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 email@example.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.