Destination clubs provide their members with access to multiple luxury vacation homes, located all over the world. The homes are typically multi-million dollar residences, and are sited in major cities, at beaches, in mountains and leisure locations.
Membership of the clubs is an alternative to buying a second home. The clubs are sometimes also compared to, or even mixed up with, private residence clubs, but there are several key differences between the two.
If you're just starting out learning about the clubs read the overview and the glossary. Then you can start to compare them in the comparison table. One way to financially compare them is using a cost per night calculation and we've provided downloadable spreadsheets for these calculations.
And for a real in-depth look at the clubs, their homes and services, comparisons to alternatives and questions to consider before joining, download our Guide for Prospective Members.
The map shows some of the main destinations where the clubs have homes. Click on the markers to see the actual homes.
The latest news and research on the clubs is included below.
In 2019, luxury destination club Inspirato launched their one-of-a-kind subscription-based Inspirato Pass program. Recently, the company announced that the original Inspirato Club membership would also be transitioning into a subscription-based program. SherpaReport reached out to Brent Handler, CEO and Founder of Inspirato, to learn more about the changes and to find out how the company has been weathering the coronavirus pandemic.
Every owner association consists of 21 families, who own 5 beautiful vacation properties at 5 attractive destinations together. Each of the five vacation properties are worth about four times more than the single investment per family.
SherpaReport traveled down to St John in the US Virgin Islands with team members from Equity Residences, to see the steps they go through in preparing and launching a new home. The Equity Platinum Fund had closed on the home just days before we arrived, and the first guests were due a few days later, so there wasn’t a lot of time to make sure the home was in perfect shape.
Inspirato recently began re-opening its homes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The luxury hospitality company has instituted a new enhanced cleaning program to ensure safety for members. We took a look at the measures in place that allow Inspirato to live up to their promise of “taking care of our members like no one else.”
Equity Residences launched its first luxury vacation home investment fund, the Equity Villa Fund, in 2012. Now it’s launching the first-ever vacation home fund compatible with “like kind” 1031 exchanges - the Mauna Lani Residence Fund.
The equity residence fund has recently opened new homes. For a couple of these homes the fund did renovations after acquiring them, in order to bring them up to the funds standards. The homes represent a mix of beach, mountain and city residences for the exclusive use of investor members.
Last year, luxury destination club Inspirato launched a new one-of-a-kind program – Inspirato Pass. The monthly subscription program offers unlimited access to all sorts of membership benefits, including exclusive vacation properties, hotel rooms, and custom travel experiences. SherpaReport checked in with Inspirato for an update on Inspirato Pass and to see what customers think.
Equity Residences continues to add new residences in popular beach destinations in both Hawaii and the Caribbean. Managing Director Greg Salley told us about the two newest acquisitions in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, and Poipu, Kauai. Both destinations are in high demand by the Equity Platinum Fund investors.
Early last year Equity Residences offered a trial membership program for a few months, and this year it’s back on offer. This was largely in response to requests from interested investors, who wanted to try the Equity Platinum Fund vaction homes, before fully investing.
To continue the momentum from Equity Estates Funds I, II, and III, CEO and Founder, Philip Mekelburg announced the launch of Equity Estates Fund IV, an alternative investment that buys luxury vacation residences for use by the investors.