By using the Holiday Types search on RCI.com you can discover inspiring new destinations where you can enjoy your favourite holiday experiences. Here are five of our favourites…
Golden golf times in Myrtle Beach
They say ”the most important shot in golf is the next one”, so why not take yours in the golf capital of the world - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina? Dubbed the ‘supermarket of golf’, Myrtle Beach has over 100 courses. There are over 50 four-star layouts, many of which were designed by famous course architects, such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman. The area is also home to some of the world’s most challenging courses, guaranteed to give the most seasoned golfer a run for their money.
And, on the flipside, those who want to incorporate a leisurely game into their family holiday or enjoy a few days on the green, and still have spends for the 19th hole, will easily find courses to suit.
The long, mild springs and autumns here provide the perfect climate for golf and are the most popular times to enjoy the sport. The summer is beach season, but if you can take the heat - the green fees are lower.
If golfing is only part of your holiday, or there are people within your party who are yet to embrace their love of the sport, you needn’t worry - this area has an abundance of other attractions, not least the sixty miles of pale coastline. Shelling can be fun for children and adults alike, with more than 700 varieties of sea creatures living in these waters, their shells make a wonderful souvenir.
While on the beach, it would be difficult to miss the 57-metre SkyWheel overlooking the boardwalk. A flight will provide the best views of the beautiful coastline, or settle with a cooling drink to watch the wheel’s amazing light show at night.
If you love to shop, the array of malls, outlets and boardwalk shops in Myrtle Beach won’t disappoint. Broadway at the Beach is a must visit, with 350 acres of shopping, entertainment and dining, it’s the largest entertainment complex in South Carolina. Myrtle Beach is also a hot spot for live entertainment. Take your pick from comedians, tribute and dance shows - or even a swashbuckling pirate show with dinner.
All-in-all, you’ll be getting into the swing, on and off the golf course!
Spectacular skiing in the Murtal Holiday Region - Austrian Alps
We know that for those of you who love to ski, a glittering blanket of snow evokes not only cherished childhood memories of snowball fights and building snowmen, but also the exhilaration of hitting the slopes.
Use the Holiday Types search on RCI.com to discover new places to ski. Experience the real deal in the birthplace of downhill skiing - Austria.
The Austrian Alps have fantastic ski conditions and this, combined with picture-postcard scenery and a lengthy season, gives it a high place on the winter sports visit list. Whether you are a novice or a master of the snow-based sport, or want to go downhill or cross country - heading to the Austrian Alps, will put you on piste for an unforgettable holiday.
This region has eight mountains, over 100 miles of pistes and 61 cable cars and lifts. Visit Kreischberg, which features a popular 10-seater cable car, a tubing area and a racing slope. The Lachtal ski resort is ideal for families; a magic carpet, mini slalom and a teddy rope-tow are just some of the adventures for children in the Kinder-Lachtal, while the Turracher Höhe has a mountain lake which turns into an ice skating rink in winter. If you plan on visiting a number of resorts, passes can be purchased to reduce costs.
Many resorts offer other winter sports, such as snowboarding, curling and tobogganing, so you can try something new, while the non-skiers in your party can still enjoy the experience.
If you can prise yourself from your skis, take advantage of the winter wonderland scenery by taking a torch-lit hike, or even a horse-drawn sleigh ride. There is also a choice of two local thermal spas, to thaw out and indulge in the ultimate relaxation - both are a delight to the senses.
Fancy a tipple? The charming town of Murau is worth a visit, with its pastel-coloured houses and brewery museum. The museum shows the beer-making process, tracing the 500-year history of the Murau Brewery, plus you'll receive a glass of the local brew.
Family thrills in Orlando, Florida
For a family holiday, you can’t go wrong with Orlando, which will always come up in an RCI Holiday Type search. Toddlers and teens will be thrilled with the ‘theme park capital of the world’, and there’s plenty to keep the big kids happy too!
Walt Disney World, is the place where ‘dreams come true’. Whether it’s an autograph from the charismatic mouse himself in Magic Kingdom, seeing movie magic come alive at Hollywood Studios, exploring the innovation of Epcot, or discovering exotic animals at Animal Kingdom - there’s something to capture every imagination.
At Magic Kingdom children can meet many of the Disney characters and take a kerb-side seat for their spectacular daily parade. There are exciting rides and attractions, including Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, the spooky Haunted Mansion, and the delightful It’s A Small World, to name a few. Come nightfall, tired eyes light up as they gaze past the towering spires of Cinderella’s castle, at the spectacular firework show illuminating the sky.
Universal Orlando Resort offers two parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure with both providing tons of family fun, with attractions including The Simpsons ride, and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.
Universal Studios Florida also houses The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley, while right next door, at Islands of Adventure, you’ll find The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmede. Fans can experience a truly magical experience by travelling aboard the Hogwarts Express!
Also worth a visit are Busch Gardens and LEGOLAND Florida Resort and which are around an hour’s drive from downtown Orlando. Multi-park tickets are available with savings to be had for families who want to do it all!
Parents might need a day off from the excitement, and luckily there’s plenty to entertain away from the rollercoasters and candy floss. To make the most of your Orlando experience, hire a car and hit the beach - Daytona Beach is just over an hour's drive. You can find your perfect spot across the 23 miles of golden sands and hunker down with a good book while the children play on the playgrounds and at the beachfront splash parks; get competitive in a family game of volleyball, or venture into the waters for surfing or kayaking.
Lounging lakeside in San Carlos de Bariloche - Nequen, Argentina
“I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore… I hear it in the deep heart’s core.” - William Butler Yeats.
If your heart yearns for the sound and sights of the lakeside, Bariloche in Argentina is the ideal place. Known as the ‘American Switzerland’ and the ‘Queen’ of the Ardean Lake District, the city sits along the shoreline of Lago Nahuel Huapi, in the middle of the national park of the same name. Sitting across 1.8 million acres of pretty meadows spattered with wildflowers, it is graced by awe-inspiring mountains and a 3,418-mile lake at its centre.
This is the best thing about using the RCI.com Holiday Types search, you find fabulous holiday experiences in places you'd least expect, such as Argentina!
In the winter, this area has good snow coverage and draws winter snow enthusiasts. However, the summer is the time to make the most of nature here, when you can enjoy hikes, climbing, horse-riding and fishing. There are half- or full-day tours which you can join to see the main sights and make photo stops in the area, allowing you to truly appreciate this alpine wonder. Alternatively, take a blanket and a picnic, then simply relax and enjoy. Stay put to watch the lakeside sunset - it’ll be worth it!
Similar to Switzerland, Bariloche has a penchant for chocolate of the finest quality and has become known as Argentina’s chocolate capital. This is not coincidental; the wealthy supply of cream in the area, and cocoa imported from Peru, combined with early Swiss and German settlers bringing their knowledge of confectionery here led to the creation of excellent chocolate.
Spa serenity in Malta
You'll be surprised by how many spa resorts there are in the RCI Holiday Exchange programme. I used the RCI.com search facility for spa holidays and liked what I found in Malta.
Making time for yourself is important and yet, for many, true relaxation is a feat in itself. But sometimes, we need to take some time; time to appreciate the feel of fluffy robes against our skin and the heat of warm wood beneath our bodies; time to inhale the hot steamy air which helps clear our busy minds; time to smell the beautiful aromatherapy oils; time to listen, maybe to ocean soundscapes or the soothing tones of pan pipes. Sounds heavenly, right?
For a holiday based around the spa - and an all-round pampering experience - Malta is a great choice, where many resorts will provide you with just what you are looking for. The spa experience and pampering holidays are becoming very popular, so it is important to plan ahead for this special holiday exchange treat.
Once you have finished indulging in all that is spa, there is plenty more to keep you occupied in Malta. Take a visit to the island capital, Valletta, where culture and history abound. Jump on a hop-on, hop-off bus tour to see the many highlights.
Malta has some of the best scuba diving in the Mediterranean and there are diving centres all over the island which offer beginners’ courses, or equipment hire for experienced divers.
The RCI Resort Directory has some useful search facilities to narrow down all the thousands of fantastic resorts to the ones you want. The 'Holiday Types' tabs reduce the resorts down, then when your shortlisted selection appears, there are even more search fields to use. It really is a great tool to help find your perfect holiday destination and resort.
To have a look at the RCI Resort Directory and see where you could be holidaying next, click on the button below and start searching using Holiday Types search - you may be surprised where it takes you to enjoy your favourite holiday activities.
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