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What is Capital Vacations?

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Posted on March 08, 2022

One of the newest names in vacation ownership, yet with decades of experience in the timeshare industry, Capital Vacations has emerged as a major player in offering quality vacations for its owners and members.

Capital Vacations oversees a variety of ownership options, with nearly 60 resorts in its network, as well as offering its club product, Capital Vacations Club. The company manages a mix of fixed week, floating week and points-based ownership products to give its 200,000 owners significant flexibility in how they choose to vacation.

How Capital Vacations Came About

Based in Myrtle Beach, the Capital Vacations brand was born in 2018 when the previously named National Hospitality Group rebranded and brought its SPM Resorts, Defender Resorts and Capital Resorts properties under one umbrella entity.

Going back to 1979, the evolution of the group has seen the company grow from its nine Capital Resorts’ collection to partnering with SPM Resorts in 2015. It eventually acquired SPM along with Defender Resorts in 2017 and rebranded to Capital Vacations in 2018.

Growing Portfolio of Resorts

view over Bluebeard's Castle resort St Thomas

Resorts are primarily along the eastern seaboard of the U.S. but also include Caribbean destinations St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Grand Cayman. As of today, 58 resorts are part of the Capital Resorts family spanning 10 states as well as the previously mentioned Caribbean islands.

We say “as of today” because Capital has been so active in adding resorts to its portfolio that it seems to grow by the day.

Recently added resorts to Capital Vacations are:

  • Islander Beach Resort (New Smyrna Beach, Florida) – right on the beach in this delightful community just south of Daytona Beach, all of the studio, one- and two-bedroom suites come with a fully equipped kitchen. Boutique shopping, fishing, unique culture and the nearby Canaveral National Seashore are a few of the highlights. 

Islander Beach Resort

  • Silver Lake Resort (Kissimmee, Florida) – this Orlando area mainstay has been providing owners with comfortable accommodations and access to the Disney theme parks for years. About a five-minute ride to Animal Kingdom, the resort offers four swimming pools, hut tubs, sports courts, free wi-fi and the Cabana Bar & Grill – all from your studio, one- or two-bedroom unit. 
  • Magic Tree Resort (Kissimmee, Florida) – Capital has really expanded its central Florida offerings and Magic Tree is a great spot, close to World Drive and about 15 minutes from the Magic Kingdom. With access to one- and two-bedroom fully equipped condos, enjoy the swimming pool, children’s pool, games, movies in the movie theater and more. 

Magic Tree Resort

  • Sea Club IV (Daytona Beach Shores, Florida) – located on one of the best stretches of beach in Florida, this township adjacent to Daytona Beach lets you access all the terrific activities in this renowned region. Take in the Daytona Boardwalk, the Speedway, Lagoon Water Park, golfing, fishing, shopping and more, or soak up the sand and surf, hit the pool or play some games. All from your studio, one- or two-bedroom “cabin” themed unit.
  • Calypso Cay (Kissimmee, Florida) – the Orlando area rings up again with this newly-affiliated Capital timeshare resort, located just off Osceola Parkway with a straight shot into Disney World. For those days you want a break from the parks, choose from three pools, water slides, hot tubs, 18 holes of mini golf, License To Chill Bar & Grill and the amazing Castaway Cove Adventure Park with zip line, rock wall and more. Your choice of studio, one-, two- or three-bedroom villa makes it all possible.

Calypso Cay Resort

  • Peppertree By The Sea (North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina) - a fabulous beachfront location with private beach access and close to the Beachwood Golf Club and famed Barefoot Landing, your studio, one- or two-bedroom suite has everything you need. Enjoy your choice of outdoor or indoor pool, Jacuzzi, game room, sauna, snacks and drinks at the Tiki Hut and even complimentary Wi-Fi to share your trip with envious friends back home.   

Peppertree by the sea north myrtle beach

These are some of the 14 resorts added over the last two years, following the pre-pandemic acquisition of Summer Winds Resorts in 2019 to broaden its Branson-based offerings.

The company continues to refine its resort collection to provide quality accommodations, as Capital reviews its relationship with its resorts and discusses the commitment from potential resort partners to the standards set out by the company.

Weeks and Points Ownership

As we mentioned earlier, Capital oversees both week and points ownerships. This is primarily due to the legacy nature of the acquisitions, as Defender and SPM both began as weeks-based timeshare programs.

Many of their owners continue to enjoy their timeshare weeks at their given resorts, and floating week options have provided more flexibility for these owners over the years.

Changes in the way consumers vacation has led to the development of vacation club programs across the timeshare industry, and Capital is no exception – launching the Capital Vacation Club. Members of the Club purchase points packages that let them vacation in Club resorts across the network, and week owners have the option of converting their ownership into a Club membership.

Both week and points owners also have even more vacation options, as Capital Vacations is now affiliated with RCI - joining the world’s largest exchange company in early 2021. Owners would join RCI and deposit their usage into the RCI system to select from the 4,200 resorts in the RCI network.   

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