Exploria Resorts is ideal for families looking to travel within its geographical focus area. It offers timeshare ownership opportunities following a 90- to 120-minute presentation, as well as vacation package resources.
- Multiple vacation packages
- Military discounts
- Family-friendly accommodations
- Limited locations and availability
- Might require viewing a presentation
What is Exploria Resorts?
Exploria owns a portfolio of hotels and resorts throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Tennessee. Each location offers multiple amenities, services and vacation packages. You can also take advantage of its seasonal deals and packages for reduced rates and exclusive activities. As part of its Club Exploria program, the company also offers timeshare ownership opportunities — its timeshare condos come with various floor plans and fully equipped kitchens.
How do Exploria’s vacations work?
With Exploria, you’ll enter your desired vacation dates and destination. Its website will display all available hotels and resorts, along with a selection of room types and vacation packages. You can filter hotels and resorts by availability, features, distance and more. If you’re interested in a timeshare opportunity, click “Vacation Ownership” on Exploria’s homepage and follow the instructions for contacting its representatives.
Exploria Resorts costs
The cost of an Exploria vacation will vary based on the timeframe, location and room type.
For instance, a deluxe room with two queen beds at Exploria Express in Orlando, Florida, runs $119 per night for two adults and two ch ildren during autumn (offseason) weekends. At Greenview Branson in Branson, Missouri, in the spring, a comparable room costs $209 per night for the same family (military discounts are available). You can also save with a vacation package — one of Exploria’s promotions offers 20% off nightly when you add a day.
Exploria Resorts FAQ
- Who owns Exploria Resorts?
- Cerberus Capital Management acquired Club Exploria LLC in November 2017, including two of the company’s Florida resorts and one in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
- How do I cancel my Exploria timeshare?
- Start by contacting its member services, but often you’ll need to write a letter to cancel your timeshare.
- How many resorts does Exploria own?
- Exploria owns nine resorts. Each resort offers families a variety of amenities, room types and services.
- Where are Exploria’s hotels and resorts?
- Exploria’s hotels and resorts are located in Branson, Missouri; the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania; Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in Tennessee; and Orlando, Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach in Florida.
Are Exploria’s vacations worth it?
If you’re looking for economical U.S. family travel options, Exploria could be worth it. Its resorts’ family-friendly amenities include swimming pools, on-site dining and complimentary shuttle service. The company also offers seasonal and ongoing vacation packages. However, since most of its resort features are geared toward families, you might find Exploria isn’t for you if you’re wanting more upscale accommodations.
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I have owned week 30 every odd year, since 2004. I own my paid in full $9500 deeded document and pay $453-$478 every year for my one week stay only to be told since I did not book a year in the even year that I have to pay exchange fees. So on top of me paying $931 I have to pay RCI $124/year. When I remember to call to book, I be too early. By the time the even year comes I usually forget. Especially this July 2020 with the pandemic going on I truly forgot to call. In November I’m told I am too late for my paid in full and up to date in maintenance and real estate fees.
In 2019 every time I tried to book a vacation with RCI there was nothing available. So I skipped paying the $124 for that year. Now my new year is November 30, 2020 for 2021 and they want me to pay $248 for something I could not use in 2019 or 2020. What a rip off with Summer Bay Resort thru Exploria and RCI the exchange company they use. I have excellent credit of 830 and I’m 63 years old, but it may be ruined if I foreclose on these two companies that I’m getting no use out of.
Thank you for the detail here. We have shared your feedback and concerns with the director of Member Services here. We will do our utmost to find a solution that works.
Reputation Management Team, Exploria Resorts
We traveled as 9 family members. 3 young children, We LOVED the resort. Everything is walking distance. So much to do, paddle boats, jet skis, Tennis, mini golf, great pools, music and dancing, zip lining, great splash pad and slides for the kids (And adults). Great group activities, Game room with pool table. The most important thing to us, was the amazing friendliness of the staff. Could not be more satisfied with the staff.
Kathy (with Recreational Activities) was Beyond Awesome. She was so kind and helpful and terrific to our 7 year olds and 4 year old. Colton at the outdoor center gave us so much useful information and stepped aside to make us feel like he really wanted us to be aware of everything Great!! And Pam, a resort transportation driver, was always there when our family needed a ride. Always attentive to seeing the 9 of us walking and taking a second to offer a ride. We just Loved everyone and are thankful for such a family oriented resort.
Thank you for bringing your great group to our resort, and thank you for sharing your experience with us here. We will be sure to let the team know as well, and will share with Kathy, Colton, and Pam! Can we please confirm the dates of your stay? We look forward to hosting you again soon. Have a safe and happy holiday season.
Exploria Resorts Reputation Management Team
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The absolute biggest financial mistake of my life. Entire organization is full of lies. I was scammed into buying it, scammed into using it, scammed over maintenance fees, scammed trying to get out of it. It has brought me more stress in my life than I could ask for. To top it off, I called to ask them to waive the 47 dollar late fee associated with my newly increased maintenance fee that was raised without my knowledge by $130.00 in 2020. I asked this because of the COVID-19 health crisis, and the fact that I have yet to use the timeshare ONCE in the 5 years of owning it. "Sorry there is nothing we can do" is the answer I got. EVIL EVIL EVIL ORGANIZATION. PLEASE STAY AWAY.
I have been a happy satisfied owner of Summer Bay since 2006. That was before EXPLORIA bought it!! Always loved going there and enjoyed it so much with my family. Since EXPLORIA it’s not the same. The people working there are not customer friendly. They won’t help you or try to work with you if you have any problems. It’s like hitting brick walls. They repeat the same reply over & over “sorry I can’t help you with that!" Be very wary of these scam artists... especially the ones in member services. & stay as far away from the clueless idiots in the sales dept. Everything they tell you about their EXPLORIA vacation club is LIES.. So if their mouths are moving it’s all LIES & Bullcrap????
Stay far away from this company. There was a mix up with our reservation (system booked two nights when we had booked one online) and was told there was a two night minimum. We told them we couldn’t stay an extra night. The agent was apologetic and said he would just cancel our reservation so we could stay elsewhere and THERE WOULD BE NO CHARGE. A few days later they charged me for a night when we didn’t stay in their resort at all. Their email communications with me have been pathetic at best with no offer of a resolution and they eventually said since this was a “no show” we would not be refunded. This was not a no show and I can’t believe they would not stand by what their agent told us. Not reputable at all, no honesty in their business practice. Better off elsewhere!
It's a scam! Be careful!!! They never give you anything that they promise you! Do not be innocent because nothing is that beautiful how they show you! At the end you prefer to say I lost all my money but I get my peace back. Then they transfer you to gocrv where they have the worst customer service. Specially an agent called "K" that's the only identity she reveals. Liars!!!!
Good morning. Good afternoon. My name is Alonzo. I bought a package from Resortdaddy.com. Daddy guaranteed me that I was going to be at Summer Bay Resort from June 13th through June 16th. I got to Orlando. Was booked at Maingate Lakeside which is a Transit hotel. It is a crackhead hotel. It is nasty. I called back the next day to get out of my package deal. They told me that I was unable to get out of my package deal so I am holding Summer Bay Resort as well as resortdaddy.com false advertisement with the clients. You have me paying a resort fee and in a minute of the Ford Transit Hotel. It was the worst the hotel. Was leaking. It had dog hairs everywhere. It had believed this was the worst vacation ever. Resort Daddy and some of them are being sued. Please no one book through there at all.
We are from Australia. We had been to Summer Bay Resorts in the month of September 2017 as we were offered 3 days complement stay in Orlando-FL. We were quite convinced that after attending their timeshare seminar that we will buy a basic package. Well, we were told that we can able use their EXPOs for flights, Cruise, Holidays throughout the world. OMG after paying $22,000 plus nearly $1000 a year maintenance fees, we decided to book flights and Resort stay. Well we couldn't as we were told by the member services that we do not have enough points. 1 EXPOs = 10 USD. We were given only 480 Expos for 2 years which is not enough to book a single person flight. Absolutely ridiculous. SALES PERSON HAS NO CLUE HOW THE EXPOS WORK. We have been conned, misled.
Well, They the members services informed after contacting them several times that we can able use our Expos in RCI Timeshare. Due to family circumstances we couldn't able to go for any holidays for a year. In the month of Nov 2018, I received a call from Justin ** a con artist salesman that he will help me book holidays and that there is a special upgrade campaign going on right now and he said we are eligible as we are a existing customers and we can able to get 490 Expos per year. He also assured that he is going to personally book our family stay in one of the timeshares in UK (we booked our flights through our local travel agent). He also assured that he will look after us in future bookings. I used to get around 2 calls from him every day until nearly 2 months.
Finally we decided to join the upgrade and he sent us the contract to sign and also organized finance arrangement for nearly $23,000 and maintenance fees of $1600 per year which can be paid from the Expos. He also assured that he is going to book holidays to UK for 8 people keeping this as the assurance. I trusted him and I signed the documents in good faith. I did not read properly as it was 38 pages moreover we were away in the month of December 2018. Once I signed the contract and posted back to them afterwards no sign, No email, No phone call. I did email Justin ** in the month of February 2019 to get confirmation of our hotel bookings for UK trip as we were heading in the Month of June 2019. Now that he gave me a shock that I should contact member services for booking. He said he has no access to reservations to book holidays. Oh my God!
I was so angry and disappointed. I tried to contact member services and they informed that the Expos have to be converted to Reward credits and we need to do 6-8 months prior to travel dates. Well, we were betrayed, absolutely disgusted. We were misled and deceived by Justin. I had no option but to cancel our flight tickets which costed me $1600 cancellation fees, Monthly $380 for upgrade plus maintenance fees which is $2200 per year. We were deceived that maintenance fees is only $1600 per year and that can be paid by using Expos.
Now it is $2200 which I cannot afford. We tried to contact customer service to lodge a formal complaint, but no one is interested to listen to us. I finally got some managers email, JASON ** and JEREMY. But they were least bothered. THERE IS NO ONE TO TAKE CUSTOMER COMPLAINTS. NO ONE CARES ABOUT ANYONE IN CLUB EXPLORIA. "I have lost flight cancellation fees - $ 1600.00. Initial payment when joined in Sept 2017 - $22000.00. Upgrade monthly payment $380 per month - $23000.00. Maintenance fees every year - $ 2200.00". Is it worth the money? Not enjoyed any holidays. Losing so much money? I am broke. These people have destroyed my life and family. No one is there to help here. Please do not join Club Exploria.
Back in 2003, I was offered a 3 day/ 2 night stay in Orlando at Summer Bay Resort, located only 6 miles from Walt Disney World, with no obligation but to attend a short presentation about the resort. All for a small fee. Having never travelled to Florida, I thought this was a great opportunity to make the trip, which I did in March 2004. First given a long walking tour of the resort and shown different layouts available, I was last shown the ultimate 4 bedroom suite. From there, I was brought to a large open office area with a number of roundtables throughout the room and others returning from the same tour or already in discussions.
A sales representative was then introduced to me and gave me an offer that was extremely high. I said “no, I definitely cannot afford it”. He then began talking about how the timeshare is a great investment as it is property, a great financial decision for myself and, in the future, my family. Also, that this was the “best time” to purchase as the seller was very motivated. The sales rep kept coming back with lower prices and I continued to express I could not possibly invest, not only due to the initial cost but that travelling to Florida on a “yearly” basis was not something I felt I could do.
The points option was offered that would allow me to travel “all over the world, including Canada”, utilizing the point value of my investment, with the option to carry over points and experience grander vacations at 100s of resorts. I was also told how I could easily rent the timeshare and this income would cover any maintenance fees and taxes. Still hesitant, the big guns arrived, the Sales Manager.
I was extremely skeptical and asked about selling the property in the future. He told me that wouldn’t be a problem, that they were selling this timeshare for another owner wanting to upgrade. I was told that they would help sell for me if I ever decided too as they were selling to me from another owner. I was given a final offer and told I had to decide right then. If I decided not to purchase, I was required to attend another presentation at another of their resorts the next day. If I purchased right then, I would be able to just enjoy Florida for the rest of my stay.
After approximately 4 hours, I made the biggest mistake ever, I purchased. I was enrolled in the RCI points program also and told my yearly expenses would only be $451.34 per year in maintenance fees, estimated property taxes of $43.86 per year, plus the yearly membership to RCI of $99. Much less than the cost a vacation!! I was then ushered off to a hotel in Daytona so I then had to drive from Orlando to Daytona. I wasn’t even given “my timeshare” for the remainder of my stay and was then miles from Disney World.
After realizing I made this mistake, I contacted the sales department at Summer Bay, including while still in Florida, multiple times and was told they do not sell for owners!! They provided no direction whatsoever. When I told them what I had been told, there was no concern at all, just a flat out, "Sorry about your luck." I was shocked and stuck in a financial situation I could not find any help to get out of.
After a few years of not having any luck renting the timeshare and looking for options to sell, in my desperation, I was taken advantage of by a company that said they would sell for me. They just took my money and laughed at me when confronted. Bold out confessed! Again, I could find no way to recoup that loss and still responsible for timeshare fees. Once bitten, twice shy, I just carried and paid for this huge burden for so many years. It is ever blackening and I cringe thinking of the burden, not investment, upon my family. They do not deserve to carry this.
For many years now, I have struggled to pay the fees so my credit is not affected and to avoid the extremely high late fees charged if I’m late with my payment. I have not seen any gain from this alleged investment, only loss. The resort has changed and is now Exploria Resorts? And RCI has changed since my purchase and the fees are ridiculous. I have long since cancelled RCI.
To date, it has been 13 years of financial strain, stress, agony and grief because I was lied to for the profit of others. I now have a family and we do not travel, it is financially not possible. I have never been back to Florida or travelled outside of Canada since this purchase in 2004. The initial purchase plus the 16.9% interest charged for financing, cost $17,308.16 US. I can only imagine the Canadian $$ value at this point. About 2007/2008, I was on hard times and was late with payments. The fees were ridiculous. I paid these fees. The original purchase has been paid in full, which is more than the above amount noted when including the late fees.
The maintenance fees and property taxes have steadily increased and in 2016 were approximately $1000 (with exchange, this was $1206.75 Canadian dollars). Basically, doubled from 2004. This equates to an approximate amount of $10 000 US in fees? Over the 13 years and counting. I am desperate to be released from this timeshare.
My partner purchased a holiday about 5 years ago. Paid nz$2000 to have time at summer bay in Orlando. Time at Daytona beach, a cruise to the Bahamas, and some time in Costa Rica and a rental car. We got pretty excited about it and started planning our trip. Unfortunately my partner got made redundant and our circumstances changed dramatically. Exploria were awesome and gave us extra time to use our "holiday". In the end we decided we wouldn't be able to use the holiday at all so I asked for a refund of at least some of our holiday. Of course the answer was no. We decided that we would just have to take the loss and move on.
Suddenly last week we got a call from Exploria offering us reinstatement of our holiday with some extras!!! It would only cost us nz$500 to get everything back. Again we got excited and although our financial position isn't great we seriously need a break and seeing they gave us until 2020 to use it we paid the money. Yesterday I decided to search summer bay resort and was horrified to read all the terrible reviews about the deal we purchased. We decided to contact the number we had been given by the "lovely" Natasha from Exploria and tell her we wanted our money back.
Surprise surprise the number doesn't go anywhere. So we emailed her and so far no reply. We called our bank and canceled our credit card in case they take more money from us and we have lodged a complaint with the fraud department at our bank to try and get our money back. Please please please DO NOT take up any offer that has anything to do with Summer Bay Resort or Exploria. Not worth the stress. It's just an outright SCAM!!!
Exploria Resorts Company Information
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