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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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Winter 2020

President's Message

Hello fellow Lindo Mar Owners,

We feel the chill in the air here in Minnesota! It is time to prepare for the winter and that includes getting ready to get flights, travel to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis – St. Paul and then off to our wonderful get away in Puerto Vallarta, LINDO MAR!

One of the first things we say to each other these days is “have you been healthy!” Hopefully COVID-19 dissipates, and we can eventually get back to normal.

Lindo Mar is open, and we are excited to see owners returning to our Mexican casa. The Board of Directors held its fall board meeting at Lindo Mar and via Zoom video conference. We had two Directors on-site and three Directors attending by Zoom. We typically hold meetings two separate days. The first day we review the 2021 financial budget and the second day we hold our board meeting.

After reviewing the budget, the Board decided to continue to fund the reserves which are very good. We recognize that all or most of you will pay your maintenance fees, but the caveat is that there is a possibility that you may not come to the resort for many reasons. We appreciate you paying your maintenance fees and visiting the resort. Our success is predicated on the collection of your maintenance fees and your support of the resort through propinas to the staff and the use of the restaurant.

Your Board decides the ongoing normal expenses and the wish list of making commitments to invest funds in the continued remodel and to what extent. Your Board has made the conscious decision to wait and see how the next three and a half months perform before we make a decision about what will be completed in 2021. This was a huge discussion and we decided to raise maintenance fees to have monies to assure our continued financial security. Your Board will decide on further remodeling plans for 2021 next February, when the Board meets via video conferencing or perhaps sooner if we see great financial improvements. 

We had 50% occupancy the week we were having the meeting and the restaurant was busy; those are great signs and we were encouraged by what we saw. Obviously, we need more business but overall, we are doing very well and so is our staff. The resort is ready for you in all ways. Be confident that the precautions and the preparations that have and are being taken are outstanding. I know you will be pleased with the condition of Lindo Mar.

We have made so many wonderful changes to the infrastructure at Lindo Mar. We are so blessed to have great staff and owners so that we are headed for even better things in the future.

Please be safe, via con Dios,
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Dennis Lockwood,
Board President


Resort Manager’s Message

Hello Dear Members!

Here we are again with another opportunity to get in touch with you, and keep you up to date on the latest activities and news about your beautiful home Lindo Mar.

Well, as you know, the pandemic has changed our lives dramatically. We opened Lindo Mar on June 6th, after being closed all of April and May, and we are following all of the protocols requested by Jalisco and the Federal Government.

We, the staff, attended a 3-day seminar where we trained on a wide variety of sanitation and safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Many of us participated in the seminar online versus in person. The seminar reviewed actions that could be taken to prevent the spread, recommendations for how to safely return to work, and caring for the elderly who are more suspectable. We received certificates from Social Security and the Federal Government. Every department adapted quickly, applying what they had learned in the seminars, and implementing all of the measures as required. On October 23rd, a Federal Inspector visited us to inspect our procedures to ensure that we were following all of the proper safety protocols. The inspector informed us that we passed with an excellent rating.

I also wanted to inform you about one of the latest projects that was accomplished during this year´s low season. From June to October, the penthouse (901 and 902) roofs were remodeled along with the spas. Both the general spa by the pool area and the spa in unit 104 were remodeled.

Many of our members have called to let us know that they will not be coming down to visit their home away from home. Of course, we will miss each of you who won’t be coming down, but we understand your decision. We want everyone to be safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing you come back soon.

In the meantime, our weekly occupancy has remained a bit low, but the restaurant has been getting more and more clients every month. We believe that restaurant guests have increased because we are an open-air restaurant and people feel safe and secure dining here.

We hope to have you back here soon and we wish you good health and financial well-being.

Viva Lindomar!

Roberto Chavez
General Manager


Treasurer’s Report
November 2020

Financially speaking, COVID-19 related impacts finally caught up with Lindo Mar during September. This is the first time during my tenure as your Treasurer that we have run a deficit, rather than a surplus, for the year to date: $-17,000 as of September 30th. As we close the 2020 season, I am hopeful that income during the October through December high occupancy period will help move us toward profitability by yearend. If not, we will have to cover shortfalls by using our prior year surplus of about $100,000.

After 5 years with no maintenance fee increases, the Board thought it prudent to increase the annual maintenance fee for 2021 by 4%. For a 1-bedroom unit this amounts to an additional $25.00. Our 2021 budget uses an exchange rate of 20.5 pesos per US dollar as compared to 19 pesos/dollar last year. The current exchange rate is 21.3. Our resort management staff has also reduced budgeted expenses for 2021.

Floors 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 have been totally remodeled. We had planned on remodeling the remaining floors 1, 2, and 9 this last summer but Mexican COVID-19 related restrictions closed some construction material suppliers so the last of our remodeling efforts have been pushed back. We were, however, able to obtain roofing tiles and have replaced the 9th floor roof beams and tiles. Additionally, we fully remodeled the common area spa and the spa in unit 104. We currently have about $600,000 remaining in our replacement reserves account. At our spring Board meeting, we will decide the extent to which we can complete the remodeling effort based upon cost, material availability, and COVID-19 impacts.

I am now at Lindo Mar and am pleased to report that my flight on Alaska Airlines was very comfortable and safe. Also, our resort is exercising safety protocols above and beyond those required and I feel sufficiently secure here that I plan to return again in January. Hope to see you then!

Lastly, I want to again thank those 121 owners who donated a total of approximately $24,000 to our dedicated Lindo Mar staff to replace lost tip income and help them through this pandemic. Those funds were distributed and were received with great appreciation by your hard-working staff.

Respectfully submitted,
Chuck Meacham
Treasurer

You may find a copy of the 2019 financial review under your Owner’s Corner (Important Documents>Financial Review) or by clicking here: Financial Summary


My Trip to Lindo Mar
By: Chuck Meacham

With some trepidation, my wife, Charli, and I left home in Gig Harbor, WA, bound for Lindo Mar in late October 2020. COVID-19 news was not good but was better for Puerto Vallarta than at home. The research I had done convinced me that the airport and air travel was very safe—and it was! There were not many people in the airport, and everyone had masks at a minimum and some also had face shields and gloves. It was the same on our 4-hour Alaska Air direct flight to Puerto Vallarta. There were not many people at the Puerto Vallarta airport either and progressing through customs and inspection took about 10 minutes. We successfully navigated the gauntlet of masked sales people, maintaining safe distancing to a limited degree. Sadly, there were no senoritas handing out complimentary little cups of margaritas this trip. The trip to Lindo Mar was pleasant with our masked taxi driver who even had his air conditioning on.

Upon arriving at Lindo Mar, we were greeted with a temperature check, hand sanitizer, a foot cleaning mat and the always gracious staff. Our luggage was also misted with a sanitizing spray. All the staff that greeted us were fully masked. Once safely ensconced in our newly remodeled room on the 4th floor, off came the masks, off came the travel clothes, on came the shorts, and onto the balcony we went—there is nothing like that ocean view and warm breeze to quiet the soul. Shortly thereafter a fresh margarita down at La Playita restaurant, a shared a plate of enchiladas verde, coupled with the pleasant ocean breeze completed the transition. Despite the warm weather the entire wait-staff in the restaurant, bartenders, etc. all wore masks the entire time we were there, and it has been that way for a week. We were impressed, as you will be when you venture south!


Welcome Daniel Garza

TPI is pleased to announce that Daniel Garza will serve as your new Director of Resort Operations. Daniel first began his career with VRI in July of 1996 and has worked his way from an Activities Assistant to a General Manager and a Director of Resort Operation for VRI Americas. He has grown up in the business of vacation ownership and has experienced every level of service a resort requires. He is a third generation Mexican American who speaks and writes both Spanish and English fluently.

Daniel looks forward to the opportunity to work with your onsite management and your Board of Directors and is committed to doing his best for your “home away from home.”


2021 Maintenance Fees

At the October budget board meeting, your board of directors approved the 2021 budget with a 4% increase to the maintenance fees. Your maintenance fee billing statements have been mailed and you should be receiving them shortly. A copy of the new fees can also be found by visiting your Owners Corner and going to the Assessment Fees tab. A copy has also been put below:

Room Type Maintenance Fees
1-Bedroom $652.00
2-Bedroom Standard $813.00
2-Bedroom Deluxe $865.00
2-Bedroom Loft $1140.00
2-Bedroom Penthouse $1140.00
3-Bedroom Deluxe $1072.00
3-Bedroom Penthouse $1243.00

La Playita Needs your Help

Hello Lindo Mar Members!

We have been trying to get our members and guests interested in posting reviews and information about our lovely restaurant on social media for several years. Did you know La Playita has its own page on Yelp! and TripAdvisor? We have set up and maintain these pages to create a “Social Media Buzz” that helps promote our restaurant, which in turn means more customers, which in turn means lower maintenance fees! That’s right, the more profit our restaurant makes the better off we are financially; these funds have a direct impact on how much we pay in annual dues.

Here’s how it works: The more 5-star reviews we get the closer we get to a “#1 Rating” and the more people will want to visit our restaurant!

If you are a Yelp! or TripAdvisor member please post a review about your last visit to La Playita. Even if you last visit was last season you can still post now! If you are not currently connected to either of these services, it’s easy to join and post reviews. Being a member will provide you with a list of restaurants that other members have tried so that you can read reviews and choose a restaurant anywhere in the world; not a bad deal for a small investment of your time!

You may join TripAdvisor or Yelp! from your phone or computer, read and post reviews for restaurants you have tried (or want to try), help us promote La Playita, and save money on your annual maintenance fees.

Thank you!
Lindo Mar Social Media Committee


Roofs

Spas

Pool Repairs

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.  2020 is quickly coming to an end and availability may be limited within your season. We want to remind you to reserve your 2021 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 can 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 or by clicking on the how are we doing button below.

How are we doing? Survey

Share your Stories and Photos!

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

Please note that if you submit a photo you must fill out the release form here. In addition, any photos submitted with visible faces cannot be used unless each person in the picture has provided written consent using the form attached in the previous sentence.


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


Messages in a Bottle

"A hidden gem just beyond downtown PV

We just spent a fantastic week in the Lindo Mar Resort, which is perfectly located for quickly accessing downtown PV. It was our first visit to the resort, which we selected through an Interval International exchange. The resort is quaint and older, but the rooms have been renovated in recent years. Our understanding is that the entire resort (i.e., three remaining floors out of eight) will have been renovated by the end of the summer in 2020. We stayed in a renovated room on the 6th floor. Our room was well appointed and very clean. Even though we purchased bottled water, the room came equipped with its own bottled water tank and dispenser. The view was beyond amazing, and we began each day by immediately pulling back the shades to enjoy it. The staff (including Claudia, Marco, Maria Elena and Joel) was fantastic. Our sole disappointment was that Interval International told us that the individual units had their own separate laundry units, but that information was incorrect. We would definitely visit the resort again.”

- wsmojo (TripAdvisor))

Thank you to everyone who has submitted a TripAdvisor review. Due to the great reviews we receive, we have once again received TripAdvisor’s special award, the Traveler’s Choice Award for 2020 (formerly known as the Certificate of Excellence). Every review counts! If you have a moment, we would greatly appreciate you taking the time to write one too!


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

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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.

2019 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)

2021
2022
2023
2024

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 2021 MF CASH Discount if paid in FULL by 1/1/2021 1st Installment. ** 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Installment
1 Bedroom $652.00 $632.00 $193.00 $163.00
2 Bedroom $813.00 $789.00 $233.25 $203.25
2B Deluxe $865.00 $839.00 $246.25 $216.25
2B Loft $1,140.00 $1,106.00 $315.00 $285.00
2B P.H. $1,140.00 $1,106.00 $315.00 $285.00
3B Deluxe $1, 072.00 $1, 040.00 $298.00 $268.00
3B P.H. $1,240.00 $1,203.00 $340.00 $310.00

Due Date:
Payment is due on or before January 1, 2021. 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 1/1/2021 1/2/2021 2/15/2021
2nd Installment 4/1/2021 4/2/2021 5/15/2021
3rd Installment 7/1/2021 7/2/2021 8/15/2021
4th Installment 10/1/2021 10/2/2021 11/15/2021

To Submit a Payment by:

Check: Do not mail post dated checks.

Make checks payable to:
     Lindo Mar Adventure Club
     P.O. Box 531280
     Atlanta, GA 30353-1280

Credit Card:
     To pay online click here click 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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