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Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club / Fraud

1 32 baldwin lnMahopac, NY, United States Review updated:
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Phone: 845-621-0345

I was sold this as a business venture. I was suppose to have excess to these villas to sell people to stay in on vacation. Well, i got home and you guess it, there all book up until march of next year 2011. There is nothing to book. I was told at the signing of this contract, that the united states gives you three days to cancel a contract. The d. R. Gives you one year its the law, there no risk to you. When i was signing the contract i did ask what does this mean you can sell this contract if i cancel with in a year if i am not satisfy. I was told that was for them, so if i cancel with in a year i would get my money and they have the right to sell my contract and recoup there money. Ok that made sence. Now that i want to cancel, and i was told it was the law. Its a whole different story. Nothin he said was true. That signing under false pretenses and thats against the law. You can't put a clause in a contract that allows you to break the law and say in that clause you can be sued or held liable for it. Thats against the law. I took his word, that was the law and the contract meant what he said. I never would have sign it if any of that wasn't true. This is a huge scam. Everyone should call the number on top and get on barod.

Em
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  • Em
      15th of Apr, 2010
    0 Votes

    well good for you dave. let me ask you, are you a member? i did not do this to go on vacation there all the time. this was a business transaction. i was suppose to be able to book as many villas as i want, any time for a very low price. the price $699, then resell it for what ever i want or think i could get. in order to do this i had to buy a membership. the member ship cost me $30, 000 up front. now i don't know if you book with a travel agent, but i'am suppose to go straight threw LHVC. every time i go to book they tell me there all book up. now it gets better. i then ask them, when are they book up till. there reply is, until next may 2011. now does that sound right to you? sure i can book other rooms but the contract was for 4, 6, 8 and 12 room villas which in my case and others, never seem to be available. so now you say its me and others that are going threw the same thing. maybe you bought a membership and it works for you, but those of us you bought it for an investment, it was a total wast of money. go on there web site and look for yourself there all book up until next year. joe

  • Co
      4th of Mar, 2011
    0 Votes

    We are in the UK and holidayed at lifestyle xmas/newyear 2010. we were scammed into their membership by a bloke by the name of Miguel who claimed they would buy our existing timeshare so e could buy into lifestyle. Now march 2011 and hey hey hey they now saying they dont do that and were left still paying our existing timeshare and lifestyle demanding the remaining membership balance of $25000. We are in a battle with these people. These people will use any fraudulent means to get a sale ... BEWARE.

  • Ra
      25th of Jan, 2018
    +1 Votes

    @Cottonstrands we had the same encounter in 2016.They said they would buy our existing timeshare and they never did. The next year when I tried to book the villas they said they are al booked. We ended up going to the lowest suits they had and find that all the villas were not occupied. They were just for the show and scamming more people to buy. The fancy restaurants they take you on your first trip is only a one time deal and only for new comers to be lured into their scam.

  • Ro
      2nd of Mar, 2012
    0 Votes

    Lifestyle is a complete scam, they say one thing and do something different as it suits them. I was told they would take over my old timeshare and they would be responsible for the maintenance fees from now on and now they are refusing to pay it and my old timeshare is threatening to send me to collections. They said that the down payment would be charged through their bank in Miami anso we don't have to worry about foreign transaction fees when we got our bill it was billed in the DR and we had $50 in foreign transaction fees. I want to get me money back as they assured me I could and now I'm in the 'resale program' with no hope of getting my money back. Don't be fooled by all the smooth talk about being a VIP you are DOPE if you give these people a dime

  • Ma
      22nd of Mar, 2012
    0 Votes

    Just contemplating fighting this through a lawyer as we were told the same lies about using it as a business and being able to try it for a year. Money back guarantee is what we were told. Got home and tried to book and nothing on any of the requests we put in for U.S. sister resorts. Has anyone tried to fight it? And is there any recourse for those of us that fell for their scam. Am I wasting money on a lawyer?

  • Ro
      22nd of Mar, 2012
    0 Votes

    I've been emailing their agent and have shown where in their contract they breached the terms and they keep playing a broken record of the same boloney. I keep hacking and told them I spoke to a lawyer. here is the contact info FYI

    if you have been a victim of this company lifestyles please call BALESTRIERE & FARIELLO #1-212-374-5400- EX 133 ASK FOR LAURA SAYLER OR ANNIE ZHANG, THERE IS A LAWSUIT AGAINST THEM AND WE NEED AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE IF YOU WANT TO TRY TO SALVAGE SOME OR ALL OF YOUR MONEY.

    Let me know how you make out

  • Ne
      15th of Aug, 2013
    0 Votes

    We are victims my Husband and I as of July this year Lifestyle lied to us and said they were going to purchase our timeshare and after we bought into there Club they said we don't do that we do not pay off timeshares. They are such liars now we are stuck paying for two we feel like fools and I guess we were to them Heaven help us All..

  • Ro
      15th of Aug, 2013
    0 Votes

    Call the law firm above they are working to get this into the courts. Many of us have been lied to and swindled, my advice is do not pay any more money to LHVC and 'write-off" what hey took form you and don't send good money after bad.

    Sorry we were all taken in by them, the problem is thier country does not care what they are doing and will not help put a stop to the fraudulent behavior. I recommend that US people avoid the DR at all costs until and if this gets taken care of. I even went to the tourism office and the consulate and got no reply.

  • Ld
      10th of Oct, 2013
    0 Votes

    MY 75year old non speaking english parents have been a victim to lifestyle resorts> they were told that they would only be paying $199usd per week for a 1 bedroom anywhere in the world, plus discounted airfares and meal plans $50.00. None of this turned out to be true. I tried numerous of times to book my parents, my family to other destinations offered by lifestyle. GUESS WHAT never panned out. there is no $199 us per week destinations in a 1 bedroom. I recently tried booking my parents for 1 month in Punta cana the PRESIDENTIAL SUITES which is a sister resort to lifestyle..2 bedroom with kitchen and no meal plans...GUESS WHAT..THEY COULD ONLY BE ABLE TO ACCOMODATE IN A 1 BEDROOM FOR 499 OR A 2 BEDROOM FOR 599 PER WEEK HOWEVER THE ALL INCLUSIVE IS MANDATORY AT $85.00US PER PERSON PER DAY...YOU DO THE MATH..WOW...WHERE ARE THE BENEFITS OF THIS MEMBERSHIP CONSIDERING MY PARENTS ALREADY PUT A DEPOSIT OF $10, 000 AND $10, 000 TO FOLLOW...MY PARENTS WERE LIED TO, MISLEAD AND SCAMMED...PLEASE IF ANYONE EVER GOES DOWN TO PUERTO PLATA JUST BEWARE AND DONT SIGN ANY CONTRACTS FROM THEM

  • Ho
      6th of Jan, 2014
    0 Votes

    It was December of 2007 and I was on my mid tour break from Afghanistan and used an RCI exchange to Lifestyles so my family and I could relax and enjoy the beautiful DR. And this we did until I was pulled into your typical timeshare experience...the pitch to sell us a villa and all the amenities at Lifestyles. They promised unlimited access to a villa for the amount ($47K) with a service charge per visit. Sounded fair until I tried to reserve a villa. Ever since I became a member (2007) they have added shareholders and owners of which has made it impossible to get a villa. I have asked for a reimbursement or sell back option and they ignore my requests. Everything they promised is a hoax to get you to sign. Once they have your signature everything changes. A bad deal for any hard working person!

  • Li
      26th of Dec, 2016
    0 Votes

    I was scammed just like many people. Smoke and mirrors. They say they will take your timeshare on trade, and then expect you to pay transfer fees and an additional year of maintenance fees. That was over $3000. They claim to have hotels all over the world. Try to get one. I booked a short visit over New Years, paid for 2 nights, then they told me they were having a gala event for New Year's Eve, and I had to pay an additional $80/person mandatory. That was in addition to the $65/person for all inclusive fees. I cancelled the reservation and now they say they are keeping the fees for the two nights stay. I am considering opening up a website named Lifestyleresortssucks.com, so keep an eye out. I also live in the DR and am considering getting local attorneys involved.

  • Li
      5th of Jan, 2017
    0 Votes

    @LIfestylesucks Feel the same way about the "all inclusive charges". It was not what we were presented and we just got back and are furious. We booked as it seemed like great vacation option...We were lied too related specifically to these addtional charges. I am reaching out to a few different people related to my upset.

    Have you gotten anywhere with it?

    Lila
    lcasuras@yahoo.com

  • Ta
      27th of Nov, 2017
    0 Votes

    @LIfestylesucks Please let me know if you do. I have talked to a couple of law firms in the DR with no luck. If you have any luck please contact me @ tcmann84@gmail.com

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