Dreamland Beach Property Update

Please note that the planned opening date for Club Wyndham Dreamland Bali has been delayed. We apologise sincerely for any inconvenience.

Extended closure of Club Wyndham Dreamland Bali
It is very common in the hospitality industry – including the Indonesian market – that the accommodation at a hotel or resort is owned by investors or various owners (of which Innovative Holiday Club is one), while the facilities, food and beverage and common areas like reception and the rights to operate the property as a hotel can be owned by another party. At Wyndham Dreamland Resort Bali, these areas are owned by a joint venture of two local companies (“JV Owners”).

A legal dispute has arisen between the JV Owners. Whilst the club is not a party to the dispute, the JV Owners have requested that we do not recommence operations until the dispute is resolved.

Following the request, the legal advice we have received is that we should not act unilaterally to open the resort (or the club apartments) until the dispute is resolved. Whilst we are unable to predict a reopening date at this time, we anticipate the resort will remain closed until at least October 31 – although we are also preparing for the possibility that this situation could extend beyond October.

Bookings at the resort
If you have an existing booking at the resort and would like to travel to Bali, our team is ready to arrange alternative accommodation at Wyndham Tamansari Jivva Resort Bali or Wyndham Garden Kuta Beach Bali. Wyndham Jivva Bali is nestled among rice paddies and positioned on the black sands of Lepang Beach, a short drive from the renowned Ubud region and the Bali Safari and Marine Park. Wyndham Garden Kuta Beach is located right on Kuta Beach, a perfect place for swimming and surfing, perusing local markets and enjoying the eclectic nightlife.

Both properties offer hotel or studio style accommodation which is smaller and includes fewer features than some categories of villa at Club Wyndham Dreamland Beach. For this reason, the team is also currently investigating additional accommodation options in the vicinity, but we have yet to confirm any availability. We should have more information on any potential alternatives in the coming days and you are welcome to hold off confirming a cancellation until then.

The Member Services team will contact all members with a check-in date at Club Wyndham Dreamland Bali on or before October 31, 2022, and advise them that they have the opportunity to change their booking to Wyndham Jivva Bali or Wyndham Garden Kuta Beach, or to cancel. Members with a check-in date on or before January 31, 2023, will also be contacted and will have the additional option of holding onto their current booking pending further updates.

You can cancel by responding to an email which will be provided to you soon and filling out an online form to advise your selection. Member Services will also send a text message as a reminder. We are providing you as much notice as possible so that you can make the right decision for you. The additional options will be withdrawn once Club Wyndham Dreamland Bali reopens.

If you choose to cancel, your credits will be returned and, where they are expired, they will be subject to a new travel by date.

We hope that you will understand these circumstances are unique and are completely outside of our control. However, we have – and will continue to – investigate all avenues possible to try and achieve a solution for members and our ongoing association with this property, which has been enjoyed by many members to date.

We have now blocked all new bookings for Club Wyndham Dreamland Bali until January 31, 2023. We will provide you with more information as we become aware of any updates. As mentioned in previous communications, our property development team is also undertaking a refurbishment of club villas in readiness for opening. The below photos are progress shots and not the finished product.

Club Wyndham Dreamland Bali – Further Details on Closure
How does the ownership of the resort work?
Club Wyndham holds title to 39 apartments and villas at Wyndham Dreamland Resort Bali, which we collectively refer to as Club Wyndham Dreamland Bali. The resort has a total of 190 villas and hotel rooms.

A local subsidiary of Wyndham Destinations manages Wyndham Dreamland Bali but only acts as manager under an agreement with the JV Owners – it is not the owner of the hotel operation.

Why has the property closed?
It has been a tumultuous time for international tourism in the past two years and Bali in particular has suffered with an almost industry-wide shutdown. These factors have combined to create problems for many hospitality operators.

A dispute has arisen between the JV Owners at this property.

As a result of this dispute, the JV Owners are not agreeable to recommence operations at the property and have given us strict directions that we are not to proceed with re-opening. We have obtained legal advice that we cannot act unilaterally and open the resort (or the club apartments) and must wait until the dispute is resolved or both JV Owners consent to operations recommencing.

As you would have seen in previous emails, our team has been caretaking the property and refurbishing the club rooms, but the communal part of the property cannot be reopened, and the resort operations cannot recommence. Wyndham Destinations, as property manager, has made attempts to resolve this issue but must proceed with caution given the ongoing legal dispute.

Neither Wyndham Destinations or the club is a party to this legal dispute but nevertheless it has a direct impact on the ability to access and use the club apartments. Our management team remains ready to immediately jump into action to open the property and club rooms, as soon as approval is given.

Again, we thank you for your patience and understanding.

Warren Cullum
Senior Vice President Operations

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Bali’s exotic vibe and stunning tropical landscapes are major drawcards to newlyweds. Many have even called it the ultimate destination to celebrate marital bliss and we see why: the island is dotted with lush greenery, surrounded with tranquil waters of the Indian Ocean, and offers new and exciting activities to choose from. You and your partner can visit centuries-old temples and witness purification rituals, explore caves, walk on the beach at sunset and sample authentic Indonesian cuisine. At Club Wyndham Dreamland Bali, some of Bali’s best beaches and cultural attractions are within easy reach. The resort is a short drive away from the Uluwatu Temple and its monkey forest, and is close to world famous beaches Dreamland, Bingin and Padang Padang. The resort features a health spa and yoga studio, fitness centre, three onsite eateries, and a swimming pool.


The island of Phuket has long been a favourite for many newlyweds who want to escape the bustling city life. If you dream of lounging by the beach, engaging in an island-hopping tour, canoeing at sunset and sun bathing all day long, then Phuket is the right destination for you.

While Phuket’s picture-perfect limestone cliffs and ancient temples are a feast on the eyes, its flavourful tom yum soup and sweet mango sticky rice are a delight to the tastebuds. Sink your teeth into some delicious Thai food and explore the island by foot or by boat.

As a CWA member, you can experience a luxurious stay at one of two five-star properties in Phuket:

Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket

Set on 16 acres of lush hilltop with views of Patong Bay and the Andaman Sea, Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket features stylish rooms and suites, each with a Jacuzzi on a private balcony. The resort’s most exclusive rooms include private infinity pools perfect for a romantic holiday.

Your resort is located a short drive from Patong Beach, which is a jump off point to explore the nearby beachside town and its attractions.

Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay

Wyndham Grand Kalim Bay is a top resort choice for many discerning couples. Located on a cliff overlooking the Andaman Sea, the resort offers private pool suites and villas, each with a six- or nine-metre swimming pool.

For delightful mornings, forget breakfast in bed and say hello to the resort’s floating breakfast – a luxurious breakfast spread served on a tray delivered straight to your private pool villa.


Japan’s breathtaking natural landscapes, centuries-old pagodas, Zen gardens and world-class cuisines make it one of the most romantic destinations to celebrate your honeymoon.

Through your CWA membership, you have access to 15 resorts located across some of the most romantic prefectures in Japan, some of which are less than an hour away from Tokyo while most are a two-hour drive away from the capital city.

Starting from the closest prefecture from Tokyo, stay at Club Wyndham Sundance Resort Onjuku or Club Wyndham Sundance Resort Awa Kamogawa in the Chiba Prefecture.

Onjuku offers world-class beaches and delicious local seafood while Kamogawa is a laid-back surf town for fishing and surfing while being close to some modern facilities.

To experience the wonders of Mount Fuji, stay at Club Wyndham Sundance Resort Yamanakako, a villa-style property at the foothills of the iconic mountain. The surrounding areas offer a wealth of activities, including fishing, hiking, water skiing, boating and wind surfing.

Check out the full list of honeymoon destinations in Japan here.


China offers many wonderful choices for a romantic escape.

Its capital, Shanghai, is filled with luxurious designer shops, elegant cafés, opulent restaurants and remarkable museums. As China’s buzzing metropolis, it’s a grand way to spend a well-deserve break with your loved one.

Visit The Bund, which comes to life at night, explore People’s Square or the historical French Quarter.

If you’re looking for a premier beach destination, Sanya Bay is a much loved choice for couples. Dubbed as the ‘Hawaii of China’, it features upscale beaches, surf spots, rich coral reefs and excellent diving areas.

As an IHC member, you can enjoy Shanghai or Sanya through the club’s resorts in China.

Check out the full list of honeymoon destinations in China here.


Whilst there has been no cases of Coronavirus reported in any of our Club Wyndham properties, the safety of our guests, owners, members, associates and partners around the world remains a top priority.

We are closely monitoring the situation and our resort and preview centre teams are following the guidelines established by the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and their local health departments. Any suspected cases will be reported to the proper authorities as soon as they are known.

If you are concerned about an upcoming resort stay, we encourage you to seek guidance from your health professional. If you are advised against travelling and are outside the permitted cancellation timeframe, please send a letter from your health professional outlining these instructions including specified dates inclusive of your reservation dates to asia.service@wyn.com.

10 Tips For Your First Japanese Holiday

Whether you’re a long-time Club member or a new face in the Wyndham family, you’ve got one thing in common – you love travelling.  From sun-soaked tropical vacays to inner-city expeditions, you’ve done it all.  You can’t wait for that moment when you step off the plane and into an exciting new world.  Strange experiences, different cultures, unfamiliar faces – it’s all part of the fun.  You’re an explorer.  You’re an adventurer.  You’re part of Club Wyndham.

Now think of Japan.  What do see?  Mount Fuji, its summit iced with pale snow, silhouetted against the horizon.  Pastel-pink sakura blossoms hanging heavy in the spring air.  The formidable legacy of the samurai.  The metropolitan vastness of Tokyo.

With its long, proud history and a host of unique traditions, this incredible country is nothing like anything you’ve experienced before.  Even for seasoned travellers, Japan’s distinctive culture is a shock to the system.  So, to prepare you for your first Honshū holiday, we’ve put together a list of ten handy tips to make your trip as awesome as possible.

  1. Don’t be afraid to try new things.

It’s Travelling 101, right?  Even if you love jumping outside your comfort zone, keep this one in the back of your mind during a trip to Japan.  Experiences like eating raw fish, getting stark-naked at a public onsen with strangers and watching monkeys swim in the snow can be intimidating for Westerners.  Make sure you plunge headlong into everything Japan has to offer, and don’t miss out just because it seems different (or even a little weird).

  1. Be polite and respectful.

Once again, this seems like a standard travelling tip, but Japan and the Japanese have an international reputation for being exceptionally well-mannered.  Blowing your nose in public, being loud on trains and wearing shoes on tatami mats are all frowned upon.  When you’re visiting attractions like temples and shrines, remember that they’re not just relics from the past – for many practitioners of Buddhism and Shintoism, they’re still deeply sacred sites, so follow the rules and be respectful.

  1. Don’t be offended if your tattoos get strange looks.

Although tattoos are pretty accepted in metropolitan areas thanks to high volumes of tourists, they’re less common in other parts of Japan, and, if you’ve got visible ink, you might be barred from onsen and other traditional places.  Why?  Historically, yakuza (Japanese mafia) received irezumi (hand-poked tattoos) body suits as a tribute to their status.  Tattoos and organised crime are inextricably linked in the general Japanese mind, so don’t be offended if you get some strange looks.

  1. Time your visit based on what you want to do.

Japan’s a highly seasonal country.  Winter activities like skiing aren’t available during summer, and many summer activities like hiking or swimming aren’t possible with snow.  Spring and autumn are the two most photogenic seasons – in spring, you’ll get to see the beautiful sakura blossoms, and, in autumn, the leaves of maples and other deciduous trees turn yellow, orange and red.

  1. Avoid peak season.

Japan is a small and densely-populated country, so it’s a good idea to avoid the Japanese school holidays.  The worst offender is the summer break, which generally ranges from 20 July to the end of August – if you try popular activities like climbing Mount Fuji during this period, you’ll end up locked in a person-to-person traffic jam.

  1. Avoid Western food.

There’s nothing wrong with Japan’s Western-style restaurants, but it’s pretty much a crime not to eat local in one of the world’s foodie capitals.  Please, stay away from MacDonald’s – check out a sashimi bar or an izakaya (saké pub) instead.  Udon and soba noodles, sushi, sashimi, gyoza, and tempura are just a few of Japan’s delicious offerings.

  1. Bring cash.

Surprise!  Cash is still king in most parts of Japan, so don’t step out without a tight wad of yen in your pocket.  Many places, especially in rural areas, won’t take card, so make sure that you withdraw enough to see you through the day.

  1. 7-Elevens are your friend.

7-Eleven convenience stores might seem like a last-ditch option for some late-night munchies if you’re a Westerner, but, in Japan, they’re 24-hour lifesavers.  If you’re missing some of your essentials, you’re hungry, or you feel like knocking back a few cups of saké, your local 7-Eleven is the place to visit.  Unlike American and Australian 7-Elevens, the Japanese renditions have pretty much everything you could need, including bento boxes, alcohol and toiletries.

  1. Learn how to use chopsticks.

You’ve probably encountered chopsticks at your local Asian restaurant, but a visit to Japan means it’s time to brush off your stick-skills and learn how to properly use these versatile utensils.  It’s also important to remember some etiquette: don’t point them at people, don’t rest them on the table, and don’t stick them in food.  The last one stems from the Japanese tradition of sticking chopsticks upright in food-offerings to the dead – it symbolises bringing death to the table, so definitely avoid doing it!

  1. Learn some Japanese.

This one’s applicable to any holiday in a foreign country.  English might be the most widely-spoken language in the world, but it definitely doesn’t hurt to read up on a few useful Japanese phrases.  Not only will it help you navigate areas that aren’t designed for tourists, it’ll also indicate that you’re making an effort to fit in, which is always appreciated by the locals.


And that’s it!  Remember these ten great tips, and you’ll be all set for your first Japanese holiday.  It’s time to start living your bucket-list– book an amazing Japanese experience with Club Wyndham today.

Onsen: Getting the Most Out of Japan’s Hot Springs

When us Westerners think about having a nice, warm bath at the end of the day, it’s mostly about getting clean.  Of course, there’s an element of relaxation – bath bombs and essential oils, for example, are designed to maximise enjoyment while still removing dirt.  Ultimately, though, having a bath is just a more luxurious alternative to showering.

Traditional Japanese culture takes a different view.  A long soak in hot water is about soothing both body and mind – scrubbing off is reserved for pre-bath showers.  Accordingly, public bathing has developed its own unique set of rules, designed to help enhance the near-spiritual tranquility of onsen. 

An onsen is a naturally-occurring hot spring, which the Japanese have been using as outdoor baths for centuries.  Although the experience has changed slightly to accommodate modern sensibilities, visiting an onsen is still an essential part of a Japanese holiday.  It’s here that tourists can experience ancient traditions found nowhere else in the world, and get a taste of truly authentic Japanese culture.

With that in mind, we’ve crafted our guide to onsen etiquette.  There are a lot of differences between Japanese and Western culture, so it’s important you nail down the basics before visiting.  Let’s get into it.

What is an Onsen?

Onsen (literally, ‘hot spring’) refers to the wellsprings heated by Japan’s intense geothermal activity.  Thanks to the country’s tectonic plate positioning, there’s literally thousands of onsen scattered across Honshū and its adjacent islands.

Although onsen were traditionally outdoor, public and shared by both men and women, today’s bathing includes both open-air (rotenburo) and indoor (uchiyu) optionsMen and women bathe separately, and there are also private onsen available, which can normally be found in ryokan (traditional Japanese inns).

For Westerners, the most alarming part of visiting an onsen is having to be nude!  Clothing, swimmers and towels are considered unclean, so virtually all onsen in Japan require that bathers be completed naked.

What Are the Different Types of Onsen?

Onsen are traditionally associated with healing.  The heat and buoyancy of the water is supposed to help relax muscles, relieve fatigue and get rid of all those aches and pains.  We completely agree!  If you’re visiting Japan in autumn or winter, reclining in an onsen is a great way to help revitalise your body if you’ve spent the day skiing or hiking.

That said, not all onsen are created equal.  Different onsen have different types of water, which, in turn, are associated with additional health benefits.  Although there’s plenty of normal onsen out there (hot springs with less than 1,000 ppm mineral composition), there are also lots of places where you can enjoy mineral-infused waters.

Alkaline sodium bicarbonate springs are said to improve skin tone, while sulphate springs can help with coronary disease.  Chloride springs are supposed to improve a weak constitution, while acidic springs soothe a variety of skin ailments – the waters essentially work like a very mild peel, removing old skin and helping new, clean skin shine through.  You can find acidic onsen (sansei-sen) near our resort in Kusatsu, Gunma!

Carbon dioxide springs look a bit like carbonated water.  Millions of tiny bubbles boil up out of these onsen, improving circulation for bathers,which in turn acts as a completely natural detox.  Forget the diets – just find a carbon dioxide onsen.

Sulphur springs are one of the most interesting types of onsen.  Although the pungent smell can be a bit of a disincentive, the exceptional healing qualities of the waters should be enough to lure you in.  They’re said to help heal burns, cuts, gout, hypertension and a variety of skin ailments.  Best of all, the sulphur reacting with oxygen turns the waters milky-white, so, if you’re a bit body-shy, a sulphur spring could be a good choice for you.

Finally, iron springs, or gantetsu-sen, are onsen with highly ferric waters.  The oxidisation of iron particles turns the pools an opaque, brown-red colour, and they’re said to be beneficial for those with low iron levels, as small amounts of iron can be absorbed through the skin.

Our Five Tips for Good Onsen Etiquette

Now we know all about the different varieties of onsen, it’s time to explore some basic guidelines for hot spring bathing.

  1. No tattoos. Although there are now exceptions – like onsen geared towards foreigners – most traditional onsen have a blanket ban on tattoos.  This stems from traditional Japanese tattoos, or irezumi, having a long association with yakuza (Japanese mafia).  Although these deeply symbolic body-suits are never seen on foreigners, the linkage of tattoos and organised crime is deeply ingrained in Japanese culture.  So, if you’ve just got a couple of small tattoos, try finding waterproof patches to cover them.  For those with lots of ink, book a private onsen in a ryokan, or find a tattoo-friendly onsen like Kashiwaya (https://www.kashiwaya.org/e/) near Tokyo.


  1. Be Naked. One of the cultural peculiarities of onsen is that everyone is expected to be completely nude.  This is because the Japanese believe that foreign objects, like clothing and towels, will contaminate the water.  Although guests are often provided with a small ‘modesty’ towel – to provide a bit of cover while moving between different springs – these need to be kept completely clear of the actual pools.  Some hot spas, particularly in metropolitan areas, offer an onsen-like experience where swimsuits are permitted, but these aren’t true onsen and, if you’re looking for an authentic experience, it’s time to overcome your inhibitions and strip down!


  1. Clean yourself before getting in the water.Remember what we mentioned before, about the Japanese attitude towards baths?  This is where it manifests in the onsen experience.  Most, if not all, hot spring complexes have showers where guests are expected to sit, wash and clean themselves prior to stepping into the onsen waters.  Soap, dirt, sweat and everything else needs to be removed before you start relaxing in the spa.


  1. Don’t put your head under the water. Although this is a widely-respected onsen custom, it’s also just basic hygiene – keep your eyes, nose, hair and mouth away from the water.  You don’t want a bacterial infection, and no-one else wants hair, saliva and oil contaminating the springs.


  1. Be respectful. The onsen experience is supposed to be soothing and peaceful.  You’re not at the beach, and you’re not at a pool party, so remember to be generally respectful of others.  Loud noise, running, excessive splashing, drinking, cell phones and photos are all big no-nos.  With that in mind, onsen are social places, and it’s quite likely that one of your fellow bathers will try to strike up a conversation.  Don’t be shy – talk back.

Having a long soak in an onsen is a truly unique, Japanese experience, so it’s important to give it a try.  If you’re nervous about your first time, don’t be!  Remember, everyone else is in the same boat, and, with the help of these handy tips, you’ll blend right in.

Although you can find onsen virtually everywhere in Japan, a number of our Club Wyndham Sundance resorts also feature on-site onsen or have hot springs nearby.  Check out Katsuura East, Hakone, Nasu, Kusatsu and Kawaguchiko for some of Japan’s best bathing experiences!  If you’re unsure about how to access onsen or which onsen is best for you, talk to our friendly resort staff, and they’ll point you in the right direction.

Excited for Japan’s most unique holiday experience?  Add ‘visiting an onsen’ to your itinerary, and start booking your Japanese getaway today!


Travelling in Japan

If you’ve lived or travelled in Australia, New Zealand or the States, you know that hiring a car is the easiest way to get around.  Trains and buses often have limited coverage restricted to metropolitan areas, and all the cool places are normally a little off the beaten track.  Besides, not being tied to a timetable means you have so much more freedom – you don’t have to worry about being rushed or getting stranded if you’ve arrived on your own set of wheels.

In Japan, things are a little different.  The relatively dense population of this small country means pretty much everywhere is covered by trains, buses or both.  Even in the inner cities, a combination of taxis and subways makes getting around fairly simple.  Apple users, it’s worth noting that Uber is really only available in Tokyo, and it’s not the cheap alternative we’re familiar with in the West – rides are rare, and are less cost-effective than other options.

Trains are definitely the easiest way to travel, with virtually all major cities connected by shinkansen, Japan’s famous bullet-trains.  These high-speed rail networks are clean, comfortable and fairly affordable.  The main shinkansen provider is Japan Rail, with smaller, private companies controlling urban railways and subway routes.  Consequently, the most affordable way to travel inter-city is by purchasing a JR Pass, which gives you unlimited coverage for JR’s host of shinkansen and regional trains.

About JR Passes

To be eligible for a JR pass, you need to be either a foreign tourist entering Japan under the status of ‘temporary visitor’, or a Japanese citizen living abroad who meets JR’s list of requisites.  Good news – if you’re a Club Wyndham member, chances are you’re in the first category, so eligibility shouldn’t be a problem.

JR offers passes with three different durations, in both Ordinary and Green (luxury) forms.

Type:                                               Green
Duration Adult Child
7-day 38,880¥ (541 AUD, 366 USD) 19,440¥ (271 AUD, 183 USD)
14-day 62,950¥ (876 AUD, 594 USD) 31,470¥ (438 AUD, 297 USD)
21-day 81,870¥ (1,139 AUD, 772 USD) 40,930¥ (570 AUD, 386 USD)


Type:                                          Ordinary
Duration Adult Child
7-day 29,110¥ (405 AUD, 275 USD) 14,550¥ (203 AUD, 137 USD)
14-day 46,390¥ (646 AUD, 437 USD) 23,190¥ (323 AUD, 219 USD)
21-day 59,350¥ (826 AUD, 560 USD) 29,670¥ (413 AUD, 280 USD)

Please note that the above JR prices are accurate as of April 2019.  The AUD and USD conversions are based on August 2019 conversion rates and will be subject to change.

For those wondering about the difference between Ordinary and Green passes, here it is: the Green cars are only found on shinkansen and tokkyu (limited express trains).  They’re essentially first-class carriages, which are slightly plusher and more spacious than Ordinary carriages.  It’s worth noting that Japan’s trains are extremely comfortable anyway, so it’s up to you whether you feel a bit of extra room is worth the additional cost of a Green pass.  However, with Green Passes, you’ll have to book seats in advance via the nearest JR ticket office, which is a hassle; Ordinary passes entitle you to just hop on the next available train.

JR Passes are activated at a set date, which is great for maximising your fiscal efficiency.  For example, if you’re staying at Club Wyndham’s Sundance Resort Kawaguchiko, you might decide to spend the first week of your holiday exploring the beautiful area around the Five Lakes.  To do this, the easiest way would be to use the three sightseeing bus lines (insert link: http://bus-en.fujikyu.co.jp/heritage-tour/detail/id/1/), which aren’t covered by JR Passes.  In the second week of your holiday, though, you might decide you want to visit Tokyo and explore the rest of Yamanashi Prefecture.  You could set your JR Pass activation date to the second week of your holiday, so you don’t waste any of its coverage days.


If you’re not planning on straying too far from your resort, one-time tickets are a more economic option.  The price of tickets for long-distance travel is fairly high; for local, short-distance travel on subways and buses, it’s a lot more affordable.

Most buses use an on-board ticketing system, meaning you buy your ticket when you step on to the bus.  Depending on the bus company and the location, slightly different payment methods apply.  Sometimes, you’ll be able to get a fixed-price ticket; other times, the ticket prices are calculated by your exit stop, with that stop’s fares being displayed on a digital screen above the driver.

For highway buses (medium- to long-distance trave), you’ll need to pre-purchase tickets.  These can be bought online via the bus company’s website, from bus terminals or from independent providers.

Train tickets are generally purchased at major stations or online.  JR, the biggest train company, uses a pricing system where it combines your base fare (an A to B price based on distance) with supplementary fees like those for limited express and express lines.

Our Tips for Travelling

  1. Plan ahead.

The best way to ensure you have an easy, uncomplicated trip is to know exactly which routes you’re going to take.  If possible, buy your tickets online or in advance so you don’t waste time trying to find ticket machines at the stations.

  1. Learn some basic Japanese.

If you get lost, confused about which line you should be on, or you’re just in a rush to find the nearest bathroom, some basic Japanese phrases can be lifesavers.  Directions and colours (for train and bus lines) are some of the most useful.  For those who struggle with languages, Google Translate and other translation apps are invaluable; character recognition software means you can position your phone over Japanese characters and have the app then translate them into English for you.

  1. Carry cash.

Although us Westerners are used to paying with a quick tap of our cards, cash still holds sway in Japan, and it’s a good idea to stack up on a nice bundle of yen.  This is especially true if you’re paying for buses and trains with tickets – ticketing machines may or may not take card.

  1. Get in line early.

Even if you’ve sorted out your routes, bought your tickets and feel confident for the coming journey, we still recommend arriving at the train station/bus terminal nice and early.  Being at the front of the line means you won’t feel rushed, and you’ll have more time to stow your overhead luggage.  Aiming to arrive well before departure is also a smart way to avoid any problems arising from traffic snafus – nothing’s worse than missing your shinkansen because of an inner-city jam.

Feeling confident enough to navigate Japan?  Keep this guide in your back pocket, and you won’t have any problems.  Best of all, our friendly resort staff are always on hand if you need help charting a route or finding the most affordable options, so don’t hesitate to ask.  Good luck!

Top 5 Places You Must Visit When in Lombok

Are you one of the travellers who prefer places with fewer crowds? Lombok is a must-visit place you need to check out.

Whether you love adventure, passionate about culture or just enjoy relaxing on a sun lounger at the beach with a cocktail in hand, Lombok’s allure will make you want to come back again and again. 

Mid-Autumn Festival 2019

Happy Mid-Autumn Day!

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Moon Festival or Harvest Moon Festival is observed by countries in South East Asia.

The festival started 3,000 years ago in China when emperors believed that worshipping the moon will give them a bountiful harvest.

In modern times, families gather together for dinners and mooncakes, made from red bean and lotus seed paste, and shared with loved ones and friends. Mooncakes are an important element of the festival as they signify unity among families.

With your Club Wyndham Asia membership, you can take part in this traditional festival with your loved ones at a spectacular destination.

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Associate Resort

Overlooking the World Heritage-listed site of Ha Long Bay, the five-star Wyndham Legend Halong Bay offers a spectacular holiday experience. Located by the bay, you can admire beautiful vistas of the water, relax in style at the spa or taste the finest international cuisine in any of the hotel’s speciality onsite restaurants.


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Associate Resorts

As a Club Wyndham Asia® Member, you have the opportunity to travel to a range of great holiday destinations staying at Associate Resorts, an additional benefit offered by the Club Developer, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific (HK) Limited.

It is important to note that due to Affiliate Resorts being operated independently from Club Wyndham Asia®, the following should be considered:

  • Resort, room facilities and standards may vary.
  • Some properties may have a minimum night stay.
  • Resorts may be modified or removed at any time without notice.

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Mix the grandeur of the futuristic skyscrapers with the vast desolation of the Arabian sands, Dubai is one of the world’s most intriguing cities that is thoroughly modern yet historical all at the same time. If you enjoy living large and holidaying in extreme style, Dubai offers plenty to satisfy your wildest imagination.



Far from human habitation, the desert safari is brimming with life day and night. Early in the morning, take on an unforgettable hot air balloon ride as you float over the endless ocean of spectacular, barren sandscapes. In the afternoon, ride the desert and bump over steep sand dunes in range rovers through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to spot the Arabian Oryx, Falcons or the Arabian Wildcats.




Embark on a gastronomy journey as you feast your way through the city, better known for its vibrant food scene and exotic dining experiences. No matter you are looking for homely, authentic Emirati cuisines or world-class, international menus curated by top Michelin-starred chefs, Dubai has it all. If you like to dine with a view, be sure to stop by Pierchic, the upscale restaurant with a private pier or Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara for a unique dining-in-an-aquarium experience. For a truly romantic night, join the Dhow Cruise Dinner Dubai Creek and enjoy international buffet as you cruise past the old and new architectures of Dubai.





Get your credit cards ready because there’s no way you’re leaving Dubai empty handed. Measuring 13 million square feet (or the size of 50 football fields), The Dubai Mall houses more than 1,200 stores, 200 restaurants, and ample entertainment outlets. Other than the Dubai Mall, the Mall of Emirates offers plenty of options with more than 630 retail outlets, 250 flagship stores, 80 luxury stores, and over 100 restaurants. If you fancy good bargains, drop by the Dubai Outlet Mall – home to over 200 stores – where you’ll find luxury items sold at heavily discounted prices. Haggle your way through the charmingly historic, Old Dubai, Bur Dubai, and Deira for the cheapest gold jewelry, luscious textiles, traditional arab garb, perfumes, exotic herbs and spices, and souvenirs.



Hop onto the back of a camel to experience the life of the Bedouin nomads back in time. After a bumpy good time, enjoy the cool evening breeze as the sun sets to a palette of mauves and indigos. No desert safari tour is completed without a visit to the camps where you’ll enjoy a traditional Emirati feast under the stars. Be entertained by the belly dancers, Arabian fire shows or go in awe of the led Tanoura dance.




Located 7 minutes away from the metro station, the Golden Tulip Media Hotel is the perfect place to visit all major attractions such as the Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, Jumeira Beach and the Mall of the Emirates. Facilities include in-house restaurants, 24 hours supermarket, swimming pool, fitness center, spa, and steam room. Hop on the free shuttle services that bring you to the beaches and shopping malls or get on board the readily available Taxis to begin your city discovery.






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