May 17, 2023 4 min

Staycation Made Easy: A Comprehensive Look At Timeshares, Vacation Clubs and Fractional Ownership


Sometimes a change of scenery is just what the doctor prescribes, and a staycation delivers that in spades- plus it’s way more interesting than a Netflix marathon anyways. 

All amidst the monotony of daily life, we yearn for a place to unplug and unwind. And for many, a comforting solution lies in owning a holiday home- a place that promises refuge from the mundane and a guilt-free opportunity to bask in a luxurious staycation. 

However, for most, this idea of owning a second home can be a tantalizing one, a dream deferred by the harsh realities of high costs, logistics, and upkeep involved. And this is where the concept of shared ownership comes into conversation. 

A thriving industry of its own, it comes with a range of offerings that are suited to all your holiday needs. So let’s take a closer look at each of them so you can arm yourself with the knowledge to pick the perfect fit for your next holiday getaway!


First up, let’s talk about timeshare. It sure is a popular option for those who want to own a piece of a vacation property without the hassle of managing it on their own. 

In a typical timeshare model, the potential buyer pays an upfront fee for the right to use a vacation property for a set period each year. This can range anywhere from a week to a month or something in between, depending on the specifics of the drafted contract. 

Buyers get to choose from a range of choices, including stunning villas, apartments or luxurious condos. They also have the flexibility to choose different levels of ownership, like fixed or floating periods, and deeded or right-to-use.

While this model may seem like a steal compared to the cost of actual full ownership, it is important to remember that buyers do not actually own equity in the respective property. Instead, they are essentially paying for the privilege of using it for a limited time. 


  • It’s a budget-friendly way to enjoy the perks of a luxurious holiday
  • Convenience remains supreme with this model- smooth vacations with no maintenance headaches
  • Flexible options allow you to customize your staycation to fit your lifestyle and desires


  • Resale issues can be tricky, leaving you stuck with a property you no longer want.
  • Compared to other real estate investments, timeshares often have a lower market value.
  • Lack of control over the property can leave you feeling frustrated with unexpected changes or restrictions.

Vacation clubs

These clubs have become a preferred choice for those seeking a more flexible and varied approach to their holiday and travel experiences. Unlike timeshares, they provide members access to a vast collection of holiday destinations without the hanging commitment of owning a specific property. Whether you want to jet off to a tropical beach paradise or hit the forests at a nature resort, a vacation club gives you the opportunity to explore new destinations and experiences.

Originally designed to provide members with access to high-quality resorts and vacation properties, vacation clubs have since evolved to offer an array of travel perks, from discounted flights to exclusive recreational activities. Membership fees and maintenance costs are generally required, but the rewards can be well worth the investment. 

And of course, as with any membership-based program, it’s essential to ardently review the fine print before signing up. Some clubs may have blackout dates or restrictions on certain properties, while others may have higher membership or maintenance fees. Either way, it’s a smart choice for those who love to travel frequently and don’t want to be tied down to a single location.


  • Access to networks of properties and resorts in diverse locations
  • Larger accommodations are provided when compared to those of hotels or resorts
  • No ownership responsibilities mean no hassles regarding maintenance or property taxes.


  • Limited availability during peak times can leave you with fewer options for your staycation.
  • Fine prints can reveal hidden costs and strict rules can limit your ability to enjoy the property as much as you’d like.
  • High-pressure sales tactics to sell additional packages can detract from the vacation experience

Fractional Ownership

Fractional ownership is a unique and innovative approach to vacation property ownership that provides the perfect balance between the benefits of full ownership and timeshare. However, with this model, you actually possess a part of the title and exercise partial ownership of the property that can potentially appreciate over the years. 

By purchasing a portion, typically 1/4 or 1/8, you are guaranteed access to the property during your allotted time. And in most cases, you can share the ownership with three to eight co-owners, meaning you’ll be able to holiday six or more weeks per year.  

This co-ownership structure is a smart investment option that allows you to share expenses and benefits with other co-owners based on the amount of the share that each owner owns. The model is particularly suitable for high-end vacation condominiums or second residences, as it establishes a definite structure that allows fractional homeowners to purchase only a portion of the share, reducing the financial burden of full ownership. Additionally, with fewer owners to contend with, they can have more of a pronounced say in decisions related to maintenance or upkeep as well.


  • Provides access to high-end vacation properties that may be out of reach for individual buyers
  • This model of ownership can provide opportunities for home value appreciation
  • Allows more flexibility in terms of scheduling and length of stay.


  • Resale of fractional ownership can be challenging and may not yield a return on investment. This is often the biggest and most prevalent challenge with fractional ownership, which we are effectively solving with the YOURS marketplace. Buyers and resellers in our marketplace are thoroughly screened for compliance as well as a match to the ethos of luxury living made efficient. 

With that issue out of the way, and with the opportunity to own a compounding asset in real estate, fractional ownership is the staycation option of choice for discerning investors. Let YOURS help you orchestrate the perfect getaway with our range of luxury offerings set across scenic locales of India. Check out our listings here.

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