I’m here in Newport Coast Villas this week, and I’m seeing more of these bands on owners than ever before. And I understand why. I LOVE these things! We only have 4 bands ourselves (I’m thinking of getting more). We are here with my siblings and their spouses and I gave 2 of them to my family to use. They love them as much as I do!!! Why? Because they are so convenient! You never have to make a mental check when you leave the villa on whether you have a key in your purse or pocket. You never have to tuck your key in your beach bag, and hope it doesn’t fall out. You don’t have to loan your key to the kids so they can go back to the villa and get a snack. You don’t have to fumble through your pockets to open the gates to the pool areas or your villa door. It’s always there on their wrist. It’s waterproof and it’s durable. Wear them in the pool or on the beach. Put it on in the morning and take it off at night. Easy, and I like easy.
In case you aren’t familiar with MVC bands, here’s what you need to know. They cost $15 each, or 2 for $10 (which is the best deal). All proceeds are donated to the Children’s Miracle Network. They come in 4 colors (shown above), white, aqua, teal, and dark grey — in 2 sizes (adult and child). I wear the child size, which fits much better than the adult size on my wrist. My husband wears the adult size. You can purchase them at the front desk. If you are a Chairman owner, you get 2 bands for free — they are black and have “Chairman” on them. The bands work at almost all MVC Resorts. Just remember to put them in your bag before you leave home. More than once, I have gotten to the resort and realized I left the bands in another bag — BUMMER!! Simply hand them over when they are programming your keys, and they’ll program your bands at the same time.
A tip on using your bands — I always get the same number of card keys as adult guests, even with the bands. Sometimes a band doesn’t work well on a particular door at a property, though they are getting MUCH better at working everywhere on every entry needed. AND if you have multiple villas at the same time, you can have your keys/bands programmed to open both villas with the same key, which is really convenient if you will be going back and forth a lot between the two villas.