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.
2010 has already been a busy year for Europe based, The Hideaways Club. It formed reciprocity partnerships with two other clubs, Banyan Tree Private Residences in Asia and Equity Estates in the US. It now adds an Asian hotel partner and an airline to offer more services and destinations for its members.
Now through July 31, 2010, Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club and Sentient Jet are offering a chance to experience the convenience and ease of private jet travel, as well as vacationing at the clubs private homes. For a one-time payment of $55,000, you will receive 10 nights in the Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club along with a $50,000 Sentient Jet Membership Plus Card.
Former San Francisco 49ers Quarterback and NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young has been a member of Ultimate Escapes since 2005. He recently sat down with Rich Keith, Chairman of Ultimate Escapes and talked about what membership means for himself and his family.
The new CityCenter development is located in the heart of the Las Vegas strip between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts. The members of destination club Exclusive Resorts have access to ten new residences at the Vdara, one of the signature properties in CityCenter.
Members of Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club can now choose from additional villas across Tuscany, Provence and the Cote d'Azur. Membership nights are exchanged for credit toward stays at the villas in Italy and France as a part of the clubs recently expanded Travel Credit Program.
The Asia based destination club Banyan Tree Private Collection (BTPC) is helping to raise new home funds for Habitat for Humanity.
This new partnership will allow members of Ultimate Escapes to vacation at Waldorf Astoria Orlando as part of their destination club membership.
The luxury destination club Quintess, LRW has has entered a reciprocal agreement with its newly launched sister club THE TOUR CLUB. Quintess, LRW members will have access to new destinations that include:
The former Major League Baseball pitcher Dennis Rasmussen has signed on with luxury residence fund Equity Estates. Based out of Orlando, Florida, Rasmussen will leverage his involvement with the MLB Players Association alumni arm as well as other professional athlete organizations to expand Equity Estates reach in those markets.