Zest holidays / Club Mahindra / Sterling / Country Club

#1 Jun 11th, 2007, 13:22
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I keep getting calls from tele marketers - asking me if i would like to sign up for

1 Club mahindra
2 Zest holidays ( i know the 2 are the same 0
3. Country club
4. Sterling vacations

Any one signed up for these?

I heard country club is bad....
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#2 Jun 11th, 2007, 13:40
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I have also been getting calls from Club Mahindra and Country club for the last couple of years. I get a feeling that the one time membership fee for these clubs has been fixed in such a way that clubs get more than compensated by the interest earned on these membership fees or the opportunity cost of raising funds from alternative sources by clubs for giving one week of free stay in their properties in a year to the members. Furthermore, I am not sure whether the one week's free stay in club's properties will be allotted as per members' choices of slots.

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#3 Jun 11th, 2007, 13:56
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I would avoid Sterling.

I've had only one experience, which was not good.

I have a feeling that once these people have sold the share they don't care any longer because they have your money.
#4 Jun 11th, 2007, 16:05
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yeah, the last time someoen from Club Mahindra got in touch with me, they said the membership fee is about Rs. 60000 per year.

Country club membership is less, may be about 15 to 20K per year. I am told they give a acre plot free in some farm area as a freebee.
#5 Jun 11th, 2007, 16:17
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Don't go for "country club" it's not worth.

don't know much abt the "plot free" deal
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#6 Jun 11th, 2007, 16:19
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I'm dubious about anything that is sold by unsolicited phone call
#7 Jun 11th, 2007, 18:14
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I have been to Club Mahindra presentation & got a free voucher for 2 nights / 3 days stay at any of their resort. It's only to be used during off - season. Luckily I was planning trip for Uttaranchal during Feb 05 & got to utilise the same for Binsar.

However I did not fall for their trap of buying a membership. I think it's not for Indiamikers.

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#8 Jun 13th, 2007, 10:59
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hi,am a member of club mahindra and I find it good. They do have very good properties in Munnar, Goa, Manali, coorg etc. I would say that membership is worth taking if you have a family - wife/kids as all their activities focusses on family fun. Kids who are not interested in outdoor activities can stay back at the resort and take part in activities like art work, playing tennis, chess, or some other indoor game.
#9 May 2nd, 2008, 17:05
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Bumping an old thread.... Is it worth to take membership in such clubs ?
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I guess its a very individual choice. In generaly i have not heard good things about both Sterling as well as Mahindra..

We were called to the Mahindra office for a presentation some months back, had won a voucher to one of their properties and i knew that they would try and get us to take a subscription, but i was not prepared for the onslaught of tactics post the presentation and after our first refusal....freebies after freebies, questions after questions...really desperate for us to pick it up....

but we did the maths and it just did not make sense. Plus add the negative feedback and we were pretty sure of our decision. Got a voucher for Binsar but havent managed to use it yet..
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Quote:
but we did the maths and it just did not make sense
Pree cise ly.
#12 May 3rd, 2008, 12:05
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In my opinion these trip might be seen as a scheduled trip rather then an un-scheduled trip for nuclear families where-in all are too much busy into their respective jobs. These scheduled trip can be treated as a compulsory trip else loose money..

It happens many times that we plan some trip but couldn't take it on just for the sake of our respective jobs, but these type of scheduled trip will not only enforce to take us break from regular routines but will also help us rejuvenating


For example, Puchoo as you have got a Binsar Voucher with you but still couldn't take out time to be there. However, it would had been a different story all-together if you had paid for this voucher and the voucher had been valid till April End.
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Bringing this up again....

I am not a member on Club Mahindra and don't aspire to be one as well. However I have stayed in their couple of properties and found them really good. The guys and the service were also nice. In fact I plan to stay at their Coorg property again in August.

In addition, I know couple of CM members and none of them had any complains when I spoke to them.

The sales guys might be desparate just to meet their sales targets and may not necessarily reflect CM. This is pretty much the same with sales organizations in most of the companies.

Having said all this, my sense of maths (whatever I have) doesn't allow me to buy a membership. In addition to the hefty onetime membership fee they charge a annual maintanance fee anything between 9 to 12 thousand depending upon your membership type and remember this is subject to inflation over the years.

I had a better option, keep that 3.5 lacs in FD. Take the annual interest, add 10 to 12 thousand "maintanance fee" if you wish and have a grand vacation for a week or 2. The principle still remains yours. And this should work out good for next at least 10 yrs if not more, if somebody talks about inflation.

For those new to bank rates in India, deposit interest rates here are around 8 to 10% a year, may be even more depending upon bank and other conditions.

You do get to book your choice of resort at CM but that is subject availability and your membership season. So you need to plan in real advance if you are planning to travel in peak season for that resort. Might suit folks for planned family holidays.

As Sidharth rightly said it's an individual choice.

...Pankaj
#14 Jul 7th, 2008, 14:58
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Lightbulb Profile your vacation style and budget first before taking membership

Profile your vacation style and budget first, and then match it what these club offer to you ... before taking membership.


You can consider following ..

1) Accommodation budget (does it match your budget)
2) Usually timeshare resorts are bit far from town, so you will have to incur extra expenditure on travel and in costly resort restaurant.
3) Do you go for relaxing or mostly for cultural and historical sites? (see you club have presence in those cities )
4) Can you plan 2- 5 month in advance?
5) get/verify every small promise from marketing guy in writing.
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Most of the timeshare companies enroll members disproportionate to their inventory, resulting in non availability of rooms to members. Please note that there's no written commitment that you'll be getting accommodation-it is subject to availability while you need to keep paying "irrespective of usage"-absolutely no compensation if all resorts are full and you are unable to take a holiday-unless one can plan several months in advance, your money may go waste
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