor paved with volcanic basalt rock. The freestanding tub also faces toward the window, providing perfect views of the countryside, East Ranga river and the frequent, favorite visitor, Aurora Borealis. In addition to this bathtub, the other six suites offer interesting tubs, including a square wooden one in the Asia Suite, an old-fashioned, copper tub to fit the North America motif and changes color with age, and a sleek monochrome design from the famous Italian manufacturer Pininfarina (known for designing automobiles, including Ferrari).
JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
Cancun, Mexico

Fresh off a $40 million renovation, JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa is an ideal destination for beach bums, adventure lovers, foodies, or anyone who can relish in having nowhere else to be. Perfect for a relaxing, stress-free detox, travelers can rest easy knowing Bali-style day beds, brunch baskets, cocktails by the infinity pool, restorative spa treatments, and gourmet culinary experiences await. For the ultimate in-room spa experience without the price tag, guests can draw a steamy bath as every reimagined guest room features free-standing soaking tubs and complimentary aromatic, lavender bath salts. The oversized bathrooms are also marked by sleek rainfall showers, dual sinks and granite vanity tops with chrome detailing that deliver an elevated look and feel.

Top 5 Vegan Dishes to Try While Traveling Europe

Visiting Europe and therefore looking for some ideas on fresh and mouth watering dishes you have probably never tried before as a vegan? No problem, I have a few incredible ideas for you. Here are the top delicious 5 vegan dishes from Europe you really should try while on the tour:

1.Avocat Tatine (Avocado Toast)

Avocat Tatine is a well-liked French dish that consists of a slightly stale French bread that’s toasted and smeared with avocado(avocat in French). Apart from bread and avocado, this French vegan dish can also optionally include other ingredients such as sliced boiled eggs, tomatoes, onions, etc to make it taste even better.

Avocat Tatine is quite delicious and filling, not to mention that it goes very well with tea or coffee, both black or white. The Tatine can be a perfect vegan dish for breakfast or just snacking. Plus, it’s also very good for your health, thanks to the diverse range of healthy nutrients found in avocado that include omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins B-6, C, E, and K, folate, niacin, and riboflavin. The rest are magnesium, potassium, and pantothenic acid.

Notably, Avocat Tatine is very popular in France and other European countries with French-inspired food cultures, including Spain, Italy, and Belgium. Nonetheless, the dish is quite inexpensive and served in many restaurants across several cities in Europe that offer French foods. For example, a serving of Avocat Tatine, in Paris, goes for between 6.5 and 14 pounds, on average.

You can also make French avocado toast at home if you like. After all, the recipe is relatively easy and pocket-friendly. Simply obtain the necessary ingredients from your local grocery store for less. Or order those ingredients conveniently online. That said, be sure to check out Home Chef for your online ingredients ordering needs.

Don’t know what to think about the vendor? Here are some unbiased reviews you can read to get an accurate picture of this company. Other great alternatives to Home Chef you can try are Hello Fresh and Sun Basket.

Mushroom Bourguignon with Celeriac Mash
Europeans love to eat this vegan delicacy, which makes for a perfect cold-weather comfort option during winter. Mushroom bourguignon is a rich and hearty dish of fresh vegetables and aromatic herbs. The ingredients are simmered in a red wine sauce and seasoned with creamy celeriac mash. This produces a nutty, celery-like flavor and a light, fluffy, texture you just can’t resist.

Replacing beef with juicy chestnut mushrooms and exotic dried mushrooms, this European vegan dish can be a perfect weeknight dinner just before you wind up your tour day and retreat to your cozy hotel suite. You can eat it with rice, noodles, or pasta, but just don’t forget to order a glass of fine wine for a complete, indulgent, and filling dinner.

Mushroom bourguignon with celeriac mash is served in many hotels in various cities across Europe for less. Just remember to tip the waiter if the delicacy tasted so good that you enjoyed it to the fullest.

Red Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
Red Lentil Shepherd’s Pie is a classic British/Irish vegan delicacy that’s a favorite choice for many Europeans. Hearty, savory, comforting, and seriously satisfying are some of the adjectives one can use to describe this vegan option that is loaded with healthy nutrients. It’s a mouthwatering vegan dish that consists of overwhelmingly delicious and succulent vegetables. The ingredients are combined into a brothy sauce that is topped with fluffy mashed potatoes and baked to bubbly perfection.

Some food historians believe that Red Lentil Shepherd’s Pie originated from Britain. Other historians convince themselves that the delicacy came from Ireland. Either way, its origin really doesn’t matter at any point. Of importance is the fact that it’s luscious, filling, and good for your health.