London, 14 July 2011 - Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG), has announced the affiliation of ShareLuxe Club. With its first three properties - two century-old machiyas (traditional Japanese townhouses) in Kyoto, Japan, and an open-air villa on the Indonesian island of Bali - ShareLuxe Club presents an inventive take on the emerging trend for contemporary cultural travel.
"By blending authentic historical and cultural architecture with modern interior furnishings and luxury amenities, ShareLuxe has established itself in a new travel niche in two very appealing international vacation destinations," said Joe Hickman, Interval International’s executive director for Asia Pacific. "Kyoto is Japan's former imperial capital and still houses about one-fifth of its national treasures in its museums and more than 2,000 Buddhist and Shinto temples. And Bali holds great appeal with its idyllic beaches and lush terraced mountains, where it has managed to retain an almost mystical spirituality."
ShareLuxe Kyoto Kizashi-Kamishichiken is a fully renovated century-old Japanese townhouse located in a historic area near the edge of central Kyoto. Tucked into a street lined with machiyas and Japanese tea-houses, the townhouse combines traditional Japanese style with contemporary luxury. Two bedrooms outfitted with western-style twin beds can accommodate four people. Three more people can sleep in a large room on tatami mats. The unit has been retrofitted with a modern full-sized kitchen and amenities that include LCD TVs and studio-quality audio equipment.
On another quiet street several blocks away, ShareLuxe Kyoto Kizashi-Shinmachi is close to shops and restaurants, as well as cultural and historic sites in the heart of Kyoto city. Shinmachi Street is on the route for the Yamaboko parade during the month-long Gion Festival in July. The unit has two bedrooms also with twin beds and two tatami rooms, which can be used as optional bedrooms for four more people. In addition to its modern furnishings (identical to ShareLuxe Kyoto Kizashi-Kamishichiken), ShareLuxe Kyoto Kizashi-Shinmachi features an old-fashioned wooden bathtub.
ShareLuxe Bali Tuka Terrace is just five miles from the popular tourist area of Kuta and two miles from Canggu Beach. The traditional Balinese villa has an open-plan design and includes three bedrooms, a full kitchen, living and dining rooms and modern bathrooms. Along with an infinity swimming pool and landscaped private garden, the villa has 24-hour butler/maid/security services, cooking service (on request), and private transportation.
"Our goal is to build an inventory of distinctive properties that blend rich cultural experiences with 21st-century pampering. We are already planning a large development on the west coast of Okinawa Island in Japan, and we also have plans to expand our town house development in Kyoto," said Hajime Mori, CEO of ShareLuxe Group. "We’re very excited to welcome Interval members to our properties and offer our Club members the quality and worldwide scope of Interval International’s exchange network."About Interval InternationalInterval International operates membership programmes for vacation owners and provides value-added services to its developer clients worldwide. Based in Miami, Florida, the company has been a pioneer and innovator in serving the vacation ownership market for 35 years. Today, Interval has an exchange network of approximately 2,600 resorts in over 75 nations. Through offices in 15 countries, Interval offers high-quality products and benefits to resort clients and approximately 2 million families who are enrolled in various membership programmes. Interval is an operating business of Interval Leisu
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