On November 7, the Beachwoods 2nd Annual Owners BBQ was held at the resort. The weather forecast had been calling for rain. Our drive down to the Outer Banks was cloudy. However, upon arrival in Kitty Hawk, we found blue skies and 80 degree weather.
Parking was off-site at the Kitty Hawk Elementary School and we were shuttled over by trolley to the resort. The big white tent had been set up with a stage and lots of tables and chairs all around.
There was no new information revealed. Three speakers spoke, for no more than five minutes each; Bucky Houser, President of Gold Key Resorts; Ken Taylor, Beachwoods Project Director; and a Diamond Resorts International executive, whose name was missed.
“Turning Gold into Diamonds”. Bucky Houser reinforced what has been in print since the announcement of the DRI Acquisition. “The future is bright and holds the promise of enhanced vacation experiences for you all. Remember, nothing has changed with your ownership other than you will have more opportunity and flexibility in your vacation planning than ever before. Your ownership will not change.”
Next, the Diamond Resorts International representative spoke very briefly. Unfortunately, she seemed very uncomfortable speaking to a group and stumbled on her words several times. No information was shared and she quickly introduced Ken Taylor.
Ken Taylor informed the group of what had been taking place at Beachwoods since last November. He shared that the units were mostly completed, except for some pieces of furniture and punch list items that need to be completed. He noted the completion of the Woodland Oasis Pool, the North Glen Recreation Center, the new Welcome Center, and the Cypress Lake areas. The Lakeside Lodge and Pavilion Fitness Center are being completed now with the Water Park area due to be completed by year-end.
There was no opportunity for questions and answers. We were quickly dismissed to either tour the amenity areas or sit back and enjoy the catered BBQ with live Bluegrass music. We chose to tour the buildings and grounds first. There were representatives stationed throughout each area to answer questions.
It was all very impressive to see and my excitement has once again been reignited. There’s still lots more to be completed to meet what I envisioned when Gold Key Resorts announced their plans for the resort last November. After seeing what has been finished to-date, I am extremely pleased. The Welcome Center and the Cypress Lake area, as well as the Woodland Oasis Pool, have surpassed what I visualized after seeing the architectural renderings last year.
The other structures that have not, as yet, been completed are beginning to take shape. I look forward, with great anticipation, to staying at the resort once everything is finished. I’ll be on the Outer Banks in March participating in several of the great events scheduled for OBX Taste of the Beach 2016.
After touring and taking lots of pictures, we headed back to the tent to enjoy the BBQ. It was great food catered by the Black Pelican Restaurant. The Bluegrass trio were playing and we had the opportunity to talk with another couple while sharing a meal. They were in their 70’s and were becoming very disenchanted with their timeshare ownership and the changes that had taken place over such a short period of time. When they last stayed in their timeshare in July, they were very disappointed in the state of things at the resort. Their unit had not been completed and the only available amenity was the outdoor pool.
After our meal, we got in line to take a tour of the two model units. Up to three guests were shuttled by golf carts to tour the models. The short line moved quickly. We were first taken to Unit 2603, which is a two-bedroom lock-out. The units had some different furnishings and accessories than they had when we toured last November. The models now have the furniture that made the final cut, which has been installed in the units.
We then rode over to a dedicated three-bedroom unit that sets ground level. Last year, when we toured, the third bedroom was set up like a “den” with a sleep sofa. It could be utilized as either an additional sitting area or as a bedroom. When we toured, this had been changed and it was set up as a bedroom with a queen bed. I liked this change. The three-bedroom (non lock-out) was very nice. I really liked the layout of this configuration.
After our tour, we were taken back to the tent where rides by shuttle and trolley were available back to the school where we parked. We left with no more information than had been offered in the recent newsletter. However, the owners that attended had beautiful weather, great food and music, and a first-hand look at what Beachwoods is shaping up to be.