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					  Important Reminders                                      Important UVC Numbers to keep on File
                                                      Universal Vacation Club                      Exchange Options
                                                      (Developer/Sales/Loan and Maintenance Fee    Interval International (II): 1-800-634–3415
23rd Annual Meeting                                   Payments)
November 10, 2007 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.                                                       CANADA: 1-800-638–3400
                                                      404 Camino del Rio South, Fourth Floor
make reservations soon!                               San Diego, CA 92108                          Website:
                                                      Toll Free: 1-800-852-4755                    Resort Condominiums International (RCI):
Reservation and Vacation Banking Timelines:
                                                      Direct Dial: 1-619-683-7440                  1-888-909–3773
Summer Reservation Requests must be received by:
Villa del Mar                          07/15
                                                      Gold Members: 1-866-465-3882
                                                                                                   CANADA: 1-800-527–5219                                                                          AHOY MATES!!!
                                                                                                                                                 This November, set sail for the beautiful Villa Del Arco and Villa Del Palmar resorts located in Cabo San Lucas! Live a
Villa del Palmar – PV                  08/01          Fax: 1-619–209-5920
Villa del Palmar – Cabo                08/15          Website:
Gold (Summer) Members                  09/01          Email:                                                                  “Pirate’s Life” at the 23rd UVC annual meeting November 8th through 10th, 2007. Local folklore tells of vast treasures
                                                                                                                                                 still hidden along this historic and magnificent coastline, and we’re sure you will agree! This Annual Meeting promises
Winter & Holiday Reservation Requests must be                                                      Resort Phone Numbers                          to be a fun-filled weekend that will live on in your memories just like the legends of Pirates past.
received by:
                                                                                                                                                 Attending the annual meeting provides you the opportunity to meet your Club representatives face-to-face, and to
                                                      • Monthly Mortgage Billing and Payments      Villa del Mar / Villa del Palmar-
Villa del Mar                           09/15
                                                                                                                                                 get involved with the decisions that benefit your membership. The meeting itself is free, and is open to all members
                                                      • Vacation Banking/Borrowing                 Puerto Vallarta                               of the Universal Vacation Club. When you register early, you may opt to include breakfast and lunch for a small fee.
Villa del Palmar – PV                   10/01         • Maintenance Fee Payments Personal
Villa del Palmar – Cabo                 10/15                                                      Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio               We strongly encourage you to attend!
                                                        Information change
Gold (winter&holiday) members           11/01         • Search and Book Airfare                    KM 3 Puerto Vallarta Jalisco MX 48300          Pillage and PlUnder yoUr way throUgh the weekend:
Note: Visit us online to Vacation Bank your week(s)
                                                      • Vacation Banking/Borrowing                 • 011-52-322-224-0635                         Arrive in style with a Buccaneers rum punch, and then connect with your fellow privateers long lost at sea during the
                                                      • Payment of Maintenance Fees                • Fax 011–52–322–224-6837                     welcome reception. You will receive a welcome package with all the information you need to make sure you don’t
                                                      • Reservations                                                                             miss any of the weekend’s fabulous events. Saturday
Maintenance Fees Reminders:                           • Upgrades / Changes
                                                                                                   Villa del Palmar - Flamingo’s Resort          morning will keep you busy with continental breakfast,
October 2007 – The 2007 Maintenance Assessment        • Shuttle Transportation                                                                   followed by the Annual Meeting at 10 a.m. After the
                                                                                                   Paseo Cocoteros 750 Sur
Invoices are mailed and due by November 15th. The     • Reserve Additional Services                                                              meeting you are invited to participate in open round table
2008 Suite Getaways Rental Program Agreements                                                      Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit MX 63732              discussions where you will have the chance to meet with
are mailed out to members. Act quickly as there is    News Between Amigos                          • 011-52-322-226-8100                         representatives from referrals, sales, MAC committee,
limited space available in this program.              Email Contacts:                                                     Eagles Wing Foundation, RCI, Interval International, and
                                                                                                   • Fax 011–52–322–224-6837
                                                      General Feedback:                                                         Member Services, just to name a few. So make sure you
November 30, 2007 – Last day of the Grace Period      Board of Directors:                                                      come prepared with all of your membership questions!
for Maintenance fees! After this date Late Charges    MAC:                           Villa del Palmar – Cabo San Lucas
will apply. Late fees are assessed at the following
                                                                                                   KM 5 Camino Viejo                             Here’s what yoU can expect:
                                                      Travel Escapes Club                          Cabo San Lucas Baja California Sur MX 23410
1st late fee: 10% *assessed on December 1st           Vacation Travel Concierge Service                                                          ThUrsday, November 8th
                                                                                                   • 011-52-624-145-7000                                                                                             SUnday, November 11th
                                                      404 Camino del Rio South, Fourth Floor                                                     4-6 p.m. – Buccaneers Rum Punch Welcome Reception
                                                                                                   • Fax 011-52-624-145-7071                                   Register and Pick up Welcome Packet                   7-9 a.m. - Thank you and goodbye breakfast
2nd late fee: $75 Reinstatement Fee *assessed on      San Diego, CA 92108
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     **Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for registered meeting
January 1st                                           Toll Free: 1-866-226-4173                                                                  Friday, November 9th                                                attendees, so choose the meal option when you register**
                                                      Reserve Cruises · Moorings · Car Rentals ·   Villa del Arco – Cabo San Lucas               4-6 p.m. – Buccaneers Rum Punch Welcome Reception
3rd late fee: Finance charge, charged every month     Hotel Stays · Airfare · Safaris              KM 5 Camino Viejo                                          Register and Pick up Welcome Packet
until maintenance fee is paid
Avoid late charges - Submit your payment online at
                                                                                                   Cabo San Lucas BCS. Mexico 23410                                                                                    THE ANNUAL MEETING IS
                                                                                                                                                 7 p.m. – Treasure Hunt and Mexican Fiesta
                                                      ResortCom International                      • 011-52-624-145-7200                                                                                                DEFINITELY AN EVENT
For those Members on the Quarterly Maintenance        Website:                   • Fax 011-52-624-145-7201                     SatUrday, November 10th
                                                                                                                                                 8-10 a.m. – Continental Breakfast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         NOT TO MISS, AND WE
Fee Payment Plan Option
February 28, 2007 2nd installment is due              Suite Getaways                                                                             10 a.m. – Annual Meeting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          WANT YOU THERE!!
May 31, 2007 3rd installment is due .                 Member Rental Program
                                                                                                                                                 12:00 p.m. – Luncheon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SEE YOU IN NOVEMBER!
August 31, 2007 4th installment is due .              404 Camino del Rio South, Fourth Floor
                                                      San Diego, CA 92108                                                                        1:30 p.m. – Open Round table discussions
Make all of your vacation reservations, Book Air      Toll Free: 1-866-882-3866 and then UVC
travel, or make maintenance fee and loan payments     members press option 1.                                                                    7 p.m. – “Pirates of the Villa Del Arco” Night
online by logging onto Online
discount may be applicable. Please check website                                                                                                                Lead Article: 2007 Annual Meeting (Brenda Palmieri) p.1 President’s Message (Brenda Palmieri)/Interval International
for details.                                                                                                                                                    (Cristina Picazo) pp.2-3 Club manager Update (Solomon Stewart) p.4 Eagle’s Wings Update (Jim McCarthy)/Bring a Thing p.5
                                                                                                                                                                Que Pasa pp.6-7 Referral Program p.8 Resort Update p.9 Member Article/Amigo to Amigo p.10 Members R Us/Mac Update p.11
                                                                                                                                                                Important Numbers To Keep/Dates & Deadlines p.12

Visit or 800-852-4755 for club information and secure online transactions                                                              Visit or 800-852-4755 for club information and secure online transactions
                                              President’s Message
    Dear UVC Members,
    I would like to welcome all of you to the 23rd Annual Meeting this November at the spectacular Villa Del Arco and Villa Del Palmar
    resorts in Cabo San Lucas. The annual meeting is your chance to get involved with key decisions affecting the Club and your
    membership. Allow yourself to be treated to a themed weekend of entertainment and relaxation in the beautiful and luxurious Villa
    Del Arco, while at the same time you are contributing to the continuing excellence and excitement of your Universal Vacation Club

        We have also been working hard to improve some of the services that we currently offer to our members. Recently, ResortCom
    International has expanded member service capabilities with an enhanced phone system in the call center. This call center is able
    to assist with Member information, as well as processing all of your maintenance fee and loan payments. This will improve your
    wait time on the phone, allowing you to start vacationing that much sooner!
        Another tool designed to improve your membership is the Universal Vacation Club website Club manager,
    Solomon Stewart, is currently leading a project to revamp the website. will be more interactive and user friendly, this
    will allow you more freedom and options when planning your vacation. Another bonus: This year you will also be able to register      The past several newsletters have focused on our enhanced email communications to our members and the benefits of giving UVC
                                                                                                                                         your email address. This quarter we are excited to focus on our enhancements to the telephone service we have provided to our
    for the upcoming 2007 Annual Meeting online. Look for the exciting new changes this summer. If you are not already signed up, I
                                                                                                                                         members. Historically, our phones have been the busiest during the last quarter of the year for Maintenance Fee season and the first
    urge you to visit the website today!
                                                                                                                                         quarter of the year for Reservations. However, as more members have joined the UVC family, the demand for our telephone services
    Sincerely,                                                                                                                           has increased and our ability to get enough agents in our office has diminished. In the past couple of years, we tested increasing
    Bob Kistner, President                                                                                                               our staff by using a remote workforce in a decentralized fashion. This means that some of the UVC agents that you spoke to were
                                                                                                                                         working from their home office using state of the art communications equipment. While this worked to increase our efficiency to a
                                                       PACKAGES                                                                          point, we felt that we could still do better.
    23rd Annual Meeting Deluxe accommodation packages have been designed especially for you at both the Villa Del                        Today, due to innovative staffing and technological advancements, we are distributing calls to many more trained agents than ever
    Palmar and the Villa Del Arco Resorts, so to call from the US or Canada dial 866-725-6277 or calling within Mexico the               before. All agents have access to necessary resources to help them with your requests and when this isn’t enough, all agents have
    number is 800-725-6277to make your reservations today!                                                                               access to staff in other offices to assist. By using this method, we can more efficiently handle the ups and downs of our varying
                                                                 Villa Del Arco                                                          call demands while reducing your hold times. While the implementation is still in progress, we have seen dramatic improvements
    Villa Del Palmar
                                                                 • 3 Night Accommodation Specials Include                                in our ability to answer your calls faster than in the recent past. Additionally, our Training and Quality Control programs have been
    • 3 Night Accommodation Specials Include
                                                                 	       wAirport Shuttle (pickup only)                                  streamlined and improved so that we can provide better feedback to our agents which can only result in better service to you. For
            wAirport Shuttle (pickup only)
                                                                 	       w30 minute each massage for two                                 those of you who called us to make your annual Maintenance Fee Payments, you should have had a significantly shorter wait time
            w30 minute massage for two
                                                                 	       wBreakfast Friday morning                                       and a quicker transaction. For those of you making Reservations, our service has been extraordinary. The bottom line is that we
            wBreakfast Friday morning
            wComplimentary tour                                  	       wComplimentary Tour                                             continue to improve our service to you.

                                                                    Prices and Room types
    Prices and Room types                                           o       Deluxe Guest Suite Studio for up to 2 guests - $545.00
    o       Studio Guest Suite for up to 2 guests - $405.00         o       1 Bedroom Villa for up to 4 guests - $650.00                 We have been visiting Mexico since the early 90’s and have been a UVC member since 1997. Each time we visit we find new
    o       1 Bedroom Villa for up to 4 guests - $555.00            o       2 Bedroom Villa for up to 6 guests – $1,041.00               experiences and places.
    o       2 Bedroom Villa for up to 6 guests – $908.00                                                                                       On each visit, after we are settled in, we visit the UVC office; talk with the concierge, bell captain, entertainment group, and
                                                                    • 7 Night Accommodation Specials Include                             member office. They have a world of information about their town. They have steered us to great restaurants, shops, grocery stores
    • 7 Night Accommodation Specials Include                        	      wAirport Shuttle for two (pickup only)                        and even surrounding towns to visit.
           wAirport Shuttle for two (pickup only)                   	      wComplimentary 30 minute each massage for two                     A few years ago we gave our daughter and her new husband a week in Cabo as a wedding present. She found out the day they
           w30 minute each massage for two                          	      wDaily Breakfast
                                                                    	      wComplimentary Tour                                           arrived was Sammy Hagar’s birthday celebration. The tickets were available that morning, but they were not scheduled to arrive
           wDaily Breakfast                                                                                                              until afternoon. We were able to contact Santiago, and he was able to get them tickets. They were not familiar with the resort when
           wComplimentary Tour                                                                                                           they arrived, and did not know where to find him or the tickets. Santiago went the extra mile to search the resort to locate them.
                                                                    Prices and Room types
                                                                    o       Deluxe Guest Suite Studio for up to 2 guests - $1,229.00     If it had not been for his determination they would not have had the wonderful experience of helping Sammy Hagar celebrate his
    Prices and Room types                                                                                                                birthday.
                                                                    o       1 Bedroom Villa for up to 4 guests - $1,474.00
    o       Studio Guest Suite for up to 2 guests - $897.00         o       2 Bedroom Villa for up to 6 guests – $2,401.00                    When you visit the resorts, make sure that you get to know these wonderful people that are there to make your visit a positive
    o       1 Bedroom Villa for up to 4 guests - $1,247.00                                                                               experience.
    o       2 Bedroom Villa for up to 6 guests – $2,080.00                                                                                   The MAC members are also there to help. Watch for us. We wear nametags and welcome questions, suggestions, or just stopping
                                                                                                                                         to chat!

                                                                                                                                         Sharon and Marvin Shumaker

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                                                                                                                                                                                            VACATION ExCHANGE
                                    AmiGo                                 AmiGo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Vacation exchange is

     In addition to all of the complimentary activities that are   famous pirates to visit this area was the privateer Sir
     planned for you throughout the Annual Meeting weekend,
     if you are truly adventurous at heart, you may want to
                                                                   Thomas Cavendish. He was the third to sail all the way
                                                                   around the world, plundering Spanish towns on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        only the beginning.
     plan some of these “non-traditional” activities.              coasts of South America as he went. The peninsula of Baja
                                                                   California became a favorite hide-out for all the booty.
     You can experience a real pirate ship for yourself!
     There are several Sunset or Snorkeling Pirate ship            Legend has it that this cave, located on the Pacific side                                                                                             Interval membership opens the door to benefits you can
     excursions that depart from Cabo San Lucas daily. Visit       near Divorce Beach, was not only a pirate hideout, but it                                                                                             enjoy year ’round: low-priced Getaways ■ exchange privileges to a for more information.                  may possibly contain some of this hidden treasure. While                                                                                              worldwide network of resorts ■ airline discount certificates ■ a full-service
                                                                   there were certainly pirates in the area, no one knows                                                                                                travel agency offering special rates unavailable to the general public         ■
                                                                   for sure what the cave may contain. Trespassers ye be                                                                                                 travel and leisure discounts galore            ■   special e-mail promotions   ■
                                                                   warned!                                                                                                                                               informative membership publications        ■   Guest Certificates for family and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         friends       superior customer service            additional opportunities and
                                                                                 BULLETIN BOARD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ■                                    ■

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         discounts with Interval Gold, our upgraded membership program. ■ Keep
                                                                   Help us continue your Amigo to Amigo Bulletin Board. Do you                                                                                           your membership current and enjoy all the benefits that Interval has to
                                                                   have a funny or captivating vacation photo you would like to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         offer. Visit, or call 800-843-8843 or 305-666-1884. ■
                                                                   share with other members? We’d like to publish special events,
                LEGENDARY SHIP!                                    birthdays, and anniversaries to share those special occasions
     This pirate theme tour is one of the most popular             with each other. E-mail your color or black and white photo
     excursions of those available in Cabo. You sail out into      to the UVC office in San Diego for our Amigos to Amigos spot-        AD0731-0307 V   3/12/07   1:10 PM   Page 1
     the bay aboard a 115-foot tall ship built in 1885, while                                                                                                                                                                                                               The best vacations

     the crew scampers about the rigging in pirate dress.          Amigos to Amigos Newsletter                                                                                                                                                                                  start here!
     Be prepared for the firing of the onboard cannon; its         Attention: Desiree Ashley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Vacation exchange is

     noise is unforgettable. Enjoy lunch and cocktails as
     you tour the bay and learn about the area’s pirate
     history from the crew. Two cruises are available; prices                                                                                                                                                       only the beginning.
     start at USD25 per person.

     Visit some of the many coves along the coast where
     pirates hid while preparing to ambush Spanish                                                                                                                                                   Interval membership opens the door to benefits you can
     Galleons entering the Sea of Cortez!                                                                                                                                                            enjoy year ’round: low-priced Getaways ■ exchange privileges to a
                                                                                                                                                                                                     worldwide network of resorts ■ airline discount certificates ■ a full-service
                                                                                                                                                                                                     travel agency offering special rates unavailable to the general public            ■

                                                                                                                                                                                                     travel and leisure discounts galore            ■   special e-mail promotions      ■

                                                                                                                                                                                                     informative membership publications        ■   Guest Certificates for family and
                                                                                                                                                                                                     friends   ■   superior customer service        ■   additional opportunities and
                                                                                “And I’ll be back next year!”                                                                                        discounts with Interval Gold, our upgraded membership program. ■ Keep
                                                                   Molly, (pictured above) was honored at our member’s Party. She                                                                    your membership current and enjoy all the benefits that Interval has to
                                                                   has been coming to VDP for many years, and in 2006 celebrated her                                                                 offer. Visit, or call 800-843-8843 or 305-666-1884. ■
       Old Pirate Hideout. Hidden Treasure? Located near
      Divorce Beach (on the Pacific side) Cabo San Lucas,                               100th BIRTHDAY!
                        23410 Mexico
                                                                   “having my family and friends here keeps me going” Molly                                                                                           Inter
     In 1565, Spain set up its famous Galleon trade route          stated. Molly was joined by her children, granchildren and great
     taking thousands of ships from Acapulco to the Philippines    grandchildren who all plan on being back next year. The staff, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The best vacations
     and back. These rich cargos of the Manila galleons drew       management and our Villa Del Palmar members all gathered in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            start here!
     English, Dutch, and French pirates, all hungry for the gold   standing ovation to honor Molly.
     and riches. Pirates would hide in the various coves waiting   John Sauer, (Manager of Elite Services, Puerto Vallarta) “The
     for Spanish galleons to pass by, which they would then        world needs more people with zest for life that Molly has”
     plunder. One of the most                                      November 06’

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                     FIRST QUATER 2007 MANAGER’S UPDATE                                                                                                       THE VILLAGROUP RESORT NEWS
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at all of our 6 Restaurants and 6 Bars
                                                                                                                                                                                                    within our 3 properties in Los Cabos
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • National Bar with selected Liquors, Beers, Cocktails, Softdrinks and
    • I recently had a chance to visit Resortcom Internationals’ new offices in Mexico City. Our management            New Signature Treatments from The Spa at Flamingos                           Water
    company opened new offices there with 18 agents that are fully trained and skilled at taking member               The Sweet Harmony, Four-Hand Massage offers double the indulgence           • Daily live Entertainment
    reservations, maintenance fee payments, and reserving concierge services. These agents, in addition to our        with two massage therapists applying luscious juices of locally-grown       • Daily theme Nights with limited availability
                                                                                                                      sugar cane to enhance tanning. The four-hand, deep tissue massage
    San Diego and On-Site teams, will insure phenomenal service throughout our members experience with their          detoxifies, tones muscles and stimulates the nervous system with            • Non – Motorized Water sports
    membership.                                                                                                       organic oils. This is an essential treatment for anyone active in the       • Daytime Beach and Pool activities
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Use of the Gym, Tennis clinics, Mini-Golf and other activities
    The Mexico City office also has a direct link to the San Diego offices for consultations and communications.      The Villa Group Announces New Faces at the Vallarta                         • Taxes
    The same technology is used throughout each office location insuring the best communication and service           Roland Bernard has been named to the position of General Manager            Restaurants and Bars included in concept:
    are provided.                                                                                                     for The Villa Group’s 560-room Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa in
                                                                                                                      Puerto Vallarta. He will be responsible for the flawless daily operations
                                                                                                                      of the beachfront resort overlooking beautiful Banderas Bay.                • El Bucanero Bar
    • The Club is pleased to introduce 2 Villa Del Palmar Vallarta Summer Packages that are designed specifically                                                                                 Full size Spanish Galleon built into one of our Swimming Pools.
    for our members’ needs and wants. During the dates of May 26th through July 6th, and July 28th through            Also joining the company, Stefano Silvestri has been appointed as           Featuring a weekly Pirate show and exotic Umbrella Cocktails
                                                                                                                      the Regional Director of Food & Beverage for the trio of oceanfront         • Tortugas
    October 19th the Club is offering to our members the following package:                                           properties in Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta. Mr.Silvestri will         Mexican Cantina and Sports Bar featuring daily changing theme
                                                                                                                      be responsible for all food and beverage operations for the Villa
                                                                                                                      del Palmar in Puerto Vallarta, the Villa del Palmar Flamingos Nuevo         nights, buffets and shows as well as many sports events
                                                                                                                      Vallarta as well as the newest addition, Villa La Estancia Nuevo            • Bella California
    	        Package	#1	-	$498.00	for	a	Gold	Studio	(Includes	the	following)                                          Vallarta, which is scheduled to open this spring.                           Authentic Italian Trattoria with Beach front Terrace, serving fine Italian
    1. $150.00 Airfare Credit <Only if travel is booked through Travel Escapes Club>                                  The Villa Group Receives Editor’s Pick WAVE Awards
                                                                                                                                                                                                  fare a la carte
    2. $170.00 Spa / Salon Credit                                                                                     Villa del Palmar Flamingos has been selected as an “Editors Picks” by       • La Casona
    3. $147.00 Food and Beverage Credit                                                                               the TravelAge West in the publication’s 2007 WAVE Awards program:           Steakhouse and Piano Bar serving the best of Kobe and Angus Beef
                                                                                                                      The new Villa del Palmar Flamingos Beach Resort & Spa Nuevo                 as well as degustation Menus complete with wine pairing from its
    4. $28.00 Transportation Credit <Transportation is only provided from airport to resort>                          Vallarta has been recognized for excellence in the category of “Best        extensive a la carte Menu
                                                                                                                      New Property or Renovation, Mexico”.                                        • La Parrilla
                                                                                                                      Created to honor suppliers going the extra mile, the two-phase WAVE         Mexican Mesquite Grill featuring a unique antique Tequila cart and
    	        Package	#2	-	$635.00	for	a	Gold	One	bedroom	(Includes	the	following)                                     Awards recognition begins with TravelAge West’s Editor-In-Chief, Ken        serving a specially tailored a la carte / buffet
    1. $250.00 Airfare Credit <Only if travel is booked through Travel Escapes Club>                                  Shapiro, and his editorial team carefully reviewing product analysis,       style Menu
                                                                                                                      on-site visits, agent surveys and on-line research. The program             • La Perla
    2. $200.00 Spa / Salon Credit                                                                                     continues with a formal WAVE Awards balloting initiative during the         The best of Cosmopolitan and Seafood Cuisine served a la carte in
    3. $147.00 Food and Beverage Credit                                                                               month of April, where travel agent professionals throughout the 14
                                                                                                                                                                                                  the Air Conditioned dining room or dine on Cabos best Beach front
                                                                                                                      western states and readers of TravelAge West are invited to vote on
    4. $38.00 Transportation Credit <Transportation is only provided from airport to resort>                          the best-of-the-best from the list of “Editors Picks” awarded in 50         Terrace
                                                                                                                      categories, so this award is truly an honor.                                • El Faro
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ceviche, Sashimi and Oyster Bar. Everything prepared fresh in our
                                                                                                                      New Services
                                                                                                                      The Villa del Palmar Puerto Vallarta and the Villa del Palmar Flamingos     open Show kitchen, you may also choose from an extensive selection
                                                                                                                      have implemented the new “Fill My Fridge” service: Let us deliver           of small appetizers from our Mexican tapas bar
    Whether you bring an extra friend, family member or you book them just for yourself, you don’t want to miss       a carefully selected food hamper of basic kitchen staples right to
    out on this amazing deal as part of your membership with Universal Vacation Club.                                 your suite; it will be ready when you arrive. Throughout your entire        With all of these new and exciting changes, you, your family and all
                                                                                                                      stay, you can arrange for your groceries to be delivered to your suite      of your friends are able to dine in a different Restaurant and enjoy
                                                                                                                      anytime you need them. Just call 1 877 845 5247, and a friendly
                                                                                                                      representative will assist you.                                             tropical Cocktails, selected Wines and ice cold Mexican Beers in an
    • I am very excited to inform you of a new partnership with Club Essential. We have hired Club Essential to                                                                                   exotic setting every night.
    completely revamp the members’ website This process will take about 6 weeks and should
                                                                                                                                                                                                  With our daily changing theme nights one doesn’t have to leave the
    be complete by the end of April. This is a great opportunity for UVC to enhance the on-line experience for our                                                                                Villagroup Compound at all! Enjoy, relax and wind down after a hot
    members. With enhanced graphics and easy to use controls for making your reservation and maintenance                                                                                          day on the Beach at one of our many Restaurants and Bars instead,
    fee payments, we are positive you will enjoy this up-graded benefit to your membership.                                                                                                       without wasting a thought about the vacation budget.

    • In February the Club lost two phenomenal employees. Ms. Janeth Olachea (UVC on-site Cabo) and Mr.               VILLAGROUP LOS CABOS FOOD AND BEVERAGE NEWS                                 *Free transportation is available between the resorts on our San
    Oscar Pulido (UVC on-site Puerto Vallarta) both left the company for bigger and better things. We are             Villagroup Hotels and Resorts are proud to present the brand new,           Francisco style trolley buses, commuting every 5mins.
                                                                                                                      sensational “Villagroup Meal Plan” concept. This new package comes
    extremely saddened by this loss but always look for the opportunity to grow and better ourselves when             hand in hand with our new and Improved Regional Gourmet Food and            Cuisine and Service are guaranteed top of the line. Our internationally
    situations like this arise. With that being said, I am happy to introduce to you Ms. Susana Rodriguez (UVC        Beverage concept featuring new and re conceptualized Restaurants            experienced and European trained Chefs and F&B Managers leave
    on-site Puerto Vallarta). Ms. Rodriguez joins us from the Villa Del Palmar – Vallarta resort where she held the   and Bars.                                                                   nothing to chance.
    position of Guest Services Manager. Her experience in dealing with our members at the Front Desk makes
    her the prime candidate and perfect fit for this position. We are very happy to have Susana with us and look      The new Villagroup Meal Plan package will start as of February 15th.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        “This package is one of a kind and
    forward to a bright future for her and the Club.                                                                  This new improved feature will replace the existing individual plans.
                                                                                                                      The Meal Plan sells at U$ 79 and includes the following:                               unrivaled in Los Cabos”
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                                                                                                                            EAGLE’S WINGS FOUNDATION
                                          We have heard you! You asked for something valuable, fun, and most of             Dear UVC Members:

                                          all – easy! Well, we have it for you. UVC members calling the Referral
                                          department at 1-800-676-9394 will now receive a re-loadable cash card             Eagles Wing Foundation will soon be making its latest grants to over 20 organizations in Puerto Vallarta,
                                          instead of the previous Palmare check for referring qualified friends and         Nayarit, and Cabo San Lucas. If you have not made a donation we sure could use your help in our charity work,
                                          family that tour the resorts.
                                                                                                                            helping those who need it the most. Once again, several grants will be given to organizations that provide

                                                                                                                            scholarships to help keep kids in school.
                                          Your card will have a debit-function that can be used at any ATM or
                                          merchant debit.                                                                       We keep finding new needs and keep trying to find new ways to help. One of the newest projects in the
                                                                                                                            works is a joint project with the large Endima Foundation in Chicago. They do a lot of work in area of medicine.
                                                                                                                            I had the opportunity to meet with their president when he came to PV. After spending some time at the Clinica
     Use it to shop online • Use it at any ATM • Receive totally free reward points from over a 1000 stores • Use it as a   Asistencil, the free medial clinic (which EFW helps support), the president, Dr. Ray, has submitted a proposal to
        calling card • Put gas in the car and receive up to 25 cents off per gallon • Reload it • and do it all instantly   provide part time specialist services in the areas of gynecology, pediatrics, and internal medicine. Part of their
                                                                                                                            donation will also be used to buy drugs for the pharmacy. EWF will provide the administrative part of the grant
    This offer is exclusively available through the Referral Department for UVC members only, so call us at
    1-800-676-9394 for more information.                                                                                    which will include fund dispersement and provide periodic reports with receipts to Endima. With the success
                                                                                                                            of this program, Dr. Ray plans to increase the amounts of the grants! Another great service to help some of the
    Warmest Regards,                                                                                                        less fortunate, and to take care of our home away from home!
                                                                                                                                Among my meetings on my last visit to PV were two other groups who would need some help. One is a
    Referral Department                                                                                                     new association for the blind. Five of the members are children. They have one day a week volunteer teacher,
                                                                                                                            but need books in Braille and other materials. So that they may better support themselves and their families,
                                                                                                                            they are now very interested in learning trades. Now their principal support comes from playing instruments
                                                                                                                            on buses and asking for pesos. Four of the members have formed a band and could play gigs at events. IF they

                       TRAVEL ESCAPES! CLUB                                                                                 had some amplifier equipment. They would like to have better means of support which would also be more
                                                                                                                            dignified. Can we??? Should we??? Help???
                                                                                                                               The other new group that came for a meeting represented the Acilo, the home for the indigent elderly. There
                                                                                                                            are 36 residents currently. At night there is only one person on duty. They would install a call signal button at
    Travel Escapes Club Reminder! All UVC Gold Members also have all the benefits of the Travel                             each bedside so that a resident in need, or emergency, could contact the office. I have contacted a person in PV
    Escapes! Club. And remember, non-Gold members can join for a nominal annual membership fee of                           who has a cellular commercial type of business and is familiar with this type of system. He is putting together
    $59 per year.
                                                                                                                            a bid for our consideration. Can we?? Should we?? Help?? Again, it depends on the amount of funds we have
    Did you know that now you can go on line to and book air travel anytime                       available.
    to anywhere? That’s right! Not only can you book your air travel when you are traveling on your                             Once again, I would like to thank you for your interest and support. We are making a difference because of
    UVC vacation, but now you can book air travel to go anywhere at anytime. Like those long weekend                        you!!! AND we continue to maintain a 1% administrative and overhead expense rate!!
    getaways, visits to friends and family…
    And, as usual…..Airline prices for Travel Escapes! Club members are competitive with air travel prices
    found anywhere on the web. Plus, when Travel Escapes! Club members book thru the Travel Escapes!
    Club website, the service saves you $ 10 per ticket.                                                                    Jim McCarthy
    New to the Travel Escapes! Club site…. Want to visit another destination without giving up your time
    at your UVC resort this year? Now available on the Travel Escapes! Club, special Travel Escapes! Club                    BRING A THING:
    member pricing to such great destinations as Kona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Park City, Utah and more!                        Please remember to bring a “little something” when you go to your resort. Leave them with the UVC office there, and they will be
                                                                                                                             donated to needy schools, orphanages, etc. It is very much appreciated, and it’s one way to be sure to have room in your suitcase for
    Visit and see what other travel specials are being offered for Travel Escapes!                 souvenirs to bring home!
    Club members. Don’t forget to ask us about our latest cruise specials to your favorite destinations
                                                                                                                             **We still need books in English & Spanish (paperbacks are fine)
    Remember…..We will continue to keep adding features and benefits so be sure and visit often to see                       **Any Size men’s, women’s or children’s tennis shoes
                                                                                                                             **Pencils, pens, paper, etc. for very poor schools
    what else is new for Travel Escapes! Club members!
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                                                                                                                                                            bus and the word “parada” means bus stop. Buses marked “Centro”
                                                                                                   LEAVING MExICO                                           go to downtown and on to Olas Altas, buses marked “Tunnel” take
                                                                                 • Upon leaving, authorities will request your citizenship documentation    the bypass to Olas Altas (thus avoiding downtown PV), buses to the
                                                                                 and blue copy of your Tourist card.                                        airport are marked “Ixtapa,” “Juntas,” or “Las Palmas.”, buses to
                                                                                                                                                            the Marina, Pitillal, Mismaloya, Nuevo Vallarta and Punta de Mita
                                                                                 • We recommend that you check those items you are allowed to take          are marked accordingly. Buses going south to Mismaloya or Boca de
        HISTORY OF MExICan FOOD & DRINK                                                                                                                     Tomatlán depart from Calle Constitucion and Basilio de Badillo.
                                                                                 back with you when you go back home.
       One of the largest industries in Mexico is tourism. Each year, about 4
    million foreign visitors come to see the cultural treasures of the Indian    • It is important that you keep the receipts of all items you buy in       SHOPPING OR STROLLING:
    ruins, the beautiful Spanish colonial architecture, the performing arts,     Mexico.                                                                    For shopping and strolling, downtown Puerto Vallarta Mexico can’t be                    WOMAN SPA LOVERS
    and of course Mexican food which is rich in color and flavor. An                                                                                        beat. It has what must be the best boardwalk (Malecón) in all Mexico,
                                                                                 • Please arrive at the airport at least 2-½ hours before your scheduled    lined with restaurants, nightclubs, and fine shops. There is also an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Enjoy your vacation with a smile on your face
    incredible array of fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, squash,
    sweet potatoes, avocados and chiles just seem to taste better in             departure.                                                                 open-air market with artists. In this area is where you’ll find many of           and peace on your mind and body.
    Mexico. Corn is the chief food of most Mexicans. It is usually softened                                                                                 Vallarta’s landmarks such as the Church of Guadalupe, the sculpture
                                                                                 • You will find some duty free merchandise at the airport for any last     of the boy on the seahorse and the open-air theater of Los Arcos.           Bay Breeze Massage 50 Min • ”Express Yourself
    in hot lime water, boiled, and ground into meal. The main corn-meal
                                                                                 minute gifts you may have forgotten.
    food is the tortilla, thin flat bread shaped by hand and cooked on a                                                                                    Right through the center of Puerto Vallarta Mexico runs the Cuale            Facial” 80 Min. • Manicure & Pedicure 50 Min
    non-greased griddle. Tortillas can also be made with wheat flour. The                                                                                   River. In the middle of the river is Isla Rio Cuale, a picturesque island
    tortilla is the bread of most Mexican people, it is a staple of Mexican                                                                                 with shops and restaurants scattered throughout. This is a great place
                                                                                                                                                            to take a break from busy day of shopping and sightseeing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Regularly $310 US PER PERSON
    food. It can be eaten plain or used as part of a delicious taco. A taco is
    a folded tortilla filled with chopped meat, chicken or cheese and then                                                                                  The area between Marina Vallarta and downtown is where you can                     Now Only $248 US PER PERSON
    fried; or they can be used for an enchilada, a rolled-up tortilla with a                                                                                find most of the hotels and three shopping malls with over 100
    similar filling and covered with a hot sauce; or another use is to make                                                                                 shops offering everything from traditional souvenirs to fashionable
    a tostada, a tortilla fried in deep fat until it becomes crisp and served                                                                               boutiques and modern grocery stores as well restaurants and coffee
    with beans, cheese, lettuce, meat and onions on top.                                                                                                    shops.

                                                                                                                                                            CAN YOU IMAGINE A PLACE TO
                                                                                  HOW TO GET AROUND IN PUERTO VALLARTA                                      LIVE A NEW ExPERIENCE WITH
                                                                                 TAxIS:                                                                          YOUR LOVED ONE?
                                                                                 You can find taxis all over the place and at any time of the day or
    You might also enjoy another favorite Mexican food dish called               night. Just step outside your hotel or onto any street curb and wave
    frijoles, beans that are boiled, mashed and then fried and refried in        as one approaches.                                                             COME AND LET US PAMPER
    lard. Other popular dishes include atole, a thick soupy corn-meal dish,      What is a fair fare? Good question, and one even locals are not sure         YOU. YOUR BODY, MIND AND
    and tamales, which consists of corn meal steamed in corn husks or            of, until we ask.                                                                                                                                                EXCLUSIVELY FOR MEN
    banana leaves and then usually mixed with pork or chicken. Most              Over the last years the Taxi Syndicate has worked towards having             SOUL WILL THANK YOU FOR
    dishes are highly seasoned with a wide array of available chili              established rates for all areas of Puerto Vallarta. In most cases the         THE VITALITY AND ENERGY                                                  Deep Tissue Massage 50 Min • Exclusive Men’s
    peppers. If you visit Mexico during the Holidays, you will find turkey       driver will give you the correct fare. However ask before getting in
    served with mole, a sauce made of chocolate, chili, sesame seed and          the cab and not at the end of the trip when it’s a little more difficult     YOU WILL RECOVER WITH US.                                                          Facial” 80 Min. • Body Scrub
    spices, very traditional.                                                    to negotiate. You may also want to ask the people at your hotel what
                                                                                 it should cost to go to your destination; they should be well aware of                                                                                        Regularly $220 US PER PERSON
                   ARRIVING IN MExICO                                            the rates. Always ask how much the trip is going to cost before you                                                                                           Now Only $176 US PER PERSON
                                                                                 get on the taxi.
    • New Requirements: beginning January 2007, all visitors entering            If you are close to where you’re going, only a couple of miles, it
    Mexico are required to produce a valid passport.                             shouldn’t be more than 30 or 40 pesos ($3 or $4), maybe a little more
                                                                                 if you have to go further. The taxis are really very convenient and
    • Upon arrival, you must give to the immigration official your Tourist       cheap to use, and you shouldn’t have any problems with prices as
    card. This is a form by which the Mexican government grants you              long as you always ask how much before getting in. If you are going
    permission to enter the country. You will obtain this form from any          to a restaurant or something, do not let the taxi driver talk you into
    airline, at no cost. This document requests your personal data and           going to some place he is suggesting rather than where you want to
    your reason for traveling. Try not to lose or misplace the blue copy         go, he’s probably taking you to his buddy’s restaurant or one he is
    that will be given to you once it has been stamped after going               receiving commission from.
    through Immigration, since you must return it to the local authorities                                                                                              SWEET GOLDEN AGE SPECIAL
    upon departure.
                                                                                 BUSES:                                                                               Designed especially to pamper you.
                                                                                 The buses are a very convenient way to get around town on. Buses
    • Mexican citizens that live in a foreign country, must show any of the
                                                                                 here are privately owned, and some look a bit funky. But they do get                                                                                                BEYOND PARADISE
    following as proof of citizenship: passport, birth certificate, “matricula   you where you want to go and you are woven into the Mexican fabric         Neck and Shoulders Massage 25 Min • Tired legs
    consular” (Consulate ID), “cartilla de servicio militar” (military service
    ID card) or “credencial para votar” (voter’s registration card).
                                                                                 as you journey. Don’t be surprised if an entertainer leaps on board to      Treatment 25 Min • Hydrating Facial 50 Min.                                     Aroma therapeutic Massage 80 Min.
                                                                                 belt out a song about lost love and overdue rent. Mexicans tend to
                                                                                 tip a few pesos whether the entertainment is Vegas caliber or not.
    • For business or student visas, please contact the Mexican Embassy          And, if you’re really lucky, you can do some gum, chocolate or garlic                  Regularly $165 US PER PERSON                                           Regularly $85 US PER PERSON
    or Consulate in your hometown.                                               shopping on route. Bus signs are blue with a picture of a                              Now Only $124 US PER PERSON                                            Now Only $68 US PER PERSON
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