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Embarc Blue Mountain Resort Customer Comments
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Very Concerned About Construction.....Right Next Door!
We’re Intrawest members and love the Blue Mountain facility.
We were just there last weekend on some getaway time and had a lovely time in a studio unit only steps away from the Adults Only hot tub (although on two occasions other folks had their young children in that tub instead of the family tub – some people just tend to ignore signage). The overall club facility continues to be first rate.
However, I am deeply concerned about the ongoing construction of a monster home subdivision literally only a few metres away from the club perimeter. For one reason we’re scheduled to come back for a 3 night weekday stay (ie during peak weekday construction hours) and potentially having our vacation compromised by the noise and dust. This construction zone is literally 30 feet away from the club pond. This subdivision looks to be rather large and will not be completed “overnight” and will be an ongoing issue for quite some time.
Second, I understand “progress” but I am more concerned that this new private development and its close proximity to the club effectively negates any hope for future growth and expansion of Club Intrawest Blue Mountain (in other words offering more much-needed vacancy opportunities for club members – and the paying public).
Anyway, we look forward to our September stay with a dose of apprehension.
Member since 1996
Club Intrawest Blue Mountain resort is a private vacation club where you use your membership points to book vacation homes/accommodations – 1 bedroom, 2 bedrooms or the Lodge (deluxe hotel-like).
Stayed in a one bedroom with two baths, pull out sofa, full kitchen, all appliances including washer/dryer, private balcony with chairs and table, hammock, all your in-room dining essentials (utensils, plates, glasses, cups), free wi-fi. You bring nothing except your clothes and food. The resort also has, for purchase, microwaveable foods for in-room dining.
There is an arcade lounge (free games), theatre and movie rentals for all members, seasonal pools, exercise centre, hot tubs, outdoor barbecues, lounge, complimentary shuttle to the village. The arcade lounge has one of my favourite games – Galaga and PacMan. There are games for little kids and grown up kids.
The continental breakfast buffet is offered for a price – cereals, waffles, fruits, yoghurt, oatmeal, eggs, breads.
This is a FULLY equipped, fully furnished vacation home, nice facilities and amenities and services, activities and events all-year round.
Blue Mountain is a beautiful resort, great vacation home – comfy, relaxing, It feels like home away from home with some extra luxuries. Always well received, staff at reception are wonderful, professional, friendly.
The Blue Mountain Village is just minutes away with hotels, condos, restaurants, shops, skiing, hiking, beach, waterpark, golf, trails, grocery store. The nearest town is Collingwood – just 10 minutes, where you will find traditional stores like Walmart, Dollarama, metro,Tim Horton’s, shops and restaurants. Short drive to Wasaga Beach.
As a member since 1996 we have access to their other destinations/home locations.
Also as a member, you are sharing ownership with other members, so therefore you are required to pay yearly dues. My miff is since becoming a member in 1996 the dues have increased more than doubled and keeps going up. So the math does not add up anymore, like it did back in 1996.
My other miff is as part of the club’s revenue generating measures, the club reserves some of the member’s inventory of accommodations and releases it to the public at a price. So that leaves members with less inventory, therefore reducing availabilities. Again, the math does not add up, when dues keeps going up and availabilities are less for the members.
Another miff of mine is outside of Blue Mountain and its other home locations, members have access to other vacation clubs, resorts, hotels from around the globe. It sounds all good to have all these options, BUT it comes at a price. These options require an additional membership fee, plus trading your points, plus additional fee per night on top of trading your points. We’ve had Interval International and ExtraOrdinatry Escape memberships in the past but have not renewed and will never renew. So we just travel within the Club’s home locations. As a member since 1996, our current points is only beneficial during non-peak times.
Who wants to travel in November. Forget about trying to book during peak, activity, holiday, ski seasons – our current points has very little value and does not give us much of a stay. The popular club’s ski locations ask for a lot of points per night during ski season, holidays, peak times. All in all, we have no intentions of buying more points.
You can’t even get a decent vacation for one or two consecutive weeks a year, unless you don’t use your points for one year and bank it for the next year. Back in 1996 it made sense, today the math does not add up when the resort dues keeps increasing and less inventory for members. Furthermore, we enquired about selling the membership. The membership depreciates in value if you want to re-sell it back to the club.
It’s a nice resort, however, I would not recommend buying a membership.
Comfortable Base for Exploring the South Georgian Bay
We’ve stayed at other Club Intrawest resorts, but this was our first visit to the Blue Mountains. The resort is located in a “ski village” designed with winter sports in mind. We went in early fall and spent nearly all our time exploring the region, including waterfall hikes and the annual salmon spawning run up the Beaver River.
We stayed in a one bedroom unit on the second floor overlooking a small pond. On the opposite side of the building was a nice view of the ski slopes. The room was well appointed, comfortable, and clean.
In addition to typical services such as Internet access and movie rentals, the resort also offers optional amenities including the loan of a GoPro video camera to record your local adventures and a computer (if you didn’t bring one) to share your videos with your friends.
I must say all the staff we met were very friendly and helped to make our stay comfortable.
Breakfast, coffee, and newspapers were offered in the Lodge and a breakfast snack box was available if you were heading out. We preferred to utilize the kitchen in our unit which was more than sufficient.
The resort is conveniently located to restaurants, shopping and area attractions making it easy to check the sites from Collingwood to Owen Sound.
Would like to revisit earlier in either warmer weather to enjoy the Bay waters or later to enjoy the fall colours.
A nice place to bring the Family
Intrawest Blue Mountain has provided many enjoyable vacations for our family. During any season there are quite a bit of activities for the family to enjoy. Make sure to take the shuttle and explore the Village as it has quite a bit of options. It is much more than a skiing resort as during the Summer you can Mountain Bike, walk the trails, fish in the pond.
I highly recommend it for the whole family.
Great summer getaway
I recently spent 6 days here with my husband and 1 year old son, and we had a fantastic time. This ski resort has done a terrific job of making their property multi-purpose, and we loved the warm weather options.
Location – roughly a 2 hour drive from Pearson, mostly highway driving. No off-roading necessary. Club Intrawest is located in a small ski resort area called Blue Mountain Village – shopping, dining, and hiking are all available in the village which is a very short walk away. If you need more urban amenities (like a Walmart), it’s a 10 minute drive to Collingswood. Very convenient.
Property – Beautiful! Everything was very clean and well maintained. The lobby was small but efficient and pretty. All the common areas were nicely decorated and functional, with lots of opportunities to spend time with larger groups if you’re travelling with friends or family. There are both indoor and outdoor spaces to relax, such as a clubhouse and a deck.
Activities – There are 2 pools (1 for kids, 1 for adults) and 2 hot-tubs, both small but quite functional. There’s a game room for kids, a media room for adult gatherings, a sand pit, and several barbecues to be used by guests. During our stay, we found everything clean and in working order, and definitely sufficient for our needs. There’s not much by way of structured activities going on at the resort, but with the Village, hiking, mountain biking, and a beach all quite close by, it doesn’t seem necessary.
Staff – everyone we dealt with was great. Our room was ready on time and the check-in process was very smooth and informative. We asked for a pack-n-play, and it was delivered within 15 minutes, and they also threw in a high chair (which we’ve never even been offered before). We didn’t require much assistance during our stay, but check-out was also quick and easy, and everyone was pleasant and helpful.
Food – no room service, and no onsite restaurant. There is a breakfast served on weekends, which was mediocre. Given the proximity to the village and the fact that each vacation home has its own kitchen, you didn’t really need food options at the hotel. They did offer frozen meals that could be cooked in your oven or microwave for purchase, but we didn’t try them – easier to just by food and the grocery store.
Rooms – we stayed in a 2 bed / 2 bath 2nd floor vacation home in the Otter house. It was quite large, bigger than our NYC apartment, and very comfortable. Mainly used for ski season, there is a stone vestibule when you enter for disrobing dirty and snow-covered clothes – but for summer, we found it useful for wet and sandy clothes as well. Through the 2nd door was a large hallway with both bedrooms and the hall bath, which opened into a great room of living, dining, and kitchen. Straight back was the porch, adorned with 4 Adirondack chairs and a hammock (this was the only thing that wasn’t clean, and we needed to beat it with a towel to get the dirt off). The beds were pretty hard and uncomfortable, which was frustrating.
There was a ton of storage scattered throughout the unit, and a washer dryer in the unit. The kitchen was well stocked. The master bathroom was really dark (sink and tub are actually in the bedroom, but for the shower and toilet, there were 2 small lights that didn’t do the job), but the hall bath was larger and more functional. The units themselves were quite quiet, but out on the porch, or even in the living room with the screen door open, we could hear the neighbours also outside as if they were in our unit.
Overall we had a great vacation! We would definitely return to this resort in the summer, and will add it to our list of ski areas to try.
3 night stay
Purchased the promotion that they sell in the heart of Blue Mountain village-4 days and 3 nights for $199 taxes in…the “catch”is you have to sit in a 90-120 minute timeshare presentation. We decided to book seeing it was a great price and were willing to sit through the presentation (with no interest in becoming a member).
One thing to note, the lady selling the promotion at the Embarc booth in the village promised us we will stay right in the heart of the village above the shops which I was excited to try. Well, that was a lie because the Embarc Blue Mountain is actually across the street (close but not what she promised when she gave her sales pitch).
Anyway, that being said we stayed in a 1 bedroom…nice master bedroom with a large tub, king bed and flat screen tv; our kids slept on the sofa bed. The place was nicely decorated and very clean. The kitchenette had the necessities and you could ask for additional items if needed. The gas fireplace was comfortable on a winters night. The balcony was a nice size. Seemed like it would be nice in the summer as there are 2 outdoor pools. The boathouse had 2 hot tubs, kids area had some toddler toys.
We’re just happy the presentation was pretty quick and they were quite friendly and reasonable when we said we were not interested. If you enjoy Blue mountain and timeshares, maybe this would be a good option for you.