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Welcome to your Owner’s Corner! Explore these pages and find helpful information about your home away from home. Below are the most recent posts to this section. Enjoy!


Governing Documents

Articles of Incorporation
Articles of Incorporation detail how the association is operated such as how board of directors are determined, when meetings are to be held and how business should be conducted.
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Bylaws
Bylaws detail how the association is operated such as how board of directors are determined, when meetings are to be held and how business should be conducted.
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CC&Rs
Conditions, Covenants & Restrictions (or Declarations) are association documents that govern how the association is run including a legal description of what the property is and what it can be developed into.
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Rules & Regulations
Specifically establish how reservations are processed, and may include house rules for the property itself, as approved by your BODs.
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Financial Info

ABC Policy
Assessment Billing and Collection Policy is adopted by the BOD in accordance with the association documents to dictate the timing and structure of the billing process.
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Budget
An association budget is utilized to manage the association operating and reserve finances.
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Financial Summary
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Full Reserve Study
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Meeting Notices

Board of Directors Meeting Schedule*

  • February 18, 2019 – Board Meeting by Teleconference
  • June 26, 2019 – Board Meeting at TPI
  • October 29 & 30, 2019 – Board/Budget Meeting at Lindo Mar

*Specific times, dates, and locations are subject to change. Please contact Trading Places International at 800-365-6494 or email droadmin@tradingplaces.com for the most up-to-date and specific information.

Summer 2019

President's Message

Beach

Hello, again, Lindo Mar Owners,

In this message I will touch on a few topics, some of which you will get more information on in other articles in this newsletter. I hope you’ll take time to read the entire newsletter.

In my last President’s message, I talked about our quest to find a workable left-opening refrigerator. When we finally found one, it fit the space we had in the Phase 1 remodeled units that need a left-opening refrigerator, but the door wouldn’t open properly. After further research, it was decided that the solution was to modify the wall next to the refrigerator to gain sufficient space for the door to open properly. We are in the process of doing that so I expect that by fall, there will be left-opening refrigerators in all of the Phase 1 units that require them, as well as in the Phase 2 units. That may seem like a small matter, but if you have trouble walking or are using a scooter, having to go into the hall to open your refrigerator is a problem, and we’re happy to finally have a solution. Since we’re remodeling for the next thirty years at Lindo Mar, we want to do things right.

As for the rest of Phase 2, here are some of the changes you will see on floors 3, 7 and 8, although the basic concept of the remodel will be as you’ve seen in Phase 2. On the balcony there will be ceiling-mounted lights, rather than the hanging light fixtures. There will also be a second towel bar. The can light in the ceiling by the TV in the Phase 1 units is being moved over the sofa by the dining area to provide more reading light on the sofa.

There will be no large mirrors in the living area and kitchen of the Phase 2 units. Instead, there will be a picture above the sofa and there will be a tile mural above the sink in the kitchen. There will be separate light switches for the hanging “mood” lights over the bar and the bright overhead light in the kitchen. Lighting in the bedroom will be improved by having wall-mounted lights on either side of the mirror, and there will be an accessible electrical outlet below the mirror. The Board was surprised to learn that the electrical outlet for the mirror in the Phase 1 units was somehow mysteriously positioned BEHIND (!!!) the mirror because someone thought that would be useful someday if we wanted to remove the mirror and put a TV there. We’re not sure how that decision got made, but we have corrected it.

In Phase 2, Unit 706 is also being remodeled and enhanced, but I won’t go into all of the details here. Please see the Manager’s Report below for additional information about Unit 706.

It is important to mention that the final financial review for 2018 confirmed that the resort was still on very solid financial ground. You can read more in the treasurer’s report below, but I want to remind our owners about our increasing delinquency rate. While it is still low by industry standards, it has been creeping up little by little. The board asked management to review the history of the contracts we have canceled or taken back, and many of them were of owners who bought in the early years of the resort and are simply aging or dying out. That is why it is so important for all of us to promote Lindo Mar to our friends and relatives. They can buy floating time for very little and get to know our wonderful resort. Explain to them about trading their booked weeks or renting them, if they can’t always take a vacation. I personally have had many interesting exchange experiences. There also seems to be an active rental market among the owners who want to rent for themselves, their relatives or their friends, so please be a salesman(woman) informally for our resort. We need a healthy ownership base to keep our maintenance fees as low as possible.

And, finally, I would like to thank all of the owners who ran in the election for seats on the board of directors. We had a very good turnout of highly qualified candidates this year and, while the incumbents were re-elected, I encourage those who did not win this time to run again. As more owners become familiar with your name and qualifications, your chances of election will improve, and we like to know there are candidates with a lot of owner support available for appointment in case an opening occurs on the board. It has been my pleasure to serve on the board for ten years, but it is coming close to time for me to leave the board. At least I can say that the resort is in a much better condition, both physically and financially, than when I first came on the board.

Oh, yes, I almost forgot. TPI is asking us (assuming our aging brains can remember to do this) to fill out and send the pre-arrival form that will help speed up check-in and also facilitate the cleaning schedule for the staff. Please see the separate article about this below.

Thanks for your continued support of Lindo Mar. I look forward to seeing many of you at the resort in October and November and again in January and February. Until then, “que les vaya bien” as we say in Mexico.

Sandra Wicks
Board President


Pre-Arrival Form

We are encouraging all members and guests to fill out a copy of the pre-arrival form a week or more prior to check-in to help us prioritize room cleaning and to expedite the check-in process. You may fill out the check-in form at any time, regardless of your arrival date.

The pre-arrival form is conveniently located on both the Overview page and the main page of the Owners Corners of the Lindo Mar website: Here

Thank you and see you soon!

Lindo Mar Resort Staff


Resort Manager's Message

Beach

It is my pleasure to write this article to let you know about the latest news from Lindo Mar.

As planned, we closed the resort for the demolition phase on June 22nd for 2 weeks. As I write this message, on July 8th I would like to report that demolition of floors 3, 7, and 8 was completed, and we have reopened. During the demolition phase, we were happy to find no surprises this time, other than the few items that we found last year: cut electrical lines and a water leak here and there.

Every area of remodeling seems to be going faster and better than last year - we are professionals now! Even moving of furniture went smoother than last year. The remodel of 706 has been a bit more complicated than other units, due to the ceiling beams that need replacement. Speaking of unit 706, the new stairs going up to loft will be a very nice change, along with the closure of the upstairs loft on the back part (south) to help contain the cold air and add more privacy. Of course, we are looking for a new sofa bed for the loft as well. I anticipate that you will be happy with remodeling results.

Beach

The left-handed door refrigerators replaced the right-handed ones in the phase 1 remodeled rooms (where needed), as well as several of the units to be remodeled during the current phase. It was necessary to modify the walls in the phase 1 kitchens (4th,5th & 6th floors) for the refrigerators to open wider. We took advantage of the demolition weeks and accomplished the task. Next time you come, you might stay in one of the rooms with a left-handed door refrigerator.

New items coming that you need to know:

  • For the phase 2 remodeled units we have ordered: new picture frames for the living rooms and new TVs for the 2-bedroom units and Penthouses
  • Sales office will be renovated during phase 2
  • Installed a new door by the main entrance of the beach. The new door has a lock code and the password is for member use only.
  • Installed new handicap ramp by the bar in the restaurant.

On June 26th, the yearly Board meeting at the Trading Places was held and we discussed great plans for the present and future of Lindo Mar. I can tell you for sure, that the future has never been so bright for Lindo Mar as it is right now, with the Board members working hard to improve Lindo Mar more and more every year.

I am very grateful to be part of the Lindo Mar Staff.

Roberto Chavez
Manager


Treasurer's Report
July 2019

I am pleased to report that the 2018 Lindo Mar financials have now been audited and certified and we passed with flying colors. Our resort ended the year in a strong financial position, having completed remodeling units on floors 4, 5, 6 and with sufficient funds to remodel floors 3, 7, 8 which is currently underway. Floors 1, 2, and 9 are scheduled to be completed during the summer of 2020. Replacement reserves currently appear sufficient to complete the entire remodeling project on schedule and maintain quality resort operations with no need for any increase in maintenance fees.

Unaudited 2019 financial statements through May reflect that Lindo Mar is operating with a current year surplus in the amount of US $181,000.

The 2019 Lindo Mar maintenance fee delinquency rate of about 6% remains quite low compared to industry standards and should further diminish as the year progresses and more owners have an opportunity to hear about the newly remodeled units. Unit valuations should also see an increase associated with our remodeling efforts of both rooms and common areas.

As of this writing, the U.S. Dollar buys 19.1 pesos and the Canadian Dollar buys 14.6 pesos. These exchange rates are down slightly from my previous report but are still considerably higher than a few years ago. The Mexican inflation rate currently stands at about 4%.

Chuck Meacham,
Treasurer

You may find a copy of the 2018 financial review under your Owner’s Corner (Important Documents>Financial Review) or by clicking here: Financial Summary


Staff Spotlight

Lorenzo

Hello Lindo Mar Members,

My name is Octavio Contreras and I am one of the new waiters at La Playita Restaurant. I am married with 4 children. I was born in Guerrero state, the state where Acapulco is located. I have been living in Puerto Vallarta for the last 27 years.

Before working at restaurants, I was a gardener. I have worked in a variety of positions in restaurants for most of my life. I have worked at several restaurants in town: PIPI´S restaurant for 5 years, La Piazetta restaurant for 7 years, and 8-Tostadas restaurant for 7 years.

I started working at Lindo Mar’s La Playita last September and I like it.

Next time you visit, it will be my pleasure to take care of you.

Viva Lindomar!!

Octavio Contreras,
Your Waiter


Activities in Puerto Vallarta

Looking for something to do during your stay? Check-out these events!

  • Mexican Independence Day – Friday, September 13th to Monday, September 16th 2019
    Experience a Mexican national holiday! The Independence of Mexico takes place on September 16th, but festivities last all weekend. On the 14th, wander into town to celebrate Charro day! Charros (Cowboys) will parade through town wearing their traditional outfits. On the 15th, the Malecon (central square) is filled with people ready to celebrate. As the flame of Independence is lit, the crowd shouts “Viva Mexico” alongside an impressive fireworks display. On the 16th, brilliant fireworks are lit and a parade winds through town.
  • Vallarta-Nayarit Gastronomica 2019 – Monday, October 14th to Friday, October 18th 2019
    Do you love food? Check out this event that brings some top national and international chefs together.

Greetings from Owner Services!

Hello! We are your Owner Services Vacation Specialists and we are available to assist you in getting the most out of your vacation ownership. We want to remind you to reserve your 2019 owner use week if you haven’t done so already. If you are not planning to travel on your week to Lindo Mar and would like to bank it with an exchange company, make sure you plan early, as all reservations are subject to availability! Please call us to confirm your reservation plans for your week(s), 800-365-6494 ext. 1 or email ownerservices@tradingplaces.com.

Did you know?

In order to bank/deposit a week, most exchange companies (TPI, Interval International, or RCI) require a specific lead time for unrestricted exchange terms. The earlier you deposit the better your chances will be to receive flexibility with your exchange options.

Steps to banking/depositing your week for exchange:

  1. Call Trading Places International Owner Services department to request a reservation for deposit (Fixed week owners can call for their reservation number).
  2. Pay your corresponding maintenance fees for the week you want to bank/deposit.
  3. Contact the exchange company of your choice and give them your Lindo Mar reservation.
    Please note: An owner services representative is able to facilitate your deposit should you elect to use Trading Places Exchange.
  4. Make sure you receive a confirmation directly from the exchange company in writing confirming your week has been successfully banked/deposited.

If you have any questions on this process or on other options for your week please feel free to contact Owner Services at 800-365-6494, ext 1 or email ownerservices@tradingplaces.com.


How are we Doing?

Your feedback is very important to us! We are always looking for ways to improve our services and your vacation experience. Please let us know how you enjoyed your stay by filling out our online survey located on the bottom of the Lindo Mar website.

How are we doing? Survey

2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Trip Advisor 2019 Certificate

We are proud to announce that TripAdvisor has once again awarded us their Certificate of Excellence Award for continued excellence in hospitality! Thank you to everyone who has taken a moment to leave a review; we read each and every one of them.


Share your Stories and Photos!

Another Game of Right Left and Center at Happy Hour

“Lindo Mar Cartel” (left) and “Another Game of Right Left and Center at Happy Hour" (right)
Photos submitted by Member John McMahon

If you have stories or photos from your adventures at Lindo Mar, we would love to share them with fellow members in the upcoming newsletters, please mail them to Casey Clayson at 25510 Commercentre Drive, Suite 100, Lake Forest, CA 92630 or email casey.clayson@tradingplaces.com.

Please note that if you submit a photo you must fill out the release form here.


Messages in a Bottle

We Love Lindo Mar!

This place exemplifies the meaning of Old Time Mexican Charm with just enough modern conveniences mixed in. They are in the process of upgrading all the guest rooms and I am told that 2/3 of the upgrades will be completed by October 2019! We have been here many times and love everything about the place. The staff has hardly changed in the past 20 years and most of the Front Desk Staff & Housekeepers know us by name as do the Restaurant Staffers & Bar Tenders. Nothing compares to being welcomed by name when arriving at your destination! Just far enough away from town to be calm and quiet but close enough to get there for Lunch, Dinner or the Night Life that Puerto Vallarta is so famous for. Moderate Pricing in a Beautiful, Safe Environment make this place number one for us when we have a need to get away for a little down-time. —Chef Roy RD (TripAdvisor)

Love this Hotel!

We love Puerto Vallarta and have vacationed here half-of-a-dozen times since my husband and my honeymoon in 1983. We've stayed many different places, but we now only going to stay at Lindo Mar from now on. This is a small resort where most of the rooms are timeshare owned. All units have an ocean view balcony, a separate living room and a kitchen. There is a private beach with decent snorkeling. The staff are all very welcoming, helpful and friendly. It is located about a 3-minute taxi cab ride to the Romantic Zone, and usually we like to stay close to town, but Lindo Mar is such a comfortable place that it is worth the two-dollar cab! — RobynAla (TripAdvisor)

Perfect Balance

Thank you, Lindo Mar, for being the perfectly authentic, beautiful, safe, hospitable and romantic hotel that you are. Thank you, Claudia, for making our stay extra special...and Isidro for the perfect cocktails. The restaurant was phenomenal the room was clean, the hike/walk to the Malecon always started our day perfectly. Just far enough removed from the action to be peaceful and romantic but a quick walk or Uber to be right in the thick of it. This was the perfect place for our anniversary trip and I am so grateful we found it... and that balcony ahhhh that balcony. — Kristen H (TripAdvisor)

TPI Bonus Week Promotion

Solicitation of Nominations

We are always looking to add diversity to our Board of Directors. Can you bring something new and fresh to the table? Does your background provide perspective that might benefit the Board? Will your strengths make the Board stronger as a whole?

Serving on the Board of Directors is your opportunity to make an impact on the future of Lindo Mar Adventure Club, Ltd. by becoming involved in the decision-making process. (You must be a member of the association in good standing to submit your nomination.)

If you have an interest in serving on the board of directors, please contact droadmin@tradingplaces.com or send your request and contact information to the address below. We will be happy to send you the form and consider your nomination for our next election. Thank you!

US Mail: Trading Places International
Attn: DRO Admin
25510 Commercentre Drive, Suite 100
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Previous Resort News

 

FAQs

When is check in / check out time?
Use weeks are Saturday to Saturday. Check in time at Lindo Mar is 4:00 pm. Check out time is 11:00 am.

How do we use our owner time?
There are lots of options. You can spend the time at your home resort; you can exchange your time to another resort; you can exchange your time for a different time at your home resort; or you can deposit it for use next year. Believe it or not, you can even use next year's week this year.

How do we go about using one of the options?
Everything begins with a reservation and confirmation. If you own Floating Time, you first need to make a reservation with Trading Places International. They'll send you a confirmation. If you own Fixed Time, you need to contact Trading Places International and receive a confirmation before using, exchanging, or renting your week.

What if we want to exchange for another week at Lindo Mar or at another resort?
You need to contact Trading Places International or one of the other exchange companies and deposit your reservation with them. If you are going to another Trading Places resort, you can deposit your time with them at the same time you make your reservation.

Do we have to know which resort we want to exchange into at the time we deposit?
No. But, just like making your reservation, the earlier you request a specific location, the more likely you are to get it.

What if we can't get a reservation (floating week owners) at our home resort for the time of year we want to be there?
Just make a reservation for whatever time is available and then give it to TPI or another exchange company and ask for an internal exchange. That's when you exchange one time period at your Home Resort for a different time at that same resort.

Sometimes we can't take a vacation and other times we can take more than one week. Is there anything we can do about that?
There sure is. Through TPI or other exchange company you can save this year's week and use it next year along with that year's week. Or, you can use next year's week along with this year's. Also, don't forget you can often rent additional time at the resort where you're staying. It's a great way to extend your vacation. And, sometimes you can get better flight arrangements by traveling on a different day. If you do, just rent the additional time you need.

We own Fixed Time. Do we need to make a reservation?
No, not exactly. That is, you don't need to make a reservation, but you should let Trading Places know you intend to use your week or to exchange or rent it, as you'll need a confirmation.

What if we can't use our reserved week at all? Can we carry it over to next year?
No. At least, not without giving it to an exchange company like Trading Places first. They can accrue it for you and allow you to use it within the next two years.

When does my owner week expire?
Your owner week expires at the end of each calendar year. If you cannot use your week during that year, please call a representative to discuss your options.

Can a guest use my unit?
Yes a guest can use your unit. Just give Trading Places a call and let them know the name of the guest. There is no fee for your guests to use your unit.

Can we use only part of our week?
You can't reserve just part of a week. You must reserve a full seven days for each week of use, but you may be able to exchange a three or four day portion of your reserved time depending on the exchange company's rules. Of course, the number of days you actually stay is up to you, but you will be considered to have used all of whatever you reserved or exchanged.

We heard someone mention Bonus Weeks. What are they and how do we use them?
Some buyers at Lindo Mar paid extra for the right to use an extra week in any given year. In addition to the maintenance fee on their regular week, they must pay the maintenance fee for the year in which they use the Bonus Week, as well. Bonus Weeks can be reserved up to 9 months in advance.

Fourth Floor Remodel Photos

Fifth Floor Remodel Photos

Sixth Floor Remodel Photos

Resales Information

Want to Buy or Sell?

For all your Lindo Mar buying needs, please contact Javier Quezada at 011 52 322 221 5511. You may also e-mail javieratlindomar@yahoo.com.mx. If you are looking for another week to own at Lindo Mar or you want to sell the one you have, stop into our Member Services Office in the lower lobby. Javier Quezada is in the office to the right of the concierge desk. He won't try to "power sell" you; he'll just tell you how it is and do everything he can to help you accomplish your goal, whether buying or selling. As he put it recently, "Drop by my office to find out about existing inventory, resales, or just to say hello."

javier Quezada

The following information may be beneficial in starting the resales process. We encourage you to take advantage of this resource center from ARDA.

The ARDA-ROC Timeshare Resale Resource Center

The ARDA-ROC Timeshare Resale Resource Center is available on the ARDA-ROC.org website. Please click here to view the new ARDA-ROC Resale Center. This is a one-stop resource to educate timeshare owners about the resale process and to protect them from unscrupulous resale and marketing companies.

The goal of this new Resale Center is to offer owners an objective educational place on the web regarding traversing the thorny secondary market.

The Resource Center offers:

  • Information for consumers on how to find the right type of resale process to meet their individual needs.
  • Checklists to help them through the resale process including questions they may ask potential resale companies.
  • Information on how to identify scams and avoid commonly made mistakes.
  • A comprehensive list of frequently asked questions owners may have about reselling. Some of the most important questions dealing with such issues as whether or not legal and tax advice is believable; how the secondary market is regulated; and where to file complaints, along with websites to verify facts about a resale company.
  • A site that encourages owners to share information on their resale experience and the effectiveness of their resale efforts through an on-line survey.

Source: American Resort Development Association, 2011

Use Time Calendar

Timeshare Calendar for exchanges into Lindo Mar Resort.
(These exchange calendars may not coordinate with your home resort use week calendars)

(Click on calendar year to enlarge)

2019
2020
2021
2022

Transfer / Changes

Have you moved, changed your contact information, changed your marital status or had any other significant change in your personal status? Use the following document to assist with any of the following regarding your ownership:

  • Change a name(s)
  • Add or remove a name
  • Transfer to a family member or trust
  • Transfer your timeshare to a new owner
  • Retrieve contact information for your Recording Office
  • And more

Click here to download and print the reference sheet for your records.

Maintenance Fees

Lindo Mar Adventure Club, Ltd.

Unit Type 2019 MF CASH Discount if paid in FULL by 1/1/2019 1st Installment. ** 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Installment
1 Bedroom $627.00 $608.00 $186.75 $156.75
2 Bedroom $782.00 $759.00 $225.50 $195.50
2B Deluxe $832.00 $807.00 $238.00 $208.00
2B Loft $1,096.00 $1,063.00 $304.00 $274.00
2B P.H. $1,096.00 $1,063.00 $304.00 $274.00
3B Deluxe $1, 031.00 $1, 000.00 $287.75 $257.75
3B P.H. $1,192.00 $1,156.00 $328.00 $298.00

Due Date:
Payment is due on or before January 1, 2019. If quarterly payment option is selected, a one-time $30.00 processing fee per Interval will apply.


ABC Policy:
** - If quarterly payment option is selected a one time $30.00 processing fee per interval is included.
  Due Date 25% Late Fee $185 Delinquent Charge
1st Installment 1/1/2019 1/2/2019 2/15/2019
2nd Installment 4/1/2019 4/2/2019 5/15/2019
3rd Installment 7/1/2019 7/2/2019 8/15/2019
4th Installment 10/1/2019 10/2/2019 11/15/2019

To Submit a Payment by:

Check: Do not mail post dated checks.

Make checks payable to:
     Lindo Mar Adventure Club
     PO Box 30417
     Los Angeles, CA 90030-0417

Credit Card:
     To pay online click hereclick here
     call 800-365-6494 ext. 1

Questions:
Email billings@tradingplaces.com

Pre-Arrival Form

We are encouraging all of our members and guests to fill out the Pre-Arrival Information Form prior to checking-in. You may either click here or visit the Overview page of this website to fill out the form. Thank you!

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