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Starwood Vacation Network. A Better Way to See the World(R)
May 2013 Issue
Discover the Great Outdoors
Your Favorite Ways to Get Out
and Enjoy Summer Vacation

Summertime often conjures up images of swimming, catching some rays or enjoying any activity that takes you outside. And there’s no better time to enjoy the natural outdoor beauty than during your summer vacation stay at any Starwood Vacation Network villa resort.

According to the April Owner’s poll, 32% percent of you agreed that playing on the beach is your number one outdoor activity for a summer trip, while swimming in the resort pool came in close second with 31% percent of the vote. We took your favorite activities, added a few more to the mix, and put together seven great ideas for your summer vacation.

But before you pack your sunscreen and get ready to head out, check out this slideshow for some great outdoor ideas.

Meet the Penguins Experience Maui's best Banking StarOptions SPG Members' Favorites Local Happenings May Poll
Family Meets Penguins
At SeaWorld Orlando

The Cooke family from Ontario, Canada, received the surprise of a lifetime when they were invited by SeaWorld® Orlando to meet a pair of Magallenic penguins, animal ambassadors for SeaWorld Orlando’s newest attraction Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin™, which opens May 24. Save time and purchase tickets to the park at Sheraton Vistana Resort or Sheraton Vistana Villages in Orlando.

Meet the Penguins

Extraordinary Vacations: Family Meet Penguins at SeaWorld Orlando
Extraordinary Places
Maui, Hawai‘i

From slipping your toes into the sand of a blissful beach to hiking a tropical rain forest to a 400-foot waterfall or exploring a dormant volcano’s summit, there’s no better place than the island paradise of Maui to elevate your vacation.

Experience extraordinary Maui.

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Stay Eat
The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas aerial view Duetto of bruschetta
The Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas Pulehu, an Italian Grill
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the West Maui Mountains, The Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas features a beachfront resort with swimming pools, an award-winning spa, a variety of dining options and plenty of uplifting activities. Pulehu, which means "grilled" in the Hawaiian language, offers Italian favorites cooked over an open flame. Pulehu also serves up an inspired wine list, beers and cocktails to complement the menu selections.
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See Do
Owner submitted photo by Alejandro M. family taking a helicopter tour. Fire-Knife dance performance
A Bird’s Eye View Wailele Polynesian Luau
Ascend in a helicopter and soar over dramatic landmarks like the West Maui Mountains, Haleakala Crater, Hana Rainforest and the tallest sea cliff in the world, before hovering over waterfalls, dormant volcanoes and ancient ruins. Enjoy a superb Hawaiian meal while experiencing the Wailele Polynesian Luau at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. The dinner show reflects the culture through performances from Hawaii, Fiji, Tahiti, New Zealand and Samoa, and ends with fire-knife dance performance.
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Ownership 101 Helpful tips:
Banking StarOptions

Click to find out how to bank StarOptions.

Owners, your StarOptions® are your access to different villa sizes in different seasons at your Home Resort or other Starwood Vacation Network villa resorts. But what happens when you’re unable to get away or you simply have extra ones that will go unused? That’s where StarOptions banking comes in. Here’s everything you need to know about saving and getting the most from those leftover StarOptions.

Don’t forget, for questions about StarOptions, please contact Owner Services at 800 743 7654.

Bank a handful or your whole week's worth; Bank as many times as you want; Travel to any Starwood Vacation Network Villa Resort with banked StarOptions; To bank, contact Owner Services
local happenings
Mark your calendar

Looking for last-minute activity ideas? Enjoy these events during your upcoming stay at these destinations.

Antarctice: Empire of the Penguin
Antartica: Empire of the Penguin™
SeaWorld Orlando®
Opens May 24
Learn More
Blues, Brews and BBQ
Blues, Brew & Barbecue
May 25-27
Learn More
St. John Festival
U.S. Virgin Islands
St. John
St. John
June 1 – July 4
Learn More
Fresh New Favorites. Announcing the winners of the 2013 SPG Members' Favorite Resorts list. See which villa resorts made the list.
A woman enjoying a beachside massage May poll. Pure Relaxation. What’s your favorite way to be pampered on vacation?
Getting a revitalizing massage Relax in the steam room/sauna Enjoy a healthful workout at the fitness center Have a soothing manicure/pedicure Experience a refreshing facial
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