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.
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.
Since retiring from professional golf after the 2008 season Annika Sorenstam has become involved in a wide variety of businesses. Ritz-Carlton Destination Club has just announced she will be an ambassador for the brand and they will work together on unique experiences for club members.
Last weeks article looked at the destinations and locations that are available to members of Quintess, Exclusive Resorts and Ultimate Escapes. This section of the comparison looks at the homes themselves, the membership plans and several other key factors. (Note, this article was written in 2010 and Ultimate Escapes filed for bankruptcy in late 2010)
Exclusive Resorts, Ultimate Escapes and Quintess together account for over 80% of the members of all destination clubs. They also have by far the largest selections of residences for their members. These two articles compare the clubs and are a really useful template for comparing any clubs (Note this article was written in 2010, and Ultimate Escapes filed for bankruptcy in late 2010).
In the 18th century the English writer and poet Samuel Johnson said .. when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford. Taking these words to heart SherpaReport went to London last week, and stayed for a few days at one of the Quintess homes in the city.