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					   Spring 2008


Strait to You……..                                                         we are doing. Not only do I look at every card turned in, the
                                                                          corporate office also reviews the cards.           Diamond Resorts
        Dennis Strait, Resort Manager                                     International® has set benchmarks that must be achieved by each
           We have started a new year and the first quarter is already    resort and the only we can see how we are performing is by having
over. Where did the time go? We have been very busy getting the           you fill out and return the comment cards. So please help us help you
new Diamond Resorts International® brand standards in place. All of       by returning your comment cards prior to departure.
the old signage has been replaced; the new in-room directories have                  As always, if you have comments or questions about the
arrived and are in the units.                                             property please feel free to give me a call, drop me an email or stop
           Some of the exciting new items you will be seeing in the       by my office!
units are: the Ihome clock radio that you can plug your Ipod or MP3
player into, 37-inch, flat-screen televisions in the living room and      VSF Receives Gift from Local Artist
bedroom, higher quality linens, duvets and bed skirts, and matching                  Villas de Santa received a great after-Christmas present.
throws and pillows. Also, the bath amenities have been upgraded and       Local artist Michelle Ferran gave us a signed and numbered print of
you will notice a change in the pens and notepads in your unit.           her latest work. We received No. 2 of 150 limited prints. As you
           The New Year brought to a close the final chapter of the       enter the front
lobby remodel. The 24-hour beverage area was gutted and new               doors you will
cabinets, a tile countertop and new lighting was installed. The area is   notice     hanging
much brighter and cheerful, so don’t forget to stop by for a cup of       above            the
coffee, juice or tea.                                                     fireplace is a
           Another change that is taking place very soon is the return    picture     of     a
of Sales to the property. With the new programs being offered, this       buffalo. We all
will be a great chance for the VSF owners to get updates on what is       thank Michelle for
going on. Another benefit with Sales coming back is once again we         this     wonderful
will have a Concierge Desk to assist our owners and guests with their     gift. Michelle sets
vacation needs while in Santa Fe. In preparation for the Sales Center,    up twice a year in
I have relocated my office to the space formerly occupied by Owner        the lobby selling
Services, so if you are looking for me, check with the Front Desk.        prints, note cards
           The annual Owner’s Meeting was held on February 23,            and originals, so if
2008. We had a small turnout, but everyone had a great time and           you are in the area
many of our owners took home door prizes. One lucky couple won a          during       Indian
seven-day stay at a Diamond Resort of their choice. Please                Market, come on
remember it is important to attend these meetings to find out what is     in and meet her.
going on at your “home resort.” This is also the time to get your         Most of the artwork in the lobby is by this fantastic local artist. You
questions answered or your concerns voiced.                               can also see her work at her website: www.ferranfinearts.com .
           The last thing I would like to mention is the Comment
Cards. It is very important that you take the time to let us know how     Annual Meeting
                                                                                     The annual meeting of the Villas de Santa Fe
                                                                          Condominium Association, Inc. was held on Saturday, February 23,
                                                                          2007. Owners heard from our Management Team and received
                                                                          pertinent information such as an update from Diamond Resorts
                                                                          International®, the Treasurer’s Report, THE ClubSM (formerly Club
                                                                          Sunterra) member benefits update, and an overview of projects
                                                                          planned for the resort during 2008. At the meeting, president Rod
                                                                          Kontny was re-elected.
                                                                                     Several raffles were held during the meeting, including a
                                                                          stay at a Diamond Resorts International® resort in the U.S.
                                                                                     Before the meeting, a “Meet the Specialists” hour was held
                                                                          to allow owners with questions on a specific topic to speak directly
                                                                          with a Diamond Resorts International® specialist. A meet-and-
                                                                          mingle      cocktail     reception    followed       each    meeting.
   Spring 2008


So Many Things, So Little Time                                                         We are very excited to have Sales and a Concierge staff
           If you are one of the many people that are traveling to          available to help our guests. If you have any questions please don’t
Santa Fe this year and you’re wondering what on earth you can do            hesitate to ask.
while you’re here, take a look at a few of these ideas.                                Remember to call us before you arrive to book your area
           If you want to visit attractions outside of Santa Fe, here are   attractions! Simply call 505.988.3000 and ask for the Concierge
a few places to enjoy….with the help of a rental car.                       desk.
Flea Market                                                                 Friendly Reminder
           Located approximately 15 minutes north of Santa Fe is the                  For those of you who have not yet made a reservation for
Pueblo of Tesuque Flea Market. Open Friday thru Sunday from 8am             your 2008 week, or exchanged it into RCI, please know that
– 4pm, you can see over 500 local, regional and even national               inventory for this year is going fast. If you need to still make these
vendors, including those from other countries as far away as Japan,         reservations, or bank your week into RCI, please contact me either by
Peru and South Africa.                                                      phone or via email. I will be more than happy to help.
Bandelier National Monument                                                           Tiffany Carlson:
           Known as one of the oldest, largest and most impressive                    Phone: 505.988.3000 ext 670
ruins in the United States, Bandelier National Monument is                            E-mail: Tiffany.Carlson@diamondresorts.com
approximately 45 minutes away from VSF. Here you can spend a
day walking around the ruins of this ancient Anasazi city and take in       At Your Service
the scenery of the Black Mesa.                                              Villas de Santa Fe
Taos Pueblo                                                                 400 Griffin Street
           Taos Pueblo is known to be one of the most visited,              Santa Fe, NM 87501
photographed and painted pueblos in the country. Here the streets are       Phone: (505) 988-3000
unpaved, no electricity, running water, or even telephones are used.        www.villasdesantafe.com
Approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours north of VSF, you can travel back in            Dennis Strait
time and experience what it would be like to live from the land.            Resort Manager
           If traveling does not seem so appealing and you just want        Dennis.Strait@diamondresorts.com
to spend all your time inside the City Different, here are a few ideas.     Eric Salzar
Loretto Chapel                                                              Chief Engineer
           For those of you who like mysteries and miracles, stop by        Eric.Salzar@diamondresorts.com
the Loretto Chapel and see the famous miraculous staircase. Need            Tiffany Carlson
we say more?                                                                Front Desk Manager and Owner Service Manager
Museums                                                                     Tiffany.Carlson@diamondresorts.com
           If culture is what you’re looking for, you can visit one or
all of the many state museums here in Santa Fe. This includes, but is       Tell Us What You Think
not limited to, the Folk Art Museum, Indian Art and Culture, Spanish                 This newsletter is your quarterly link to your vacation
Colonial, and even the Fine Arts Museum. All museums are open               home. Share stories about your vacation experience at Villas de
Tuesday – Sunday.                                                           Santa Fe, or let us know what you would like to read about in
                                                                            upcoming issues. Drop us a line at:
Santa Fe State Capitol Building
           Also known as “The Roundhouse,” the state capitol                         telluswhatyouthink@diamondresorts.com
building was dedicated back in 1966. It is designed in the territorial
style of architecture, which was taken from the Pueblo Indians. It is
built from adobe and forms the shape of the Zia Indian Sun Symbol.
Stop by and take a peek at this unusual building and experience
history in the making.

Sales and Marketing Set to Open in May
          We are pleased to announce that the Villas de Santa Fe will
open its sales center in May 2008! Additionally, we will have a full
time Concierge staff. This staff will assist you with all your needs:
from making meal reservations, providing area information to
booking you and your guests on area activities.

				
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