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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, 2020 – Board Meeting by Teleconference
  • June 25, 2020 – Board Meeting by Video Conference
  • October 27 & 28, 2020 – 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.

Spring 2020

President's Message

Dear Lindo Mar Owners,

Times change, and surprise issues arise. This is my third version of the president’s message since our February telephonic board meeting. At that time, we were concerned about the direction of the exchange rate between the dollar and the peso. We budgeted for this year at 19 pesos to the dollar and just before our meeting the exchange rate had dipped below 19. In early March, the exchange rate went up to 20 to the dollar, so we were breathing more easily about our budget, but the sudden emergence of the coronavirus turned everything upside down. As I am revising the president’s message in late April, the resort is closed, along with virtually everything else in Puerto Vallarta and much of the rest of the world. Our members, who are mostly Canadian or US citizens were told to go home and not do any international travel. What does that mean for our resort?

Obviously, we are always concerned about people’s health, be they members, staff, management or guests, but now we are facing some severe economic impacts of the virus. If members can’t or don’t come to use their time at Lindo Mar, the staff will not get their tips, and the association will not get that very important restaurant income. Our restaurant income, which allows us to keep our maintenance fees low, is taking a big hit, since the restaurant, along with all of the restaurants in Puerto Vallarta has been ordered to close. We haven’t had to increase the maintenance fees for 5 years, so it is to be expected that there would eventually be at least a small increase, but many people are now suffering terrible financial impacts, to say nothing of the health impacts of the pandemic. If we have to raise the maintenance fees, what will that do to our membership? You can see the problems are significant and there are no easy answers.

Hopefully, by the time maintenance fees are due again the worst of the pandemic will be over, but at our mid-March emergency meeting, the board took the prudent step to scale back Phase 3 of the remodel to just Floors 1 and 2 and the penthouse roofs which are leaking badly. The board was actually on a two-hour conference call making a variety of decisions and came out to find out about the new order to Americans and Canadians to go home or stay put indefinitely. That was certainly a shock! Asael Sandoval, our director of resort operations, and our general manager, Roberto Chavez, immediately went work to reduce our expenses and try to mitigate the damage to our staff.

As they say on the television commercials, “but wait, there’s more.” Things have gotten even worse and we are now not sure it will be possible to do any of the Phase 3 remodel this summer. Even if construction is again permitted by the government, we don’t know if it is prudent to use our funds for that purpose, given the current uncertainties. We just had another emergency board teleconference and will hold another one in early May.

Even though we finished 2019 in a good financial position, because of drastically changed circumstances, we had already decided to forego some of the other projects we were contemplating, such as rebuilding the spas and replacing the pool deck. We also need to repair the restaurant roof, which has some significant leaks that are bothersome when it rains. We now have a signed restaurant lease that gives us 8 years, so we want to go forward with remodeling the bar and restaurant, as funds are available and the future appears more certain. We’ll keep you informed about all of this in future e-blasts but, for the present, our focus is on whether or not to do any of the Phase 3 remodel this summer.

Apart from our present problems, an issue that periodically arises during the months when members are booking floating weeks for high season is that many years ago, when the association was first formed, the board discovered that for some weeks in high season, particularly for two-bedroom deluxe units, almost all of the units had been sold, leaving little opportunity for floating week members to book their desired week. When that issue was discovered, the board adopted a policy limiting the sale of fixed weeks in any given unit category to 50%. Unfortunately for floating week owners, there is nothing the board can do to bring those oversold weeks into compliance with the policy unless the association takes back one of those fixed weeks and can “un-fix” it. Here is the list of oversold two-bedroom deluxe weeks: Week 2 – 4 sold, Week 3 - 4 sold, Week 5 – 4 sold, Week 6 – 5 sold, Week 8 – 4 sold, Week 9 – 5 sold, Week 12 – 4 sold, Week 51 – 5 sold, Week 52 – 5 sold. I realize this information won’t resolve your frustration at not being able to reserve your desired week, but at least you now have “the facts” of the situation.

Since this message will arrive about the time ballots go out for the 2020 board election, I want to encourage you read the qualifications of the candidates and be sure to vote. After 11 years on the board, I have decided not to run for re-election, so there is an open seat for you to vote on. Fortunately, there are several excellent candidates who have submitted their names for the seat on the board that I am vacating. It has been my pleasure to serve on the board all of these years and, in the process, get to know so many of our members. Especially in this uncertain time, I wish you all health and a safe return to Lindo Mar in the near future.

To end this message on a fun note, I want to tell you about my experience living in unit 406 for three weeks last fall. Unit 406 is partially behind our big, beautiful rubber tree (the one that almost died some years ago from a termite infestation). Some owners and guests are annoyed because their ocean view is obscured by the tree, but looking at that tree and the neighboring palm tree I was able to get these pictures of an adult yellow-crowned night heron and a juvenile. When I was there in November the whole family of two adults and two juveniles lived in the rubber tree. I hope you will get a smile from seeing these pictures and thinking about your next visit to Lindo Mar.

Sandra Wicks
Board President


Resort Manager’s Message

Hello Dear Members!

At the time I am writing this message, I am at home. I took the computer from my office at Lindo Mar and set it up at home so that I could continue my work.

I have been working, attending meetings with your Board and communicating with staff and department heads. Of course, there are a few items that require my signature and I either make a quick trip to Lindo Mar or someone drops by my home for whatever is needed.

We sadly closed Lindo Mar on April 4th, following orders given by the federal government. Previously, we had been informed the closure would remain in effect until April 30th; however, it has now been extended to May 31st. If things go well, the government may allow us to open up on June 1st.

The Board decided to pay out the staff salaries in full for the month of April. All of our staff is very thankful.

As of today, April 29th, Mexico is in phase 3 of the contagion. The number of COVID-19 cases is expected to peak between May 8th to the 12th. Following the peak, some states that have low contagion might be able to re-open.

Mexico, like many other countries have seen the spread of COVID-19 more rampant in bigger cities and not smaller cities. Puerto Vallarta, at the moment that I am writing to you, has had 46 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 18 of the cases have recovered and 5 have died.

Puerto Vallartans have been staying home, isolating themselves, and obeying the authorities. It is expected that Puerto Vallarta will open back up at the latest, by the middle of June. Everyone has implemented new sanitary precautions as a result of this pandemic. At Lindo Mar, we have procedures for cleaning, and we will be providing all staff with new safety accessories like masks. Our world has changed so dramatically and so short a time. You, my dear members, are greatly missed and we hope to see you soon.

Please stay well, and we look forward to welcoming back to your home Lindo Mar. We are waiting for you!

Viva Lindomar!

Roberto Chavez
General Manager


Financial Report

Despite complications associated with the Coronavirus, our current Lindo Mar financial condition remains stable, to date. Closure of the resort and the restaurant/bar has the potential to challenge our financial position for the remainder of the year, depending on U.S./ Mexican government policies and how long both local and our members north of the border stay away.

We are in serious discussions regarding the feasibility of proceeding this year with our previous remodeling plan for the last of the remaining floors to be remodeled (1, 2, and 9). Our reserve fund is healthy, but due to an abundance of caution associated with current government restrictions on construction activities and potential reduction of revenue from the restaurant/bar and rental of units due to the Coronavirus, we are reluctant to proceed until we have a better understanding of how we will operate for the remainder of the year, and perhaps beyond. No decision has been made as of this writing.

While your Board of Directors and our Lindo Mar management team have been very effective in controlling income and expenses associated with resort operations and remodeled floors (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8), we have also benefited significantly by a very favorable peso/dollar exchange rate over the last few years. As of this writing, the current exchange rate is quite favorable at 24 pesos per US Dollar and 17 pesos to the Canadian Dollar. This is the fifth year in a row your Board successfully budgeted operations with no maintenance fee increases. There is too much uncertainty to know about next year. It is possible that after 5 years of no increases, a modest maintenance fee increase may be needed in 2021—yet to be determined.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank those members who have already contributed to our Lindo Mar employee assistance fund. We have a phenomenal staff that over the years has become family to many of us. As you know, wages are low in Mexico and many depend on our gratuities to make ends meet. When at the resort we can reward their services in person. During this resort closure we can acknowledge these fine folks with a financial donation and I humbly ask you to consider such if you are in a personal position to do so.

Chuck Meacham
Treasurer


Lindo Mar Employee Assistance Fund

Many of the staff members depend on owners being on-site to supplement their income. Members and Guests are wonderful about showing their appreciation for the staff by tipping them for excellent service. For this reason, the Board has approved setting a procedure to create a fund for the employees that will be used to help subsidize lost income.

If you would like to support the on-site team, you can donate by sending a check to Trading Places International noting on the memo line: Lindo Mar Employee Fund.

Send checks to the following address:

Trading Places International
Attention: Luis Moran
25510 Commercentre Dr. Ste. 100
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Thank you for supporting our staff and be safe.


Staff Spotlight

Hello Lindo Mar Members,

My name is Jorge Gomez Anzo and I just started to work at Lindo Mar 2 months ago. I am in charge of purchasing for all of the departments at Lindo Mar.

I am an animal lover. I am also a human being with a strong passion for life, and I enjoy every moment of life. I was born in 1970 in Acapulco Guerrero. I graduated from University of Guadalajara where I got my CPA. I came to Puerto Vallarta in 2013 and I love it. I hope Lindo Mar will be another chance for me to keep enjoying life in this beautiful city.

At your servicez

Jorge Gomez A.


Board of Directors

Back Row (left to right): Roger Denton, Dave Brusby, Dennis Lockwood
Front Row: (left to right): Sandra Wicks, Chuck Meacham


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 2020 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 casey.clayson@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

Special thanks to Maria

My husband and I stayed here for a week over New Years. It feels like old PV and we had a very nice stay. Our 1-bedroom unit was large, comfortable and recently remodeled with a very nice ocean view. The restaurant is old fashioned, inexpensive and quite good. The best part was the staff...all were great especially Maria Elena who made countless phone calls for us, really know the city and gave excellent recommendations never looking bothered by our many questions

-ConnieLongBeach (TripAdvisor)


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 earned the prestigious TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence these past few years. Every review counts, so 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)

2020
2021
2022
2023

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 2020 MF CASH Discount if paid in FULL by 1/1/2020 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, 2020. 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 1/1/2020 1/2/2020 2/15/2020
2nd Installment 4/1/2020 4/2/2020 5/15/2020
3rd Installment 7/1/2020 7/2/2020 8/15/2020
4th Installment 10/1/2020 10/2/2020 11/15/2020

To Submit a Payment by:

Check: Do not mail post dated checks.

Make checks payable to:
     Lindo Mar Adventure Club
     25510 Commercentre Dr. Suite 100
     Lake Forest, CA 92630

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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