India Mass Appeal

Thinking of Club Mahindra: A Word of Caution

Dipankar Panda

Club Mahindra entices the unsuspecting citizens by offering them a new holiday every year for 25 years. Whether it’s at a beach or a jungle, a desert or a mountaintop, enjoy a new holiday for 7N/8D every year for 25 years, they offer as if on a silver platter

Don’t you ever think of becoming member of CLUB MAHINDRA. I am talking from my own experience. Being an avid tour and travel freak, I fell into their trap. Once you become a member and pay the huge sums, you become a persona non-grata for them. On 1st and 2nd of every month, they open their booking for the third month. From the date of opening of booking, you will get messages that booking will open at 9.30 a.m. You open the app at 9.31 a.m. and you will find the resorts are Not Available for you. But when you open the various booking apps, you will find 100% availability. As a member, rooms are not available to you but as a non-member, rooms are available for you at high prices. So once you fail to book the resort, you will contact the fellow who made you a member and acts as your relationship manager. The poor fellow will try his best to confirm your reservation and will later surrender or will come up with some other resort that you don’t want. After all, he being a small cog in this vast machinery of Club Mahindra, what can he do? Club Mahindra uses its resorts as hotels rather than a club resort for their members. They launch membership drive throughout the year just to raise huge capital. I feel really sorry that I referred this company to some of my friends. If anyone of you is thinking of taking membership of this so-called Club, please don’t let them burn a hole in your pocket. Now I want to cancel my membership and get my money back. Can anyone suggest how to do this?

Postscript: Every year they collect huge annual service fee from the members to maintain the resort while they are not using it and rent out the same as a hotel. So double income – “Aam ke aam guthliyon ke bhi daam”.

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